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Nirek On May - 27 - 2015



Bernie Sanders (I-VT)

Bernie Sanders (I-VT) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



Why does the media have people like John McCain on so much but they seldom if ever have Bernie Sanders on?


The above link may have the answer. The media is owned by basically 6 corporations. They run their “news” programs to benefit themselves. They have “reporters” who are not true newsmen/women. Most of the “reporters” are just paid to spew the information their owners want out there. Today the “news media” doesn’t report news, they have people give their opinion and try to influence us. That is NOT what reporters are supposed to do.

It used to be that we could trust the news reporter to do the right thing. Not so today. They toe the corporate line. Twist the news stories to fit their agenda. They have all the republican candidates on and ask them soft questions and allow them to say whatever they want. The few times they have Bernie on they ask questions that try to get Bernie to say something against Hillary. Bernie has called them out  and said he is not going to take the bait. He will point out differences between her and himself but not badmouth her. The biggest difference between Bernie and Hillary is money, Bernie refuses to take Pac money or corporate money while Hillary is taking both.

I am also trying to influence you and others that Bernie is the best choice for President. You might say why? Well Bernie has integrity, far more than any other candidate! He has been saying the same things over and over. Bernie is honest, has the same values we here at PlanetPOV have, cares about veterans , women’s equality, gay rights, immigration, our infrastructure, and all the same things that we also care about. Bernie will not attack Hillary. He even says he likes and respects her. So do I, by the way, but I respect Bernie more.

Back to the way the “news media” is treating Bernie. They only want to talk about Hillary, not the issues. I long for a real news show that reports the facts.


I have never been as impressed with a politician as I am with Bernie. President Obama is a close second in my opinion. I think Obama will go down in history as one of the best. Especially when you consider the opposition he has had to deal with. I just think Bernie will be able to accomplish  some of the things he is passionate about. At the very least he will keep the GOPers on their toes. So what do you think?





Written by Nirek

Proud progressive Vietnam Vet against WAR! Can't stomach chickenhawks.

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  1. Kalima says:

    Hello Nirek, just in case you had not read this, I decided to post it here instead of MB.






    • Nirek says:

      Thanks Kalima, I had not seen that article. The author is trying to marginalize Bernie. Saying “will Bernie be president, no but…”
      I believe that Bernie will beat Hillary and when that happens he will have a very easy win over whatever clown emerges from the large pool of republican candidates. When people listen to Bernie’s message they like him. So much of what Bernie says is common sense. Uncommon from the other candidates.
      Thanks again,and peace.

  2. funksands says:

    Nirek, thanks for posting this! I’m already a Bernie supporter, but will gladly vote for whichever candidate wins the nomination.

    That said, I find it verrrry interesting that the knives have started to come out. You don’t see any hit pieces on Jim Webb or Martin O’Malley do you? Hillary supporters are already coalescing around their “Bernie talking points”. The fact that these comments and attacks are coming fast and furious is a positive thing. I means that people are taking his candidacy very seriously.

    The top them? “Bernie’s ideas are great, but he won’t be able to get any legislation passed through Congress. He doesn’t have a good track record of getting bills of his own through Congress”.

    Let’s de-construct that comment a bit

    Bernie has been unable to get legislation to help the middle class through Congress? And that’s a poor reflection on him? Let’s look at some of the items that have passed in a bipartisan fashion since he’s been in Congress:

    Medicare part D
    Authorization to invade Iraq
    Repeal of Glass-Steagall

    The President and a Democratically controlled Congress couldn’t get anything passed through Congress since 2010 because of lock-step opposition to his moderate agenda. You think corporatist Dems and the GOP are going to pass Bernie’s agenda?

    The only thing that will pass through a Congress that is still (hopefully not) controlled by the GOP is going to be their bills, compromise bills. I fear that Hillary will indeed be better at getting bills through Congress.

    Perhaps this isn’t a good thing.

    • Nirek says:

      Funk, all that you say is true. That is all the more reason to vote Bernie in ! We also have to give Bernie some new people in congress that are NOT corporatists! Then Bernie will be able to get his great agenda passed!

  3. Nirek says:

    42 years ago today my wife made me a happy man! She married me. She gave me two of the best kids I know and they gave me the best grandchildren I could ask for!

    Sorry for bragging folks.

  4. Nirek says:

    The rest;
    The Nation: Of course, if you’re not afraid of the word, they can’t attack you. You can actually focus on the policies.
Sanders: When I ran for the Senate the first time, I ran against the wealthiest guy in the state of Vermont. He spent a lot on advertising—very ugly stuff. He kept attacking me as a liberal. He didn’t use the word “socialist” at all because everybody in the state knows that I am that. It has lost its cachet.The Nation: You’re the son of an immigrant, and you’ve made an issue over the years of the exploitation of immigrant workers. What’s your sense of how these issues will figure in the 2016 campaign?

    Sanders: I’ve been a supporter of comprehensive immigration reform, the Dream Act, a number of these initiatives. But as you know, the Republicans have blocked action; worse than that, they talk about “self-deportation” and these other draconian proposals. So I supported the president’s executive action—I think that was a good step. But we have to push harder: We have to fight against this politics of division that seeks to divide working families, that disrespects hard work, that disrespects the contributions immigrant workers make to our economy. This politics of division doesn’t fix anything; it just makes it easier to exploit millions of workers who are vulnerable because of their undocumented status. We have to address that exploitation and end it. We also have to speak about who benefits from that exploitation: the same corporations that we see pushing these race-to-the-bottom policies. Instead of trying to divide workers, which is the oldest story in the book, we’ve got to be focused on uniting them, and the way to do that is by saying, “Look, the problem isn’t with this group of workers or that group of workers. The problem is with the corporations and the policies that make the exploitation possible.” We’re going to talk a lot about that in this campaign.

    The Nation: Another issue you’ve focused on over the years is mass surveillance. In addition to voting against authorization for the use of force in Iraq, you voted against the Patriot Act. That was almost 15 years ago, and you’re still fighting on these issues.

    Sanders: I did vote against the Patriot Act. I said at the time that it gave the government far too much power to spy on innocent Americans, and I believe I’ve been proven right about that. What frustrates me is this false choice that says the United States of America cannot pursue terrorists and protect people from harm while still respecting the Constitution and civil liberties. I didn’t believe that was the case in 2001, and I do not believe that is the case now. So I’ve raised these issues, and I will continue to raise them. And one other thing: I believe it’s important—vitally important—to recognize that it isn’t only what the federal government does that should concern us. We have to recognize that corporations collect huge amounts of data on us. There is no question in my mind that technology is outpacing public policy in this area, and I do not think we should be casual about this or say that it’s something we should let the corporations figure out. We should all be talking about this—about how we’re going to maintain our privacy rights in very rapidly changing times.

    The Nation: You feel the same about corporations warping the future of the Internet to their advantage.

    Sanders: Absolutely. I’ve been very involved in the fight to maintain net neutrality. This is about the free flow of information, the free flow of ideas, on the Internet. If we let corporations put a price tag on that, so that some ideas move more quickly than other ideas because a billionaire is paying for an advantage, that changes the debate in a way that harms democracy. This is common sense, and we’ve had some success in defending net neutrality—but we have to be vigilant. These fights over communication policy are really fights about how our democracy is going to function—if it is

  5. Nirek says:

     Bernie Sanders Speaks
    Written by John Nichols | The Nation
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     Sanders at a town hall at the Culinary Workers Union, March 2015, in Las Vegas
     Sanders at a town hall at the Culinary Workers Union, March 2015, in Las Vegas (AP Photo/John Locher)
    In his most revealing interview, the socialist presidential candidate sets out his vision for America.
    When Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders told The Nation last year that he was “prepared to run for president,” he said he would do so only if it was clear that progressives were enthusiastic about a movement campaign seeking nothing less than “a political revolution.” It was an audacious proposal—but after traveling the country for a year, Sanders decided that the enthusiasm was there and announced in late April as a candidate for the Democratic nomination. There were plenty of doubters then. Two months into the campaign, however, everything about this candidacy—the crowds, the poll numbers, the buzz—is bigger than expected. That says something about Sanders. But it also says something about the prospects for progressive politics. In late June, The Nation sat down with Sanders for several conversations that asked the longtime Nation reader (“started when I was a University of Chicago student in the early 1960s”) to put not just his campaign but the moment in historical perspective for our 150th-anniversary issue:

    The Nation: Your campaign for the presidency has surprised people. The crowds are big; the poll numbers are stronger than the pundits predicted. You’re a student of political history. Put what’s happening now in perspective. Are we at one of those pivot points—as we saw in the 1930s—where our politics could open up and take the country in a much more progressive direction?

    Sanders: Obviously, we’re not in the midst of a massive depression, as we were in the 1930s. But I think the discontent of the American people is far, far greater than the pundits understand. Do you know what real African-American youth unemployment is? It’s over 50 percent. Families with a member 55 or older have literally nothing saved for retirement. Workers are worried about their jobs ending up in China. They’re worried about being fired when they’re age 50 and being replaced at half-wages by somebody who is 25. They’re disgusted with the degree that billionaires are able to buy elections. They are frightened by the fact that we have a Republican Party that refuses to even recognize the reality of climate change, let alone address this huge issue.

    In 1936, when Roosevelt ran for reelection, he welcomed the hatred of what he called “the economic royalists”—today, they’re the billionaire class—and I’m prepared to do that as well. That’s the kind of language the American people are ready to hear.

    The Nation: There are other people who have tried to do what you’re doing with this campaign. But you seem to have the platform, the microphone, at this point. Why so?

    Sanders: I am getting a lot more national media ever since I’ve been running for president. But even with all of the national media I’ve been getting, what’s always shocking to me is that still half the American people don’t know who I am—which talks about not me in particular, but just about political consciousness in general. I can tell you what is more of an indication: We have by far now what I think is the most successful Senate Facebook page—I think [more than] 1.2 million people who are part of our Facebook network and, on any given day, there might be a million people or more talking about us. So there is no question but that there’s a significant part of the population that follows what we’re doing—and that has been following us for years.

    The Nation: Obviously, for a lot of those who have followed you, the economic issues, the populist message, is at the heart of your campaign. But when you talk about the crisis, you always include a discussion of climate change.

    “I do not separate the civil-rights issue from the fact that 50 percent of African-American young people are unemployed or underemployed.”

    Sanders: Look, for those of us who believe in science, you simply cannot ignore what the scientific community is saying almost unanimously. And that is that climate change is real; it’s caused by human activity; it’s already causing devastating problems; and it will only get worse in years to come if we don’t transform our energy system. You cannot ignore what is happening every day in terms of the climate and what it will mean—what it’s meaning today to the folks in California and elsewhere—for your kids and my kids. There is a moral responsibility that we must accept to transform our energy system. It cannot be ignored.

    The Nation: As a candidate for president, would you refuse money from fossil-fuel companies?

    Sanders: (laughing and speaking sarcastically) Well, let me see—it’s true the Koch brothers did send us a large check, and we’ve been debating whether to accept it or not. Of course, for us, it’s rather an unrealistic issue: a) I don’t take corporate PAC money, and b) if, by some accident, some company sent us money, we would send it back—absolutely.

    The Nation: A criticism directed toward you early in the campaign was that you were very focused on economics, but not sufficiently focused on critical issues such as police brutality and mass incarceration. Isn’t this something you have to address?

    Sanders: Clearly, police brutality and what goes on in African-American communities and other communities is a huge issue…. The question is: How do you have police departments in this country that are part of their communities, not oppressors in their communities? How do you have police officers who, when they commit acts of crime, are held accountable and are indicted? How do you have police officers receiving the proper training that they need? How do we demilitarize our police departments? All of these are important issues. The good news is that, as a country, we are paying far more attention to this issue than we previously did. If anyone thinks that the kind of police brutality that we’re seeing now is something new, they are sorely mistaken. The good news, in a sense, is that it’s now becoming public and we’re seeing it and talking about it.

    There has to be, I think, a significant change in police culture in terms of [the use of force]. That is a major issue that has to be dealt with. And we will deal with it, period.

    The other thing, to be frank, that does trouble me is that there is so little discussion about African-American youth unemployment. How do you discuss Ferguson and not know that, in that particular community, unemployment is off the charts? How do you discuss Baltimore and not know that, in that particular community, unemployment is off the charts? African-American youth unemployment in this country is 50 percent, and one out of three African-American males born today stands the possibility of ending up in jail if present trends continue. This is a disaster. So, of course, we’ve got to talk about police brutality; of course, we’ve got to talk about reforming our criminal-justice system; of course, we’ve got to make sure that we are educating our kids and giving them job training and not sending them to jail. But I get a little distressed that people are not talking about what I consider to be a huge problem: How do you not talk about African-American youth unemployment at 50 percent?

    The Nation: That focus on employment goes back to the historic message of the civil-rights movement. Civil-rights organizing was one of the ways into political activism for you, wasn’t it?

    Sanders: Civil rights was a very important part of it. I was very active in the Congress of Racial Equality at the University of Chicago. I got arrested in trying to desegregate Chicago’s school system. I was very active in demanding that the University of Chicago not run segregated housing, which it was doing at that time. We were active in working with our brothers and sisters in SNCC [the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee]… at that point helping them with some very modest financial help. So, yes, I was active. And I do not separate the civil-rights issue from the fact that 50 percent of African-American young people are either unemployed or underemployed. Remember the March on Washington—what was it about? “Jobs and Freedom.” The issue that Dr. King raised all the time was: This is great if we want to desegregate restaurants or hotels, but what does it matter if people can’t afford to go to them? That’s still the issue today.

    The Nation: As long as we’re talking about the evolution of public policy, let’s talk about the evolution of a word: socialism. You appeared on ABC’s This Week and, when you were asked whether a socialist can be elected president, you did not blink; you talked about socialism in positive, detailed terms. I don’t believe a presidential candidate has ever done that on a Sunday-morning show.

    “Do they think I’m afraid of the word ‘socialist’? I’m not afraid of the word.”

    Sanders: Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader in the Senate, often criticizes President Obama, incorrectly, for trying to push “European-style socialism,” and McConnell says the American people don’t want it. First of all, of course, Obama is not trying to push European-style socialism. Second of all, I happen to believe that, if the American people understood the significant accomplishments that have taken place under social-democratic governments, democratic-socialist governments, labor governments throughout Europe, they would be shocked to know about those accomplishments. One of the goals of this campaign is to advance that understanding…. How many Americans know that in virtually every European country, when you have a baby, you get guaranteed time off and, depending on the country, significant financial benefits as well. Do the American people know that? I doubt it. Do the American people even know that we’re the only major Western industrialized country that doesn’t guarantee healthcare for all? Most people don’t know that. Do the American people know that in many countries throughout Europe, public colleges and universities are either tuition-free or very inexpensive?

    I have always believed that the countries in Scandinavia have not gotten the kind of honest recognition they deserve for the extraordinary achievements they have made…. The Danish ambassador, whom I talked to a couple of years ago, said to me that in Denmark it is very, very hard to be poor; you really have to literally want to be outside of the system. Well, that’s pretty good. In Denmark, all of their kids can go to college; not only do they go for free, they actually get stipends. Healthcare is, of course, a right for all people. They have a very strong childcare system, which to me is very important. Their retirement system is very strong. They are very active in trying to protect their environment…. And, by the way, the voter turnout in those countries is much higher; in Denmark, in the last election, it was over 80 percent. Political consciousness is much higher than it is in the United States. It’s a more vibrant democracy in many respects. So why would I not defend that? Do they think I’m afraid of the word? I’m not afraid of the word.

  6. jjgravitas says:

    I noticed this during the 2014 elections. While listening to “Face The Nation” I was impressed that all of the candidates being interviewed were Republicans, and I don’t remember hearing any interviews with Democrats.

    • Nirek says:

      JJ, the media , even though they are owned by the ‘people” Bernie is against, will have to report on Bernie stories soon. Why? Because Bernie will be leading Hillary!

  7. Nirek says:

    If you wonder where Bernie is coming from, this is his agend


    Bernie is on the same page as most of us.

  8. Nirek says:

    Here is anothe article that says Bernie is gaining on Hillary.

  9. Kalima says:

    Hello, Nirek. Thought this would be a good addition to your post. Very powerful.


    It’s not just Hillary. Sen. Bernie Sanders is outdrawing Martin O’Malley.


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