Why Bernie vs Hillary Matters More Than People Think

About a week ago, right around the time of the Iowa caucus it occurred to me that the history of America is a series of pendulum swings. They tend to come in cycles of 25, 50 and 100 year swings. In a way it reflected the swings I have gone through politically. This year the presidential race was extremely tough as 2 candidates came along that are quite rare, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump. World events have laid bare the ineptness and corruption of the establishment. And if ever there were 2 non-establishment candidates, these are it. This article from Benjamin Studebaker solidifies for me just how important Bernie Sanders is at this moment in history. Studebaker throws up 2 easy to read graphs on wealth distribution that support what I have seen and what I know to be true from history. Sure, there are a couple of things I disagree with Bernie about, but at this moment in time, there’s not going to be a middleclass left if Bernie doesn’t get in. – Jim Roach

Benjamin Studebaker

Lately the internet has become full of arguments about the merits and demerits of Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. Over the past couple weeks, I’ve been discussing and pondering all the various views about this, and I’m increasingly of the opinion that most of the people engaging in this debate don’t really understand what is at stake in the democratic primary. This is in part because many Americans don’t really understand the history of American left wing politics and don’t think about policy issues in a holistic, structural way. So in this post, I want to really dig into what the difference is between Bernie and Hillary and why that difference is extremely important.

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Quibbles & Bits

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Caucus quibbles won’t help Bernie Sanders [Kathie Obradovich, DM Register] Good God woman, having an election stolen out from under you is “quibbling”?? I don’t think so. Jennifer Jacobs in Uproar could lead to revamping process, details many of the problems with last Monday’s caucus night in Iowa including the assigning of phantom delegates to Hillary Clinton.

Aside from shenanigans in Woodbury County, Knoxville, Ankeny, Ames and other locales, it absolutely does not help when the chair of the Iowa Democrat Party makes a dictatorial decree that there will be no audit of the results. Sue her Bernie! Damn, this is nuts.

The mess on the Democrat side is from the antiquated rules that were written in 1971, the mess on the Republican side is harder to pinpoint. The Saturday night massacre in this instance wasn’t even fostered by the moderators. Other then Carson and Kasich, they all seemed to bring their own bucket of mud, and were in a mood to sling it.

Man, I just don’t get it. The first 7 debates could arguably be blamed on idiots in the media, this was on the immature candidates (ABC’s people deserve credit). The scariest was the way Christie went after Rubio. I thought he was going to sumo bump Rubio off the stage, or eat him. It was frightening! At least Rubio would have died with his boots on. I just can’t believe this is how America picks it’s president.

Seeing 7 grown men go 8th grade on each other is not awe inspiring. For some reason the idiots in the media love it (and egg it on). As far as Bernie being robbed, in 2012 the Republicans came back and owned their mistake and awarded Santorum the W. The Register, through Obradovich at least, is poo pooing the idea of a recount. It escapes me how the process is served by cloaking it in secrecy.

Jim Roach

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“Neighboring Vermont”


One of the more irritating narratives of this political season has been the one that since Bernie Sanders is from Vermont, a landslide win in New Hampshire doesn’t count because he is from “neighboring Vermont”. So? Hillary represented New York in the United States Senate, which according to Google is exactly 37 miles away (at Vermont’s narrowest point). Come on, that is not exactly the dark side of the moon.

The wider northern part of Vermont is an entire 89 miles across. I think people in New Hampshire are all too aware of who Hillary is, and her New York values. Looking at Iowa, being from neighboring Wisconsin certainly didn’t help Scott Walker. He never got off the launch pad. Bernie seems to be the only one they are laying this political osmosis thing on that because his state physically touches another, some sort of geographic oozing takes place that  guarantees him a win.

I don’t buy it. Hillary ran in New Hampshire in ’08 and won, that state knows her all too well. I think they know Bernie quite well also. If the polls translate into votes Tuesday, they will have chosen between two people they know intimately. I think it is a clear rejection of HRC. Geographic oozing to the contrary. Vermont also touches Massachusetts and New York, does that mean Bernie can put those in the ‘win’ column?

Jim Roach

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Iowa Democrat Party gets away with not releasing vote count

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Iowa Democrat Party Chair Andy McGuire

I’ve never seen anything more insane in my life. No vote count in Iowa??? The Iowa Democrat Party doesn’t release the numbers! It is the Electoral College without the popular vote numbers, this is nuts. This ain’t class president, this ain’t Bolivia, this is for leader of the free world! If the Register wasn’t so in the tank for Hillary things might change.

Bernie likely won the popular vote with his overwhelming edge in college towns, but we’ll never know. The Iowa Democrat Party doesn’t release the vote tally. People complain about the shenanigans with the Electoral College, but you can at least compare it to the raw numbers. Democrat candidates for president in Iowa can’t even do that. The Iowa Democrat Party wants to keep you in the dark. They wish to operate in secrecy.

It would probably help if Iowa Democrat Party Chair Andy McGuire wasn’t in the tank for Hillary. Having witnessed first hand a Democrat Caucus for the first time in 24 years, I was appalled at the haphazard methodology. There was none. There was no standardization or uniformity of counting.

First they tried to have us form ‘lines of 10’. People wouldn’t maintain line integrity (stay put), and there wasn’t enough room to line up 268 Bernie people. Then they had us file out of the gym while they counted us. That didn’t work, people kept wandering back in to sit on a chair and got counted twice. It was like herding cats.

Then they had us all raise a hand and drop it as we counted off the number that came to us. They finally settled on that after an hour of trying to count 268 people. At no time was any of the counts secure. And they were being done by partisans. We’re not electing Homecoming Queen dammit. Bernie got robbed.

Aside from an authoritarian party head who announced there “would be no recount”, the one organization who could get to the bottom of it, the Des Moines Register, is so in the bag for Hillary, they won’t do it. They are run by elderly women like the party chair who are all in for Hillary. Bernie got robbed. This is for the direction of a country, and we are literally counting heads.

There are no ballots to go back to and recount. Its gone. Over a thousand precincts and it was all done differently. Depending if old Joe running it had done it 1 time or 10 times. The precinct chair conducted the count based on how he was feeling that night, and how imaginative he was. There was no checks and balances. There was no failsafe mechanism. I’ve seen better methods of count of a playground.

The liberal establishment media like CNN is so in the back pocket of Hillary, Bernie is simply screwed. He won the vote tally, and lost to a corrupt delegate count. This is an idiotic system with no provision for absentee balloting or for people who are at work during the only 2 hour period you can vote.

James Roach

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For every newly created dollar dilutes to some extent the value of every other dollar already in circulation

“The banks — commercial banks and the Federal Reserve — create all the money of this nation and its people pay interest on every dollar of that newly created money. Which means that private banks exercise unconstitutionally, immorally, and ridiculously the power to tax the people. For every newly created dollar dilutes to some extent the value of every other dollar already in circulation.”

— Jerry Voorhis
[Horace Jeremiah Voorhis] (1901-1984) US Congressman (D-Ca)


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“Why would the Register endorse a liar?”

Max D. Isaacson of West Des Moines got right to the point with his Letter to the Editor in Sunday’s Register. He said, “I question your paper’s journalistic ethics in endorsing Hillary Clinton for president when it has been shown she lied about Benghazi.” While knocking doors for Bernie the last 2 days, I wondered the same thing when I got the response of, “We’re caucusing for Hillary.” I so wanted to ask how that is possible. Invariably the person at the door didn’t look stupid, so how are their actions possible?  The best reason I heard was in a local newscast asking millennial women why they were supporting Sanders, didn’t they want to see a woman in the White House? They said, we will (see a woman president), it will happen. The Hillary woman, who are older, don’t have the time. They want to see a woman president in their lifetime.

Janet Moore of Ankeny had the other very good LTE today, Endorsement of Clinton, Rubio are off the mark. Her point was, HELLO?? The Register is endorsing the 2 establishment candidates? Have you not noticed what has been going the past 8 months? The country has rejected the status quo. The country has rejected the establishment candidates. She said, “Overwhelmingly Iowans want the overthrow of the oligarchy.” Well said.

The last funny from the Opinion Section was from Rekha Basu (of course). She states that since July, reporters from her paper have had to attend Trump events as members of the public, they can’t get press credentials from the Trump campaign. The Register called for Trump to withdraw from the race in July. Good for Trump. They have had a bias against him from the beginning. There is absolutely no reason to put up with that BS. He also didn’t meet with their editorial board. The Register has always had the idea they could use all sorts of invective against Republicans, and for some reason they were supposed to accept it.

Jim Roach

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People with guns are citizens…

“When the government fears the people there is liberty;
 when the people fear the government there is tyranny.”

— Thomas Jefferson

[… people without guns are subjects.]

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We are being told what happened in Flint but not why

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The city and state have no money, why? The tax base disappeared. Why did the jobs leave? Because trade agreements were enacted based on feel good globalism instead of tried and tested economic principles (i.e. a service based economy doesn’t create wealth). A society creates wealth by manufacturing goods using raw materials from the earth. Otherwise it is just wealth transfer. A ‘shell game’.

The article states the city and state have no money but doesn’t explain why. The Detroit area was once known as the “arsenal of democracy” (because of its manufacturing prowess). We could defeat any foe because we could out manufacture it. This national decline started before NAFTA, but that agreement greased the skids. These economic doldrums will continue unless we insist on fair trade agreements. Not to mention the societal costs of crime and poverty from having no good jobs.

This is really basic stuff. Americans need to ask themselves, “Why would our leaders do something so stupid?” Because they are globalists and not Americans.

Jim Roach

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A Trojan horse of ’emergency’

“Every collectivist revolution rides in on a Trojan horse of ’emergency’. It was the tactic of Lenin, Hitler, and Mussolini. In the collectivist sweep over a dozen minor countries of Europe, it was the cry of men striving to get on horseback. And ’emergency’ became the justification of the subsequent steps. This technique of creating emergency is the greatest achievement that demagoguery attains.”

— Herbert Hoover
(1874-1964), 31st US President


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Des Moines Register promotes gross human spectacle


The Saturday Register has a photo similar to this one of Molly Schuyler stuffing her face with bacon at last years bacon fest. Like any gorging contest, it strikes me at least, as rather disgusting. Whether it is hotdogs, pie or donuts, it seems fundamentally wrong to do this to the human body, especially when so many people do without food.

The Register for years has promoted alcohol abuse each Saint Patrick’s Day with their promotion as cool the over consumption of green beer on Court Avenue in Des Moines. The physical toll on the human body, the financial and human cost of resulting DUI’s, none of this matters to the Register.

The Register also has one of their own columnists, Daniel Finney, doing a series on his attempt to recover from morbid obesity. Then they turn around and feature gorging. On Mondays they have a ‘Healthy Lifestyles’ section about diet and exercise, then they turn around and glamorize gluttony.

If you look at the placemat in the foreground, it says ‘Farmland’. It is almost like once again you could say, “Follow the money”. Maybe it wouldn’t work to continuously do features on the guy or gal who volunteered for years at the animal shelter, soup kitchen, children’s cancer ward or some other good thing, but let’s give it a try.

Jim Roach

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