Category Archives: Politics

FDR Was Right


“In 1776 we sought freedom from the tyranny of a political autocracy – from the eighteenth-century royalists who held special privileges from the crown. … Since that struggle, however, man’s inventive genius released new forces in our land which reordered the lives of our people. … Out of this modern civilization economic royalists carved new dynasties. … Through new uses of corporations, banks and securities, new machinery of industry and agriculture, of labor and capital – all undreamed of by the Fathers – the whole structure of modern life was impressed into this royal service…. It was natural and perhaps human that the privileged princes of these new economic dynasties, thirsting for power, reached out for control over government itself. They created a new despotism and wrapped it in the robes of legal sanction. In its service new mercenaries sought to regiment the people, their labor, and their property. And as a result … the hours men and women worked, the wages they received, the conditions of their labor – these had passed beyond the control of the people, and were imposed by this new industrial dictatorship. The savings of the average family, the capital of the small-businessmen, the investments set aside for old age – other people’s money – these were tools which the new economic royalty used to dig itself in.”

— Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1936

(h/t to Robert Reich for the quote)

Chris Matthews Raves On – MSNBC’s Ratings Dive – Support For Bernie Sanders Grows


I admit to being an unabashed supporter of  Bernie Sanders.   I do not care that he’s a Democratic Socialist.  I believe the country needs a balance between Socialism and Capitalism, and the loss of that balance is why we currently face a historic gap in wealth between the fat cats at the top and everybody else in the middle and at the bottom.  I also admit to sometimes watching MSNBC and frankly, Chris Matthews is starting to bother me more than just a little.   I’m tired of his cheerleading for Hillary Clinton and his near absolute blindness to Bernie Sanders.

Sanders, is climbing in the polls in Iowa.   Recently, CBS reported that he was “neck and neck” with Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire.  He has repeatedly had to switch to larger venues to accommodate larger crowds as he travels around the country on speaking engagements.   He’s pulling in the biggest crowds of any candidate on either side.   His people just booked the 16-thousand seat Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena for a rally on August 10th.    And yet, while watching MSNBC, and Matthews in particular, one feels that Sanders is irrelevant.    That the Republican primary is a done deal for Hillary Clinton, and that Bernie is just wasting our time.   Much like Barack Obama, in 2008.

How disappointing that MSNBC, which is flailing around trying to decide what to do about its ratings problems is blind to the fact that not everyone wants to watch an outlet that sometimes acts like a cheerleader for Hillary Clinton.    There are other candidates, and Bernie Sanders is among them.   He is speaking to issues that Clinton refuses to touch.   His message is obviously resonating with an increasing number of people.    But not Chris Matthews, who apparently has personally anointed Hillary Clinton as the Democratic  nominee, a fact which was all too obvious during last night’s roundtable discussion on MSNBC,  following the Republican debate.  How sad.  How boring.

Okay, so Hillary looks good in the national polls, but does that mean there aren’t two sides to the story?   Could Bernie Sanders possibly have a chance and if nothing else,  doesn’t that make this race far more interesting?

Flash!  Headline in the Huffington Post! “Almost Every Major Poll  Shows Bernie Sanders Challenging or Defeating Clinton and Republicans.”

What is it about Sanders that Matthews finds so objectionable?   Is it Bernie’s Socialism, or could it be his position on the corporatocracy, that uber-wealthy individuals and corporations have purchased our democracy and shut it down?   That Democracy is all but dead in America, and that Matthews, doesn’t want to talk about it, because once you get that real the political ballgame Matthews and so many other beltway insiders like to play becomes all but  irrelevant.    It’s the elephant in the middle of the room and in refusing to discuss it, they are making themselves and their shows irrelevant while Bernie Sanders, who has gotten beyond the same old political “newspeak” continues picking up support.   As does Donald Trump, and his traveling “Bullworth”  roadshow.   Do you suppose this could be at least part of the reason MSNBC’s ratings are in the toilet?

This won’t be over until the fat lady sings, and at this point, she isn’t even reaching for her throat spray.

A Modest Rebuttal To The Right


Heard a great quote the other night which made me think about the consistency of the right in American politics as they continue to waste time and taxpayer’s money arguing the exact same issues over and over again.   They have, for example, voted more than 50 times on Obamacare in the House.  You might say the same is true of those on the left, were it not for the fact that Progressives are for change, which creates new issues while the Luddites on the right are consistently trying to do nothing at all,  or worse yet,  to somehow  reverse the process of human evolution, dragging us all down into their personal intellectual hell.

If you can’t follow what you just read, then stop now and go back to the FOX News Channel (or continue staring at the wall).  You’re beyond help.  If on the other hand, you understand what’s being said,  that change  is by its very nature inconsistent, then please continue, as here, for those courageous souls who carry forward with the good fight for change that’s right, is the quote-

“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.  With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do.  He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall.  Speak what you think now in hard words, and tomorrow speak what tomorrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict everything you said today. – ‘Ah, so you shall be sure to be misunderstood.’  Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood?  Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh.  To be great is to be misunderstood.” 

-Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance


God Save Us From Another Clueless Bush


Let’s begin with a quote:

“…people need to work longer hours and through their productivity gain more income for their families”. – Jeb Bush

Okay, there it is.  I normally wouldn’t bother with something like this, but with the need for both the husband wife to hold down full-time jobs to make ends meet and some folks needing to work two to three jobs to buy food and keep a roof over their heads  it’s getting to be unbearable.   Just too, too much.

According to former U.S. Labor Secretary, Robert Reich  “As a matter of fact, most Americans are already working long hours. The average workweek for salaried workers is 47 hours. Hourly workers are putting in even more time. Contract workers, free-lancers, and temp workers are working longer hours than ever. Most part-time workers are doing more than one part-time job.”

It was bad enough when daddy Bush proved his ignorance of all things average Americans must deal with daily, like a bar-code reader in the supermarket, but now it’s happening again.

“I think we agree the past is over.”  -George W. Bush

After suffering through the intellectually challenged reign of George II, we are now confronted by the personage of his younger brother “Jeb,” who wants to set up shop in yet another Bush-league White House, and what is he saying?    He’s saying Americans need to work longer hours.

This from another “born with a silver foot in his mouth” member of the Bush clan, who earns his living by the great good luck of being born into a wealthy family.

Has he ever been in a real business where not earning a paycheck meant he wouldn’t be able to pay the rent or worry about his car being repossessed?   Has he ever held down a real job other than being elected Governor of Florida while being backstopped by his daddy’s money?   His Wikipedia page says his occupation is “Banker, Consultant.”    Huh?

Jeb Bush, the perfect Republican and just what America needs, another clueless rich kid who thinks Neoliberal feudalism is exceptional – that everything will be all right if an already exhausted nation just puts in longer hours on their jobs – jobs which in too many cases no longer exist having been shipped offshore by Bush’s corporate buddies who think slave labor in China and Vietnam is a neat idea.

Is Germany Being Unfair With Greece?


Just read an interesting piece in Forbes.   Panos Mourdoukoutas , argues that Germany has failed to use accepted standards when calculating Greek debt.  He writes that Greece’s net debt is actually 18% and not 175% of their GDP as some apparently claim.    All the while, of course, Germany continues hammering away on Greece for being fiscally irresponsible.

Others have chimed in with similar concerns about the Greek debt issue.   An analyst on Euronews the other day  claimed that Greece’s total debt amounts to only 2% of the Eurozone’s GDP, making this not an economic issue, but a political one.  There is also the most interesting factoid Greek PM, Mr. Tsipras,  brought up with regard to the world’s powers affording Germany 60% debt relief in 1953, following the devastation of WW II.   Greece, it seems, was among those forgiving the German debt.

One wonders how the Germans would feel now, if Greece began producing cars, major appliances and other products to compete with German goods on the world market – or will it be better for Germany if the Greeks stick to olive oil and tourism?


H/T Ethan Anthony

The Clown Car Rolls On


Can’t read a story about Jeb Bush without the ghost of Paul Henning popping into my head with those familiar lyrics from “The Beverly Hillbillies” –

“Come and listen to a story about a man named Jed
A poor mountaineer, barely kept his family fed,
And then one day he was shootin at some food,
And up through the ground came a bubblin crude.
Oil that is, black gold, Texas tea. “The ballad of Jed Clampet


Okay, so it’s “Jed” and not “Jeb” up there in the clown car’s front seat. It’s almost the same.    Especially when you fold in the “Texas tea” thing.  It’s scary close.

One seat back there’s “THE Donald,” alienating the entire nation of Mexico and every Latino in the United States.   Really?    None of my Latino friends are rapists or criminals.   As a whole, in fact,  I find Latinos to be hard working, religious, decent people.   A really good bunch of folks.

Sitting in the back is the big bully boy from New Jersey,  demanding an apology from the press, lest he tackles them all during recess and steals their lunch money.

Jammed in the back seat next to Christie and desperately saying whatever he can to gain even  a little attention in the current cable news cycle is Ted Cruz.   He reminded me of someone, but I couldn’t think of who it was.   Then it came to me.   He looks like the Joker from the Batman comics, sans the makeup, which is apropos following his outrageous charge that gays are staging a “Jihad” against people of faith.   “Holy base-baiting buzzwords Batman!   A jihad?”

These people shouldn’t be taken seriously.   They’re political caricatures.  Ludicrous distortions of reality.   At this point the Republicans best hope is for their clown car to  blow a tire sparing them additional embarrassment and continued bad madness.

America – What The Hell Are We?


France, is now complaining that the U.S.  has been spying on French President  Francois Hollande and other French leaders.  Why?  Are we worried about a terrorist attack from the French?   Do we now routinely spy on all our friends and learn about our government’s activities only because of Wikileaks?

How did Julian Assange and Edward Snowden become international heroes of the early 21st Century?   Is it because they did something wrong, or could it possibly be because they had the courage to point to wrongdoing by the United States?

Why is the United States Senate about to pass a bill approving a massive trade agreement, the TPP,  negotiated in secret by the Obama Administration, which then demanded that it be “fast tracked,” rammed through the legislative process, before the American people could find out what was going on and have time to compare it to NAFTA and CAFTA, both of which helped to gut the American middle class?  What country is this?    Who are these guys working for?

Why is our own President going behind our backs with secret deals,  siding with the wealthy few against his own party,  forcing us to turn to Julian Assange and Edward Snowden to find the truth?

Why do we continue  paying more for health care but getting less than the rest of the developed world?   Why do we continue to accept this madness?

Why does it feel like a victory when the Supreme Court upholds one of the basic tenants of Obamacare, when we should have a nationalized healtcare system that cares for all, like the rest of the developed world?    Medicare for everybody.   Dental care, too.   Why doesn’t the government consider dentistry to be an essential part of our healthcare?    This is insane.

Why are Confederate battle flags still flying in the South?   Why is this even still an issue?   The Civil War ended in 1865.   As many as 850,000 Americans were killed settling the issue of slavery and state’s rights.   It’s over.   The Union won.  Why is this still with us?   Why did it take the slaughter of nine innocent people at a bible study meeting to awaken the country to the ongoing issue of racism?   Why is the Rebel battle flag still flying on the state capitol grounds in South Carolina, where the murders took place,  overtly marking the State’s approval of slavery?   Why don’t they just take it down and apologize for their blind insensitivity?  Who the hell are we, that a whole section of our country can still be called the former slave states?   Why are there people there who continue to celebrate the Confederacy and all it stood for?   How can they possibly fail to understand that honoring bigotry serves as an attitudinal poison going forward?

After more than a dozen years of failure in Afghanistan, Iraq and the Middle East, we continue to engage in unending but profitable warfare.   Promises that we will withdraw are broken as we refuse  to let indigenous peoples work out their own problems.   As a people we have become conditioned to endless warfare.   Peace feels like an anachronism,  something John Lennon sang about and nothing more.  Although it feels as though it no longer has a chance.  There’s too much money in death.

With massive tax cuts for the wealthy, the gap between the rich and the poor hasn’t been so broad since the Great Depression, and still Wall Street is permitted to run amok, as the rich do all they can to suck every last penny out of a beleaguered middle America which struggles to pay for increasingly expensive food and shelter.   Forget a college education, which is now beyond the reach of most average Americans.   Your grandparents were just forced to apply for a “reverse mortgage”  so that they could stay in their house and continue buying food and supplemental health care while, by his own admission,  billionaire Warren Buffet pays a lower percentage in taxes than his secretary.

Want a car?    Take out a 7 year loan.   Want to go to college?   Fine, but you’ll graduate $80,000 in debt.   Want to stay in your house?  Take out a reverse mortgage and max out your credit cards while a reasonable rate of return on money deposited in a bank is an illusion even as CEO’s and board directors, aided and abetted by our politicians,  walk away with billions in their overstuffed pockets.

This is madness.

Our government cuts deals in secret while spying on our allies and our own people while taking orders from bankers who finance their campaigns and promise heavy funding for their families and their causes once they leave office.    A relative handful of royal families, the Bushs, the Waltons, the Kennedys, the Clintons, the Kochs, Dianne Feinstien, John Kerry, Darrell Issa, the Rockefellers and the rest of the uber-wealthy exert their influence and rake in profits while America goes dangerously off course.

Our government cuts deals in secret and spies on our allies and us while those who tell the truth about what’s happening are called traitors and lawbreakers and are forced into exile in foreign embassies and on Russian soil.

Where is the line between political and financial self-interest and America’s best interest?   When did majority rule die?   Can you even remember majority rule?   How about American Democracy?   Remember that?   Our scholars tell us it’s dead.

What the hell are we?

Salvation – A Poem


by Ron Olsen

A flag
A radio mouthpiece
Appealing to all that is the very worst
In human nature
Rushing in
For financial gain
Pitting us one against the other
Black against white
White against white
The past against present and future
A fool believes what a fool believes
A pundit
A flag
The very worst that we can be
All that we were
And still are
Outrageous denial
Human indignity
A species
Needing to prove itself
Worthy of being
Answering to no one
But ourselves
Waiting for a light
To show us the way
When the answer was there
All the while

©2015 Ron Olsen/all rights reserved

DNC Chair Turns Her Back On Labor



DNC Chair, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, joined Republicans in the House and voted FOR “fast tracking” the TPP trade bill, which now goes back to the Senate.   Schultz cast her vote in spite of opposition to the bill from both a majority of Americans and labor, including the AFL-CIO and the Communications Workers of America.  There are now calls for her to step down as Chair of the DNC, which too often looks like they are representing a party of centrist Republicans and not the traditional party of progressive working class Americans.

What a strange alliance, with Republicans, Obama and Wasserman Schultz supporting the TPP trade bill with a majority of the House Democrats and labor on the other side.   The behind-the-scenes deal making to get this thing passed has to be outrageous.  One wonders what the 28 Dems who voted for fast-tracking the bill in the House (including no fewer than 5 Californians) are being promised, and what it will take for the Democratic  Party to reclaim its moral and ethical center?

We can all make a difference as the bill heads back to the Senate by e-mailing or calling our U.S. Senators , urging them to vote AGAINST fast-tracking the TPP bill.   Do it.  You’ll feel better.

Hang On Los Angeles, Here Comes The “Obamajam” – Again


Mr. Obama is coming to town, and they’ll be shutting down much of the west side and two major freeways just to prove how important he is and how badly he needs to raise money for the Dems.   Oh wait, did I say two major freeways?   Scratch that, because here in Los Angeles, they are all major.    You shut down even one freeway and tens of thousands of Angelinos are impacted for miles around as the traffic flows off the freeways and onto surface streets, causing backups reaching into the next county.

Don’t think so?  By one count, the 405 freeway carries 374,000 vehicles per day.  They’ll be closing it not  once but twice for the Obama visit.    If you live here you will understand and probably start weeping.  If not, use your imagination.

The Los Angeles Times lists no fewer than 32 road and freeway closures over the next two days to accommodate the Obama fundraising tour.   You have to wonder if his “people” understand the nature of Los Angeles?  You have to wonder if at some point this won’t begin to have a negative  return at the polls? Oh wait,  LA is so blue, that he doesn’t really need to care about that, does he?

Shut it down.   Shut it all down.  Let the “Obamajam” begin.  And while you’re sitting out there stuck in traffic for hours with your air conditioner blasting to counteract the heat and humidity while your car sucks up $4 a gallon gas, pretend that it doesn’t matter.   Pretend there isn’t a better way.   I’m sure there is, but I have no hope that people living inside the DC bubble will ever figure it out.

Bernie Sanders, Our Last Best Chance?


It’s kinda like one of those stupid “Mom and Dad Save the World” movies, except this time,  instead of Mom and Dad, its our national grandfather Bernie Sanders who’s doing the saving and it isn’t stupid and it’s not a movie.   And the plot is becoming more and more interesting.

Nancy Pelosi and her Democrats in the House have just turned their backs on President Obama’s effort to fast track the TPP free trade bill.  Well, good for them.   There’s an election coming and they had to do something to try and convince the millions of unemployed, underemployed, the students and others being crushed by debt, that Democrats care about something other than campaign contributions.  They get this way around election time and later seem to partake in selective amnesia.

“That’s not what I said” they say, except that it’s usually exactly what they said and they’ll probably say it again in a year or two and then move on with another round of denials while kissing babies and eating barbecue in someone’s backyard somewhere in West Texas.

Any number of progressives fear that the “TPP” will do what NAFTA, CAFTA and the WTO have done,  further devastate the American middle class by dropping trade barriers even further and sending even more jobs overseas to countries where slave labor is still permissible.

Some Democrats worry out loud whether this split between House Dems and Mr. Obama, will hurt Hillary Clinton at the polls,  as the  giant groaning and hopefully wrong-headed assumption that Hillary Clinton will win the primary continues.

Meantime, if the polls are to be believed, Bernie Sanders continues picking up followers.  And for good reason.  Bernie, has none of the Wall Street baggage Hillary Clinton will carry with her wherever she goes, regardless of what she might say about the evils of what CEO’s  are being paid and the scourge of tax breaks afforded hedge fund managers.  Like her son-in-law for example.   She wants to eliminate her son-in-laws tax breaks?  What overwhelming sincerity.  What forthrightness.   What nonsense.

So many of the Democrats in Congress are doing nothing but carrying water for millionaires, billionaires and big corporations, and Bill and Hillary Clinton are right there, in bed with their Wall Street buddies who have paid out hundreds of thousands in speaker’s fees to Hillary will bolstering Bill’s legacy by writing checks to The Clinton Foundation.   So forget them.   Hopefully America will.   They’ve had their very lengthy moment in the sun.   Hopefully the Democrats will understand this in the runup to the primary.

Hopefully, they will realize that Bernie Sanders may be our best chance to restore some political balance to the country.   He says a “political revolution” is what we need.  He’s right.

An Independent from Vermont,  Sanders is running as a Democrat, because it’s the only way he has a chance of winning.  And he will have a chance, a very real chance,  if America wakes up to the terrible fact that our political system has been bought off, our freedom of self-determination stolen, and that Bernie, may be our last best chance of recovering what we once had, a nation that works for the majority and not just a wealthy few.

At a gathering in Des Moines,  Sanders put it this way, “Today, we live in the wealthiest nation in the history of the world, but that reality means little because almost all of that wealth is controlled by a tiny handful of individuals. America now has more income and wealth inequality than any major country on earth, and the gap between the very rich and everyone else is wider than at any time since the 1920s. The issue of wealth and income inequality is the great moral issue of our time, it is the great economic issue of our time and it is the great political issue of our time.

Let me be very clear. There is something profoundly wrong when the top one-tenth of one percent owns almost as much wealth as the bottom ninety percent, and when ninety-nine percent of all new income goes to the top one percent. There is something profoundly wrong when we have a proliferation of millionaires and billionaires at the same time as millions of Americans work longer hours for lower wages and we have the highest rate of childhood poverty of any major country on earth. There is something profoundly wrong when one family owns more wealth than the bottom 130 million Americans. This grotesque level of inequality is immoral. It is bad economics. It is unsustainable. That is why we need a tax system that is fair and progressive, which makes wealthy individuals and profitable corporations begin to pay their fair share of taxes. This type of rigged economy is not what America is supposed to be about. This has got to change and, together we will change it.

This campaign is sending a message to the billionaire class:  “you can’t have it all.”  -Bernie Sanders

Good for Pelosi and the Democrats for standing up to Mr. Obama, Wall Street and the corporations on the TPP bill.  Just remember that for years most of these people have been part of the problem.  That there’s no way many of them will take part in the “political revolution” the nation so badly needs.   That Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush and most of the others will only follow in the footsteps of Mr. Obama, by maintaining much of the status quo, continuing on with the best government money can buy while the remnants of representative democracy are nothing but an illusion.

Oh, and Bernie Sanders will not be serving an adequate purpose by simply pulling Hilary farther to the left.  That won’t be enough.   Since Reagan, the country has been pushed so far to the right that those of us who were once moderates, even Eisenhower Republicans,  are now considered to be radical lefties.   No, Bernie needs to win this thing.   Nobody’s perfect, but he could be our last best chance.

FIFA And The U.S. Congress – An Unholy Double Standard


FIFA officials are under indictment from the U.S. Attorney General,  for taking kickbacks to influence their voting.   Exactly like the U.S. system of paying off members of the House and Senate to influence their voting.   So a soccer federation is being held to a higher legal standard than the White House and the Congress of the United States.  

Bernie Sanders is absolutely right, it’s time for a political revolution in America.  The following, written long ago by American patriot Tom Paine, is once again on point. 

“THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.”   -‘The Crisis’ byThomas Paine, December 23, 1776 

Why I Just Contributed To Bernie Sanders


A lifetime in Journalism made me a believer in transparency, which, of course, makes disclosure an important issue even though I currently do what are commonly called “opinion pieces.”  That is to say, I no longer do straight-ahead Journalism, giving readers both sides of the story and then letting them decided for themselves how they might feel about one issue or another.    I stopped doing that kind of Journalism when I left KTLA-TV in 2009 and began writing this blog.   Whether my objectivity and fairness continue now that I am issuing forth with opinion is a question for my readers to answer.

Being able to tell people how I feel about major issues is a real relief following forty years of leaving my opinions and personal bias on the doorstep at home when I left for work each day.   It isn’t easy, but it can be done.   There are any number of outstanding journalists who are doing exactly that, even though many are shown little or no appreciation for their efforts at ethical professional behavior due to the financial pressures pushing down on both print and broadcast news.

But back to transparency.   Today, I made a contribution to the presidential campaign of Bernie Sanders.   Some months ago, I made more than one contribution to the Senate campaign of Elizabeth Warren.    I openly support both Sanders and Warren in my writing,  so I don’t feel ethically challenged in sending them money.   Prior to those donations, while I was doing straight-ahead journalism, not only did I never contribute to anyone’s campaign, I  refrained from voting out of fear that having a horse in the race would compromise my ethical position as a journalist.   How could I possibly support a candidate and still expect my viewers to believe I was being objective in my work?   In fact, prior to Sanders and Warren, the only other campaign contribution I had ever made was a small check I made out to George McGovern in the 70’s,  before I got into journalism.

My opinion is that voting for Hillary because she is a woman, is not a valid reason to vote for Hillary.  She’s taken way too much money from Wall Street.   She’s far too tied into the big American banking machine.  In the end, she will favor those who have paid her.   She has to, if only because it’s human nature to favor those who favor you, and she has been favored in a big way.

As for Bernie, yes he leans toward social reform.  Toward re-blancing the nation’s progressive tax structure.  So what?   Who do you think pays for the fire department, the police department, our roads and highways, our food inspectors (such as they still are), maintaining our clean air and water, disaster relief and our military?   Aren’t you burned out on paying twice what the Canadians pay for prescription meds?  If anything, Bernie will bring America back to being a more balanced or “mixed” economy, providing both the incentives offered by Capitalism and the security provided by  Democratic Socialism, without taking us off the rails and into some extremist ideology, which is where this current batch of extremist Republicans want us to go.   The privatization the Republicans are after is no better than Communism.  Both ultimately result in a form of feudalism, absent of adequate self-determination and shared power.

As Bill Moyers recently called to our attention, “…Sanders’s positions are quite mainstream from the point of view of the stances of the American public in general. Of course, the 1 percent, for whom and by whom most mainstream media report, are appalled and would like to depict him as an outlier.”  Moyers points to a recent Gallup poll showing that 63% of Americans support Sanders contention, “that the current distribution of wealth is unfair.”

By my way of thinking, if Sanders has a fault, it’s the same problem Jimmy Carter and George McGovern had.   He’s just too damn honest for American politics.     This isn’t my original thought.   If memory serves,  it came from the shark-toothed brain of Hunter S. Thompson.  I’m not suggesting it’s always a bad problem to have, if only the American people could recognize that honesty is better for us than the lie-fueled, festering,  entertainment driven, mud-slinging frenzy that has come to dominate our political landscape.   It’s so much easier to draw someone’s attention with slime and innuendo than with a discussion of the facts,  a game that plays against politicians who try and deal with the truth to the exclusion of personal attacks.

I think Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are trying to do the right thing against terrifying odds.   In this current environment, that, at the very least, makes them statesmen (and woman), and possibly even patriots.   Real patriots, not one of those flag waving empty bags of rhetorical racket who grow fat on the blood and tears of others while proportionately putting back so much less than they take from the system.

There it is.   All in the interest of transparency.   Were I still on the air, working for a news organization that represents itself as being objective, I wouldn’t be donating to anybody.   But, as I now write opinion pieces, my opinion is that it’s okay to donate to Bernie Sanders.   Considering the bankers and their billions that are stacked against him, I urge you to send what you can by going to his campaign website, 

Some are saying he can’t beat Hillary.    Probably some of the same folks who said Obama couldn’t win the primary in 08.

Send Bernie a couple of bucks.  Click here –