Nominating a Candidate with Integrity is Just Crazy Enough to Work


Is the media-anointed Democratic presidential “front runner” Hillary Clinton really a true-blue Democrat at-heart? It certainly doesn’t appear so.

For starters, she has been warmly welcomed to speak to the super-plutocratic, Rockefeller-linked Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) on numerous occasions over several years. But when Mrs. Clinton addressed the CFR again on Nov. 19, 2016 as a presidential candidate, she revealed a foreign policy stance as an interventionist hawk.

It turns out that she’s quite bent on militarily patrolling the world, nonstop, like any good warmongering globalist Republican would do, while showing no discernable difference between herself and, say, the neo-conservative Weekly Standard crowd—especially the magazine’s editor William Kristol, who’s never seen a war he didn’t like, as long as he doesn’t have to do any fighting, of course.

And when you consider the CFR‘s raison d’être — in effect, shuffling national economies and leaders like a game of Risk whilst puffing Cubans and sipping obscenely priced cognac—the Democrats and progressives among the American electorate need to take a serious pause when it comes to Hillary, given her CFR association. This is to say nothing of her scandals which, let’s be stone-cold honest, are too legion to be ignored. She and her hip-joined cohort are way past being yesterday’s news. They’ve had their day in the sun and it’s time for them to go. Period.

Indeed, with Sen. Bernie Sanders offering Americans a candid discussion as the contending Democratic presidential candidate—he’s properly and accurately targeting Wall Street sharks and their plutocratic plunder of the nation—of what use is Hillary? Bernie goes after the sharks while Hillary hangs out with them.

Sanders may not be everyone’s cup of Joe, but there are conservatives who’ll take him and his candor over the brash, shrill or otherwise puzzling Republican presidential candidates, whatever the GOP contenders’ merits and demerits may be. Bernie says what he means and means what he says, without the excessive bravado of Donald Trump and without the disingenuousness of Hillary. Thus, Americans need to tune out the big media and their excessive, unreliable and often unbelievable polls and instead think clearly about the realities surrounding the candidates who are seeking the White House.

It’d be great to ascend to a better political world where other parties, like Green, Libertarian and Constitution, could be given a fair shake and present America with something besides donkeys and elephants. If we’re serious about Democracy, we can and should wonder why Switzerland has about 12 political parties taking part in government while the US has but two. However, for the time being, Bernie, who’s one of only two independents in the Senate, represents a way to keep Mrs. Clinton out and give Trump or the other GOP nominee a credible opposition with a little integrity to boot.

Mark Anderson is a veteran journalist who divides his time between Texas and Michigan. Email him at

From The Progressive Populist, May 1, 2016

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