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Henderson - Sanders should run as independent 5-23-16

Dean Henderson

Dean Henderson

By Dean Henderson
A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released Tuesday shows a Clinton/Trump presidential race a dead heat, with Clinton holding a slight 46%-43% edge. More revealing was the massively negative view of both candidates.
Hillary Clinton scored -20 in the positive feelings vs. negative feelings category. Donald Trump was at -29. These are all-time record numbers and underscore the need for Bernie Sanders to — if denied the nomination at the Democratic convention in Philadelphia — run as an Independent candidate for President of the United States.
In the same poll Sanders held a +7 score in the positive feelings vs. negative arena, while handily beat Trump 54%-39% in a general election. More interesting yet, 47% of those polled said they would consider voting for an Independent of Third Party candidate. That’s up from 40% in April.
Democratic Party insiders remain in denial as to the non-electability of Hillary Clinton, as they have cheated and swindled their way across their rigged Dixiecrats-first primary map.
Mainstream media have followed in tow, as they have either discounted Sanders’ chances or ignored him all together, all the while claiming the billionaire casino king Trump is the “outsider” in the race.
With a little help from controlled opposition like Alex Jones and the Drudge Report, the old oligarchy bait and switch has worked yet again on many people who should know better.
Still, Sanders has won the vast majority of primaries and caucuses since Super Tuesday, draws huge rallies everyone he shows up and is only 271 delegates behind Clinton. If her 525-39 lead in the crooked super-delegate game were to flip, Sanders will be the one asking folks to “do the math”.
A Sanders rout on June 7 in California would be a game-changer. Sanders wins look quite plausible that same day in South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, New Mexico and New Jersey. A sweep that day would give Sanders all the momentum going into Philadelphia. Super-delegates will be twitching, especially if Hillary’s poll numbers continue to tank vis-à-vis Trump.
If there is a brokered Democrat convention — and it could easily happen — Bernie would win on the second ballot and become the Democratic nominee for President.
But if Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and her coterie of Zionist controllers continue to obstruct democracy and disenfranchise voters and crown Hillary their queen in the very city which housed the Constitutional Convention, Sanders should run as an Independent.
It appears that Donald Trump – convinced Bernie would take votes from Hillary – is trying to goad Sanders into running Indy. If he were smarter, he wouldn’t do this. But he’s not.
Yellow-Dog Democratic loyalists wring their hands at the possibility of a Sanders run. They should worry more about nominating a loser like Mrs. Clinton who the charlatan Trump will eat alive.
Sanders draws both Republican and Independent support and 20-30% of his supporters say they will not vote for Clinton. Count me in on “Bernie or Bust”. If Bernie is not on the ballot in November, I’ll vote for either Green Party candidate Jill Stein or Libertarian former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson.
I realize that Bernie Sanders, his wife and his campaign manager Jeff Weaver have all ruled out an Independent run, but it’s really not up to Bernie. It’s up to us – his supporters.
If we think Bernie should run Indy, then he should. Period. End of discussion. That’s how real democracy works.
Personally, I’m getting too old for this same old shit from a Democratic Party which long ago betrayed its working class supporters. Move to the center, placate Republicans, throw some crumbs to progressives and continue to take the corporate cheese and sell your party out on weak policy, which in turn exacerbates the record concentration of wealth occurring in this country and this world.
I worked for both Jesse Jackson and Jerry Brown. We were told to wait. Our time would come. I ran for Congress as a progressive Democrat, getting zero support from either state or national Democratic Party.
This time progressives should forget about crumbs. I could care less about getting planks in Hillary’s platform because I know she’ll betray us anyway. Or about “holding the movement together” past Sanders, or about whatever other justification people can make for the oppressor’s incessant cheating that can still make people feel good about themselves and this rotten system.
We haven’t been this close since Eugene Debs. This time progressives need to play to win. If Bernie is not the Democratic nominee coming out of Philadelphia, then we need to recruit him as an Independent candidate for President.
Not as a spoiler, but as the winner of a three-way race in which he would be the only candidate people don’t hate. And, more importantly, as the only one that offers any hope of a brighter American future.
If you agree, please share this everywhere. This is a call to Revolution!

Dean Henderson is the author of five books: Big Oil & Their Bankers in the Persian Gulf: Four Horsemen, Eight Families & Their Global Intelligence, Narcotics & Terror Network, The Grateful Unrich: Revolution in 50 Countries, Das Kartell der Federal Reserve, Stickin’ it to the Matrix and The Federal Reserve Cartel.. You can subscribe free to Henderson’s weekly Left Hook column at www.hendersonlefthook.wordpress.com.

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