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In his June article, “No Lesser Evil, Not this Time,” sociologist and writer for CounterPunch, Andrew Smolski, presents some vitally needed critical thinking concerning the choice liberal Americans are facing right now: Sec. Hillary Clinton and the Democrats or Dr. Jill Stein and the Green Party… How best to reverse course and avert the fascism threatening to descend on 21st-century America?

I just shared Smolski’s piece with several FB friends, adding the following comment (which I now share with all of my friends who aren’t into the whole social-media/networking thing that Zuckerberg birthed):

THIS. This is brilliant. Recent reading on the phenomenon of fascism (Robert O. Paxton’s tome) has reinforced for me the fact that there is a direct correlation between failed, thoroughly-corrupted, PSEUDO-liberalism (like that of the last 30+ years of “Democrats,” esp. under the Clintons and President Obama, who are — ON POLICY — the all-time movers of the modern far-right’s agenda)… and bona fide fascism.

Put simply, the former (failed/pseudo-liberalism) makes relatively free societies extremely vulnerable to the latter (fascism).

In early 20th-century Europe, “liberal” establishments set the precedent for modern American Democrats — the bankster-abetting modern Democrats who’ve dismantled the middle class and rule of law, while perpetuating war — serving up their free societies to dangerous fascists with no regard for the consequences, oblivious (because they are pure corporatists, technocratic managers of mass-plunder and environmental destruction. Their job is to silence the left in order for the pillage to continue.).

I cannot vote for a pseudo-liberal candidate whose ethics, character, and agenda are indistinguishable from those of Bush/Cheney/Romney and the entire Koch/Adelson-fueled cabal — whose neoconservative policies I know so well, whose victims number in the millions, mostly non-European people, indigenous and impoverished people, Muslims, Africans, Central/South Americans, women, and children. (I can’t vote for a transparent warmonger whose party has been setting the table for WW3 during the entirety of Obama’s presidency, supporting neo-Nazi coups in Ukraine and Salafist violence across the Middle East, originating from Washington’s Saudi despot allies… and Langley, VA, of course. The destruction of Syria has been the result of a second Mujaheddin unleashed by the neocons.)

The truth, for those of us who follow policy like our lives depend on it, is that George W. Bush’s torture-happy CIA (like Wall Street) got exactly what it wanted in the presidency of Barack Obama: the death of left-wing opposition to Bush/Cheney policies, which have been continued and dramatically expanded under the nation’s first black president.

But I will vote for neither the “cause” nor the “effect” of America’s descent into neo-fascism.

And here’s a word of warning to those living in FEAR, too terrified to vote for Dr. Jill Stein and the values which you profess to hold: With more “Democrats” like these in office, the NEXT fascist will be a whole lot scarier than center-left, pro-choice, anti-war, anti-TPP* Donald Trump… and, yes, while exploding the GOP establishment and discrediting the wars and corruption of our political system and media, he’s also comported himself as an extremely dangerous demagogue (and a very flawed, reckless PIG of a man — though that is what we’ve come to expect from the Clintons’ circle of friends).

Think, people. Think. Read. Learn. And then vote your conscience.

* which actually makes Trump a stronger defender of environmental/labor regulations than Sec. Clinton, counterintuitive though that may seem (the TPP is all about subjugating nations to corporations — officially and enshrined in international law, as the oceans collapse and the world burns — nullifying/discouraging any form of government regulation… of fossil-fuel companies, labor practices, banking, pharmaceutical companies, etc. — President Obama’s State Department actually lowered the government’s standards to allow some of the most notorious modern practitioners of SLAVERY, including Malaysia, to participate in the treaty. THAT is all the TPP promises, having almost literally nothing to do with “trade” — and being wholly antithetical to freedom. It is about putting shackles on any future threat of an actual democratic, responsive, accountable government breaking out, anywhere in the world. That’s what our establishment fears more than anything else: Free people. And that’s why we’ve got to buck the fuckers).

A vote for Dr. Jill Stein is not actually a vote for Donald Trump, but rather a vote for Dr. Jill Stein and the values and platform of the Green Party, which, IMO, are desperately needed at this critical moment in human history.

A vote for Sec. Clinton, however — if one is at all familiar with her record — is a vote for policies of the extreme right-wing of American politics (she’s in the neocon/neoliberal vanguard, FFS).

No one grounded in reality should support the climate-fracking Wall Street tool and proven warmongering neocon who has positioned herself to Trump’s right on issue after issue. Yes, Donald Trump is a dangerous, race-baiting, sexist demagogue — but he’s not the dangerous, race-baiting, sexist demagogue who just rigged the Democratic Primary, disenfranchising millions of progressive and independent American voters (including me).

Nor is Trump the candidate who is all-but-overtly promising WW3 (quite the opposite, actually) — while the middle class, national sovereignty, and rule of law are further dismantled by the new “Democrats” (TPP anyone? More due process-free assassinations of American citizens? Mujaheddin 2.0? Neo-Nazi allies in Ukraine? The end of environmental/labor standards and bank regulations? Forget the rhetoric and branding, these “Dems” are leading the way toward totalitarianism!).

PAY ATTENTION, my friends, and don’t let yourself be propagandized so easily by brand-names and corporate MSM advertising. Anyone remotely familiar with their respective records should know that both Trump and Clinton are unmitigated monsters — contemplating a vote for either of these unholy terrors is a sign that the brainwashing thugs who run America have your brain in their cookie jar.

“Don’t blame me, I voted for KODOS,” indeed!

Thank you, Jordan Liles, for this very good journalism documenting what went down at the Nevada Democratic Convention. Your 9-minute video presents a nice contrast to the corporate media’s (stenographic, Clinton Camp-originated) folderol about “violent” Bernie Sanders supporters; rather than spreading David Brock’s latest “artful smear” (nicely debunked by Cenk Uygur) you’ve shed light on a process that was clearly an undemocratic farce. In sharing your work on Facebook, I added the following comments:

Another glimpse at America, not for the faint of heart: Nevada is one several states apparently rigged for Sec. Clinton, this year. After upstart Bernie “tied” (won) in Iowa (also apparently rigged, with even The Des Moines Register crying foul) and went on to make all kinds of history in New Hampshire, Nevada became “must win” for Camp Clinton. Who remembers what happened next? That’s right: with Nate Silver and other pollsters pointing to a Sanders come-from-behind WIN in Nevada, Sen. Harry Reid (NV, Minority Leader) got union bosses in Las Vegas to direct thousands of Clark County workers, *under supervision*, to go “caucus for Hillary” (obviously, such conditions are coercive, where one’s *job* is to participate in an open process with the expectation of support for a specific candidate). Several weeks later at the Clark County convention, Sanders’ delegates reversed the original outcome, because THEY SHOWED UP in greater numbers, because Bernie’s support in Clark County was ACTUAL, rather than artificially inflated. Sen. Sanders likely won — or at least tied — in Nevada, as the exit polls indicated… only the Nevada Democratic Party won’t allow a delegate count that reflects that reality… nor have Democratic officials across the country allowed anything resembling a fair, open, transparent process in SELECTING their “Democratic” nominee (126,000 voters purged in Brooklyn alone, Bernie’s birthplace and hometown; and then there’s what happened in Massachusetts, Chicago, Arizona, Rhode Island…).

THIS is what tyranny looks like, folks. Consider the results to date: Our deeply corrupt, war-profiteering establishment is responsible for the deaths of millions of Muslims over just the past couple of decades and the persecution and oppression of millions of American minorities, especially African-Americans. Our industries have knowingly trashed the planet’s climate, posing a genuine threat to the future of life on Earth. In all quarters of the world, Washington routinely supports dictators, terrorists, drug-lords, and corporate criminals — all MSM propaganda aside, America is rarely, if ever, on the side of democrats, human rights workers, journalists, or the rule of law (consider Honduras, Haiti, Uganda, Ukraine, Bahrain, Yemen, Palestine, Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Mexico, Brazil, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Argentina — and we mustn’t forget Syria-Libya, where the US is actively arming and supporting genocidal affiliates of al Qaeda and ISIS, hell bent on regime-change in Damascus and Tehran… the neocon agenda).

Wrapping up: whether we’re talking about democracy/the rule of law/human rights — or the foundering oceans and important, disappearing species, like bees and other pollinators — the inescapable concept is that of the “tipping point.” How much further can we push our indifference to all of the things that matter most?

[The following rant was in response to this 5/10/16 segment from The Young Turks‘ occasionally excellent program, reporting Bernie Sanders’ 15-point win last night in West Virginia… and the utter hopelessness of his securing the nomination (the nomination he has in all probability already won, had anyone bothered to count the provisional and affidavit ballots). I’ll leave this boastful, wrathful mess exactly as it was originally posted on YouTube, sparing myself nothing. I guess this is what I’ve become.)

TYT is sounding more like Bill Maher every day: “Eat the chicken! Eat the chicken!” skipping right over the fact that the only reason “the math” is so daunting for Bernie is because the nomination is being stolen through fraud. If Cenk and Co. were for real they’d be investigating raw vote totals in Iowa, Chicago, Arizona, New York… To politely avoid mention of the elephant in the room — MASSIVE FRAUD determining the nominee of the “Democratic” Party — is to sanction the Wall Street/neocon coup that makes this country NOT America anymore. Fuck you, Cenk. You suck enormous amounts of ass. You couldn’t BEGIN to debate me, because I’ve got about a thousand more facts than you… and I’m not as full of shit as you (even now, in a state of high dudgeon). FULL RESPECT for all the times you’ve got it right in the past, folks, but right now you’re joining all the rest of the shitbags in the corporate media by simply reporting the “official” tally and neglecting to mention how many millions of Americans were disenfranchised to reach that “official” tally… which isn’t remotely supported by the EXIT POLLS (why aren’t you covering the hell out of that story?). But here’s TYT and the MSM: “Nothing to see here, nothing to see here. Looks like Clinton’s locked up the nomination, in all likelihood.” FUCK you straight to hell, Cenk Uygur and your dirty, appeasing crew. The oceans are signaling collapse, the bee population is winking out, and the Bill of Rights is in a thousand shreds. Literally millions of Muslims have been butchered by the West over the last three decades — WHERE ARE YOU???

(OK, you can go back to your “Two Minutes Hate” of Trump now… but why you’re sparing the “Democratic” neocon stealing the nomination — the warmonger who threatened to “OBLITERATE” Iran and has been in the vanguard of Washington’s genocidal program in the Middle East — is the question you should be asking yourselves.)

James O’Donnell III —

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump

(Photo by DSK, AFP/Getty Images)

Check out what The Hill and USA Today are reporting, folks: Sec. Clinton is TIED/LOSING to Trump in critical swing states (the raw polling data has shown for months now that Clinton is particularly vulnerable to Trump).  Not only is she the furthest-right Democratic nominee imaginable, nominating Clinton is apparently the shortest path to electing Donald Trump……whereas the same polling data shows Bernie, an actual progressive, clobbering Trump by double-digit margins, including in swing states!

Consider this excerpt from Seth Abramson’s excellent recent article in The Huffington Post:

“Sanders outperforms Clinton against Donald Trump in nearly every state where head-to-head general-election polling data is available. While some of this is undoubtedly due to the fact that Sanders beats Clinton by between 30 and 40 points among Independents — itself a major warning sign for a Clinton candidacy this fall — the rest is explained by the fact that when voters come to know Bernie Sanders as well as they already know Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, they tend to prefer him to these two by clear margins.”

Trump beats Clinton. Bernie beats Trump. It really is that simple.

And the Democratic Primary is far from over: Bernie only needs 56% of the remaining pledged delegates to pass Clinton, with very favorable terrain ahead. Let’s keep working to win the nomination for Bernie — unless we want “Chancellor Trump” in office!

That’s the real choice we face.

[This hopeful message was originally composed for our Tri-City FUN for Bernie Facebook page, with some of my local activist cohorts in mind. Even so, the main point of this writing is intended for sharing broadly, and that point is a simple one: it’s time to tell Sen. Sanders that he must demand that our votes are actually counted — #BernieAUDITthePRIMARY — it’s now or never, friends.]

Lately, I admit I’ve been struggling to remind myself of something positive about the moment we’re in, and that something is this: this moment is brimming over with HOPE. Our humanitarian, climate-conscious, peace-loving, egalitarian, diversity-celebrating movement is winning. (It’s a thing of beauty. Truly.) But it’s been difficult for me to fully appreciate that aspect of this moment because it is my sincere belief that our movement will be defeated (cheated, in fact) if we don’t — in great numbers — demand an independent and transparent audit of the entire Democratic Primary… before the Democratic Convention.

If we count the votes, I strongly believe that Bernie WINS. Decisively, even. If we don’t, I’m afraid the establishment is going to steal this moment from us.

Friends, I’m concerned that in harping on this issue, I might have recently come across as overly pessimistic about our current efforts. And beyond pessimistic, when it comes to the level of despair I exhibited this morning at our Voter Registration table at the Irvington Farmer’s Market (clothes were “rent,” teeth “gnashed”). The truth is, the last few days have presented me with some challenging moments, and I have faltered. But please understand that I’m not giving up. I will continue to support our canvassing, phone-banking, voter registration, and other efforts, which are essential. I am on board with Tri-City FUN for Bernie, all the way!

But let’s also be realistic about what we’re up against: MASSIVE FRAUD. That’s the elephant in the room (or DINO, in this case). Massive voter suppression and outright, vote-flipping fraud have marred this primary race, and if we want Bernie to get his win, we need to shout it from the rooftops. Sen. Sanders is too much of a gentleman — and Team Player — to do it himself.

FUN people, what the world needs now — more than love and Coca-Cola combined — is the right meme (and IMO we should be working to spread that meme): COUNT THE VOTES! AUDIT THE DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY!

We need to press Bernie to demand an independent and transparent audit of the Democratic Primary before the disenfranchisement of hundreds of thousands of Americans is made “official.” Before it’s too late and there’s no going back to the opportunity of a lifetime, the chance to elect President Bernie Sanders! (Damn, that felt good typing that!)

So let’s not take our chances (or humanity’s) with a second President Clinton or a Chancellor Trump. It’s time to stand up for the movement we’ve built and claim the WIN that we and Bernie together have already achieved (against all odds, even discounting the vote suppression): #BernieAUDITthePRIMARY [That’s right: for Bernie’s sake, I just became an official Twitter person (I’m twitter-pated). JOD_III_Tweets is my handle — as in “You can’t handle the Twuth!” I mean, “the Tweet!”]

Bernie-boosters, I understand that there are other, more conventional, steps essential to winning CA, but as Sen. Sanders himself has said, his path to victory is “narrow.” Mark my words: that path may well become blocked entirely if we continue to accept fraudulent official vote totals. And please, don’t dismiss it as a “conspiracy theory.” The rigging so far has triggered massive citizen outcry in one contest after another, prompting several investigations, job suspensions, state hearings (filled with livid disenfranchised citizens), and even mini-audits… which, according to the citizens in attendance, have been opaque and rigged.

Our winning strategy is simple: AUDIT THE PRIMARY. COUNT THE VOTES. And press the Sanders campaign to join us. (Sign whatever petitions you can find to this effect. I know I have.)

Let’s not risk the future because we’re afraid to be a little assertive: write Bernie, Tweet him, e-mail his campaign, chant it to him at his next yuuuuge rally: “BERNIE, WE LOVE YOU, BUT COUNT THE VOTES! AUDIT THE DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY!”

Peace, James