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Friday, May 29, 2015

“Progressive” as a three-dollar bill

Don’t Invest
Editing and commentary by
Carolyn Bennett

Status quo

Don’t invest in Bernie Sanders in bed with weapons industry Lockheed Martin ● or Hillary Clinton with hands on, direct and indirect, killing and taking her (foundation-laundered) cut. 

Endless war can be expected from these candidates—evening gowned or tuxedoed. An associate or friend of the legislator in interview today on KPFA spoke of “Bernie” in military terms: “Bernie’s ‘insurgency’”, he called the Senator's run for the White House, “with nothing to lose.”

Aside from the continuing culture and ethos of belligerence, militarism, imperialism, nuclear armament, global arms sales and violent aggression (together with gross neglect of domestic issues such as immigration, education, human rights and relations, general health and welfare)—serious times call for serious candidates. 

With U.S. “leadership” recklessly waging scores of wars and other aggression in Middle East, Eastern Europe, Asia, and Africa—no thoughtful person in the twenty-first century would consider someone addressed down as “Hillary” or “Bernie” (“Bill” or “Billy”).  
Same Coin

We know where Hillary was but where was Bernie when bribes were being handed out? Politician Bernard Sanders had been ensconced in the legislature of the United States for just short of a quarter century and when he is through the quarter century mark will have passed (his tenure in U.S. House of Representatives January 3, 1991-January 3, 2007, in U.S. Senate 2007-2015 current term ending in 2019).

Lockheed F-35
In his long tenure, what benefit has Sanders brought to the American people as a whole? 

What has he done for the general welfare of this country? 

What has he done to end U.S. wars and occupation abroad?

US DOD missile launch
Partnered with Military Industry Leader Lockheed Martin

The Center for Responsive Politics’ Open Secrets file calls them Heavy Hitters ● one of the heaviest Lockheed Martin: the United States’ “top defense contractor, the brains behind high-tech military hardware such as the F-16 jet fighter and a variety of land and sea missiles. 

Lockheed in 2001 “landed the biggest defense contract in history when it was named the main contractor for the Joint Strike Fighter.”  

Lockheed 2014 “LOBBYING: $14,581,800” ● REVOLVING DOOR: “73 out of 109 Lockheed Martin lobbyists in 2013-2014 have previously held government jobs” ● Lockheed Martin PACs’ [Political Action Committees’] total contributions to U.S. candidates for public office “is 7 times larger than contributions from individuals…: Contributions to candidates $3,001,933, Contributions to Leadership PACs $865,875, Contributions to parties $223,216, Contributions to 527 committees $5,812, Contributions to outside spending groups $10,373”
Nuclear-Lockheed “Bernie”

Greg Guma writes this week under headline “Between the Lines—Will Sanders’ Run for the White House Help Build a National Progressive”?  

A fair question considering another faker

The “progressive” military-industrial-complex-supporting Bernard Sanders, Guma reports, is a flip-flopper on a seriously dangerous domestic and global issue. 

“Despite his (Sanders’) past criticisms of the corporation’s serial misconduct and excess,” by 2011 Sanders was “supporting the Pentagon’s proposal to base Lockheed-built F-35 fight jets at the Burlington (Vermont) International Airport…. Sanders “joined with Vermont’s most enthusiastic booster, U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy, signing on to a joint statement of support.”
Concerning the Vermont partnership with the energy company Sandia, “managed by Lockheed Martin for the Department of Defense”, the state’s governor reportedly described Sen. Sanders as being “like a dog with a bone” in his enthusiasm.

Judge for yourselves

I think America needs—and has for a long time needed—“freshness”. New people and new ideas, human sensibility, true independence of thought and action, principled leadership; people who don’t engage in getting by and fooling, hoodwinking, the American people, but who enable Americans—by supporting substantively good public education (not “race to a top or bottom”) for all—to think for themselves; not to succumb to propaganda, yield to manipulation; but to regularly ponder and act on the notion that we Americans must end the inherently regressive status quo, end legacy and dynasty, and put the “lifers” and the “old guard” out to pasture.

On its website “Presidency 2016”, Politics1 points out that “a large crowd of candidates will likely compete for the Democratic and Republican nominations—plus LOTS of likely third party and independent P2016 hopefuls.” And “if a person is running or thinking of running—regardless of party, ballot status, or chances of winning (incumbent party, main opposition party, third party candidates, independent and write-in hopefuls)” —Politics1 will list all of the candidates at its site. 

Why not check it out?

magine beyond elephants and donkeys. Anybody can be an “arse” or “heavy-footed”, even a great orator, a convincing propagandist. 

However, not anyone should be trusted with the leadership of a (potentially) great country. There is a whole world of truly progressive thinkers and doers, competent and principled people, not propagandists or counterfeit, waiting for a turn at the helm. Waiting for a chance to progressively help right this ship of state.

Sources and notes

“Upfront” May 29, 2015 episode, KPFA, https://kpfa.org/episode/upfront-may-29-2015/

Center for Responsive Politics Open Secrets, http://www.opensecrets.org/orgs/summary.php?id=D000000104
Bernard Sanders bio, http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=S000033

Sanders, Lockheed, Nuclear armament: TRUST ME

Wednesday, May 27, 2015: Greg Guma: “Between The Lines - Will Sanders’ Run for the White House Help Build a National Progressive … Lockheed in Vermont: Sanders’ Corporate Conundrum Progressive Eclipse – Chapter Ten; Sandia, Citizens United and Smart Meters: December 2011, http://gregguma.blogspot.com/2015/05/lockheed-in-vermont-sanders-corporate.html

“The growing influence of corporations made the emerging relationship between Sandia Laboratories and Bernie Sanders somewhat perplexing. Sandia was managed by Lockheed Martin for the Department of Defense, had roots in the Manhattan Project and a history of turning nuclear research into weapons. Most of its revenue still came from maintaining and developing defense systems. … [Sanders’] position hadn’t changed that much. Sandia’s nuclear associations were never a major obstacle: Sanders had once been pro-nuclear power and his criticisms were restrained. His stalwart alliance with labor had always outweighed his skepticism about military spending and his corporate criticism, which focused on fairness and inequality, rarely prevented him from making an alliance that furthered ‘bold’ initiatives or burnished his record of leadership. … By 2011, Sanders was … supporting the Pentagon’s proposal to base Lockheed-built F-35 fight jets at the Burlington International Airport. Despite his past criticisms of the corporation’s serial misconduct and excess, he joined with Vermont’s most enthusiastic booster, Senator Patrick Leahy, signing on to a joint statement of support.”

“Lockheed Martin in Vermont: Senator Bernie Sanders’ Corporate Conundrum” by Greg Guma
Global Research, May 28, 2015, Theme: Environment, Global Economy, Oil and Energy, Politics and Religion, http://www.globalresearch.ca/lockheed-martin-in-vermont-senator-bernie-sanders-corporate-conundrum/5452106

Presidency 2016 Politics1

A large crowd of candidates will likely compete for the Democratic and Republican nominations plus there LOTS of likely third party and independent P2016 hopefuls.

If a person is running or thinking of running—regardless of party, ballot status, or chances of winning (incumbent party, main opposition party, third party candidates, independent and write-in hopefuls) —Politics 1 lists all of the candidates at its site. http://www.politics1.com/p2016.htm


A lifelong American writer and writer/activist (former academic and staffer with the U.S. government in Washington), Dr. Carolyn LaDelle Bennett is credentialed in education and print journalism and public affairs (PhD, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan; MA, The American University, Washington, DC). Her work concerns itself with news and current affairs, historical contexts, and ideas particularly related to acts and consequences of U.S. foreign relations, geopolitics, human rights, war and peace, and violence and nonviolence. Dr. Bennett is an internationalist and nonpartisan progressive personally concerned with society and the common good. An educator at heart, her career began with the U.S. Peace Corps, teaching in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Since then, she has authored several books and numerous current-affairs articles; her latest book: UNCONSCIONABLE: How The World Sees Us: World News, Alternative Views, Commentary on U.S. Foreign Relations; most thoughts, articles, edited work are posted at Bennett’s Study: http://todaysinsightnews.blogspot.com/ and on her Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/carolynladelle.bennett. http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/08UNCONSCIONABLE/prweb12131656.htm http://bookstore.xlibris.com/Products/SKU-000757788/UNCONSCIONABLE.aspx Her books are also available at independent bookstores in New York State: Lift Bridge in Brockport; Sundance in Geneseo; Dog Ears Bookstore and Literary Arts Center in Buffalo; Burlingham Books in Perry; The Bookworm in East Aurora


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