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    Our Elections.... Bernie, Iowa, and much more...

    The Martens; Iowa Caucuses: Only Buttigieg and Klobuchar Seem to Know the Results

    Buttigieg Backer Top Funder of Group Behind Iowa’s Disastrous Voting App

    After Epic 'Nightmare' in Iowa, Democratic App Built by Secretive Firm Shadow Inc. Comes Under Scrutiny

    Denouncing Trump Plan as 'Unacceptable,' Sanders Declares It Is Time to 'End the Israeli Occupation'

    #TomPerezResign: DNC Chair Under Fire for Iowa Disaster, Favoritism for Billionaire Oligarch Bloomberg

    Last but not least: many talking points - from around the world, conflating agendas that serve to trigger and to confuse, e.g. using the 'victim' card - ignoring the ongoing 'victimizing' being done to this very day, and more. - they liquidated socialists by the score and opposed everything we believe, Nazis were not leftists. Nathan J. Robinson

    Zionism and ‘Anti-Semitism’: A Chronicle of a Smear Foretold

    The Misuses of Antisemitism in the UK and the USA

    We ‘Slaughtered’ Jeremy Corbyn, Says Israel Lobbyist

    How to Not Remove a Fascist:

    Amid Iowa Results Debacle, Sanders Campaign Signals Victory by Releasing Portion of Its Internal Caucus Data
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    Re: Our Elections.... Bernie, Iowa, and much more...

    related articles:

    The Democratic Party’s “Civil War”: Socialists vs. Centrists. Sabotaging Sanders

    Quote The shady developments surrounding the Iowa Caucus prove beyond any reasonable doubt that there’s a civil war raging in the Democrat Party between socialists and centrists, one that’s so fierce that it recently saw party insiders indirectly sabotaging what could have otherwise been Sanders’ first victory in order to boost his rival Buttigieg, which goes to show that nothing’s changed with the centrist Democrat establishment in the past four years....

    ...a shady app built by a company amusingly called “Shadow Inc.” supposedly malfunctioned and prevented the state’s Democrat Party from officially declaring a winner Monday night. That didn’t stop Pete Buttigieg from proclaiming himself the winner, though, which is all the more interesting because it was soon revealed that his campaign had given tens of thousands of dollars to “Shadow Inc.” over the past year. ... also discovered ... some former high-ranking Clinton campaign staffers created the questionable app..

    Also in article:
    The Establishment’s Argument For Buttigieg
    The Base’s Argument For Sanders
    “Saving The Party From Itself”Trump’s Strategy
    Democrat Dilemmas
    Concluding Thoughts
    DNC Loses Public Trust in Primary Process on Very First Day

    Bernie Sanders Leads the Popular Vote in Iowa; Wall Street-Friendly Bloomberg Has a Plan
    Quote “When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in a society, over the course of time they create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.” — Frédéric Bastiat, French Economist

    By Pam Martens and Russ Martens: February 5, 2020 ~ The real breaking news headline out of the Iowa Caucuses that had to be doled out over multiple days in measured bites of data is that Senator Bernie Sanders, who has promised to stop Wall Street’s plunder of the nation’s wealth, is leading the popular vote in the state. Despite mainstream media and cable news’ efforts to spin the long-delayed Iowa vote data as a big win for 38-year old Pete Buttigieg, whose name most Americans can’t spell or pronounce, the real too hot to handle news is that folks in the Heartland of America have rejected the centrist-establishment-Wall Street agenda of former Vice President Joe Biden and have warmly embraced Senator Bernie Sanders’ promised political revolution. Biden currently ranks a distant fourth in the vote tallies with 71.44 percent of the vote reported.
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    A frightening analysis

    How Trump Wins Again
    Are Democrats going to give this election away?

    By David Brooks
    Opinion Columnist
    Feb 6, 2020

    As several people have noticed, this was the most politically successful week of the Trump presidency.

    First, President Trump’s job approval numbers are rising. When the impeachment inquiry got rolling in October his Gallup approval rating was 39. Now it’s 49. If he can hold this level, he’ll probably be re-elected.

    Second, impeachment never became a topic of conversation among rank-and-file Democrats, let alone independents and Republicans, so it was easily defeated in the Senate.

    To the extent that it was noticed, impeachment worked for Republicans and against Democrats. Approval of the Republican Party is now at 51 percent, its highest since 2005. More Americans now identify as Republicans than as Democrats. As Gallup dryly observed in announcing these numbers, “Gallup observed similar public opinion shifts when Bill Clinton was impeached.”

    Third, there is no Democratic transcender. The Iowa results, though far from final, indicate that there is no obvious candidate who can be quickly embraced by all factions of the party. With Mike Bloomberg now doubling his campaign spending, it looks like the Democratic primary battle is going to go on for a while.

    Democrats may wind up in a position in which they can’t nominate Bernie Sanders because he’s too far left, and they can’t not nominate him because his followers would bolt from a Biden/Bloomberg/Buttigieg-led party.

    Only 53 percent of Sanders voters say they will certainly support whomever is the Democratic nominee. This is no idle threat. In 2016, in Pennsylvania, 117,000 Sanders primary voters went for Trump in the general, and Trump won the state by 44,292 ballots. In Michigan, 48,000 Sanders voters went for Trump, and Trump won the state by 10,704. In Wisconsin, 51,300 Sanders voters went for Trump, and Trump won the state by 22,748. In short, Sanders voters helped elect Trump.
    Fourth, Trump has cleverly reframed the election. I can see why Nancy Pelosi ripped up his State of the Union speech. It was the most effective speech of the Trump presidency.

    In 2016, Trump ran a dark, fear-driven “American carnage” campaign. His 2016 convention speech was all about crime, violence and menace. The theme of this week’s speech was mostly upbeat “Morning in America.”

    I don’t know if he can keep this tone, because unlike Ronald Reagan, he’s not an optimistic, generous person. But if he can, and he can keep his ideology anodyne, this message can resonate even with people who don’t like him.

    Trump’s speech reframes the election around this core question: Is capitalism basically working or is it basically broken?
    Trump can run on the proposition that it’s basically working. He has a lot of evidence on his side: The unemployment rate is the lowest in decades. Wages are rising. The typical family income is higher than it has ever been.

    Americans seem to accept this position. Confidence in the economy is higher now than at any moment since the Clinton administration. According to Gallup, 59 percent of Americans say they are better off than they were a year ago. Three-quarters of Americans expect to be even better off a year from now.

    Democrats, by contrast, have congregated around the message that capitalism is fundamentally broken and that the economy is bad. As Matthew Yglesias noted recently in Vox, when Democrats were asked in the PBS NewsHour/Politico debate if the economy was good, they all gave the same answer.

    Joe Biden: “I don’t think [Americans] really do like the economy. Look at the middle-class neighborhoods. The middle class is getting killed. The middle class is getting crushed.” Pete Buttigieg: “This economy is not working for most of us.” Elizabeth Warren: “A rising G.D.P., rise in corporate profits, is not being felt by millions of families across the country.” And so on down the line.

    An opposition party can retake the White House in a time of rising economic conditions, but it can’t do it by denouncing capitalism and it can’t do it by denying the felt reality of a majority of Americans.

    It’s hard to defeat a president in good times. U.C.L.A. political scientist Lynn Vavreck, the author of “The Message Matters” and a co-author of “Identity Crisis,” has found that the rare candidates who do succeed find issues that voters care about just as much. In 1960, John Kennedy ran on the missile gap. In 1968, Richard Nixon ran on law and order. In 2016, Trump ran on Middle America identity politics.

    What would that issue be? Well, in his book “The Moral Consequences of Economic Growth,” Benjamin Friedman argues that in prosperous times voters are more tolerant of diversity, more committed to fairness and expanding opportunity. As he puts it, “Economic growth bears moral benefits.”

    That suggests that Democrats should acknowledge that the economy has done well since the Obama recovery in 2009. They should argue that this is the time to take advantage of prosperity to begin a moral and social revival. This is the year to run a values campaign, one that champions policies to make America more socially mobile, caring and interdependent.
    In 2020, running on economic gloom or class war probably won’t work.
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    Re: Our Elections.... Bernie, Iowa, and much more...

    additional articles:

    MIT: Hackers could change person's ballot without detection, in widely-used voting app
    Quote An internet voting app...used in pilots in West Virginia, Denver, Oregon and Utah has vulnerabilities that could allow hackers to change a person's vote without detection, according to researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. ... Voatz app, which has mostly been used for absentee voters and overseas military personnel... ...researchers ...were forced to reverse engineer an Android version of the app because Voatz hasn't allowed transparent third-party testing of the system.
    Buttigieg Is a Wall Street Democrat Beholden to Corporate Interests

    The mystery of Green New Deal: is it related to UN Agenda / Globalists' plans for earth?
    Buttigieg and Centrist Dems Want a Military Response to Climate Change. That’s Dangerous.

    Bloomberg (Still) Wants to Cut Social Security

    Why Does Anyone Think Michael Bloomberg Would Beat Donald Trump?

    NPR's Egregious Takedown of Bernie Sanders, Fact-Checked - Robin A of FAIR (fairness and accuracy in reporting)

    The Escalating Class War Against Bernie Sanders

    Sanders on Geopolitical Issues:

    Sanders Says Trump Clemency for 'Wall Street Crooks' and 'Corrupt' Officials Lays Bare Broken Justice System

    Division within the ranks? J Street calls for Democratic Israel support group DMFI to take down Sanders attack ad
    'So Refreshing to Hear This': Progressives Praise Sanders for Answer on Israel-Palestine Conflict at CNN Town Hall

    The Company Behind the Iowa Caucus App Debacle has a Deeply Troubling Plan to Manipulate Voters
    Quote Shadow is part of a dense web of progressive “new media” companies headed by Tara McGowan, a former Obama campaign staffer with personal ties to the Buttigieg campaign. While parent company Acronym News Corp has distanced itself publicly from Shadow, but org charts show that it is closely intertwined with the tech company ... ...Essentially, Acronym treats reporting and advertising as different methods to reach the same objective. ... it completely devalues any concept of truth. While it is no secret that complete objectivity is unattainable, it is reporters’ commitment to pursuing this impossible ideal that sets them apart from advertising execs. ... (McGowan's) approach...denies voter autonomy, instead treating audiences as targets for political manipulation. This undermines the concept of democracy as a society governed by the people, instead treating citizens as pawns in a game run by propaganda shops.
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    Re: Our Elections.... Bernie, Iowa, and much more...

    more articles:
    The Iowa Fallout and the Democrats’ Shadowy Plot to Stop Sanders

    Timeline: How the DNC Manipulated 2016 Presidential Race

    Matt Taibbi: Democrats Are Unwittingly Handing Sanders the Nomination....
    Quote corporate media fell all over itself on Wednesday to undercut the Vermont senator’s win in New Hampshire, just as it fabricated Pete Buttigieg’s victory in Iowa just a week ago. ...Taibbi admits that “no one could have predicted that even the idiosyncratic particulars of the 2016 and 2020 races would be so alike.”
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    Re: Our Elections.... Bernie, Iowa, and much more...

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    Bloomberg Surrogate Was PR Guru for Bolsonaro

    Election Con 2020: Exposing Trump’s Deception on the Opioid Epidemic

    Rhodes Scholars on Bernie, Buttigieg, and Meritocracy

    Paul Krugman on This Bernie Sanders and Socialism Thing

    This is re: UK election of Boris, it shows graphically how elections are 'won' and people are manipulated against own best interests
    Revealed: The Secret Cash that Put Boris Johnson in Number 10
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