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How Bernie Sanders Is the Biggest Con-Man of the 2016 Election
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How Bernie Sanders Is the Biggest Con-Man of the 2016 Election

Politicians are infamously known for speaking out of both sides of their mouths, giving them a very bad reputation, and rightfully so. This is especially the case when talking about presidential candidates.

Too few people authentically express their views without worry of the consequence, and because of his unabashed stances vocally supporting socialism, Bernie Sanders’ raw appeal makes nearly all from both sides recognize his apparent authenticity.

But how does Bernie’s actual record hold up? Bernie wants to make his supporters think that he stands for the little guy. He wants America to think that he has no ties to big business and will ultimately end the strangle hold that America’s banks have held on the economy with government assistance. He wants the people to think he stands for civil liberties more than any other candidate on either side of the isle, including Rand Paul. And because most people from all political spectrums refuse to question Bernie’s consistency, he has become the biggest con-man of the election cycle 2016.

Bernie and the Banks

Probably Bernie’s biggest campaign positions is to reign in the big banks and Wall Street in order to “protect” the American investor.

Bernie makes his animosity toward the banks loud and known, but he’s also being extremely hypocritical.

While Bernie spends his time dumping on Wall Street on the campaign trail, he has sold America out while standing with the largest and most powerful banking institution in the world: The Federal Reserve.

In 2010, congress had a real opportunity to audit the Federal Reserve as senator Bernie Sanders and congressman Ron Paul worked in bipartisanship to dig up the dirt of what happened during the 2008 meltdown. Yet, despite rhetoric from Sanders calling for transparency and accountability on the part of the Fed, opposition from the White House, the Fed, and the Treasury put pressure on Sanders and caused him to cave on the bill at last minute, leaving Ron Paul in the dust. However, the bill pushed by Sanders that he sidestepped on would have only provided transparency to the Fed’s involvement in the economic meltdown in 2008, but not over the Fed’s monetary policy as a whole. On this, Bernie shamelessly supports the centralized bank artificially fixing interest rates, creating market bubbles, and devaluing the currency.

Bernie recently penned an article in The New York Times where he proceeds to lay out his hypocritical stance on the Fed’s involvement in the economy. In it, he explains “Unfortunately, an institution that was created to serve all Americans has been hijacked by the very bankers it regulates.”

This single statement illustrates his failure to understand the history of the central bank. Bernie wants to “reform the Fed” by giving it nearly unlimited authority to hijack the economy at the hands of merely a few select men and women.

He hates Wall Street yet he has no problem letting a select group control the economy, so long as he is in approval of said group.

Bernie Sanders has pulled the ultimate scam over the American people, fooling everyone that he works for them, when in reality he marches to the turn of big brother and the restriction of economic freedom.

Bernie’s Support of the Surveillance State

Bernie’s economic policy is not the only aspect of of his presidential platform that he has been less than honest about. His “defense” of civil liberties like privacy is yet another example of his chameleon personality.

During several debate moments and campaign stops, he unabashedly condemns the PATRIOT Act and the ability to spy on the American people. He, much like Rand Paul, points to the unconstitutional way it used the NSA to spy on millions of Americans under a generalized warrant as a violation of constitutionally protected liberties.

However, what most do not realize is that unlike Rand Paul, he ignored all the privacy rhetoric he used to rally young people and voted for the USA FREEDOM Act. The FREEDOM Act does not “rollback” the NSA’s ability to use blanket surveillance on the public, but merely provides an extra step required to continue its unconstitutional acts. Bernie even acknowledged this fact before the final vote on the act took place in an interview with Katie Couric. Yet when push comes to shove, Bernie Sanders once again stuck to the status quo and betrayed the American people and their privacy as he voted ‘yes’.

Bernie the Hawk

As much as Sanders’ economic and domestic policies are a sham to the people, so too is his foreign policy.

Bernie acts like he is the biggest dove in the race, not afraid to call the Iraq war as a waste and will be the first to associate the dangers that come with republican neoconservative policies. On the surface, he looks like the poster boy for left wing foreign policy. However, much like the rest of his platform, there is a double standard that he doesn’t talk about during a stump speech. Bernie gave President Obama the seal of approval to elongate the war in Afghanistan, a war that has lost its meaning and is longer than any other conflict in American history.

Bernie also supported and co-sponsored a resolution that called for Gaddafi to be ousted from his governing seat – a move that, when it actually happened, helped destabilize the Middle East and helped empower radical Islamic terrorists. Moreover, in 1999, Sanders supported full on military action in the Kosovo War, an act that even caused one of his advisors to quit. While Bernie may not be so obvious in his support for foreign entanglement as Hillary Clinton is, make no mistake that when it comes down between greater peace or growing government, he chooses to grow government every time.

Most on the left think Bernie Sanders is the ultimate poster child for liberal policies, being Anti big banks, anti surveillance, and anti war. Most on the right don’t necessarily agree with his policies, but at least agree that he is the most genuine candidate in the race. But the truth of the matter is that Bernie is not genuine. He is not working “for the people”. He is not trying to reform the system to get the power out of the hands of the powerful. The only thing Bernie believes in is big government, and make no mistake, he will use any and all means to meet his desired end result.

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  • calebfranz

    Not enough attention has been given to the no fly zone that Clinton supports. Do we want the possibility of war with Russia? Notice Clinton stands alone in this dangerous stance, against Obama, against the pentagon. “As her competitors at Tuesday’s Democratic Party debate made clear, Clinton stands alone when it comes to escalating U.S. intervention in Syria. “No-fly zones sound attractive, but no-fly zones also have to be enforced,” said former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, echoing statements by Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb. “And given the fact that the Russian air force is in the airspace over Syria, this could lead to an escalation of Cold War proportions because of an accident, and I don’t think that’s in the best interests of the United States.”

    • calebfranz

      And btw an escalation of Cold War could mean war with Russia. Hillary wants to put her thumb on Putin and play hardball. Again, EVERYONE says this is a mistake except for her. Look into this please. One of the most important issues is being ignored.

  • calebfranz

    As U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders speaks the truth, his opponent has tried to smear him regarding his vote for CMFA. Watch this video to see the full story, how he and 400 others were snookered, how he fought it and how it affects the democratic campaigns today. This makes it very clear. I have never seen Thom Hartmann angry like he is here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQj3EUVIIIs&feature=share

  • calebfranz

    See whose company he chose to keep with senators who voted ‘No’ on the Financial (Crisis) 2008-2009 Bailout.

    (Republican:) (AL) Sessions, Jeff, Shelby, Richard, (ID) Crapo, Michael, (KS) Brownback, Sam, Roberts, Pat, (KY) Bunning, Jim, (LA) Vitter, (MS) Wicker, (NC) Dole, (OK) Inhofe, (SC) Jim, DeMint, (WY) Enzi, Michael.
    (Independent:) (VT) Sanders, Bernie.
    (Democrats:) (WA) Maria Cantwell, (WI) Feingold, Russell, (LA) Landrieu, Mary, (MI) Stabenow, Debbie, (MT) Tester, Jon, (ND) Dorgan, Byron, (OR) Wyden, Ron, (SD) Johnson, Tim.

    https://www.congress.gov/bill/110th-congress/house-bill/1424

    Bernie Sanders voted against the bailout knowing full well that President Elect Obama was going to have to navigate the waters. Bernie Sanders claims that President Obama did good work on the economy. In other words, Sanders expected President Obama to fail miserably as president – just like the right-wing republicans he voted with in favor of letting the free-market pick winners and losers.

    The other side of the coin are his plans for Medicare/Medicaid-or-all, essentially putting health insurance companies out of business, or setting prices from the government seat, likely setting up a fight based on the ‘Commerce Clause’, particularly since government cannot intentionally choose not to have free-markets; and setting up the ownership of health insurance again from the government seat.

    Problem? Yes. Bernie Sanders voted against the bailout which essentially made the government the temporary owners of those companies bailed out. Therefore, how can he now justify medicare or medicaid for all as not being big government over-reach?

    There is also the 2012 presidential election when Bernie Sanders very publicly wanted Mr. Obama to be challenged. Well, apparently, Mr. Sanders has been stewing in his independent juices since 2008 and is now carrying out his threat to primary not just Mrs. Clinton but to also state publicly that President Obama’s legacy is worth less to him than the voters who elected him twice to the presidency.

    Mr. Sanders has never been a Democratic leader and his candidacy for the presidency reflects a politico who really does want to transform the United States of America by erasing all that the Democratic senators and representatives, including Dodd and Frank [Dodd-Frank legislation], Vice President Biden, and President Obama worked toward to make the nation socially and economically better during and after the recession. He is not impressed with the center-left efforts of the democrats these past seven years. What makes any of Bernie Sander’s supporters think — not believe, not hope — that he will get any legislative assistance from them when he is broadcasting his contempt for what he regards as their failures.

    Republicans cannot wait to run the ad of Bernie Sanders ‘ talking out of both sides of his mouth,’ as he sided with republicans weeks before the Democratic President Elect Obama took the oath of office. Bernie Sanders should have run as a republican. It would have at least been understandable to democrats. If Bernie Sanders is the nominee down ballot elections in the Democratic Party will be hogtied to the revolution of wealth redistribution. Any down ballot democrat who embraces the past seven years becomes an establishment candidate.

    If you thought these seven years was nothing but gridlock, Bernie Sanders could singlehandedly grease the wheels of down ballot republican wins. No more gridlock, ever – that is, if President Sanders even bothers to use the veto pen on a repeal of the ACA when their super majority to override vetoes, is a fait accompli. But, it is true, President Sanders won’t rip-up the ACA!

  • calebfranz

    If he is a con man, its the longest con in history
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RU3NKvvxcSs

  • calebfranz

    Okay. As a journalist you should post your evidence in link form for proper fact checking.

  • calebfranz

    Nice try. #FeelTheBern

  • calebfranz

    Way to cherry pick to make a not very compelling case. This is garbage. If I were marking this article for your rhetoric class at Ohio University, you would get a D, Caleb.

  • calebfranz

    You should vote for Candidate X. Seems like you’d support their ideas: http://plansofatlas.com/2016/01/12/candidate-x/

  • calebfranz

    nice article

  • calebfranz

    It’s Erie how similar the USA and Rome’s histories align. And we all know how that turned out. So did Jefferson and that’s why he opposed the federal government in the ways he did.

  • calebfranz

    If this is the worst you can find on Sanders then I hope you all vote for Sanders. The title is terrible since there’s nothing truly bad in the article and it’s only 2 weeks into the year.

  • calebfranz

    Hey caleb, wipe your snotty nose, put your big boy britches on, get out of your parents basement and get a real job, you libertarian/tea-party/anti-govt idiot!

  • calebfranz

    This kind of poor journalism is very bad for the people reading it, this is the kind that totally misleads the public and the aim of this article is to do just that. Hillary must be paying you well to write this crap.
    For once the audit bill would never have passed in the senate, sanders last minute change would have probably saved it from failing to pass which it didn’t.
    With regards to Libya sanders bill asked for the democratic removal of the dictator not through military action, military action which Hillary supported! In Kosovo he said he felt that military action was mess ash to prevent the genocide that was going on and rightly so. Are you going to argue that his decision to not voted for the Iraq war was a bad one then ?

  • calebfranz

    How much did you get paid to write this propaganda with no sources?

  • calebfranz

    if you listen it is clear Bernie has no idea how or why jobs are created, continue, or disappear. Having said that he has a point that bankers/wall street have behaved in an inexcusable manner, putting minor gains and profit profit before people. Thats not excusable either. In any event he’s better than “She who must only see the oval office again only from the public tour” and all but one or two of he republicans who, sadly, can’t get out of single digits.

  • calebfranz

    Great stuff!

    It’s entertaining how all these greedy, Commie babies are so religious in their devotion to Sanders. They hate God, but they love their false prophet.

    The guy has never even had a real job! He’s a career politician of four decades! He’s never earned a living! He just leeches off of the taxpayers!

    I guess most of his supporters empathize with having nothing to offer society. All they do is take, take, take and cry me, me, me.

    Greedy, worthless narcissists.

  • calebfranz

    Caleb, who are YOU voting for then, eh? Killary? or the dumbass trump? if yes to either of those, piss off. You also did not source a single thing stated in this article.

  • calebfranz

    Clearly Sanders is looking less and less unelectable as the weeks go by. Otherwise why would people start attacking him? Up till now everyone, Republican and Democrat, has been happily ignoring him.

    • calebfranz

      Actually in the Republican debate last night Hilary was mentioned dozens of times as the candidate they say they will go after… Bernie wasn’t mentioned once… If he were any threat at all of winning the primary… Republicans would jump on him as a “socialist” who wants to grow government…and that would just be the obvious attacks… if Bern did win the nomination… then the Democrats will loose the white house… just that simple and if the Bernheads think Hillary is the same as a Republican… then they really do have their heads up their ass….

  • calebfranz

    Maybe he should curb his enthusiasm and spend his energy pursuing something of value in his life. Maybe like getting a firm grasp on reality?

  • calebfranz

    To the Berniebots: so you don’t have to strain your lazy asses looking all this up on Google, I’ve done the work for you deadbeats. You’re welcome.

    On the economy and Bernie’s REALLY going to pay for his free shit:

    http://crooksandliars.com/2015/12/surprise-bernie-sanders-voted-act-crashed

    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/bernie-sanders-proposed-payroll-tax-hit/story?id=34546554

    http://freebeacon.com/politics/sanders-promises-to-raise-taxes-on-all-americans/

    Bernie & the Surveillance State:

    https://votesmart.org/candidate/key-votes/27110/bernie-sanders/13/civil-liberties-and-civil-rights#.Vpa-eFlYxps

    Bernie the War Hawk:

    http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/11/13/bernie-and-the-jets/

    http://www.salon.com/2015/10/10/dumb_bernie_sanders_delusions_progressives_who_champion_sanders_need_to_consider_this_and_no_its_not_the_supreme_court/

    http://mondoweiss.net/2015/08/unprogressive-palestine-washington

    http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/2015/10/07/the-reason-pro-palestine-boston-students-picked-bernie-sanders-rally-make-statement/DZfCDfcTauIHJKzZrdsw7N/story.html

    http://mondoweiss.net/2015/10/palestine-statement-sanders

    http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/277-75/24583-bernie-sanders-doubles-down-on-f-35-support-days-after-runway-explosion

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/in-the-loop/wp/2014/08/20/answering-question-on-israel-bernie-sanders-tells-townhall-hecklers-to-shut-up/

    http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/government-and-politics/20150830/democratic-presidential-candidate-sanders-says-he-would-be-prepared-to-use-military-force

    http://www.alternet.org/election-2016/bernie-sanders-troubling-history-supporting-us-military-violence-abroad

    http://www.stopthef35.com/organizing-stop-f-35-choice-vermont/

    http://www.mediaite.com/online/excuse-me-shut-up-bernie-sanders-defends-israel-from-town-hall-hecklers/

  • calebfranz

    About Caleb Franz

    Caleb is a teenage libertarian because all teenagers are libertarians cuz fuck mom and dad, amiright?. He has spouted uniformed drivel at Turning Point USA since 2013 and looks forward to being able to buy his own Natural Ice legally. Caleb is a frequent guest on college radio programs to discuss policies he learned about in school yesterday and politics centered around free markets and limited government even though he only just became eligible to vote and his political knowledge begins and ends with “Atlas Shrugged.” Outside of the political realm, Caleb is a student at Ohio University studying Electronic Media, which you’ll note is not politics, and is an avid fan of Marvel Comic books and movies. He is also a proud virgin.

    • calebfranz

      Ummm I have to point out your very cliche response to Franz’s article. It’s something that’s been done since the time of Jesus. When there is a message or information which can’t be disputed, instead of dealing with that message, some people like yourself attack the messenger and hope that the message goes away.

      • calebfranz

        Message that can’t be disputed? Jesus? Right there you failed. Jesus of the bible is a fictional character. Bernie is pretty solid compared to all the other dickwads in the race.

        • calebfranz

          Yeah, I think you miss read the intent of my comment. It was not to say Jesus’s message can’t be disputed. It was to point out an ancient cliche response that a person can have when they confront a message or information that they can’t dispute or don’t like because it’s true. Instead of dealing with the information they ridicule the informer and hope that the information goes away. Just like the story in the Bible, fiction or not, the old
          story is there. I saw a bunch of you guys in a parade in New Orleans. Pretty funny and entertaining. Unfortunately Bernie… he’s a nice guy for the most part, but, he shouldn’t be President. There are plenty of nice guys out there that say great things…. but still, should not be President. If the Presidency were a simple job interview there would be no dought of Hillary being hired with her skill, experience, contacts, know how etc… But, for some reason it’s become a popularity contest.

          • calebfranz

            please seriously compare HRC’s experience to Sanders experience in the political arena HRC is a newborn for all intents compared to Sanders and has shown herself to be untrustworthy, flip flops on key issues just to pander to the voters while bernie has changed his thoughts on very view items when he realized they were incorrect (it is called being human)

          • calebfranz

            Calling Bernie’s flip flops, “being human” and chastising Hillary for the same is of course, as you know, transparently biased. It’s actually verging on hipocracy if you voted for Obama once or twice.

          • calebfranz

            Sanders changed his opinion several tyears back and has not flippflopped since then HRC flipflopped her opinions several times just last year when she saw how people prefered sanders ideas so is not transparently biased or hipocracy no I did not vote for obama either time I vote for the best qualified not for the party and Bernie is by far the better candidate which if you paid attention and opened your eyes you would see HRC is out for her own self and her pocket book and those of her friends and the ines backing her with superpacs and othe big business types read some facts and ween yourself off the HRC koolaid

          • calebfranz

            I was unaware that Hillary Clinton has her own line of surgery beverages. Lol, saying things like, “HRC Koolaid” and telling someone else that they should read… facts… within the same sentence… is really entertaining, but accomplishes nothing. It is admirable you are excited and are supporting a candidate and are getting involved in the Democratic process. It is however extremely unfortunate how many of you are going about it. Feeling the need to degrade other candidates to lift up your own. If the Presidency was a simple job interview of the “most qualified”, who has the skill, in the field experience, the most useful contacts etc… it will be Hillary Clinton… without question. But this election has turned into a reality TV flop. With candidates in both parties who should not be running as a member of that party. Trump is as much of a Republican as Bernie is a Democrat. But while Trump’s followers are attacking immigrants and Muslims, Bernie’s followers only attack Hillary and the Democrats who support her, doing the dirty work of Republicans, destroying the Democratic Party from within. It’s a mess.

          • calebfranz

            compare Sanders actual experience to clintons and then say who is actually more experienced those article is so full of false claims and made up things attacking sanders the writer shows ignorance of facts funny i see very few of sanders supporters actually badmouthing clinton or any other candidates compared to the attacks by clinton and others on sanders and again Sanders even says he is just running as a democrat he never switched to the democratic party and is still an independent running on the democrat party card but please post credible sources for your claims that are attacking clinton ( since when s telling the facts and the truth an attack of someone unless they are trying to hide the truth?)

  • calebfranz

    Berniecrats are not stupid…you obviously are. we will not buy your bullshit. have a nice day

    • calebfranz

      On the contrary, Berniebots are totally stupid. You completely bought into his bullshit about “free” this and “free” that, and anyone with a functioning brain can tell it’s all bullshit with NO plans on how to pay for it other than taxing the middle class he, in TRUTH, doesn’t give two fucks about into oblivion.

      • calebfranz

        He’s the only one that does have plans for covering his programs and most of it comes from closing tax loopholes on the rich.

        • calebfranz

          Horseshit. It’ll come from further taxing the middle class because He helped CREATE those loopholes.

          On who’s REALLY going to pay for Bernie’s “Free shit,” and it WON’T be the wealthy:
          http://crooksandliars.com/2015/12/surprise-bernie-sanders-voted-act-crashed

          http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/bernie-sanders-proposed-payroll-tax-hit/story?id=34546554

          http://freebeacon.com/politics/sanders-promises-to-raise-taxes-on-all-americans/

          You Berniebots know nothing about economics either, do you? I mean, it’s obvious you know nothing about Civics or how Democracy works, but you seriously Bernie’s going to get the rich to pony up the money to pay for shit that will NEVER get past Congress, no matter which party had the majority?

          Now you’re just deluding yourselves.

          • calebfranz

            You have to resort to attacking us to make yourself be right? I know a lot more than you do evidently because you want to vote for the wrong person. Taxing to pay for healthcare is fair game because you won’t be paying for insurance anymore. It will be a cheaper alternative. Tax loopholes for the rich will be closed and pay for much of what he wants to enact. You don’t know me and don’t know what I know so stop being rude and find some real reasons to support your opinion instead of using random online links to bullshit. You sound like Donald Trump.

  • calebfranz

    Lots of opinions…very few facts. Weak writing.

  • calebfranz

    LMAO! This is really stupid. L.oL!

  • calebfranz

    reaching a bit…….

  • calebfranz

    Just to note: the criticism on his support of the Gaddafi ousting is valid. His support didn’t do anything, of course, as the Senate was never given the opportunity to vote on it. However, Bernie explicitly expressed support for the resolution

  • calebfranz

    Another right winger insisting the size of government is relevant (big is bad) while ignoring the monstrous size of the private institutions that control our government. Love all the predictable “blame it all on the fed” crap too. Again, its not the institutions which are flawed, its the people close to your end of the spectrum controlling them, kid.

    • calebfranz

      If the government weren’t so corrupt, those institutions couldn’t touch us!

  • calebfranz

    Senator Bernie Sanders has all the qualities and abilities of a true leader. Bernie is kind, fair, honest, humble, authentic, energetic, intelligent, experienced, and passionate about helping all children succeed in this nation, thus building a stronger and brighter USA for future generations. Check out Bernie’s record on you tube. He was recently given the top congressional award from the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Bernie is dedicated to ending the “legal bribes and money making schemes” going on in government today. Democratic (by the people) socialist (for the people) means building social programs that build this country such as public schools, library, post office, military, social security..all programs that have benefited Americans. Vote smart! Vote for your child a role model. Vote for a true leader, Bernie Sanders for president 2016! We may never have another chance to save our democracy!

    • calebfranz

      LOL! Save our democracy?? We are not a democracy. Bernie is lying to all of you as he is one of the biggest con of all.

      • calebfranz

        You made the argument beautifully you idiot. We are NOT a Democracy and NEVER were. All the points made against Sanders by this snot nosed delinquint are the result of our adversarial government, courtesy of our Constitution written by the wealthiest people on the planet, for the wealthiest people on the planet.

        • calebfranz

          Anyone who says “we are not a Democracy” fell asleep in High School when they got to Jackson.

          • calebfranz

            You ARE an airhead and swallowed the propaganda! The very word “Democracy” appears NOWHERE in our founding documents therefore there is NO formal declaration thereof. Get an education before you post. The US is a REPUBLIC.

          • calebfranz

            The US is a Democratic Republic, slight difference. We are not purely democratic, purely a republic. We are not purely capitalist and definitely aren’t purely socialist. We are a melting pot in every sense of the word.

          • calebfranz

            There is NO formal declaration of a “Democratic Republic” ANYWHERE in our founding documents so I would LOVE to know where you came up with this crap. The forefathers were all filthy rich and knew the pitfalls against them had they actually created true majority rule. They were not stupid. They knew the wealthy would ALWAYS be outnumbered by the proletariat and therefore would NEVER have governmental power. As is blatantly evidenced, especially today, the wealthy are in control and have been for over 2 centuries. The US education has successfully brainwashed its populace.

          • calebfranz

            Oh for fuck’s sake, The US is a democracy. And guess what? It’s a republic, too. It’s like saying, “the cobra isn’t a reptile, it’s a snake.” It only shows that you have no idea what at least one of those words means.

          • calebfranz

            Please. Look it up. The US government structure does NOT fit the definition of Democracy. There is NO direct voting in the US except at the local level. Democracies do not vote for Representatives. There are NO purely democratic government on the planet but ours is far from a close approximation. You really have to travel more.

          • calebfranz

            The US government does not fit the definition of a direct democracy. But here’s the thing: not all democracies are direct democracies. If they were, then we wouldn’t need to say “direct democracy,” we’d just say “democracy.” But since not all democracies are direct democracies, we have to specify with that word “direct.”

            Best,

            Someone who teaches this to college students

          • calebfranz

            I know a number of Constitutional scholars and college profs who would disagree.

          • calebfranz

            Great! Then you should have no problem pointing us all to a peer-reviewed source that backs you up!

          • calebfranz

            The very word, Democracy, appears NOWHERE in ANY of the US founding documents, therefore there is NO formal establishment of the US as a Democracy. Digging up a “peer-reviewed source would consume too much time, apparently you have it. I don’t! In addition, if the US was, in fact, a Democracy, how the hell did Reagan win the election with a MINORITY of the popular vote? In a Deocracy that would be IMPOSSIBLE.

          • calebfranz

            “The very word, Democracy, appears NOWHERE in ANY of the US founding documents.” – No, it doesn’t, but the term “chosen every second Year by the People of the several States” DOES (Article 1, Section 2, Clause 1: “The House of Representatives shall be composed of Members chosen every second Year by the People of the several States.”.) It references the election of members to one of the two legislative bodies of our bicameral Legislature – the House of Representatives. The Representatives in the House were to be elected directly by the people, which they are, every two years. Originally, the Senate was not elected directly by the people but chosen by state legislatures That is no longer the case and they are now, also, democratically elected. Our president is NOT elected directly by the people. We don’t actually vote for a president, we vote for a strong count of delegates/electors who will choose a president from the available candidates and (hopefully) their choice will reflect the peoples’ wish, which is decided based on primaries and general election results, except some electors have the right to do as they choose and ignore the will of the people. The Constitutional college instructor is correct, and you’re not. – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Article_One_of_the_United_States_Constitution#Clause_1:_Composition_and_election_of_Members

          • calebfranz

            Actually, “The Constitutional college instructor” is FOS! There is NO formal declaration of the US as a Democracy. The IS a formal declaration of the US as a Republic. You speak in parable like a bible thumper. The forefathers created a system which effectively dilutes the voting power of the populace. Representative Democracy is probable the most fantastic oxymoron EVER created, especially when those “representatives”, except for their desire for re-election which they augment with MONEY, have absolutely NO constitution responsibility to the majority which elected them. The nation of Switzerland is probably the closest representation of Democracy on the planet today. The people there are called to the polls EVERY Saturday and they vote on EVERYTHING from who is the local dogcatcher to who is in their Senate and Congress. I, as a voter there, can stop a government action with my single nay vote and bring it to a national vote. You, as an American, have nowhere near that kind of power. And before you respond as a smart-ass by asking why I don’t live there: my medical circumstance makes travel impossible.

          • calebfranz

            This conversation is very old and no longer worth continuing, but I do want to address your calling me a bible thumper. I thumped the bible for years and then I actually read it. It’s not worth thumping, although I find it a fascinating study guide. Nowadays I show other people the many errors in it sand why it should be placed in a dustbin. Don’t be so sure of one’s ideology simply by the use of words. My language pattern is one that was taught to me by my elders. You assume to much.

          • calebfranz

            If you teach kids, our future is in grave danger.

            We are a representative republic. That is what I was taught in the early 1960s in school. We also said the Lord’s Prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance daily, as we were proud to be Americans and to be growing up in a system where our voices counted as long as we chose to go out and vote.

            I doubt you ever paid attention to anything in school.

          • calebfranz

            The United States is a Democratic Republic. Where the people decide who the representatives are. Unlike England’s upper chamber in their parliament which is a republic, it has representatives, but the people don’t choose them, they are made up of the lords of England. Englands Lower chamber is a democratic republic, where the people choice their representatives.

            In the United States we were suppose to have a Democratic Republic in the House of Representative and a quazi democratic republic in the Senate, where the state legislature choose the Senators

          • calebfranz

            http://www.eiu.com
            Democracy, or democratic
            government, is “a system of government in which all the people of a
            state or polity … are involved in making decisions about its affairs,
            typically by voting to elect representatives to a parliament or similar
            assembly,” as defined by the Oxford English Dictionary.

          • calebfranz

            Correct! And they don’t vote to let other people do it like we do in the US.

          • calebfranz

            “Oh for fuck’s sake….get an education!

          • calebfranz

            Go tell that to Ben Franklin. He, and all of the delegates to the Second Constitutional Convention, knew the difference. It’s about time you learned the difference, too.

            Dumbass.

          • calebfranz

            Do you know how to say anything without name calling or acting like a smart a$$?

          • calebfranz

            Sorry – you historical revisionists bring out the best in me. What I find frustrating is that my students all at least tried to learn. Some people here just seem intent upon glorifying their mistaken concept of the difference between a representative republic (us) and a true, direct democracy such as ancient Sparta or Athens.

          • calebfranz

            I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the REPUBLIC (you dumb@ss) for which it stands

          • calebfranz

            Oooh, ya got me! ?

          • calebfranz

            Oh for fucks sake. There is a very good reason that our Pledge of Allegiance refers to our country as a Republic and there is a very good reason that our Declaration of Independence and our Constitution do not even mention the word ‘democracy’.

          • calebfranz

            …and this reason is so good that you can’t even explain what it is, right?

          • calebfranz

            Sorry, I guess most people paid attention in school and already knew it. Haven’t you ever recited the Pledge of Allegiance once in your life?

          • calebfranz

            A republic is a form of DEMOCRACY. Try the dictionary smart guy.

          • calebfranz

            The Soviet Block nations were ALL “Republics”, “smart guy”! Try again!

          • calebfranz

            The USA is not a democracy nor a republic, it is a white supremecist, capitalist patriarchy.

          • calebfranz

            Wow, a disqus commenter after my own heart, almost! This is true, though if it was absolute, it could never be changed and I still believe we have that ability.

          • calebfranz

            You are the sleepwalker. We are a republic. Ben Franklin said it nicely, to a woman who approached him on the street the day the Constitution was ratified.

          • calebfranz

            @Akiva: We are not a democracy, the US is a “Representative Republic”

          • calebfranz

            We are a democratic Republic. We elect the Electoral College not the President. The so-called “Popular” vote is meaningless. If you do get the Electoral votes you lose.

        • calebfranz

          “courtesy of our Constitution written by the wealthiest people on the planet, for the wealthiest people on the planet.” the founding fathers were the wealthiest people one the planet? really ???? it seems you think the constitution was written by the current top 1% not a bunch of people over 200 years ago who were definitely among the richest in the world of that time. most of them were landowners and farmers you might wish to revisit your history books

          • calebfranz

            You made my point perfectly! This nation’s founders WERE the 1%ers of their time!

          • calebfranz

            please post a credible link showing the founding fathers were among the top 1% of their time

          • calebfranz

            Ignorant people will ask for a “link” when sheer logic will dictate that the forefathers could not have made the 2500 mile trip from England, WITH THOUSANDS OF SLAVES, without being obscenely wealthy. You have as much access to “Google” as I do! Knock yourself out!

          • calebfranz

            sorry but the ignorant ones are he ones that make statements and when asked for credible links resort to insults when they can not provide credible links to back their claims

          • calebfranz

            Your right the founding fathers were not in the 1%. It was their loyalist who were!

        • calebfranz

          Dear idiot

          The United States was never intended to be a Democracy. That’s why we pledge allegiance to the REPUBLIC for which our flag stands. The reason for this is that direct democracy allows the majority to supress the minority. If you advocate for democracy, you advocate for the majority (straight people, Christians, Whites) to step on all of you who don’t agree with them. Get your political facts straight before you do something stupid like voting for Bernie Trotsky.

          • calebfranz

            I love running into idiots love you. White’s are a Minority in the US and have been for the last 5 years. The “Minority Rights” theory has only helped the wealthiest. Keep smoking that shit!

          • calebfranz

            Whites are a minority ONLY if you combine all other minorities. Get your facts straight, and stop eating lead paint.

          • calebfranz

            And Whites CAN’T claim minority status but still hold majority power in the US. You really should quit the drugs.

          • calebfranz

            wow, you’re literally making no sense now. Maybe your fingers are sliding around in the drool you’re leaving all over your keyboard.

    • calebfranz

      I love it when Bernieheads point to the social institutions that are a part of our country as an example of why we should be a socialist state. Nobody is saying that the post office should be abolished, we are saying that the social institutions outlined by the constitution are the ONLY ones we need. If you look at the facts, it’s the private sector that economically SUPPORTS the public sector. So please tell me why converting more industries to government run (read: SOCIALIZED) entities will help our economy and create a bright future for our children.

      P.S. If you’re going to point to your candidate’s record, please don’t reference his own YouTube channel, which is the most biased source of facts (I know Bernie supporters aren’t too high on those) you could possibly find.

      • calebfranz

        No body should have to point to sanders record, you should be doing that yourself which you obviously haven’t. YT has the taped recordings of his speeches in the senate and there are many of them, can’t make them biased other than the fact that they show Bernie sanders speaking.
        Do your own research into his voting record and see how he has backed up what he says with action, no body should expect anyone to have the perfect record but sanders is the best one yet.

        Stop digesting these articles as a source of information for once and do your own research. You read thus article and talk like you just learnt everything about sanders, calling us sheep is hypocritical of you.

      • calebfranz

        The post office is constitutional. It is on the list. Most of the bureaucracy, no! Bernie’s proposals, no!

      • calebfranz

        The private sector supports the public in what way? In cycling money through the system that the system creates? If so, it does it very inefficiently and puddles it amongst a few fortunate, unproductive individuals.

    • calebfranz

      If you want someone who really will work to make America safer for your children.. you should vote for Hillary… I think this young man, libertarian though he is, is right about Sanders.being a con man,The truth is Sanders coned his was into the Democrat Primary to gain their trust and donor list. He has more than once denounced the Democrat Party in the past and even tried to sue the party just a couple of months ago. So in my humble opinion IF he were “authentic” he would have run on an independent ticket not high jacked the Democrat Party that would serve his needs better. He is no different than any other opportunist and is no fn Saint who is going save America.. he is just another blow hard like Trump… full of hot air with no real plans on how to implement them.

      • calebfranz

        Please take a few moments — okay,several moments — to educate yourself about Sanders’ programs. There’s no cause for badmouthing the careful documentation his campaign has presented, openly, to plan ahead for the country.

      • calebfranz

        Bullshit call- Rand Paul & all libertarians are fine with the status quo, want to protect their personal wealth 1st, and as such are shills for corporatism.

      • calebfranz

        really?

    • calebfranz

      You’re having a laugh. Wake up and stop being a sheep.

    • calebfranz

      It is such a shame when cousins marry!

    • calebfranz

      You forgot “brave, clean and reverent.”

      Damned Kool-Aid drinkers. Haven’t eight years of Obama wised you up, yet?

    • calebfranz

      Please read http://bit.ly/1SlPA9w just one of many newspaper editorials telling supporters the truth- He doesn’t want you to know how government really works- It’s not simple-please educate yourself & your friends- it’s truly an historic and incredibly important election. Only one person is ready and she happens to be the first woman- Learn about her-don’t just listen to your buddies- Every single issue that Bernie talks about google and see what he’s done and what she’s done- Hillary has a lifetime of walking the walk not just talking- Don’t want to fight- but would like you to see both sides. Not one single person, including every liberal Senator who has worked with them both, the other Democratic Senator from Vt. and the last 3 governors of VT are supporting Hillary- There is a reason-they know he talks a lot but can’t get it done -she can.

  • calebfranz

    What a crock of sh*t from an obvious Rand Paul Libtard…! 8-(

  • calebfranz

    IF he’s a Con man…he is clearly NOT the Biggest of 2016…since he isnt a REPUBLICAN!

    • calebfranz

      No hes an Independent masquerading as a Democrat. He conned young Dems into believing it. Real dems don’t tolerate his BS

      • calebfranz

        Ok Mr. Libertarius, you’re right. The Democratic Party and Republican Party has shifted farther right and right over the past few decades. Most Dems today are simply moderate Republicans, which is exactly what Hillary is. Bernie may not be today’s definition of a “real Democrat”, but you can be damn sure he’s a true progressive. There’s a reason being Independent is the biggest party right now, because we’re all sick of this bullshit.

        • calebfranz

          Well, Alex, your Bernie is a fraud because he is not a Democrat. If he were authentic and so sure of his message he would have run on an Independent ticket. Instead he high jacked the Democratic Party, better than a pac! He is a con man and he has conned you.
          Hillary is not only a progressive she has the intelligence and experience to make things happen in Washington. She has fought for women’s rights (yours) all her life. Bernie is an old man mad at the banks…and there is very little he can do about that than shake his finger in your face and telling you the 1% owns everything…. (not New News’s, girlfriend.)So in my eyes Bernie is just Donald Trump on the Left… all hot air with no real plans on how to change things…..

          • calebfranz

            I too have thought that Trump and Bernie are the same. Stirring up the least intelligent and radical people on their respective sides.

          • calebfranz

            he never claimed to be a democrat he even says he is running on the democrat party card because no 3 rd party candidate is ever elected as president he still admits he is an independent running as a democrat so how is he lying?

          • calebfranz

            He even says that he is a “democratic socialist” on his web site.

          • calebfranz

            The Democrats and Republicans are pretty much the same thing and they have written the rules so as to make it impossible for an independent to even get on the ballot in all the states. You don’t see this election as being wired to letting us select between big-banks Hillary and big-banks Jeb or Marco? Gosh, even the GOP “answer” time to the State of the Union was spent smashing down any outsiders. You are provided the illusion of choice between Hillary and a sanctioned candidate of the GOP and both will do exactly the same.

          • calebfranz

            There is no difference in the the Republican and Democrat party?
            Really? Such a cliche spoken by people who most of the time don’t bother to vote. Yeah, the big banks are a problem but it is not the only gd problem and you are a fool to think that.

          • calebfranz

            Why would you think I don’t bother to vote? But you can be sure that if Bernie is not the nominee, I will vote Republican. The one thing where my normally open mind is made up is that I will vote against Hillary, the sleaziest politician to slide down the rails in memory.

          • calebfranz

            show me credible proof sanders ever said he was a democrat. he chose to run in the democrat ticket because there is a history of no independents ever being elected to president he even says he is an independent many times.you might wish to ween your self off the koolaid served by HRC and read some actual facts.

          • calebfranz

            I didn’t say he was a Democrat. dim wit… that is my damn point… He is an Independent that high jacked the Democrat Party!!!! What he is is an opportunist and not authentic by any means. I really dislike Independents as they are fence sitters. You your self are admitting there are only two parties…. who can win an election…. that is because people like Bernie.who is an independent. isn’t sure enough of his message to get elected. …. I am a Democrat and he is not. That is offensive to me…. He is just using the Democrat Party for his own personal gain and if you think all of those free programs he is promising the young people will just happen with the wave of a wand.. you are living in Bernie fantasy land.
            I can’t wait until this primary is over so we can get down to business and elect Hillary Clinton as the next POTUS.

          • calebfranz

            when Sanders wins he Dem nomination for presdent will you vote for him or sit home and pout because clinton lost …. again?

          • calebfranz

            However creditable proof that Sanders is a Democrat would be what debate stage is he on!

          • calebfranz

            please post a credible lonk showing where Sanders ever claimed to be a democrat . he admits he is a independent running on the dem party card since no 3rd party candidate will ever get elected.

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