Sunday 21st of July 2019

the old man is back to win the presidentials of 2020...


Though he is apparently leading the Democrat field for the 2020 Presidential elections, old Bernie won't get the nomination. It's a bitch getting old. The clattering of aluminium tubing in the zimmer frames parking lot at the NSW Oldie Week was quite muted this year. Most oldies have had their hip replacements and their new titanium knees since last year's festivities. It was thus a really funny occasion at the Sydney Town Hall a couple of days ago at the Comedy Show for seniors. Of course, old Gus could not miss having to cross the light rail/train tracks still in construction in the middle of George Street to get to see the cream of the comic profession, such as Wendy Harmer and Peter Berner. The best skit of the morning belonged to Uncle Allen Madden, who did the Welcome to (Aboriginal-Eora nation) Country. 

"When there is a will.... there is family..." he said without cracking a smile alla Buster Keaton. The oldies knew what he ment and rolled onto the floor with laughter.

This is why the Liberal (CONservative) government of New South Wales continues the 61 year old tradition of honouring those who have passed their used-by-date with FREE concerts and shows throughout town for a week.

Unfortunately, we as a nation are still under the influence of "The Lion King", that Disney's awfullity designed to brainwash kids into hierarchical oligarchy. Tommy Dean reminded us that most of our children's books about animals tend to forget Australian wildlife. This is why as grandparents he asked the audience to incorporate the cockatoo that goes SHRIEK for the letter C — or was it for T or S? I forgot. 

This is the common problem to oldies and comedians. We forget stuff. At least they can improvise. We're just sitting behind a tall hairdo, twisting our neck to see the stage. Thus the free concert/comedy demands we see the physio at 200 bucks the next day... 

At the end of our life, we've got to ask: "was it worth it?" 


Of course it was. We had a good laugh. A great laugh. 

And DEMOCRACY is still a work in progress. 

We tried our average at fixing it or not. Let's admit we prefered barbecues to boring political meetings. As Tommy Dean told us, we were here assembled in this magnificent building with one of the greatest organs in the world, to audition for Cocoon 3 — and we all passed the test. Goodo.


Is Bernie auditioning for Cocoon 3 as well? Let's hope he gets the gig... He will definitely need the help of aliens...


singing while being lean and hungry...



A Shoemaker sang from morning to evening: 

It was wonderful to hear him sing, 

Wonders of music; he sang big warbles, 

Happier than any of the Seven Marbles. 

His neighbor, to the contrary, being loaded with gold, 

Sang none, slept little. 

He was a finance man of old. 

If at daybreak, he fell asleep, 

The shoemaker's singing, would wake him up. 

So the banker complained 

That Providence and her gifts ordained

Were not on the market to sell sleeping, 

Like eating and drinking. 

He thus asked the shoemaker to come and see him

"Now, Sir Canary, What do you earn per year?”

Per year ? Honestly, Sir Rathbone,

Said the shoemaker with a laughing tone, 

It's not my way to count in this way; 

I don’t really add up the tray,

From one day to the other: it is enough that at year's end 

I have a few cents to spend...

Every day brings its fluff. 

Well, what do you earn, tell me, by day? 

Sometimes more, sometimes less, the problem is that always 

(Otherwise our earnings would be sufficient enough), 

There are times in the year, intermingle days 

when one must stop work… We are ruined by such festivities. 

Too few days between one and the other; and the parish priest 

With some new Saint always charges for his sermon. 

The banker, laughing at the naivety, 

Said to him: I want to place you on the throne today. 

Take these hundred crowns: keep them carefully, 

To use this cash as needed. 

The shoemaker thought he’d just seen all the money that the earth 

Had, for over a hundred years' worth

Produced for the use of all people. 

He returns home; in his cellar he hides in a hole

The money and his joy at the same time. 

No more singing; he lost his voice 

From the moment he got what causes our troubles. 

Sleep left his house, 

Worry became his doghouse, 

Full of suspicions and vain alarms. 

All day long, he kept a watchful eye; and at night, 

If some cat was making a noise, 

The cat was raiding the money store. 

In the end, the poor shoemaker 

Ran to the one he did not wake anymore. 

"Give me back my songs and my sleep, he tells the banker


And take back your hundred crowns."





Translation by Jules Letambour


This La Fontaine fable is somewhat wonky but educational.


It tells us we should be singing, while being lean and hungry. It’s relatively simplistic as we are still dependant of the "shoe market"...


Democratically speaking, we do not have to be poor to understand that greed can spoil our enjoyment of life. We need to be clever about this.


At the modern level it’s a question of intensity of what we seek and what we can be. Money has lifted humanity away from the monkey-do. The major problems now are to minimise abuse of greed while incorporating sustainability of planet earth in our songs...


Thus Democracy demands some efforts, which to say the least few of us may be prepared to do with real nous.


The democratic citizenry demands attention to:


Education (clever atheism and humanism)


Motivation (unwaving)


Sustainability (for the planet and environmental sake)


Awareness (of the tricksters, thieves and scrooges)


Dedication (to a relative equality)


Are we ready to commit? Or are we lazy/dumb enough to let the sharky oligarchy run the show?

his old ideas could be better than new pretty farts...

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump was quick to tweet that he wishes “crazy Bernie” well, shortly after US Senator Bernie Sanders announced his plans to enter the 2020 presidential race.

Despite working on the US senator’s first presidential campaign, Democratic Party Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has refused to endorse Bernie Sanders for the 2020 presidential elections.

Ocasio-Cortez’s spokesperson Corbin Trent declined to directly comment on Sanders’ drive to run for the presidency, just saying that they are “excited to see so many progressives in the race” but that they are “not thinking at all about the next election”.

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Twitter users quickly reacted to the news, with some taking Ocasio-Cortez’s side and noting that Sanders is “old with old ideas”.


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dwarfed by crooked hillary...

The activist left wing of the Democratic Party generates a lot of energy and dreams of having a greater influence. But unfortunately for Bernie Sanders, it always gets dwarfed by the mainstream in the end, writes John Barron.

Most of the attention this 2016 US presidential campaign season has been focussed on the Republican contest, in particular the stunning poll dominance of businessman Donald Trump.

But over on the Democratic side, something rather unexpected is also happening.

Just as nobody really saw Donald Trump being a serious rival to presumed Republican frontrunner Jeb Bush, did anyone really think 74-year-old socialist Bernie Sanders would be giving Hillary Clinton a run for her money in early-to-vote states like Iowa and New Hampshire?

I don't know, but I doubt even Bernie did.

Whereas the Republicans mustered a Melbourne Cup-sized field of close to 20 candidates, the Democrats could only scrape together four potential rivals to Hillary in 2015, and two of them (both one-time Republicans) have already dropped out.

But even of the remaining two, Bernie Sanders and former Maryland governor Martin O'Malley, most would probably have tipped O'Malley to emerge as the alternative to Clinton.

Not so, he's struggling in the low single digits, while Sanders is coming a close second to Hillary in Iowa, and beating her in most of the polls in New Hampshire.

In that position just a couple of weeks out from the first caucuses and primaries, any other candidate would be seen as a real threat to Hillary, so why not Bernie?

A few years back, I set out to answer a similar question.

It was 2007, a year when Democrats had assembled a large, impressive field of presidential candidates, confident in the belief that as the Iraq and Afghanistan wars dragged on and the US economy blundered into a financial crisis, the Republican Party of George W Bush was toast.

In that race were a few names you will have heard of: Senator Barack Obama of Illinois, Senator Hillary Clinton of New York, and Senator Joe Biden of Delaware. Others seeking the Democratic nomination that year included former Iowa governor (now US Agriculture Secretary) Tom Vilsack, Senator Chris Dodd of Connecticut, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, Senator John Edwards of North Carolina, former Alaska senator Mike Gravel and Representative Dennis Kucinich of Ohio.

It was the last of those candidates I was most interested in - Kucinich.

An online poll was taken in early 2007 which had listed the policies of the various Democrats, and at the end of the poll you were matched with the candidate that most reflected your views. A bit like the ABC's Vote Compass today.

The candidate who came out on top, ahead of Clinton, Obama and all the rest was, you guessed it, Dennis Kucinich.

Yet poll after poll of Democrat voters had Kucinich struggling to get 1 or 2 per cent support.

Why, if so many people agreed with Kucinich, wasn't he doing better? Did it have something to do with the fact that he was a five-foot-6-inch vegan with comb-over hair and a name that rhymes with "spinach"? Was it because he simply didn't fit into the Central Casting image of what a president should look like?

They seemed like good questions to ask, given that the 2008 contest for the presidency was already promising to break the mould of who was considered a viable presidential candidate, with a woman (Clinton), an African-America (Obama), an Italian-American (Giuliani), a Latino (Richardson), a Mormon (Romney) and a complete jerk (Edwards) among the leading candidates.

I followed Kucinich on the campaign trail for a week or so, loitering outside his various hotel and rallies hoping for an interview, and spoke to political insiders, academics and even his celebrity friends like actress Shirley MacLaine.

They all gave various reasons why Kucinich wouldn't be elected; he's too left-wing, some said. He is so anti-war he could never be commander-in-chief of the US military, others pointed out. As a member of the House of Representatives, he has too small an electoral base, the political scientists mused.

He looks like an elf, MacLaine observed with a raucous laugh.

It was fascinating nonetheless to travel with Kucinich (and eventually speak to him) on the campaign trail. He was exasperated by the label "he's not electable", wryly pointing out he would be electable if people voted for him. Quite so.

Now, to suggest that only tin-foil-hat-wearing crackpots supported Kucinich would be unfair. Although it is also true to say that one of his biggest campaign events was held in Fairfield, the small rural Iowa town that is home to the global headquarters of Transcendental Meditation group founded by The Beatles' former guru, the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

The followers of TM believed strongly in Kucinich, just as they believed they could become airborne by bouncing on their buttocks for long periods of time.

But what, I hear you Sanders supporters cry, does that have to do with Bernie? Kucinich only had 1 or 2 per cent support, Bernie is getting around 40 per cent in Iowa and New Hampshire!

Well, I would suggest that if Kucinich was running in a field of three candidates as Sanders is, he would be getting some fairly strong numbers as well. Certainly in his earlier presidential tilt in 2004, Dennis was the last man standing against the eventual nominee John Kerry, and won a respectable 16 per cent in Oregon, 17 per cent in Minnesota and 31 per cent in Hawaii.

The bottom line is this; there is an activist left wing of the Democratic Party which, like the Christian conservative right of the Republican Party, generates a lot of energy and dreams of having a greater influence over the wider party.

Those activists are highly motivated, and can mobilise - particularly in smaller states like New Hampshire and Iowa where you are lucky to see 300,000 voters turn out. And they can also bombard online polls like the one I read that put Kucinich in front - it was rigged.

I believe that those are the folks who will tend to support Bernie Sanders, just as they did Dennis Kucinich. But when the nominating contest heads towards bigger delegate-rich primary states, the activist base is dwarfed by the mainstream.

That's where candidates like Obama and Kerry beat candidates like Kucinich, and where Hillary Clinton will beat Bernie Sanders.

John Barron is an ABC journalist, host of Planet America, and research associate at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney.


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In this naive analysis, John Barron believed in Father Christmas. Bernie only got defeated because the DNC machine wanted to get rid of him (see the Wikileaks emails). He HAD MORE SUPPORT THAN CLINTON AMONGST THE PEOPLE, even with her rich mates' support (she collected THREE TIMES AS MUCH CASH than Trump did for this election). Bernie was far better at giving what the majority of people in the USA needed and wanted (then). Meanwhile Hillary was part of the ESTABLISHMENT, bending the knees in front of the "Deep State" (a euphemism for bankers, industrialists and warmongers' alliance)


all aboard on the Социализм земля...


The Magic Socialist

CJ Hopkins

So here it is, the announcement we’ve been waiting for … all aboard for another cruise on the new and improved U.S.S. Magic Socialist with your captain Bernie Sanders at the helm! If you’re not familiar with this extraordinary vessel, it’s like the luxury liner in The Magic Christian, except catering to credulous American socialists instead of the British filthy rich. Tickets start at just $27 dollars … so hurry, because they’re going fast!

That’s right, folks, Bernie is back, and this time it’s not just a sadistic prank where he gets you all fired up about his fake “revolution” for fifteen months, gets cheated out of the nomination, then backs whichever corporate-bought candidate the Democratic Party orders you to vote for.

No, this time the Bernster really means it! This time, when the DNC rigs the primaries to hand the nomination to Harris, or Biden, or some billionaire android like Michael Bloomberg, Bernie is not going to break your heart by refusing to run as an independent candidate, unbeholden to the corporations and oligarchs that own both political parties, or otherwise make you feel like a sucker for buying his “revolution” schtick. He’s not going to fold like a fifty dollar suit and start parroting whatever propaganda the corporate media will be prodigiously spewing to convince you the Russians and Nazis are coming unless you vote for the empire’s pre-anointed puppet!

Bernie would never dream of doing that … or at least he’d never dream of doing that twice.

There are limits, after all, to people’s gullibility. It’s not like you can just run the same con, with the same fake message and the same fake messiah, over and over, and expect folks to fall for it. If you could, well, that would be extremely depressing. That would mean you could get folks to believe almost anything, or that we were stuck in some eternally recurring multi-dimensional reality loop. The next year and a half in American politics would play out like one of those Groundhog Day knock offs meets The Magic Christian meets The Usual Suspects, directed by David Lynch, on acid. We’d be barraged by recycled Feel-the-Bern memes. Hacky sack shares would go through the roof. That creepy little bird would come fluttering back, land on Bernie’s podium again, and chirp out “L’Internationale.” People would start booking Tim Robbins for interviews. Ben & Jerry’s would roll out another revolutionary flavor of Bernie ice cream… and in the end it would all amount to nothing.

But that’s not going to happen this time. No, this time, the U.S.S. Magic Socialist is setting sail straight for Socialismland! This time, it’s really the Revolution! The end of global capitalism! And the best part of the whole deal is, you don’t even have to take up arms, stage a series of wildcat strikes, blockade major highways, occupy airports, or otherwise cripple the U.S. economy … all you have to do is vote for Bernie!

See, that’s the magic of electoral politics! The global capitalist ruling establishment, despite the fact that they own the banks and the corporations that own the government that owns the military and intelligence services, and despite the fact that they own the media, and all essential industries, and channels of trade, and are relentlessly restructuring the entire planet (which they rule with almost total impunity) to conform to their soulless neoliberal ideology, and are more than happy to unleash their militarized goons on anyone who gets in their way … despite all that, if we elect Bernie president, they will have no choice but to peacefully surrender, and transform America into a socialist wonderland!

Sure, they won’t be happy about it, but they will have no choice but to go along with whatever Bernie and his followers want, because that’s how American democracy works! We’ve seen it in action these last two years, since Donald Trump got elected president. The establishment wasn’t too thrilled about that, but they had to put aside their own selfish interests and respect the will of the American people … because imagine what might have happened if they hadn’t!

For example, they might have concocted a story about Trump being a Russian intelligence asset who was personally conspiring with Vladimir Putin to destroy the fabric of Western democracy so that Russia could take over the entire planet. They could have had respected newspapers like The New York Times and The Washington Post and television networks like CNN and MSNBC disseminate this story, and subtly reinforce it in endless variations, on a daily basis for over two years. They could have appointed a special prosecutor to investigate the facts of their made-up story, and indict a bunch of unextraditable Russians and a handful of inveterate D.C. slimebags to make the whole thing look legitimate. At the same time, they could have had the media warn everybody, over and over, that Trump, in addition to being a traitor, was also the second coming of Hitler, and was on the verge of torching the Capitol, declaring himself Führer, and rounding up the Jews. They could have generated so much mass hysteria and Putin-Nazi paranoia that liberals would literally be seeing Russians and Nazis coming out of the woodwork!

Fortunately, the global capitalist establishment, out of respect for democracy and the American people, decided not to go that route. If Americans chose to elect a jabbering imbecile president, that was their right, and far be it from the empire to interfere. Tempting as it must have been to use all their power to demonize Trump in order to teach the world what happens when you get elected president without their permission, they restrained themselves … and thank God for that! I don’t even want to contemplate the extent of the rage and cynicism they would have fomented among the public by doing those things I just outlined above. That might have left people with the false impression that their votes mean absolutely nothing, and that the entire American electoral system is just a simulation of democracy, and in reality they are living in a neo-feudalist, de facto global capitalist empire administrated by omnicidal money-worshipping human parasites that won’t be satisfied until they’ve remade the whole of creation in their nihilistic image.

Thankfully, the ruling classes spared us all that, so now we can hop aboard the Magic Socialist and take another cruise with Cap’n Bernie! Considering how magnanimous they’ve been with Trump, once Bernie wins the election fair and square, the empire clearly won’t have any problems with him nationalizing the American healthcare system, tripling taxes on the super-rich, subsidizing university education, and all that other cool socialism stuff (i.e., the stuff we mostly still have here in Europe, along with some semblance of cultural solidarity, although the global capitalists are working to fix that).

Oh, yeah, and in case you’re worried about Bernie backing the empire’s ongoing regime change op in Venezuela, don’t be. He’s just playing 4D chess, like Obama did throughout his presidency, by pretending to do the empire’s bidding while he actually went about the business of resurrecting hope and eradicating racism. Bernie’s just being sly like that! It might seem like he’s aligning himself with mass murdering thugs like Elliot Abrams and sadistic ass freaks like Marco Rubio, but he isn’t. Not really. It’s just an act. I mean, he has to get elected, doesn’t he?

How else are we going to get to Socialismland?


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The Coming Socialist President?

Just because Democrats are lurching leftwards doesn't mean they're going to lose in 2020.


Lately we have seen numerous conservative commentators posit the thesis that the Democrats are disqualifying themselves from a 2020 presidential victory by lurching too far left on key economic and social issues. The idea is that the American people simply aren’t prepared to follow the Democrats into the leftist territory that seems to be their nesting place these days. Ergo, the party is in the process of ceding the White House to the incumbent Republicans, meaning a likely Trump reelection triumph.

This may be comforting to conservatives, but it is based on faulty political analysis. There is a strong prospect that 2020 will see the emergence of a new leftist president who represents democratic socialism of the European style—a brand of politics eschewed by America since at least the end of World War II. 

This perception is based on four broad political axioms worth exploring as the 2020 presidential spectacle gets under way. 

Axiom 1: Presidential elections are largely referendums on the incumbent or incumbent party. In my 2012 book, Where They Stand: The American Presidents in the Eyes of Voters and Historians, I posited that if the incumbent’s record is adjudged by the electorate to be exemplary, it doesn’t matter much who the challenger is or what he or she says or does. The incumbent will win. If that record is perceived as unacceptable, then again it doesn’t much matter who the challenger is or what he or she says or does. The incumbent or incumbent party will lose.  

Of course, referendum politics shouldn’t be viewed as the be-all end-all of every presidential election. Other factors come into play—the character of the candidates, the record of the challenger, the issues being joined, the relative likability of the combatants. But incumbency performance is by far the most compelling factor. In Where They Stand, I noted the analytical framework for predicting presidential elections laid down by Allan J. Lichtman and Ken DeCell in their 1990 book, The 13 Keys to the Presidency. I also used that framework in the summer of 2016 in suggesting that, contrary to nearly all conventional wisdom at the time, Trump’s chances were being underestimated. “Trump,” I wrote, “actually can win.” I based that on what I adjudged to be Barack Obama’s failed second term, characterized by “a stalled domestic program, Mideast chaos, the ISIS threat, growing Islamist terrorism at home, intraparty frictions, and a lingering scandal” involving former secretary of state Hillary Clinton’s private email server. Based on how the electorate had reacted to such lapses through history, I concluded that the Lichtman-DeCell keys pointed to a Trump victory. 

Similarly, the 2020 fate of Trump and his party will be driven far more by the president’s performance than by the advocacy—even very liberal advocacy—of the challenger.

Axiom 2: In politically unsettled times, such as we’re experiencing today, the nation often opts for experimentation

If Trump’s presidency is the product of referendum politics, then it also is a product of the country’s willingness to try new things when the political class screws up. Hardly anyone thought Trump could be elected because few analysts sufficiently took into account the degree of ennui and anxiety in the land. But to many Americans, that ennui and anxiety rendered thinkable the prospect of a Trump presidency, whereas in normal times his boorishness and repellent traits would have made him entirely unthinkable as a president.

The campaign of 1980 was also waged in unsettled times, with raging inflation mixed with economic stagnation, sky-high interest rates, and fears of Soviet expansionism. Yet the conventional wisdom was that incumbent Jimmy Carter would likely win reelection because challenger Ronald Reagan was just too erratic, too extreme in his conservative views, and too much of a lightweight. But Reagan won big, not because the electorate suddenly turned conservative in its collective political outlook, but because the incumbent had squandered his claim to the job and because unsettled times called for trying new things, meaning a new president. 

Or consider the 1850s, when the slavery issue roiled the nation and raised questions as to whether the matter could be settled short of war (of course it couldn’t be). During those turbulent times, the country witnessed the demise of the previously powerful Whig Party, the emergence of the replacement Republicans, a seemingly hopeless split within the Democratic Party, and the 1860 victory of Abraham Lincoln under the banner of a party that hadn’t existed eight years before. None of this was even remotely predictable. Similarly, during the Great Depression, Franklin Roosevelt captured the presidency for the Democrats after the GOP had maintained a hold on the office for 56 of the previous 72 years. One of FDR’s recurrent campaign themes was the need for governmental experimentation in a time of economic crisis. This represented a case study in referendum politics mixed with a widespread national desire for change.   

Axiom 3: Socialism is on the rise in America

Much has been written of late about rising “inequality” in the country. A lot of it has been tendentious, but there is a growing perception that the country’s elites have fostered policies from which they have massively benefitted while leaving the middle class in a state of economic decline. This perception happens to be correct, and it is the single largest factor driving American politics today. It elevated Trump to the White House. 

But if Trump fails (a distinct possibility, based on what we see of his governing style), the resulting increase in civic anxiety and a natural desire for experimentation could drive the country to the left. That is precisely what Democrats are banking on. 

They note, for example, the recent SurveyMonkey poll conducted for The New York Times, which indicated that 62 percent of respondents want the government to take actions to reduce the wealth gap. As two Times reporters put it, “Nearly two-thirds of Democrats say it is immoral to have an economic system where some people have billions of dollars while others have very little.” 

The poll also indicated significant support for Democratic policies that many conservatives consider beyond the political pale. Fully 61 percent, for example, support a 2 percent tax on net wealth above $50 million (advocated by Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren) and a 70 percent marginal rate on annual incomes above $10 million (hobby horse of fledgling phenom Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez). The poll didn’t ask about the so-called Green New Deal, another massive governmental expansion proposal put forth by Ocasio-Cortez and Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey, but no doubt there is substantial support for it on the left. 

Much has been written also about the political outlook of the Millennial generation, those born between 1981 and 1996. The Pew Research Center, after extensive surveys of these younger Americans, characterized their outlook as “distinct—and increasingly liberal.” Among them, Trump’s approval rating, according to a poll conducted last year, was only 27 percent. 

All this suggests that we shouldn’t discount the possibility of a national lurch to the left, particularly in light of the final axiom. 

Axiom 4: In today’s divided America, political decision making resides on a knife’s edge of parity. 

Trump won the presidency in 2016 by collecting just enough votes in just the right states to cadge an Electoral College victory. That means we’re operating these days on the margin of politics. Even quite small swings in just a few states could turn the next election against him. And Trump, with his lack of success so far in expanding his base beyond his current 39 to 43 percent approval level, doesn’t project the kind of political force that would make him a strong reelection candidate. 

None of this is a prediction. A lot could happen over the next two years. But the idea that the Democrats are killing their prospects for 2020 by lurching leftward isn’t based on sound analytical thinking. The four axioms above suggest that the dynamics of American politics are more complex than that.

So it’s possible that the country could get, for the first time in its history, an experiment in socialist governance, mixed with a far-left push on high-voltage social issues such as immigration, political correctness, and racial politics. That would be a recipe for failure, leaving the country even more desperate for political leadership to restore stability.

Robert W. Merry, longtime Washington journalist and publishing executive, is the author most recently of President McKinley: Architect of the American Century


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Please don't worry Robert (W. Merry)... Bernie has as much chance to get the gig as a worm in my garden can become US president... Bernie may rattle the populace into going full socialism ahead (or half-speed — or slow like that of "Europe") which would not be a bad thing, even at a slug-pace, but reading the article above this one, will let you know why this won't happen: the ESTABLISHMENT (that includes the media)... the "Deep State" and the local grocer who dreams of becoming Jeff Bezos... and of course the cannon merchants.