By Mark Wachtler
July 11, 2015. Brooklyn, NY. (ONN) As the voice of America’s political opposition, we at Opposition News are giddy as we watch two of our own - Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump - wreak havoc from inside the two establishment Parties. How the Parties let Bernie in, or haven’t kicked the Donald out, is beyond me. Half our readers hate Sanders and the other half hate Trump. But we love them both because they both speak truth to power. Even more, they have the proven courage, strength and resolve to withstand the most brutal threats and attacks a corrupt political system has to offer.
Two independents, Bernie Sanders & Donald Trump, are doing surprisingly well in the two establishment Parties’ primary process. Image courtesy of PFSYN.com.
Independent US Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and the phoenix of Wall Street Donald Trump have a lot more in common than most people are aware of. For one, neither is a Party hack toeing the Party line or a puppet of the special interests that fund political careers. Sanders doesn’t accept corporate or PAC donations and Donald Trump doesn’t need them. More importantly, they’re both decades-long proven political independents.
Meet Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump
Bernie Sanders began as a grassroots progressive protester back in the 1960’s. He ran for his first political office in 1972 receiving just 2% of the vote. Two years later, he received 4%. Two years after that, he garnered 6%. Welcome to the world of independent grassroots politics. But in 1981, Sanders shocked the establishment by winning the Mayor’s race in Burlington, VT. In 1990, he ran for the US House as an independent, refusing to be a part of the corruption of the two major Parties. He won and became America’s first independent member of Congress in 40 years. The state of Vermont has since re-elected him eight consecutive times.
Like Sanders, Donald Trump also got his start in Brooklyn. His first job was for his father’s New York real estate company there, which he eventually inherited and turned into the Trump empire. If readers are surprised we classify Donald Trump as an independent and not a Republican, don’t be. Trump has criticized and condemned the GOP more times than this author can count and he was even with us on the Ross Perot bandwagon when he officially joined the Reform Party in 2000. He first suggested he would run for President in 1988 and even led in the polls when he did it again in 2012. But this is the first time Donald Trump has actually launched an official campaign for President, and he is once again leading in the polls.
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Moving up the polls
Aside from their Brooklyn roots, another thing Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump have in common is that they’re both ‘outsiders’. Trump may be rich and Sanders may be a US Senator, but neither man is welcome in America’s ruling oligarchy. They also both share the same political mantra - they say what they mean, and they mean what they say. They’ve spent decades being criticized and condemned for standing up for what they believe in. And contrary to what America’s corporate-owned media is saying, each man represents the views and feelings of tens of millions of Americans.
Proving that sentiment is a fact and not a theory, one need only look at the most recent Presidential polls. As our sister publication Whiteout Press documented yesterday, Bernie Sanders is rapidly rising in polls from early-voting states. In Iowa, Sanders has closed Hillary Clinton’s lead from 40 percent one month ago to just 19 points today. And in New Hampshire, Clinton’s lead over Sanders has shrunk to just 8 percentage points.
On the Republican side, Donald Trump is doing even better. As detailed by The Hill two days ago, he has rocketed to the top of the crowded GOP field and is now leading in the polls. The most recent survey showed Trump finishing first with 15%, followed by Jeb Bush and Rand Paul tied with 11%. Scott Walker, Marco Rubio and Mike Huckabee were next with 9% each.
In their own words
Since the American media continues to dishonestly present both Sanders and Trump in an unflattering light, including the calculated insistence that neither man is popular or has a snowball’s chance in hell, here are some excerpts from both men’s own words.
Bernie Sanders - from his Presidential announcement speech
“Ninety-nine percent of all new income generated in this country is going to the top one percent. How does it happen that the top one percent owns almost as much wealth as the bottom ninety percent? My conclusion is that that type of economics is not only immoral, it’s not only wrong, it is unsustainable. It can’t continue. We can’t continue having a nation in which we have the highest rate of childhood poverty of any major nation on Earth at the same time we’re seeing a proliferation of millionaires and billionaires. So that’s the major issue.
And the second issue, directly related, is the fact that as the result of the disastrous Supreme Court decision on Citizens United, we now have a political situation where billionaires are literally able to buy elections and candidates. Let’s not kid ourselves. That is the reality right now…
…We’re in this race to win. But I ask people to understand my history. You’re looking at a guy, undisputedly, who has the most unusual political history of anybody in the United States Congress. It’s not only that I am the longest-serving independent in the history of the Congress, I’ve run for state-wide office and got one percent of the vote. I don’t know if I should be proud of that. But my last election, I got seventy-one percent of the vote. The point is, if you raise the issues that are on the hearts and minds of the American people, if you try to put together a movement that says ‘we have got to stand together as a people and say that this capitol, this beautiful capitol, our country belongs to all of us and not the billionaire class’, that is not raising an issue. That is winning elections. That is where the American people are.”
Donald Trump - From his Presidential announcement speech
“Our country is in serious trouble. We don’t have victories anymore. We used to have victories. But we don’t have them. When was the last time anybody saw us beating, let’s say China, in a trade deal? They kill us. I beat China all the time. When did we beat Japan, at anything? They send their cars over by the millions. And what do we do? When was the last time you saw a Chevrolet in Tokyo? It doesn’t exist folks. They beat us all the time. When do we beat Mexico? At the border they’re laughing at us, at our stupidity. And now they’re beating us economically. They’re not our friend, believe me. But they’re killing us economically…
…I’ve watched the politicians. I’ve dealt with them all my life. If you can’t make a good deal with a politician, then there’s something wrong with you. You’re certainly not very good. And that’s what we have representing us. They will never make America great again. They don’t even have a chance. They are controlled, fully, by the lobbyists, by the donors and by the special interests. They control them. I have lobbyists, I have to tell you, that can produce anything for me. They’re great. But you know what? It won’t happen. Because we have to stop doing things for some people, for our country. It’s destroying our country. It has to stop and it has to stop now. Our country needs a truly great leader, and we need a truly great leader now. We need a leader that wrote ‘the Art of the Deal’. We need a leader that can bring back our jobs, can bring back our manufacturing, can bring back our military and can take care of our vets. Our vets have been abandoned…
…I will be the greatest ‘jobs President’ that God ever created. I tell you that. I’ll bring back our jobs from China, from Mexico, from Japan, from so many places. I’ll bring back our jobs and I’ll bring back our money. Right now, think of this, we owe China one point three trillion dollars. We owe Japan more than that. So they come in, they take our jobs, they take our money, and then they loan us back the money and we pay them interest. And then the dollar goes up, so their deal’s even better. How stupid are our leaders?”
On behalf of the various Parties of America’s political opposition, not to mention the tens of millions of independent voters, we at Opposition News are going to try and stay out of the Democrat and Republican Parties’ Primary process. But that doesn’t stop us from recognizing two independent candidates taking on the establishment - the same establishment we all fight every day - and rooting for both of them. If nothing else, they are getting many of our collective messages out.
If this author and his 25 years of campaign experience has one piece of advice for both Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, it’s don’t trust the Primary process. As Ron Paul and his supporters found out in 2012, Primaries and Caucuses are Party functions, not government-run elections. The Party leaders make, and break, the rules to achieve the preordained outcome. And one thing is for certain - Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are the last people the corrupt Washington-Wall Street oligarchy wants to see win the nominations. That may be the biggest reason of all so many Americans are cheering for them both.
Read yesterday’s edition from our sister publication Whiteout Press , ‘Will Dems rig Primary to stop Sanders like GOP did to Ron Paul?’ to see what awaits Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders as the Primary season gets underway. For more information on Bernie Sanders visit BernieSanders.com. For more information on Donald Trump, visit DonaldTrump.com.
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