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This is what Trump said about US’ evacuation of Afghan allies

Thursday, August 26th, 2021

 [Video] [Issues: Racism, Hate, White Supremacy, Immigration]

Quote:
CNN’s John Avlon breaks down how some “nativist” GOP voices are resorting to anti-refugee rhetoric to demonize the US’ Afghan allies and contrasts that to a CBS/YouGov poll that shows overwhelming bipartisan support for helping Afghan interpreters resettle in the US.

Questions:
How can some be so willing to turn their backs on others?  Jesus said, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” how can anyone be advocating for us to abandon these poor people?  Isn’t it a lie to be calling these immigrants, unvetted?  Aren’t all of these immigrants being closely vetted and screened?  Why do some on the Right feel the need to use the race card?  Why does the extremist always use the fear card?  Is it because the Far-Right is full of scared little racists and this is all that the extremists have to offer?

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Biden to Kabul attackers: ‘We will hunt you down and make you pay’

Thursday, August 26th, 2021

[Video and Article] [Issues: America, Justice, Revenge]

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President Joe Biden vowed Thursday to retaliate for a terrorist attack that killed 13 US service members outside Kabul’s international airport even as he said the frantic mission to airlift Americans from Afghanistan would continue.

“We will not forgive. We will not forget. We will hunt you down and make you pay,” Biden said in early evening remarks from the White House, hours after the Pentagon said 12 service members had been killed in two separate suicide blasts outside the airport gates. Shortly after Biden spoke, US Central Command announced an additional US service member has died, with a total of 18 wounded.

In a subdued but firm tone, Biden said he’s asked the US military for options to respond to the explosions, which he said had been carried out by the Islamic State affiliate operating in Afghanistan.

“We will respond with force and precision at our time, at the place we choose and the moment of our choosing,” Biden said. “Here’s what you need to know: These ISIS terrorists will not win.”

The terror attacks, which came after days of public and private warnings from Biden of a potential threat that could disrupt the massive airlift effort, have complicated the bloody final days of America’s longest war. It made for what Biden’s aides described as the worst day of his young presidency.

Now, in addition to evacuating thousands of people who desperately want to leave Afghanistan, Biden has tasked the military with another mission: hunting down and punishing the ISIS terrorists who killed Americans and scores of Afghan civilians…

The risk of potential terror attacks from the Islamic State affiliate operating in Afghanistan worried American and Western officials from nearly the moment it became clear that the Taliban would take over the country on August 15…

Biden had raised the possibility of an attack — not from the Taliban, but from the ISIS group — last Friday.

“We’re also keeping a close watch on any potential terrorist threat at or around the airport, including from the ISIS affiliates in Afghanistan who were released from prison when the prisons were emptied,” he said…

“The longer we stay, starting with the acute and growing risk of an attack by a terrorist group known as ISIS-K, an ISIS affiliate in Afghanistan — which is the sworn enemy of the Taliban as well — every day we’re on the ground is another day we know that ISIS-K is seeking to target the airport and attack both US and allied forces and innocent civilians,” Biden said. [1]

Questions:
How can any American be attacking our President while other Americans are under fire from America’s enemies?  Seeing that this ISIS-K who committed the attack was released from prison by the very Taliban soldiers that Trump released, do we have Trump to thank for this attack?  Why would anyone think that it would have been a good idea to release such terrorists?  If any of these criminals were to be released, shouldn’t that have happened after all Americans and our allies had left Afghanistan?  To all of America’s enemies who think that we are weak and won’t strike back, ask Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein how they are doing today!

[1] https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/26/politics/biden-kabul-attack/index.html


 

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U.S. regulators give full FDA approval to Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine

Tuesday, August 24th, 2021

U.S. regulators give full FDA approval to Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine

[Video and Article] [Issues: Pfizer is fully Approved, COVID, Mandates]
 
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U.S. regulators have given full approval to Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, the FDA announced on Monday.
 
“The FDA’s approval of this vaccine is a milestone as we continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic. While this and other vaccines have met the FDA’s rigorous, scientific standards for emergency use authorization, as the first FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine, the public can be very confident that this vaccine meets the high standards for safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing quality the FDA requires of an approved product,” said Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock, M.D. “While millions of people have already safely received COVID-19 vaccines, we recognize that for some, the FDA approval of a vaccine may now instill additional confidence to get vaccinated. Today’s milestone puts us one step closer to altering the course of this pandemic in the U.S.”
 
Pfizer’s application for full approval, submitted in late May, includes the latest data from a large study that tracked participants 16 and older for six months after their second dose. The vaccine is given to people as young as 12, and Pfizer also intends to submit data needed for full approval in that age group… [1]
Questions:
Now that Pfizer is fully approved will all of the resisters get vaccinated? If you have not been vaccinated, will this make any difference to you? The President has mandated that the military be vaccinated, if you are in the military, will you get vaccinated or will you resign? Should businesses require vaccinations to work? If someone is fired or quits because the boss is requiring vaccination, should that person be denied unemployment benefits? Isn’t it time to stop the insanity against vaccines?

Proud Boys & Far-Right Groups Tied to Jan. 6 Attack Reporters & Others at Anti-Mask, Anti-Vax Rally

Tuesday, August 24th, 2021

Proud Boys & Far-Right Groups Tied to Jan. 6 Attack Reporters & Others at Anti-Mask, Anti-Vax Rally

[Video and Transcript] [Issues: Extremism, Violence, Hate Groups, Bias Police]

 
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As COVID-19 cases surge in the United States, anti-mask and anti-vaccine protests are continuing nationwide, with some turning violent. In a shocking story out of California, at least one person was stabbed, and two journalists were attacked while covering an anti-vaccine, anti-mask demonstration outside Los Angeles City Hall on Saturday, August 14. The protest was attended by members of the Proud Boys and other right-wing groups. A Southern California mortgage broker named Tony Moon, who also participated in the deadly January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, was videotaped attacking the independent journalist Tina-Desiree Berg. “He started screaming ‘Unmask them all!’ He ripped my mask off and manhandled me,” says Berg, a reporter at Status Coup News in Los Angeles, who describes how the same people have been involved in violent protests nationwide. “This is a group that has been traveling around … and they instigate violence wherever they go.”… [1]

Questions:
Why weren’t these thugs arrested on sight? If these had been BLM, would the police have been so impotent? What will it take for the police to do their jobs? If two men are fighting, shouldn’t both men be arrested? Why does the Right see Antifa everywhere that they look? Shouldn’t this Tony Moon be arrested? Why are the police turning a blind eye to these terrorists? How can they call themselves Proud Boys when there is nothing to be proud of about them? Why does it seem that groups like the Proud Boys are only brave when they outnumber others and when the others are either women or smaller men?
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Letter to Police Chiefs Around the Country

    In the past, some police departments have forbidden their officers from engaging in any political activity. Where this may have violated those officer’s Constitutional rights, the goal was a good one. To have a fair justice system, it must be also unbias.
 
If there was an altercation between a Black man and a White man, and the officer was Black and only arrested the White man, or if the officer was White and only arrested the Black man, people would be screaming bias! Most of us would agree that both men should be arrested, and the decision as to who is at fault should rest with a judge, not with the arresting officer.
 
In the last year, we saw two different forms of justice employed by the police around the country. When peaceful protesters gathered to demonstrate against the wrongful death of George Floyd, the police fired upon them as if they were a riotous mob. However, when there was a riotous mob seizing the Capitol, the police were absent! Recently, there have been cases when Far-Right-wing thugs known as the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers have attacked peaceful protesters and reporters while the police stood by and did nothing! Of late, there have been all-out fights between these Right-wing terrorists and the Anti-Fascists, in which the police did nothing but watch. This is unacceptable and a violation of the oath to protect and serve!  No one wants the police to take sides; just the opposite, we want unbias policing.  If two groups are fighting in our streets, then all involved should be arrested!  Innocent bystanders are getting hurt, and this must stop!
 
It has come to light that many higher-ranking officers within those police departments share the views of these groups like the Proud Boys. Where we don’t want to penalize anyone for their political opinions, such officers should be forced to recuse themselves in such a situation. If such fights are breaking out, then the police should be stepping in and arresting everyone involved! It is as Anti-American as anyone could be to be allowing the police to be showing favoritism!  The police are not supposed to be judge and jury; their job is to keep the streets safe.  Police favoritism is a violation of the very oaths that all of those officers took.  This looking the other way must stop before we begin to see massive bloodshed. We don’t want to see anyone dying from one of these altercations, no matter which side they may be on.
 
If two opposing groups want to fight, then rent a coliseum, divide the groups equally, sell tickets and hire referees, but if the fighting is taken to the streets, the police must arrest all and sort out the mess in court!  Thank you for reading this letter.

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Investigate Them All!  We need Ongoing investigations of everyone who is seeking or holding a Public Office!

Saturday, April 25th, 2020

The United States needs a permanent Independent Prosecutor’s Office, which would conduct ongoing investigations of every elected individual, from President down to dog catcher. Republicans have been more than willing to investigate Democrats with partisan prosecutors, but highly reluctant to do the same for their own. Kenneth Starr was an extreme Right-winger who did conduct a witch hunt, where Robert Mueller is a Republican, who was only seeking the truth. If the Democrats had insisted on someone as far to the Left as Starr was to the Right, it would never have happened.

When Republicans did their partisan impeachment of President Clinton they claimed that they were being unbias, but when the Democrats seek only to see all the evidence and hear from all the witnesses, these same Republicans scream bias!  Where we do not need partisan witch hunts as done by Starr or the Republicans, we do need to have thorough investigations of everyone in the employment of the United States. That means that investigations should begin when they first announce their candidacies or are up for an appointment to the day that they leave office, and if there are crimes, then there must be criminal charges brought. In the case of either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, they would have been cleared or blocked long before they could have run for or assumed office.  This would have spared the Country the trouble that we now face.

 
Donald Trump is throwing the country into a crisis over his stonewalling and refusals to comply with the investigations.  Whether you like or dislike Trump, this could cause economic hardship as everything begins to focus on Trump’s possible crimes.  It has been pointed out that most employees are at the mercy of their employers with their privacy.  An employer can do drug tests that can tell that employer what type of medication the person is on, and given the cost of health insurance, that person might not be hired.  We all surrender our privacy to one point or another for a job.  Many employers monitor their employees on Facebook and take action if they don’t like what that employee is saying.   Why should Donald Trump be treated any differently than any other American worker?  Trump is used to being the boss who spies on his employees and is not used to being the employee, but that is what he is, our employee.  We, as his employer, have a right to know that he is not cheating us.  This is why Trump will lose his battle to keep his taxes and business practices secret.

What we need are ongoing investigations of everyone seeking or holding a public office, and by running, that person is consenting to have all of their private information gone over with a fine-tooth comb.  Anyone who refuses to release the requested information for investigation would automatically be removed from office or would not be allowed on the ballot.  If we are serious about cleaning up Washington, wouldn’t this be a good start?

Questions:
Donald Trump will be gone sooner or later, why don’t we create that Independent Prosecutor Office to investigate all politicians?  Shouldn’t everyone in our employment have to prove that they are working for the better interests of the American people?  Why is this a partisan issue?  Why do most Republicans oppose such an office that would watch the watchers?

Harming the cause of Christ

Monday, June 5th, 2017

Frank Luntz asked Donald Trump “have you ever asked God for forgiveness?”

Notice how Trump tried to dance around the question and how Luntz had to ask it again.

Following Donald Trump’s appearance, last week at the Family Leadership Summit in Iowa, CNN’s Anderson Cooper sought out clarification on Trump’s assertion that he’s unsure if he ever asks God’s forgiveness.

Cooper followed up asking Trump if “asking for forgiveness” is a central tenet of his faith life.

“I try not make mistakes where I have to ask forgiveness,” Trump answered.

When further asked about repentance again by Cooper, Trump said: “I think repenting is terrific.”

“Why do I have to repent or ask for forgiveness, if I am not making mistakes?” asked Trump. “I work hard, I’m an honorable person.” Read more at http://www.christianpost.com/news/trump-why-do-i-have-to-repent-or-ask-for-forgiveness-if-i-am-not-making-mistakes-video-141856/#1TKRyGiYlDkpX01b.99 (we are sorry, but the link here no longer has the video between Trump and Cooper, however it does have the information.)


Here is the thing about asking for forgiveness and repenting, they are mandatory to be a Christian, not a good Christian, merely a Christian.  Donald Trump can use the title of being a Christian to get Christian voting public on his side, but unless he has confessed to being a sinner (which we all are, for that simply means to miss the mark of God), ask God for forgiveness and repent (which means to turn around and go the over way) Trump is no more a Christian than Satan is!

A lot of people think that taking the Lord’s name in vain is saying something like G..D.. but I submit to you that use God in this fashion to manipulate people to support an evil man by falsely claiming that it would be a sin not to support him or that Trump is a Christian when it isn’t true, that is taking God’s name in vain.  I have differed with Republican policies before, but never have I wanted to question the faith of a politician, until now.  Donald Trump is the closest thing that we ever have had to the Anti-Christ!  That is to say that he is the opposite of Jesus Christ.  I don’t believe in attacking someone’s faith, but when someone is falsely promoting someone like Trump as God’s man, I must as a man of God, stand up and say stop!
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The Obstructionists are whining about being Obstructed ~ Pure Hypocrisy

Monday, June 5th, 2017

It’s amazing the twisted world of Trump Republicans, after over 500 filibusters by Republicans against the real president Barack Obama, Trump now is whining that the Democrats aren’t falling over to summit to his will.  Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) took to the Senate floor Thursday to mark a milestone of sorts: eight years of obstructing and insulting the nation’s first black president.

If Republicans could obstruct everything that President Obama put on the table, shouldn’t Trump Republicans avoid whining that Trump is being obstructed?  The truth is that the Democrats are not obstructing, they are doing their jobs.  That is something which the Republicans who constantly obstructed a legitimate president cannot say with all honesty.

Isn’t it Time for Hilary to Drop Out of the Presidential Race?

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

Author: Marty Martorella

For years I could not understand why so many people from Arkansas hated the Clintons so much that they were willing to spend millions of their own money to attack the Clintons. It was beyond sour grapes and beyond partisanship, frankly it looks personal and it was, but why?

This is only my speculation, but if the use of Republican style of campaigning has always been a trait of the Clintons as we Democrats have witnessed in 2008 and now in 2016, then that scorched earth style could have very easily created permanent enemies for the Clintons. Yes, we have seen Republicans use these despicable tricks for years and we all have voiced our contempt at such un-American tactics. Republicans with their thin skin couldn’t take a dose of their own medicine and uber-partisanship was born.

This type of campaigning regardless of who is doing it needs to stop, for it is an antithesis to what our country is all about. For right now, we must face that once someone has been alienated by such tactics, they are very unlikely to become allies of those who alienated them. More likely, they will become strong opponents of the alienators.

This is just one of many reasons why Hillary cannot win in the general and should drop out now, before she hurts the candidacy of Bernie Sanders any more. Well, that is my opinion, what do you think?
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They Lie whey they said Bernie can’t win and should drop out, but why?

Sunday, May 15th, 2016

Author: Marty Martorella

 

We have been hearing Hilary’s people calling for Bernie to end his campaign, even though at this same point during the 2008 election Mrs. Clinton refused to end her campaign. Instead the former First Lady fought all the way to the convention, and yet, now she wants Senator Sanders to quit even though he might still win the primary.

Can you picture this, there is five minutes left in a basketball game. Your team is down by four points and the coach of the other team screams out, “You can’t win, just give up!” Would you? Of course not, so why do the Hillary people think that Bernie should give up before the convention? Could it be that they fear that they could see a repeat of 2008 where Hillary loss to President Obama?

Some might ask why is Bernie so much better than Hilary. These are ten points from the Sanders campaign:

Here’s what we need to do:

1) Rebuild our country’s crumbling infrastructure. A $1 trillion investment in our infrastructure will create at least 13 million jobs all over America – jobs that cannot be outsourced.

2) We must rewrite our disastrous trade policies that enable corporate America to shut down plans in places like West Virginia and move them to Mexico, China, and other low-wage countries.

3) We can create 1 million jobs for disadvantaged youths through legislation I introduced with Rep. John Conyers of Michigan.

4) We need to increase the wages of at least 53 million American workers by raising the minimum wage from a starvation wage of $7.25 an hour to $15 an hour.

5) At a time when women workers earn 79 cents for every dollar a man earns, we need to sign the Paycheck Fairness Act into law. Equal pay for equal work.

6) We need to make health care a right for every man, woman, and child through a Medicare for All single-payer system.

7) We need to treat drug addiction like a mental health issue, not a criminal issue.

8) We need to ensure every worker in this country has at least 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave, two weeks of paid vacation, and one week of paid sick days.

9) We need to impose a tax on Wall Street to make public colleges and universities tuition free while substantially reducing student debt.

10) At a time when half of older workers have no retirement savings, we’re not going to cut Social Security, we’re going to expand it so people can retire with dignity and respect.

 

All these points are very important, but the last is the most important to me. I’m 59 and my body is broken down from doing hard work all of my life. More than two decades ago I took my current job with the promise that I would be able to retire with a $3,000 a month pension. I was suppose to have been able to do six months ago, but the company went back on their promise. Now, at 62 I’ll be able to get a fraction of that pension and with Social Security, I’ll receive almost enough to live on. Bernie will increase my Social Security which will secure that I won’t lose my home. I believe that I can only trust Bernie Sanders to do that right thing, this is about my life to me. Hilary isn’t just asking us to throw the towel in on a game or a race, but on my and many other individuals lives. I don’t trust Hilary to do the right thing and I do trust the Republicans to do the wrong thing. There are many Americans in my same situation or worse. God help us if we elect anyone other than Bernie Sanders.

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Playing It Safe and Losing!

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

Author: Marty Martorella

I have heard many saying that Senator Bernie Sanders doesn’t have a chance to win the Presidency, but I want to remind everyone before 2008 most people didn’t believe that a Black man would ever be president. In this article, I wanted to make the argument that when one political party chose the safe candidate and the other party took a risk, that risky candidate won. You will notice that I am avoiding the issues of the individual candidate, for it doesn’t matter how good or right those issues are, if only a few are listening, those issues really don’t matter.

In the 1976 election, the Republican Party nominated the safe candidate Gerald Ford instead of the risky Ronald Reagan. At the same time, the Democratic Party nominated the risky Jimmy Carter. A year earlier most Americans had not heard of Jimmy Carter. The smart money was on the incumbent Gerald Ford, for most were saying “Jimmy who?” History proved the smart money wrong.

In 1980, Senator Edward Kennedy was the risky candidate and President Carter was the safe candidate for the Democrats, they decided to play it safe by sticking with Jimmy Carter. At the same time, the Democratic prayer was for the Republicans to nominate Ronald Reagan for he was viewed as a space cadet with crazy ideas. Reagan was the wild card/risky candidate which the Republicans chose. Sadly for the Democrats, their prayers were answered and Reagan was elected President.

In 1984 Reagan was a strong incumbent and yet had the Democrats chosen a risky candidate, they might have beaten him. Instead of picking the risky candidate Gary Hart, the Democrats played it safe with Walter Mondale who was the former Vice President and he lost to Reagan.

In 1988 it looks like there were no risky candidates with maybe the exception of the V.P. candidate Dan Quayle. Reagan’s V.P. George H.W. Bush was the Republican nominee and Democrats nominated Michael Dukakis who had beaten the riskier Democratic candidates of Reverend Jesse Jackson and Senator Gary Hart. It is possible that Poppy Bush won because of the momentum of the Reagan administration and the lack of movement in the safe candidacy of Michael Dukakis.

In 1992 Poppy Bush was the ultimate safe incumbent candidate who just a year earlier held a comfortable approval rating of 88%. It must have seemed to the Republican bosses that they had a sure win in Poppy Bush. As the primaries started almost no one knew who Bill Clinton was, to the Democratic bosses, he had to seem like quite a long shot. It was a surprise when he won the Democratic nomination and even more of a shock when he won the presidency.

1996 saw a very successful Clinton presidency with a hot economy and the constant illegitimate attacks by Republicans caused Bill Clinton to appear as the risky candidate. The Republican Party saw this riskiness as a weakness, as a liability when in fact it was an asset. The GOP chose a safe nominee in Senator Bob Dole. President Clinton won by a large margin.

In 2000 both parties ran safe candidates, which made the election a toss-up. A year after the election all the Florida votes were finally counted, revealing that Al Gore actually beat George Bush Jr. but Gore’s play it safe strategy allowed the election to be close enough to steal. Had Gore taken the risk of embracing the Clinton administration and its accomplishments, he might just create a margin too large for any subterfuge to interfere with an honest election. Here the Republicans took some shady risks whereas the Democratic Party played it safe.

In 2004 Republican George Bush Jr. and Democratic Senator John Kerry were the nominees, both were the safe candidates. It is true that the Bush team took some risks using dirty tricks which included election fraud, but other than that there was no positive risk-taking. The real risk candidate was former Vermont governor Howard Dean, but the Democratic machine didn’t want to take any risks and probably restricted Kerry to a point that allows the Republicans to steal another election. The Democratic Party has been afraid to address election irregularities, such as voting machines which cast the vote differently than the voter wanted or illegal counting methods which scored false votes. The Democratic Party refuses to take the risk of souring the electorate to voting. They would rather play it safe.

During the 2008 election, there really wasn’t a safe candidate on the Democratic side. John Edwards had a very strong progressive message with a record of helping the poor and the middle class. Hillary Clinton had a very progressive voting record as Senator, aided in the investigation of the Watergate scandal and Richard Nixon, as First Lady pushed for health reform and of course, just being a woman was a risk being that there never been a female president. Barack Obama has a long history of progressive activism using his legal training to help the poor, minorities and the disadvantaged, in state and federal office he sponsored and supported bills which helped those who couldn’t fight for themselves. Almost forgot the biggest negative in the eyes of the powers that be, few thought that a Black man could be elected president. None of these candidates ingratiated themselves on the elite of society. The rich and powerful would have preferred someone who wouldn’t rock the boat. A safe candidate wouldn’t threaten the status quo. The Republicans chose a very safe candidate in Senator John McCain and they tried to give the symbolism of risk, thinking that a female V.P. candidate would pull in the female vote. They missed the point that women didn’t want another woman, rather someone who represented their needs and Sarah Palin just didn’t fit that bill. If you told people that Barack Hussein Obama, a Black man would be the next president in 2006, they would call for the men in the white coats. I guess Barack Obama was the biggest risk and as we all know, he won.

Then in 2012, because of all the outrageous attacks on President Obama made him still appear as the risky nominee. The Republican party bosses thought that they had found the safest candidate in Mitt Romney. Governor Romney did his best to fit into that safe image. Once again the risky candidate won by a landslide.

In the 2016 election the Democrats chose the safest candidate in Hillary, Bernie was just too risky for them and because of cheating in the electoral college Trump was able to steal the White House.  Had they picked Bernie the excitement would have been strong enough that Trump would not been able to steal the election.  Will the Democrats have the courage to take a risk, or will they choose the safe candidate?  God help us all if Trump gets a second term! *

The reason that these risky candidates seem to do so much better than the safe ones is that where the safe candidate tickle pink the kings and queens or the economic royalty, they do little to excite the majority of Americans. Risk does interesting things to people. Think of the feelings that you got in Vegas or Reno. Maybe it was seeing your team winning or racing another car. For that matter, anytime you took a risk, your heart pounded faster, as your excitement increased you felt more alive than ever before. This is one of the reason that those risky candidates do so much better. So, if either party runs a safe candidate against a risky candidate in 2016, look for the risky candidate to win, no matter what the odds. With that, this writer says go Bernie go!

 

*edited in a paragraph for 2020

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