Bernie Sanders: America’s Most Popular Con Man

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Bernie Sanders: America’s Most Popular Con Man
by Stephen Lendman
He’s been saying one thing and doing another for over 30 years in public life, proving he’s a self-serving dirty politician like virtually all others. Rare exceptions prove the rule.
His revolutionary, man-of-the-people rhetoric is empty, his soul for sale at the right price. He’s more demagogic rabble rouser than straight talk public servant.
So why is he popular among Americans? It’s not because of his deplorable voting record, supporting undemocratic Democrat policies 98% of the time.
They include backing imperial wars, NATO’s killing machine, Israeli apartheid, and the Wall Street-owned Federal Reserve.
Support for Hillary Clinton showed what he really stands for – all of the above plus monied interests over popular ones, war-profiteering, neoliberal harshness, TPP and other regressive trade deals, assault on fundamental freedoms, along with shameless Russia and Iran bashing.
Did his demagogic rhetoric or agenda as voters perceive it make him popular? Likely some of both, proving you can fool many people enough of the time to gain strong support.
His unprincipled hypocrisy, duplicity, dishonor and moral cowardice defines his political record – from his Burlington, VT mayoral days to the House, Senate and presidential bid.
He was a stealth Hillary supporter all along, proved by endorsing her, a neocon war criminal, racketeer, perjurer – polar opposite what he claims to stand for, disgracing himself beyond redemption.
Backing her supports America’s dark side – a rogue state responsible for more harm to more people over a longer duration than any other country now or earlier.
Sanders is unprincipled, morally and ethically tainted, a loyal servant of powerful interests running America.
It’s why he was allowed to run for president, not to win, to create the illusion of Democrats supporting ordinary people – not since the neoliberal 90s began destroying New Deal, Fair Deal, Great Society programs.
And yet a March Fox News poll showed his popularity among registered voters at 61%, only 32% expressing disapproval.
It proves most Americans are out-of-touch, uninformed, and easily deceived. Sanders warrants condemnation, not strong support.
America needs revolutionary change, a true people’s champion leading it, not a phony one like Sanders.
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Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.