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    1. I hope this is "it," my friends.

    I like and trust Bernie Sanders, and I have thought of a number of reasons why he has not taken on the “Deep State” on war issues, recently.  He certainly took them on prior to the invasion of Iraq – but he wasn’t, at that time, THE most popular politician in the country, with a straight path to the White House given a fair election system (ahem).  There is nothing more dangerous to the “Deep State” than an extremely popular politician with world peace ideas.  That is why JFK got his head blown off by the CIA.**  So I have thought of Bernie as a clever fox, indeed.

    But if he is going to try to overcome our rigged election system – say, by an overwhelming vote that blows the fuses of the ‘TRADE SECRET’ voting machines and all the other methods of election fraud and vote suppression – he needs to define a foreign policy that aims, genuinely, at a peaceful country and a peaceful world.  If he does so, he may get such a blow-out mandate.  Because there are two things on which most Americans agree:  1) wanting an end to illegal wars of choice for corporate resource theft; and 2) economic fairness at home.  The two are related.  If Bernie is running for president in 2020, he will relate them.  He has done so already, here and there, as asides in his advocacy for economic fairness.  He needs to take on the relationship between war expenditures and economic unfairness, full bore.

    Bernie has stressed, time and time and time again, that “it is not about him, it is about us!”  We need to take this vital message of his seriously.  If he does the above, and if he is running for president, he will be in more danger than he has ever been in until now.   Having lived through the murderous loss of three great progressive leaders in the space of five years – 1963 to 1968 – murders that were all about war profiteering of various kinds including war profiteering off the vast carnage of U.S. soldiers and millions of others in Southeast Asia, this is on my mind.  The “Deep State” has not permitted peace to be a goal of U.S. policy since those assassinations.  And this “Deep State” taboo on genuine peace efforts seems more entrenched now than ever before.  We need to face this.  Bernie may not survive a run for president – but we. must. survive. losing. him.  We, the People.

    That’s what we didn’t do before.  We didn’t survive as a democracy – as We, the People – those three assassinations.  I know.  I lived it, and everything since.  And I am part of what did not survive.  I remember democracy.  And I know what happened to ME – and to millions of others – for decades after those assassinations.  Heads in the sand.  Hurt beyond measure.  Unable to recover.  And most of us not knowing, or not being able to face, the Big Lie that has poisoned our society ever since.

    We must also be prepared for Bernie NOT running.  That is a distinct possibility.  And we must be prepared for Bernie giving a speech at Westminster that is acceptable to the “Deep State.”  I have to say that the company he joins, of previous speakers, gives me pause.  Margaret Thatcher.  George H.W. Bush.  Whoa.  But Bernie DID preface this with a very strong speech at Riverside Church, where Martin Luther King gave his famous speech on Vietnam (likely the speech that got him assassinated).  Bernie didn’t speak against war, particularly, but I think the venue spoke for itself.   In any case, Bernie may passionately want to deliver a speech outlining a genuine peace-oriented foreign policy, but he may feel constrained.  And some leftist commentators will jump all over him for it, if that’s what he does.  Some leftist commentators seem to have no understanding of what this man has done, thus far, with a bull’s eye target on his back as soon as he started being successful – nor do they understand or have any sympathy for the extremely dangerous tightrope that Bernie is walking on, with no net.

    I’m reminded of David Talbot’s book, “Brothers” (about the two brothers who were the assassination masterminds – Allen Dulles and John Foster Dulles – and the two brothers who took their bullets, JFK and RFK) in which Talbot narrates Bobbie Kennedy’s intention to investigate his brother’s murder once he became president.  In other words, it wasn’t safe for him to do so as a mere senator.  (RFK likely would not have survived undertaking such an investigation, even as president.  I think both Kennedy’s underestimated the “Deep State” – i.e., the CIA and the cabal of billionaires, banksters and war profiteers that Allen Dulles had assembled to safeguard war-creation and covert ops.)

    So, Bernie…

    To be, or not to be–that is the question:
    Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
    The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune
    Or to take arms against a sea of troubles
    And by opposing end them. To die, to sleep–
    No more–and by a sleep to say we end
    The heartache, and the thousand natural shocks
    That flesh is heir to. ‘Tis a consummation
    Devoutly to be wished. To die, to sleep–
    To sleep–perchance to dream: ay, there’s the rub,
    For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
    When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
    Must give us pause. There’s the respect
    That makes calamity of so long life.
    For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
    Th’ oppressor’s wrong, the proud man’s contumely
    The pangs of despised love, the law’s delay,
    The insolence of office, and the spurns
    That patient merit of th’ unworthy takes,
    When he himself might his quietus make
    With a bare bodkin? Who would (burdens) bear,
    To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
    But that the dread of something after death,
    The undiscovered country, from whose bourn
    No traveller returns, puzzles the will,
    And makes us rather bear those ills we have
    Than fly to others that we know not of?
    Thus conscience does make cowards of us all,
    And thus the native hue of resolution
    Is sicklied o’er with the pale cast of thought,
    And enterprise of great pitch and moment
    With this regard their currents turn awry
    And lose the name of action. 


    This speech quotation is for all of us who despaired, and it is only for Bernie Sanders in the sense that his moment of decision has come – or will soon be upon him.  How do you answer the cries of a nation that has been whipped into slavery by endless war – war with no purpose other than war profits and war looting for the 1% – without arousing the many knives of the 1% that are aimed at your back?

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    “JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters,” by James Douglass.

    “The Devil’s Chessboard,” by David Talbot.

    “Brothers,” by David Talbot.