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Letter: A case for Bernie Sanders

There is a secret to being a supporter of Bernie Sanders. It is something that totally escapes the thinking of most Democrats and Republicans. It is the mental understanding that Sanders is fighting a war that most people are not. It is the war between corporations and the people. Unless you are fighting the war as we are, you cannot possibly understand how important it is to vote for Bernie, not Hillary. This is not about Hillary or Bernie; it is about fighting your real enemies: the multi-national corporations that are trying to control this nation and the world.

Hillary, during her husband's first term, was one of my greatest heroes — a progressive battling for health care reform, an issue in which she was soundly defeated. But since that time she has become much more of a politician — a realist, as she says, rather than the idealist she once was, and Bernie Sanders is. Hillary is taking, or has taken, money from big pharmaceuticals, the oil and gas industries, Wall Street and the private prison companies. She has served on the board of directors of Wal-Mart. She has waffled so many times on the Trans Pacific Partnership and the Keystone Pipeline that no one has any idea where she stands, or what she would do if elected president. The best answer lies in following where she gets her money from: big pharma, big oil, big banks. That is what being a political realist is. Nothing to do with serving the people, everything to do with her personal ambitions.

Bernie, on the other hand, is an idealist. He wants the office so that he can do the right thing for the people he would serve. He has held consistent positions against the Trans Pacific Partnership and the Keystone Pipeline, and consistent positions for the breaking up of big banks and the repeal of Citizens United. Bernie is and idealist; a person you can trust. Hillary has recently absorbed many of Bernie's positions, but will she stick to them? The record shows otherwise.

Bob Bogner

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