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As you might have have already heard, Hilary Clinton recently beat Bernie Sanders in the Iowa Democratic Caucus by an extremely thin margin, 49.8 percent to 49.6 percent, with all precincts reporting, according to the state department. Despite the claim that all precincts reported, however, the Sanders campaign is thinking about requesting a recount.

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This scrutiny is the result of Sanders’ team having been directly told that the Iowa Democratic Caucus was determined, even though results from 90 other precincts were still missing.

.4 percent is practically nothing, and, according to RT news, Sanders “spoke of an unfolding controversy at certain Iowa precincts which did not have enough Democratic party volunteers to report delegate totals” to other media outlets.

He went on to state that “I honestly don’t know what happened. I know there are some precincts that have still not reported. I can only hope and expect that the count will be honest. Did we win the popular vote? I don’t know, but as much information as possible should be made available.” (source)

The results were so close that there are also six moments where a coin was tossed to determine the winner in Iowa, and Clinton won every single one of them.

Are Presidents Selected & Not Elected? Does Voting Even Change Anything?

A couple of weeks ago, Bernie Sanders stated this:

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Let me tell you something that no other candidate for president will tell you, and that is, no matter who is elected to be president, that person will not be able to address the enormous problems facing the working families of our country. They will not be able to succeed because the power of corporate America, the power of Wall Street, the power of campaign donors is so great that no president alone can stand up to them. That is the truth. People may be uncomfortable about hearing it, but that is the reality. (source)

It was refreshing to see a popular presidential candidate talk about something which, in all likelihood, no other presidential candidate would dare speak of.

He might be the first presidential candidate to make such remarks, but it’s not the first time we’ve heard a politician speak out about these facts. The very first British MP, Benjamin Disraeli, once said that “the world is governed by very different personages to what is imagined by those who are not behind the scenes.”

The 26th president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, once stated that “behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people.” (source)

Senator Daniel K. Inouye, the highest ranking Asian-American politician in United States history, told us that “there exists a shadowy government with its own Air Force, its own Navy, its own fundraising mechanism, and the ability to pursue its own ideas of the national interest, free from all checks and balances, and free from the law itself.” (source)

It’s quite clear that presidents and politicians don’t really call the shots anymore. Major legislature is ultimately influenced by the power these big corporations hold over the government, and the recent Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is just one example of that reality in action.

A popular meme floating around the internet states that democrats and republicans are just two wings of the same bird, and the flight path doesn’t change.  Ultimately, if we follow the money, it becomes abundantly clear that we now live in what most people would call a corporatocracy. The major corporations of the world, and the small group of people that runs them, have enormous lobbying power and access to the world’s resources. They get their money from the big banks, who get their money from the central banks, who in turn get their money from international central banks and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Money directly translates to political power in our world, and nobody has more money than the banks.

If we want change, we cannot continue to put it in the hands of other people. This type of thinking is reminiscent of climate talks that began decades ago; since those talks began, very little has been accomplished. In placing all our hopes on world leaders and by believing they are the only ones who can effect change, we hold ourselves hostage to stagnation. Sanders himself alludes to this problem in the quote above. We ourselves need to take action. Now.

The stranglehold these powers have over politics and the enormous influence they wield calls into question the validity of the entire system. Are elections rigged? Are presidents selected, rather than elected? I don’t have all the answers, but it certainly seems as if the system is rigged. If you take look at all the presidents in the past and their advisors, and do a little independent research,  it begins to seem likely, at least in my own opinion, that the Federal Reserve may have picked Hilary to be the  president a long time ago.

Personally, I would be very surprised if Hilary were not ‘selected’ or ‘elected’ — whichever you prefer to believe. Ultimately, I still believe voting makes no difference, and that this entire campaign is one big distraction from what’s really important. That being said, the issues Bernie brings up are important, and it’s encouraging to see that a large portion of Americans resonate with his message.

Hopefully this article gives you something to think about, particularly if this type of information is something you have yet to come across.


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