By Robert Willmann
As a coincidence theorist, when I heard yesterday that Amy Klobuchar, Pete Buttigieg, and Tom Steyer were dropping out of the Democratic presidential primary — all before today's big primary election — the message was brazen and open: the operators in and around the establishment Democratic Party had made their move and the primary is now a charade.
Klobuchar, Buttigieg, and Steyer spent a lot of time and effort in the campaign, and then (coincidentally) dropped out before the very important Super Tuesday primary election! Normally, you would continue pushing until the end of this big day and then make an announcement, if you chose to do so.
To some extent, this is deja vu all over again from the 2008 Democratic primary between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. After Obama was doing well, she refused to drop out. I read that there was a meeting or conference call with Democratic Party people, and Hillary was told how the cow ate the cabbage. She pulled back some with her campaign and at the convention any delegates she had did not get in the way of Obama. A political deal was obviously involved and revealed itself when she was appointed by Obama to be Secretary of State.
The disdain the political and economic oligarchy in this country has for the people outside of it has crawled out from under a rock. In the 2016 Republican primary campaign, Donald Trump kicked over the milk bucket, and when his campaign started to make headway, the political party structure started to show its real face. Trump's loud accusation that the primary system was rigged forced the Republican party operators into the open who then admitted on television that the political parties were private organizations with their own rules. At a major Republican Party meeting it was decided that they would not change their rules or bylaws before the convention, and the decision was publicly announced. Paul Manafort, who had extensive experience with the machinations involving delegates, successfully guided Trump through that potentially treacherous process and got him the nomination. For his skill at the nominating process (but not as a brilliant computer scientist allied with Russia), Manafort became the target of retaliation by the federal government's prosecuting apparatus, through a "special counsel" appointed to give cover to the old Soviet saying, "Show me the man, and I will show you the crime".
This time around the mask has slipped off of the Democratic Party and its national committee (DNC). The debate rules were changed to allow Michael Bloomberg to participate in the "debate" of last week Tuesday (25 February) when he did not qualify to be in it. This favoritism was not given to Tulsi Gabbard or others. But at the debate Bloomberg helpfully told us what is really happening –
"Bloomberg: Let's just go on the record. They talk about 40 Democrats; 21 of those were people that I spent $100 million dollars to help elect. All of the new Democrats that came in and put Nancy Pelosi in charge and gave the Congress the ability to control this president…
(Cheering and Applause) Bloomberg: … I bough [clearly starting to say "bought"], I, I got them."
The CBS television network pathetically falsified their transcript of the debate by editing out the word "bought" Bloomberg tried to pull back into his mouth, writing, "Bloomberg: … I — I got them" .
With Klobuchar, Buttigieg, and Steyer now out, and Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Joe Biden still in, the field is cleared for — you guessed it — Michael Bloomberg. Quite a coincidence.
But what about Joe Biden? Leaving aside the issue and evidence of his cognitive status, Biden does what the moneyed people tell him to do. A financial man and economist, Robert Wenzel, who lives in San Francisco, said that a major Democratic donor in the San Francisco Bay area was visited yesterday by a person with Secret Service protection, probably Barack Obama .
In terms of being an authoritarian personality, Bloomberg is much worse than Donald Trump. He calculates ways to use the inherent coercion in a government, with its companion the taxing power, to push policies and actions that attack and reduce individual freedom, rather than enhancing it, such as overt acts using illegal force with "stop and frisk"; the control, restriction and removal of guns (except for his bodyguards); and extensive surveillance in lower Manhattan, New York City .
Bloomberg was mayor of New York City from 2002-2014. A mayor was limited to two terms, but Bloomberg spent an estimated $60-90 million to get the term limits changed so he could run a third time. Forbes estimated that while Bloomberg was mayor, his wealth increased from around $3 billion to $31 billion.
His financial operations and monetary value have yet to be investigated and disclosed. Both Trump and his father Fred Trump have been the subject of detailed stories about their business work. Bloomberg has business interests and activities in China, where the Communist Party still rules, including the leasing of his Bloomberg data and news computer terminals in China, and he most likely has other business there. In what other countries does he transact business and money-making? The DNC and mass media are silent, and because of Bloomberg's financial connections, they will likely remain silent.