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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Chicago news conference: Corruption fighter Andy Martin documents once again that Senator Mark Kirk is complete military fraud

Beginning in the summer of 2009 (see many links below) corruption fighting independent Internet columnist and blogger Andy Martin exposed U. S. Senator Mark Kirk as a military fraud and mental case. Andy provided DOD records as well as exposing Kirk on live television in Chicago. Illinois’ corrupt, incompetent and completely gullible media published stories that Kirk had been “fighting” in Afghanistan. “Mark Kirk is more than a Walter Mitty,” Andy charges. “He has had serious mental problems all of his life. Most of his life is a lie. And, in 2016, perhaps hoping that I would stay silent, Kirk is recycling his 2010 lies that he was ‘deployed’ in war zones and ‘fought’ in wars and similar delusional claims.

“My complaints to the Department of Defense prompted an investigation that resulted in a warning to Kirk, to stop abusing his military uniform as a political prop. But Kirk goes on lying and posting ridiculous photos. In 2010 he pretended to be a fighter pilot. CNN caught him this week in full battle dress, another fabrication and delusion. Kirk says it was a ‘mistake.’ And yet the local media in Chicago keep protecting Kirk. What is wrong with this picture?

“I may be a prophet without honor in Chicago, but I am a prophet who deals in the truth based on hard facts and evidence. Chicago’s media are complicit in Kirk’s fraud. The local TV stations and newspapers are equally culpable as liars for promoting and broadcasting Kirk’s lies.


“I have been exposing crooked Illinois politics for half a century. That has to be some sort of record,” Andy says. Andy Moved to Manchester, NH in 2010 but he continues to maintain a corruption-fighting present in the Midwest.
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Announcement of Chicago news conference Thursday, September 22nd

September 22 Chicago news conference details:

Who:

National and New Hampshire corruption fighter and columnist/blogger Andy Martin

What:

Andy Martin exposes Mark Kirk’s military fraud, says Kirk has mental problems and calls on Kirk to withdraw as a candidate

Where:

Sidewalk news conference, SE corner of Huron and Wabash Streets, Chicago (weather permitting; otherwise indoors)

When:

Thursday, September 22, 2015; 9:00 A.M. (promptly)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Andy Martin brings back to public view all of the evidence he created in 2009-2010 that caused the Department of Defense to warn Mark Kirk to stop using his military uniform for politics

Andy Martin says the gullible Chicago media published Kirk’s delusions that in 2008-2010 Kirk was “fighting” for “freedom” in Afghanistan

Andy Martin demands that Mark Kirk withdraw as a candidate for reelection because of Kirk’s pathological lying

(CHICAGO) (September 21, 2016) Andy Martin, the corruption-fighting independent Internet columnist and blogger who has probably exposed more corruption and incompetence from Hawai’i to New Hampshire and points in between, will hold a Chicago news conference Thursday, September 22 to excoriate the Chicago media for shamelessly promoting Mark Kirk’s lies that Kirk has served in combat overseas.

Andy can be reached in Chicago at (312) 440-4124.

“At my prompting, the Department of Defense (DOD) opened an in investigation of Kirk and admonished him to stop playing politics with his imaginary ‘deployments’ overseas, when he was never deployed anywhere,” Andy charges. “DOD has stringent rules prohibiting members of congress from ever being placed in harm’s way. Kirk’s claim that he came under fire in Afghanistan was delusional. His claim that he was ‘fighting’ is nonsense. His claim he told General Stanley McChrystal how to fight the war in Afghanistan is delusional. What is wrong with Chicago media that they publish such delusional claims by Kirk?

“Over and over again Chicago media scorned me for telling the truth about Kirk’s lies and presenting evidence to confirm my claims, all while exalting Kirk as a military impresario.

“I call on Mark Kirk to withdraw as a candidate for reelection. He is a disgrace to the Republican Party. I would very much like to see a Republican U. S. Senate elected in November. But if the price of a Republican senate is having to reelect a liar and fraud, then that price is just too high.

“This week CNN caught Kirk lying all over again. Notably, it was out-of-town CNN that exposed Kirk, not the local Tribune or Sun-Times.

“In 2010 Kirk was wearing a pilot’s gear. This time Kirk posted a picture in full battle dress (see CNN link below).

“There are simply too many links I have generated showing Kirk is a fraud, so without categorizing them I placed all of them below. The top link (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgKVBYvJ9mE&NR=1)
shows where I exposed Kirk on live television in Chicago (closing statements at the end). I also highlight the propaganda published by the Sun-Times and the ever gullible groupie Lynn Sweet (http://www.pressreader.com/usa/chicago-sun-times/20100108/281698315868119).

“The Tribune’s creepy Rick Pearson was another flack who promoted Kirk and tried to undermine the credibility of my evidence. Mike Riopell is also exposed as a local media idiot. I could go on but the trend is obvious. The links from 2009-2010 are there (see below).

“If we want to know why Illinois is a ‘failed state’ and why Chicago is dying, the fact that Chicago’s media have betrayed and corrupted their public trust and duty to present the truth, and instead promoted phonies like Kirk is bitter medicine to swallow.

“Kirk should step down. The firestorm generated by his latest lies is, belatedly, going to consume him. He has done so very much damage over the years.

“I also call on the Illinois Republican Party to denounce Kirk for his lies, the way they attacked me for exposing the truth about Kirk. The fact that the institutional party supported Kirk is a disgrace to honest and honorable politics. Enough. Kirk must go. And go now. I have more evidence and extensive files but I don’t have them handy, since they were archived long ago. But the DOD records can be retrieved directly from the Pentagon. They are public records.”


LINKS TO THIS STORY (cut and paste the entire link below and not just the underlined portion):

(watch “Closing Statement” for Kirk “blockbuster”)




Mike Riopell

While one of his Senate Republican opponents was attacking U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk in radio ads this holiday season, the five-term congressman and Naval Reserve officer was serving in Afghanistan. Kirk has now returned and will no doubt hit the media Thursday with his assessment of the Afghanistan war and President Barack Obama's handling of the failed airline bombing on Christmas Day. This is the second time the Highland Park Republican has served a brief tour in the war-torn country as an intelligence officer. Last year, he also deployed to Afghanistan over the Christmas holidays, making him the first sitting congressman to serve in a war zone since World War II.






http://www.pressreader.com/usa/chicago-sun-times/20100108/281698315868119


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DeKalb Chronicle Kirk served in Haiti, Bosnia, etc.


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ANDY MARTIN - A BRIEF BIO:

Andy Martin is a legendary New Hampshire, New York and Chicago-based muckraker, author, Internet columnist, talk television pioneer, radio talk show host, broadcaster and media critic. With forty-eight years of background in radio and television and with five decades of investigative and analytical experience in Washington, the USA and around the world, Andy provides insight on politics, foreign policy, intelligence and military matters. For a full bio, go to: www.AndyMartin.com; also see www.BoycottABC.com/executive_director.htm

Andy has also been a leading corruption fighter in American politics and courts for over forty-five years and is executive director of the National Anti-Corruption Policy Institute. See also www.FirstRespondersOnline.us; www.AmericaisReadyforReform.com.

He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law and is a former adjunct professor of law at the City University of New York (LaGuardia CC, Bronx CC).

He is the author of “Obama: The Man Behind The Mask” [www.OrangeStatePress.com] and produced the Internet film “Obama: The Hawaii’ Years” [www.BoycottHawaii.com]. Andy is the Executive Editor and publisher of the “Internet Powerhouse,” blogging at www.contrariancommentary.wordpress.com and www.ContrarianCommentary.com.

Andy’s family immigrated to Manchester, New Hampshire 100 years ago; today his home overlooks the Merrimack River and he lives around the corner from where he played as a small boy. He is New Hampshire’s leading corruption fighter and Republican Party reformer.

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Friday, September 16, 2016

Obama expert Andy Martin: “Birther” issue will almost certainly boomerang on Hillary Clinton

Andy Martin, the independent Internet columnist and blogger who created the “Birther” movement and became Barack Obama’s first antagonist, says that toady’s attacks on Donald Trump are almost certain to backfire and benefit Trump. “Clinton and the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) will see their racial politics boomerang and benefit Trump,” Andy predicts. “The CBC and Clinton are engaged in shameless race-baiting and it is going to turn off undedcideds and Millennials. Trump closed the book today. Efforts by Clinton and her media sycophants to revive and reopen the issue are going to backfire.” Andy will hold a Saturday news conference in New York to further address the issue. After losing a congressional primary in New Hampshire earlier this week Andy has rejoined the national political conversation. Watch for his investigative reports on Clinton and Trump.

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Andy Martin says “Birther” issue may boomerang on Hillary Clinton and Congressional Black Caucus

Andy Martin created the “Birther” movement and then walked away when the issue was taken over by crazies claiming Barack Obama was born in Kenya

“I have always stated unequivocally that Barack Obama was born in Hawai’i,” Andy says “The origin of the ‘Birther movement’ was not a so-called ‘Kenyan birth’ but rather my efforts to force the release of Obama’s Hawai’i birth certificate”

Andy says that efforts by the Congressional Black Caucus and Hillary Clinton to exploit the Birther issue are almost certainly going to boomerang on Clinton and benefit Trump

Andy plans to hold a news conference in Forest Hills, NY on Saturday morning (the 17th) to provide greater depth and detail

(NEW YORK) (September 16, 2016) Andy Martin, the corruption-fighting Internet columnist and blogger who first challenged Barack Obama’s family story in 2004 and later created the so-called “Birther” movement says that today’s efforts by Hillary Clinton and the Congressional Black Caucus to harass and harangue Donald Trump are almost certainly going to backfire and end up benefiting Trump. “You heard it here first,” Andy says.

“What Clinton is doing and what the liberal media is doing is going to boomerang on her and benefit Trump. She is trying to attract ‘swing’ voters. Will they really be impressed by a lecture from Charlie Rangel and other members of the CBC on the dead issue of Obama’s birth certificate? Very doubtful.”

Andy created the “Birther” movement in 2004 when he published his first expose on the misrepresentations Barack Obama had made about his family history. (Please see link #1 below). Andy knew of Barack Obama from Obama’s days in the Illinois State Senate and thus was in a unique position to research and investigate the man who eventually became president, please see link #2 below.

“The original Birther movement which I created was based on Obama‘s refusal to release his long-form birth certificate in 2008,” Andy says. “Obama had issued a computerized record, a certificate of live birth, but not the original document. I sued in Hawai’i to release the original document and the Birther movement was born out of my litigation and Internet columns.

“I always maintained Obama was born in Hawai’i. Later crazies took over the movement and proposed increasingly irrational and unfounded claims Obama was born in Kenya. I never supported those claims in any way.

“Nevertheless the Kenya theorists eventually took control of Birtherism and I walked away and disassociated myself. Donald Trump was a late arrival. He never sent anyone to Hawai’i and no doubt just took my own original research and used it himself. I have asked Trump to release his records and he never has.

“Nevertheless until this week the Birther issue was dead-as-a-door-nail until Clinton operatives decided they could use the issue to agitate their ‘base.’ But using Obama's birth certificate is a desperate and counterproductive maneuver. Voters know Obama is not on the ballot. People are going to be turned off by the Clinton/CBC actions.

“Trump dealt with the matter as best he can, and today he finally closed the book. End of story.

“The ‘base’ Clinton is trying to agitate is not the base they are losing. So instead of benefiting Clinton, the latest effort to exploit Birtherism is almost certainly going to boomerang on Clinton and the CBC with independent voters and millennials.

“I will hold a news conference in Forest Hills, NY York Saturday morning to further detail my beliefs and conclusions.

“Ironically, the man who ultimately created the Birther movement was Obama himself. He and Michele would constantly drop hints that Kenya was ‘home.’ They never disavowed claims by Kenyan politicians that he had been born there. They falsely claimed that a ‘granny’ was his grand mother, even though she was senile and claims to have been present at Obama’s birth, which was obviously delusional. Obama fed the Birther movement because he has shamelessly use Birther catnip to irritate and frustrate the right. He is the real ‘founder’ of doubts about his origins.

“For myself, he never fooled me. I always believed Obama was 100% American born, even though his emotional and psychological loyalties may lie elsewhere.”

LINKS TO THIS STORY (cut and paste the entire link below and not just the underlined portion):

#1

#2


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ANDY MARTIN - A BRIEF BIO:

Andy Martin is a legendary New Hampshire, New York and Chicago-based muckraker, author, Internet columnist, talk television pioneer, radio talk show host, broadcaster and media critic. With forty-eight years of background in radio and television and with five decades of investigative and analytical experience in Washington, the USA and around the world, Andy provides insight on politics, foreign policy, intelligence and military matters. For a full bio, go to: www.AndyMartin.com; also see www.BoycottABC.com/executive_director.htm

Andy has also been a leading corruption fighter in American politics and courts for over forty-five years and is executive director of the National Anti-Corruption Policy Institute. See also www.FirstRespondersOnline.us; www.AmericaisReadyforReform.com.

He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law and is a former adjunct professor of law at the City University of New York (LaGuardia CC, Bronx CC).

He is the author of “Obama: The Man Behind The Mask” [www.OrangeStatePress.com] and produced the Internet film “Obama: The Hawaii’ Years” [www.BoycottHawaii.com]. Andy is the Executive Editor and publisher of the “Internet Powerhouse,” blogging at www.contrariancommentary.wordpress.com and www.ContrarianCommentary.com.

Andy’s family immigrated to Manchester, New Hampshire 100 years ago; today his home overlooks the Merrimack River and he lives around the corner from where he played as a small boy. He is New Hampshire’s leading corruption fighter and Republican Party reformer.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

News conference: GOP presidential Andy Martin renews request for federal judge to step down in Dennis Hastert’s criminal case

GOP presidential candidate, Illinois political expert and national corruption fighter Andy Martin will hold a telephone news conference today, October 28th to renew his request that the federal judge hearing former U. S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert’s case step down. The judge previously gave a campaign contribution to Hastert. Andy’s letter to the judge is self-explanatory.
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Attention Illinois, Washington, New York, National daybook/assignment editors

Announcement of telephone news conference Wednesday, October 28

Conservative columnist and Republican Party maverick Andy Martin renews request for Hastert judge to step down

Andy says that judge’s insistence on sentencing someone he gave a campaign contribution to disgraces Chicago “justice”

Andy says that the judge is acting as an accomplice to a political cover-up

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(Chicago) (October 28, 2015) GOP presidential candidate, conservative columnist and corruption investigator Andy Martin will hold a telephone news conference today, October 28th to renew his request that the judge hearing former U. S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert’s criminal case step down. Andy’s latest letter to the judge follows (the letterhead is redacted):

October 28, 2015

Hon. Thomas M. Durkin
U.S. District Judge
219 S. Dearborn
Chicago, IL 60604

Re: U.S. v. Hastert, 1:15-cr-00315-1

Renewed request for recusal of the Court for appearance of bias

Dear Judge Durkin:

This letter is being served on both counsel for the United States and counsel for the Defendant (see below).

With the utmost respect for the Court as an institution, and in light of the Defendant’s guilty plea, I am respectfully renewing my request that you step down as a presiding judge in the above case. I believe your continued assignment to the Hastert case does serious damage to the integrity of the administration of justice in your Court.

1. Prior history

After Mr. Hastert was indicted you admitted there was an appearance of bias and you left it up to the parties to resolve the appearance of bias as a private matter without regard to any countervailing public interest. Prior to becoming a judge, you gave Mr. Hastert a campaign contribution. In fact, that act was the basis of your admission that there was an appearance of bias. Consequently, given your admission, I don’t have to establish the “appearance” question; you have conceded the matter. The only issue is whether the public also has a right to a neutral and detached judicial proceeding.

Given the sordid history of political and judicial corruption in Illinois, the need for judges to respect the public’s right to the fair and impartial administration is paramount. As a young law student I was a small part of the media investigation that culminated in the removal of two justices of the Illinois Supreme Court (Klingbiel and Solfisburg). The court later retaliated against me for my youthful display of integrity. I realized then that there was no way an advocate could serve both private clients and public integrity, and I have happily devoted my life to investigating, exposing and fighting corruption and the appearance of corruption or bias in our public life.

2. Guilty plea

Mr. Hastert has apparently agreed to plead guilty and will do so today.

3. The independent and overriding public interest

Although you have framed the public’s right to a fair and impartial judge as one that may be “waived” by the parties, and one that apparently belongs exclusively to the Defendant, there is a much broader public interest in the appearance of justice. The local media are already treating your acceptance of a plea as part of a cover-up of Mr. Hastert’s criminal scheme:

http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/7/71/1049432/hastert-poised-plead-guilty-protect-3-5-million-secret

You are proposing to accept a plea that would clearly result in such a cover-up and also conceal the identity of the victim of Hastert’s original scheme. When have you ever heard of a criminal case where the victim’s identity is kept secret, and the details of the overall pattern of criminal activity are concealed from public view? There is no way you can escape the appearance that you are fostering this cover-up.

The most awesome power that a federal district judge exercises is the power to incarcerate someone convicted of a criminal violation. If you impose a lenient sentence, the appearance of a “fix” will be inevitable. If you impose a harsh sentence the appearance that you bent over backwards to avoid the appearance of a fix will be equally unavoidable, thereby imposing an injustice on the Defendant. There is no way you can avoid an appearance of impropriety.

The fact that the victim’s identity has been concealed, and the nature of the original criminal extortion scheme has also been concealed, do violence to the First Amendment and to the public’s right to know. No basis has been shown to shield Mr. Hastert from the disclosure of his lifetime of impropriety and apparent criminal activity. In fact, there is a likelihood that other victims exist. By concealing the nature of Hastert’s misconduct you discourage others from coming forward.

Protecting politically powerful defendants from public disclosure of their unlawful activity is not a legitimate objective of the criminal justice system or an appropriate exercise of prosecutorial discretion.

Adding to the public injustice that you are aiding and abetting, it is likely that the “victim” was also engaging in criminal activity. Putting aside the Defendant’s long-ago unlawful activity, there is an overwhelming appearance that Mr. Hastert was being extorted and that he was paying hush money. Under these circumstances, the identity of the “victim” becomes much more important.

Up until now, your actions have largely been ministerial and administrative. But when you move into the sentencing phase, you will begin to exercise the broad discretion of your office.

I urge you to reconsider your role in the above matter, and to step aside so that an impartial judge may be substituted. Frankly, given Mr. Hastert’s former position, I believe the wise choice would be to request that the Seventh Circuit assign a judge from outside the State of Illinois to preside.

You worked hard to establish a legal career that convinced the U. S. Senate to confirm you as a federal judge. Why would you undermine your own career by presiding in a case where you yourself admit that your impartiality can be questioned by reasonable people?

Because there will no doubt be a delay between acceptance of the plea and imposition of a sentence I have some time to consider available remedies. I would respectfully request that you enter an appropriate order on my request so that if I decide to seek review of your action or inaction through an extraordinary writ I may do so.

Respectfully submitted,

ANDY MARTIN

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Note: this news conference was delayed from October 25th due to Andy’s travel requirements.

October 28, 2015 [TELEPHONE] News Conference Details:

WHO:
         
Republican presidential candidate, Illinois political expert and conservative columnist Andy Martin

WHAT:
    
Andy Martin renews his request for the Hastert judge to step down

WHERE:

Telephone news conference:

Dial-in Number: 1-800-466-8543

Conference Code: 510518

WHEN:

Wednesday, October 28 – 12:00 noon. (CDT) (1:00 P. M. EDT)

LINKS TO THIS STORY (cut and paste the entire link below and not just the underlined portion):

http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/7/71/1049432/hastert-poised-plead-guilty-protect-3-5-million-secret

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WHAT OTHERS SAY ABOUT ANDY MARTIN:

One author has called Andy Martin the “big kahuna” of the anti-[Barack] Obama movement. Another said “Andy Martin is revolutionizing journalism… [Andy] brings to online journalism what Rush Limbaugh [brings] to radio or Michael Moore to film: sleek little stories that fit into larger political narratives…” Another says, “The only American journalists that are ‘standing UP’ [to Obama] are, Andy Martin…”

ANDY MARTIN - A BRIEF BIO:

Andy Martin is a legendary New Hampshire, New York and Chicago-based muckraker, author, Internet columnist, talk television pioneer, radio talk show host, broadcaster and media critic. With forty-seven years of background in radio and television and with five decades of investigative and analytical experience in Washington, the USA and around the world, Andy provides insight on politics, foreign policy, intelligence and military matters. For a full bio, go to: www.AndyMartin.com; also see www.BoycottABC.com/executive_director.htm

Andy has also been a leading corruption fighter in American politics and courts for over forty-five years and is executive director of the National Anti-Corruption Policy Institute. See also www.FirstRespondersOnline.us; www.AmericaisReadyforReform.com.

He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law and is a former adjunct professor of law at the City University of New York (LaGuardia CC, Bronx CC).

He is the author of “Obama: The Man Behind The Mask” [www.OrangeStatePress.com] and produced the Internet film “Obama: The Hawaii’ Years” [www.BoycottHawaii.com]. Andy is the Executive Editor and publisher of the “Internet Powerhouse,” blogging at www.contrariancommentary.wordpress.com and www.ContrarianCommentary.com.

Andy’s family immigrated to Manchester, New Hampshire 100 years ago; today his home overlooks the Merrimack River and he lives around the corner from where he played as a small boy. He is New Hampshire’s leading corruption fighter and Republican Party reformer.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

GOP presidential candidate Andy Martin offers a contrarian view of why Bernie Sanders won the CNN presidential debate

Republican Party presidential candidate and political analyst Andy Martin offers his contrarian view of why Bernie Sanders won the CNN Democratic Party presidential candidates’ debate. Andy is probably the most experienced political commentator in America today, with fifty years of national and local political experience to help inform his opinions and analysis.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Republican presidential candidate Andy Martin on why Bernie Sanders won the CNN presidential debate

In the Seventh of his “Letters From the 2016 Presidential Campaign” Andy explains why Bernie Sanders won the CNN debate and why the pro-Clinton liberal media will distort the truth

Andy offers three reasons why Sanders was the big winner

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(New York) (October 14, 2015) Dear American:

Some of you may have watched the CNN Democratic Party presidential candidates’ debate. Actually, it was livelier than I expected. This Letter from the Campaign carries a joint masthead because I will be posting this story both on my presidential blog and my ContrarianCommentary.com blogs.

Of course, the debate exposed the broad gap between the “mainstream” of today’s Democratic Party and mainstream, Main Street, America. Most of the liberal media will tell you Hillary Clinton “won the debate.” Actually, I have a contrarian view. Bernie Sanders won, hands down.

I entered national politics by going to Capitol Hill fifty years ago this year to write an esoteric thesis on the procedural rules of the U.S. Senate. Unlike most media “analysts,” who have little or no political experience, my life has blended independent activism as well as political involvement. I fight corruption, arrogance and abuse, but I almost always fight within the political process, government and the judicial system. So even though I am an “independent” conservative, “maverick” or whatever you want to call me, I know how the system works even if I have always stood apart from the system while fighting abuses within our society. That’s why I call my writing “Contrarian Commentary” and why I am a Republican candidate for president - to keep fighting to make the system work - for every American.

So why are my conclusions about who won the Democratic “debate” so different than the Beltway media? Because I take a broader, most experienced perspective.

There are three reasons why Bernie won. Two are obvious, but one is not. Let me start with my surprising conclusion first.

Bernie won the debate because of guns. Yes, guns. The two first states to “vote” in 2016 are Iowa and New Hampshire, closely followed by Nevada and South Carolina. Over the past fifty years the two parties have largely polarized; there are very few “conservative” Democrats left, and few “liberal” Republicans.

But although conservatives and liberals have realigned themselves, their cultures are not as fully separated. Many “liberal” Democrats in Iowa are still culturally conservative in many ways. Likewise, many “liberal” Democrats in New Hampshire are also culturally conservative. Quick question: are labor union members, who are classic “Democrats,” culturally liberal or conservative? Mostly conservative. And here is what the media missed Tuesday night.

There are a lot of Democrats in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada who own guns. After Tuesday night, they are all Sanders voters. By pounding Bernie on guns, Hillary accomplished two goals for Bernie (which even he may not realize since my views are contrarian). First, Hillary confirmed that Bernie is a candidate that can be trusted on guns. Second, Hillary showed Bernie to be a “politician,” and thus someone who is reasonable and can be trusted.

Bernie said he voted for guns because he is from a “rural state.” Of course, more people in rural areas and small towns own guns. Where do you find rural areas (Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada)? Democrats in those states who support guns, while espousing liberal policies, can safely vote for Bernie because he pays attention to the specific needs of his state (he’s a politician!) and because he recognizes cultural differences between big cities and small towns.

Very few potential Sanders voters (see my next two points) will abandon him because of his voting record on guns. But now everyone knows Bernie is capable of representing his “rural” constituents and supporting their contrarian views on gun ownership. A very big plus for Sanders. (Ironically, although Jim Webb is really the cultural conservative in the race, his performance was so weak he won’t benefit from the gun issue.)

The second reason Sanders won is because the debate proved beyond doubt that he is driving the national agenda in the Democratic Party and Clinton can’t be trusted to take decisive action. One of the critical exchanges of the debate, which will probably be overlooked by liberal commentators, is when Governor O’Malley and Sanders double-teamed Clinton on breaking up the big banks. Clinton’s response? The same old Clinton. She has a five-point (or some “point”) “plan.” In other words, mush.  When push came to shove, Clinton was “all hat and no cattle" on the need for genuine reform. She would moan about Wall Street but she wouldn’t break up the big banks. (Ironically, a lot of Republicans also agree with Sanders on the irresponsible power of big banks and Wall Street.)

Sanders supporters will pick up on the fact that Clinton is all style and no substance when it comes to taking serious stands on the issues.

Just as Trump is transforming the Republican party (I have an exciting column/analysis in the works!) Sanders, for better or for worse, is transforming the Democrats. Prediction: even after someone wins the nomination (still probably Clinton) Sanders will not withdraw as a candidate. He will stay in the race to launch a platform fight at the national convention and to take his views to the floor of the National Convention. If Hillary thinks “winning” the nomination is the end of Bernie, she is badly mistaken. Bernie is in the driver’s seat. Not her.

Finally, the third reason why Sanders was a big winner at the debate was that more than for anyone else, the debate elevated him to parity with Clinton as a candidate. After the debate, Bernie went on Chris Matthews’ show. Bernie said “five months ago you would have called me a ‘fringe candidate.’” Of course he was right. But the debate elevated Sanders to Clinton’s level.

When she shook his hand in a spontaneous act of appreciation for his support for her on the “email issue,” Clinton sealed the pact that they are equals. By elevating Bernie to her level, her handshake and the overall debate have elevated Sanders to equal status.

You may disagree with me; I respect disagreement. But I think Sanders won a whole lot more than he lost Tuesday night. He has now “rolled up” every gun owner in the Democratic Party, of which there are still many. He showed that while he is true to his agenda, Clinton will not commit to real reform, such as by breaking up the Wall Street banks, because she and her husband are still tethered to Wall Street and the “economic royalists” in the Democratic Party who support their extravagant lifestyle. And Sanders’ (misplaced) gallantry in defending Clinton on the email scandal elevated him to equal status with her in the Party.

Bernie Sanders is not going away, he is not going to end his campaign if she wins a majority of the delegates, and he and his supporters will be a major force at the Democratic National Convention. Bernie’s just begun to fight.

[To ensure no one is confused, just because I write favorably about Sanders does not mean I agree with him. When I write as a Republican, I am a Republican. When I write as an analyst and media critic, I try to be neutral and impartial.]

In closing, I have made clear that while I am a candidate, I don’t expect to win the nomination. But I still intend to influence the presidential race and I have a track record of doing so. In three of the last four presidential elections my independent conservative activism was a significant factor, especially 2000 and 2008. Stay tuned.

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Andy Martin is a legendary New Hampshire, New York and Chicago-based muckraker, author, Internet columnist, talk television pioneer, radio talk show host, broadcaster and media critic. With forty-seven years of background in radio and television and with five decades of investigative and analytical experience in Washington, the USA and around the world, Andy provides insight on politics, foreign policy, intelligence and military matters. For a full bio, go to: www.AndyMartin.com; also see www.BoycottABC.com/executive_director.htm

Andy has also been a leading corruption fighter in American politics and courts for over forty-five years and is executive director of the National Anti-Corruption Policy Institute. See also www.FirstRespondersOnline.us; www.AmericaisReadyforReform.com.

He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law and is a former adjunct professor of law at the City University of New York (LaGuardia CC, Bronx CC).

He is the author of “Obama: The Man Behind The Mask” [www.OrangeStatePress.com] and produced the Internet film “Obama: The Hawaii’ Years” [www.BoycottHawaii.com]. Andy is the Executive Editor and publisher of the “Internet Powerhouse,” blogging at www.contrariancommentary.wordpress.com and www.ContrarianCommentary.com.

Andy’s family immigrated to Manchester, New Hampshire 100 years ago; today his home overlooks the Merrimack River and he lives around the corner from where he played as a small boy. He is New Hampshire’s leading corruption fighter and Republican Party reformer.

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Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Chicago news conference - “Fighting Illini” presidential candidate Andy Martin supports University of Illinois football team

National corruption fighter and “Fighting Illini” Andy Martin will hold a Chicago news conference today, Wednesday, September 2nd to announce his support for the University of Illinois football team and its players. “The U of I football program is going through a difficult patch,” Andy says. “And it is at times such as these that those of us who are committed to being ‘Illini for Life’ must stand up and be counted in support of the team and the players. I have no role and want no role in the investigation and attendant controversy. That is for others to resolve. But I was a tiny mustard seed of a participant in the football program at one of the greatest moments in Fighting Illini history; the lessons learned stayed with me to provide wisdom and insight during my life. I hope that everyone who has ever worn an Illinois football jersey will stand up and be counted in support of the team. The young men who are in the program today need our unhesitating and unconditional support. They need the benefit of our wisdom, judgment and most of all our continuity. I am very proud to extend that encouragement as we begin a new season under challenging conditions. This month and next I will be taking some time off from my political activity to show my support for the current generation of ‘Men of Illinois.’ I know my surviving coaches will be delighted to see that the years have not dimmed my Fighting Illini spirit or my willingness to stand up and be counted. Go Illini.”
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(Chicago) (September 2, 2015) Andy Martin, probably the only Edmund J. James Scholar at the University of Illinois to participate in the Illinois football program, will hold a Chicago news conference Wednesday, September 2nd to express his “unhesitating and unconditional” support for the University of Illinois football team and its players.

“The University of Illinois is mired in a challenging situation involving its football team,” Andy says. (link below) “I don’t know anything more about the matter than what I read in the emails I receive from the AD. Unlike the Phyllis Wise university scandal, where I took the lead in fighting against Wise’s misconduct, I have no intention of taking any role in the football investigation. The situation seems to be well in hand. I do, however, want to express my unconditional and unhesitating support for the football team and its players, and my willingness to help and encourage the players in any way possible.

“I joined the football program at a time when it was led by young men who would go on to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. My own talents were considerably more modest. But my coaches recognized in me the ‘Fighting Illini’ spirit and with their encouragement and affection I took away much more from the program than I will ever be able to repay. That is why I am proud to be an ‘Illini for Life.’

“My first year at Illinois the team won the Big Ten Championship and the Rose Bowl. It was an experience I will never forget. I also injured my shoulder. My roommate and I were an odd couple. He was an African-American from Centralia, a third-year player. I came to Illinois with a New England background. But even though he didn’t get to play much on the championship team, which was overloaded with potential All-Americans, he was a leader and through him I had a ringside seat as we swept to victory.

“Retired coach Ray Eliot would meet the new freshman and impress upon us that we were the ‘Men of Illinois.’ How could anyone forget? Coach Pete Elliott was one of the greatest recruiters and managers I have ever seen. My freshman coaches were a diverse bunch.

“Over the decades, Illinois football has had its ups and downs. But I have remained loyal, and will be there again next month at Memorial Stadium to cheer on the team. I encourage every Fighting Illini supporter to do the same. Now is when we are needed. Decades later, we are still the ‘Men of Illinois.’”

September 2 Chicago news conference details:

Who:

National and Illinois corruption fighter Andy Martin

What:

Andy Martin says he supports the University of Illinois football program and its players

Where:

Sidewalk news conference, SE corner of Huron and Wabash Streets, Chicago (weather permitting; otherwise indoors)

When:

Wednesday, September 2, 2015; 4:00 P.M.

LINKS TO THIS STORY (cut and paste the entire link below and not just the underlined portion):

http://www.fightingillini.com/news/2015/8/28/Football_0828155855.aspx

http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/13533196/tim-beckman-fired-coach-illinois-fighting-illini

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One author has called Andy Martin the “big kahuna” of the anti-[Barack] Obama movement. Another said “Andy Martin is revolutionizing journalism… [Andy] brings to online journalism what Rush Limbaugh [brings] to radio or Michael Moore to film: sleek little stories that fit into larger political narratives…” Another says, “The only American journalists that are ‘standing UP’ [to Obama] are, Andy Martin…”

ANDY MARTIN - A BRIEF BIO:

Andy Martin is a legendary New Hampshire, New York and Chicago-based muckraker, author, Internet columnist, talk television pioneer, radio talk show host, broadcaster and media critic. With forty-seven years of background in radio and television and with five decades of investigative and analytical experience in Washington, the USA and around the world, Andy provides insight on politics, foreign policy, intelligence and military matters. For a full bio, go to: www.AndyMartin.com; also see http://www.boycottabc.com/executive_director.htm

Andy has also been a leading corruption fighter in American politics and courts for over forty-five years and is executive director of the National Anti-Corruption Policy Institute. See also www.FirstRespondersOnline.us; www.AmericaisReadyforReform.com.

He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law and is a former adjunct professor of law at the City University of New York (LaGuardia CC, Bronx CC).

He is the author of “Obama: The Man Behind The Mask” [www.OrangeStatePress.com] and produced the Internet film “Obama: The Hawaii’ Years” [www.BoycottHawaii.com]. Andy is the Executive Editor and publisher of the “Internet Powerhouse,” blogging at www.contrariancommentary.wordpress.com and www.ContrarianCommentary.com.

Andy’s family immigrated to Manchester, New Hampshire 100 years ago; today his home overlooks the Merrimack River and he lives around the corner from where he played as a small boy. He is New Hampshire’s leading corruption fighter and Republican Party reformer.

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