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Forum Post: Bernie Sanders’s speech at Liberty University wasn't a stunt. It's core to his campaign.

Posted 2 years ago on Sept. 15, 2015, 9:02 a.m. EST by factsrfun (8851) from Phoenix, AZ
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Updated by Andrew Prokop on September 14, 2015, 1:10 p.m. ET

Throughout much of his presidential campaign, Bernie Sanders has been speaking to friendly, liberal crowds. There's nothing unusual about that — it's the best way to win the Democratic primary, and it's certainly helped him get to the front of the polls in Iowa and New Hampshire.

But Sanders's theory of change demands more than that. He wants to bring about a "political revolution" in which he mobilizes the American public to back an explicit, full-on challenge to the power of billionaires and corporate interests. He believes his focus on economic and political inequality will appeal to both apathetic non-voters and traditionally Republican constituencies. Only with such broad support, he argues, does he have a shot at passing his agenda.

So on Monday, Sanders put that theory to the test, when he spoke at the convocation of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. Founded by the late Rev. Jerry Falwell, Liberty is the largest evangelical Christian university in the world, and known as a hotbed of conservative activism.

There, Sanders made the case that these religious and Republican Christians should look past their disagreements with him on abortion and same-sex marriage — and give his economic agenda a chance. Here was his pitch:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=156&v=p5ZB8Lg1tcA

http://www.vox.com/2015/9/14/9323041/bernie-sanders-liberty-university

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[-] 3 points by east (110) 2 years ago

''Bernie Sanders Drops Truth Bomb on Liberty University Crowd: GOP Cares About Fetuses But Not Children - He was responding to a question from a Liberty student.'' ... http://www.alternet.org/election-2016/bernie-sanders-drops-truth-bomb-liberty-university-crowd-gop-cares-about-fetuses-not watch/read &- http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/my-advice-to-the-occupy-wall-street-protesters-20111012

[-] 2 points by MattHolck0 (3867) 2 years ago

Only with such broad support, he argues, does he have a shot at passing his agenda.

making excuses for a paralyzed government

let's get the whole audience to shout "WE BELIEVE" to bring Tinkerbell back to life

[-] 2 points by MattHolck0 (3867) 2 years ago

major party frountmen tells

we can not have it all.

they mean is they promises nothing

10-40 airstrikes daily

[-] 0 points by factsrfun (8851) from Phoenix, AZ 2 years ago

and what excuse do you have for doing nothing to stop them?

[-] 1 points by turbocharger (1756) 2 years ago

What is your excuse for encouraging them on?

Seems to me out of the two of you its you who keeps telling them you support it.

[-] -1 points by factsrfun (8851) from Phoenix, AZ 2 years ago

So turbo how's your money doing? I know you come here and try to make people believe you care about something else but really you just want to make sure the government don't take your money,.

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[-] 1 points by MattHolck0 (3867) 2 years ago

twitter stacking .#congress .#senate .#irandeal .#DOD

[-] 0 points by factsrfun (8851) from Phoenix, AZ 2 years ago

You enable the bombers every time you write "no war" on a ballot because you are too lazy to make a real choice.

[-] -1 points by factsrfun (8851) from Phoenix, AZ 2 years ago

don't be broken hearted maybe if enough people write "NO WAR" on their ballots Tinkerbell will come back to life...

of course this time we have a choice we can elect Bernie and take down the system

[-] 1 points by MattHolck0 (3867) 2 years ago

name is not system

[-] -1 points by factsrfun (8851) from Phoenix, AZ 2 years ago

your defeatist attitude even when great opportunity is at hand you wring your hands and say that those who believe that change can happen might as well be shouting "WE BELIEVE" and hoping for Tinkerbell to come back to life, I wonder sometimes if it could be that you don't want anything to change

[-] 2 points by MattHolck0 (3867) 2 years ago

victim blaming

[-] -1 points by factsrfun (8851) from Phoenix, AZ 2 years ago

And when you call people who believe in Bernie idiots that may as well believe in Tinkerbell who are you blaming?

you do nothing but blame people for airstrikes you are too lazy to do anything about, if you want to change policy elect somebody to do that, if you don't like who's there then beat them but if you just want to see your party's name on a ballot knowing you have no chance of winning then you are just an ego whore serving the 1%

[-] 2 points by MattHolck0 (3867) 2 years ago

the people need to be voting on issues not names

[-] -1 points by DKAtoday (33169) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Well finally - you say something that makes sense - NOW - how you gonna get to that place where you can vote on the issues.

[-] -2 points by factsrfun (8851) from Phoenix, AZ 1 year ago

there will be names on the ballot, knowing the basics helps if you want to bring about change

as usual you don't address any of my questions, you make accusations, "victim blaming", then when your hypocrisy is pointed out you change the subject much like a con, you know the answer, you know what must be done you just don't like it that's why you jump all over the place avoiding discussion

[-] 2 points by MattHolck0 (3867) 1 year ago

"Put away your swords"

"cant you see that's it's all over

It was nice but now its gone

Why are you obsessed with fighting?

stick to fishing from now on."

Tim Rice

[-] 0 points by factsrfun (8851) from Phoenix, AZ 1 year ago

"all is lost, all is lost"

Go ahead Matt crawl back under your blanket and keep telling yourself how perfect you are, and as usual you refuse to engage in discussion preferring instead to stick your head up your ass to enjoy the smell.

[-] -1 points by MattHolck0 (3867) 1 year ago

shrug

can't rewrite history

[-] 0 points by factsrfun (8851) from Phoenix, AZ 2 years ago

Maybe we should have them shout "NO WAR"? or even better write it on their ballots!

[-] -2 points by factsrfun (8851) from Phoenix, AZ 2 years ago

Really you didn't like my suggestion we have them shout "NO WAR" and maybe it bring us World Peace?

[-] 1 points by MattHolck0 (3867) 2 years ago

sounds good

[-] -2 points by factsrfun (8851) from Phoenix, AZ 2 years ago

or maybe we can get Tinkerbell to come back......

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33169) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Wall Street attacks Bernie Sanders. I guess they are getting scared that Bernie will win and are very concerned about having to pay future transactional taxes as well as be properly regulated if Bernie can bring back Glass/Steagall. Bernie Sanders just slammed a report that claimed his proposals would cost a monstrous $18 trillion

[-] 1 points by factsrfun (8851) from Phoenix, AZ 2 years ago

Anybody know how much Trump's huge, beautiful wall will cost?

[-] 1 points by MattHolck0 (3867) 2 years ago

blaming immigrants to divert politics is so common the Simpsons did an episode about it

[-] 1 points by factsrfun (8851) from Phoenix, AZ 2 years ago

people are hurting and want to blame someone, the Simpsons are great though I haven't watched it in years....

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33169) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

He hasn't said how he figures to pay for that either - Has he? Was he gonna stop with the wall at the southern border or was he gonna include one at the northern border as well?

I wonder if any of his campaign creditors are worrying that he will declare bankruptcy again to stiff them what he owes for air time as well as all media propaganda expenses.

[-] 1 points by factsrfun (8851) from Phoenix, AZ 2 years ago

I am so looking forward to the Sanders-Trump debates.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33169) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

The 3 Reasons Bernie Sanders WILL be the Next President (That Have Nothing to do With Him) The 3 Reasons Bernie Sanders WILL be the Next President (That … The Huffington Post · 5 minutes ago

Bernie Sanders will be the next President of the United States, due in part to three big factors that have nothing to do with him.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33169) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

It's really pathetic that the GOoP has nothing but clowns to try to run.

[-] 1 points by factsrfun (8851) from Phoenix, AZ 2 years ago

not really I'm glad because all GOP clown or not believe the rich should be richer it has been that way for as long as I can remember through every other struggle America has seen, there is one thing you can always count on that is that the GOP will fight to make the rich richer, so anything that keeps them from office, even running idiots is good really....here's something from Bill Moyers that i wanted to pass on

http://billmoyers.com/2014/04/18/bill-moyers-on-americas-mad-dash-toward-oligarchy/