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Forum Post: "Why Bernie Sanders Matters" by Seth Ackerman

Posted 1 month ago on Sept. 28, 2019, 1:15 a.m. EST by ImNotMe (1488)
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New York magazine’s Eric Levitz — probably the sharpest liberal political commentator writing today — has a few bones to pick with Jacobin writers on the subject of Bernie Sanders versus Elizabeth Warren.

The case for Warren as a force for progressivism, Levitz says, is stronger than we’ve allowed. Whatever differences exist between the two candidates will probably end up moot if their policies ever reach the floor of Congress anyway. Moreover, Levitz questions our conviction that Bernie Sanders has the potential to transform American politics in any real way — at least any more than Warren does. Given the country’s legislative stasis and its conservatizing political institutions, he argues, such optimism about any politician is ill-advised.

None of these points is completely wrong, and yet there’s something perverse about this two-and-a-half-cheers-for-Warren case. Somehow, the very fact that Sanders’s post-2016 ascent triggered a historically unprecedented leftward lurch in Democratic Party discourse — a development for which Elizabeth Warren’s rise is Exhibit A — is used to argue that Bernie Sanders has no particular monopoly on the ability to push American politics leftward.

According to Levitz, Sanders has already “persuaded many 2020 Democratic hopefuls to stop worrying and learn to love social democracy” — therefore, he concludes, Sanders must now be dispensable. It’s like saying that since there’s never been a break-in at Fort Knox, there must be no need for all those armed guards.

Yet even as Levitz sees Sanders’s mission as all but accomplished, he also wants to argue that the Vermont senator has accomplished very little. “Sanders has had a national platform for three years now,” Levitz writes. “He has built up an independent organization and traveled the country proselytizing for class struggle. And none of it has been sufficient for his acolytes to dominate Democratic primaries, or to win him a broader base of support for his 2020 run than he had in 2016, or even to keep his approval rating from slipping underwater.”

It’s true that Sanders has not decisively conquered the American political system for socialism in the space of three years. Socialism is seldom built in a day. Between its first electoral outing and its second, the British Labour Party went from 1.8 percent of the vote in 1900 to 5.7 percent in 1906; the German Social Democratic Party from 3.2 percent in 1871 to 6.8 percent in 1874; the French Workers’ Party (whose first election manifesto was co-written by Karl Marx) from 0.4 percent in 1881 to . . . 0.4 percent in 1885. All three of these parties, in some form, went on to transform their countries’ political landscapes — just not in three years.

However, a startling indication of how much Sanders has already changed US politics was recently reported by Martin Wattenberg, a political scientist at the University of California Irvine. Every four years since 1956, the American National Election Studies (ANES) has asked voters to describe, in their own words, what they like or dislike about the two parties. It was on the basis of these interviews that the political scientist Philip Converse reached his famous verdict in 1964 that ordinary Americans are, broadly speaking, “innocent of ideology” — that they don’t think in ideological terms.

Political scientists have generally accepted that judgment ever since, along with a corollary notion about American public opinion, advanced in 1967 by the politics scholars Lloyd Free and Hadley Cantril: that Americans tend, on the whole, to be “operationally liberal” (favoring specific liberal policies like Social Security and Medicare) but “philosophically conservative” (rejecting broad expressions of left-wing ideas).

In a widely noted 2016 book, the political scientists Matthew Grossmann and David A. Hopkins elaborated on this idea, showing that American public opinion is “asymmetric,” with Republican voters embracing broad conservative ideology while rank-and-file Democrats avoid abstract ideas —thinking mainly in terms of which particular social groups will be helped or harmed by each party’s policies.

In the long run, Democrats “suffer from not forthrightly making ideological arguments,” Grossmann argues; “partially as a result, [the] public maintains conservative predispositions.”

But Wattenberg’s detailed analysis of the ANES voter interview transcripts has led him to conclude that in 2016 something fundamental changed in American public opinion:

  • Past research has shown that Republicans are substantially more likely to be ideologues whereas Democrats are much more inclined to conceptualize politics in terms of group benefits. This pattern was quite evident in the 2008 and 2012 American National Election Study (ANES) responses that I personally coded.

  • However, two developments occurred in 2016 that dramatically reshaped the partisan nature of belief systems. First, the Bernie Sanders wing of the Democratic Party evidenced a great deal of ideological thinking, thereby pushing Democrats to a record percentage at the top level of ideological conceptualization.

“Far more than most Democratic presidential contenders,” Wattenberg continued, “Sanders openly discussed and emphasized ideological concepts, proudly promoting progressivism and democratic socialism.” “What we saw in 2016,” the scholar explained in a recent interview, “was sort of a legitimation of talking in those terms. Bernie Sanders said, ‘Progressivism, democratic socialism, these are good things.’ For the first time, I’m really seeing that in the interviews.”

For a single candidate, in a single campaign, to leave such an imprint on mass opinion is remarkable; Obama didn’t manage that, and by all indications neither would Warren. Maybe Levitz is right when he posits that a President Warren would be able to “get senators like Jon Tester and Kyrsten Sinema to swallow marginally more progressive legislation in 2021” than a President Sanders. Maybe. But to embrace that as our political horizon would be a counsel of despair.

The rationale for Sanders’s brand of politics has always been that shifting the basic parameters of American politics — however difficult that may be — is a better aim than accepting those parameters and trying to maneuver within them. Both the bitter disappointments and the fragile hopes of the last decade of politics have tended to prove that strategy right. Lowering our sights now would be a world-historical mistake.

verbum satis sapienti ...


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[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 weeks ago

To spite Bernie & USA's 99% AND ''With Biden Floundering; Democratic Establishment Considers Clinton and Kerry''! by William Rivers-Pitt:

please also note .. ''The old bulls of today’s Democratic establishment are bereft of new ideas, and cling to their vividly failed policies and beaten candidates with frustrating vigor. As in 1972 ... they seem more focused on maintaining control of the party than in defeating Donald Trump in 2020. If they pull a similar stunt this time around because they fear a party run by someone outside their calcified little circle of RW power, you may as well hand the election to Trump the November after next.'' In corroboration, also fyi...

OMfG!!!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 weeks ago

USA's ''Educators Give More to Bernie Sanders Than Other 2020 Democrats'' - by Yue Stella Yu:

omnia causa fiunt!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 weeks ago

''Bernie Sanders, at Detroit Rally with Rashida Tlaib, calls on audience to Believe in a Better Future.'' by Eoin Higgins:

''It Always Seems Impossible Until It Is Done''! Bernie fans need to get ready: For The Fight v DNC!

et spero meliora...

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 week ago

Oh Dear; oh dear! "Democratic pro-Israel group attacks Bernie Sanders"!! ~ by Michael F. Brown:

fiat lux ...

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 week ago

''Bernie Sanders praises 'courageous' Jeremy Corbyn for 'revitalising democracy''':

This is from 2017 .. the last time UK Tories thought they'd wipe out Labour under Corbyn!

December 12 is UK General Election date & a PotUS Sanders & PM Corbyn, is possible!

respice; adspice; prospice!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 month ago

Your link made me so fkn angry that in an attempt at self-preserving restraint, I suggest that U direct it at resident OWS Forum, GOPlite Establishment Dem &/or DNC stooge factsrfun, because his factRfukt re. Bernie Sanders & the RW Corp. Dem pathology, NOT mine imo, lol! Anyway, try here too:

From yr link: "Some Democratic primary voters say they don't trust the Democratic National Committee to run a fair primary process'' - yes, right & of course. A better observation from your link, which is titled: "25% of Bernie Sanders' supporters don't trust the Democratic National Committee to run a fair 2020 primary'' may be; "Why Only 25%?" Do 75% of Dems think the Dem PotUS Nomination process is free & fair?!!! That DNC is not Corporate Con'troll'ed?!! That this is not/won't be .. happening again?!

ad iudicium?

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (22990) 1 month ago

Bernie Sanders on democratic socialism. His views make other Democrats look weak when they pretend they are working for the benefit of the people. And, no matter what happens in the primary, Sanders' will have victory in having pushed the platform of all major candidates to the left.

From truthout link above:

"I’ll tell you what I believe in terms of democratic socialism. I agree with what goes on in Canada and in Scandinavia: guaranteeing healthcare to all people as a human right. I believe that the United States should not be the only major country on Earth not to provide paid family and medical leave. I believe that every worker in this country deserves a living wage and that we expand the trade union movement.

I happen to believe also that what, to me, democratic socialism means is we deal with an issue we do not discuss enough, Jorge, not in the media and not in Congress. You’ve got three people in America owning more wealth than the bottom half of this country. You’ve got a handful of billionaires controlling what goes on in Wall Street, the insurance companies and in the media. Maybe, just maybe, what we should be doing is creating an economy that works for all of us, not 1%. That’s my understanding of democratic socialism." - Bernie Sanders

And, good point about why don't 100% of Dems understand that it is corporate controlled and that primaries are unfair. I do think, however, that 25% is better than none and is a good sign that people are waking up. Not to mention that 42% of American voters identify as "Independent." and therefore can be assumed to question the primary process in the first place.

42% of voters are Independent, 30% of voters are Democrats, 26% of voters are Republicans

From: https://news.gallup.com/poll/245801/americans-continue-embrace-political-independence.aspx

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 month ago

Maybe "an economy that works for all of us" - occurs when citizens are educated in compassionate reasoning & motivated by reasoned compassion & when all parasitisms of Private Pecuniary Profit as ONLY accounted for by The Tyranny of Double Entry Book-Keeping - that does NOT account for The Externalities of Finance & Industrial Capitalism NOR of Fiat Money; are exposed and then .. corrected!

On a somewhat significantly lighter (yet possibly profoundly serious) note ... re. the "42% of voters", NB:

Finally & on a much more sobering note & per the OP, reflect upon this thread:

dum spiro, spero; verum ex absurdo et caveat!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 month ago

So, consider - ''Is the United States on the brink of a revolution?'' .. by Serbulent Turan:

spero ...

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 month ago

''The IRS Admits It Doesn’t Audit the Rich Because It’s Too Hard - only poor people have to pay back unpaid taxes'' - by Luke Darby:

''The Internal Revenue Service is in a bind. The agency's job is to collect the taxes that fund everything else in the government, from Social Security to the Post Office to Medicaid to the military's endless conflicts across the globe. But the IRS is struggling: According to Vox, Americans owe a cumulative $131 billion in unpaid taxes, enough to completely fund the Department of Education for two years. The bulk of that money is owed by the wealthiest people in the country, yet the IRS isn't attempting to collect it from them. Instead, as IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig confirmed in a letter to Congress recently, the agency literally can't afford to audit the rich, so it's pursuing the poor instead.''

fiat justitia ruat caelum ...

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (22990) 1 month ago

The IRS doesn't audit the rich, let's face it, because the government doesn't want to!

The Republicans have de-funded the IRS so now it claims it cannot afford to audit the rich because it takes so much more effort. Hog wash. They de-funded the IRS purposefully.

It's no different than requiring the Post Office to fund pensions 75 years into the future and then claim the Post Office is bankrupt.

These are pointed decisions made by an immoral government.

From the Darby article: "ProPublica.... found that a person is more likely to get audited if they make $20,000 a year than if they make $400,000."

This is outrageous and un-American on so many levels.

Bernie Sanders seeks to turn around this vast inequality that we find ourselves in. This matter is one of the biggest.

Tax the Rich.

Here is Bernie's Income Inequality Tax Plan

https://berniesanders.com/issues/income-inequality-tax-plan/

And,

https://www.politico.com/story/2019/09/24/bernie-sanders-wealth-tax-1763426

"Sanders’ plan includes enforcement measures that he said would block evasion of his proposed tax. In addition to the wealth registry, the IRS would be required to audit all billionaires and 30 percent of wealth tax returns for others paying the highest tax rates."

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 weeks ago

Is ''Bernie's finally on a winning track'' ?

Thanx for your reply. I recommend it to all but pls watch^vid. above.

fiat lux ...

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (22990) 4 weeks ago

Bernie has a plan to win. Great video with great summation of what needs to be done to overcome wealth inequality in America.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2yHvSD4e2EY

Basically, workers have to become owners. And, Bernie has a bold new plan for corporate accountability and democracy to make this happen.

His proposal would actually change the nature of our economy by giving real wealth and real power to workers. Workers would own 20% of the share of their companies and workers would hold 45% of corporate board seats. This would be a profound transformation and as Krystal Ball points out in the video, Thomas Piketty has shown that the only real way to overcome inequality is by doing something this dramatic.

None of the other top candidates have any proposals nearly as bold and as transformative as this would be. Bernie Sanders is seeking to make real and permanent change to our society to benefit all people, not just the wealthy and corporations.

His plan is the only one being put to voters that will truly provide an alternative to unfettered capitalism.

In his own words "I have one life to live, what role do I want to play?" We should all be asking this question. Go Bernie.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 weeks ago

'''BERNIE OR BUST' IS A WARNING — IGNORE IT, AND TRUMP WINS!" by Victor Tiffany:

caveat!

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (22990) 2 weeks ago

Bernie "Or Bust" does not mean staying home. It does not mean writing in a candidate who has not registered as such. It means voting for a genuinely progressive candidate who is actually running, who reflects a voter's values and who is not a means to perpetuate the neo-liberal machinery that has been in place for more than 40 years.

Bernie or Bust is a demand. If you prefer another candidate and vote for that candidate in the primaries, you will need to acknowledge that you are ensuring another four years of Donald Trump."

From the Newsweek opinion piece above. And,

"Bernie or Bust is a "Ralph Nader" problem, but unlike in 2000, Democrats can easily solve this problem by nominating Sanders."

"Bernie or Bust is a declaration of war against the neo-liberals. Neo-liberalism is a disease, and Trump is a symptom of that disease."

"According to a 2018 study of 70 years of voter behavior in England, France and the U.S. by Thomas Piketty, poor and poorly educated citizens do not vote at all unless there is a social democrat on the ballot. Social democrat is the equivalent of democratic socialist."

Truth bomb after truth bomb, great piece! Thank you.

https://www.newsweek.com/bernie-bust-warningignore-it-trump-wins-opinion-1467225

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 weeks ago

So "Bernie Sanders will have a prime spot on the next Democratic presidential debate stage in Houston, and he will undoubtedly participate as aggressively as the other leading contenders for the party’s 2020 nomination. But the senator from Vermont makes no secret of his frustration with the scope & character of the debates. When I asked him about that frustration during a conversation in Orient, Iowa earlier this month, he sighed & said, “Well - I should think that anybody would express frustration with the debates.”

''The trouble, Sanders told me, is that “you have a limited amount of time to answer questions. This country faces enormous crises, and you can’t do it in 45 seconds or a minute. That’s just the simple reality. And I understand the problem of how many candidates are running .. but we need a political structure in this country which allows serious debate about serious issues and the structure of those debates makes it impossible I think for any candidate to do more than shout out a sound bite.” from:

per aspera ad astra!

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (22990) 5 days ago

Sanders surge being ignored by media.

https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/469143-sanders-team-accuses-media-of-ignoring-surge-in-polls

"Sanders has jumped in new surveys of New Hampshire, with the latest CNN–University of New Hampshire poll finding him with the lead in the Granite State, which he won with 60 percent of the vote in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary. Sanders has also seen a small bump in some national polls and surveys of Iowa, although he does not lead anywhere else.

The Sanders campaign is fuming at the media, alleging the political press is playing favorites, particularly with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D), who for weeks have won headlines about how their campaigns are rising in the stretch run to Iowa."

It is evident to anyone who watches tv ie. CNN or MSNBC or any MSM that Buttigieg (who?) is pushed constantly even though he polls at only 4 frickin' percent! and you hardly hear MSM even speak of Bernie Sanders who is leading in New Hampshire and damn close nationally (and probably winning bar any bias in the polls!)

And Sanders is way far ahead in fundraising than every single other candidate including Biden and Warren.

[-] 0 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 days ago

''Bernie Sanders: Bloomberg’s 2020 Bid Shows “Billionaire Class Is Scared!” by Jake Johnson:

  • bernie-sanders-says-bloombergs-moves-toward-2020-bid-shows-billionaire-class-scared

Btw - that ''Sanders is way far ahead in fundraising than every single other candidate including Biden and Warren'' is another shocking truth that US Oligarchy is deeply worried about. A Good Thing Too!

dum spiro, spero ...

[-] 0 points by grapes (5232) 2 weeks ago

I'm a Trumper, a steadfast ardent supporter of and earnest/fervent believer in Trumpism with Farterland characteristics. Our Supreme Score Leader, Trump, is wielding the huge club of the Magnitsky Act. Bernie can join, too, for the piñata fun when the long-ago-departed souls come back to haunt just in time. Trump 2040 !

What do we actually want our criminal justice system to achieve?

When my Mom (who herself let the caught burglar of my Big Brother's pocket change go free!) told me why we, her two boys, weren't cut out to be judges anymore because some of our clans' folks had become "soft" in punishing criminals, I thought to myself, "Wasn't making criminals into non-criminals the ultimate purpose of a successful criminal justice system?" I found it to be an amusing story told by my Mom that a thief who had stolen food to feed his mother was gifted with our clan's scrod "to help him start his business to be a fishmonger" after having been caught and set free by a judge from our clan. The constituency complained of the leniency. I can see the judge's logic that a successful fishmonger will probably not steal in order to feed his mother.

Or is the real purpose of a successful criminal justice system to cut off the hands of a thief so that he can never steal again? Or is it really our purpose to stage the public punishment in order to "scare the monkey by killing a chicken?" Why does a chicken want to cross the street? Yeah, I see, in order to peck at the five-inch-long centipede which escaped from the well in which we stored the watermelon. How many Microsoft turtleheads does it take to change a lightbulb in the storm?

It seems that the very-much-feared Viking raids of olden times have been calmed down quite a bit amongst the descendants of the Vikings? What happened to make it so?

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 week ago

Your "I'm a Trumper"* ... is where I should have stopped reading! Ergo, read and digest this:

ad iudicium - et temet nosce?

[-] 0 points by grapes (5232) 6 days ago

I'm in good company with the GOOP. I earnestly and wholeheartedly support Constitutional Anarchy. I'm a disciple of our Supreme Score Leader and thus know trumpery. I've stood unceasingly, steadfastly, and resolutely by my vow that I would never pledge allegiance to an American king. There will be an election to replace possibly our Supreme Score Leader in 2040. The World needs a "stable genius" for now up until 2040. Bernie may ride on the horsie built for two while the world's statecraft matures during the next two decades. The red glare will likely become irrelevant and inconsequential by then, eclipsed by the globally in-your-face-and-all-around-consequential climatic emergency.

Indians' lifestyles ( being bottom-oriented { systematic thought sequence is: output shit, input food, control digestive juices, process stomach muscular contractions, attributes brown ¿why?, green vegetables, yellow animal fat, soft, hard, liquid, creamy, pasty, semi-solid, sausage-shaped, bullet-tomato 《 hemorrhoidally smeared dry,》 etc. connected such as in the anus-to-mouth-feedback-nutrient cycle via the East River and the Coney-Island crabs,} I wanted to see into the future climactic conditions now so I thought of a hot and populous present - India! ) have already evolved ways in order to minimize energy usage and for people to survive in a very hot place ( the most populous country China having been excluded due to its climate not being hot enough yet.) I wondered about how the Indians could poo and clean themselves up afterwards while they're out in the fields early in the morning without the toilet-tissue paper invented by China. Their method is even more energy-efficient than that of the Muslims! A bamboo stick ( and a bit of water ) is not a Chinese monopoly. It's fully personally reusable as well as renewable. The ancient Romans' output-end technology ( sponge on a stick dipped into vinegar, incidentally fed to Jesus to quench his cry arising from his thirst ) in their public toilets was hygienically terrible and inferior when compared with the advanced technology of the Indians.

Siesta is an adaptation to hot climate. Humans being the naked ape means that we are already evolutionarily adapted to very hot climate. Biphasic sleep was obviously natural to our ancient ancestors living in southern Africa.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 weeks ago

''Bernie Sanders is seeking to make real and permanent change to our society to benefit all people, not just the wealthy and corporations. His plan is the only one being put to voters that will truly provide an alternative to unfettered capitalism.'' As it is so worth repeating & in compliment, please also consider...

From which: ''I think it is very hard, very hard for Donald Trump or anybody else, to make the case to the American people that a company like Amazon — owned by the wealthiest person in America, made $10 billion in profit last year — didn’t pay a nickel in federal income tax. Somebody wants to make that case, you go ahead. I just don't think anybody in America will accept it. It has everything to do, simply, with the power of the billionaire class, the power of the corporate elite and a very corrupt political system.'' Amen!

fiat justitia ...

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (22990) 3 weeks ago

Good luck in Dem Debate, Senator Sanders.

We're pulling for you.

From the Weissert article:

“We’re getting into the nitty gritty and the details of what has to be done with some specificity. The broad concept of how you create a democratic society in which working people have more control over their lives is a theme that I have obviously been working on and believed throughout my entire career. But this provides some of the very specific details of how we can go forward, and it will be a major transformation of the economy in the sense of empowering working people to have control over their own lives, over their own jobs and not just be cogs in a machine, which is sadly enough too often the case.”

It is apparent that Bernie Sanders is the only candidate with an actual detailed platform of policies and ideas to free us from the "unfettered capitalism" that has all of the 99% in chains!

So, get it? While the "capitalism" is "unfettered," we are in the f-ing chains! Wake up people!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 weeks ago

"While "capitalism" is "unfettered" - we are in the f-ing chains! Wake up people'' before it's too late!

"This is a huge moment and Sanders cannot, and should not - be ignored any longer by those who continue to erase him, his candidacy - and his supporters." Beware RW "Centrist" DNC substitutes!

Consider, this https://berniesanders.com/issues/ is why Bernie is better than "Centrist" butt kissers!

e pluribus, unum!

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (22990) 3 weeks ago

Ilhan Omar endorses Bernie Sanders. Watch beautiful endorsement.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHlJnAMgg3g

"I am one of the people that was inspired by the movement the Senator has built."

AOC's endorsement to follow.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 weeks ago

''Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez knows: Bernie Sanders is the most progressive choice.'' - by Arwa Mahdawi:

''That AOC, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib are endorsing Sanders rather than Warren makes perfect sense.'' Now all USA's 99% need is for the Corp ass-kissing DNC & Dem Libs, to get out of the way!

dum spiro, spero ...

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (22990) 5 days ago

Democratic Socialists had good election night and in purple states.

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/7x5amx/democratic-socialists-had-a-pretty-good-election-night

"Of the baker’s dozen candidates endorsed by the Democratic Socialists of America’s national committee, at least three won their seats, in cities like Philadelphia and Charlottesville, with a fourth on the cusp of eking out a victory in San Francisco. The victories — several of which were in purple states with a record of supporting more-moderate candidates — are both symbolic and historic for a surging group that has sometimes struggled to fully execute its organizing power."

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 weeks ago

Re AOC & Sanders: "Perhaps as important as (her) decision to endorse Bernie for president - is her rationale for doing so" ...

omnia causa fiunt ...

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 weeks ago

''Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Backs Bernie Sanders at Packed NYC Rally.'' by Andrea Germanos:

So ... "With Alexandria, with Ilhan, and others on board, we're going to put together a coalition that is going to win and win big," Sanders said ahead of the event.'' + Also see...

"Best moment of rally: @AOC explains how her nine months in congress has shown her how the system pressures elected officials to "abandon the working class" — and that this experience has deepened her appreciation of Bernie's consistent advocacy for workers.'' Finally, fyi ...

per aspera ad astra ...

[-] 0 points by grapes (5232) 3 weeks ago

I'm inspired so much by the great work Donald John Trump is doing for our c0untry as well as his far-out 2040 vision for us all to live in the Hamptons all year round that Trump 2040 seems to be far more appropriate than Trump 2020 ( no election is really needed for our Supreme Leader until 2040.) Trump 2040!

In order to enhance our socioeconomic status as the nouveaux-riche, we'll drive to our Man-heeft-ding Park-Avenue job in this Russian sex-wheel-drive ruggedized Ural truck made for surviving Siberian muddy weather conditions. Its impressiveness will surely surpass those stupid American Humvees so many of which got humped in Iraq from below by the IEDs made by the IRGC. Of course, we'll make sure that we first americanize the Russian truck with several Star-Spangled Banners and also test its horn up to the high-decibel level of that of an American humvee being humped and struggling to get anywhere aside from the trash heap. It's extremely difficult for any deflated and impotent blimpy dickhead to get a "second cumming" once they're beyond their teenage years ( aside from the one riding atop a Great White Shark.)

Bernie may cave in too easily on the human rights front as I believe Trump is far too soft on it, too. I doubt very much that the Soviet Union would have collapsed had the U.S. not largely stood firm on the most important human right of freedom. We must fight wars for human rights even if they seem endless. We don't retreat from our war stations until we have worthy successors, no matter whether we have a war of a century, a millennium, or a eon.

We fought the British (¿Jewish-faced?) Bankers indirectly at the founding of our republic, more than two centuries ago. We are still fighting our bankers now so I see nothing wrong with fighting the same thing again for a much longer time further.

Bernie fell too easily under the totalitarian infowar spell cast by Red Fuckgina. On this issue, I trust Donald John Trump far more because he has been saying this for many decades already (he believes it.) Joe Biden will obviously be totally useless on this issue, having been co-opted many years ago and been a framer of the status quo with Red Fuckgina. I'm not a trust-fund baby but I am a trust-freedom baby.

I suspect that maybe the oldie candidates are all too wed to their out-of-date view of Red Fuckgina. Younger candidates may stand firmer on this issue of freedom.

Freedom for posterity may not matter materially for the oldies but it's of the utmost importance for their posterity ( I tolerated and griped about my Mom's austerity measures but she was right all along - freedom is worth the hardship; when one builds one's very own personal concentration camp, what signage befits it? 》Arbeit macht frei !《 ) Of course, we've got to be realistic and know our mortality limits so that "the torch [can be] passed to a new generation." We must hold on to it tightly as if we can live forever (being bulletproof, bombproof, etc.) and yet also pass it on to posterity in due time when the worthy successors come along. It's a lighthouse keeper's job. Come what may, stand firm for Liberty.

We should emulate the DPRK that punishes families for a crime committed by one of its members unto a few generations removed. All misbehaving power élites' children and their children's children in the Christian West should be subjected to God's Words, "I am the jealous God." As Red Fuckgina has propagandized, we have very crazy people in the West ( the U.S. has too many guns to man, woman, and baby, with many left over even after everyone alive in the U.S. has been given a gun to shoot; we also practice shootings everyday for sure and mass shootings on a nearly daily basis so we definitely have skills, too; it's why I'm not bothered or alarmed by the so-called "endless" wars such as that in Afghanistan; we live with "endless" crimes and I know that Afghanistan is actually safer for ordinary folks than some [free-range poverty-stricken-"voluntary-concentration" camp] neighborhoods in the U.S; it's why I emphasized, "know your neighborhoods," whether you are in glitzy Manhattan or the "bedroom-community" of Brooklyn; Central Park has temporal and spatial sections, too, { my Mom set vehicular traffic as my kindergarten-years' roaming boundary but it was expandable with my Big Brother's help so I learnt to appreciate him for getting access to our many square miles of "backyard playground," where I first saw basalt up close and walked on a rain cloud after much climbing up; she was prescient regarding vehicular traffic's danger as the traffic-related death of my Grandma in a much-better-than-shantytown neighborhood later attested; observing boundaries is a vital survival skill; one practical way while living in Manhattan during the 1970s' "hellish years" my Big Brother taught me was to watch out for physical evidence: grains of broken automobile windows' glass near street gutters <car break-in record>, bullet holes in shops' large 《hence expensive and being tougher for a shop to replace 》 sheet glass windows <deadly weapons' having been fired record>, and graffiti on walls and shop doors <community's free speech, state-of-mind, and gang-turf record>; whenever I see someone walking a dog on the street and it was sniffing at every tree trunk, street lamppost, street corner, and fire hydrant as well as lifting its leg sometimes to contribute, I understand it well - dogs and humans are much alike because we socialize and make our pee-man-ship marks: a lawyer uses a pen for pissing ink onto a legal document to secure legal rights, a homeowner erects phallic stamens to surround their pistil, and a dog uses a pen-is for pee-ing its smelly urine onto a tree trunk, street lamppost, street corner, or a fire hydrant, all being territorial [social] creatures } as the "wilding" attack on a young Wellesley-College-graduate woman jogging in the evening had clearly demonstrated.) I like the deflated and impotent blimpy one who is the sun rising in the West, making it right.

A superior President uses his superior Department of State diplomats ( Dad eagerly and rightly { although I am STILL learning the English beyond the 26 alphabets which Dad ¡declared! sufficient for me to move on to learning about tea-time } emphasized to me the importance of tea-time; umm.. for Big Shots, the 18-hole tee-off-and-pee { by Stormy Biblio-bunny } time; for the Supreme Fascist/Patriarch or a different patriarch, and me, piss-off-riding-shotgun-co-time { ladies need not apply - urinal standing and relief effort required } ) in order to avoid using his superior Department of Defense forces. Running away while tugging his vastly superior military forces between his tRumps without thinking through and preparing for the consequences first is for a beaten loser underdog ready to be clubbed and cooked as meat ( who thought that Communism was like a religion but Communism was actually a satanic cult which steals, kills, and covets neighbor's wife/sheep despite its promulgating the contrary to the World; I don't mind the statue of Lenin being missing from Pootin's 1991 office shown in the video as idol worship is bad for progress - a country shouldn't be retarded for decades just because the idol doesn't smoke enough cigarettes, fuck enough young women, { did Muslims also stone the men who had committed adultery? What does the Quran say? The basics of adultery says that at least two persons are needed to commit an adultery so the punishment of each adultery must be the stoning of at least two persons probably of opposite sex, at least one of whom was married at the time when the adultery was committed. I question the accusation that the Prophet had committed pedophilia in his days for marrying a nine years old and not consummate till twelve because human lifespans were vastly shorter in ancient times so the age of marriage was likely much younger at that time, too; twelve is within the realm of puberty nowadays so it's plausible that the twelve years old was mature } contract venereal diseases, eat enough cheatose, or drink enough vodka to die early ) to be served to Vladimir I. Lenin.

The divided state of the Kurds being fragmented in different countries was the disastrous consequence of European Colonialism's arbitrary separation of people of the same culture. Note that it's never good to simply pry away pieces of territories of other countries to reconstitute one's own country's so-called "glorious" past. Many so-called "glorious" pasts had their very dark sides, such as a turkey's butt plug. The U.S. should not ignite any wars in such an explosively volatile region as the Middle-East by pulling out the plug. Of course, we still defend our vital interests there as we do it globally in our Global Space Station whose round bluish tinted rim reveals the veil-like layer that is the atmosphere into which we dump our air pollution for all to breathe and filter. 《煲冬瓜,煮豆腐 = 黄瓜头腐。》

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 month ago

''Bernie Sanders Shares His Plan for a Working-Class Revolution'' by Kim Kelly:

KK/TV: "Under this administration, all workers are under attack. What do you think the ongoing strike wave that we’ve been seeing since 2018 means for the future of the working class?"

BS: "What it means is that working people are sick and tired of being exploited, of not seeing any pay increases, of having to pay more and more for the health care that they get. I will tell you what really impressed me is the action taken by teachers in so-called ”red” states all across this country: Kentucky, West Virginia, Oklahoma, and elsewhere. We saw that, and now we’re seeing workers all over the country beginning to stand up to corporations. Just the other day, I was on the picket line with UAW workers outside of Detroit, and they’re taking on the greed of General Motors, who have billions of dollars to provide for stock buybacks; who gives their CEO [almost] $22 million dollars a year in salary compensation; who are outsourcing jobs. They have the money and the ability to do all that, but they can’t take good care of their workers.

''I was proud to stand with UAW, and the night before that, I was with the Chicago Teachers Union and the SEIU while they were in the process of figuring out whether they were going to authorize a strike, because they are also not getting the wages they need or the kind of school budget that they need. So you’re seeing that increased militancy in a way we have not seen for a very long time, and I think that’s a good thing.'' Also see ...

fiat lux ...

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 month ago

''Critics Use Bernie Sanders’ Heart Attack .. To Smear Medicare For All!'' .. by Michael Corcoran:

WTF?!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 weeks ago

''Sanders Vows to End Prosecution of Whistleblowers Under Espionage Act'' ... by Jake Johnson:

Anyone who understands what Sanders is trying to do in defending whistleblowers, will understand both why Bernie is so very needed by US' 99% and, at the same time .. why he is so reviled by U$A's 0.01%!

e tenebris, lux!