Special: What Bernie Sanders is and isn’t

As I posted previously most of the reaction to Sanders is based on the hyperventilating by pundits/show hosts on the corporate media fearful of losing their 7 figure salaries that has been granting them access to the world of the elites.

Anand Giridharadas on Twitter

@BernieSanders’s victory in Nevada is historic not just for his campaign. It is historic because it suggests that we may be living at an inflection point in our democratic life together. That we may be paddling through a bend in the river of history. https://t.co/OxlQaqwHHF

The reality of Sanders’ political views is not what they are regurgitating on cable news. The reality is Sanders’ spin on democratic socialism would be mainstream in say France or Germany where it’s just accepted as a component of the political landscape, but Sanders’ views are his own and in no way align with communists or radical socialists.

Are these views too radical for you?

  • Putting an end to foreign wars
  • Reduce the military budget
  • Expand Medicare for everyone
  • Abolish the Death Penalty
  • Eliminate mandatory minimum sentences
  • Eliminate private prisons
  • Cancelling student debt
  • Eliminate the Electoral College
  • Ban fracking
  • Break up agribusiness

This is not a radical revolutionary agenda. It is revolutionary in that it would take control of our government out of the hands of the uber rich.

Sanders is not a radical socialist, radical socialists want to:

  • nationalize the banks, Sanders does not
  • nationalize the fossil fuel industry, Sanders does not
  • nationalize the arms industry, Sanders does not
  • criminally prosecute the financial elites who trashed our economy, Sanders does not
  • prosecute the politicians who lied us into preemptive wars which were anything but and resulted in the death of millions costing us $5-7T, Sanders does not
  • call for worker ownership of factories and business, Sanders does not
  • call for an end to capitalism, Sanders does not

Also it’s good to know Sanders:

  • Does’t promise to halt the govt’s wholesale surveillance of the public
  • Will not punish companies who move manufacturing overseas
  • Believes the political system, including the Democratic Party can be reformed from within
  • Does not support sustained mass civil disobedience to bring down the system as the only hope of halting climate change

When you take in all of this, Sanders is not radical at all, he’s more of an enlightened moderate making all the vicious attacks against him absolutely disingenuous. That’s because they are. Be smarter than they are, argue the facts not the fears of those in the media of losing a very cushy lifestyle.

Source: The New Rules of The Game

22 thoughts on “Special: What Bernie Sanders is and isn’t

  1. Democrats Craving a Brokered Convention — Including Elizabeth Warren — Should Learn the Lessons of 1968

    Republican presidential nominee Richard Nixon, right, raises his arms in victory after accepting his party’s nomination at the Republican Convention in Miami on Aug. 8, 1968; on the left is House Republican Leader Gerald Ford. Photo: AP

    For four years, Democratic officials have insisted that Donald Trump is an unprecedented threat to the republic, a fascist and racist dictator whose removal from power is the paramount, if not the only, political priority. Yet the strategy on which they are now explicitly relying to prevent Sen. Bernie Sanders from being their 2020 presidential nominee — a brokered convention at which party elites anoint a nominee other than the one who receives the most votes and wins the most delegates during the primary process — is the one most likely to ensure Trump’s reelection.

    In the 1964 general election, the Democratic candidate, Lyndon Johnson, won the presidency in one of the biggest landslides in U.S. history, with more than 60 percent of the popular vote and all but six states. Four years later, it all came crashing down for the Democrats, as the once-left-for-dead Republican, Richard Nixon, not only reversed the Democrats’ 1964 electoral gains, but also permanently obliterated many of their long-held regional strongholds, while winning an Electoral College landslide against the Democratic Party nominee, Johnson’s Vice President Hubert Humphrey; Nixon achieved this despite running against the third-party segregationist George Wallace, who swept five Southern states.

    The results of the 1964 presidential election and the 1968 presidential election.Images: Tallicfan20 via Wikimedia Commons

    A major factor in that jarring outcome, if not the dispositive one, was the Democratic Party convention that took place in Chicago in late August, just slightly more than two months prior to the election. The convention was a brokered one, marred by protests and riots outside the convention hall, and angry fights among delegates inside of it, that culminated in the anointing of the establishment candidate, Vice President Hubert Humphrey, over the anti-war candidate of the left, Sen. Eugene McCarthy

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  2. ‘He’s working for it’: why Latinos are rallying behind Sanders

    Tio Bernie’ has a commanding lead among Latinos in the key states of California and Texas. Their support could be decisive

    *Bernie Sanders speaks to supporters during a campaign rally in Los Angeles on Sunday. Photograph: Étienne Laurent/EPA *

    aria Vallardes came to the door in slippered feet, a pomeranian yipping behind her. Standing on her porch with a clipboard and an earnest smile was Ricardo Alonzo Ugalde, a volunteer with the Bernie Sanders campaign assigned to canvas in this corner of east Los Angeles, the heart of the Latino community.

    “Buenas tardes, señora,” he greeted Vallardes before starting his pitch. The California primary election was Tuesday – did she plan to vote? She did. And was she a registered Democrat? She laughed, as if the question was preposterous. Of course, the 65-year-old told him in Spanish. “Do you think I would vote for Donald Trump?”

    She invited him inside to hear his pitch. When he left, her ballot was sealed, along with her support for Sanders.

    “That’s about as good as it could possibly go,” said Alonzo Ugalde, a 35-year-old engineer.

    Sanders’ campaign believes his path to the Democratic presidential nomination runs through neighborhoods like the ones Alonzo Ugalde canvassed ahead of Super Tuesday: racially diverse, working class communities in the south and Midwest where voters feel left out or left behind. That outreach was key to his victory in Nevada, where he won support from more than 50% of Hispanic voters in a seven-way contest, according to entrance polls.

    “Brown people love Bernie Sanders,” said Chuck Rocha, the colorful architect of Sanders’ campaign strategy to mobilize Latino voters. “We realized that too late in 2016. So we started building where we left off.”

    Outreach began almost immediately after Sanders launched his campaign. In speeches, he has complemented his focus on economic inequality with calls for racial justice. And, seeking to deepen the candidate’s connection with nonwhite voters, his campaign has highlighted aspects of Sanders’ personal story as the son of a Polish immigrant who came to America without any money or knowledge of the English language.

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