Bernie Goes Bold

I say it is a very good thing, indeed, that Bernie Sanders speaks his truth about Socialism. now. That he tells Americans how they've been asset stripped by deregulation, by greedy corporations chasing cheap labor in Asia, by tax cuts for the rich that never create good jobs, and by the crushing costs of unnecessary wars that create fabulous wealth for the war profiteers — while leaving them with the entire bill. He's expectedly to boldly explain to the nation what Socialism means, and give the American people some time to think about how much their lives could improve in a nation that puts the well-being of the People first.

The Vermont Senator will make this clear during a Wednesday afternoon speech at George Washington University, where he plans to defend so-called 'Democratic Socialism,' calling it the only path to ending "authoritarianism" and oligarchy.

See the speech below.

He will also argue that now that the U.S. has guaranteed civil rights for all, the next step is economic rights, including guaranteed health care coverage, a clean environment and the right to “as much education as one needs to succeed in our society.”

“We must recognize that in the 21st century, in the wealthiest country in the history of the world, economic rights are human rights,” he will say, according to excerpts provided by his campaign. “ This is what I mean by democratic socialism.”

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According to Bloomberg, Sanders is focused on the steadily growing wealth gap that shrunk the middle class and imposed crushing austerity on tens of millions of low income workers. Sanders is calling for a series of socialist programs as well as more regulation governing consumer and environmental protection, while taxing the wealthy to pay for it.

Sanders on Wednesday will compare himself to Roosevelt, saying: "Over eighty years ago, Franklin Delano Roosevelt helped create a government that made huge progress in protecting the needs of working families," and "Today in the second decade of the 21st century we must take up the unfinished business of the New Deal and carry it to completion. This is the unfinished business of the Democratic Party and the vision we must accomplish."

Sanders plans to double-down on Socialism as he trails former Vice President Joe Biden by more than 15 points on average, according to RealClear Politics - although Biden's popularity has taken a hit over the last four weeks amid negative headlines over the Hyde Amendment, plagiarism and allegations of nepotism.

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Bernie Sanders has a vision. Over the decades, he has carried it all the way to the end zone. He knows Socialism is the best way for the American people to achieve economic security and get a chance to make a better future for themselves. The 25 most successful developed nations in the world all base their economies on Democratic Socialism. They live more economically secure and happier lives than most Americans do. They even produce a respectable number of millionaires per capita.

Let the People compare what Bernie brings to what the Neoliberal Duopoly has to offer. They stand on the sidelines wringing their hands saying, "We can't pay for that! Where are you going to get the money?" while their Big Doner's glare at them menacingly. Of course we can afford it. And so much more! Just kick the corporate parasites to the curb. And never again vote for a politician who accepts corporate money.

Sander's is running for President because he has the solution and he's ready to deploy it on day one. He's not running for President to live in the White House, or make the Democrat's boogyman go away. He wants to give the people a better way and a better life and a better future. He's the man with the vision — and he intends to lead the way without delay.

The rest of the 2020 Democrats, meanwhile, are scoffing at Sanders:

Senator Elizabeth Warren has rejected the term, socialism, saying she embraces capitalism with rules to protect the working class.

While campaigning in Iowa last weekend, Warren laughed when she was told Sanders would argue the only way to address authoritarianism and oligarchy is democratic socialism.

“I haven’t heard the speech yet, if that makes sense to you that that’s the only way,” she told reporters. “I’ll have to hear the speech.”

Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, another Democratic contender, said in an interview she rejects the label, favoring a free-market system that has improved “checks and balances” like better anti-trust enforcement.

“We are the Democratic party and my own belief is that our nation is strong when we have an economy that works for everyone, and that means not stifling entrepreneurship,” she said.

Meow!

Time will tell if Bernie's gambit pays off. The last presidential candidate who was scoffed at by his competitors ended up in the Oval Office.
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Bernie Sanders at George Washington University, June 12, 2019

Catch the opening if you have a chance. He starts out in a very urgent way. Very effective.

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Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, another Democratic contender, said in an interview she rejects the label, favoring a free-market system that has improved “checks and balances” like better anti-trust enforcement.

What a load of shit.

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between himself and the corporate pretenders. Great way to give Dem primary voters a clear choice between Bernie and the gang of lobbyist funded candidates.

And considering how popular his policies poll with Dems and leaners, not much of a risk to start taking back the S word too long co-opted by the capitalist disinfo brigade.

Good call, Bernie. Way overdue.

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@Not Henry Kissinger

We've got half a million homeless children and adults roaming the streets and we broke all records for suicide deaths this year. Plus we have the world's largest incarcerated population being brutalized, beaten, and killed in private prisons, denied their medications and dying in their cells. People can see what's what.

Lots of people are touched by the US dystopia. But this time they have a real choice, and they have nothing to lose. The elite are out of touch in their bubble. They didn't see Donald Trump coming last time. They won't see what's coming this time, either. And this time, the real election meddlers are under investigation and out of commission.

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@Pluto's Republic @Pluto's Republic or a gambit or any other meme that implies a candidate takes a risk when arguing for improving social programs and ending war.

It's simply good retail politics to promote policies that are very, very popular.

I mean what's the worst than could happen? The Wall Street Journal prints the entire speech in red ink? I just don't see how it can hurt him.

The elite are out of touch in their bubble. They didn't see Donald Trump coming last time. They won't see what's coming this time, either. And this time, the real election meddlers are under investigation and out of commission.

Absolutely right: they have no idea what's coming.

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Looking at the converse situation, if Bernie doesn't go loud and proud with the S-word he looks like an old white dude dropping the same policy buzzwords as the rest of the pack.
This way he forces the issue. There's one socialist in the race, make the rest of them disavow it, and let the voters decide.

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The response to this has been low key. The field is so crowded and full of noise and the media so despises him, I don't know if he can make it through.

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@dkmich

But just today I read that he is a millionaire and doesn't walk the talk. I just wonder how people can be so gullible to every talking point they hear?

ETA.

Heh..strife delivery reality nailed it didn't he? See my sig

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A new poll shows that Fox News viewers are more likely to support Sen. Bernie Sanders than those who typically get their news from MSNBC.

Fox News viewers are more likely to back Sen. Bernie Sanders than people who tend to watch MSNBC, according to a new Morning Consult poll.

The poll found that 22% of Fox News viewers who also identified as potential Democratic primary voters back Sanders compared to just 13% of MSNBC viewers.

Sanders was an outlier in this regard, as every other 2020 Democratic included in the poll had more support among MSNBC viewers than those who tend to watch Fox News.

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@Pluto's Republic

Sanders was an outlier in this regard, as every other 2020 Democratic included in the poll had more support among MSNBC viewers than those who tend to watch Fox News.

Guess it was a good thing after all that he went on Fox. Warren said that she couldn't do it because it would look like she agrees with their views. Moosetits and kids say that there is no upshot to going on it. Seems like Hillary's deplorables moment. I think if Fox viewers heard this speech they might just vote for him over Trump. Maybe anyway.

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America is a pathetic nation; a fascist state fueled by the greed, malice, and stupidity of her own people.
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@dkmich say "socialist" and the dems and the media can't help but run screaming loudly in denial that they ever agreed with anything other than the "free market". It'll be good for a lot of sound and fury, ink and drool.

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Sure, Amy a free market sounds good in theory, but when big corporations get a hand up to make their businesses successful it kills the lower classes competition. And then when those big corporations get a better offer they just take the companies that Americans have built up through their blood, sweat and tears to countries where they can stiff workers by not paying a decent wage and not have to pay benefits. This is Bibi's way to get around BDS. And that's why congress is against it too. The corporations are not going to lose money just because people have principles.

This is what Facebook, Google and Apple are doing right now. They are building factories in Israel while laying off tens of thousands of people here at home. But guess what? They are still receiving millions in subsidies and tax breaks. So whilst this free market works fine for them, Amy, we left here in this asset stripped country have to make up the slack.

It's great to see Bernie taking more of the gloves off and speaking the truth.

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@snoopydawg
But they have it bottled up with monopoly and oligopoly and "intellectual property" that true entrepreneurs never get a real chance to compete. The monopolist sells below cost (predatory pricing) and they are just "a great bargain".

Re intellectual property, do you know that when software patents were first allowed, WELL KNOWN PUBLIC DOMAIN ALGORITHMS were explicitly allowed to be patented? Talk about stealing the sheep from the commons.

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@The Voice In the Wilderness

Well, if they ever tried free market capitalism ...

There is, and can be, no such thing. Either democratically elected governments regulate markets to keep them as fair as possible, or, under laissez-faire, the biggest players regulate those same markets for their exclusive benefit.

Unregulated "free" markets do not and cannot exist.

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@thanatokephaloides
Free does not mean unregulated. Free means anyone is free to go into business and offer goods for sale. You don't need permission of a cartel and you don't permission of a government. You do have to follow rules, but you don't have to beg to go into business. cf limited numbers of taxi medallions vs taxi regulations and requiring drivers to have chauffeur's licenses.
Part of Adam smith's complaint was requiring a Crown warrant to even attempt to do business.
This is not the same as licensing to ensure standards. If you meet the standard you get a license. A request for a Crown warrant could be rejected or given for no reason at all, i.e. political.

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and that he should drop out since their policies are the same.

Nope. Not even close!

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America is a pathetic nation; a fascist state fueled by the greed, malice, and stupidity of her own people.
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@snoopydawg at one point, it seemed like a lot of self professed progressives at places I go are in for Bernie or Tulsi but were ok with Warren too, often lumping her in the same category. Recently it feels like people have been paying a little more attention to what she actually does and are less enthusiastic about her. For a while it felt like TPTB were ramping her up to be the “progressive” everyone was ok with. I could still see them trying that route but that would be a disaster for sure.

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@Dr. John Carpenter
I would vote for her against Trump. Wouldn't bother with creepy Joe Biden.

"Better than Joe Biden" is a rather low bar, perhaps subterranean.

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@Dr. John Carpenter

I agree with you that the PTB are ramping Liz up and especially this week after Joe's flip flop flip on the Hyde amendment. Next thing I know her name was everywhere.

Kamillary Harris said that if she becomes president she will charge Trump. Or no it was she will prosecute him. "For what?" I asked. Why for obstruction of justice of course. Even though Mueller said that he didn't. This is how bad Mueller's report is. He says that Trump is not not guilty, but leaves no way for him to clear his name.

Heh..consortium news has a great article about Mueller.

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America is a pathetic nation; a fascist state fueled by the greed, malice, and stupidity of her own people.
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@Dr. John Carpenter @Dr. John Carpenter EW is rising in a few recent polls, one national showing her moving into 2d place ahead of Bernie, and a YouGov pol in NV which shows similar 2d place results. Way too early to spend a lot of time with this stuff or get worked up about it, but there you are.

I think she's been visible in the media (so I gather from YT -- I don't watch MSM media) with some of her plans and has been doing well, no apologies or backtracking/flip-flopping. A bit unclear is why Bernie is dipping, unless it's Liz taking away some of his progressive support, perhaps some feeling she might be a more presentable progressive to a general electorate is one possibility. (Edit: Did Bernie get a heads up on these latest numbers, and then decide it was the S-word he needed to deal with?)

Being a "self professed progressive", I've mentioned before she would be an acceptable alternative for me if Tulsi doesn't make it. I'm not looking for 100% pure progressive bold leader, nor even Ivory Soap pure, and she's far better than a LOTE type. Biden, Klobuchar, Delaney Dude and a handful of other corporate centrist nowhere men is where I draw the line in the sand.

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@wokkamile

much faith in polling numbers, esp. without digging into the internals, esp. the questions asked, who was polled, what age, etc. but also most polls are push polls with the hopes that they an elicit the responses they're after. and this early on? ay yi yi.

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@wendy davis clearly, it's much too early to spend much time on these early polls. A lot of jockeying around will happen, candidates will dip and rise here and there. Big whoop. If you want to spend hours studying the internals by all means devote yourself to the task and report back.

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@wokkamile

was meant more for the room, not just you. polling on issues, not electoral candidates, can sometimes cause me to study the internals.

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@wokkamile

No backtracking/flip-flopping

I guess that you didn't watch the video I posted just above that shows that Warren is backtracking on MFA? Didn't she used to be for it? And she has backtracked on this for awhile. ?

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America is a pathetic nation; a fascist state fueled by the greed, malice, and stupidity of her own people.
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@snoopydawg 90% of reality in politics. She has co-sponsored Bernie's M4A bill but also several other proposals less bold, and doesn't strongly embrace M4A or greatly emphasize it in her public appearances. It doesn't appear to be backtracking/flip-flopping, but more a matter of holding a flexible, practical position which doesn't over-promise.

She hasn't (yet) been pressed too hard on her somewhat ambiguous healthcare position, and that time might come. For now, she is doing well at least partly endorsing M4A while keeping the attention on her slew of plans for other things. And she has gotten favorable attention from Dems in her early call for impeachment hearings to be held against the Donald. Bernie only came out in favor weeks later.

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@snoopydawg backtracked if you can show something prior to that video where she endorsed a clear M4A position. That video above appears to be from her first 2012 race for senate. At the time, she was apparently not proposing much beyond incremental improvement. Not many prominent Ds were going bold with M4A then. Today, seven years later, she has evolved and while not perfect, at least favors M4A as a goal.

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@janis b

I picked out the very same video. Great minds and all that....

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@Pluto's Republic

I hope more and more people listen to and respect him.

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@janis b

I hope you have a chance to watch this speech.

It's almost too much.
We face a great battle.

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@Pluto's Republic

and will definitely watch the rest later the I return. Thanks for the heads up Pluto.

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@mhagle
Best thanks.

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@Creosote.

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A revolution to repair the social and economic fabric of this nation.
Working together to transform society.
Build a shared prosperity with social equality.
True freedom.

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Listen to your higher mind.

I'm so glad he made it, and I'm so glad you posted it. Thank you, Pluto's Republic and janis b.

I winced when he included Putin as one of the despots, but I'm glad he included affordable housing as a human right. Bernie at his best.

I think he can win the whole thing. I think he could have won in 2016 if the Party hadn't disenfranchised him.

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@Linda Wood

with the list of the bad guys either. I don't believe the Russian people feel oppressed. When all of those folks go over with Sharon Tennison's group, they bring back very positive reports after hanging out with normal citizens, visiting schools, attending local government meetings, etc.

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@Linda Wood

...from either Party, I noticed from my scan of the headlines. But quite a few of them mentioned the Sandinistas, who Bernie hung out with, presumably. That was today's coordinated smear.

Yet I sense a quietness overall. It reminds me of 2016, the way that Bernie somehow reached people who were remote and politically disconnected. And they quietly began sending checks. Then they walked out of their houses and began to gather. I ran into several people like this last time. At stores like Home Depot. They were like tourists visiting democracy. Spontaneous conversations... and then Bernie would come up and the bond was made. It was like the Summer of Love. Give rose

When Bernie left, they all melted away, just as quietly. They weren't curious about what happened next. They headed back to their apolitical lives.

There's a long road ahead. People get to test drive these ideas.

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@Pluto's Republic

"They weren't curious about what happened next. They headed back to their apolitical lives.”

Hopefully, because of the speech they left slightly altered in their thinking which hopefully continues to resonate and spread. Bernie and Tulsi present vital opportunities for Americans to have meaningful conversations.

I’ll do my best to advocate for Bernie when I’m visiting family in America, although I don’t have a lot of confidence in convincing them to vote for Bernie instead of one of the other Dems. I might have to start with banning tv news, but only after watching his speech ; ).

I hope these strong and clear messages will resonate much further, and restore to some degree what freedom really means. If Bernie can at least make it clear to more of the population the parallels between the unfortunate past and the present day, it could be a significant gain.

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@janis b good thing when it becomes too much about the messenger rather than the message. I like Bernie, admire him in some ways, particularly on domestic economic fairness issues, but he is fallible and is hardly the saintly, unconquerable comic book hero as depicted in the visual above.

Glad however he is out there trying to push the various discussions in the right direction.

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With all of the new ideas and a change that many believe in, did he not go independent?
Oh, never mind. He couldn't do it without the duopoly.
He sold himself as somebody who is different but still plays by the game.
I give him great credit for speaking for the little person. I give him no credit for remaining the same.

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@Pricknick

But it would have been a challenge toget on the ballots. We don't have a Federal election system. He wouldn't be in the primaries. Would they allow him into the final debates? There are many barriers.

Even so, I notice he referred to our Democratic values. I think his socialist needs the umbrella of "democrat." I think he could influence people to the point that they demand his policies.

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@Pluto's Republic
Those we hope will change the system, do not care one iota about political parties.
We're now counting on those who listen only to msm to make the choice for us.
The two party system (duopoly) will no longer influence my vote and it will hold less reverence in future ballots.
It must, or we are screwed more than we already are.
It's a short fall from doomed. Yet, it's one many see as the finality.

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Regardless of the path in life I chose, I realize it's always forward, never straight.

@Pricknick
Who came the closest? I think it was George Wallace.

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@The Voice In the Wilderness
someone tries.
Fuck that. The duopoly it is.
Enjoy the ride. There is no other way.

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@Big Al
your sheepdogging for Bernie, Al. I see right through you bud.

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@JtC
if it's the only game in town.

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@The Voice In the Wilderness

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@JtC I guess I was a little obvious.

But I think this next election and the process to it should really be debated relative to what's happened the last 30 years. This far out I would think more would be receptive to that, but sadly, it ain't so.
I drafted an essay a while back, "Is Bernie Better than Trump?" Never finished it, but I might finish the one I drafted last night, "Can Trying to Reform the Democratic party lead to Democracy?" I need to go back and tone it down a bit, if you know what I mean, and I know you know what I mean. Smile
Been at this awhile now, man. The issue is democracy. Always has been.

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@Big Al

If the voting machines are going to be in charge of Microsoft, the pentagon and Israel and the democrats have their super delegates then how will anyone know if the election wasn't rigged in favor of the person that the PTB want? Bernie won all cities in Virginia, but because of the delegates it went to Hillary. Even when she didn't win she got their votes.

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@snoopydawg
the Department of Homeland Security now has full authority over all aspects of presidential elections, as Sane Progressive made clear some time ago. From premises and personnel to machines, ballots, counts.

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@Big Al . if Bernie wins does that mean we have democracy? Iow, to his supporters, if he wins, does that mean they now trust the system and everything is all right?

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A lot of these “read-the-tea-leaves” pieces — whether about Warren, Sanders, Trump, Biden or anyone else — represent a yearning for the old days when a handful of op-ed writers really did have influence over who rose and fell in the polls.

Those days are long gone. Voters today not only ignore pundit pronouncements, they often seem motivated to vote just to spite them.

Editorialists don’t understand that when they write things like, “X candidate can’t win because elites won’t allow it,” that will tend to make people in the current environment vote for that person, not against him or her.

This is why risk analyst Nassim Taleb makes a lot of sense when he says:

“The main surprise event is that the New York Times is now so impotent and weak that it can no longer control America. The Media is gone. Social media are much harder to fully control.”

Not only are news audiences sensitive to the fact that we suck even at our own degraded horse race form of guessing-game politics coverage, they see us as a conflicted part of the power structure whose opinions about candidate viability should probably be ignored on principle.

They realize we can make numbers say pretty much anything. They know if we wanted to, for instance, we could argue that centrist candidates are less electable, while the Bernies and Warrens of the world might be more so, as political economist Thomas Piketty recently did in a new study.

https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-features/campaign-convent...

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@Pluto's Republic
that the NYT will no longer publish political cartoons https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jun/12/new-york-times-car...

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@Creosote.

Political cartoonists are anti-semites, implies the NYTimes. Thus, they must take extreme measures.

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for the scribd transcript, although this one doesn't lend to copy/paste.

a few notes i'd had to type in:

"but the struggle we’re facing is not just economic.

the movement toward oligarchy runs parallel to the growth of authoritarian regimes, like putin in russia, xi in china...et. al. (really?)

these leaders meld corporate with xenophobia and authoritarianism. they redirect popular anger about inequality declining economic conditions into violent rage against minorities – whether they are immigrants, racial minorities, religious minorities, or the LGBT community. and to suppress dissent, they are cracking down on democracy and human rights."

who did he leave out besides the maduro regime in VZ, and raul casto regime in cuba? but srsly, he wouldn't dare name netanyahu in israel, and thug modi in india, our partners in western war and hegemony.

but at least he’s honest in that he only objects to ‘unfettered capitalism’, as does naomi klein in her ‘this changes everything’. only one mention of the cost of US wars in 40 nations: was: the military industrial complex.

oh, well. other than that...

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@wendy davis

copy and paste. It would be good to have that possibility.

Although I agree with you that Maduro, Netanyahu and others should be included in the category of xenophobic and authoritarian, I still respect Bernie. Even in personal relationships it is difficult to fully stand up for what you truly believe, even though that is the objective. On a national scale it is infinitely more difficult. When you’re running for president and trying to relate to millions it’s impossible to be all inclusive. The melding of principles and politics is a fragile and fallible endeavour.

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@janis b

i'd been satirizing the western imperium as to maduro and castro, as actual socialist nations have been deemed 'national threats to US security', both by obomba, then trump. i'm pretty sure that bernie's called out maduro's 'regime' and voted for sanctions. but i cannot swear to it. not calling out modi and netenyahu i was in dead earnest about. they both fit with bernie's calculus i'd posted above.

again, thanks; it was good to read rather than listen. g' night.

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Thanks, I laughed so hard at the introductory comment there was no need to watch yet another "great speech" from Bernie Sanders. bold larcenist

He will also argue that now that the U.S. has guaranteed civil rights for all, the next step is economic rights, including guaranteed health care coverage, a clean environment and the right to “as much education as one needs to succeed in our society.”

HA ha ha ha... hahahahhahahahahahaha! Whew, are you kidding? "as much education as one needs to succeed"? WTF does that mean? nothing specific Look to the proposed legislation to see what will never pass, under any Precedent. Keep turning that crank, because why not.

He sounds like a gosh darned carnival barker to me, after 30+ years of "great speeches" guaranteeing absolutely nothing. good rhetoric

Ds are extremely bold liars. Every time D-Bernie opens his mouth he lies, by omission or whatever it takes to get Ds back on their power trip. Remember when the Ds had the executive power? Remember what brought this version of society to the brink, then beyond? Occupy your memory banks. Democrats don't give a shit about the poor, the homeless, the insane. Just look at D-NY and D-CA for future D-FuckUps, the two biggest sewer holes on either side of this fat bloated pig of a country. USA kabuki is the best... the energizer bunnies of deceit.

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PEACE

This rant brought to you by what is happening right in my face every day, inflicted by the D-Duopoly, not what is seen and heard on the social media boob tube. Stay comfy on the couch revolution why not, give money to millionaire politicians, not to those who actually need it. Speechify endlessly until the day comes to cast one vote, and watch the shit show start anew, no matter the results. good luck

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Bernie's support of Her Heinousness was a game changer for me. I just can't get past that. Perhaps Bernie needs to hang it all out for a really Progressive agenda to change my mind. Still, I don't trust him. Perhaps Trump is a better choice as he is very rapidly destroying The Hegemon. Risk is that everything goes up in smoke. Also he's morally repugnant. I trust Whiney Warren even less. I think that the best candidate is Tulsi, specifically in foreign affairs. But, the deep state, with the help of their corporate news letter -- the New York Time, will cream her. So - hold your nose and vote for the least evil candidate? Naah, We've done that too often, can't do that again. Don't vote as a protest? I really don't know, and don't see any clearly reasoned path from anyone else. Help!

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Capitalism has always been the rule of the people by the oligarchs. You only have two choices, eliminate them or restrict their power.

this year, I'd say that he is doing a much better job at addressing multiple issues rather than honking on one issue over and over again. This speech was very, very good, and should be marked as the beginning definer of his 2020 campaign. I am still in his camp.

I know it's not going to happen with him or any other of the candidates, but I think the marrying of religion/Christianity with our government is a HUGE part of the problem and should be addressed openly. A GREAT book on this issue just came out and I just finished it... The Founding Myth- Why Christian Nationalism is Un-Amrican. by Andrew Seidel. We are in a lot of danger, as history has shown over and over again, if we don't stand up against the Christian take over of our government and media. This has been going on quietly since the time of the rise of the labor unions, but has finally reared its head for all to see. Just one example... Mike Pompeo's statements about God in foreign policy and our protective endorsement of Netanyahu/Israeli government are based solely on the Christian claims that Jesus will make the Second Coming commence with his fist appearance in Israel. Pompeo is of the camp that thinks we have to bring His Kingdom to earth before Jesus will start the ball rolling. That means taking over all societal institutions. So we could essentially get into war because of crazy Christian beliefs that have wedded themselves to our military, intelligence and other governmental agencies.

So, in short, I wish that Bernie could have added this to his list of threats to democracy... maybe someday...

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"Without the right to offend, freedom of speech does not exist." Taslima Nasrin