#Bernie Sanders

FiveThirtyEight Predictions--Sanders Surges!!!

You may recall in an essay I wrote 12 days ago that FiveThirtyEight was predicting Sanders would win only 3 states--New Hampshire, California, and Vermont--during the entire 2020 primary/caucus elections.

As of now, that has changed quite dramatically.

Only focusing on the results through SuperTuesday (March 3), let's look at FiveThirtyEight's predictions now:

Bob Swern Paints Himself With Honey And Lies Down On Daily Kos Ant Hill

May I doff my hat in admiration to one who so often wades in regardless of shark fins, who marches into the lions den, and who rips off his sunglasses to expose the whites of eyes to his adversaries? Bob Swern, there aren’t enough metaphors to honor you today.

Why Did Both Bernie and Trump Resonate with Voters and Why Is This the Key to Future Success?

The first question in the title isn’t all that difficult to suss out. The weft in both men’s narrative tapestry was that neither was beholden to Big Money, one because he was too rich to be bought off and the other because he was too ethical. One touted using his own money and the other touted using only small donor money.

My loyalties lie with the afflicted, those that suffer all around us.

From my perspective I joined thirty nine years ago, a party I believed in and so gave my loyalty, It was the party of The New Deal, The Great Society and at the time I joined also the party of civil liberty, equal rights and a war against poverty. I saw clearly in 2016 that what it had devolved into was nothing like the party I joined. The question of my loyalty then became murky. My thoughts and vision since have grown clear, "what was, no longer is", and if such ever exists again it likely will not become manifest or reborn anew in the party I once joined so long ago.

Inside Insiders, Inside Outsiders and Outside Outsiders

Which one are you - an Inside Insider, an Inside Outsider or an Outside Outsider? This questioned was inspired by reading a transcript of a Democracy Now conversation between Amy Goodman and Cornel West which prompted a flashback to my college sociology class and the concept of coalition triads.

Here’s the snippet of discussion which started this whole train of thought:

This is a Thing now -- "Democratic" Free Speech Zones

“The best way to take control over a people and control them utterly is to take a little of their freedom at a time, to erode rights by a thousand tiny and almost imperceptible reductions. In this way, the people will not see those rights and freedoms being removed until past the point at which these changes cannot be reversed.”

Pat Miller, Willfully Ignorant -- goodreads.com