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Howard Dean: Before the Scream

So far, I've written some in this group about Bubba's earlier years and Huey Long's.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/12779706 (Long)

http://www.democraticunderground.com/12779385 (Bubba)

Howard Dean is yet another Democrat with whose earlier life I was not very familiar and about which I had a very mistaken impression.

Dean was born in East Hampton, where Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis was raised, and where President Clinton and First Lady (now Secretary) Hillary enjoyed a couple of vacations while he was in office and where Sean Combs started his much-imitated white parties.

Of all the towns out east, East Hampton is the one of most desirable zip codes among the monied set. The town, around 105 miles from Midtown Manhattan, is home to celebrities and business tycoons alike......Find out whom Jerry Seinfeld counts among his neighbors, and which celebrity opted for an estate on the northern shore of the South Fork.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/star-map-east-hampton-2011-8?op=1#ixzz3heWKZWpo

The family belonged to the country club and also had a three bedroom pied a terre in the city--in Manhattan's Upper East Side on--wait for it--Park Avenue.

Dean attended prep schools and then a "frat boy" at Yale University. His wiki is full of references to his friends and enemies alike trying to minimize and dismiss this golden spoon in the mouth and Republican background, with friends saying he wasn't as rich as they were and Peggy Noonan saying he wasn't a typical WASP. Hello?

During the Vietnam War, Dean had a draft deferment because of an unfused vertebra. He worked as a stockbroker for a time, then decided to go to medical school, taking the pre-med courses he needed at Columbia University in NYC. Then came two life changing events: his brother's disappearance and meeting his future wife.

In 1974, Dean's younger brother Charlie, who had been traveling through southeast Asia at the time, was captured and killed by Laotian guerrillas, a tragedy widely reported to have an enormous influence in Dean's life; he wore his brother's belt every day of his presidential campaign.....

Dean received his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in 1978 and began a medical residency at the University of Vermont. In 1981, he married fellow doctor Judith Steinberg, whom he met in medical school, and together they began a family medical practice in Shelburne, Vermont (where she continued to use her maiden name to avoid confusion).....

Though he was raised an Episcopalian, Dean joined the Congregational church in 1982 after a negotiation with the local Episcopal diocese over a bike trail. By his own account, he does not attend church "very often"; at one point, when asked to name his favorite book in the New Testament, he offered the Old Testament Book of Job, then corrected himself an hour later. Dean has stated he is more "spiritual" than religious. He and his wife have raised their two children, Anne and Paul, in Judaism.

During his early years in Vermont, Dean opposed a condo development on Lake Champlain and fought instead for a bike trail, something that can be viewed as either indulgent or populist. (Think the criticism Senator Kennedy got for resisting wind farms around his favorite sailing waters.)

The success of the bike path campaign launched Dean's political career. He volunteered for Jimmy Carter's losing re-election campaign. In 1982, Dean ran for the Vermont House of Representatives, and won.

Dean remained in the Vermont House until being elected lieutenant governor in 1986, 1988 and 1990. Because those were part-time positions, Dean was able to continue practicing medicine. In 1991, the Governor, Richard A. Snelling died, making Lt. Governor Dean the Governor of Vermont.

After that, Dean ran for and won five two year terms as Governor. Only Thomas Chittenden has served longer as Governor of Vermont. (1778–1789 and 1790–1791). From 1994 to 1995, Dean was also chair of the National Governors Association.

Dean was faced with an economic recession and a $60 million budget deficit. He bucked many in his own party to immediately push for a balanced budget, an act which marked the beginning of a record of fiscal restraint. During his tenure as governor, the state paid off much of its debt, balanced its budget eleven times, raised its bond rating, and lowered income taxes twice.

Dean also focused on health care issues, most notably through the "Dr. Dynasaur" program, which ensures near-universal health coverage for children and pregnant women in the state; the uninsured rate in Vermont fell from 10.8 percent in 1993 to 8.4 percent in 2000 under his watch. Child abuse and teen pregnancy rates were cut roughly in half.

By far the most controversial decision of his career, and the first to draw serious national attention, came in 2000, when the Vermont Supreme Court ruled that the state's marriage laws unconstitutionally excluded same-sex couples and ordered that the state legislature either allow gays and lesbians to marry or create a parallel status. Facing calls to amend the state constitution to prohibit either option, Dean chose to support the latter one, and signed the nation's first civil unions legislation into law, spurring a short-lived "Take Back Vermont" movement which helped Republicans gain control of the State House.


Vermonters considered him a moderate.

In 2003, Dean began running for the Democratic Presidential nomination, against Senators Joe Lieberman, who had to drop out early on, John Kerry, and about ten others. In March 2003, Dean gave a speech critical of Democrats, beginning with the line, "What I want to know is what in the world so many Democrats are doing supporting the President's unilateral intervention in Iraq?" By Autumn, 2003, he was the apparent frontrunner, despite criticism from the Party's left wing that he was a "Rockefeller Republican"—socially liberal, but fiscally conservative. (The more things change, the more they remain the same?)

In January 2004, however, Dean's placing third in the Iowa caucus led to "the Dean scream" while he was firing up his supporters. Even I know what happened after that.

Huey Long

I had a grand plan of a series of posts from the Revolution to the present, but I didn't follow through.

Too ambitious and too disciplined for me, I guess. Instead, I'll be posting on whatever interests me and hoping it interests others, too. Huey Long, aka "Kingfish," interests me.

The question has been whether Long was a populist or a demagogue.


I'll leave that to you, dear, dear reader. Anyway, I give you

Huey Long

When Long, who had been home schooled earlier on, completed the 11th grade of his school, his school decided to make completing the 12th grade a requirement. Long circulated a petition to protest, which got him kicked out of school. So, technically, he never completed high school. Nonetheless, he won a debating scholarship to Louisiana State University. However--and this is heartbreaking--he could not afford the textbooks he had to buy. (This is from his wiki, which describes his family as a "middle class" farming family.)

His mother urged him to attend a Baptist university, but he decided he was not cut out to be a preacher and quit. He took some law courses. After a year, he took and passed the bar exam, without a high school or a college or a law school diploma. He practiced law for ten years, bragging that he never took a case against a poor man.

Long won fame by taking on the powerful Standard Oil Company, which he sued for unfair business practices. Over the course of his career, Long continued to challenge Standard Oil's influence in state politics and charged the company with exploiting the state's vast oil and gas resources......In 1918 Long was elected to the Louisiana Railroad Commission at the age of 25 on an anti-Standard Oil platform...

He used his position on the Commission to enhance his populist reputation as an opponent of large oil and utility companies, fighting against rate increases and pipeline monopolies. In the gubernatorial election of 1920, he campaigned prominently for John M. Parker, but later became his vocal opponent after the new governor proved to be insufficiently committed to reform, later calling him the "chattel" of the corporations....

As chairman of the Public Service Commission in 1922, Long won a lawsuit against the Cumberland Telephone & Telegraph Company for unfair rate increases, resulting in cash refunds of $440,000 to 80,000 overcharged customers. Long successfully argued the case on appeal before the United States Supreme Court (Cumberland Tel & Tel Co. v. Louisiana Public Service Commission, 260 U.S. 212 (1922), prompting Chief Justice William Howard Taft to describe Long as one of the best legal minds he had ever encountered.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huey_Long (emphasis added)

Well, I'm impressed so far.

In 1924, at age 31, he ran in the primary for Governor of Louisiana, but lost. In 1928, he won the primary by a plurality with the slogan, "Every man a king, but no one wears a crown," which he had copied from William Jennings Bryan. Long then won the general with 96.1% of the vote, despite a poll tax that kept many of the poor from voting. After consolidating his power via firings and other strong arm and dubious means, he instituted a program of free textbooks for schoolchildren and an adult literacy program, as well as an unprecedented public works program. He also called for a tax on oil. That got him impeached, but he foiled that cleverly and the state legislature abandoned the effort.

Following the failed impeachment attempt in the Senate, Long became ruthless when dealing with his enemies. He fired their relatives from state jobs and supported candidates to defeat them in elections. After impeachment, Long appears to have concluded that extra-legal means would be needed to defend the interests of the common people against the powerful money interests. "I used to try to get things done by saying 'please'," said Long. "Now...I dynamite 'em out of my path." Since the state's newspapers were financed by the opposition, in March 1930 Long founded his own paper, the Louisiana Progress, which he used to broadcast achievements and denounce his enemies. To receive lucrative state contracts, companies were first expected to buy advertisements in Long's newspaper. Long attempted to pass laws placing a surtax on newspapers and forbidding the publishing of "slanderous material," but these efforts were defeated. After the impeachment attempt, Long received death threats. Fearing for his personal safety, he surrounded himself with armed bodyguards at all times.

Soon after that, Long ran for the U.S. Senate, and won, beginning his term in 1931, but also remained Governor until 1932 and continued to control politics in Louisiana until his death in 1935. In Washington, he denounced both Republicans and Democrats for failing to do enough about the crisis of that era and supported Franklin Roosevelt for President.

Roosevelt considered Long a radical demagogue. The president privately said of Long that along with General Douglas MacArthur, "e was one of the two most dangerous men in America."

In June 1933, in an effort to undermine Long's political dominance, Roosevelt cut Long out of consultation on the distribution of federal funds or patronage in Louisiana and placed Long's opponents in charge of federal programs in the state. Roosevelt also supported a Senate inquiry into the election of Long ally John H. Overton to the Senate in 1932. The Long machine was charged with election fraud and voter intimidation but the inquiry came up empty, and Overton was seated.

To discredit Long and damage his support base, in 1934 Roosevelt had Long's finances investigated by the Internal Revenue Service. Though they failed to link Long to any illegality, some of Long's lieutenants were charged with income tax evasion, but only one had been convicted by the time of Long's death.

Long was shot in 1935, one month after announcing his intent to run in the 1936 Presidential election, presumably by Dr. Weiss, the son in law of a Louisiana judge and long-time opponent whom Long was attempting to oust. (Speculation had it that the fatal bullet had actually come from the gun of one of Long's bodyguards and had been mean to stop Weiss, but historians reject that theory.) A doctor treated Long unsuccessfully and that doctor's actions have also been called into question. Long's machine continued to control Louisiana politics and a number of Long's family members served in state and national politics.

I urge you to read his entire wiki, which is friggin' fascinatin'.

Populist or demagogue?

Hmmm. Seems as though even some dictionary definitions are rigged against populists!

Also found in: Legal, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
dem·a·gogue also dem·a·gog (dĕm′ə-gôg′, -gŏg′ )

1. A leader who obtains power by means of impassioned appeals to the emotions and prejudices of the populace.

2. A leader of the common people in ancient times.

tr.v. dem·a·gogued, dem·a·gogu·ing, dem·a·gogues also dem·a·goged or dem·a·go·ging or dem·a·goges
Usage Problem To speak about (an issue, for example) in the manner of a demagogue.

Usage Note: Even though demagogue has been used as a verb meaning "to speak about something in the manner of a demagogue" since the 1600s, the verb has kept a low profile in the language. Recently, however, it has become a favorite of newspaper columnists. The Usage Panel does not view the verb with much favor in either its transitive or intransitive use.
In our 1997 survey, 94 percent rejected it in the sentence Clinton will demagogue Medicare, unwilling to acknowledge that fundamental reforms need to be made in the system. A similar percentage rejected an example in which a representative can demagogue about price-fixing. Perhaps this resistance should not be surprising, since the use of familiar nouns as verbs is often the subject of complaints


Also found in: Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
pop·u·list (pŏp′yə-lĭst)
1. A supporter of the rights and power of the people.

2. Populist A supporter of the Populist Party.

1. (Historical Terms) history US a member of the People's Party, formed largely by agrarian interests to contest the 1892 presidential election. The movement gradually dissolved after the 1904 election

2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) of, characteristic of, or relating to the People's Party, the Populists, or any individual or movement with similar aims

3. (Historical Terms) of, characteristic of, or relating to the People's Party, the Populists, or any individual or movement with similar aims
ˈPopulism npopulist (ˈpɒpjʊlɪst)

1. appealing to the interests or prejudices of ordinary people
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a person, esp a politician, who appeals to the interests or prejudices of ordinary people

Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003


Let's be clear. One is a populist; the other is a demagogue. What I mean when I use the term "populist" is (from above) "1. A supporter of the rights and power of the people."

Question: Are Warren supporters in this group now with Bernie? If not, why?

I was going to make this a poll with a variety of possible answers, but I am not so ambitious today. Please supply your own elaboration.

Just sent this to my email list.

I should have done it weeks ago. Still, better late than never, I hope.

Curious about Sanders? Find an event today near you.


or check out his website www.berniesanders.com

Hi, all,

Hope all is well with all recipients of this email.

Bernie Sanders has been winning elections for 35 years, since 1980. Since announcing his candidacy for the Democratic Presidential nomination last month, he has been drawing crowds of 5,000 to 12,000, including in red states, and his poll numbers have been increasing rapidly. However, he does not put his finger up to see which way the winds of popularity are blowing. He's never "led from behind" or needed to evolve." He's always been on the right side of history, advocating and working for the most vulnerable since his college days.

He has been a US Senator since 2007, caucusing with Democrats. He also caucused with Democrats as a US Congressional Representative from 1991 to 2007. Additionally, during his first year in Congress, he founded the Progressive Caucus and chaired it for its first eight years, growing it to the largest caucus ever in Congress, aside from the two main Party caucuses. He is the only Senate member of the Progressive Caucus EVER.

He votes or voted for equal and civil rights for all, including racial and ethnic minorities, gays and women; for jobs; against invading Iraq; against the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act of 1991, which the Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional this year; against repeal of Glass Steagall (which led to the economic collapse in 2008 of the US and other nations); against NAFTA and other trade deals (which send jobs out of the country), etc.

His record compares very favorably with all others seeking the Democratic Presidential nomination, both in substance and reliability--no flip flopping, triangulating or weaseling. His lifetime ratings from women's groups, the ACLU, the Human Rights Campaign and the NAACP range from 93% to 100%. Yet, Republicans, including Senator McCain, have lauded his ability to work across the aisle.

Before he went to Congress, Sanders was Mayor of Burlington, VT for eight years, making it a sanctuary city. In my opinion, he amply deserves to be New England's favorite son in the Democratic Presidential Primary of 2016.

He said he felt that he must run because the middle class is disappearing and ample data back that concern. I believe that, like many, he had been hoping Warren would run and announced himself only after it became clear to him that she would not.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have about him or his candidacy, or how he compares with the other candidates. I have been following his votes and speeches with joy for at least five years.

And please vote in the 2016 primary.

Best wishes,

The fool is so strong in the U.S. political arena that an Iran deal is worse than Munich 1938.

(Photo accompanies breitbart's disgusting story. I'm not linking to it.)

I don't know the details of the treaty. I don't know if the Obama Administration's Secretaries of State and Energy could possibly have negotiated a better one or not. I hate fucking Godwin's phony law, which tends to protect the right and cut off discussion. However, Huckabee and Fox are fucking ridiculous.

http://mediamatters.org/research/2013/11/24/worse-than-munich-conservative-media-react-to-i/197038 NOTE: This link is to a 2013 media matters story about Iran.

Mark Cuban is FOS. So is former DLC Chair, Harold Ford.

MSNBC reporting this morning that Mark Cuban said that Trump is just what politics has need for a long time. That Trump's message does not even matter. It's that Trump says what is on his mind.

Hello? If the message does not even matter, why haven't you been praising Bernie for that behavior, Mark?

Could it be because Bernie's message is not as billionaire friendly as Trump's. IOW, I think you are not being honest about how irrelevant the message is.

Then we hear from Harold Ford, former DLC Chair, saying that Trump's poll numbers show America's fascination with a rich man who speaks his mind. No, that fascination with the wealthy would be you, Mr. Ford. Americans are filling Sanders' events to overflowing while the Trump camp inflates the numbers showing up at his events--and Trump is offering a free lunch!

And, btw, why is what Mark Cuban thinks of Donald Trump MSNBC newsworthy this morning, but today, an unprecedented day in US politics gets no mention whatever on an allegedly pro-Democratic TV network this morning or last night (except for already cancelled Ed Shultz)? Huh? Huh? Huh?

How way, way out of touch some political pundits are:

Buzzfeed's McCay Coppins has been appearing on a variety of MSNBC shows of late, often commenting on Trump. (Apparently, every guest pundit on MSNBC who is going to discuss Trump has to be smirking knowingly when introduced by the show host.)

Anyway, on Chris Hayes Tuesday evening, McCay Coppins noted that Trump had long had two sets of advisers around him. However, once he actually announced, his advisors were a new bunch of professionals. Now, waiiit forrrrr itttt--

"And they're not Republican establishment. Like, they've worked for the Koch brothers."


Let's do it up left.

If you can, take a nap, so you show up at your meeting all bright eyed and NOT Bushy-tailed.

Take with you whatever you think you need for peak functioning:

Water, so you don't have to keep leaving your seat and/or asking your host

A laptop, if you can. There will be streaming. The more screens in the host's home, the better.

Pencils or pens and paper.

Your business cards, if you have same, so you can easily exchange contact info, if you wish. Be careful, though.

If you are driving, maybe stick a folding chair or two in the car, just in case. If not, maybe a beach towel to put on the floor to sit on, if needed.

Bring any info about Bernie you think you might need. Not everyone who attends will have been posting and reading about Bernie every day.

Bright ideas, enthusiasm and encouragement.

When people say they cannot donate, remind them: Bernie asks for donations as small as $3.

MAYBE, a snack to share. A box of cookies or a few bunches of grapes. Bring a disposable serving item for your snack, too. You don't want the host spending the evening setting up a buffet. Nothing too loudly crunchy or too salty.

Comments as to whether the above suggestions are good or counter-productive? More suggestions?

Please keep this thread kicked today.

Most of all, ENJOY. He's running for us!

Email 2 from Bernie re: July 29. Also, donate at least $3 NOW. Yeah, that's right. I said it.

However, if you really can't, I still love you.

Please remember to use Omaha Steve's link to donate here
: https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/duforbernie

Let me be very blunt and tell you why I am running.
Bernie Sanders
To: merrily
Bernie Sanders for President

merrily -

As I travel across the country, I am constantly struck by the level of enthusiasm and engagement there is for the political process. Everywhere I go, from Portland, Maine to Phoenix, Arizona, Americans are ready to discuss the critical issues facing our country. And this Wednesday night, July 29th, over 70,000 individuals have signed up to attend organizing meetings in their communities.

It is clear to me that people are taking this primary very seriously, and as an early supporter of our campaign, you have a unique role to play in our success going forward.

In that light, I wanted to make sure that you saw our new five minute video about the issues driving our campaign.

Watch the video and make a $3 contribution to help us continue to build an organization capable of challenging the billionaire class in this campaign, and after I'm elected president.

In the meantime, let me be very blunt and tell you why I am running.

This country faces more serious problems today than at any time in modern history, and establishment politics will not successfully resolve them.

Corporate greed is rampant, and the very rich keep growing richer while everyone else grows poorer. Despite an explosion in technology and a huge increase in productivity, the middle class continues to disappear, most Americans work longer hours for lower wages, and 45 million live in poverty.

The skyrocketing level of income and wealth inequality is not only grotesque and immoral, it is economically unsustainable. It is unconscionable that 99% of all new income goes to the top 1%. It is absurd that the top one-tenth of 1% own almost as much wealth as the bottom 90%, and that one family (the Waltons of Walmart) has more wealth than the bottom 130 million Americans.

As a result of the disastrous Supreme Court ruling on Citizens United, the billionaire class is spending huge amounts of money to buy candidates and elections. We are now witnessing the undermining of American democracy and the rapid movement toward oligarchy where a handful of very wealthy families and their Super PACs will control our government.

The scientific community is virtually unanimous in telling us that climate change is real, is caused by human activity, and is already bringing catastrophic damage to our planet. Yet, the Republican Party is prepared to reject science in order to gain campaign contributions from the Koch brothers, Big Energy companies and others who make billions on fossil fuels. If we do not act boldly on climate change, the planet we leave to our grandchildren may be uninhabitable.

The United States once led the world in terms of the percentage of our young people who had college degrees. Today, in a highly competitive global economy, we are now in 12th place. Hundreds of thousands of bright young people have given up on the dream of higher education, while millions of others leave school with oppressive debt.

Our infrastructure -- roads, bridges, rail, airports, water systems, wastewater plants, levees, dams -- is crumbling, and Congress refuses to appropriate anywhere near the necessary funds to rebuild it. If we do not invest substantially in infrastructure, a bad situation will only become much worse.

Despite substantial gains, we still have a long way to go to achieve equality for minorities. Instead of investing in opportunities, we are locking people up at an incredible rate. We now have the highest incarceration rate in the entire world with over 2 million in prison and millions more on probation or parole. We have a broken immigration system that divides families and keeps millions of hard-working people in the shadows.

Most of the major Wall Street financial institutions that we bailed out because they were "too big to fail," are now bigger than they used to be. The six largest financial institutions now have assets equivalent to nearly 60% of our GDP, issue 35% of the mortgages, and oversee 65% of credit cards.

Our tax system is wildly unfair - rigged to benefit the very rich. Major corporations that earn billions in profits stash their money in tax havens and pay nothing in federal income taxes, while billionaire hedge fund managers pay a lower effective tax rate than nurses or teachers.

Despite growing poverty among seniors, almost all Republicans, and some Democrats, want to cut Social Security and benefits for disabled veterans. They want more austerity for the elderly, the children, the sick and the poor, and more tax breaks for the rich.

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have cost us thousands of lives and trillions of dollars. The United States spends more on the military than the next nine biggest-spending countries combined. Today, there are massive cost over-runs with defense contractors and the Pentagon cannot even pass an independent audit.

We are at a moment of truth. We need to face up to the reality of where we are as a nation, and we need a mass movement of people to change that reality.

Let's be clear. This campaign is not about Bernie Sanders. It's about a grassroots movement of Americans standing up and saying: "Enough is enough. This country and our government belong to all of us, not just a handful of billionaires."

I have discussed some of the major crises that we face. Let me give you the outline of an agenda which addresses these problems.

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs: The truth is that real unemployment in our country is not the "official" and widely-reported 5.4 percent. Counting those who are underemployed and those who have given up looking for work, real unemployment is almost 11 percent. Even more disturbingly, real unemployment for white and Hispanic youth is over 30 percent, while African-American youth unemployment is over 50 percent.

We need a major federal jobs program. The most effective way to do that is to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure. To do that, I have introduced legislation which would invest $1 trillion over 5 years to modernize our country's physical infrastructure. This would create and maintain at least 13 million good-paying jobs. It would also make our country more productive, efficient and safe.

As a member of Congress who voted against NAFTA, CAFTA, Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China (PNTR) and is helping to lead the opposition against the TPP, I will continue my opposition to trade policies which have cost us millions of decent paying jobs as corporate America shuts down plants here and moves them to low-wage countries.

Raising Wages
: Today, millions of Americans are working for starvation wages and median family income has declined by almost $5,000 since 1999. The current federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour is totally inadequate. We need to raise the minimum wage to a living wage - $15 an hour over the next few years. Our goal must be that no full-time worker in this country lives in poverty. We must also bring about pay equity for women. There is no rational reason why women should be earning 78 cents on the dollar compared to men who perform the same work.

Further, we need to implement "family values" for American working families. It is unacceptable that the United States is the only major country on earth that does not guarantee family and medical leave, sick time and paid vacations.

Wealth and Income Inequality: Today, the richest 400 Americans own over $2.2 trillion in wealth, more than the bottom 150 million Americans combined. Meanwhile, nearly half of all Americans have less than $10,000 in savings and have no idea how they will be able to retire with dignity.

In order to reverse the massive transfer of wealth and income from the middle class to the very rich that we have seen in recent years, we need real tax reform which makes the wealthy and profitable corporations begin to pay their fair share of taxes. It is fiscally irresponsible that the U.S. Treasury loses about $100 billion a year because corporations and the rich stash their profits in the Cayman Islands, Bermuda and other tax havens.

We need a tax system which is fair and progressive. Children should not go hungry in this country while profitable corporations and the wealthy avoid their tax responsibilities.

Reforming Wall Street: I have introduced legislation which would break up the largest financial institutions in the country. In my view, if a bank is too big to fail, it is too big to exist. Wall Street cannot continue to be an island unto itself investing trillions in risky financial instruments. We need banks that invest in the job-creating productive economy. We do not need more speculation and gambling in casino-type activities.

Campaign Finance Reform
: We need to return to a one-person, one-vote democracy. It is not acceptable that the Koch brothers and other billionaires are spending endless sums of money to buy elections. I have introduced legislation which would overturn the horrendous Citizens United decision and will only appoint Supreme Court justices who are prepared to do that. We must also demand disclosure of all large campaign contributions. Long term, we need to move to public funding of elections.

Fighting Climate Change: The United States must lead the world in reversing climate change and make certain that this planet is habitable for our children and grandchildren. We must transform our energy system away from fossil fuels and into energy efficiency and sustainable energies. Millions of homes and buildings need to be weatherized, our transportation system needs to be energy efficient and we need to greatly accelerate the progress we are already seeing in wind, solar, geothermal and other forms of sustainable energy. Transforming our energy system will not only protect the environment, it will create good-paying jobs.

Health Care for All: The United States remains the only major country on earth that does not guarantee health care for all as a right. Despite the modest gains of the Affordable Care Act, 35 million Americans continue to lack health insurance and many more are under-insured. Yet, we continue paying far more per capita for health care than any other nation. The United States must move toward a Medicare-for-All single-payer system.

Protecting Our Most Vulnerable: Today, the United States has more people living in poverty than at almost any time in the modern history of our country. We have the highest rate of childhood poverty of any major nation, and millions of seniors and people with disabilities struggle to put food on the table because of insufficient Social Security benefits.

In my view, we have a moral responsibility to make certain that no American goes hungry or sleeps on the street. We must also make certain that seniors and people with disabilities can live in dignity. Not only must we vigorously oppose Republican attacks on the social safety net, we must expand benefits for those most in need. That is why I have recently introduced legislation which would extend the solvency of Social Security until 2065, while increasing benefits for those most in need.

Expanding Opportunity and Equality: We need to stop using prisons as a response to poverty. Our criminal justice system needs to be reformed so that we do not continue to house non-violent offenders at huge expense when that money could be used to rebuild communities and create opportunity. We need federal leadership to reform policing in America, to end racial profiling, and to fight the illegal activities of hate groups. We need comprehensive immigration reform that protects families and leads to a responsible and realistic path to citizenship.

Dismantling Structural Racism: Throughout much of our history, the elite in America has divided people along racial lines in an effort to consolidate wealth and power. We need to simultaneously address the structural and institutional racism which exists in this country while at the same time vigorously attacking the grotesque level of income and wealth inequality which is making the very rich much richer, and everyone else - especially the African-American community - much poorer. Meanwhile, too many people of color in this country find themselves subjected to a system that treats citizens who have not committed crimes like criminals. We have more people locked up in jail than any other country on earth. We need to invest in jobs and education, not jails and incarceration. Finally, no person should have to worry that a routine interaction with law enforcement will end in violence and death. Black lives matter: we must reform our criminal justice system, move away from the militarization of police forces, and invest in community policing.

College for All: The United States must join Germany and many other countries in understanding that investing in our young people's education is investing in the future of our nation. I have introduced legislation to make tuition in public colleges and universities free, as well as substantially lowering interest rates on student loans.

War and Peace: I voted against the war in Iraq, and that was the right vote. We must be vigorous in combatting terrorism, but we can't do it alone. We must be part of an international coalition that includes Muslim nations which not only defeats ISIS but which works hard to create conditions for lasting peace. I will vigorously oppose an endless war in the Middle East.

My approach to campaigning is pretty simple and straight-forward. We hold a lot of public meetings in towns that are big and small. People ask questions and make comments. We discuss the important issues facing our country. And that's it. Nothing very fancy. It's called democracy and I like that approach very much. It's something I've done my whole political life.

I hope very much that you will join me at one of our meetings. I hope that you will become part of our campaign team. And I hope that you will watch our video and make a contribution to our campaign:

Let us never forget: This country belongs to all of us, not just a handful of billionaires.


Senator Bernie Sanders

Okay, Standers for Sanders

Again, please do not donate at the link to the video. Instead, please donate at Omaha Steve's DU link here: https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/duforbernie

Now, here's the link to video: https://go.berniesanders.com/sneak-peek
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