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Mon Feb 1, 2016, 03:18 PM

 

Bernie done ruined everything

Imagine no Bernie campaign. Imagine there was no real choice in this primary and that all there was was a vote for Hillary.

Well, that's what the Democratic Party elites were hoping it would come down to. They were hoping they wouldn't have to do anything but sit back and watch as Hillary got what was coming to her.

But Bernie decided to run, and when he did, his campaign focused on several things the party elites had established to keep their kingdoms humming along. One of those was the big money super-PACS that made bribery common place.

Ol' Bernie has put a hurtin' on the old same politics and for that the elites hate him. He exposes their shenanigans on a daily basis and appeals to a wide spectrum of potential voters whose participation in the political process is seen as a threat to the establishment.

Given Bernie's proclamations and promises that he will make real changes if he is seated in office, the establishment has fought him and his campaign. For they know their days are numbered and the old ways of politics are about to be cast out of DC as a new wave of real democracy washes up the Potomac like a Tsunami.

Here it comes!


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Reply Bernie done ruined everything (Original post)
RobertEarl Feb 2016 OP
NCTraveler Feb 2016 #1
JonLeibowitz Feb 2016 #3
NCTraveler Feb 2016 #5
JonLeibowitz Feb 2016 #7
NCTraveler Feb 2016 #8
JonLeibowitz Feb 2016 #9
NCTraveler Feb 2016 #11
Javaman Feb 2016 #44
kenfrequed Feb 2016 #47
PatrickforO Feb 2016 #80
merrily Feb 2016 #84
ErisDiscordia Feb 2016 #86
charlespercydemocrat Feb 2016 #96
merrily Feb 2016 #104
bvar22 Feb 2016 #57
hifiguy Feb 2016 #61
Katashi_itto Feb 2016 #82
merrily Feb 2016 #83
daleanime Feb 2016 #99
Ken Burch Feb 2016 #66
merrily Feb 2016 #85
PatrynXX Feb 2016 #34
Armstead Feb 2016 #22
yeoman6987 Feb 2016 #101
nxylas Feb 2016 #23
rhett o rick Feb 2016 #48
NCTraveler Feb 2016 #49
NCTraveler Feb 2016 #50
rhett o rick Feb 2016 #54
NCTraveler Feb 2016 #59
rhett o rick Feb 2016 #60
NCTraveler Feb 2016 #62
kristopher Feb 2016 #88
dreamnightwind Feb 2016 #97
libdem4life Feb 2016 #63
rhett o rick Feb 2016 #70
libdem4life Feb 2016 #71
rhett o rick Feb 2016 #72
GeoWilliam750 Feb 2016 #103
ErisDiscordia Feb 2016 #87
Ken Burch Feb 2016 #65
quakerboy Feb 2016 #75
sabrina 1 Feb 2016 #79
ErisDiscordia Feb 2016 #2
DemocraticWing Feb 2016 #4
Ferd Berfel Feb 2016 #6
Euphoria Feb 2016 #12
rhett o rick Feb 2016 #51
Ferd Berfel Feb 2016 #52
rhett o rick Feb 2016 #56
Ferd Berfel Feb 2016 #58
RobertEarl Feb 2016 #10
thesquanderer Feb 2016 #21
Stevepol Feb 2016 #39
thesquanderer Feb 2016 #45
gollygee Feb 2016 #91
zappaman Feb 2016 #13
rhett o rick Feb 2016 #67
WHEN CRABS ROAR Feb 2016 #14
Gregorian Feb 2016 #15
RobertEarl Feb 2016 #19
dana_b Feb 2016 #98
RobertEarl Feb 2016 #105
SheilaT Feb 2016 #16
MisterP Feb 2016 #17
Kip Humphrey Feb 2016 #18
randome Feb 2016 #20
SoapBox Feb 2016 #26
randome Feb 2016 #29
Armstead Feb 2016 #33
frylock Feb 2016 #36
platitudipus Feb 2016 #38
rhett o rick Feb 2016 #68
Armstead Feb 2016 #32
frylock Feb 2016 #37
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WillyT Feb 2016 #41
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Vinca Feb 2016 #55
RobertEarl Feb 2016 #69
rhett o rick Feb 2016 #74
Jackilope Feb 2016 #102
hifiguy Feb 2016 #64
Mira Feb 2016 #73
jonestonesusa Feb 2016 #76
840high Feb 2016 #78
Enthusiast Feb 2016 #81
Oldenuff Feb 2016 #89
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RobertEarl Feb 2016 #94
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Response to RobertEarl (Original post)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 03:21 PM

1. There was always going to be a candidate to the left of Clinton.

 

I don't get how one comes to the thought there wouldn't be. It is an important part of the democratic party. Kucinich was huge for us.

Sanders hasn't ruined anything, though I believe it is in the hopes of most of his supporters. For some reason they want the whole country to be scared of Sanders, when there simply isn't one single thing that is frightening about him.

Good on Sanders. He will probably have a little more clout when he goes back to the senate as a democrat.

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Response to NCTraveler (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 03:28 PM

3. Nate Silver's 538 came to that thought.

He predicted there was not much room to her left which meant that Jim Webb was her strongest challenger.

No, I'm not making this shit up.

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Response to JonLeibowitz (Reply #3)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 03:31 PM

5. People predict a lot of things. I never saw Webb as a threat for anything other....

 

than the prison industrial complex.

"He predicted there was not much room to her left "

That doesn't make sense to me. Every single election we have a more left candidate. Every one. It is an extremely important role they play in keeping the party strong. Sanders is playing that role this year.

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Response to JonLeibowitz (Reply #7)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 03:43 PM

8. I truly see no clue as to your point.

 

Anyone paying attention to politics for more than a decade fully knew there would be a challenger from the left. It is very important to the party. Kucinich held that position for years. Sanders has it this year. I'm really excited about our new crop and who will hold it in 2024 when Clintons Presidency is finished.

To stick with your side-track, Webbs thought on our prison system are second to none.

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Response to NCTraveler (Reply #8)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 03:46 PM

9. My point was to show that some thought Clinton WAS the left

To respond to your point of "I don't get how one comes to the thought there wouldn't be" I provided evidence that some came to that thought.

No great mystery to what I meant...

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Response to JonLeibowitz (Reply #9)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 03:48 PM

11. There is no doubt that Clinton represents the left. Everyone knows that.

 

Says nothing to the point I was making. Good on Sanders for filling that role this year. I think going back to the senate as a democrat might actually give him a little clout. That will be new territory for him. It's a good thing.

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Response to NCTraveler (Reply #11)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 05:56 PM

47. Are you a contortionist in real life too?

Seriously, the point wasn't that she Is the Left, but that she wasn't going to get actual competition from the left. The party and the pundits and the media wrote off the left-progressive wing of the party like they do every four years.

Suprise, the people are tired of being written off.

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Response to kenfrequed (Reply #47)

Tue Feb 2, 2016, 02:40 AM

80. That's true. Same thing happened on the right. Before the Koch brothers co opted it, the TP was a

grass roots movement on the right. All the holy-rollers, the anti-abortioners, the homophobes, xenophobes and all the gun-toting militia types got sick of the establishment right sucking up to them and then ignoring them once they helped whatever establishment candidate slither into office. Started with Reagan, and long before the TP - those people got ACTIVE at the local level.

That's why I like your point so much - it was PAST time for us to do the same thing.

Only...I like to think we're not crazy...

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Response to PatrickforO (Reply #80)

Tue Feb 2, 2016, 07:44 AM

84. I think the TP was Koch/Armey astro turf from the jump.

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Response to merrily (Reply #84)

Tue Feb 2, 2016, 08:04 AM

86. But the Oligarchs lost control

 

about the time sister Sarah appeared on the national scene.

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Response to merrily (Reply #84)

Tue Feb 2, 2016, 02:06 PM

96. Dont stop bernie

 

I hope Senator Sanders stays all the way in till theonvention at least.

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Response to charlespercydemocrat (Reply #96)

Tue Feb 2, 2016, 08:32 PM

104. I hope Senator Sanders stays in until he's in the Oval Office.

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Response to NCTraveler (Reply #11)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 06:35 PM

57. Clinton rpresents "The Left"?????

Hahahahahahahahaha!
That is really funny.
She is slightly to The Left of some hard Right Republicans on some issues, but that does NOT
make her a representative of "The Left". There are still plenty of mainstream-Center FDR/LBJ Democrats who can see her for what she really is.


* Sanders has supported gay rights since 40 years ago. Clinton and Republicans have not.

* Sanders wants to end the prohibition of marijuana. Clinton & The Republicans do not.

* Sanders wants to end the death penalty. Clinton and Th Republicans do not.

* Sanders wants to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Clinton and the Republicans do not.

* Sanders wants to break up the biggest banks. Clinton and The Republicans do not.

* Sanders voted against the Wall Street bailout. Clinton and the Republicans (and too many "Democrats) did not.

* Sanders introduced legislation to overturn Citizens United. Clinton and The Republicans did not.

* Sanders refuses to accept money from super PACs. Clinton and the Republicans do not.

* Sanders supports a single-payer healthcare system. Clinton and The Republicans do not.

* Sanders refrains from waging personal attacks for political gains. Clinton and The Republicans do not.

* Sanders considers climate change our nation's biggest threat. Clinton and The Republicans do not.

* Sanders opposed the Keystone XL Pipeline since day one. Clinton and the Republicans do not.

* Sanders voted against the Patriot Act. Clinton and the Republicans did not.

* Sanders voted against the war in Iraq. Clinton and The Republicans did not.

* Sanders wants to Raise (or eliminate) the CAP on FICA deductions. Clinton and the Republicans do not.

* Sanders opposes unrestricted "Free Trade". Clinton and the Republican do not.


Hillary sure seems to agree with Republicans a lot.
I don't,
that is why I am a Democrat, and voting for a Democrat....Bernie!

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Response to NCTraveler (Reply #11)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 06:58 PM

61. Clinton represents the left

 

of the 1970s-80s REPUBLICAN party. She has disowned and run away from every program and policy that real Democrats stood for over generations.

"She is a hyper-hawkish Wall Street ally whos championed disastrous, racist criminal justice and welfare policies." And that is the truth and nothing but the truth.

http://www.alternet.org/election-2016/hillary-never-saw-coming-why-democratic-primary-has-become-battle-and-why-its-going

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Response to NCTraveler (Reply #11)

Tue Feb 2, 2016, 07:15 AM

82. Cool story bro

 

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Response to NCTraveler (Reply #11)

Tue Feb 2, 2016, 07:41 AM

83. LOL! Someone better tell Hillary.

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Response to NCTraveler (Reply #11)

Tue Feb 2, 2016, 03:04 PM

99. Really?

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Response to NCTraveler (Reply #8)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 07:06 PM

66. Thanks for admitting you were never an O'Malley supporter.

 

Clinton doesn't have anything locked up, and we've proven she isn't the only Dem who can win.

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Response to Ken Burch (Reply #66)

Tue Feb 2, 2016, 07:47 AM

85. Was s/he saying s/he was an O'Malley supporter?

What a hoot!

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Response to JonLeibowitz (Reply #3)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 04:53 PM

34. people buy into Nate Silver because of one thing that happened once

2012. Even the rotten barn door on Mitt Romney's dog cage could see who was gonna win except Mitt.

although as someone pointed out there are Super Pacs for Bernie Sanders per se , except it's like an open secret. Hillary can control hers as long as they aren't caught. Bernie isn't , he wants no part of it so they can do what they do if Hillary is referring Bernie going Negative that would insinuate that Super Pacs for Bernie and her are doing something illegal (coordinate with the candidate they support. ) Now this is my opinion I'm not saying thats where the "negative" fiction is coming from. Because if someone is pointing out issues with her Email server hey Bernie only pointed it out they attacked. Which is why whistleblowers should be protected going forward. Snowden special case , my view of him is tainted since he went to China and Russia. Two countries we don't get along well with. Although frankly it would have looked better if he came out with the stuff in Russia compared to China. True he needed a place he couldn't be extradited from but being that I've dealt with IT via CCNA/and MCSE/A because I'm in computers, some people can't handle security. I know one I used to work with a coworker and he got paranoid. Sent a bunch of usb drives to Post offices and said they were bombs X_X. Nicest guy in the world. Then Oct 20 she shipped out jobs down an hour south.. Newspapers.. Hillary lost me the moment the UAE deal came thru the door in 2005 and fell apart because of it in 2006. She couldn't get me back if she tried now , with plenty of help from the DU hillary page. which pulled me by the pants and threw me out their door. okay don't want my vote your not gonna have it. and I could repeat that story line to death wait I think I just did that. ADD much? (ADHD) clinical depression happened after Oct 20th 2008 too. Kept telling them in 2008 at the rate we are going we'll all be out of a job. They laughed it off until it came true . Teamsters union didn't stick up for us then

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Response to NCTraveler (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 04:14 PM

22. The left of Clinton is a very large space unfortunately

 

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Response to Armstead (Reply #22)

Tue Feb 2, 2016, 04:08 PM

101. Having Bernie in the race will make Hillary stronger for the general

 

I think everything is going fine.

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Response to NCTraveler (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 04:15 PM

23. Yes, but they weren't supposed to ACTUALLY POSE A THREAT

The idea was that you have Sanders and maybe O'Malley providing a symbolic challenge from the left, giving the illusion of choice, getting a few votes from disgruntled lefties who were never going to vote for Clinton anyway, and allowing her to play a progressive on TV by agreeing with them, which you can do when they're only running at 5% in the polls or whatever. Unfortunately, the peasantry went and spoiled the plan by getting all enthusiastic about Bernie, and turning him into a serious contender for the nomination. The people have spoken, the bastards.

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Response to NCTraveler (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 06:11 PM

48. Too bad you don't get the two minute credit. Nice try. Those that are successful usually

 

dont have much text as it takes that extra minute. Your quick reply time was great but not withstanding, what is your point here?

There hasn't been a candidate like Sen Sanders in my long lifetime. He is bringing out people that had given up on the political process. There still seems to be some hubris concerning the inevitability of Clinton but it's dying out with the momentum of the People's Movement. Granted your side has the Big Money which is usually enough to win elections, but something new is happening. People are beginning to believe that we can have an honest government not corrupted by Goldman-Sachs and Wall Street.

But don't worry about Clinton. When she loses Goldman-Sachs will find something for her.

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Response to rhett o rick (Reply #48)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 06:19 PM

50. Not one word of my post was personal to a poster.

 

As a forum host you should hold to that same standard. Thank you kindly.

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Response to NCTraveler (Reply #50)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 06:29 PM

54. Nice try but I didn't get personal. Seems that's an easy way to justify avoiding

 

the actual discussion. I truly didn't get your point. Seems you were trying to say that the OP was wrong and that the Sanders' campaign was nothing special which is hard to believe. I am sorry if I misunderstood you.

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Response to rhett o rick (Reply #54)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 06:43 PM

59. You were clear.

 

As you have been in the past with me. As a host, stop making it personal. Not a word of my post was directed at a poster.

As a forum host, please stop.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1251979917#post9

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Response to NCTraveler (Reply #59)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 06:56 PM

60. Not a word in my post was directed at a poster. Playing the victim card isn't becoming. nm

 

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Response to rhett o rick (Reply #60)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 06:59 PM

62. I'm no victim.

 

As a host please stop making it personal with me. As a woman, men have been lecturing me about the victim card my whole life. Please stop. You are a host. Thanks.

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Response to NCTraveler (Reply #62)

Tue Feb 2, 2016, 09:06 AM

88. Since you were not attacked from post 48 as you claim

Your repeated diversion based on the false claim that you were personally attacked is classic argumentation and is called "playing the victim". It is a form of bullying behavior.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/12511110415#post48

However, your header line in post 62 was completely correct, you are no victim. You are the aggressor.

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Response to kristopher (Reply #88)

Tue Feb 2, 2016, 02:08 PM

97. +1

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Response to rhett o rick (Reply #48)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 07:01 PM

63. How will a two-time national candidate, who has come from sure thing, to no thing, be of help to GS?

 

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Response to libdem4life (Reply #63)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 10:05 PM

70. For the same reason they pay her $200,000 for a few minutes of speech that has no

 

value to them. It's called GRAFT. Her husband is said to have made over $100 f'n million dollars since his presidency for "services rendered". You know you write some books, you give some speeches and bingo-bango they give you $100 million dollars. Gotta love the American way.

This is the corruption we are fighting.

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Response to rhett o rick (Reply #70)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 10:10 PM

71. But without political power? Bill hung on because of Hillary.

 

But with neither of them in politics, what do they have to sell? I mean unless she runs for Senate or something, but without national political power, her value to them doesn't seem to be very much.

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Response to libdem4life (Reply #71)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 10:16 PM

72. Some times it's for past favors. nm

 

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Response to rhett o rick (Reply #72)

Tue Feb 2, 2016, 04:58 PM

103. Oligarchs do not pay people millions of dollars for past favors

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Response to libdem4life (Reply #71)

Tue Feb 2, 2016, 08:07 AM

87. A small nation could survive on the loot they have accumulated

 

and their social security and pensions....don't worry about the Clintons! They will be fine. If they have to, they can crash with Chelsea.

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Response to NCTraveler (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 07:04 PM

65. Once Warren ruled it out, Bernie was the only possible progressive challenger remaining.

 

Nobody else of any stature existed.

O'Malley would still be at 5% in a two-way race. He was never going to get the votes Bernie got(a lot of them would simply not have voted, because there would have been no one for them to believe in, no one for them to trust.

BTW, now that Bernie has proven, over and over again, that he is just as good on "social justice"a set of causes which were never at odds with economic justice at all), don't you feel a little guilty about all the relentless hostility you've shown him? Do you still think he deserved even one-tenth of all that contempt?

You don't even have any good reason to still regard him as a sure loser.

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Response to NCTraveler (Reply #1)

Tue Feb 2, 2016, 12:06 AM

75. Huge difference between a candidate and a viable Candidate

Tonight proves Bernie is a viable candidate, which was never true of Kucinich.

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Response to NCTraveler (Reply #1)

Tue Feb 2, 2016, 02:06 AM

79. O'Malley was the one who ran before Bernie. I would be supporting him if Bernie had not

decided to run.

But not with the same certainty that I have regarding Bernie not succumbing to Corporate influences. I really like O'Malley and am surprised he didn't do better, he should have.

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Response to RobertEarl (Original post)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 03:22 PM

2. I wouldn't want to live in that alternate universe, thanks.

 

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Response to RobertEarl (Original post)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 03:30 PM

4. I think even if he loses, Democrats have learned a lesson.

And Hillary Clinton is included in that. I don't think that, deep down, many Democratic politicians are all that unsympathetic to liberalism. Believe it or not, I've actually heard Hillary Clinton push for campaign finance reform and single payer healthcare before. She actually said those things were good ideas. Why has she backtracked? The political process is messy and unfortunately not always great for the left.

But I do think that she and similar Democrats know that a Democratic message has to authentically address these issues raised not just by Bernie but by the millions of people who have stood with him to get that message out there. Those of us who truly believe in his call for revolutionary change do believe he has the best platform out there, but I (and Bernie, apparently) fundamentally believe that making the Democratic Party a vehicle for progressive change is possible and necessary. Some of the work is being done simply by this campaign's existence.

Everybody involved will be better for it in the long run.

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Response to DemocraticWing (Reply #4)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 03:39 PM

6. As long as we all knuckle under and vote for teh Corporatist candidate (should such a terrible thing

occur) The DLC, DNC Third Way Corporatist elitists will have won, still be in control, still be pushing the 1%, still be killing Unions, stil be telling you that NAFTA and the TPP are GREAT FOR YOU, and will have learned nothing, except to not give YOU this much of a choice next time.



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Response to Ferd Berfel (Reply #6)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 03:48 PM

12. Heartily concur. Especially your last line..."Except to not give

YOU this much of a choice next time."

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Response to Ferd Berfel (Reply #6)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 06:24 PM

51. I don't see it that way. A movement has been started. People now realize they are not

 

alone. I think there will be set-backs but unless the Oligarchs back off with their foot on our necks, people will continue with the movement to overthrow the corruption of Big Money in government. If nothing else (I think he will win) Sen Sanders has carved a path for who follows, like Sen Warren. I also think that when the progressive politicians see the backing Sen Sanders is getting, it will give them hope to be more aggressive themselves.

I understand this is a war. A war for our democracy that the Conservatives in our Party have given up in their worship of the rich Aristocracy.

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Response to rhett o rick (Reply #51)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 06:27 PM

52. Hillary, and her donars won't allow it

I think you're kidding yourself

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Response to Ferd Berfel (Reply #52)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 06:30 PM

56. Maybe that's what optimism is, "kidding yourself". Optimism is what keeps me going. Try it. nm

 

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Response to rhett o rick (Reply #56)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 06:35 PM

58. too much optimism is not good

Especially when applied to a track record like this.

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Response to DemocraticWing (Reply #4)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 03:47 PM

10. Everybody involved will be better for it in the long run.

 

And that means Bernie, and we, have already won.

He has inspired so many people, that on a daily basis I sit in awe of what is transpiring across the electoral landscape. I have never seen anything like this. In 2008 I saw the people come out of the woodwork for Obama, but that was well after he was nominated. Now, before the first vote, the crowds are even larger!

Bernie is expressing the hopes and dreams of so many. Hopes and dreams that have been heretofore crushed by the 'realities' of establishment politics that treated us as children, saying:
""That's all so nice and wonderful sounding, but NO, you can't have any of that.""

Guess what? We can have it. We are the richest country in the world and we can afford health care for all, a clean environment, justice and equality, and a future we can believe in.

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Response to DemocraticWing (Reply #4)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 04:12 PM

21. When did HRC ever push for single payer?

I know of at least two quotes from the 90s where she rejected it... I don't know of any where she supported it.

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Response to thesquanderer (Reply #21)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 05:12 PM

39. I'm not sure she ever "pushed" for a single-payer system, BUT

in 1994, she felt sure that a single-payer system was "all but inevitable." A recent CBS news report talked about this.

Her comments also contrast with what she herself said in 1994 during remarks to the Lehman Brothers Health Corporation. As CBS News notes, back then she declared that a single-payer system was all but inevitable, saying: I believe that by the year 2000 we will have a single payer system. I dont think its I dont even think its a close call politically ... it will be such a huge popular issue in the sense of populist issue that even if its not successful the first time, it will eventually be.

The CBS report goes on to say that

Between that declaration and her now saying single-payer can never pass, Clinton has vacuumed in roughly $13.2 million from sources in the health sector, according to data compiled by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. That includes $11.2 million from the sector when Clinton was a senator and $2 million from health industry sources during her 2016 presidential campaign. In a 2006 story about her relationship with the health industry, the New York Times noted that during her Senate reelection campaign, she was "receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from doctors, hospitals, drug manufacturers and insurers" and had become "the No. 2 recipient of donations from the industry." The Intercept also reported that from 2013 to 2015, Clinton received more than $2.8 million in speaking fees from the health industry.

Clinton and her daughter Chelsea have suggested that Sanders plan would dismantle the Affordable Care Act, which Sanders voted for. Sanders has disputed that and has also disputed that passing a single-payer system is impossible if a president pushes it.

In 2014, that view got a boost from then-Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin. He told the Hill newspaper that year that when it came to creating a Medicare-for-all system or a government-run health care option in the Affordable Care Act, We had the votes in 09. We had a huge majority in the House, we had 60 votes in the Senate.

Democrats, however, are not expected to have such numbers in Congress after the 2016 election.

Link: http://www.ibtimes.com/political-capital/hillary-clinton-gets-13-million-health-industry-now-says-single-payer-will-never

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Response to Stevepol (Reply #39)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 05:20 PM

45. re: "she declared that a single-payer system was all but inevitable"

Read that source more carefully. She was telling them that if people didn't get behind her plan during that congress, then single payer was likely inevitable. She was using it as a threat. She was saying, "if you don't want single payer, then get behind my plan before it's too late."

So no, she was not supporting single payer. She was selling her plan, in part, as a way to prevent it.

http://www.pnhp.org/news/2014/december/hillary-clinton-1994-statement-on-single-payer

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Response to DemocraticWing (Reply #4)

Tue Feb 2, 2016, 10:46 AM

91. I hope so.

I don't dislike Hillary like a lot of Bernie supporters, but I do think the Democratic Party as a whole is too far to the right.

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Response to RobertEarl (Original post)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 03:48 PM

13. No, he hasn't "done ruined" anything.

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Response to zappaman (Reply #13)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 07:17 PM

67. Yes I agree. He is only a participant in the People's movement to get honest government.

 

The Oligarchs have had their day and need to be run out of town.

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Response to RobertEarl (Original post)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 03:51 PM

14. Just tryin to put the people back into politics. n/t

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Response to RobertEarl (Original post)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 03:56 PM

15. We'll always have Bernie.

And it is the end of the line for the Dinos.

If only I were 20, this might be a bit less stressful. But having seen JFK and all that followed, it hurts to see our equivalent not garnering the respect he deserves.

It doesn't have to be a slow process, but it is by virtue that some just want to pull in differing directions. However, your post does instill a sense of calm in what is otherwise a rather nerve wracked morning.

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Response to Gregorian (Reply #15)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 04:05 PM

19. A Nerve wracked world watches and waits

 

Bernie brings a sense of tranquility to a nerve wracked world that looks to the US for leadership. GW, war, and equality for all are issues Bernie addresses in a way that commands respect and offers alternatives from the Big Business capitalism which only digs deeper holes.

Much is at stake .... the people know it... finally someone speaks to them with assurance that we can change course.

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Response to RobertEarl (Reply #19)

Tue Feb 2, 2016, 02:18 PM

98. I didn't realize how much they watch but I just got back from Europe

and ALL of their news channels (I went to 5 countries) covered the U.S. politics and what we are up to. People would come and sit down to talk to my daughter and I about things and our politics because it directly affects them. They were all very respectful and kind but serious in their discussions. They were all very happy to learn that we do not support the Republicans and most knew quite well who Bernie is.

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Response to dana_b (Reply #98)

Tue Feb 9, 2016, 10:37 PM

105. The US is the leader

 

And tonight, after seeing Bernie do so well in New Hampshire, it breathes a sigh of relief knowing the US has a chance to get better,

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Response to RobertEarl (Original post)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 03:57 PM

16. If no one had shown up to challenge Clinton,

 

not only would this board be a much more boring place, but I wouldn't be even remotely motivated to vote for her.

Plus, the Republican field would probably still be the same, meaning Hillary and the Democrats would have zero coverage until after the conventions, would would put her even farther behind the Donald than she currently is.

The limited number of debates and town halls is bad enough. Imagine no debates?

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Response to RobertEarl (Original post)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 03:57 PM

17. it made them defend their policies, how they ran, and what they'd turned the party into

heck, they even thought that he'd get half of Kucinich's numbers since he's twice as lefty as him

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Response to RobertEarl (Original post)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 04:00 PM

18. no mention of the progressive groundswell around E.Warren that informed Bernie.

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Response to RobertEarl (Original post)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 04:09 PM

20. They specifically let Sanders into the party so Clinton would have an opponent.

 

So your main point doesn't hold true about him 'ruining' anything.
[hr][font color="blue"][center]Birds are territorial creatures.
The lyrics to the songbird's melodious trill go something like this:
"Stay out of my territory or I'll PECK YOUR GODDAMNED EYES OUT!"
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Response to randome (Reply #20)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 04:32 PM

26. Ya, I guess those that dropped out didn't matter.

So the DNC Elites and Little Debbie all got together and decided that instead of just letting the Queen sit back and wait for her swearing in...that they just had to have any old person to run against her...just to be running. So THEY decided to let Bernie be that person (Opps...forgot to tell him about this secret plan.)

Did I get that correct? Gosh...who knew!

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Response to SoapBox (Reply #26)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 04:44 PM

29. How else would you get into a political party if not allowed in?

 

If there was no 'gatekeeper' then Trump could run as a Democrat but I don't think the DNC would allow that, and neither would any of us.
[hr][font color="blue"][center]Birds are territorial creatures.
The lyrics to the songbird's melodious trill go something like this:
"Stay out of my territory or I'll PECK YOUR GODDAMNED EYES OUT!"
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Response to randome (Reply #29)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 04:47 PM

33. UM the GOP gatekeepers do NOT want him as a Republican, and certainly not their candidate

 

He crashed their party...but he has every right to do so

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Response to randome (Reply #29)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 05:01 PM

36. Did the Democratic party allow you in?

Or did you merely sign your name to a piece of paper?

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Response to randome (Reply #29)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 05:12 PM

38. Just my opinion

 

but I'm thinking that when he told the DNC he was going to run, everybody decided rather than run the risk of splitting the vote and letting a Republican win, the DNC didn't see him as a credible threat and welcomed him.

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Response to randome (Reply #29)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 07:21 PM

68. What are the qualifications to be a Democrat? If Zell Miller could be a Democrat

 

I guess just about anyone can. And the DNC hasn't really embraced Sanders and you know it. I think they are tolerating him because a whole lot of real grassroots would be very upset if they didn't .

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Response to randome (Reply #20)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 04:46 PM

32. They don't "let" people into a party

 

People choose to join or not. There is not a secret panel who decides who is allowed to be a Democrat or Republican

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Response to Armstead (Reply #32)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 05:02 PM

37. Where do they come up with this crap?

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Response to frylock (Reply #37)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 05:13 PM

40. "Where do they come up with this crap?"

Where does any and all crap come from?

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Response to randome (Reply #20)

Tue Feb 2, 2016, 12:15 AM

77. Hunh?

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Response to RobertEarl (Original post)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 04:16 PM

24. I'm very grateful to Sen. Sanders for

running for president. Otherwise there would be no one for me to vote for.

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Response to RobertEarl (Original post)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 04:28 PM

25. Thank you RobertEarl for posting.

Bravo.

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Response to RobertEarl (Original post)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 04:36 PM

27. Days are numbered

Shall we get a count down clock started. Nice post thanks

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Response to RobertEarl (Original post)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 04:43 PM

28. A tsunami revival of FDR Progressive policies with Bernie!

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Response to RobertEarl (Original post)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 04:44 PM

30. I often wonder if they expected him to go after them...Corrupt polticians, corrupt Wall St., Corrupt

Corporations or did they think he'd play nice?

Did they really think he would play their game?

Did they know he wouldn't play their game and just thought the American voters would hate what he had to say and he'd just go away?

Did they know he wouldn't play their game, but they knew they had more money than sin to take him down if he got out of hand?

I wonder what they're thinking now! OH, fuck, what have we done now?! It's out of control!

PEACE
LOVE
BERNIE

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Response to RobertEarl (Original post)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 04:45 PM

31. Kicked and recommended.

Thanks for the thread, RobertEarl.

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Response to RobertEarl (Original post)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 04:54 PM

35. if the 18-34 age demographic galvanizes to the extent they did for BHO

an awful lot of people are going to feel the Bern

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Response to NoMoreRepugs (Reply #35)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 05:16 PM

43. New Quinnipiac poll: 74% of 18-44 year olds have Bernie's back.

Hillary was at 23%. Those numbers blow my mind - wow.

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Response to RobertEarl (Original post)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 05:14 PM

41. HUGE K & R !!! - Thank You !!!

 


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Response to RobertEarl (Original post)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 05:15 PM

42. Kicked and recommended. Thanks!

 

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Response to RobertEarl (Original post)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 05:35 PM

46. Watch Out In States With Electronic Tabulators

 

Forces want Bernie to lose and will cheat.

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Response to RobertEarl (Original post)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 06:27 PM

53. K&R

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Response to RobertEarl (Original post)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 06:30 PM

55. No matter what happens, at least he dragged her to the left for a little while.

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Response to Vinca (Reply #55)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 08:45 PM

69. That's just what NPR pundits said

 

Problem is ... she doesn't mean any of it. She spilled the beans the other day when she said we can't, we can't, we can't.

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Response to Vinca (Reply #55)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 10:26 PM

74. With respect, Bullcrap. You can't drag "her" anywhere. If forced she might state

 

some leftish rhetoric. Take college students debt. She wants them to quit whining and pull themselves up by their bootstraps and get a job like she did.

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Response to Vinca (Reply #55)

Tue Feb 2, 2016, 04:32 PM

102. Chamber of Commerce expects her to greenlight TPP as well.

I just don't get those who trust her. Time and time again her judgement, words, and actions don't meet up.

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Response to RobertEarl (Original post)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 07:03 PM

64. Kickety rec!

 

And thank the FSM and Princess Celestia for Bernie!

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Response to RobertEarl (Original post)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 10:18 PM

73. Thank you for a beautifully reasoned post. Full of truth. n/t

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Response to RobertEarl (Original post)

Tue Feb 2, 2016, 12:15 AM

76. Any change in politics as usual for the Dems is welcome

and way, way overdue. A drubbing of the Clinton political establishment would be good for everyone. But we'll take whatever we can get. It can only improve the party.

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Response to jonestonesusa (Reply #76)

Tue Feb 2, 2016, 12:56 AM

78. .^that

 

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Response to RobertEarl (Original post)

Tue Feb 2, 2016, 05:57 AM

81. Kicked and recommended a whole bunch!

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Response to RobertEarl (Original post)

Tue Feb 2, 2016, 09:55 AM

89. wouldn't have to do anything but sit back and watch as Hillary got what was coming to her...

 

Which many of us had hoped would be a sound drubbing.Sad that there are so many that find comfort in supporting the status quo candidate instead of supporting a candidate who wants to represent regular people like you and I.

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Response to RobertEarl (Original post)

Tue Feb 2, 2016, 10:44 AM

90. Get out the Millennial Voters

These young people are Bernie's biggest supporters. When my own kids were that age, I really nagged them to vote. Daughter at college got her absentee ballot. My other daughter I drove her in my car to the polls and voted with her. Ironic part of all that? We all voted for Hillary for Senator! Both today have never missed a vote.

If you yourself are a Millennial, please vote. If your children are, light a fire under them to go vote.

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Response to RobertEarl (Original post)

Tue Feb 2, 2016, 11:01 AM

92. Spot on RobertEarl!!!!

Excellent analogy!

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Response to RobertEarl (Original post)

Tue Feb 2, 2016, 11:12 AM

93. Some people were looking forward to a full season of Coronation Street (the USA version)

The plot involved someone standing on stage and pointing to individual supporters while the crowd cheers. That's it, from what I've been able to gather.

And now it's been cancelled thanks to the horrible, horrible, supporters of the Sanders campaign. I guess they organized, and wrote in nasty letters, and caused BBC America to cancel it.

Because of them people are being deprived of their show.

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Response to Babel_17 (Reply #93)

Tue Feb 2, 2016, 12:04 PM

94. Yeah, we bad

 

It's not Bernie's fault, it's the dang people who are sick and tired of the same old politics who done did it.

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Response to RobertEarl (Original post)

Tue Feb 2, 2016, 02:03 PM

95. There's a reason they hide the big money donors...

 

because if they didn't then people would change who they vote for. Yeah if you worked for GE you'd vote for who ever they endorse cause your job matters to you. If you have all your retirement money invested in Wall Street then yea you're going to vote for the Wall Street candidate. Get it?

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Response to RobertEarl (Original post)

Tue Feb 2, 2016, 04:01 PM

100. There might have been a few other choices...

Martin O'Malley, Jim Weber, Lincoln Chafee besides just Hillary. Interesting Fact: Bernie joined the establishment when he was elected as a congressman in 1990. He was there before the Clintons showed up, and he has never left!

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