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Sun Jun 5, 2016, 01:58 PM

 

Itís Not Over Until Itís Over by Robert Reich



Itís Not Over Until Itís Over
by Robert Reich
June 5, 2016


The other morning I heard from an old friend here in California who said ďIím for Bernie, but he doesnít really have a chance anymore. So isnít my vote for him in the California primary just prolonging the agony, and indirectly helping Trump?Ē

I told him:

1. True, the electoral numbers are daunting, and Bernie faces an uphill task, but a win Tuesday will help enormously. One out of 8 Americans lives in California.

2. Regardless of the electoral math, Bernieís candidacy has never been mainly about Bernie. Itís been about a movement to reclaim our democracy and economy from the moneyed interests. And a win for Bernie in the California primary (and in other Tuesday primaries in Montana, New Jersey, North Dakota South Dakota, and New Mexico) will send an even clearer signal to Washington, the Democratic Party, and the establishment as a whole, that a large and growing share of Americans is determined to wrest back control.

3. The goals Bernie has enunciated in his campaign are essential to our future: getting big money out of politics and reversing widening inequality; moving toward a single-payer healthcare system and free tuition at public universities (both financed by higher taxes on the richest Americans and on Wall Street); a $15 minimum wage; decriminalization of marijuana and an end to mass incarceration; a new voting rights act; immigration reform; and a carbon tax. All will require continued mobilization at all levels of government. A win Tuesday will help continue and build on that mobilization.

4. Bernieís successes donít help Trump. To the contrary, they are bringing into politics millions of young voters whose values are opposite to those of Trumpís. Bernie has received majorities from voters under age 45 (as well as from independents). Heís won even larger majorities of young people under 30 Ė including young women and Latinos. Many have been inspired and motivated by Bernie to become political activists Ė the last thing Trump and the Republicans want.



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Response to imagine2015 (Original post)

Sun Jun 5, 2016, 01:59 PM

1. Don't forget to buy one of Bob's books. That's what his role in this primary is all about, after all

 

Progressive Entertainment Complex, meet one of your pioneers.

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Response to imagine2015 (Original post)

Sun Jun 5, 2016, 02:00 PM

2. "Regardless of the electoral math, Bernieís candidacy has never been mainly about Bernie"..

*cough**cough* Bullshit *cough**cough*

Sid

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Response to SidDithers (Reply #2)

Sun Jun 5, 2016, 02:05 PM

3. Yeah that's definitely where Robert Reich gets it wrong.

At this point, it's clearly not just mainly about Bernie but entirely about him.

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Response to SidDithers (Reply #2)

Sun Jun 5, 2016, 02:08 PM

4. "AHEM". Bernie Sanders has been fighting the same fight in the Government successfully

 

for decades successfully without having to claim "fame and "fortune" as have the Clintons. This is who Bernie is....he is a fighter and he has fought for us his whole life. So the sarcasm shows your total lack of understanding of what this man is truly all about......or you really don't care about dedication and devotion.

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Response to imagine2015 (Original post)

Sun Jun 5, 2016, 02:10 PM

5. Talk about a human weathervane.

He changes direction in mid sentence.

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