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Wed Dec 30, 2015, 08:59 AM

Bernie Sanders - restoring liberalism to the Democratic Party?


"Ted Rall's book, Bernie,) is an argument for placing Bernie Sanders in a particular position in U.S. history, namely as the restoration of liberalism to a Democratic Party that hasn't seen it since the McGovern campaign.

In fact, a huge chunk of the book is not about Bernie at all, but is a history of the rightward drifting of the Democratic Party over the decades. Another big chunk is a history of Bernie's childhood and career. Both of these sections are well done. Then comes the "Return of the Democratic Left," the supposed rebirth of leftism within the Democratic Party.
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But is that what Bernie has to do to win? I should think he would have to convince the media gatekeepers that he favors corporate power, that he would have to win over the corrupt super-delegates, that he or a team of lawyers or a movement of activists would have to clean out the bureaucracy of the corrupt Democratic National Committee.
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Sanders is doing remarkably well, but when people's televisions tell them they must vote against him, will they disobey? The U.S. public has become intensely obedient. I think it's worth keeping a few things in mind:


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Response to ellenrr (Original post)

Wed Dec 30, 2015, 09:05 AM

1. Sanders is the only counter to the creeping fascism of the last 35 years.

 

And the powers that be (oligarchy) are fighting it tooth and nail.

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Wed Dec 30, 2015, 09:21 AM

2. Yes he is and you'd think that he'd be welcomed because of that

 

but sadly that's not so. I came of age during the Carter administration. It has been more and more difficult every election since then to vote for the Democratic nominee. Until now. I don't believe the party has so much drifted right as been yanked in that direction by Third-Wayers who have much more in common with republicans than democrats. The big tent has become very small. Bernie is a breath of fresh air and for the first time in almost 40 years there is a candidate I fully support, not someone I'm told I have to vote for because they are better than the republican alternative.

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Response to ellenrr (Original post)

Wed Dec 30, 2015, 09:53 AM

3. this will be one helluva fight

and it will get worse in the ge, when sanders will have the establishment of BOTH parties working against him.

yup, no way dws and her corporate gop buds are actually going to help bernie

he and we will be on our own to make this happen.

possibly the last chance for generations to turn around the corporate owned corruption of our political system. we have to get this right. who knows when we will get another chance.


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Response to ellenrr (Original post)

Wed Dec 30, 2015, 09:54 AM

4. Wouldn't he have to convince a majority of the Democrats?

Though I take issue with the party not being liberal already, but if it is to be as liberal as Bernie, he'd have to convince the other members.

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