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Thu Jun 23, 2016, 08:33 AM Jun 2016

What Do WE Want?


What Do We Want?

JUNE 23, 2016

“As we head toward the Democratic National Convention, I often hear the question, ‘What does Bernie want?’ Wrong question. The right question is what the 12 million Americans who voted for a political revolution want,” Sen. Bernie Sanders wrote in an op-ed published by The Washington Post. “And the answer is: They want real change in this country, they want it now and they are prepared to take on the political cowardice and powerful special interests which have prevented that change from happening.”

To read the column, click here.


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What Do WE Want? (Original Post) Segami Jun 2016 OP
K&R Winston.Smith Jun 2016 #1
+1000 blackspade Jun 2016 #2
Everyone needs to stop pretending politicians don't know what Americans want. merrily Jun 2016 #3
They know now Old Codger Jun 2016 #4
The list of priorities in my post does not bring our "public servants" big bucks or perqs. merrily Jun 2016 #5
To Transform Nation, Sanders Urges Movement to Organize its 'Outrage' eridani Jun 2016 #6


(45,251 posts)
3. Everyone needs to stop pretending politicians don't know what Americans want.
Thu Jun 23, 2016, 08:46 AM
Jun 2016

Good stewardship of our tax dollars, including a fair, progressive tax system
Physical safety without excessive infringement on the bill of rights--because if you and yours are dead, you don't need much from politicians. (BTW, this includes safety from LEO)
Peace and a nation that deals honorably with other nations, both of which usually improve your chances of physical safety and allow you to sleep at night
Clean air and water, affordable, healthy food and slowing global warming to the greatest possible extent
Affordable housing
Free, good education from at least k through 12, but preferably pre-K as well
Free or affordable education beyond that
Jobs with decent wages and benefits, including a right to unionize
Ideally, parks, museums, libraries and other "extras" that nourish mind, body and soul
Fraud free dealings with privates businesses and with our government

Does the above list sound like basics that anyone who claims to be a public servant should be able to figure out?

Well, guess what, they have figured it out. They KNOW what you and I want/need. Now you figure out why this list does not look like the list of priorities of your city or town, state or federal government.


Old Codger

(4,205 posts)
4. They know now
Thu Jun 23, 2016, 01:57 PM
Jun 2016

And have known all along they just don't care....They are not so stupid as to not be paying attention so that is the only truth there can be...


(45,251 posts)
5. The list of priorities in my post does not bring our "public servants" big bucks or perqs.
Thu Jun 23, 2016, 02:01 PM
Jun 2016

For example, I have long said, we'll have peace when people find a way to get rich from peace.


(51,907 posts)
6. To Transform Nation, Sanders Urges Movement to Organize its 'Outrage'
Fri Jun 24, 2016, 10:13 PM
Jun 2016

And he said that since his live-streamed address last Thursday, in which he declared the political revolution was just beginning, about 20,000 people have signed up on his website seeking more information about running for office or helping people run for office.

After a meeting with close supporters in Burlington, Vermont last week, Sanders said: "What we need is a 50-state strategy, which engages people, young people, working people to stand up and run for school board, to run for city council, to run for state legislature, to revitalize American democracy at the local, state and federal level. Demand that government starts listening to ordinary people rather than campaign contributors."

Sanders did not formally concede the nomination or endorse rival Hillary Clinton on Thursday night—though he did tell MSNBC on Friday morning that "Yes," he would vote for Clinton—if only to stop a Trump presidency.
"Yes," he responded when asked if he would vote for the former secretary of state. "Yes, I think the issue right here is I am going to do everything I can to defeat Donald Trump. I think Trump in so many ways will be a disaster for this country if he were to be elected president."
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