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Noam Chomsky: "contemporary Democrats are pretty much what used to be called moderate Republicans."

Published on
Thursday, April 28, 2016
by Democracy Now!
Noam Chomsky: Young Bernie Sanders Supporters are a "Mobilized Force That Could Change the Country"

During an event Tuesday at the Brooklyn Public Library, Noam Chomsky, the world-renowned political dissident, linguist, author and professor, was asked about Bernie Sanders’ run for the White House. "He’s considered radical and extremist, which is a pretty interesting characterization, because he’s basically a mainstream New Deal Democrat," Chomsky said. "His positions would not have surprised President Eisenhower, who said, in fact, that anyone who does not accept New Deal programs doesn’t belong in the American political system. That’s now considered very radical." Chomsky concluded by noting that Sanders "has mobilized a large number of young people, these young people who are saying, 'Look, we’re not going to consent anymore.' And if that turns into a continuing, organized, mobilized force, that could change the country—maybe not for this election, but in the longer term."

"We have this phenomenon where someone is taking positions that would have been considered pretty mainstream during the Eisenhower years, that are supported by a large part, often a considerable majority, of the population, but he’s dismissed as radical and extremist. That’s an indication of how the spectrum has shifted to the right during the neoliberal period, so far to the right that the contemporary Democrats are pretty much what used to be called moderate Republicans."—Noam Chomsky


Sanders to the Democratic Party: Whose Side Is It On, Working People or Corporations & Wall Street?

Press Release

Sanders to Democratic Party: Whose Side are We On?
April 28, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – Saying that “our job is to revitalize American democracy,” U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Thursday challenged the Democratic Party establishment to decide if it will fight for working families or do the bidding of Wall Street, big oil, the pharmaceutical industry and other special interests.

“Are we on the side of working people or big-money interests? Do we stand with the elderly, the sick and the poor or do we stand with Wall Street speculators and the insurance companies?” the Democratic Party presidential candidate asked 8,300 supporters at an outdoor rally at Island Park.

He said a key reason why 63 percent of voters did not go to the polls in the last election and nearly 80 percent of young and low-income people stayed home is that “the Democratic Party, up until now, has not been clear on which side they are on on the major issues facing this country.”

On issue after issue, Sanders challenged the Democratic Party to pick sides. “You can’t be for Wall Street and the working people of this country. You cannot be for the drug companies and senior citizens and veterans,” he said. “You cannot be on the side of workers and support those corporations that have thrown millions on the street.”

The failure of Democratic leadership to send a clear message on where the party stands is why Republicans have grabbed control Congress and Statehouses. “The problem in my view is not that the Republicans are winning elections. It’s that Democrats are losing elections,” he said.

Sanders also spelled out differences with Hillary Clinton. On trade policy, he opposed and she backed most of the job-killing trade deals. On climate change, he challenged Clinton to support a carbon tax to discourage burning the fossil fuels that are warming the planet. He pressed her to support a nationwide ban on fracking that imperils safety of drinking water and encourages fossil fuel. He asked Clinton to join him in supporting a Medicare-for-all health care system and to crack down on pharmaceutical companies that charge Americans the highest prices for prescription medicine anywhere in the world.

Sanders also cited his big leads over Republican White House hopefuls Donald Trump, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich. Sanders beats Trump by twice as big a margin as Clinton. He also holds leads over Cruz and Kasich. She holds a narrow edge over the Texas senator and loses in many polls to the Ohio governor.

“I hope delegates to the Democratic National Convention take heed of this,” Sanders said at the rally.

Do we stand with the elderly, the sick and the poor or do we stand with Wall Street speculators and the insurance companies?
Sen. Sanders, Springfield, Ore.

Does The Democratic Party Stand With Working People Or With Corporations and Wall Street


Clinton needs 59.37% of the remaining pledged delegates to capture nomination.

Hillary has 1,645 pledged delegates.

Hillary needs to win 738 out of the remaining 1,243 pledged delegates to capture the nomination.

That's over 59%!

She won't do that.

It will be an open convention in which the super delegate free agents will pick the nominee.

They can vote for anyone and are not required under convention rules to vote for any candidate they may have indicated a preference for prior to the convention. In fact, the super delegates can even abstain and not vote for or against Clinton or Bernie on the 1st ballot to test the political winds.

Case closed.

More Than 300 on Bernie's California Primary Staff!

Press Release

Sanders Campaign Prepares for Remaining Primaries
April 27, 2016

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ spokesman, Michael Briggs, issued the following statement on Wednesday:

“Our campaign has now completed 80 percent of the primaries and caucuses. We look forward to winning here in Indiana next Tuesday and in the few remaining states and territories holding primaries and caucuses in May and June. That means that we no longer require many of the loyal and dedicated state and national support staffers who helped us in places like New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania and other states where the nominating contests have been completed.

“We will continue to have a strong and dedicated staff of more than 300 workers who are going to help us win in California and other contests still to come.

“This campaign believes that we have a path toward victory and we’re going to marshal our resources to do everything we can to win the Democratic nomination.”


April 27 Bernie Sanders: "I'm In It To Win It"

Press Release

Sanders: I’m In It to Win It
April 27, 2016

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Declaring that he is “in this campaign to win and become the Democratic nominee,” U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Wednesday told a rally at Purdue University that he is the Democrats’ best hope to defeat Donald Trump in November.

“If you want the candidate who will be the strongest nominee, you’re looking at that candidate right now,” Sanders told 2,267 cheering supporters at the rally in a student center. “The reason I am the strongest candidate is that our campaign is appealing not just to Democrats but to independents all over this country and even some Republicans.”

In poll after poll, Sanders fares much better than Hillary Clinton in matchups with Trump and other Republican White House hopefuls.

Sanders’ appeal to independents was evident on Tuesday when he won by 12-points in Rhode Island, a state with an open primary where independents could vote. That outcome should send a message to delegates going to the Democratic National Convention this summer, he said.

Sanders acknowledged that Clinton currently leads in the number of delegates headed to Philadelphia, but he said sees a narrow path to victory as voters in Indiana go to the polls next Tuesday and nine more states have elections on the calendar before the primary process comes to a close in June.

“We are behind today. But you know what? Unusual things happen in politics,” he said. “With your help, superdelegates may reach the conclusion that Bernie Sanders will be the strongest candidate against Donald Trump or any other candidate.”

Sanders was headed later Wednesday to another rally in Bloomington, Indiana, before flying to Oregon, another state where voters have yet to weigh in on who should be the Democratic Party nominee for president.

What I hope delegates understand is that the national election is an open process. Guess what? Independents vote in that process. And it turns out that we are overwhelmingly winning the independent vote.
Sen. Bernie Sanders


Bernie Can Still Win The Nomination: 5 Ways This Could Happen

So the battle continues until the convention. Don't get discouraged Bernie supporters. That's what the Hillaryites are hoping for. This is far from over!

1. Clinton’s health fails in a very big and very public way. She’s had multiple public fainting spells since 2005, including one resulting in a broken elbow in 2009. In 2012, she suffered a concussion and was hospitalized with cerebral venous thrombosis, a life-threatening blood clot condition. Her campaign health statement acknowledges these problems and throws in hypothyroidism to boot, although characterizing the 67-year-old as enjoying “excellent” health.

2. Clinton is indicted in, or otherwise dragged down over, the “Servergate” affair, in which she appears to have illegally mishandled classified information while Secretary of State.

3. Clinton comes to big legal or political grief over apparent connections between large donations to her family’s foundation on one hand and her actions as Secretary of State on the other. For example, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia donated $10 million to the Clinton Foundation and Boeing donated $900,000. Later, Secretary Clinton cleared a $29 billion arms deal involving the two parties. You can see how that kind of thing looks. There may be some “there” there.

4. The texts of Clinton’s Wall Street speeches, for which she received millions of dollars in honoraria, are leaked. Clinton’s refusal to release those texts tells us that their release would be politically damaging. Everything comes to light sooner or later. If it’s sooner — that is, before July — we may find out how just how damaging.

5. Clinton will not win enough elected (pledged) delegates to capture the nomination. It now appears likely this will in fact happen. That will enable the unpledged super delegates to vote for the candidate who they believe will have the best chance of defeating the Republican nominee. That would be Bernie.

Any of the top 4 scenarios might result in Hillary Clinton’s ignominious withdrawal from the presidential race and release of her delegates, followed by the party’s scramble for an alternative nominee. If Bernie Sanders doesn’t quit, he becomes the odds-on favorite for the job.

note: The top 4 scenarios were posted in the following article:


Sanders Challenges Clinton on Climate Change in Rhode Island

Press Release

Sanders Challenges Clinton on Climate Change in Rhode Island
April 24, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Sunday focused on climate change and other critical issues in a speech to more than 7,000 supporters two days before Rhode Island Democrats go to the polls.

The crowd here in the Ocean State, where climate change is a key issue, cheered Sanders’ call for bold action to combat the planetary crisis.

He challenged Hilary Clinton to support his legislation for a tax on planet-warming carbon dioxide emissions. “Join me and impose a tax on carbon,” Sanders said of legislation he has introduced in the Senate.

The push for a carbon tax gained new momentum with calls by World Bank and International Monetary Fund to discourage burning the fossil fuels that are blamed for rising worldwide temperatures, according to Sunday’s New York Times. Sanders is the only candidate for president to back putting a price on carbon.

Rhode Island is one of five states holding primary elections on Tuesday. The Sunday morning rally was part of a weekend packed with campaign stops. The senator from Vermont was in Maryland and Delaware on Saturday. He was headed later Sunday to Connecticut and he will be in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia on Monday speaking to Pennsylvania supporters.

Secretary Clinton, Please Support our Tax on Carbon | Bernie Sanders

"Clinton is not dealing with a candidate who can be bought off with a promise of a Cabinet post...."

Sanders Didn’t Start The Fire, So Don’t Ask Him To Put It Out
by Isaiah Poole
April 26, 2016

Isaiah J. Poole has been the editor of OurFuture.org since 2007 and also directs the Campaign for America's Future's online communications.

Clinton is not dealing with a candidate who can be bought off with a promise of a Cabinet post but with a movement that has a set of much tougher demands that cut to the core of where the party stands.

These are college graduates who see bank executives insulated from the consequences of their actions that led to the 2008 economic crash, but who themselves have no insulation from their crushing student debt loads. These are workers who wonder why corporations earning record-high profits (and paying obscenely low taxes on those profits) cannot afford to pay them a living wage for their work. These are the people who wonder why our health care debate is limited to shifting from one expensive Rube Goldberg maze to another, or why the economic security of senior citizens should be a bargaining chip in so-called “grand bargains” by politicians who have no idea what it is like to live on a Social Security check.

Perhaps most critically, these are the people who have had it with political parties whose attention, and by implication their policies, have been purchased by “the millionaires and billionaires” who Sanders regularly rails against. In their view, the Democratic Party is at best marginally less an organ of the rich and powerful than the Republican Party.

But as far as many Sanders voters are concerned, many of the decisions that have ended up causing them economic pain — from the trade deals of the last 30 years to financial services deregulation to the loopholes that allow the rich and powerful to avoid paying taxes — have been bipartisan affairs.

Read the full article at:

Sanders Still Strongest Candidate as New Poll Shows Trump and Clinton in Near-Tie

Monday, April 25, 2016
Sanders Still Strongest Candidate as New Poll Shows Trump and Clinton in Near-Tie
Sanders continues to trounce Trump by double digits, 51 to 40 percent, according to the George Washington University survey
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer

Though the media and political establishment have all but declared Hillary Clinton the official Democratic presidential candidate, new polling on Monday shows that Bernie Sanders continues to fare significantly better when matched against Republican frontrunner Donald Trump.

According to the latest George Washington (GW) University Battleground Poll, Clinton's lead over Trump has shrunk to 3 percentage points, with her besting the billionaire developer by just 46 to 43 percent nationally. What's more, the poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

The RealClearPolitics average has the former secretary of state with a slightly higher lead (8.5 percent) over Trump.

Meanwhile, Sanders continues to trounce Trump by double digits: 51 to 40 percent in the GW poll, and 53 to 37.8 percent, according to RealClearPolitics.

"I think there are a lot of Democrats out there who are scared to death—as I am—about the possibility of a Trump presidency," Sanders said. "And the Democrats, by and large, want to see the strongest candidate possible to take on and defeat Trump or some other Republican. At this point, according to virtually all of the polls, that candidate is me."


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