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Progressive in the Midwest, a transplant from both coasts, homesick for the eastern one. Traipsing the line between calling it like I see it and knowing when to keep my thoughts to myself. *note: I slip a lot.

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There are two articles to read and possibly share about Bernie

I'm short for time at the moment or I'd get them out there.

Check out The Nation and Alternet

Can we please stop bullshitting about party unity and stopping Trump

If unity and stopping Trump were what everybody really wanted, Bernie would already be the nominee.

Stop the lying, it's embarrassing.

Anyone else having formerly blocked users show up as unblocked?

I have blocked the same people multiple times now.

I'm flattered, but no.

They are being paid to demoralize us

Please keep that in mind.

So much bait tonight, smh

Seymour Hersh on Sanders vs. Clinton: 'Something Amazing Is Happening in This Country'" (incl video)

Seymour Hersh on Sanders vs. Clinton: 'Something Amazing Is Happening in This Country'

"There’s a whole group of young people in America, across the board, all races ... who have just had it with our system."

By Amy Goodman / Democracy Now! April 25, 2016

Legendary investigative journalist Seymour Hersh weighs in on the foreign policy positions of the 2016 presidential candidates. "For me to say who I’m going to vote for and all that … I’m not a political leader, that’s not what I’m into," Hersh says. "But I will say this: Something that’s amazing is happening in this country, and for the first time, I do think it’s going to be very hard for a lot of the people who support Sanders to support Hillary Clinton. … There’s a whole group of young people in America, across the board, all races, etc., etc., who have just had it with our system."


Bigger Than Bernie: The Other Progressive Challengers Taking on the Democratic Establishment

Bigger Than Bernie: The Other Progressive Challengers Taking on the Democratic Establishment


(In These Times) "TODAY,” BERNIE SANDERS BOOMS IN HIS MONOTONE SHOUT, “we begin a political revolution to transform our country—economically, politically, socially and environmentally.” He marks each beat with his right hand, as if conducting with an invisible baton. Behind him, a lone seagull flaps its wings as it flies across Lake Champlain. The crowd of 5,000 that has come to Burlington, Vt., on a sunny afternoon in May to witness Sanders’ official campaign announcement breaks into a cheer.

At the time, it was easy to dismiss talk of revolution as the rallying cry of a 74-year-old democratic socialist who clings too dearly to memories of the 1960s. Eleven months and more than six million votes later, Sanders’ call for revolution is harder to ignore.

But what, exactly, would this political revolution look like? It’s not hard to imagine Sanders marching in the streets with the masses—he’s walked plenty of picket lines, most recently alongside Verizon workers in New York City last October—but that’s not the revolution he’s calling for. For Sanders, political revolution means shifting control of American politics away from corporate interests, convincing non-voters to go to the polls and attracting white working-class voters back to the Democratic Party, all while moving the party left enough to embrace democratic socialist policies.

A political revolution of that kind is going to require two things: a wave of candidates committed to a bold set of progressive ideas and a mass of voters with the political will to elect them. There’s evidence both of these are already here.

IN THESE TIMES SPOKE TO U.S. HOUSE AND SENATE CHALLENGERS across the country who are very much a part of this wave. They are all outsiders to varying degrees, and all of them are running against the Democratic establishment in its various forms—from corporate donors and super PACs to the head of the Democratic National Committee herself.

These challengers range from first-time candidates to experienced lawmakers, from community organizers to law professors. Each is balancing the individual concerns of the voters they seek to represent alongside the larger mood of the nation. None of them is running because of Bernie Sanders, but they clearly benefit from the enthusiasm and sense of progressive possibility his campaign has created.

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The Other Anti-Establishment Candidates to Watch on Tuesday

The Other Anti-Establishment Candidates to Watch on Tuesday

In Maryland and Pennsylvania, outsider candidates are "united by powerful Democratic leaders' attempts to keep them out of the Senate"

byDeirdre Fulton

Super Tuesday No. 4" pits anti-establishment energy against Democratic Party insider status.

And no, we're not (just) talking about the dynamic between presidential hopefuls Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton.

U.S. Senate primaries in Maryland and Pennsylvania on Tuesday also feature outsider challengers who are giving Democratic establishment candidates a run for their money.

"Joe Sestak and Rep. Donna Edwards don’t appear to have much in common," Politico wrote on Tuesday. "One's a white, former Navy admiral from the Pennsylvania suburbs, the other an African-American single mother from Prince George's County, Maryland."

"But this week they are united by powerful Democratic leaders' attempts both back home and in Washington to keep them out of the Senate," Politico continued.

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"Democratizing the Democratic Party is not a revolutionary act, but ..."

After His New York Loss, Bernie Sanders Should Focus on Democratizing the Democratic Party

A convention fight this summer in Philadelphia offers Sanders the opportunity to make significant reforms to the Democratic Party.

Jesse Myerson
April 20, 2016

(In These Times) Today, after his 16-point loss in New York, it is extremely difficult for Bernie Sanders to secure the Democratic nomination for President. Then again, it was extremely difficult before yesterday and has been every day since he announced his intention to run nearly a year ago.

Sanders’ campaign has always been a long shot: he started out with virtually no national profile, insubstantial support among Democratic officeholders and power-players, and a hostile news media intent on ignoring him as long as possible and ridiculing him thereafter.
(emphasis mine) In the face of such long odds, the campaign has accomplished remarkable things: breaking fundraising records, producing some of the greatest campaign ads ever and coalescing political will around frames and ideas that will be essential for the ascendant left in coming years.


His path to the convention is clear. Sanders should continue fighting to mobilize every last voter and delegate behind his agenda of guaranteed universal rights to healthcare, education, and dignified conditions—and continue impressing the necessity for ongoing mass agitation (what he calls the “political revolution”) to accomplish the same. That way, when he gets to Philadelphia in July, even if he hasn't managed to catch up to Clinton, he will possess maximal leverage to affect the convention.


No One Thought It Was Possible: 12 Ways the Sanders Revolution Has Transformed Politics

No One Thought It Was Possible: 12 Ways the Sanders Revolution Has Transformed Politics

Sanders' hugely successful campaign might just have a lasting impact.

By Steven Rosenfeld / AlterNet April 23, 2016


1. Revived Democrats' progressive wing

2. Introduced a new generation to progressive politics

3. Stopped socialist from being a dirty word

4. Showed grassroots, small-donor campaigns are viable

5. Showed the public responds to principled politicians

6. Showed it’s possible to run without throwing much mud

7. Shown Democrats what an engaged citizenry looks like

8. Brought America’s progressive organizers together

9. Pushed Hillary Clinton to the left

10. Challenged everyone on free tuition

11. Called out Wall Street’s purpose and business model

12. Showed a Jew can call out Israel

A Revolution or New Normal?

Sanders supporters and political observers will surely cite more examples, but what stands out to progressives about many aspects of Sanders’ campaign and agenda is that what he is calling for isn’t revolutionary at all—it’s sane, and if anything, overdue. The passion and public purpose of his campaign has struck deep and wide notes precisely because of that.

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