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MineralMan

(146,062 posts)
Thu Jun 15, 2017, 04:01 PM Jun 2017

Earlier today, I asked a question about a vote Senator Sanders made [View all]

today on a bill in the Senate. I asked if he had made any statement about why he voted the way he did, when every Democrat voted differently. Shortly, someone quoted a tweet by Senator Sanders, and my question was answered. There was some confusion about the bill and an amendment that had been voted on the previous day, but that was cleared up, as well.

Although I disagree with Senator Sanders' reason for voting no on the bill, along with Rand Paul, I got the answer to my question, and I thank those who provided the answer.

However, a few people on that thread seemed to believe I was attacking Senator Sanders, which was not the case. One of the questions implied that I was concern-trolling. But, I simply wanted to know his reasons for voting against a bill in the Senate that passed on a bipartisan 98-2 vote.

Here's the thing: It is now June in 2017. Bernie Sanders is not a candidate for any office. He is a sitting Senator from the State of Vermont. If someone asks a question about how he voted today on a bill, it is not about the 2016 presidential primary election. That is long past. It is not an attack on anyone. It is simply a question about a current issue. Bernie Sanders is a Senator, one of 100 Senators. He is an Independent Senator. He is not a Democratic Senator. If he votes on a bill in a way that is different from almost every other Senator, that makes me curious. When I'm curious, I ask questions. That seems reasonable to me on a Democratic discussion forum.

I often have questions about things. Asking a question is not in any way concern-trolling. I appreciate it when people can answer my question. I appreciate it less when people assume that I'm somehow attacking a sitting Senator. I am not. I am simply asking a question.

Thanks for reading this.

If you're curious which thread I'm talking about, you can visit it at the link below. The thread is still open, and I will be happy to answer any questions about that specific thread within that thread:

https://www.democraticunderground.com/10029209104

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