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Response to JoePhilly (Reply #43)

Sun Oct 25, 2015, 10:31 PM

47. 4-8 months

Until the primary election, I should have been clearer. I thought it was implied.

So your answer to my question is no, apparently. Or, is it yes but with (over) caution?

Of course it will take more than one guy and one election - it will take years to progress to where we want to be, that's obvious. My point is that with Bernie, it's a start. A Sanders presidency would begin the change we need as he is not part of the establishment. Change from within the establishment, if it even exists, is not nearly enough. Let's not neglect this opportunity to make authentic progress, the window closes the day after the primary election results are in. If we want it, we can have it.

On the other hand, a Hillary presidency wouldn't change much of anything, not in that sense. She would make a few welcome alterations to social policy at most. She is, no matter what she says, more of the same - Wall St and corporations would continue to have disproportionate power. There is no reason to believe otherwise. The climate change issue - she would take on the Kochs? I find that very hard to believe. Private prisons? Big pharma? Neoliberalism is not progressive. If we are going to call for progress, why settle for Hillary when we can have Sanders?

How slow do you want to go, anyway? And why? I think we can pick up the pace, people literally are dying. It goes in fits and starts, ebbs and flows, sometimes it even leaps. We are primed for such a leap now - take it.

As for Obama, even though he wasn't exactly what I would have wanted, I proudly voted for him. Twice! And I would do it again because he was the right person at that particular time. We needed the hope, now let's get to change.

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