Tag: Sanders

Old Dog Thoughts- Van Badham says it better than I can

This is some grown-up politics from Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden, who are powerfully uniting to defeat Donald Trump.

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Sanders has endorsed Biden and Biden is including Sanders’ people in his policy development process.

Goes to show you can get a lot more done within the tent of the big party than squealing impotently on the sidelines at it. No one turns up to the big game to watch the audience.

My politics are closer to Sanders; I liked his policies from all the way back when successive Australian Labor governments legislated them, from 1941 onwards.

But what I do like about Biden has always been a union man – and proud of it. There are not enough people who live union values in American politics and the idea that one could become President gives me hope that it will lead to many more… Especially in the wake of the murderous billionaire shit-show which is the Trump administration.

There are many squealy “leftishts” on the internet who are insisting that despite Trump’s mismanagement of coronavirus leaving piles of dead bodies across the continental landmass of America, Joe Biden is the devil, and they won’t vote for him.

I can’t imagine living a life so entitled, self-absorbed and privileged that you’d forsake the one opportunity you have to end the Trump presidency to throw a tantrum because Biden’s politics aren’t as OBVIOUSLY FLAWLESS as your own – and, as is made clear in the link below, good Bernie Sanders can’t, either.

 

If the Democrats nominate a can of cheese to run against Trump, I would be marching in the street chanting “CHEESE! CHEESE! CHEESE!” – because where I come from, we believe it sensible to tackle our problems in the order of which they’ll kill us.

Anyway, the news website Politico put together a dot point list of Biden’s existing policy positions, and I think they’re totally worth voting for, whether he was running against Trump or not. Progress becomes possible when the demand’s no longer “perfection or nothing”.

https://www.theguardian.com/…/bernie-sanders-endorses-joe-b…

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Why are American Jews so afraid of one of their own? – +972 Magazine

Sen. Bernie Sanders at the 2019 Iowa Democrats Hall of Fame Celebration, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, June 9, 2019. (Lorie Shaull/CC BY-SA 2.0)

All this is a sign of just how far to the right the American Jewish establishment has lurched in during the Netanyahu era. Had he remained in Israel on the kibbutz, Sanders would likely be just another septuagenarian supporter of the left-wing Zionist Meretz party. But in many Jewish communities in the United States, even views like those of Meretz have long been considered beyond the pale.

via Why are American Jews so afraid of one of their own? – +972 Magazine

Corporate Compromise Candidate: The Rise of Elizabeth Warren – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Conclusion: Warren as Corporate Compromise Candidate

The point of the respective treatment of Warren and Bernie here seems clear enough. The corporate elite have seen that the energy in the Democratic party is in the populist wing. They have thus chosen a compromise candidate: one who is populist enough to excite the base but who will ‘play ball’. Senator Warren is also a woman, so identity politics becomes a viable weapon against her detractors.

To end, I reiterate that this is not a critique of the Senator herself; she is merely running her campaign for the nomination. It is the media who are to blame here, cynically manipulating her campaign in an effort to bring down Bernie Sanders.

via Corporate Compromise Candidate: The Rise of Elizabeth Warren – » The Australian Independent Media Network

By Double-Digit Margin, Poll Shows Sanders Mopping the Floor With Trump in Latest 2020 Matchup

Trump trails Dems

Polling results released Wednesday by Politico/Morning Consult show that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who is widely speculated to make another run for the Oval Office in 2020, would beat President Donald Trump by double digits.

In a face-off between Sanders and Trump, the senator garnered a 12-point lead, with 44 percent of respondents favoring Sanders, 32 percent who said they would vote to re-elect the president, and 24 percent who didn’t know or had no opinion.

via By Double-Digit Margin, Poll Shows Sanders Mopping the Floor With Trump in Latest 2020 Matchup

Yes, Bernie Sanders Defeated Hillary Clinton in the Democratic Debate. Here’s Why | H. A. Goodman

Only one candidate conveyed a message that didn’t need to be “polished,” which apparently is the new word for certain pundits who feel Clinton won. Only one candidate set the tone for the evening.

Source: Yes, Bernie Sanders Defeated Hillary Clinton in the Democratic Debate. Here’s Why | H. A. Goodman

Hillary Clinton rises above controversy – and a Sanders revolution – at debate | US news | The Guardian

Rivals for Democratic nomination discuss gun control, immigration and the email row in first TV debate in the race to the White House

Source: Hillary Clinton rises above controversy – and a Sanders revolution – at debate | US news | The Guardian