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Democrats' destructive Bernie myth: Stop saying he can't win&

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http://www.salon.com/2015/10/21/democrats_destructive_bernie_sanders_myth_stop_saying_he_cant_win/

Polls show Dems don't think Bernie can win the nomination or the general -- That's a mistake.

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If Sanders doesn’t win the Democratic nomination, it will be because Democratic voters decided he couldn’t. Clinton is only inevitable if Democrats believe she is.

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It will be interesting to see how many Democrats vote for Clinton only because they don’t think Sanders can win. As Cilliza notes, it’s clear that many Democrats like Sanders and would be happy if he won; they simply don’t believe he can. That belief may be enough to gift Clinton the Democratic nomination.

Clinton will probably make a stronger general election candidate than many believe, especially in light of her competition. However, a Sanders general election campaign would be a fascinating test of the proposition that Democrats would do much better if they owned their progressivism, something Clinton is unlikely to do.

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Sanders is making a big mistake when he self-identifies as a “socialist” because that’s not really what he is – at least not in the classical sense. He’s a populist supporting a social democratic system grounded in capitalism, as a recent New York Times piece argues.

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I think what people fail to realize about Bernie Sanders is that there is a contingent among the political elite who would rather saw their own arm off than see a jew as president. I don't know if you've ever had the dubious priveledge of hanging out at a southern country club or been privy to the kinds of things freemasons say when they think they are in good company, but there is a lot of anti-semitism in this country and not all of is the kind of ignorent backwash you hear from a georgia peach redneck.

 

Some of these people are downright vile, just disgustingly evil, and there is no shortage of money or power among them. They are clever, like the nazi's, and are working behind the scenes to make sure that a jewish guy like Bernie never gets elected. There is quite a bit of mistrust amongst americans in regards to the jewish people, and there is quite a bit of anti-semitism as well.

 

There are many people who, in retrospect, resent the aftermath of world war 2 and the creation of the military industrial complex, and to this day it irks me that we support Israel after their proven track record of human rights violations and arms smuggling throughout the middle east. We tend to bury this issue and not talk about it openly. I'm sure a lot of people would like to know Bernies thoughts on Israel, but to my knowledge, it hasn't come up yet.

 

I think in order to overcome the bigotry, you have to be willing to talk about it, you can't just pretend like it doesn't exist and hope for the best. I think we might have to face the fact that "socialist" might be a euphanism for "jewish". I mean, honestly, in this day in age, who really gives a shit about communism?

 

I think I'm in the minority in that I am one of the few people who still takes issue with communist countries, even when they hold supposedly free elections like they do in Russia.

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Gotta be a first time for everything. What better time than now.

 

First they said Kennedy couldn't win because he was Catholic.

Then they said Obama couldn't win because he was black. Large numbers actually thought, and still think he's Muslim, because of his father and his name. Obama had huge disadvantages going in. And yet he won by a good margin.

 

Sure there's a lot of anti Jewish hate out there. But would Sanders would have to overcome as much prejudice and loathing as Obama? I don't think so.

There's evidence that he's pro Israel and, as a Jew, that could be touchy. But it's not out of line with what many Americans think. Especially Conservatives.

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There's evidence that he's pro Israel and, as a Jew, that could be touchy. But it's not out of line with what many Americans think. Especially Conservatives.

Conservatives think??? When I see what they are saying and doing, it looks more like emotional reactions, not really thinking. They often claim both sides of arguments, like They oppose illegal immigration while engaging and supporting illegal immigration, even while proposing solutions that would never work, but cost a lot of money, like building a big fence, pretending there are no ladders in Mexico, and no one in Mexico would know what to do with a shovel. They go after Hillary about Bengazi, while ignoring 9/11. No, not much thinking going on there.

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Here's the message which is of vital importance, that only Bernie seems to impart: We need people to unite and stand together to make the changes that can be made! Taxing financial transactions on Wall Street will not only raise revenue, it will also help to stabilize markets and protect investors. Going to medicare for all will cost a projected 8 trillion dollars over ten years, but it would likely save a whopping 15 trillion in wasteful private healthcare spending - http://www.cepr.net/blogs/beat-the-press/breakingviews-tries-to-scare-people-away-from-bernie-sanders

 

None of what Bernie speaks of is nonsensical. It is all quite possible, but the problem is big corporate lobbyist who own the legislature. To defeat this true reality that we now currently face and have been facing for many years now, people have to be informed and stand up together and insist on change. No person will come into office and make significant change, oh they can promise all they want to in order to get elected, but we as voters should know the truth very well by now.

 

We need the movement now! Bernie inspires us because we know from where he came and the reason why he runs. The dude is 74 I know, but heck man he's a fighter. If that don't inspire young people I just don't know what will.

 

Send him thirty bucks, and send him another thirty bucks down the road when the real fight begins is my advice.

 

Peace!

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Here's the message which is of vital importance, that only Bernie seems to impart: We need people to unite and stand together to make the changes that can be made! Taxing financial transactions on Wall Street will not only raise revenue, it will also help to stabilize markets and protect investors. Going to medicare for all will cost a projected 8 trillion dollars over ten years, but it would likely save a whopping 15 trillion in wasteful private healthcare spending - http://www.cepr.net/blogs/beat-the-press/breakingviews-tries-to-scare-people-away-from-bernie-sanders

 

None of what Bernie speaks of is nonsensical. It is all quite possible, but the problem is big corporate lobbyist who own the legislature. To defeat this true reality that we now currently face and have been facing for many years now, people have to be informed and stand up together and insist on change. No person will come into office and make significant change, oh they can promise all they want to in order to get elected, but we as voters should know the truth very well by now.

 

We need the movement now! Bernie inspires us because we know from where he came and the reason why he runs. The dude is 74 I know, but heck man he's a fighter. If that don't inspire young people I just don't know what will.

 

Send him thirty bucks, and send him another thirty bucks down the road when the real fight begins is my advice.

 

Peace!

 

 

To me the real point is to actively support the policies that Bernie has been articulating. I suggest that we also need to put people in congress who will support the middle class against the onslaught of the rich and privileged. Bernie might be part of the solution, but he is only a part. Getting people in place to support those policies are also an important part. The most important part is us. Without us doing the work those people will not be in place and the rampant pillaging of our nation will continue.

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To me the real point is to actively support the policies that Bernie has been articulating. I suggest that we also need to put people in congress who will support the middle class against the onslaught of the rich and privileged. Bernie might be part of the solution, but he is only a part. Getting people in place to support those policies are also an important part. The most important part is us. Without us doing the work those people will not be in place and the rampant pillaging of our nation will continue.

That's exactly right!

 

Peace!

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