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Published on Jul 18, 2018
 
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The Helsinki summit was a good day for Putin and the oligarchs in Russia. But it was a bad day for people in the United States and all over the world who believe in democracy and who are trying to understand what world our idiot president lives in.
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Brennan CenterVerified account @BrennanCenter 22h22 hours ago

 
 

.@SenSanders & @RepTedLieu introduced a bill today to end money bail, a broken part of our criminal justice system that punishes people for being poor.

It’s a practice that entrenches inequality & encourages unnecessary incarceration, and it’s time for it to go.

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Bernie SandersVerified account @SenSanders

 
 
 
 

Poverty is not a crime and hundreds of thousands of Americans, convicted of nothing, shouldn't be in jail because they can't afford cash bail.

Our destructive and unjust cash bail process is part of our broken criminal justice system and must be ended.

 
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On July 23, 2018 at 6:40 PM, mr6666 said:

Bernie SandersVerified account @SenSanders 2h2 hours ago

 
 

Does anyone really believe Trump is concerned with human rights in Iran, when he’s had only kind things to say about authoritarians around the world,

including Putin in Russia,

Kim Jong Un in North Korea,

Duterte in the Philippines

and Mohammad Bin Salman in Saudi Arabia?

:rolleyes:

Trump isn't even concerned about human rights in his own country.  Look what he created when he has had the children separated from their parents at the border.  Some may never be reunited we are learning.

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13 hours ago, mr6666 said:

People For BernieVerified account @People4Bernie 11m11 minutes ago

 
 

BREAKING: @BernieSanders wins the Vermont Democratic Senate Primary and heads to the general election as the most popular Senator in America

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Sanders has announced that he is "rejecting" the Democratic nomination and running as an Independent.  Speculation that he ran in Dem primary to keep an actual Democrat from winning.

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1 hour ago, TheCid said:

Sanders has announced that he is "rejecting" the Democratic nomination and running as an Independent.  Speculation that he ran in Dem primary to keep an actual Democrat from winning.

The fact that the most popular Dem in the Senate isn't a Dem is what I find interesting!

 

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2 hours ago, jamesjazzguitar said:

The fact that the most popular Dem in the Senate isn't a Dem is what I find interesting!

 

Popular with whom?  Bernie campaign in VT, Progressive Dems, etc?  I doubt with the majority of voters in US.

Of course, "most popular" in Senate can't be too hard - look at the competition.  Below is the Morning Consult ratings.  Sanders is #1 with Thune and Klobuchar close behind.

https://morningconsult.com/2018/07/25/americas-most-and-least-popular-senators-2/

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31 minutes ago, TheCid said:

Popular with whom?  Bernie campaign in VT, Progressive Dems, etc?  I doubt with the majority of voters in US.

Of course, "most popular" in Senate can't be too hard - look at the competition.  Below is the Morning Consult ratings.  Sanders is #1 with Thune and Klobuchar close behind.

https://morningconsult.com/2018/07/25/americas-most-and-least-popular-senators-2/

Bernie is clearly the most well known NON GOP Senator due to his run against Clinton and the amount of coverage the MSM have given to him since failed attempt.   That is what I found funny;   The Dem that isn't really a Dem is more popular than Warren,  Harris,  Booker, etc....

 

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1 hour ago, jamesjazzguitar said:

Bernie is clearly the most well known NON GOP Senator due to his run against Clinton and the amount of coverage the MSM have given to him since failed attempt.   That is what I found funny;   The Dem that isn't really a Dem is more popular than Warren,  Harris,  Booker, etc....

He is the most popular non-Republican politician in the nation.

If the dems hadn't deliberately made sure he wouldn't be their nominee, he'd undoubtedly be the President right now. Nobody - especially not Hillary - had anywhere near the enthusiastic voter block that Bernie had going for him in 2016.

But, his moment has probably passed - irrevocably. He probably blew any future he had to recapture that level of support from voters when he disappointingly capitulated to Hillary and her corrupt DNC. Not as sickening as Elizabeth Warren's selling out, but still probably enough to have lost too many people to be able to beat Trump anymore.

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Bernie SandersVerified account @SenSanders 4h4 hours ago

 
 

I thank @jaketapper for admitting his “fact check” on Medicare for All was not factual and editing his video.

Sadly, Tapper's video on Medicare for All along with other “fact checks” is riddled with errors peddled by the Koch-funded Mercatus Center.

Let's go through them......

https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2018/08/16/tapper-fact-check-medicare-for-all-sanders-ocasio-cortez-orig.cnn/video/playlists/jake-tapper-factcheck-org-alternate/

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Bernie SandersVerified account @SenSanders 3h

...........But instead of talking to any of these experts, the corporate fact checkers are blindly trusting the author of the Mercatus report even though his previous studies have been called “misleading,” “arbitrary,” “discredited,” “mighty odd” and “bogus.”

So, the question that must be asked is why would the corporate media would put their blind faith in a far right-wing economist whose past reports have been so thoroughly discredited by mainstream economists and experts?

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1 minute ago, mr6666 said:

Bernie SandersVerified account @SenSanders 3h

...........But instead of talking to any of these experts, the corporate fact checkers are blindly trusting the author of the Mercatus report even though his previous studies have been called “misleading,” “arbitrary,” “discredited,” “mighty odd” and “bogus.”

So, the question that must be asked is why would the corporate media would put their blind faith in a far right-wing economist whose past reports have been so thoroughly discredited by mainstream economists and experts?

If you're asking why would CNN do that?    The answer is obvious;   CNN is all about generating ratings, and not vetting so called news.    Clearly CNN is failing at both.

 

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What Is Democratic Socialism? Senator Bernie Sanders Explains

For one thing, "it means ending the international disgrace of the United States being the only major country on earth not to guarantee healthcare to all people as a right while we end up spending twice as much per capita on healthcare as any other major nation."

The good news is, the ideas that we have been talking about—Medicare for all, making public colleges and universities tuition-free, leaving a healthy planet for our kids and grandkids—are now mainstream ideas supported by the vast majority of the American people. pic.twitter.com/xUrgFyd63r

— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) August 20, 2018

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7 minutes ago, mr6666 said:

What Is Democratic Socialism? Senator Bernie Sanders Explains

For one thing, "it means ending the international disgrace of the United States being the only major country on earth not to guarantee healthcare to all people as a right while we end up spending twice as much per capita on healthcare as any other major nation."

The good news is, the ideas that we have been talking about—Medicare for all, making public colleges and universities tuition-free, leaving a healthy planet for our kids and grandkids—are now mainstream ideas supported by the vast majority of the American people. pic.twitter.com/xUrgFyd63r

— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) August 20, 2018

So Sanders explains nothing.   BUT to me that is wise.   It was political suicide to even come up with the term democratic socialism in the first place because that creates a non-nuanced binary framework;  is one for capitalism or democratic socialism?

There is no such binary framework when it comes to public policy.    Therefore focus on public policy and avoid the gets-one-no-where debate between capitalism and democratic socialism. 

But I do wonder what the new wonder-women in NY thinks about this.    She appears to love throwing around the wonders of all things socialism.   

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2 hours ago, jamesjazzguitar said:

is one for capitalism or democratic socialism?

Democratic socialism is capitalism - just with programs dedicated to the social welfare of the nation's citizenry added to it. 

The nations of the world with the most peaceful and content citizenry have attained that status through social capitalism (or democratic socialism - two terms meaning the same thing). This, for example, is why Canada is so much happier and more peaceful a country in which to live than is the United States.

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https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-bernie-sanders-democratic-socialism-capitalism-slavoj-zizek-a8485961.html?utm_source=reddit.com

The US establishment thinks Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is too radical  with an impending climate disaster, the worry is she isn't radical enough

 

We should of course fully support democratic socialists: we have to begin with where we are. But my fear is that beneath their concrete welfare state proposals there is nothing, no great project, just a vague idea of more social justice. In the long term, is this enough?

Now that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has joined Bernie Sanders as the public face of the left wing of the Democratic Party, with others waiting in the shadows to explode on the US national scene, there is no surprise in the wide scope of reactions to the fact the term “democratic socialism” has gained (limited) acceptability in one of the two US main parties. Republican media predictably spread fear: democratic socialists plan to abolish capitalism, introduce Venezuelan-style state terror and bring poverty, etc. In a more restrained way, centrist Democrats warn about the non-intended catastrophic economic consequences of democratic socialist proposals: how to raise money for universal healthcare, etc? (Incidentally, one should recall here how even the most daring proposals of today’s democratic socialists do not come even close to moderate European social democracy half a century ago – a sign of how the centre of gravity of the entire political field shifted to the right.)

 

Even on the liberal left side of the Democratic Party, there are bad surprises. In the long list of Obama’s endorsements of the Democratic candidates for the mid-term elections (over 80 names), one looks in vain for Ocasio-Cortez. Echoing Nancy Pelosi who stated “I have to say, we’re capitalists, that’s just the way it is”, even the “leftist” Elizabeth Warren declared herself “capitalist to my bones”…

 

The latest – and morally most problematic – fad in this series is the charge of antisemitismaddressed at anyone who deviates to the left from the acceptable left-liberal establishment. Till recently, the label “antisemitism” was used against any critique of the State of Israel and the way it deals with Palestinians; now, it is more and more mobilised to disqualify the left perceived as “too radical”, from Corbyn in the UK to Ocasio-Cortez in the US. Antisemites in one’s own country (Poland, Hungary, Baltic states) are tolerated insofar as they turn into Zionist supporters of the Israeli politics in the West Bank, while leftists who sympathise with the West Bank Palestinians but also warn against the resurgent antisemitism in Europe are denounced at the same time. This rise of the weird figure of antisemitic Zionists is one of the most worrying signs of our decay.

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Medicare for All Fact Check From Hell Persists as Sanders Rebukes CNN for Putting 'Blind Faith' in Right-Wing Economist

"It is incredible how similar this is to the media's performance on Iraq.

1. Rely on charlatans and get everything wrong.

2. Justify your performance by pointing out that everyone else also relied on charlatans."

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/08/20/medicare-all-fact-check-hell-persists-sanders-rebukes-cnn-putting-blind-faith-right

:rolleyes:

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Bernie SandersVerified account @SenSanders 2h2 hours ago

 

Congratulations to the courageous workers and their unions at Disney World for their historic victory.

I applaud everyone who stood up to demand that workers at one of the wealthiest corporations in the world should have a decent standard of living.

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Yahoo FinanceVerified account @YahooFinance

Walt Disney World union workers win deal for $15 minimum wage https://yhoo.it/2LoY67T 

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On 8/20/2018 at 4:54 PM, mr6666 said:

What Is Democratic Socialism? Senator Bernie Sanders Explains

For one thing, "it means ending the international disgrace of the United States being the only major country on earth not to guarantee healthcare to all people as a right while we end up spending twice as much per capita on healthcare as any other major nation."

The good news is, the ideas that we have been talking about—Medicare for all, making public colleges and universities tuition-free, leaving a healthy planet for our kids and grandkids—are now mainstream ideas supported by the vast majority of the American people. pic.twitter.com/xUrgFyd63r

— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) August 20, 2018

The "vast majority of the American people" would not vote for a candidate espousing those ideas.  As a life-long, left of center Democrat, I wouldn't.

As James noted, this really does not explain Democratic-Socialism.  How does it get paid for in a real world?  How does it relate to capitalism, which has been the bedrock to the success of Western Europe, the Middle East, China, North and South America, ad infinitum?

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