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Friday, August 28, 2015

Harold Kasimow, Des Moines Register: People sometimes ask me "Are there any prophetic voices today?" Two people come to mind: Pope Francis and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, who represents Vermont in the U.S. Senate. But how do we define a prophet? What stands out for me about the classical prophets is their passion for social justice and their deep sensitivity to injustice. They are appalled by human greed and can never adjust to it. More than anything else, they are outraged by the "monstrosity of inequality." This is precisely the message of Sanders, as well as of Pope Francis, who are deeply committed to bring healing to the world, especially to the poor. read more


John Wagner, Washington Post: Upstart presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is about to make a direct pitch to the Democratic Party establishment: Consider me, not Hillary Clinton. Sanders huddled with advisers at his home here Wednesday to chart what he describes as the second phase of a campaign that has exceeded all expectations but still lacks the infrastructure and support from the party elites that could help him compete with Clinton on a national level. He said he will issue a slew of detailed policy proposals, including for a tax system under which corporations and the wealthy would pay significantly more for initiatives that would benefit the poor and middle class, and will pour resources into voter outreach in early nominating states. read more


Bernie Sanders is going viral again.

It's impossible to deny that the Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential candidate has routinely broken the Internet, for better and for worse. At the very least, Sanders deserves credit for bringing attention to certain issues which are largely ignored by the Washington elite, such as income inequality and the cost of higher education.

But in a video clip making the rounds Wednesday of Sanders speaking to Congress in 1992, he highlights what is perhaps the biggest blind spot in American political discourse of our time: the military-industrial complex. read more


Dear Senator Sanders,

You've come a long way without my advice, but now that you are running for president, you may be interested in these suggestions:

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

In just over two months, Bernie Sanders has risen from a more-than-30-point underdog in the polls to leading Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire. Sanders is leading Clinton 42 percent to 35 percent among Democratic primary voters in the state, according to a poll released Monday by Public Policy Polling. It's the second time in less than two weeks a poll showed Sanders ahead in the Granite State. Sanders lead Clinton among men, 44 percent to 30 percent, and among women, 41 percent to 38 percent -- but there's a 5.1 percent margin of error.


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Per the article...

1. You've taken progressive positions on "decent paying job programs," such as investing in repairing our country's public works, raising the minimum wage, strengthening labor laws, opposing the good-job-exporting, corporate-managed trade treaties such as NAFTA and WTO, and creating a Youth Job Corps.

Now you need to make major addresses in greater detail on each topic before large audiences. The media coverage of these events will be very helpful during primary season.

2. You need to identify with local and regional issues as you travel around the country and appear with the citizen or labor groups championing these pathways to justice. Just about all major presidential candidates assiduously avoid such identification for fear of some taint or gaffe when dealing with less common topics. You shouldn't have this worry.

3. As your polls rise and your audiences get larger, your opponents will challenge you for being a self-identified "socialist." It is best to pre-empt them. Your socialist beliefs seem in-line with social democratic parties in Western European nations.

So, while there are many examples of widely bipartisan support for socialist institutions -- municipally owned utilities, regionally owned utilities like the giant Tennessee Valley Authority, and more -- you are not interested in nationalizing industry and the banks. You are interested in breaking up giant "too big to fail" banks and reforming the governance of giant multinationals.

Over eighty percent of the American people favor the breakup of large banks, want the Wall Street crooks prosecuted, convicted, and jailed, and oppose bailing out powerful big businesses. This is a Left-Right convergence issue -- of Main Street against Wall Street


Bernie '16

Trump earns the support of neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and right-wing Nationalists...

www.huffingtonpost.com

The members of what one might call Trump's white supremacist fan club include:

The Daily Stormer, a leading neo-Nazi news site, endorsed Trump on June 28. "Trump is willing to say what most Americans think: it's time to deport these people," the site said in its endorsement. It then urged white men to "vote for the first time in our lives for the one man who actually represents our interests."

Richard Spencer, director of the National Policy Institute, which promotes the "heritage, identity, and future of European people," said that Trump was "refreshing." "Trump, on a gut level, kind of senses that this is about demographics, ultimately. We're moving into a new America," Spencer said. "I don't think Trump is a white nationalist," Spencer added, but noted that Trump embodies "an unconscious vision that white people have -- that their grandchildren might be a hated minority in their own country.

I think that scares us. They probably aren't able to articulate it. I think it's there. I think that, to a great degree, explains the Trump phenomenon. I think he is the one person who can tap into it."

Spencer, Osnos notes, is not the stereotype of a prejudiced yokel: At 36, he is clean-cut, and boasts degrees from elite universities. The Southern Poverty Law Center, Osnos says, calls Spencer "a suit-and-tie version of the white supremacists of old."

Jared Taylor, editor of American Renaissance, a Virginia-based white nationalist magazine, said: "I'm sure he would repudiate any association with people like me, but his support comes from people who are more like me than he might like to admit." Taylor later told Osnos: "Why are whites supposed to be happy about being reduced to a minority? It's clear why Hispanics celebrate diversity: ‘More of us! More Spanish! More cucaracha!'"

Michael Hill, head of the League of the South, an Alabama-based white supremacist secessionist group, said Trump was "good" for the white racist cause. "I love to see somebody like Donald Trump come along," Hill said. "Not that I believe anything that he says. But he is stirring up chaos in the GOP, and for us that is good." Osnos attended a speech Hill gave to a crowd of cheering followers in which he railed against the "cultural genocide" of white Americans, which he said was "merely a prelude to physical genocide."

Brad Griffin, a member of Hill's League of the South and author of the popular white supremacist blog Hunter Wallace, has written that his esteem for Trump is "soaring," and has lauded the candidate for his "hostile takeover of the Republican Party."


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