The PS…what does that stand for? The People’s Summit, and it starts on Friday, June 9th. … Continue reading →
‘Help Us Create The Nation’ We Want, Bernie Sanders Tells Grads in Speech
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders returned to his home borough of Brooklyn Tuesday to deliver Brooklyn College’s commencement speech, entering the stage to rousing chants of “Bernie.”
Though he never mentioned President Trump by name, Sanders decried the current administration — which he called an “oligarchy” set on stripping 23 million people of their health care coverage, decimating Medicaid, de-funding Planned Parenthood and laying waste to supportive resources like food stamps, afterschool programs and Pell grants to help middle class families pay for college.
He called on the more than 4,100 undergraduate and graduate students getting their diplomas inside the Barclays Center alongside him to put all their efforts into turning the nation in the right direction.
“My message to you is very simple: think big, not small, and help us create the nation that we all know we can become,” he said.
The Independent senator, who was born and raised in Brooklyn and attended Midwood’s P.S. 197, Sheepshead Bay’s James Madison High School and Brooklyn College in 1959, which he attended briefly before transferring to the University of Chicago, was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters degree for his “groundbreaking career in politics, visionary approach to public policy and higher education, dedication to civic welfare and commitment to equality.”
A Full Transcript Of Bernie’s Speech
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There continue to be several fissures in the Democratic party as competing factions jockey for party positions and the future direction of the party. One of those fissures opened in dramatic fashion at the California Democratic party’s convention last weekend. We had a really good diary recounting a view from on the ground at the convention, where Los Angeles County chair Eric Bauman was elected to the state party chairmanship with a slender margin of 62 votes, out of over 3,000 cast. The saga continues because Bauman’s opponent, Kimberly Ellis has not conceded the election and there is a review underway:“I will not … Continue reading →
While TPW has two new excellent posts up by Subir (please read them and make comments!), I’m creating an open thread. Bernie slammed Trump on his budget proposal this afternoon and had the ranking Budget member from Congress, John Yarmuth, join him in the presser. Spoiler warning: the Minority leaders also give remarks but they are the last two. [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWVwk45H9qQ[/embedyt] Sanders highlighted the tax savings the wealthiest Americans will see and the cuts to welfare programs. “This is a budget that says if you are a member of the Trump family, you will get a tax break of up … Continue reading →
Mayor Landrieu’s speech concerning the removal of Confederate monuments deserves a lot more attention because it really is quite an excellent speech. It is being compared to LBJ’s commencement address at Howard as a clear-eyed exposition on racism and white supremacy by a white politician. The soul of our beloved City is deeply rooted in a history that has evolved over thousands of years; rooted in a diverse people who have been here together every step of the way—for both good and for ill. It is a history that holds in its heart the stories of Native Americans—the Choctaw, Houma Nation, the Chitimacha. Of Hernando de … Continue reading →
In about a half hour, Rob Quist will hold his last rally with Bernie Sanders in Bozeman. The event is being held on the campus of Montana State University. Here’s a tweet sent by Quist’s campaign, just moments ago. KBZK TV is planning to livesteam the event on FB. Update: it is live now! There are signs in the audience which read “Save the Wilderness” and “Resist with Quist.” ! @RobQuistforMT #BigSkyBern #MTAL #MTPolWhat a day. Thanks for coming to Montana, @BernieSanders! pic.twitter.com/llzBsw4sdJ — Dan O'Sullivan (@dan_osullivan) May 21, 2017 More news about the rallies, which Quist has deemed “Big … Continue reading →
Bernie Sanders had another show today on Facebook. It is now on YT and here’s the video, it’s about 40 minutes long. His guest is Larry Wilmore, formerly of The Larry Wilmore Show on Comedy Central, and now has a podcast series (free) called “Black on the Air“. Some of you may remember he was the last keynote comedian for the White House Correspondents Dinner during the Obama Administration. This is also an open thread for this evening. [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cY-2t0ppTis[/embedyt] … Continue reading →
This is just a slight rant. I’ve been mumbling about it here, but I want folks in the Indie media, particularly those with investigative reporting and punditry that is progressive liberal left, to hopefully see this via tags. Not centrists or neo-liberals but Democratic Socialists like me, aka Berners. … Continue reading →
Stephen Jaffe talks to Jimmy Dore about why Pelosi needs a primary challenge:
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Gianforte lends himself $1M in bid for Montana U.S. House
Republican Greg Gianforte loaned himself $1 million to finance his bid for Montana’s only seat in the U.S. House, as his Democratic opponent raked in huge sums of cash from small, individual donors ahead of a nationally watched May 25 special election to fill the seat vacated by now-Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.
New filings made with the Federal Election Commission over the weekend show that Gianforte, who made millions from the sale of his software business, has raised more than $3.4 million since launching his bid for Congress.
Meanwhile, Democrat Rob Quist, a musician and cowboy poet making his first bid for public office, has collected nearly $3.3 million through May 5, with most of it — $3.2 million — coming from individual donors.
Quist’s campaign said 56,000 individual donors have given an average of $23 per contribution. The FEC does not require donors who give less than $200 to be identified.
“Greg Gianforte’s attempt to buy another election after losing last time shows he still doesn’t get Montana. He will get the message on May 25th that Montanans can’t be bought and will never be for sale.”
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Rodney Frelinghuysen represents NJ’s 11th Congressional district and is Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. He’s one of the most powerful people in Washington, his committee controls all federal expenditures. Shortly after the 2016 election, a group of his constituents organized themselves and requested town halls, which Frelinghuysen hasn’t held since 2013. The activist group, NJ 11th for Change had planned to attend a Chamber of Commerce event he was to speak at last week. Frelinghuysen’s office had the Chamber close the event to the public. Non-members who had purchased tickets were refused admittance. Frelinghuysen has also said constituents are jamming his phone lines and has told them to “back off”. All … Continue reading →
In Atlanta, Bernie Sanders says Trump ‘lies all the time’
“People often ask me, ‘What do you think about what the president said yesterday,’” Sanders, 75, said bluntly during a joint appearance with Carter. “It’s hard to answer because his view will be different tomorrow, and very often, factually what he says is just not correct.”
Sanders and Carter’s “conversation” came at the end of Day One of the Carter Center’s annual Human Rights Defenders Forum. The audience, which included activists, peacemakers, and community leaders from 31 countries, frequently broke into applause, particularly when Sanders launched into one of his signature pull-no-punches commentaries on the impact corporate money has on American politics. Even Carter seemed to get caught up in it. After Sanders suggested that higher voter turnout was the key to defeating the Republican Party, Carter quipped to the audience, “Can you all see why I voted for him?!”
The topic of their “conversation” was human rights, and Sanders, who ran for the Democratic nomination for president last year, didn’t hold back when it came to expressing his true feelings about the growing gap between rich and poor in this country, health care reform and other progressive topics.
Meanwhile, Carter had pulled no punches earlier in the day about why Sanders had been invited to address the two-day forum which is focused on strategies for protecting human rights in the wake of rising authoritarianism.
“I think during the last election in America, Bernie Sanders represented the best of all the candidates what this conference is about,” Carter told the AJC in an interview about an hour before their joint appearance at the end of a forum dinner. “When you lose your opportunity to have some reasonable chance of a decent income, you lose a lot of other things as well. One of the key things people feel is that they’ve lost a voice in their own government.”
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Today is Derby Day…but there’s other news and some levity as well. We’ll start with Lee Camp, who with comedic talent, gives us the rundown of this past week’s news in his show, Redacted Tonight. Among the highlights, Obama’s “back wages” from Wall Street, and DNC’s folly in the current class action lawsuit. [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CZRA6XuLw4[/embedyt]
Populism is Not About Mobs, Anti-Government Rants or Opinion Polls by Jim Hightower
If a political pollster asked whether I consider myself a conservative or a liberal, I’d answer, “No.”
Not to be cute — I have a bit of both in me — but because, like most Americans, my beliefs can’t be squeezed into either of the tidy little boxes that the establishment provides.
I’ve observed that the true political spectrum in our society does not range from right to left, but from top to bottom. This is how America’s economic and political systems really shake out, with each of us located somewhere high or low that spectrum. Right to left is political theory; top to bottom is the reality we actually experience in our lives every day — and the vast majority of Americans know that they’re not even within shouting distance of the moneyed powers that rule from the top of both systems, whether those elites call themselves conservatives or liberals.
For me, the “ism” that best encompasses and addresses this reality is populism. What is it? Essentially, it’s the continuation of America’s democratic revolution. It encompasses and extends the creation of a government that is us. Instead of a “trickle down” approach to public policy, populism is solidly grounded in a “percolate up” philosophy that springs directly from America’s founding principle of the Common Good.
Few people today call themselves populists, but I think most are. I’m not talking about the recent political outbursts by confused, used and abused Trumpian ranters who’ve been organized by corporate front groups to spread a hatred of government. Rather, I mean the millions of ordinary Americans in every state who’re battling the real power that’s running roughshod over us: out-of-control corporations. With their oceans of money and their hired armies of lobbyists, lawyers, economists, consultants and PR agents, these self-serving, autocratic entities operate from faraway executive suites and Washington backrooms to rig the economic and governmental rules so that they capture more and more of America’s money and power.
Starting a new thread as the other one is getting kinda long… FBI’s James Comey just finished his testimony at the Senate, testifying about recent actions of the FBI. Dianne Feinstein has already hammered Comey about the election and possible interference by the Russians. Comey made a statement that the FBI does all kinds of investigations that the media may not cover.
In Cleveland, Bernie Sanders says Democrats need a ‘progressive agenda that addresses the needs of working families’
In Cleveland on Monday, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders railed against economic inequality, the influence of corporate America and argued for expansion of social safety-net programs.
In other words, Sanders’ 30-minute speech, delivered at the Global Center for Health Innovation, wasn’t all that different from the presidential campaign the independent, liberal firebrand from Vermont waged last year in his failed bid to secure the Democratic Party nomination.
Left reeling from Republican President Donald Trump’s improbable victory in November, Sanders are other progressives are jostling to chart out a future path for liberals in America.
Although he fell short in his presidential bid, Sanders clearly has captured the energy of his party’s young, liberal base.
On Monday, Sanders called for a series of policy proposals — a $15 an hour national minimum wage, 12 weeks of guaranteed, paid family leave, tuition-free public college education and a “Medicare for all” single-payer healthcare system — that are reminiscent of European-style social democracies. (Not to mention the 2016 Democratic National Convention platform that Sanders and his supporters pushed for.) He said the policies could be paid for by taxing the rich, or as he put it, making them pay their “fair share.”
“It seems to me that our job is not to just oppose Trump’s reactionary agenda. Although we’ve got to do that and we’ve got to do it vigorously,” Sanders said. “… But in addition to that, what we need to do is put forth a progressive agenda that addresses the needs of working families in the country, an agenda that has a very different moral compass than that of President Trump.
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