Home2020 Elections4/9 Dear Dem Establishment : If You Are Already Shifting Gears to Market to the GE, You’re Already Behind in Votes; PM OT

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Paul ADK
Paul ADK

Immediately after the New York Democratic Primary I am going to re register as an independent. I have no use whatsoever for the Democratic Oligarchy, any more than I do for the GOP Oligarchy.

I’m even considering a move across the lake to Vermont, where I would join the secessionist movement. Maybe the best way to be done with this nonsense is to just be done with it.

polarbear4

ooohhhh. sounds wonderful.

phatkhat

We keep talking about moving to Maine. Can’t afford VT, I’m afraid. I don’t guess we’ll ever really do it, unless the South gets REALLY crazy – which it might.

wi61

Kinda partial to New Zealand (pipe dream) but climate changer will get us in the end.

jcitybone

Excerpt from Naomi Klein interview

https://www.democracynow.org/2020/4/9/bernie_sanders_naomi_klein

NAOMI KLEIN: Well, I think the main thing that I want to say this morning, Amy, is just that I just would like to express my huge gratitude to Bernie Sanders, to his entire family, to the many people who worked for the campaign just so tirelessly and opened up the window of what was possible politically in this country. It was an incredibly tough campaign. And I trust that Bernie is making the right decision in this moment as the leader of that campaign and also as a U.S. senator. I know that he’s not going to just go relax, as he said in his address. He intends to fight for people, as he has always done, in this critical moment, in terms of what kind of relief, rescue and reimagining that we do in the midst of this pandemic. He is staying on the ballot. He is still building power in order to pressure the Democratic Party and Joe Biden to run the most progressive campaign that they can. So, you know, I feel so much gratitude for Senator Sanders.

More than anything else, I think what the campaign did is help us find each other. And by “us,” I mean that huge “us” of the “Not me. Us.” campaign. And he did this not just in this campaign, but in 2016, where he really broke the spell of the Reagan era, that spell that has lasted for four decades, that told people, who believed, that this system that was funneling so much wealth upwards and spreading insecurity, precariousness, poverty and pollution for everybody else — everybody who saw that system and thought there was something deeply wrong with it, what the neoliberal era told us was that we were the ones who were crazy, we were a tiny minority of fringe people, and that we should just accept it. And what the Sanders campaign did in 2016 is tell us that we had been lied to, that, in fact, there were so many millions of us who saw that this world was fundamentally upside down. And all of the incredible organizing, including digital organizing but also in-person organizing, wove this amazing web, and we were able to find each other and find that we were many and they were few. And so, I don’t think we can ever thank Bernie Sanders and the campaign enough for that. And being part of the campaign as a volunteer — but I did go to four states for the campaign — was some of the — provided some of the greatest moments of my political life. I mean, I was in Nevada when we won, and got to be part of that incredibly joyful moment and just got to meet so many other like-minded people.

And I think in Senator Sanders’s address that we just heard, Amy, I think he was so correct in zeroing in on the conspiracy of lowered expectations, right? He focused — he very directly addressed the American public and said, “If you don’t believe that you deserve universal healthcare, you’re not going to get it. If you don’t believe that you deserve a safe planet, you’re not going to get it.” And I think that that is really at the heart of why he lost. You know, we’ve heard again and again, Bernie has won the battle of ideas. But the truth is, there is a difference between winning a battle of ideas, winning an intellectual battle about what kind of policies are right and just and will keep us safe, and believing that you can win. You can simultaneously win that battle of ideas and still believe that you will never actually win, that you are still a weak minority, that you will still be destroyed by the forces of establishment power and money.

And that, I think, is the real generational divide that Bernie was also speaking to in that address. You know, I don’t think that Bernie lost because of a battle between leftist and centrist, although of course that battle is still raging, but we had a progressive majority on the issues. But where the generational divide comes in — and Bernie spoke to this — is that among voters not just under 30, but in many cases under 45, under 50, were starting to believe that they could actually win. And I think particularly among that majority of young voters, that always backed Bernie, they understood that the intellectual project of neoliberalism was bankrupt, that it had lost its powers of persuasion, and that these words like “democratic socialist” were not as scary anymore. In fact, they have become appealing. But I think for that older generation, that has — particularly the older generation that has a living memory of the state violence of the 1960s that waged literal war on revolutionary movement leaders, that sent them into exile, that sent them into their graves, that surveilled them, blacklisted them, when Bernie’s opponents raised the specter of the Red Scare that would be used against him, that was incredibly triggering, terrifying, and they couldn’t — progressive voters who agreed with Bernie could not believe that he could win, where younger voters did believe that he could win. And that was, I think, the most important generational divide.

polarbear4

Because TPTB went out of their way to run a fear campaign against him.

orlbucfan

Some of us old progressive duffers who grew up in the 1960s NEVER bought the FRightwingnut red scare PR to start with. Still don’t and never will!

Paul ADK
Paul ADK

Sure. They were very, very afraid.

As they should be.

jcitybone

https://jacobinmag.com/2020/04/bernie-sanders-presidential-campaign-solidarity-democracy

Bernie Sanders’s departure from a Democratic primary race that is shuddering from the impact of COVID-19 marks the end, for the moment, of the greatest wave of social-democratic energy and socialist imagination in the United States for about a century. It comes, too, just as events are once again vindicating his calls for universal health care, economic security, and worker power, as a pandemic tears through the communities of the most vulnerable, precarious, and powerless Americans.

It was astonishing to hear the Sanders campaign described, as it routinely was in the mainstream press, as angry, bellicose, even a Trumpism for the Left. To be anywhere near the campaign — to know any of the people going door to door and making regular small donations — was to understand that it was idealistic in spirit, hopeful in tone, generous in its sense of possibility. It modeled what you might call patriotism for adults, disillusioned patriotism without exceptionalist bullshit.

Considering all this, the achievements of the Sanders campaign are astonishing. In a country where socialism was recently supposed to be impossible, in an era when it was supposed to be dead, Bernie convinced large majorities of young and Latino voters to get behind his vision. He won the California primary, dominated the Nevada caucuses, and nearly prevailed in Texas. These victories are where the future of American politics is taking shape. The policy substance of the primary campaign was a long commentary on the Sanders platform. Nominally, even Joe Biden is running to the left of the last twelve years of Obama-Clinton candidacies.

But take a moment here. Something has happened that was as gorgeous and amazing as it was rough-hewn, improvisational, and strange. We found a way to call the world to account. We imagined a country where no one is a paycheck away from hunger, no one is disenfranchised, and education and health care are free and open to all — a county where lives are shaped less by fear and unequal power, and there is room to see what comes in when those recede. We remembered that only solidarity and power can make this change.

Many people who would have found these sentences mysterious at the start of 2016 now know just what they mean. We — all of us — are too good for how we live together, and it is in us, and on us, to build ways to live differently. It is not mysterious, only hard, but it is too important to surrender. Concession, yes, but no surrender. And, to one another and to Senator Bernard Sanders, a world of gratitude.

jcitybone

OzoneTom
OzoneTom

JusticeDemocrats just sent out an email saying that it is the “Chamber of Commerce” (not “Congress”) that is backing her opponent.

Stub
Stub

The problem with Bernie is not that he speaks truth to power but that he speaks truth to the people who don’t have any power.

jcitybone

jcitybone

jcitybone

Stub
Stub

Let’s hold out for Biden choosing Nina Turner for his VP. Then maybe the left could support him wholeheartedly.

wi61

That would be a shocker. It would be must see debate to watch her take down Pence and attack Trumpcorp. If he did that (Nina) the Neolibs would need M4A with all the heart attacks and head exploding going on. Then the neolibs would accuse Byedone of Dementia publicly.

orlbucfan

Won’t happen, but if it did that would cause me to think twice about my vote.

Paul ADK
Paul ADK

Yes… we can dream, can’t we?

But Biden thinks he’ll win if he names The Snake.

wi61

really going all out lower Medicare by 2 years

OzoneTom
OzoneTom

Good snark from Ron Placone:

wi61

Gonna snip this for future use, would be a good bumper sticker

orlbucfan

Even Twit(ter) hits a homer once in a blue moon!

jcitybone

wi61

Good read– Good luck to those old boomers of Byedones base reaching out to the younger Berners.

It’s Biden supporters turn to do the hard work from WayOfTheBern

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