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5 Ways NOT To "Make America Great Again." And One Way To Do It


#1

5 Ways NOT To "Make America Great Again." And One Way To Do It.

Paul Buchheit

Mahatma Gandhi said, "A nation’s greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members."

The visions of "greatness" coming from America's political and business and military leaders are quite the opposite, with an emphasis on the 'exceptional' people who would prefer to have nothing to do with the weaker members of society.


#2

‘Matt Yglesias adds an insight into the political revolution that Bernie Sanders has begun: “The smarter play for Sanders would be to start looking past his presidential campaign to an idea that’s always been integral to his political revolution but that never genuinely required him to win a presidential election: mobilizing young liberals to vote every two years rather than skipping midterms.”’

NO, WE WANT IT NOW!


#3

“No matter who is elected president in 2016, the progressive message must be continued for the next four years … through social networking and word-of-mouth … rallies for democracy.”

More than that is needed.

A vibrant 3rd party of the people will be necessary to extend the social democracy that Bernie has introduced.


#4

Why would Mr. Buchheit quote Matt Yglesias? Here’s a word or two about Mr. Smarty Pants Matt:

" Matthew Yglesias. Yglesias attended The Dalton School in NY (a private school) and Harvard U, being graduated magna cum laude from the latter. Aka someone who should know better. While still in college, he began blogging, supporting the Iraq War. He also voted for Romney as Governor (2002).

After graduation, he worked for American Prospect, then the Atlantic Monthly. In July of 2008, he left the Atlantic Monthly to work for Center for American Progress, blogging for ThinkProgress. In November, 2011, Yglesias left ThinkProgress for Slate. In 2014, he left Slate to work on Vox.com (owned by Vox Media, which Jim Bankoff heads) with Ezra Klein.** (CAP, of course, was founded by John Podesta who worked for Bill Clinton and Obama and who currently chairs the Presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton.)"…Democratic Underground.

This article appears to be another of the “what should Bernie do after he loses” pieces. I’m not interested. The polyannish notion that a huge popular movement will burst on the scene with a Sanders defeat is wishful thinking at best, as much as I am in full support of such.


#6

Thank you, Mr. Buchheit for your humane and eminently sane priorities. And thank you for mentioning the obscene military budget that leaves so many children hungry; those that pretend to hold the moral high ground, when in reality, they just want to control women’s bodies; and the findings of the Page and Gilens Study: that policies put into motion have ZERO to do with voters’ stated positions or preferences.

The combination of global blow-back against growing and glaring corporate trespasses, the Internet, the impacts of the European refugee crisis (as a direct outcome of wars of aggression), Occupy Wall St., the Arab Spring, worldwide opposition to fossil fuel companies’ egregious disregard for climate chaos, and Bernie Sanders–in the U.S. with other Left-leaning leaders speaking up in U.K., Spain, Greece, and parts of South America… there is a tide rising against corporations, the 21st century’s version of pharaohs intent upon enslaving not just all persons (apart from the 1%), but also, the microbial world, marine life, plant life, and the mineral kingdom!

The bastards must be stopped or they will put a stop to all sentient life, along with the countless miraculous wonders of the natural world.


#7

Even more to the point … it is now underway, and nature is bringing on strong winds of change. Perhaps this contributed to our winged friend the finch perching on Sanders’ podium last week. Straight to the heart, no media intervention, just the fact.


#8

The chances of a huge popular movement bursting on the scenes is even less IF Sanders is elected. Recall how all sorts of organized resistance folded up and went home on January 21, 2008.


#9

Ah, so you’ve spoken about an undeniable and unchanging truth about movements.

Movements are built upon values … not an individual. Individuals come and go for any number of reasons including imprisonment, death, disability, etc. However, the message and values remain after the loss of the leader.

Fight for $15 and Black Lives Matter are examples. It is message and values of the movement that draws followers and inflames ever-growing enthusiasm.

A classic example is (Marxist) Socialism. Karl Marx died in 1883. Yet, his theories are being discussed, taught, and struggled for today. The movement to replace Capitalism with Socialism has lasted over 150 years … long after Marx’s death. It is the message and values that are critical - not an individual or leader.