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Bernard and His Brother: You Cannot Stop the Movement That Has Begun Here


#1

Bernard and His Brother: You Cannot Stop the Movement That Has Begun Here

One of our favorite moments from the convention was the poignant, fiery, tearful vote for Bernie of one Democrat from abroad: His older brother Larry, a longtime U.K. activist - first Labor, now Green - who paid tribute to their parents, New Dealers who "would be especially proud that Bernard is renewing that vision." Larry's painful mix of pride and sorrow - “I think he’s already made quite a difference. But I would have liked Bernard as president -” is all of us.


#2

Nice.

We can honor the decades of progressive, compassionate and socially just work of Bernie with our commitment to CONTINUE to fight for the political revolution that has begun in the last 8 years or so. Never give up. Call me an idealist and a dreamer. This November I will be voting my values and NOT for the Lesser Evil.


#3

Much thanks to CD for carrying this, I missed the roll call. This is a record of one of the great moments in American history.


#4

It was an incredibly moving moment. Nothing at all like Hillary's fake teary moments. This is what authenticity is.


#5

"Now the Greens' national spokesperson on health issues, he has asked voters
to “imagine a political system that puts the public first. Imagine an
economy that gives everyone their fair share. Imagine a society capable
of supporting everyone’s needs." "

So there is a Sanders in the UK! Nice. He ought to get together with Jeremy Corbyn.

The UK once had a political system that put people first. It was voted into office a few months after WW2 had ended and was led by Sir Clement Atlee, whose Cabinet was a very interesting mix of people from all walks of British society.The good work done by that government lasted until 1979 when Thatcher came to power and started was has been the steady dismantling of British social democracy, aided and abetted by Tony Bliar's "New Labour" Party. As has occurred across other Commonwealth countries in what has been a distinct and recognisable pattern..


#6

Thank you Ellen
Although I am disappointed with Sanders endorsing Clinton, I also want to say "Thank you Bernie" for your life long commitment to progressive ideas.
Some day, I hope soon, we will know the real reason he endorsed Clinton.


#7

Sadly, politics as played today is like an iceberg, with only a small portion visible to the eye. The other 90%, the potentially deadly portion, hides down out of sight. You can safely bet all of your money that SOMETHING, and not just fear for his own personal safety, caused Bernie to seem to turn against his own movement. When that hidden cause is finally discovered, I predict that many, many of his followers will be red faced and in tears for doubting their true friend. He is as loyal as a sheepdog to its owner, and that "owner" for Bernie is NOT the DNC, but you and me.


#8

"The New Deal of Franklin Roosevelt" sited by Larry Sanders was the first great social democratic project in history, falling short for its time only so far as instituting national health care here. FDR and his New Deal with its innovative programs inspired the wonderful social democracies that arose after the Second World War in Western Europe, such as in my family's old country, Norway, and which went further than America's which soon came under attack by reactionary forces that have persistently conspired to undermine the New Deal. It is a precious national legacy and not a little of Bernie Sanders' campaign's success is based on Pres. Eisenhower's warning to rightwing conservative Republicans, that to try to destroy it was "the third rail in American politics."

I was deeply moved by Larry Sanders last night. He and his little brother were growing up in Brooklyn, NY not far from me and mine, also in a small apartment, and being raised by ordinary people who were the salt of the earth. I'm so glad to note how far he and "Bernard" have gone in life without forgetting "where" (what and whom) they came from!


#9

My Mother's New Deal family were Welsh and Italian coal miners in SE Ohio. There's a famous story about (Great)Grandpa Basil Roberts encountering the man who would be my Dad, in the driveway, before he and Mother were more than acquaintances. "Nice feller ya got there, Eloise," he remarked after walking on up the steep hill, "Too bad he's a Republican." She had no idea. He turned out to be the Goldwater kind, until the nomination of Reagan made him throw up his hands and change his registration.


#10

You're more than a little correct, but there was no "turn against," and while I know it's not what you meant, the "sheepdog" label has been a negative epithet used against Bernie. Bernie's commitment always has been to independence. His run at the Democratic Party was no exception. He activated millions of young voters and re-energized many of us other oldies. Indeed, the movement cannot be stopped. This will be the last party-controlled election of a president. And Bernie will be there, backed by his revolution, calling "Excuse me, but you said ..." from the middle of the Senate aisle.


#11

I've always recognized that sheepdog charge as a canard too. Though I wish Bernie had expressed his endorsement differently, less enthusiastically sounding. For example,: And "if" Hillary Clinton champions these proposals she's agreed to, I have no doubt she will be an outstanding president.
His endorsement was conditional - and even no less a progressive than Ralph Nader agreed! But Bernie did bring embarrassment on so many of us who have defended him - and continue to - against that charge, all the time understanding his strategy and difficulties.


#12

Whew! Well, that was a tear jerker. A powerful tribute to one of the great movers and shakers of our time. Thank you.
P.S. Don't mind me, I'm still choked up.


#13

New Zealand in 1908 had a "new deal" in respect of social progress and health-care. I think Australia was among the first western democracies to accept the 40 hour week. Bismarck's Germany also had the makings of "socialism" for workers which I believe included pensions schemes. . The British Labour Party held to a the "New Deal" style of ideology from its inception from before WW1 but until 1945 was unable to get a decent majority government that was long enough lived to put things into action. There was therefore a broad movement from even Bismarck's time towards what we now call social democracy, just as there has been since about 1979 a broad movement aided and abetted by the centralised media and assorted right-wing "think" tanks to bring us back to the economic ideology of Victorian England and even back to the earlier days of the British Industrial Revolution.

We will have women back down the coal mines yet!

I am just sorry that Bernie Sanders saw fit to endorse Clinton. The Frump or the Trump. What a choice the USA has to make, and the rest of us have to live with.

No annihilation without representation!


#14

Yes, I'm glad someone mentioned that social-democratic measures did not begin in the US. We must not forget the Popular Front in France either, with many measures to improve workers' lives, in particular the first paid summer holidays - this was seen as revolutionary indeed, with "upstart" workers: families or young singles, taking off to the countryside on sturdy bicycles or in the cheapest railway class.

Not to mention the far more radical measures in republican Spain and in autonomous communes, often anarcho-syndicalist.

Well, these days I'd rather see women - and men - taking part in producing greener energies that don't rely on fossil fuels, and in many other "green jobs" improving the sustainability of communities and walkable, cyclable neighbourhoods and towns, as well as restoring affordable public rail service and of course, housing for all in better-designed blocks of flats and lots of greenery. The assault on mining communities was class war from the wealthy, but mining could have been gradually phased out while ensuring employment and retraining for miners and prospects for their children and communities.


#15

Having observed Chicago politics from Mayor Kelly onward (precinct captains, aldermen, etc.) the good and the terrible, I've learned to avoid judgement and keep on observing. Bernie is heroic. Focus on the positive can energize the 'movement' , however it will require courage and sacrifice, communication and co-operation. I am eternally grateful for my heritage (red-neck mom and blue-collar Swedish immigrant dad) and the human values I inherited. Tough love at times. Gratitude for my limited access to Internet potential, gratitude for the positive comments on CD. Tough times ahead for our Earthian home. A bit of mirth can balance the outrageous media distortions of our 'exceptional' U.S. culture?
We shall overcome - yes?


#16

I'm not the least bit embarrassed by Bernie. The embarrassment is all on those who fail to recognize what he does.


#17

The Clinton's and their whole corrupt political machine cannot and will not kill the movement that is driven by a believe that is encapsulated in that moment.
The old establishment is still in power, but their days are numbered..
This is the beginning of their end.
How sad for them that they will never know the power of real love.


#18

Beautifully written tribute Abby. Despite his recent political decisions, Bernie remains a man of tremendous courage, integrity, humanity, and intelligence.


#19

I am not sure you are entirely correct. At the end of the 2nd war, half of Europe (eastern block) embarked into a socialistic way of life with great promises and old humanitarian ideals - free health care, free education for all, emancipation of women, and egalitarian principles in all aspects of life. And the western industrialized countries in Europe had to take some social democratic measures to ensure survival of their power and their economic system. The US was a bit far away in the European context, and the Eastern Europe example (at that time) posed a risk.


#20

Ideals and promises indeed, but the problem in the Eastern bloc was a history and cultures of authoritarianism and industrial development insufficient to sustain the transformation, let alone to repair the destruction from the war. And you have the timelines a bit tangled. The Eastern European socialist revolution began during WWI; the US New Deal began in the 30s. And only the US was able to take the economic bump of WWII industrial production and run with it without pausing to recover and deal with population displacement.