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Come Together and Fight the Oligarchy, Declares Sanders in Stirring Commencement


#1

Come Together and Fight the Oligarchy, Declares Sanders in Stirring Commencement

Jon Queally, staff writer

Sen. Bernie Sanders delivered the commencement address at Brooklyn College on Tuesday and told graduating students that entering an "oligarchic" country like the contemporary United States will demand vigilance and perseverance on their parts but that it was because of determined young people that he has "enormous confidence" in the country's ultimate future.


#2

Sad that a top-tier university won't touch Sanders. Americans would never vote for a socialist like Sanders or Jesus Christ.


#3

True to form, in the end Sanders doesn't confront his oligarchic Democratic Party colleagues that control today's Democratic Party.

Of course not. I've defended Sanders, but I also have seen this pattern over the years. He is great at talking about the oligarchy, but when it comes to naming names, or even just taking on the fact that corporate power dominates the power center of the Democratic Party, he instead just focuses on Republicans.

I'm certain, that in his heart of hearts he is just fine with corporate Democrats continuing to do their thing.

It's quite the gig. You can parade as a populist, while actually doing damage control for the Democrats who have mostly gone down the road of corporate subservience.


#4

Go Bernie. Go Jill. Go Nina. Go Ajamu. Go Tulsi. Go Cornel. Go Glen. Go Glenn. Go Bill. Go Keith. Go Margaret. Go Kevin. Go Ralph. Go We the People. Go Planet. Go Peace. Go! Go! Go! Go!


#5

I actually think he's just a pragmatic politician. He knows that many of his colleagues don't come from Vermont and don't have the political "room" to speak like he does. Some are just more philosophically conservative than him but are also people of goodwill. If he gets elected president or someone like him does, to get laws passed, he's got to work with them. And, right now, I think much of the activism in the party is leaning more his direction than not--a good thing. I think he's just being a smart politician, that's my bet at least.


#7

I'm too radicalized from the results of "pragmatism" since that ugly advent of the formation of the DLC to give such pragmatic subservience of power a break.

Third Way Pragmatism has taken us to this point. I'm done with it.

If he's unwilling to take on corporate power in the Democratic Party, then he serves ultimately that power.


#8

You can't be a Socialist and a democrat. The democratic party is a capitalist party.


#9

Don't chop off your nose to spite your face. Bernie is doing what he has to do to stay relevant. He cannot go after the corporate monsters, banksters, pharma, et al and dem party all at once. One day at a time.


#10

Don't chop off your nose to spite your face. Bernie is doing what he has to do to stay relevant. He cannot go after the corporate monsters, banksters, pharma, et al and dem party all at once. One day at a time.


#11

Sanders' pragmatism at political power calculations can be a bit on the extreme side, like when such calculations factored into him repeatedly defending Nancy Pelosi's decision to "take impeachment off the table".

Such pragmatism, such wink wink movement building isn't exactly effective if the goal is to take on corporate power.

I mean, exactly when is it going to be pragmatic to start?

In the meantime, people in the audience who actually believe that the power center of the Democratic Party is looking out after their interests are mislead, by default, by Sanders holding his tongue.

But then again, I never have, nor do I today, fully trust that he actually intends on breaking up that power center of the Democratic Party.


#12

Synergy is by far the most powerful political tool we have as Americans. If we come together and refuse to let the salesmen of hate, distrust, misogyny, homophobia, xenophobia divide us we can reach for the stars. An arcane electoral system allowed us to elect a world class buffoon, but we don't have to give in to despair. The system will work, it will not tolerate treason. It will not tolerate a "For profit" presidency. Tragically, if the system had been more honest, Senator Sanders would be our president. America is still whole; Trump popular vote 62,985,106. Vote for other 74,115,123.


#13

Sanders is the DNC Judas Goat.
No change in the Democratic Party and they call it unity.
Still voting Green, thanks for selling out Bernie.


#14

Bernie always said that Change comes from the Bottom Up, and it sure seems like he left the Grads feeling a lot more Informed, Empowered, and Inspired, and that's how these things Start, and Grow.


#15

Chicken poop


#16

Go cluck yourself jerk.

Engage me in a debate. I'll eat your lunch.


#17

Read the speech.


#18

I read the speech.

Sorry that's not an argument.


#19

Will you then regurgitate it, to feed your young?


#20

I don't quite understand this trolling attack on my argument regarding Sanders.

If you, or Lerenarde have specific problems with what I have said, then have at it.

Just a trolling comment of "chicken poop", which you liked, followed up with the comment you just made is pretty damn pathetic.


#21

It could be argued that Hillary's Clinton commencement speech at Wellesley was more on target then Bernie's at Brooklyn College. She really ripped Trump and focused on what a threat he is to democracy. Bernie has been saying virtually the same thing for 40 years. Since he seems to be stuck on one issue his words lack the power in confronting a white supremacist like Trump who is trying to destroy democracy and establish a white nationalist police state based on maintaining law and order while ignoring American values.