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The Progressive Hope for a Sanders’ Presidency

The Progressive Hope for a Sanders’ Presidency

Peter Bloom

Bernie Sanders has announced he is running again for President – though this time with considerably more fanfare. Unlike the last time he is no longer an afterthought or a spoiler. He is now a frontrunner who must be taken seriously as a legitimate threat to win both the nomination and the general election. For this reason, he has raised new hopes for fundamental progressive change to US politics both at home and abroad.

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Bernie has a unique combination of fire in his belly for progressivism and a deep and earned knowledge of how things work (or, more appropriately, don’t) in Washington, DC. This is a great chance America, don’t blow it!

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Nice, well reasoned piece. Food for thought. One serious objection: you allude to Kamala and Corey as progressives who are behind some key ideas. You forget that Obama was behind medicare for all too, and deliberately did not deliver. Same should be expected of other Dems in the field. They’ll find a way to make it fail, ultimately.

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That is a myth, Obama never campaigned on Medicare for all. At most he was for a public option. With respect to Medicare for all, the most support he ever gave was a few throw-away comments saying it might make sense on a theoretical basis - but he always came back to other types of health care systems when he felt with concrete proposals.

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I’m not convinced Harris or Booker or Gillibrand would push for either a Green New Deal or Medicare for All.

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He is the only one I trust (except Andrew Yang).

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As long as neither Corporate Party Establishment fully and completely embraces the Progressive platform designed to benefit the masses, there will never be any hope.

Never.

Well, through the devious nature of the Duopoly, they will instill in the people something that will never be anything more than false hope.

The only hope for America is when a clear majority of the voting electorate recognizes they have been manipulated into trusting the totally untrustworthy parties of the Duopoly, and then working together as one to support a group of people dedicated to putting People, Planet, and Peace before Profit.

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One question to ask is “Why did Trump win the first time?”
I think that the answer is that people were fed up with the same old politicians and that they wanted to shake things up in Washington. Of course many of these same people are now aghast at how ignorant Trump actually is and how much damage that he has done. But he still has a loyal following, many of whom respond positively to Trump’s messages of hate and bigotry, as sad as that is.

A “mainstream” candidate like most of the Democratic Party contenders will just be promoting the same old model that Hillary Clinton proposed along with “And I am not Trump”. Identical logic that the DNC and Hillary used. They will lose to Trump even though Trump is probably the worst president the country has ever seen.

Bernie brings to the table some of the same messages that were popular with Trump - mainly that he will shake things up in Washington. But instead of using Trump’s hate as his unifying theme, Bernie espouses compassion for all. That is why I think that Bernie is the only candidate that can beat Trump. And that is why I think that Bernie Sanders will be the best president that we have ever had.

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Thank you for the correction.

Authenticity is the only real test, and Bernie wins that test hands down. All the rest (so far) are more interested in themselves than the rest of us. I trust Bernie. Plus, IMHO he is the only one who can actually beat Trump. Go BERNIE!!!

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Bernie Sanders for President in 2020! The best choice for America! With all of our support, Bernie will win in 2020! Peace

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“Why should Sanders run for a second time when all the Democratic candidates are embracing his worldview?” Because these other candidates are “embracing his worldview” only as it serves them to get elected; once in, they’ll revert to their standard neolib colors. Bernie is the genuine article—his progressive colors never fade. The question should be, “Why should we vote for ersatz progressivism when we can have the real thing?”

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The other candidates do not embrace “Sanders’ world view.”

An open question here has to be the extent to which Sanders does. But a question closer to the level of what Bloom intends to investigate might be why Sanders should run in a party that has just denied him candidacy.

Yea, I support Sanders, will temporarily switch my Green affiliation again, donate and volunteer for him again.

Seems if-ier than before…hoping his high favorability ratings and fact that he’s better known will boost his campaign.

Concerned he won’t have the superhuman stamina needed due to being even older. Concerned his campaign won’t have the energizing bolt of lightning out of nowhere impact it had before. Concerned he won’t have the almost ideal foil of an ossified, establishmentarian, politically compromised Clinton to go up against.

Still, he will have his believable integrity and unapologetically progressive stances…worst case scenario - Sanders will be able to make a national case for progressive policies, and the predictably right liberal nominees and likewise right liberal Democratic Party will not be able to simply take the progressive half of their party for granted.

Bloom’s point about centrists is important, though he does not provide key analysis: One reason Trump won was because of some economic populist/cultural conservative Democrats and independents voted for Sanders in the primaries, but - in the absence of an economic populist Democrat - switched to Trump in the general. Arguably, this determined the outcome in crucial midwest states. See:

Believe he made one statement favoring it early on, well before running for President; but later walked it back (‘if we could start from scratch…’); and then in…2000…9?..held a healthcare roundtable that excluded even one proponent of single payer.

Quite sure that the support for Sanders will be there – as much as needed.

But I’m also sure that the violence of the right wing will also be with us.

We are face to face with fascism now and it is fairly deeply embedded in government.

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Trump won because the DNC wouldn’t allow Bernie to be nominated.

And then there is also still the Electoral College - to move things in the right direction
for Elites.

Bernie brings to the table some of the same messages that were popular with Trump - mainly that he will shake things up in Washington. But instead of using Trump’s hate as his unifying theme, Bernie espouses compassion for all. That is why I think that Bernie is the only candidate that can beat Trump. And that is why I think that Bernie Sanders will be the best president that we have ever had.

Agree –

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Peter, i agree that Bernie must be promoted not as the end-all, but as the beginning.
Socialism, communism, democracy, other-isms, can be approached gradually. All -isms can be corrupt. And all -isms can have all kinds of other flaws. Meanwhile it is good to see fresh blood presenting fresh programs for the public in Congress.
I also thinking it may not be easy to undo the mess that Trump’s new judges may create.