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These 14 Democrats Are at Core of What Bernie Sanders Calls the 'Most Progressive Freshman Class' in Modern US History


#41

Great read - I had heard some of these points other places but I didn’t realize McBath was the same district as Ossoff. And interesting back story on Cruz’s district last election cycle. Thx.


#42

Got that right. What is called a “progressive” today used to just be your standard, run-of-the-mill Democrat. Protecting labor, the middle class and the poor against monopolies and the rich used to be the clarion call to join the party. It stumbled around leaderless in the 70s then Bill Clinton kicked it in the left knee cap so that it could only limp to the right. When was the last time the Democratic Party passed something like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, the Civil Rights Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, or the Voting Rights Act? Even most Democrats are embarrassed to say the ACA was any great achievement; more like a half-assed, stop gap measure before real health care legislation can be passed.


#43

Say what you will about the Senator, but he blew the lid off of expediencies.


#44

Sad to say, you have a pretty good read on the whole mess. We started trading wage increases for insurance stabilizers and it never stopped. Then the squeeze began to tighten on the unions and hasn’t stopped. The big boys are winning bit by bit.


#45

What color? You can’t get any traction if the voters don’t know who you are. Most of them can’t name one candidate who ran under the Green (Who?) Party. Plus, openly hoping for the worst for the progressive Democrats won’t win you any converts either. You Greens (Who?) are your own worst enemy.


#46

Yes, that is why the Democratic, Party, elite love Bernie and his fellow progressives because they enable the Democratic Party to stay in political power by giving false hope to so many of their well meaning acolytes; thereby, eliminating any political power by any third party.


#47

“Socialism”, aka “progressivism”, is as big a sham as “capitalism”, aka neo-feudalism.

The problem with “socialism” is very similar to that of “capitalism”.
Most everyone puts their wants above the needs of others.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez spent over $1 million pursuing her personal political ambitions.
That same $1 million could have gone to feed & clothe the homeless & extremely poor…in a wholly unselfish manner.

Bernie Sanders net worth tops $2 million.
This has increased from some $460,000 in 2012.

Bernie Sanders’ largest campaign donors include Apple, Alphabet, IBM, Microsoft, and other firms that are all largely owned, and thus controlled by the same largest money-management firms (like Vanguard, State Street, BlackRock, Fidelity, Invesco, and others).
(source = morningstar.com)

These are the same firms that comprise the largest institutional shareholders of the largest “competing” corporations, in most every single industry.
They own, & thus control upwards of 40-50 percent of the entire U.S. markets.

The largest “competing” hospitals, insurance and pharmaceutical co’s that have profited the most of Obama’s ACA are also largely owned by these same firms.

So Bernie, where’s my “socialist” share of your over $2 million?

Regardless whether “Democrat” or “Republican” (even their fringe offshoots like “Progressives” and “Libertarians”), the same ultra-wealthy continue to gain ever-more wealth, the same ultra-powerful gain ever-more power.
Meanwhile, the rest of us continue to lose out to highly under-reported inflation, as we continue to lose ever-more rights, freedoms, liberties, and justice.

“Partisan” politics is a complete sham.
The .001 percent control the politicians in office…all of them.
Those that refuse to comply with the will of the .001 percent, have their political careers destroyed.


#48

That “right stuff” is called money, aka capital, wealth.

We are seeing the highest concentration of capital EVER in the history of the U.S. (per the WTID wealth inequality index).
It has increaased drastically under both the “Dems” and “GOP”.

Bernie Sanders is being supported by the exact same people that are supporting the most powerful “Dems” and 'GOP".
His largest campaign donors include Apple, Alphabet, IBM, Microsoft, and other.
Guess whom owns these firms?
Vanguard, BlackRock, State Street (the “Big Three”), along with other trillion dollar money-management firms like Fidelity, Invesco, JP Morgan, and others.

These are the same firms that own the largest “competing” corporations, in most every single industry. They have created virtual monopolies via their large share holdings.

• Corporations owned by these firms are among the largest political campaign donors, to politicians from both the “left” and “right” (even their “fringe” elements like the “Libertarians” and “Progressives”).

• Corporations owned by these firms are among the largest spenders on lobbying activities, to politicians & bureaucrats of both the “left” and “right”.

• Not surprisingly, corporations owned by these firms are also among the largest recipients of the over $110 BILLION given away ANNUALLY by the government in the form of corporate subsidies.

Think Coke and Pepsi are competitors?
Think again.
Coca-Cola and PepsiCo are largely owned by the same firms.
Even the “uncola”, 7-Up, via Keurig Dr Pepper is owned by the same largest firms.
Ditto for political parties.

I have worked in politics.
Money is power.
Those with the most money, the TRILLIONS, the .001 percent, have the power to oust ANY politician that gets too powerful, and refuses to bow to their will.

They can outspend ANY politician.
They make & break the careers of politicians.

The true ruling elite, that .001 percent, will not allow their power & wealth to be jeopardized by some rogue politicians.

These are the same folks that own & control over 90 percent of the media.

Regardless whether “Dem” or GOP" (or their fringe offshoots like “Progressives” and “Libertarians”), the same ultra-wealthy continue to gain ever-more wealth, the same ultra-powerful gain ever-more power.
Meanwhile, the rest of us continue to lose pace to highly under-reported inflation, as we continue to lose ever more rights, freedoms, liberties, and justice.

“Medicare for all” will happen once the .001 percent have learned to acquire guaranteed profit from the deal.
They did it with Medicare, and the ACA.

The neo-feudal Lords (“capitalists”, even if disguised as “Progressivism”) are those that have learned to best manipulate the markets, including profiting off social welfare programs.

Social programs like Food Stamps and subsidized housing are gaining in popularity, only because the .001 percent have learned to profit off those programs.

This is one of the constructs of the new American Planned Market Economy.
The .001 percent are the true architects of such.


#49

Very important investigative journalism. You’d never see the MSM covering this.


#50

My source is only RT.com, but the whisper there is that most of these new folks have a military or security background. I’m just hoping that this will enable them to better understand how to and be more determined to stop war.


#51

Great article by George Galloway!


#52

Why are you so optimistic, Bernie?!

Eugene Linden concluded his Affluence and Discontent: The Anatomy of Consumer Societies (1979) this way (p. 178):

“The consumer society continues to roll along despite the diminishing luster of its myths. What this suggests is that we will continue on our present [downward!] course, and that the probability of one or another of our proposed [in his book] disasters will rapidly increase until some small event triggers the apocalypse of the consumer society.”

Given the UN Secretary General’s statement, in September, that in two years “runaway global warming” is likely to begin (meaning that our species will then go extinct!), I regard Linden’s “small event” as being the election of Donald Drumpf!