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To Honor the Legacy of John Lewis, Vote for Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/views/2021/01/04/honor-legacy-john-lewis-vote-raphael-warnock-and-jon-ossoff

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Two data points:

Political Polls
@Politics_Polls
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#GAsen Runoffs:

Warnock (D) 51% (+2)
Loeffler (R-inc) 49%
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Ossoff (D) 50%
Perdue (R-inc) 50%

Targoz Market Research/PollSmart MR, LV, 12/30-1/3
~https://pollsmartmr.com/latest-polls-1

Political Polls
@Politics_Polls
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#GAsen Runoffs:

Warnock (D) 51% (+4)
Loeffler (R-inc) 47%
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Ossoff (D) 51% (+4)
Perdue (R-inc) 47%

@atlas_intel
, LV, 12/25-1/1
`https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/polls/20210103

Yes, these two neoliberal right-wingers are an honor to the legacy that John Lewis unfortunately devolved to.

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“The late Georgia Congressman, John Lewis—may he rest in peace—was a fighter for health equity and an ardent advocate for health care as a right.” (Sentence 1)

No, he was not.

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From 2017 (~https://archive.thinkprogress.org/rep-lewis-health-care-is-a-right-22452ad7e9a4/)

“Mr. Speaker, I have said it time and time again. Health care is a right. It is not a privilege reserved for a wealthy few,” Lewis said.

From 2019 (~https://www.jacobinmag.com/2019/02/medicare-for-all-2020-election-sanders)

There’s not anything free in America. We all have to pay for something. Education is not free. Health care is not free. Food is not free. Water is not free. I think it’s very misleading to say to the American people, we’re going to give you something free.

Frankly, that is a stupid thing for him to say if he really believed what he said in 2017. I can never forgive him for that slur against Sanders either.

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Curious, but what was the slur against Sanders? I missed that.

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Maybe slur is a bad phrasing on my part. I’m referring to him insinuating that Sanders wasn’t protesting for civil rights whereas Clinton did.

~https://www.cnn.com/2016/02/11/politics/john-lewis-bernie-sanders-civil-rights/index.html

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No, Lewis was just another corrupt member of the black misleadership. Screw them. Stop propping up these dishonest neoliberal enemies of the people.

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Dara, don’t waste your time on KC2669 – the closest approximation to a DNC paid troll that I have seen on this sight.

I often wonder why people stop growing intellectually and emotionally. Lewis was a case in point. I also wonder about Sanders. He didn’t even fight for the provisional ballots in California in 2016, most of which were arguably his. We still don’t know why he threw in the towel, and then doubled down by caving at the Convention. He didn’t say a word then about the troubling discrepancies between his exit polls and his vote totals (significantly lower) in a number of states. He has never adequately explained his decisions. And he ran two rather autocratic campaigns internally. (It’s a good argument against putting your faith in “saviors.”)

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It is so sad to see Common Dreams decline to the status of the mouthpiece of the Democratic Party, so-called.

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I have my reservations about Sanders now too though it’s too late. He’ll never run again and I don’t know how meaningful he will be in the progressive movement going forward. I stopped listening to his speeches. But he has his moments and protesting during the civil rights struggles was one of them and I was disgusted with Lewis for trying to take that away from him.

I don’t think @KC2669 is a paid troll. That would be an insane waste of money given the amount of traffic on this site.

I don’t feel I’m wasting my time either - I’m not sure either of has changed each other’s mind on much, but I enjoy trying to exercise my arguments and I learn plenty of factually content from hers.

On the other hand, I’ve engaged a few very conservative types on this site and that was mostly a waste of time. I don’t want to give up on all those people - the fact that Bernie had that coal miner stand up in a Fox town hall and say Bernie looks out for his interest more than his own Republican representative meant a lot to me. But for conservatives die hard enough to come here and try to start a flame war? They are unreachable by me anyway and I’m not interested in learning much from them either.

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I really admire your reasonable approach to things!

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Let’s keep it real. If you do intend to vote for Ossoff and Warnock today, it’s because they are slightly better than the other two corporately-owned tools currently holding those seats. Not because of the legacy of John Lewis, who in the last years of his life, lied continuously about Bernie Sanders’ civil rights record, for the benefit of Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden, who were NOWHERE near as committed to civil rights as Bernie, but are part of the corporate club that came to own Rep. Lewis’ behind as well.

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My thoughts exactly,…unfortunately.

Actions always speak louder than words, particularly among neoliberals.

Lets give Warnock a chance----same with Ossoff------If these people go back to same old stuff they will lose----people are listening it’s just what message are they getting.