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Watch Live: Sanders Delivers Speech on Democratic Socialism


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Watch Live: Sanders Delivers Speech on Democratic Socialism

Common Dreams staff

U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is delivering a speech at Georgetown University where he will describe for the nation the meaning of "democratic socialism" and the importance of its bedrock principles when it comes to improving the economy, the lives of people, and the health of communities.


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GFY, troll.


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#5

If the environment were a bank it would have been saved already.
— Senator Bernie Sanders


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Nope, those taxes would be far outweighed by no monthly health insurance premium and the myriad benefits to the country. Feel the Bern!


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I read in the Houston Chronicle today in the opinion section where the writer said something to the effect that of course Hillary will win the nomination.


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Use the referendum Bernie!


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Hillary? Not.


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How ignorant. We tax the top income brackets far less than in the past, same with corporations, carried interest, taxes on estates, dividends, basically all the wealth and income going to the rich. The rich pay so much in taxes because they own far more than they used to and because far more of the surplus created in the economy goes to them. It is a reflection of the explosion in wealth and income inequality.


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Not in this case. Please read all of snowbike's posts. The troll arrived recently, not to inject "realism" but to pump for the Clinton campaign.


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You embeds are such cowards that you're always sent into an on-line forum in pairs. That way, one can reinforce the other regardless of the absence of any merit to the comment.


#18

What @webwalk said.


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Why is this all a heaping pile of bovine droppings, dependent on public ignorance? Because we remain stuck in an anti-socialist era, promoting the corporate capitalist agenda, while mindlessly celebrating middle class elitism. Democrats and liberals today so strongly believe in the success of the deregulated corporate state that they think everyone is able to work, there are jobs for all, therefore no need for poverty relief. They are wrong.

We could argue that the brand of democratic "socialism" promoted by Sanders is a distinctly American brand, which centers on increasing the power of the better-off, the gainfully employed, to the exclusion of the masses of poor. This is not legitimate socialism. Our poverty crisis IS the proof of the grave failings of our deregulated corporate state. Democrats and liberals go to great lengths to avoid addressing this fact. Dems continue to legislate to worsen conditions for the poor, the elderly and the disabled, and liberals continue to ignore it.

Sen. Sanders has been... flexible. He used to speak out powerfully about US poverty and the need for poverty relief, understanding how our former poverty relief programs played a vital role in creating and protecting the massive middle class we once had. It's impossible to save, much less to rebuild, the middle class without shoring up the poor, putting the rungs back on the proverbial ladder out of poverty. This doesn't sell to post-Clinton Dems and libs, so Sanders dumped the poor to pander to middle class campaign donors. He is pragmatic.


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It's apparent that the Party bosses chose Clinton on our behalf, pushing Joe Biden out almost from the start, and certain lib media (MSNBC, etc.) have spent all of 2015 trying to hard-sell Clinton. This is the same liberal media that so deeply divided the "masses" who had voted for Obama, desperately hoping that he could launch a legit public discussion about our poverty crisis (a critical issue that is actually taking a significant toll on the country, itself). .

On a broader scale, we should recognize that what the rich are now doing to the middle class is simply what the middle class already did to the poor. What does Sen. Sanders offer? Merely another decade of pandering to whatever remains of the middle class.


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And when the middle class is destroyed then the rich will do it to the rich.


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Note to Sen. Sanders: Learn about the Democratic Socialism that is actually based on the common good, promoting a strong and legitimate welfare system. Then, make a public statement about our current policies against the poor, and about liberal indifference toward today's poverty crisis.


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Please explain how universal, single-payer health CARE (not health INSURANCE) is "pro-middle-class" and "anti-poor."


#28

Also please explain how your favorite hobby horse, Joe "Credit Card Corporations" Biden, Joe "Military Interventions and Coups" Biden, is "pro-poor".


#30

You are a set of talking points generated by right-wing, billionaire-funded think tanks.