Green Party nominee says Sanders, progressives have failed to pull Democrats to the left
June 22, 2020 at 10:42 AM - Views: 56 #328951JonLPParticipant
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Green Party presumptive nominee Howie Hawkins says even progressive Democrats such as Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) have watered down policies espoused by his party and predicts former Vice President Joe Biden (D) has an open lane to the White House in 2020.
That’s why, he says, liberals that support the Green Party platform – especially in states guaranteed to go Democratic by wide margins – will feel more comfortable this year giving him their vote.
Hawkins, who clinched his party’s nomination Saturday night told The Hill that he rejects the idea that Sanders and other prominent progressives such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) have pushed the Democratic Party to the left in recent years.
“I don’t think they have [pushed the Democrats to the left],” Hawkins said. “Except on the ‘Medicare for all’ question, but Biden’s opposed to it.”
June 22, 2020 at 11:28 AM #328958HassleCatParticipant
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“I’m progressive. I’ve been progressive since the day I was born. I only take money from progressive corporations. When I sell out the people, I sell them out progressively.”
June 22, 2020 at 5:50 PM #328979
June 22, 2020 at 6:32 PM #328984Ohio BarbarianModerator
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Hawkins says progressives go into the Democratic Party to change it, and it ends up changing them. This nearly always happens, with very few exceptions, and none of those exceptions are in office now. He’s also right when he says Bernie Sanders is really a New Deal liberal, not a democratic socialist. The most progressives can do is change the party around the margins, but they haven’t shifted the real power in it at all.
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June 22, 2020 at 7:05 PM #328992djean111Participant
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but by stifling progressiveness. Whether they are in “power” (actually we are ruled by oligarchs, in a bipartisan way). or not. Pelosi and Schumer take care of business. In other news, I am going to vote Green no matter who is the candidate. Unless Hawkins’ campaign consists of mostly bad-mouthing Bernie, in which case I will vote for some other “third party”. I am not actually a Hawkins fan. YMMV.
June 22, 2020 at 11:54 PM #329037JonLPParticipant
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When I took a political compass he and Bernie Sanders were the only candidates for President closest to me.
Not a fan of Ventura. When he was governor of Minnesota he removed the residency requirement meaning after he did Minneapolis PD could hire out of city cops.
June 23, 2020 at 1:09 PM #329227eridaniParticipant
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June 23, 2020 at 3:31 PM #329247
June 23, 2020 at 5:47 PM #329251B CalmParticipant
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against Bernie Sanders and the Green Party nominee blames Democratic progressives. Not sure if that’s a way to win over votes!
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