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    • #367132
      Charles
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      Not sure if Bernie is still popular here but he’s still working to to get people elected because this is what’s needed if America is ever going to change. It needs to be from the bottom up rather than just focusing on the top…..

       

      BY TAL AXELROD – 

      Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) announced endorsements for more than 150 Democrats running in local races across the country.

      Sanders said the 172 contenders he endorsed Friday would be strong advocates for the progressive movement and that victories at the local level will help lay the foundation for a “political revolution.”

      “Yes — we all must do everything we can to defeat Donald Trump who is a threat to the very future of our democracy. But it’s not just the White House or seats in the U.S. Congress that are up for grabs in this election,” Sanders wrote in a Medium post. “In every corner of the country, strong progressives are running at the state and local level to represent our movement and lead the fight to transform this country.

      “We need to continue building and strengthening our movement from the ground up by electing more progressives to state and local positions,” he continued. “Because the truth is that the victories we accomplish in this election will lay the groundwork for the future of our political revolution.”

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      https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/520449-sanders-endorses-more-than-150-down-ballot-democrats

       

       

       

       

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    • #367135
      David the Gnome
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      I suppose I am glad he is working to help progressives… but his endorsement of Biden does call his judgment into question.  I guess Bernie can recognize a progressive if anyone can – as for me, new rule.  Not voting for another millionaire or billionaire.  Not ever.

    • #367137
      Pam2
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      ..But as David said, it’s the Biden endorsement that wasn’t popular.

       

    • #367141
      Charles
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      But if Bernie, AOC, and the other progressives are to have any success it will happen under Biden not Trump. From amendments to appointments on committees all of this will only happen if Bernie forms coalitions with those who he’s not strongly aligned with.

      Howie has a great platform but no solid base. Until the Greens or any other party can get people elected they won’t have any influence in regards to policy. Hopefully any serious third party effort will focus on getting people elected in 2022 as that’s what will be needed.

      But we’ve covered all this before. Peace to you David and all here at JPR….

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    • #367151
      NV Wino
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      I’m not happy he dropped out or endorsed Biden, but I understand why he did and he continues to fight for progressives.

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      eridani
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      https://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/277-75/65604-building-and-strengthening-our-movement-around-the-country

      Yes — we all must do everything we can to defeat Donald Trump who is a threat to the very future of our democracy. But it’s not just the White House or seats in the U.S. Congress that are up for grabs in this election.

      In every corner of the country, strong progressives are running at the state and local level to represent our movement and lead the fight to transform this country.

      These races are incredibly important — that’s why I am endorsing progressive, down-ballot candidates across the country. If you can, I hope you’ll cast your ballot for them when you vote.

      We need to continue building and strengthening our movement from the ground up by electing more progressives to state and local positions. Because the truth is that the victories we accomplish in this election will lay the groundwork for the future of our political revolution. With just 25 days to go, these candidates are counting on our support.

      Jesus: Hey, Dad? God: Yes, Son? Jesus: Western civilization followed me home. Can I keep it? God: Certainly not! And put it down this minute--you don't know where it's been! Tom Robbins in Another Roadside Attraction

    • #367174
      doh1304
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      The thought of trying to work with the quisling Democrats, who not only claim to be totally dedicated to destroying us – and working with the “conservative” death cult to do so and have always done so when given the chance – sounds suicidally insane to me. What does Biden have to do, wear a swastika armband like Poroshenko? I can understand the lesser evil argument, but at least get your priorities right.

    • #367203
      djean111
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      here in Florida.  Wood is elusive on issues, but quite verbose about looking forward to working across the aisle.  As are most of the Democrats, seems to me.  I would not vote for Wood even if Bernie endorsed her.

      I have no problem voting for progressive Democrats – which are an endangered species here in Florida, so not actually an issue for me – but Biden has quite literally stated he will not be pushed to the left, that he “beat the Socialist”, that he would veto M4A.  His prospective cabinet picks are horrendous.   I think it delusional to believe a Biden presidency would do anything but block progressives at every turn.  And Bernie has more to fear from Pelosi when it comes to committees and bills and such, not a president.  Unless Biden would work with Pelosi to block Bernie, of course.

      So, I have to disagree with you, @charles .   And yes, we have covered all this before – including the fact that we KNOW Howie cannot win. Many of us  just are not going to waste our votes on EITHER evil, and perhaps voting Green or some other party may help them get on more ballots in the future.  Got to start somewhere.

      Voting for Biden is just swallowing, Biden is extremely clear about that, and many of us are done with that.

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      Everything I post is just my opinion, and, honestly, I would love to be wrong.

    • #367205
      Ohio Barbarian
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      When they voted for the CARES Act, which was the largest political theft of wealth in human history. They could have stood firm and forced the corporatists to give something to the people, like the European governments were doing at at time, but they didn’t.

      I would not vote for any of those Democrats for that reason alone. I can’t say the same thing about the ones now running for office who were not already in Congress, but the lesson I learned is that no Democrat can be trusted not to bow down to the corporatist party line.

      This has no effect on my own vote in Ohio, for there are no progressive Democrats to vote for on my ballot at all, from Congress down to dog catcher. All of them are corrupt, so I won’t be voting in any of those races, unless it’s to cast a protest vote for some random third party person.

      It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

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      GZeusH
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      …there were Republican progressives;  Teddy Roosevelt was one of them.  But during the 1920s, Republicans succeeded in purging all of the progressives from their ranks — kind of like the Democrats have done 90 years later.  It seems that the Establishment is only going to allow for two parties that reflect the views of the Establishment, not the people.

      So eventually, a real progressive is going to be faced with a choice: knuckle under to the Establishment, or break from an Establishment party and align with a third party.  By always running as an Independent, Bernie has chosen the former if he wants to get anywhere with his colleagues.   I hope that a lot of these 150 down-ballot Democrats are just temporary Democrats, ready to break from the party rather than knuckle under to it.

      Corporate America consists of totalitarian entities laser-focused on short-term greed.

      If you just got finessed into calling the medicine that won the 2015 Nobel Prize for its role in treating human disease ‘horse de-wormer’ then you need to sit the next couple of plays out.

    • #367495
      JonLP
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      He was the first candidate to sign the unity pledge. The only ones who thought he wouldn’t endorse the nominee were the Bernie haters.

      Let this radicalize you rather than lead you to despair - Mariame Kaba

      Like many public systems, GOP want to rip the battery out + say the whole car doesn’t work, so they can sell it for parts - AOC

    • #367496
      JonLP
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      Let me guess they should have used what little leverage they do have to ask for a better deal. Well we can’t even get a deal at all.

      Let this radicalize you rather than lead you to despair - Mariame Kaba

      Like many public systems, GOP want to rip the battery out + say the whole car doesn’t work, so they can sell it for parts - AOC

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