Plant Your Flag; a Progressive Agenda
2014: Seize the Moment
The Congress has just ended one of the worst and least productive sessions in the history of our country. At a time when the problems facing us are monumental, Congress is dysfunctional and more and more people (especially the young) are, understandably, giving up on the political process. The people are hurting. They look to Washington for help. Nothing is happening.
In my view, the main cause of congressional dysfunction is an extreme right-wing Republican party whose main goal is to protect the wealthy and powerful. There is no tax break for the rich or large corporations that they don't like. There is no program which protects working families -- Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, affordable housing, etc. -- that they don't want to cut.
But the Democrats (with whom I caucus as an Independent) are most certainly not without fault. In the Senate, they have tolerated Republican obstructionism for much too long and allowed major legislation to fail for lack of 60 votes. They have failed to bring forth a strong and consistent agenda which addresses the economic crises facing the vast majority of our struggling population, and have not rallied the people in support of that agenda.
As we survey our country at the end of 2013, I don't have to tell you about the crises we face. Many of you are experiencing them every day.
Let`s hope Washington politicians, both Republicans and Democrats, are listening to your very profound words.
I'd love to see him making these comments from a debate stage just to watch Hillary squirm and try to change the subject.
If he did run, however, it's more than likely the media would find a way to freeze him out.
I think that Bernie would make a great president.
As a candidate, he would bring out the pettiness in Hillary, and that just might save the country.
He has a strong, attractive agenda and is a wonderful, steady, calm thinker. If Elizabeth Warren does not throw her hat in, I hope Bernie Sanders runs. I am unaware of any scandals that could hurt him or be thrown in his face in a campaign.
Scandals and Hillary are a different question. It isn't that the Republican rumors and nastiness is true, but that she has never been able to disprove a lot of nonsensical charges thrown her way. That is unfair, but that is the way it is.
The biggest drawback with Hillary is, however, that she shows her anger in an unattractive way. That is the problem with most of the potential Republican candidates also. Chris Christie is the worst example of that. There is none of the Obama cool. People like the Obama cool. I like it too.
Sanders is closer to having Obama's cool, his steadiness when under attack or when meeting stress than any of the other potential candidates.
Either way is OK with me, Both of them have the communication skills to be a winner...and the country would be a winner too.
Either of them would choose someone from the South or Midwest or West as a running mate. Geographic balance is a valid consideration.