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Mon Dec 21, 2015, 04:26 PM

You can tell the quality of a candidate by that candidate's enemies.

Let us consider Bernie Sanders.

He is sort of a New Deal candidate whose platform is extremely appealing to most Americans.

Unfortunately, Bernie's message is anathema to the more conservative 'Third Way' wing of the Democratic party, which pretty much holds all the power. The reason is they, like their Republican counterparts across the aisle, are beholden to many corporate and special interests:

-Big oil and coal companies are frightened of Bernie because he has said global warming is the biggest threat we face.

-The military industrial complex is uneasy with Bernie, because they are afraid he'll cut funding for unnecessary stuff. They also don't appreciate him wanting to spend money on rebuilding our outdated and crumbling infrastructure because they believe, correctly that this will cut into their profits.

-Multinational corporations and international bankers dislike Bernie because he is against the Trans Pacific Partnership, which in effect would cost western nations millions of jobs and undermine democracy at all levels. Some see TPP as being the power elite's 'move' to take power from nation states and create a corporate government.

-Wall Street dislikes Bernie because he wants to re-instate Glass-Steagall and generally tighten up regulations.

-Health insurance companies and big pharma hate Bernie because they are on the ACA (Obamacare) gravy-train, and what is ACA but a giant Heritage Foundation corporate welfare program? Bernie is calling for single payer healthcare, and for the government to use it's vast buying power to drive costs down.

-The NRA doesn't like Bernie much because he's called for a differentiated approach - less gun control in rural areas and more in urban ones. Since the NRA represents merchants of death far more than its rank and file membership, his position is, again, anathema to them.

-Big corporations and billionaires dislike Bernie because he wants to raise their taxes and adjust the corporate tax code so companies can't so easily 'offshore' income and profits without paying taxes at all. This is a $20 trillion + problem for the US Treasury. The other reason they don't like Bernie is because he wants to remove the Social Security payroll tax cap and actually expand the program, and again, any benefit to Americans through social programs is seen as a danger to profits.

-K-Street lobbyists don't like Bernie because he wants to overturn Citizens United and impose government funded elections. The corporate owned news media doesn't like this because it will reduce their election year profits from overpriced commercials.

There's more, but that's enough to illustrate my point.

Now, to your question. Wasserman Schultz and the DNC is firmly in Clinton's camp because Clinton is the establishment candidate. The media, which is corporate-owned is downplaying or downright ignoring Bernie. Polls paid for by establishment sources are purposely skewing in favor of Clinton. Post debate feedback showing Bernie coming out on top is being deleted from media websites.

Basically, the only people who like Bernie are ordinary people, because every single plank of his platform is favored by a majority of Americans. I believe very strongly that Bernie is the ONLY candidate running that actually cares about me or my family, and I know his policies will make my life better.

So there you have the answer, or at least AN answer from the perspective of one person. Iím not alone though. And one other thing:

To all Bernie supporters Ė we know the quality of our candidate by his enemies. Thatís why Bernie needs all of us as friends!

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Reply You can tell the quality of a candidate by that candidate's enemies. (Original post)
PatrickforO Dec 2015 OP
daleanime Dec 2015 #1
OilemFirchen Dec 2015 #2
PatrickforO Dec 2015 #5
OilemFirchen Dec 2015 #9
NurseJackie Dec 2015 #14
upaloopa Dec 2015 #3
brooklynite Dec 2015 #4
valerief Dec 2015 #6
NorthCarolina Dec 2015 #7
leftofcool Dec 2015 #8
NorthCarolina Dec 2015 #10
PatrickforO Dec 2015 #15
WillyT Dec 2015 #11
murielm99 Dec 2015 #12
HoneychildMooseMoss Dec 2015 #13
sonofspy777 Dec 2015 #16
Qutzupalotl Dec 2015 #17
Paka Dec 2015 #18

Response to PatrickforO (Original post)

Mon Dec 21, 2015, 04:31 PM

1. K&R....

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Response to PatrickforO (Original post)

Mon Dec 21, 2015, 04:31 PM

2. tl;dr

The Democratic Party is not Sanders' enemy. Democratic voters are not Sanders' enemies.

Sanders' enemies have a name: Republicans.

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Response to OilemFirchen (Reply #2)

Mon Dec 21, 2015, 04:32 PM

5. The Democratic party is split.

The establishment, or Third Way wing of the party most definitely does NOT like Bernie.

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Response to PatrickforO (Reply #5)

Mon Dec 21, 2015, 04:41 PM

9. Not really.

And the "wings", except for among hyper-political acolytes - the vast majority of whom exist on the fringe - do not consider each other "enemies".

Those espousing otherwise are attempting to create a rift that's destructive, counter-productive and deplorable.

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Response to PatrickforO (Reply #5)

Mon Dec 21, 2015, 05:35 PM

14. No it's not. Get real.

A discussion board with passionate anonymous users is "split".

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Response to PatrickforO (Original post)

Mon Dec 21, 2015, 04:31 PM

3. Well if everyone is so afraid of Bernie who

will work with him? He has few friends in the Senate. No endorsements there.

Maybe not getting along with people is a sign of a not so quality candidate.

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Response to PatrickforO (Original post)

Mon Dec 21, 2015, 04:32 PM

4. None of these are enemies...

...have any of them tried to get him defeated in his years in the House or Senate?

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Response to PatrickforO (Original post)

Mon Dec 21, 2015, 04:34 PM

6. K&R

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Response to PatrickforO (Original post)

Mon Dec 21, 2015, 04:36 PM

7. But, but, but...he wants to

 

give free stuff to the lazy and the undesirables, and even PAY for Trumps kids to go to College....FREE.

Or so I've heard.

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Response to PatrickforO (Original post)

Mon Dec 21, 2015, 04:39 PM

8. Is there anyone in Government or business like Bernie likes?

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Response to leftofcool (Reply #8)

Mon Dec 21, 2015, 04:46 PM

10. Is it a prerequisite?

 

eom

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Response to leftofcool (Reply #8)

Mon Dec 21, 2015, 06:10 PM

15. Yeah. Honest people who are not corrupted by corporate money.

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Response to PatrickforO (Original post)

Mon Dec 21, 2015, 05:20 PM

11. K & R !!!

 


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Response to PatrickforO (Original post)

Mon Dec 21, 2015, 05:24 PM

12. You can tell his quality by his friends, too.

His staffers snoop and cheat to gain unfair advantage. His supporters have a bad reputation all over social media.

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Response to PatrickforO (Original post)

Mon Dec 21, 2015, 05:29 PM

13. I support Bernie for any number of reasons

No other candidate comes close.
O'Malley comes in a distant second.
And Hillary's such a distant third, I need binoculars to see her.

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Response to HoneychildMooseMoss (Reply #13)

Mon Dec 21, 2015, 06:13 PM

16. More like a telescope! nt

 

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Response to PatrickforO (Original post)

Mon Dec 21, 2015, 06:23 PM

17. Fully agree. K&R

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Response to PatrickforO (Original post)

Mon Dec 21, 2015, 08:18 PM

18. K&R

You said it so beautifully. Bernie cares and he is running to make things better for all of us.

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