Thursday, March 3, 2016

Bernie's Political Revolution Lives On

Former Clinton labor secretary Robert Reich. (photo: Steve Russell/Toronto Star)
Former Clinton labor secretary Robert Reich. (photo: Steve Russell/Toronto Star)

By Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Facebook Page
02 March 16
ernie won Minnesota, Oklahoma, Colorado, and Vermont, and lost Massachusetts by a whisker. So the Bernie movement lives on (even though much of the media wants to discount it). Meanwhile, Trump took most of the Super Tuesday states, but Cruz got Texas, Oklahoma, and Alabama (thereby becoming the Republican alternative to Trump).

In effect, the next president will emerge from one of four political tribes -- Trump's authoritarians, Cruz's fierce right-wingers, Hillary's establishment Democrats, and Bernie's political revolutionaries. If America had a parliamentary system, these four parties would negotiate to form a government and a prime minister. But we don't, and only one of these tribes will win.

The only group left out is the Republican establishment. They despise Cruz and abhor Trump. So where will they go? I think they'll join Hillary's establishment Democrats.

What do you think?


+147 # Ken Halt 2016-03-02 12:06
I think we need to step it up, GO BERNIE!! I'll just bet that having won a few states, and thinking her lead is solid, Hillary is going to dial back on the progressive rhetoric. Though some people say the Bernie has moved HRC to the left, it's only a pose, a ruse to woo independents and progressives.. We need a REAL PROGRESSIVE as head of state, not a phony poseur. I'm sure she would be "good" president for those who want to maintain the status quo but after almost 40 years of conservative ascendance look where that has gotten us! Let's feel the Bern and double down on our efforts to elect the best for US Pres. !!
+35 # Vardoz 2016-03-02 16:51
It was very close- And HRC was busy sabotaging the election in MA already.
Bill Clinton for campaigning at polling places

PeticiĆ³n para Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey
Arrest & prosecute Bill Clinton for Violation of Mass. Election Laws.

This is a call for the immediate arrest of President Bill Clinton for clear, knowing and egregious violation of the campaign laws to swing an election in a significant way. It could not be any clearer in the Massachusetts General Laws. "Campaigning within 150 feet of a polling station, or in any way interfering with the right to vote". Choosing the critical battleground state of Massachusetts, Bill Clinton should immediately be subject to arrest and prosecution. Bill Clinton was not only electioneering within the boundary. Although the spokesperson for Bill Clinton denies that he was ever inside a polling place, photos and video show him clearly greeting and talking up election workers inside.

After being told to refrain from this activity, which is a 3rd degree Voter Violation Felony, for which Clinton indeed must have known the law and chose to violate it, Bill Clinton does not vote in Massachusetts,
+40 # newell 2016-03-02 16:59
Double down is correct. Clinton's best states are behind her. Bernie won Oklahoma!! and Colorado voted for Reagan and W. There are still 2,383 delegates needed to win. Bernie has 349 and Clinton has 544. The math is not over no matter what the mainstream says. Bernie's message is still gaining momentum, northern and western minorities are not the same as southern, and if money is needed, we have his back. Eat a Bernie frozen pizza and send the $27 to Bernie so we can get his message out.
+38 # scoff 2016-03-02 18:01
The rest of the electoral map favors Bernie, I think. Hillary has won all the southern states so far, but primaries further west and north have given Bernie substantial victories. 10 points in OK, 15 in CO and almost 20 points in MN, not to mention the 73 point win in VT.

Of the 30+ states that have yet to weigh in only 5 or 6 are in the south, what Hillary has called her "firewall." That bodes well for Bernie.

It would be poetic justice, I submit, if Bernie were to win the CA primary and thereby secure the delegates needed to win the nomination. CA was where Bobby Kennedy won on the day he was killed. Bernie's message of economic and social justice is much the same as Kennedy's was back then. I can't think of a more fitting conclusion to Bernie's campaign than for him to win the state that would have given Bobby the Democratic nomination in 1968.
+75 # Patch 2016-03-02 13:11
In a recent issue of The American Prospect magazine they claimed that if voter turnout were 100 percent in ALL elections, meaning every year, there would be almost no Republicans in office. This makes sense since the Republicans don't represent the vast majority of the people.

Many years ago a famous man said: "Governments are fortunate that most people don't think." The Republicans count on this. Trump, especially, plays it to the hilt. Anyone who isn't a millionaire and votes Republican is obviously not thinking.

By the way, the man I quoted above was Adolph Hitler.
+95 # Ray Kondrasuk 2016-03-02 14:45
It was back in '52 or '56 when Adlai Stevenson was running against Ike.

After one stirring speech, a woman approached him and gushed, "Oh Mr. Stevenson! You have the vote of every thinking person in the country!"

"Thank you, madam..." he sighed. "...but I need a majority..."
+34 # Ken Halt 2016-03-02 16:32
Recent Trump victory speech: "I love the poorly educated voter!"
+19 # Vardoz 2016-03-02 16:53
They depend on our apathy
+95 # mountainview 2016-03-02 13:24
I've backed Bernie since long before he launched his campaign; his vision is one I'd love to see enacted. How often do we have the chance to vote for an honest politician? Hillary scares me, and I have a hard time even thinking of voting for eternal war - which is her goal.

My concern is that as Bernie says, we need a political revolution - meaning even if he wins, it's not enough. We need to be encouraging Progressive's to run for the House, for the Senate and for lower offices; we need to support them and we need to elect them. If he wins, there will be some direct encouragement to find these candidates, but at this point it's up to the people in the states to find them so that we have the votes to enact his ideas.
+26 # marysmindtrip 2016-03-02 16:15
Ah, how I wish the voting public had the intestinal fortitude to hang in for the long haul to do the WORK required to achieve true progressive change in this country. I fear that collectively the people have become so absorbed in simply surviving that any follow through is done after the general election. As soon as the going gets enough I've seen too many people bow out and get back to fighting for other things outside of politics. Thoughts?
+95 # Farafalla 2016-03-02 14:06
A good friend had this comment which I quote in full:

Here's the thing about the Super Tuesday election -- all those southern states that Hillary won...? Those are RED states, GOP-dominant, which typically vote for Republicans in national elections.

In November, those states will not go blue if Hillary is the nominee. They MIGHT go blue for Bernie, because Republicans are already voicing their desire to vote for him, and he has the Independents by a landslide. But those states absolutely, definitely, unequivically will NOT vote for Hillary in November. They will be solidly RED.

The states that Bernie won yesterday are SWING states, dammit. The states that Bernie won are the ones that make or break a presidential candidacy.

And, Hillary is running out of southern states.

Show me the place in the Constitution where it says "The South Will Choose the Presidential Candidates." Oh yeah, that isn't in the Constitution.

And yet, the mainstream media wants you to believe that the Democratic race is "over."

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