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Excerpt: "It is the heartfelt opinion of the Reader Supported News editorial staff that Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont is the best candidate running for President of the United States in this election cycle. Regardless of party affiliation. Mr. Sanders, running as a democratic socialist, has displayed the requisite political courage to confront the brutally oppressive scourge of corruption that grips the throat of the nation."

Thousands of people gather to hear Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders during a campaign rally. (photo: MSNBC)
Thousands of people gather to hear Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders during a campaign rally. (photo: MSNBC)


For President: Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont

By RSN Editorial Board, Reader Supported News

30 January 16

 

t is the heartfelt opinion of the Reader Supported News editorial staff that Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont is the best candidate running for President of the United States in this election cycle. Regardless of party affiliation.  

Mr. Sanders, running as a democratic socialist, has displayed the requisite political courage to confront the brutally oppressive scourge of corruption that grips the throat of the nation.

Mr. Sanders’ stated goals for his presidential administration have significant credibility, we believe, because they are an extension of the very work he has been engaged in throughout his entire political life. 

Not only do nearly all the other major party candidates in the race lack meaningful plans to address the crushing burden of injustice in America today, they largely refuse to acknowledge that the problems even exist. With one possible exception being former Maryland governor Martin O'Malley, who gets honorable mention.

The other exception is Green Party candidate Jill Stein. Jill Stein’s platform and positions on the issues address directly many of the same concerns Mr. Sanders’ do. Stein’s efforts, however, garner little attention, because the Green Party still lacks the political power to mount a serious presidential campaign. Nonetheless, her influence is felt by our editors and all progressives.

With a lifetime of political service, Mr. Sanders has a body of work that clearly defines his ideology of governance. At 74 years of age, we do not believe he is likely to simply abandon what he has stood for consistently throughout his career and become someone his supporters did not expect. A phenomenon we are all too familiar with.  

But it is exactly Mr. Sanders’ ideology of governance that we find most compelling. For those who see the dream of a government of, by, and for the people trampled upon by the world’s wealthiest individuals, Mr. Sanders’ direction is oxygen to a dying democracy. 

Mr. Sanders’ opponents say in essence that they can more efficiently conduct the train. Mr. Sanders says, “Stop the train.”

Indeed the time has come.

For President, the Honorable Senator from the great state of Vermont, Bernie Sanders.



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+69 # nice2bgreat 2016-01-30 13:35
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Bernie Blasts... Google it. There's more than one.


"Bernie Sanders Blasts Alan Greenspan (7/15/2003)"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3szD2m9yDk


"Bernie Sanders to Alan Greenspan: Alice in Wonderland Perspective (9/16/1998)"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0K12J3tHp0Q


"Classic Bernie Sanders - 1988 Interview - Individuals with Money Dominate the Political Process"

http://www.c-span.org/video/?c4539766/classic-bernie-sanders-1988-interview-individuals-money-dominate-political-process
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+101 # danireland46 2016-01-30 14:10
Excellent! Now I know why I need to throw some money in your direction. You are The Outstanding Progressive Blog on the Internet.
 
 
+105 # jimmyjames 2016-01-30 14:10
Thank you RSN for your Bernie Sanders endorsement! Bernie can and will win the Democratic nomination and the Presidency. Feel the Bern, everyone - support Bernie Sanders for President of the United States while we still have a Democratic republic.
 
 
+79 # Mainiac 2016-01-30 14:15
I ditto danireland46. Although I make a monthly ongoing contribution to RSN, I will make another in appreciation of this eloquent endorsement.
 
 
+39 # Inspired Citizen 2016-01-30 14:23
Bernie will need more than endorsements. He'll need leverage and Convention insurance. Have YOU taken the Bernie or bust pledge yet?

http://BernieorBust.org
 
 
+41 # Douglas Jack 2016-01-30 14:43
Inspired, Bernie or bust! Bernie needs Dr. Jill Stein as running mate because Dr. Stein:
1) clarifies foreign policy with a clear commitment to open public negotiations among litigants for peace.
2) elaborates Natural-Science for a healthy green livelihood economy.
3) prescribes Natural-Science for preventative-me dicine in harmony with life.

Bernie should declare Dr. Stein as his VP running mate as soon as possible because this will ensure his nomination by Progressive & those who want peace. If Bernie doesn't get the Democratic nomination, then Dr. Stein should adopt Bernie Sanders as her VP running mate. Together Bernie 25% & Jill 5% have the popular vote leverage to capture the presidency, "with a little help from our friends."
 
 
+21 # apotem 2016-01-30 14:51
Great suggestion!
 
 
+28 # Juanbaltimore 2016-01-30 17:35
Jill Stein would be a poor choice, not because of her politics but because she has no base. It would further marginalize Bernie to those in the middle. Jill Stein doesn't poll anywhere near 5%. I would be surprised at 1%. A much better choice would be Elizabeth Warren for VP
 
 
-8 # Douglas Jack 2016-01-30 18:15
JuanBaltimore, Elizabeth Warren's lack of understanding about Oligarch US led foreign intrigue is problematic. Like Bernie she feels the Middle-east is a rough neighbourhood for Israel. Liz doesn't have a foreign intelligence background to know about Oligarch Israeli-led foreign intrigue such as through the Oded-Yinon-Plan OYP for greater-Israel, which financed the falsely called Arab-spring's destabilization & its US daughters Project-for-a New-American-Ce ntury PNAC or New-World-Order NWO. Bernie & Elizabeth have both drunk the propaganda koolaid & had the wool pulled over their eyes as far as Israel, US, Canadian & NATO foreign intrigues. There's huge intrigue documentation all with original documents uncontested. Dr. Stein has done the research while Bernie & Elizabeth are both still sleep-walking.

Dr. Stein's the only public figure who could help the administration & population take giant steps. Green Party's 5% are 10 year old statistics which show inclination. The youth base, which Jill & Bernie inspire are capable of animating this 5% plus Bernie's 25% & much more. Regardless of Obama's pre-election hope, equality, peace, Gandhian & other statements, he was played by the oligarchs like a fiddle & he danced, sang & executed war-plans & foreign leaders largely according to Neocon & Neoliberal oligarch whims. Bernie as he presently stands has much of the same criteria as Barack. https://sites.google.com/site/indigenecommunity/relational-economy/8-economic-democracy
 
 
+8 # Juanbaltimore 2016-01-30 23:50
I agree with you that both Bernie and Elizabeth Warren aren't perfect candidates - especially on Middle East politics. Their orientation however, would lead to less interventionism , not more because they would look to unentangle the country from its foreign wars.

Dr. Stein's mythical support by 5% "by inclination" is absurd. Would Bernie naming Stein as VP candidate increase his support by even 1%? No way. It would be a poison pill.
 
 
+2 # Douglas Jack 2016-01-31 07:37
Juanbaltimore, RE: "candidates" "by inclination" I agree with you that Dr. Stein, the Green Party & our whole false colonial puppet democracy, Sanders, Warren, Clinton, Cruz, Trump etc. "aren't perfect". While Sanders, Warren & Stein have some good points, they're hopelessly deficient on 'democratic' (Latin 'power-of-the-p eople') essentials.

'Democracy' public communication & public feed-back systems require 'economy' (Greek 'oikos' = 'home' + 'namein' = 'care-&-nurture '), but not as our colonial system is designed. 2004, I was Green Party of Canada GPC candidate for Member of Parliament MP as well as a member of the national GPC Shadow Cabinet for ecological design. I ran in the same electoral district with Prime-Minister Paul Martin for MP.

My critique of GPC & US GP is that; they don't live up to their Gandhian slogan, "Become the change you want to see in the world". GPs put all their finance & effort into the 4 year election-campai gns. GP political process implies capturing so-called power from the top down.

I propose at various GPC levels that we put most of our focus, finance & effort into supporting & organizing local economies in the 'indigenous' (Latin 'self-generatin g') & 1st Nation tradition. Multihome-Dwell ing-Complexes & Multistakeholde r-Participatory -Business are examples of how we can create local ecological economies, fundamental to green politics walk-the-talk. https://sites.google.com/site/indigenecommunity/relational-economy/8-economic-democracy
 
 
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0 # Douglas Jack 2016-02-01 09:22
John, Could it be thumbs-down for too many bad fecal puns? Most don't want to be drawn through the sewer, just to follow your obscure thought patterns. State what you mean without foul language. https://sites.google.com/site/indigenecommunity/structure/5-collaborative-language
 
 
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+3 # Radscal 2016-01-31 17:49
The legend is that Emperor Nero fiddled and danced as Rome burned.
 
 
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+2 # Radscal 2016-02-01 00:29
"Oh so now we're comparing/equat ing Obama to a fat, toga wearing Belushi wanna be ..."

No, I'm correcting your misconception of the origin of the fiddle analogy.

Oh, and Nero died two millennia ago, so I doubt if he was imitating Belushi.
 
 
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0 # Radscal 2016-02-01 11:48
lol. I missed your trollish attempt at satire earlier.
 
 
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+13 # futhark 2016-01-30 21:06
I'm hoping the Green Party will nominate Senator Sanders with or without the Democratic nomination. In 1896 William Jennings Bryan accepted the presidential nominations of the Populist Party and the Silver Republican Party as well as the Democratic Party, so there is precedent for a single candidate running on behalf of multiple parties.
 
 
+10 # Douglas Jack 2016-01-30 23:01
futhark, If Bernie doesn't win the Democratic nomination & honours his promise not to run as a Presidential candidate against Hillary afterwards, then he still has the option of running in support of Green Party Presidential candidate Dr. Jill-Stein's as VP running mate to her.
The perpetual US submission to war-oligarchy can be broken!
 
 
+1 # nice2bgreat 2016-01-30 23:09
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Even precedent, if in contradiction with existing election law, is no precedent at all; unless you are suggesting that on Constitutional grounds States have no right to set that restriction.
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+4 # Radscal 2016-01-31 17:46
I seriously doubt that Dr. Stein would accept the Democratic Party nomination. She has been supportive of Senator Sanders for years, but as soon as he decided to run as a Democrat, she turned her back on him.

I'd love to see him pick Congress Woman Barbara Lee. Besides being the ONLY member of Congress to vote against the 2001 War on Terror (one of Sanders' weak points), she has a terrific progressive record, and is a black woman, which would no doubt strengthen his support in both progressive and black communities.
 
 
+2 # Douglas Jack 2016-02-01 09:01
Radscal, Thanks for informing me about Congress Woman Barbara Lee as an option. We share the same concerns & criteria. Its all about strengthening USA's & "Sanders' weak points" as global terrorists. USA, Canadian, NATO & Israel politicians, oligarchs & citizens are cowards for refusing to face their perceived enemies & those who they regularly vilify in open both-sided, equal-time, recorded & published debates. I'm curious about the example which you know of "Dr. Stein . . . turned her back on Sanders "as soon as he decided to run as a Democrat"?

Terrorist bullies need to be taken through all of their cruel inconsistencies & be fully embarrassed point-by-point & line-by-line. These embarrassing mean-stupiditie s, must be widely published with opportunity for public debate & comment in published forums. Words 'out' those with violence in their hearts as well as to forewarn all who can be part of the solution. https://sites.google.com/site/indigenecommunity/structure/both-sides-now-equal-time-recorded-dialogues
 
 
+2 # Radscal 2016-02-01 11:55
I've read and seen Dr. Stein say she would have welcomed Sanders to run against her for the Green Party Nomination, but since he joined the Democratic Party (something I'm not sure he has done), he has lost all credibility.

I'm sure if you do a web search you'll find plenty of instances.

Like some commenters here (and me for the most part), she finds the DNC so inherently evil that just being one fatally taints that candidate. Specifically, she claims that a Presidential candidate MUST adhere to that party's platform, and the DNC has some nasty stuff in its platform.
 
 
+8 # bardphile 2016-01-30 17:01
No, and (once again) I urge those in swing states not to. Remember '00, and follow Bernie's lead on this one.
 
 
+46 # tr4302@gmail.com 2016-01-30 14:30
Thanks for the endorsement. There is still hope that springs eternal within the human breast.I`m one of these and I`m you are too. Keep the faith.
 
 
+59 # tswhiskers 2016-01-30 14:31
Yes, thank you RSN for endorsing Bernie. I feel so fortunate to be in the midst of another exciting race, at least on the Dem. side. The Obama races in 2008 and 2012 were so refreshing after years of choosing between political nonentities and 2016 will be another interesting rsce as long as Bernie can stay in the running. For the first time in my memory we have a candidate who is unafraid to speak to the real problems of the nation with frankness and courage; these are characteristics never in my experience before seen in a politician. Unfortunately most politicians and the media are behaving like the corporate hacks that they are. Bernie is indeed like oxygen to a dying democracy.
 
 
+42 # reiverpacific 2016-01-30 14:40
And so say all of US!
Y'know, there is an official US Socialist Party -or at least in Oregon and Seattle City Council has the openly proud Socialist member-elect Kshama Sawant, who is one of the forces diving progressive changes up there, including the coming $15.00/Hr minimum wage.
I wonder if Bernie gets the nod and more people experience Socialist (a.k.a. Democracy by and for the people), manages to achieve Single-Payer Health Care, reduction of the military, thereby somewhat curbing Unilateral invasion of other nations for their Multi-National Corporate brother's greed-driven extraction of their finite natural resources (This is a REALLY tough one!) and other populist provisions, whether the many will have their blinkers plucked off their formerly owner-media-bli nded eyes and realize that Capitalism not one exploits other sovereign nations but themselves, that there might be a coalition of the Green Party and a larger Socialist numbers to actually CHALLENGE the pyramid, trickle-down scheme powered status-quo?
Germany has done this in the past.
This could get VERY interesting and actually "Hopie-changie" for real, so that it may stuff that female blunderbuss' words down her mean-spirited thrapple.
 
 
+3 # Radscal 2016-01-31 17:56
Ms. Savant came very close to endorsing Sanders when she gave the Socialist response to the most recent State of the Union Address.

http://www.truthdig.com/avbooth/item/video_kshama_sawant_delivers_a_socialst_response_to_president_20160113
 
 
+3 # Douglas Jack 2016-02-01 09:53
Radscal, This is an endorsement by Kshama Sawant to Bernie by all definitions. http://www.truthdig.com/avbooth/page2/video_kshama_sawant_delivers_a_socialst_response_to_president_20160113

"Bernie Sanders is giving voice to the enormous desire for progressive change. Many of Bernie’s supporters are excited to support a self-described democratic socialist candidate. But what is socialism? Millions are asking. A socialist society would put people before profits, the environment before big oil. In which the resources of the major corporations are taken into democratic public ownership, rationally planned for the needs of society as a whole. I'm not a Democrat, but I would welcome it if Bernie Sanders were to win the Democratic nomination, as this'd be a major blow to the political establishment & to corporate politics. But Sanders will face huge obstacles in the undemocratic Democratic primaries, which are tilted towards Hillary Clinton. Defeating Clinton & the Wall Street interests behind her will require Sanders supporters build a massive new grassroots political force capable of waging a fierce battle against the Democratic Party machine at every level of American politics. Effectively, this means building a new left political party out of Sanders’ campaign that can continue to organize & fight beyond the elections." cont'd.

But socialists don't understand their own indigenous economic origins. https://sites.google.com/site/indigenecommunity/relational-economy
 
 
+2 # Radscal 2016-02-01 12:01
Quite. She doesn't come out and say "I endorse..." but she sure sounds genuinely excited about a President Sanders.

On the far lefty sites I visit, I noticed two principle responses to Ms. Sawant's speech.

1. Denial that this was even approaching an endorsement.

2. Claiming that Ms. Sawant is not a "real" socialist.

Both of those even come up in the TruthDig comments.
 
 
+55 # dotlady 2016-01-30 14:41
Applause for your choice and for Bernie!!
 
 
+57 # Shades of gray matter 2016-01-30 14:54
You all may know that Bernie is running as democratic socialist, but $2BILLION and all the radio, print, tv media will say "Democrat SOCIALIST." I'd like to see a little more Teddy Roosevelt Trust Busting and FDR Safety Network. We're going to hear a LOT about Marx, Stalin, Mao, Castro, Soviet Union, N.Korea. I'd rather be aligned with the Roosevelts, especially Eleanor. No use self destructing, committing political suicide. "I'm a Social Security Democrat!" "I'm a broadened Medicare Democrat!" "I'm a campaign finance reform Democrat." "I'm a break up overly powerful banks Democrat!" "I'm a HOLD-BANKERS-AC COUNTABLE-Democ rat." "I'm an Environment Protecting Democrat, who sees radical climate change as an imminent peril!" I'm an equal education opportunity Democrat." "I'm an equal pay for equal work Democrat!" "I'm a Freedom of Choice, Quality Reproductive Care Democrat!" "I'm a Democrat who thinks our society should be more supportive of healthy child bearing and healthy child rearing." "All of our children are our country's future, including those here without documents, but with commitment to contribute to a greater America!"
 
 
+15 # DrD 2016-01-30 17:26
Awesome post Shades! Those are great suggestions.

Thank you RSN for your eloquent endorsement!!

Go Bernie!
 
 
+6 # tedrey 2016-01-31 10:12
Absolutely perfect, Shades. Now who has contact with those who make buttons and stickers?
 
 
+27 # turtleislander 2016-01-30 15:04
hear hear!!!
 
 
+45 # kando@ltidewater.net 2016-01-30 15:05
Great!Absolutel y! Bernie deserves all of our endorsements and votes. But electing him is not enough. We must be weary of the powers that be "behind the throne" for whom any president/ elected office holder is but a figurehead to be manipulated. We the people cannot prevail, unless we are willing, as a movement, to fight for the values we share with Bernie.
In short, electing Bernie is but our first task.
Also let's watch our language Bernie is a democratic socialist aka. social democrat. He is not a "socialist" in the sense that concentrates power and ownership in the state. People who use the "s-word" are often ignorant of this distinction.
 
 
+32 # bbaldwin2001 2016-01-30 15:07
GREAT !!!!!! Bernie is the one !!!!
 
 
+5 # Allanfearn 2016-01-30 15:19
And who do you back as his candidate for VP?
 
 
+6 # lfeuille 2016-01-30 17:22
It's too early. I will wait to see who Bernie wants.
 
 
+25 # kundrol 2016-01-30 15:31
Elizabeth Warren for VP
 
 
+19 # Cassandra2012 2016-01-30 16:52
Quoting kundrol:
Elizabeth Warren for VP


No-- we absolutely need her in the Senate! and we need to vote many more progressives into the senate and congress. This is the election we need to support, and I have been sending what little money I have to Bernie [am one of those hapless pensioners in Illinois waiting for billionaire Rauner who essentially bought his governorship to drop his hatchet on us....]
Have held off with RSN bc it is just one bridge too far, but will send something tonight. Your outright support for Bernie is risky, so I will risk a bit on your behalf in appreciation.
 
 
+5 # nogardflow 2016-01-30 22:31
Way back when many were pushing for Elizabeth Warren to run for president I was against it, because I didn't think there was enough of a national base for her to win and I thought she could do more good in the Senate. But I think we have to look beyond Bernie's terms as President, as Vice President Elizabeth would learn more about the many aspects of government that she may now be lacking and would then be in a perfect position to run for President after Bernie.
 
 
+25 # virtualaudio 2016-01-30 15:42
Warren if she means what she says.
I do not doubt that Bernie will have plenty of FDR ammunition to fight the 'Red Scare' 'Hammer & Sickle' tactics of both sides in a general election. Especially against a bullying blusterer like Trump or a crustacean McCarthyite like Cruz, Bernie's temperate honesty will wither these guys into blobs of jelly. And the Dems will come running to help Bernie out of sheer terror.
NOW is the time, while the Repubs self destruct.. now for Bernie!
 
 
+18 # diamondmarge7 2016-01-30 15:57
Hear hear! I am thrilled down to my little pink toesies. I must agree w/InspiredCitiz en: give Bernie LEVERAGE @ the Dems' Summer Convention by taking the pledge to vote only for BERNIE or Green. Pledgees have been noticed by HuffPo--let's swell the # to thousands-dare I even speak-millions? Only purpose to pledge: give BERNIE leverage against corrupt delegates. www.citizensagainstplutocracy.org AND A HUGE THANKS TO RSN's Board. Here is a case wherein the Board and the People agree, unlike other endorsements. BTW, didja see that the NYT READERS endorse BERNIE? HAHAHAH
 
 
+11 # CL38 2016-01-30 17:49
Bernie has asked voters to vote for Hillary if he is not the Democratic nominee to prevent a Trump (or any republican) Presidency. Please respect his wisdom.
 
 
+29 # ivories29 2016-01-30 16:02
It is a privilege and honor to vote for a candidate one believes in wholeheartedly. Bernie Sanders deserves full support. Now is indeed the time.
 
 
+28 # cymricmorty 2016-01-30 16:06
Bernie Sanders. No one else will do.
 
 
+30 # vt143 2016-01-30 16:13
The country's last best chance.
 
 
+29 # FarMor 2016-01-30 16:34
Gee, I'm so confused after reading the NYT's editorial endorsing Hillary (snark). The corporate elite is afraid - very afraid. That MUST mean Bernie is the one for the people. GO BERNIE! And I agree with the commenter who said electing Bernie is just the first step. It is going to take a lot of work and ongoing commitment to make this political revolution a success.
 
 
+27 # angelfish 2016-01-30 16:35
Potential V.P. Candidates: Elizabeth Warren, Robert Reich, Alan Grayson, to name a few. We must also insure that we give Bernie a cooperative, intelligent and progressive Congress to work WITH him in seeing his vision for this country come to fruition! GO Bernie! NO MORE Regressive Neanderthals in Washington! FEEL the Bern!
 
 
+19 # Strato 2016-01-30 17:11
Our best hopes are with Bernie.
 
 
+18 # Candie 2016-01-30 17:41
Bernie is for us, not rich people, he will give us something for our taxes, not just keep the corporations (who pay very little taxes) but they get most of the corporate welfare. Bernie makes sense...thats why Im voting for him!!
 
 
-30 # bmiluski 2016-01-30 18:38
"It is the heartfelt opinion of the Reader Supported News editorial staff that Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont is the best candidate running for President of the United States in this election cycle."
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Ya think?
All I've seen on this site is pro-Bernie yelps and Hillary bashing howls.
 
 
+13 # Douglas Jack 2016-01-30 19:21
No more hillary-led destabilization , murder, destruction & war! Rather than Hillary's cackles ("We came, we saw, he died") over the death of Saddam Hussein & Muammar Gaddafi for their transfer of oil sales into Euro & African Dinar, their established instituting of universal health-care, education, housing & employment & a host of other policies. We don't need Hillary who serves her hidden oligarch masters. We don't need her aggressive nuclear war confrontation with Russia/China. Do-you? We need some honesty & public world dialogue without demonization. https://sites.google.com/site/indigenecommunity/structure/1-converting-social-media-from-mono-to-dialogue
 
 
+9 # Douglas Jack 2016-01-30 22:46
http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/277-75/34904-focus-if-the-black-community-knew-the-history-of-the-clintons-policies-hillary-would-lose-black-support
Summary of The New Jim Crow, Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander http://www.cflj.org/new-jim-crow/
More African Americans are under control of the criminal justice system today – in prison or jail, on probation or parole – than were enslaved in 1850. Discrimination in housing, education, employment & voting rights, which many Americans thought was wiped out by the civil rights laws of the 1960s, is now perfectly legal against anyone labeled a “felon.” Since many more people of color than whites are made felons by the entire system of mass incarceration, racial discrimination remains as powerful as it was under slavery or post-slavery era of Jim Crow segregation.

Alexander:
- describes how mass incarceration today serves same purpose as pre-Civil War slavery & post-Civil War Jim Crow laws: to maintain a racial caste system.
- defines “racial caste” as a racial group locked into an inferior position by law & custom. Jim Crow & slavery were caste systems & our current system of mass incarceration is also a caste system: “The New Jim Crow”, after slavery ended, promoted racial discrimination in public housing, employment, voting, & education. Civil Rights struggles of 1950 - 60s seemingly ended Jim Crow era by winning passage of Civil Rights Act of 1964 & Voting Rights Act of 1965.
 
 
+11 # virtualaudio 2016-01-31 00:46
Quoting bmiluski:
"... and Hillary bashing howls.


Really, I have read some well thought out arguments for Sanders here (much more so than the twitter feeds and other places on the net), often with plenty of links to investigative & op ed articles and video of the candidates to support the commenter's positions.
You have made your case; if most here disagree, that is only fair. Please do not add to the shrillness you are complaining about. I would encourage more calm, rational argument from all sides; but we are fortunate to get some kind of actual policy and principles debate from Sanders, Clinton & O'Malley. The other guys seem to have nuttin'.
 
 
+12 # CL38 2016-01-31 02:02
There's a huge difference between holding a politician accountable and 'bashing'.

Hillary refuses to take responsibility for or acknowledge how her positions favor the 1%, corporations, the banking/wall street industry, drug industry, fossil fuel/energy industry and the military War machine.

Americans are fed up with being cheated and squeezed by special interests that buy off the US political system and politicians who are supposed to represent us....and this includes Hillary.

Bernie's positions support the 99% and shift the country in the direction of real change for those of us who are hurting.

Naming Hillary's weakness or failures isn't bashing. It's opening our eyes and saying, "Hell no, NO MORE".

If you want to cast your vote for Mrs. Clinton, go right ahead. But please, don't 'bash' those of us who support something much better than Hillary offers.
 
 
+21 # RMDC 2016-01-30 19:01
it is not hard to tell that RSN is backing Sanders. The number of positive Sanders articles is huge. Thanks RSN. The more endorsements Sanders gets the better. I am very happy about the kind of campaign he's running and the record he's running on.

Go Bernie!!!!
 
 
+11 # nice2bgreat 2016-01-30 19:57
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Quoting RMDC:
it is not hard to tell that RSN is backing Sanders. The number of positive Sanders articles is huge. Thanks RSN. The more endorsements Sanders gets the better. I am very happy about the kind of campaign he's running and the record he's running on.

Go Bernie!!!!

Hear, hear.

There's no crime in skipping pretenses over "whether" there are differences between Bernie Sanders and the rest.

Originally, I felt let down that Elizabeth Warren did not run. But within a month, I concluded that there is no way that Warren is better prepared or as experienced as Bernie Sanders; A Happy Accident.

And nothing is unethical journalisticall y between RSN's reporting and Bernie Sanders' candidacy.

Sanders' visit to Liberty University was presented here; Sanders could have done better.

Why Sanders adjusted (in the slightest) his position about (so-called) immunization for gun manufacturers ... just before South Carolina????? ... not an issue seeking consensus, nor necessarily a better position -- was reported on here.

Robert Parry's criticism of Sanders for not having cleared the air over tabloid -journalistic and hair-split phrasing by Andrea Mitchell and Lester Holt in the Democratic-Part y Primary's 4th Debate was reported as well as, probably most things Sanders.

It has been virtually warts and all, and all for the better.

Credit for RSN's on-the-ground and on-the-trail reporting of activity surrounding Bernie Sanders' campaign.
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+9 # chuckvw 2016-01-31 00:19
Great call! Go Sanders!
 
 
+7 # elkingo 2016-01-31 12:07
Bernie for Pres. - O'Malley for Veep. Jill Stein for Sec. of State. Warren won't run, but I nominate her for the post-Bernie term(s).
 
 
+5 # elkingo 2016-01-31 12:20
Shades'o:
Just brilliant! You ought'a run for something yourself! Thanks for the best concise summary yet! Kudos, Old Boy/Girl!
 
 
+4 # elkingo 2016-01-31 12:27
Virtualaudie -
Where's the shrill? Journalistic entities endorse candidates - note the long standing practice of the establishment rags backing the others of the crypto-fascist field. RSN's statement here is calm, reasonable,pers uasive and correct. Stylistic differences aside, I take it we're both for Bernie. Nu?
 
 
0 # Robbee 2016-01-31 12:47
read between the lines! - rsn does NOT endorse rap's pledge to write-in bernie and elect GOP! GOP troll solicitor says - # Inspired Citizen 2016-01-30 14:23
Bernie will need ... leverage ... Have YOU taken the Bernie or bust pledge yet?"

here's what else citizen stands for - finally, citizen, at long last! thanks! outed RAP! - Republicans Against Progress! - says - # Inspired Citizen 2015-12-10 18:10 "It's going to be #BerrnieOrElse the GOP. That's RAP's promise!"

an opposing voice says - Daily Kos - The privileged idiocy of 'Just let the Republicans win’, Laurence Lewis, Sunday Dec 13, 2015 - “Whenever I hear a self-described progressive say that we ought to let the Republicans win the presidency and thus force the Democratic Party to adhere to "our principles," my first reaction is to assume that the person speaking is but another privileged idiot: White, male, young, doesn’t live paycheck to paycheck, doesn’t have to worry about whether he’ll be able to afford his medical bills or whether he’ll have a roof over his head next month …

"But privileged idiots apparently don’t remember recent history, and how well such petulance worked out in 2000, when some hoped suffering through a Bush presidency would fix the Democratic Party. And privileged idiots either don't understand or don't care to understand what real suffering is ..."

listen to bernie! DON'T pledge to, or write him, in! - go bernie!
 
 
-2 # Robbee 2016-01-31 12:51
pledge, pt. 2

- about marge's self-defeating pledge to write-in bernie, says - # Scott Galindez 2015-10-20 10:28 “Its not leverage; threats backfire, especially empty ones. Bernie will not run as an independent.

rsn is our own little laboratory of sexism, classism and delusions of grandeur in a boiling cauldron - thick with pledgers - those who hate lesser progressive hill so bad that they invite us to ignore her solid progressivism on women, unions, labor, tpp, blacks, voting rights and path to citizenship for illegal immigrants - more progressive than bernie on gun control - and, if hill wins the primaries, join them in writing-in bernie, voting 3rd party, or not at all - in other words to, in effect, not vote progressive! - instead vote into presidency a next deeper level of zomblican hell!

well, marge - if you collect enough progressives - turn them into your boiling cauldron of pointless gestures, privileged idiots and pointy heads - that makes you invite decent progressives to make your vicious pledge - you just may get the deeper level of zomblican hell your pledge prophesies! as scott galindez says - “Bernie needs enough delegates at that convention to win, not signers on a petition making an undemocratic threat.”

- bernie founded his own grassroots group and does not endorse any campaign to pledge to write him in!

listen to bernie! dump the undemocratic pledge to cancel our votes and elect the GOP! - go bernie!
 
 
-1 # Robbee 2016-01-31 12:56
to write-in bernie is to elect GOP! who here truly hates the rest of us progressives bad enough to throw away ALL our votes and elect a far worse successor to bush 2? RAP's is a pretty crummy excuse for threatening dems!

so full of themselves! - isn’t it sad how pledgers to write-in bernie CAN'T STAND WHAT BERNIE SAYS! we on the left have brownshirts of our own! itching for a fascist strong man! - to beat down dems they pick bernie! - # diamondmarge7 2016-01-24 11:53 "...take the pledge to write in BERNIE's name or to vote Green"

- pledgers are bernie's 2nd worst nightmare! after GOP! - # jsluka 2015-08-30 17:22 "I will not vote for Hillary Clinton. Simple as that. It would be better for a Rethuglican to get elected, and bring on the revolution!”

- bernie caucuses with dems, votes with dems and runs for prez as dem, for good cause - e.g. in 2010 obamacare raised taxes on 1%; in 2012 OBAMA AND DEMS cut the capital gains loophole, that allows billionaires to pay much lower tax rates than their secretaries; in 2013, with dem support, obama ended bush 2's 2001 tax cuts for the rich - sure signs that dems fight the billionaire class!

my point, there will always be an excuse for making a vicious threat against dems "just to make things fair" but, undemocratic threats backfire! - it's an UGLY threat now, just to prod hill haters to elect a GOP prez! - these are UGLY souls - but just wait till they USE their "leverage" to try to rig the dem contest! that will be OBSCENE!
 

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