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Sun Jan 24, 2016, 09:42 PM

Something Is Happening - by Jim Hightower

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2016/01/21/something-happening

The 'Sanders Sensation' is a spontaneous, unusually vibrant grassroots uprising that has already shattered the Democratic Establishment's holy myth that corporate centrism and super PAC money are the only means to victory.


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When I crossed paths with a Democratic Party campaign consultant in Austin last March, I suggested he come out to the local International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers hall to hear Bernie Sanders, adding that the Vermont senator was pondering a run for the presidency. "You gotta be kiddin' me," the political pro snorted. "Bernie Sanders? Let me tell ya, his chances are slim and none, and Slim don't live in Bernie's precinct. First of all, no one south of Greenwich Village ever heard of him. Second, who's gonna vote for some old senator from a tiny state of Birkenstock-wearers damn near in Canada?"

So that scoffer was a no-show, but we really didn't have room for him anyway. We had expected about 200 people the capacity of the hall but nearly 500 Texans showed up that night to hear the undiluted populist message of this senator "no one ever heard of."

Austin was one of the first stops on a cross-country trip that Sanders was taking to assess whether an unabashedly progressive, movement-building presidential campaign could rally any substantial support. If he ran, he intended to go right at the moneyed elites who've thoroughly corrupted our politics and rigged our economy to squeeze the life out of the middle class. But, would anyone follow? Were people really ready to do this, and could a 74-year-old, notoriously brusque Vermonter with a conspicuous Brooklyn accent be the one to spark such a modern-day American revolt? He wasn't sure, and even if it might work, he assumed it would be a slow build.

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Reply Something Is Happening - by Jim Hightower (Original post)
Ferd Berfel Jan 2016 OP
NorthCarolina Jan 2016 #1
RKP5637 Jan 2016 #2
99th_Monkey Jan 2016 #10
RKP5637 Jan 2016 #12
Dustlawyer Jan 2016 #19
99th_Monkey Jan 2016 #22
Spitfire of ATJ Jan 2016 #20
Fawke Em Jan 2016 #3
Ferd Berfel Jan 2016 #5
marions ghost Jan 2016 #13
chervilant Jan 2016 #32
libdem4life Jan 2016 #27
hobbit709 Jan 2016 #4
zentrum Jan 2016 #6
mountain grammy Jan 2016 #7
NBachers Jan 2016 #8
Ferd Berfel Jan 2016 #9
Spitfire of ATJ Jan 2016 #21
Ferd Berfel Jan 2016 #29
Spitfire of ATJ Jan 2016 #31
Ferd Berfel Jan 2016 #33
Spitfire of ATJ Jan 2016 #34
AzDar Jan 2016 #11
senseandsensibility Jan 2016 #14
Karma13612 Jan 2016 #15
dae Jan 2016 #16
Live and Learn Jan 2016 #17
elmac Jan 2016 #18
blackspade Jan 2016 #23
colsohlibgal Jan 2016 #24
leftcoastmountains Jan 2016 #25
randys1 Jan 2016 #26
libdem4life Jan 2016 #28
SammyWinstonJack Jan 2016 #30
libdem4life Jan 2016 #35

Response to Ferd Berfel (Original post)

Sun Jan 24, 2016, 10:13 PM

1. I never believed the myth that corporate centrism

 

was the only path towards victory...unless you're talking victory for the elites. That "centrist necessity" meme will be dead and buried once Bernie takes the lead in a red state. I predict he will beat Hillary in South Carolina; North Carolina too.

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Response to NorthCarolina (Reply #1)

Sun Jan 24, 2016, 10:27 PM

2. I've always thought the "centrist necessity" meme was a cop-out by the democratic TPTB,

because they have always been so crap poor on messaging, and could not figure out how to beat the republicans, so they decided to use the republican tactics.

Then the dems started trying to out-right republicans. And the mess grew and grew while millions upon millions of Americans were left out of the equation.

Now, it's time for the tables to turn. Millions and millions of Americans have had it with both parties. They are fed up with seeing the parties support the wealthy, and take their share too.

Just a brief look at the wealth distribution in the US lets one know how fucked up all of this has been for millions of Americans who are now fed up with the charade by both parties.


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Response to RKP5637 (Reply #2)

Sun Jan 24, 2016, 10:57 PM

10. 3rd Way excuse was that Union money had dried up, cuz unions were being decimated.

 

But which came first? The chicken or the egg?

I think at first it was so-called 'progressive' seemingly innocuous corporations with 'enlightened'
CEOs .. but it quickly became a headlong slippery slope.

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Response to 99th_Monkey (Reply #10)

Sun Jan 24, 2016, 11:11 PM

12. Yep, and now we're hopefully at the bottom of the slope trying to climb out, I hope! n/t

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Response to 99th_Monkey (Reply #10)

Sun Jan 24, 2016, 11:57 PM

19. The union's themselves are not as strong as they used to be when it comes to

voting Democratic. Many of the members have swallowed the RW propaganda and have no understanding of the ramifications of their vote. Our so-called media, has been subtlety shaping views over a long period of time. Sometimes not so subtlety!

It is going to take someone like Bernie, and a whole hell of a lot of people, motivated to pressure Congress into re-writing the rules on campaign finance. The influence needs to go.

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Response to Dustlawyer (Reply #19)

Mon Jan 25, 2016, 12:39 AM

22. +12

 

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Response to NorthCarolina (Reply #1)

Mon Jan 25, 2016, 12:18 AM

20. That was Beltway "wisdom" from the rich to the fellow rich.

 

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Response to Ferd Berfel (Original post)

Sun Jan 24, 2016, 10:28 PM

3. Buffalo Springfield

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Response to Fawke Em (Reply #3)

Sun Jan 24, 2016, 10:32 PM

5. It's a Sea Change

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Response to Ferd Berfel (Reply #5)

Sun Jan 24, 2016, 11:14 PM

13. This is what it will take

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Response to Ferd Berfel (Reply #5)

Mon Jan 25, 2016, 09:32 PM

32. So very many of us recognize

that Senator Sanders' campaign represents a sea change in our political landscape. This gives me great hope.

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Response to Fawke Em (Reply #3)

Mon Jan 25, 2016, 08:17 PM

27. First year in college. The protests of the 60s need the Boomers to show the way in the

 

21st Century. Not all of us lost our way. It will come from the youth. Funny, that's Bernie's largest constituency. I have faith that they will vote.

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Response to Ferd Berfel (Original post)

Sun Jan 24, 2016, 10:30 PM

4. I've known and supported Jim for 30 years. He's right on as usual.

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Response to Ferd Berfel (Original post)

Sun Jan 24, 2016, 10:34 PM

6. Hightower is great. n/t

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Response to Ferd Berfel (Original post)

Sun Jan 24, 2016, 10:44 PM

7. I love Jim Hightower.. a great Texan, and unabashed liberal.

I had the great pleasure of voting for him while living in Texas in 1982.

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Response to Ferd Berfel (Original post)

Sun Jan 24, 2016, 10:44 PM

8. I'd like to see Hightower in a Sanders cabinet.

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Response to NBachers (Reply #8)

Sun Jan 24, 2016, 10:47 PM

9. Yes! Sec of the Intererior?

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Response to Ferd Berfel (Reply #9)

Mon Jan 25, 2016, 12:21 AM

21. Put him in charge of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

 

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Response to Spitfire of ATJ (Reply #21)

Mon Jan 25, 2016, 09:03 PM

29. I was thinking Warren for that one

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Response to Ferd Berfel (Reply #29)

Mon Jan 25, 2016, 09:28 PM

31. Either there or Treasury Secretary.

 

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Response to Spitfire of ATJ (Reply #31)

Mon Jan 25, 2016, 09:38 PM

33. True. Either one!

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Response to Ferd Berfel (Reply #33)

Mon Jan 25, 2016, 09:41 PM

34. Although we have Robert Reich now too.

 

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Response to Ferd Berfel (Original post)

Sun Jan 24, 2016, 11:05 PM

11. Bernie!!

 

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Response to Ferd Berfel (Original post)

Sun Jan 24, 2016, 11:24 PM

14. K and R

Love both of 'em.

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Response to Ferd Berfel (Original post)

Sun Jan 24, 2016, 11:29 PM

15. "he assumed it would be a slow build"

Or maybe a "slow burn"

#FeeltheBern

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Response to Ferd Berfel (Original post)

Sun Jan 24, 2016, 11:31 PM

16. K & R nt

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Response to Ferd Berfel (Original post)

Sun Jan 24, 2016, 11:54 PM

17. K&R nt

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Response to Ferd Berfel (Original post)

Sun Jan 24, 2016, 11:54 PM

18. The Wind of Change

 

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Response to Ferd Berfel (Original post)

Mon Jan 25, 2016, 11:29 AM

23. Big K&R!

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Response to Ferd Berfel (Original post)

Mon Jan 25, 2016, 04:59 PM

24. Jim As Usual Is Right

It is maybe strange that in a hotbed of crazy religious wing nuts Texas has produced populists like Jim and the late great Molly Ivins.

More and more people are figuring out that it has gotten to be a rigged game in both parties economically. Big money rules both parties Bernie is running against that reality.

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Response to Ferd Berfel (Original post)

Mon Jan 25, 2016, 06:14 PM

25. Gotta love Jim Hightower!

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Response to Ferd Berfel (Original post)

Mon Jan 25, 2016, 06:26 PM

26. Bernie might be able to do what Obama couldnt, for no fault of his own.

Obama was hated, is hated, for the SOLE reason of being a Black person who isnt a Clarence Thomas type, which are the ONLY Black people allowed in the GOP.



Period.

Bernie might be able to convince those middle class folks who vote against their interests year after year to stop doing that insanity.

My concern with Bernie is not him, but his supporters and their flippant attitude about social issues including the big one.

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Response to Ferd Berfel (Original post)

Mon Jan 25, 2016, 08:18 PM

28. Speaking of Texas...wonder what Molly Ivins would say if she were still with us?

 

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Response to libdem4life (Reply #28)

Mon Jan 25, 2016, 09:07 PM

30. Feel the Bern....what else....

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Response to SammyWinstonJack (Reply #30)

Tue Jan 26, 2016, 12:09 PM

35. There's that...but she had a mighty unique way of saying the "wrong" things at the right time.

 

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