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Mon Jun 8, 2015, 09:44 PM Jun 2015

Dear America: Meet Bernie Sanders. PROPERLY, THIS TIME [View all]

"...In all seriousness, Bernie is by all means a candidate that is not to be taken lightly, a by-the-numbers major player in the race to be the next president of the richest, most powerful country in human history. He is a candidate with firm values, authentic determination and a thorough set of solutions to the problems facing America today. And it is about time we started treating him that way...."

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This is an open letter to the American people.

In the race to decide the next President of your arguably great nation, there is one candidate who has been drawing the largest crowds of any candidate visiting the key primary state of Iowa (including the Republican primary candidates, who probably estimate about 1 percent of the American population at this point). A candidate who out-fundraised Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Rand Paul in any of their first 24 hours as candidates. A candidate whose policies align with the majority of Americans on everything from income inequality to money's role in politics to the minimum wage to federally financed political campaigning to abortion to overturning Citizens United to global warming and government taking action to combat it to the affordability of a college degree to gun control to government surveillance to passing a law legalizing gay marriage in all 50 states. A candidate who was one of the thousands of Americans who marched with Martin Luther King, Jr. in his historic March on Washington in 1963. A candidate who has served as a mayor (being one of the earliest proponents of a lot of the policies that are nowadays commonplace in municipal government), a congressman and a senator, with deep knowledge of the American political system and equally deep, authentic convictions that he has held onto for his entire political career.

There is also only one candidate who so far has been either ignored or ridiculed by the massive majority of the American media during his entire campaign. A candidate whose campaign kickoff had the most attendees of that of any candidate so far, and yet was mostly ignored by most media outlets, or relegated to a side-note about a general story on the race, while candidates like ex-Governor and current-who-are-you-supposed-to-be George Pataki got major coverage. A candidate whose disproportionately tiny actual coverage includes headlines such as "Bernie Sanders for President? Why Not?" and flattering subtitles like "Why Sanders draws the crowds, excites the base, polls relatively well -- and still won't make much of an impact in 2016." A candidate who straight-up got asked by Katie Couric whether he'd like to be Hillary Clinton's vice presidential candidate and who is constantly reminded that "success" would be pulling Clinton's campaign farther to the left on certain policies. I mean, come on. That candidate's name is Bernie Sanders, and he could, and should, be the 45th President of the United States of America.

Saying what I've just said shouldn't be a controversial thing. If anything, it's by all means a perfectly sound thing to say when writing about a political candidate. So, I will now address the groups of people that somehow remarkably make saying "this old white heterosexual American man whose platform is entirely in touch with most of mainstream American politics should be President" a weird, taboo thing to say. First off, the general news media. Apart from what I said above, there is really something genuinely worrying about the concept of a news media largely owned by millionaires (and in some cases billionaires) who employ millionaire anchors and writers shunning the one candidate in favor of major redistribution of wealth away from America's top earners and into the middle class. The media can make or break a candidate, and, unlike ever before, the current 2016 presidential race coverage seems determined to break Bernie Sanders, with some exceptions currently applying the ol' "oh would you look at that he's actually doing well maybe we should stop blatantly dismissing his campaign" approach to reporting. Looking at you, New York Times. This is not a matter of bias. It is a matter of math. Sanders is polling better among the Democratic primary electorate than any candidate in the Republican electorate. That is a fact. He is drawing larger crowds than any other candidate in Iowa. Also a fact. Hillary Clinton only beat him by 8 points in a recent Wisconsin Democratic Party straw poll. Fact. His positions are not far-left or fringe; by the mere definitions of those terms, they cannot be if they are accepted by a majority of the American people. Fact. So, why is the media ignoring and/or acting like a gang of grade school bullies about Bernie's campaign?

Don't make it about socialism either, now. FDR and Martin Luther King, Jr. both got called socialists in their day, so good luck arguing that it's a step in the wrong direction, Sanders just happens to use the label. A majority of Americans don't identify as libertarians, but the media is not treating Rand Paul like a fringe candidate. A majority of Americans don't identify as sympathizers of the Tea Party, but the media is not treating Ted Cruz like a fringe candidate. Also, one quick thing, he's a democratic socialist. There's a difference." target="_blank"> One word. An entire word that references a completely different set of policies, a different set of foreign examples. Granted, the U.S. has had a major issue with communism in the past century, and communists tends to associate themselves with socialism, and some people argue that it's difficult to get Americans to even understand the difference between the two. But it is no -- actually, no, wait, let me just say this next bit with the fancy bold font: It is not the media's job to decide what the American people can and cannot hear. That is dishonesty, that is lying. It is the media's job to keep the American people informed. That's what it's there for, and doing anything else is simply abusing the trust millions and millions of Americans have for the current news media system. Speaking of the American public, I'd like to speak directly with everyone who is hesitant to support Bernie Sanders. Statistically, reader, that's probably you. If you're scared of a vote for Bernie being a vote thrown away, firstly, we're only talking about primaries as of right now, losing the race doesn't put anybody in office or screw anybody over, it just means somebody else gets the Democratic candidacy. That's it. Vote for the candidate you believe in, period. If you're disillusioned with the voting process as a whole, stand up, get yourself together, take some time out of your day and go vote for Bernie in your state primary (you might want to find out when your state primary is, first). That sort of lazy, voting-won't-work attitude is exactly what those who rig the process want the American public to fall into so as to make pushing their horrible agendas easier.


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Bump to the Greatest page DJ13 Jun 2015 #1
K & R. Bernie's the Candidate! appalachiablue Jun 2015 #2
+10000000000000!!! Initech Jun 2015 #9
"...If you don't like Hillary Clinton but think she has a better shot... Segami Jun 2015 #3
There's a message that always resonates with voters Recursion Jun 2015 #4
And Hillary in 2008 MissDeeds Jun 2015 #7
Thank you for pointing this out. Cracklin Charlie Jun 2015 #18
Stevenson ran against a popular war hero Art_from_Ark Jun 2015 #25
And GHWB was just as entrenched and dirty as Nixon, but Clinton beat him Recursion Jun 2015 #26
Bush showed how out of touch he was with the average citizen Art_from_Ark Jun 2015 #27
Bush the smarter hifiguy Jun 2015 #31
No Clinton beat him because GHWB was associated with raygun. jwirr Jun 2015 #46
Clinton didn't run as a centrist Art_from_Ark Jun 2015 #79
hmm kenfrequed Jun 2015 #51
Thank you Art! Paka Jun 2015 #63
Good post. (nt) malokvale77 Jun 2015 #69
My memory of presidential campaigns goes back to 1968 Art_from_Ark Jun 2015 #81
So what's your point? The Populist Movement should just go home and leave the rhett o rick Jun 2015 #58
That headline would make a great bumper sticker jberryhill Jun 2015 #5
He is. Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Jun 2015 #29
yup...and exactly just as I had reminded a Bernie supporter just this morning Sheepshank Jun 2015 #44
Bernie Sanders is a candidate of what the Democratic party used to be INdemo Jun 2015 #6
+5 appalachiablue Jun 2015 #12
Exactly. hifiguy Jun 2015 #32
All good reasons, by the way. Paka Jun 2015 #64
No one who lauds war criminal Henry Kissinger as a defender of human rights hifiguy Jun 2015 #66
Your Thread Title Is Patronizing KittyWampus Jun 2015 #8
Yeah, nothing will help counter the "elitist liberals" image like nominating a New England socialist Recursion Jun 2015 #13
Or by nominating a member of America's "royal family" zeemike Jun 2015 #15
Would you like to help put up posts for us? kenfrequed Jun 2015 #54
K&R..... daleanime Jun 2015 #10
Huge K & R !!! - Thank You, Thank You, Thank You !!! WillyT Jun 2015 #11
K&R MissDeeds Jun 2015 #14
I Will No Longer Settle For The Lesser Of Two Corporate Evils - Go Bernie Go cantbeserious Jun 2015 #16
Bernie is relying on the power of people who have had enough of pre-packaged, corrupt candidates. Dustlawyer Jun 2015 #17
K&R! Change has come Jun 2015 #19
K&R! G_j Jun 2015 #20
To quote Bernie, "We are not crazy." Go Berne! Luminous Animal Jun 2015 #21
I am for Bernie's Platform and He Walks the Talk McKim Jun 2015 #22
but, But, But Hillary said she will listen...........to teachers, bonniebgood Jun 2015 #23
That she will head off for dinner and drinks with the likes of Blankfein and war criminal Kissinger hifiguy Jun 2015 #35
She's rolling up... rolling up.. Art_from_Ark Jun 2015 #82
maybe he could branch out from his cocoon to other states and cities now and then nt msongs Jun 2015 #24
That's a line that will convince a lot of people Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Jun 2015 #28
Perhaps... malokvale77 Jun 2015 #73
How childish Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Jun 2015 #76
You just proved my point. Thank you. (nt) malokvale77 Jun 2015 #77
The media has lost it's power to pick a candidate after they helped Dubya lie us into a war. Spitfire of ATJ Jun 2015 #30
IKR!? That is IT right there! Rex Jun 2015 #34
Don't kid yourself. A HERETIC I AM Jun 2015 #36
FOX "News" viewers are going to vote for the "R" anyway.... Spitfire of ATJ Jun 2015 #39
I certainly hope so.... A HERETIC I AM Jun 2015 #42
There was a recent poll where Liberals now outnumber Conservatives.... Spitfire of ATJ Jun 2015 #45
"but I have yet to see any polling data" malokvale77 Jun 2015 #74
It is NOT Americans, it IS the M$M and the other paid for corporate shrills pretending he cannot win Rex Jun 2015 #33
The more successful Bernie is, hifiguy Jun 2015 #37
AND the 'Dean Scream' character assassination will not work this time. Rex Jun 2015 #38
Nope, it won't. hifiguy Jun 2015 #40
That was a masterful work of art...Wolfie got his ass handed to him then put in a doggy bag to go!!! Rex Jun 2015 #41
The look of absolute amazement on his mug, hifiguy Jun 2015 #43
sorry but your thread title sucks. The article is great and I notice they used an appropriate title. magical thyme Jun 2015 #47
You might try sending HuffingtonPost editors a complaint email Segami Jun 2015 #49
thank you. I didn't realize they had changed it after the fact magical thyme Jun 2015 #52
Thanks.... Segami Jun 2015 #55
Bernie has a good heart and a great mind. SaranchaIsWaiting Jun 2015 #48
Bernie all the way! Enthusiast Jun 2015 #50
Yeah baby!!!! 840high Jun 2015 #65
Can someone point me to the "major coverage" George Pataki got? brooklynite Jun 2015 #53
And your point is??? rhett o rick Jun 2015 #59
His point is to enter every thread about Bernie and attempt to throw cold water on it LondonReign2 Jun 2015 #70
Yes so true. Some might say that is being disruptive, but conservative Democrats rhett o rick Jun 2015 #75
What a pleasant person, this Bernie Sanders guy madokie Jun 2015 #56
Kick & sharing...:) mother earth Jun 2015 #57
Kick and rec. L0oniX Jun 2015 #60
He doesn't stand a chance in hell diamondhead Jun 2015 #61
Thanks for your concern. GoneOffShore Jun 2015 #67
+1 Segami Jun 2015 #72
Thank you for your heartfelt concern LondonReign2 Jun 2015 #71
Supporter of women's equality, that is always left out! Dont call me Shirley Jun 2015 #62
When (and how) did America meet him improperly? George II Jun 2015 #68
I doubt Jamaal510 Jun 2015 #80
K&R. JDPriestly Jun 2015 #78
Um, okay. F4lconF16 Jun 2015 #83
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