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Sanders Challenges Americans To Drop Their Political Apathy

“Given the enormous problems facing our country, the fact that we are moving toward an oligarchic society and the fact that we are not addressing the planetary crisis of climate change, it is unacceptable for anybody to throw their hands up in despair and turn away from the political process. Historically in this country, people have fought and died to end racism and segregation, to fight for women’s rights, gay rights, workers’s rights, and no generation has a right to turn its back on the political process and not participate.”

bernie sanders 2016This challenge came from U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, a progressive political independent who by all appearances will be running for President in 2016. He offered these words during an open question-and-answer session on Reddit yesterday.

During that discussion, Sanders spoke with the combination of confidence and political realism that have characterized his career. “I am the longest serving independent in the history of the U.S. Congress. In my political career, I have defeated Democrats, defeated Republicans and defeated candidates who had the support of both parties. In Burlington, Vt., we still have a strong third party and Vermont I believe has the strongest Progressive Party in the United States. Having said that, it would be naive to believe that it would be easy to start an effective third party nationally. It would require an enormous amount of work and very difficult obstacles would have to be overcome. It could be done but it’s not easy.”

This enormous amount of work cannot be done alone – especially not with Sanders rejecting assistance from corporate political action committees, as he has always done. Are you in? Will you help build an independent campaign for Sanders in 2016?

3 comments to Sanders Challenges Americans To Drop Their Political Apathy

  • Laughable. Sanders is all talk. He is about as socialist as Rush Limbaugh. He has a very specific job within the Democratic Party: Appear independent and raise hope, among disgusted Democrats who are ready to stop voting, that he will mount a third-party campaign. He does this in off-years by saying all the things that group wants to hear. Then he herds all he has wooed back to the DNC “reservation” when the presidential contest rolls around, using the whole “lesser evil” argument. He’s done this reliably now for many cycles. For proof of Sanders’ pseudo-socialism, one needs look no further than his unerring support of Israel. No self-respecting socialist can support democratic self-determination and simultaneously be okay with what is nothing less than Israel’s huge Palestinian prison camps, a.k.a. the West Bank and Gaza. The only scenario under which Sanders would ever run third party (or independently) would be in a year when the Democrats field a weak candidate and need every vote they can get. He would “announce his candidacy,” say all the right things, build a base of support – and then drop out of the race and encourage all his supporters to vote for the Dem, saying he just can’t “in good conscience” split the vote and risk the “profound harm our country would endure” if (insert the name of your least favorite conservative here) were to win.”

    We’ve been played for going on 50 years now. Thompson Knew in ’72: http://my.firedoglake.com/themalcontent/2014/04/16/thompson-knew-in-72/

  • J Clifford

    Well, Anthony, I suppose we have to wait to see if your prediction proves true or false.

    But, in the meantime, what solution do you propose?

    If not Sanders, who? How?

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