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John Edwards on Memorial Day 2007; Bernie Sanders on Memorial Day 2015

Since it was known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day has been a day to remember the dead.  Let’s also remember the actions of the living.

On Memorial Day 2007, John Edwards used his platform as a Democratic presidential candidate to call on Americans to engage in activism against the ongoing war in Iraq.  Unfortunately, the consistency of his position was undercut by his vote as a U.S. Senator in 2002 to start that war in Iraq.

On Memorial Day 2015, Bernie Sanders has used his platform as a Democratic presidential candidate to send this message:

Bernie Sanders on Memorial Day: "If you are not prepared to take care of the men and women who put their lives on the line to defend this country -- who came back wounded in body, wounded in spirit -- if you are not prepared to help those people, then don't send them to war in the first place." -- Senator Berie Sanders (VT)

This is a complicated message. As J. Clifford pointed out this morning, one of the reasons we have wars is that we are conditioned to accept without question the idea that wars are carried out to defend this country.  But unlike John Edwards, Bernie Sanders had the courage to make a deeply unpopular congressional “Nay” vote on going to war in Iraq in 2002.  When it mattered most, Bernie Sanders acted to prevent a bloody, deceptive and ultimately fruitless war.  Remember.

4 thoughts on “John Edwards on Memorial Day 2007; Bernie Sanders on Memorial Day 2015”

  1. J Clifford says:

    “If you are not prepared top take care of the men and women who put their lives on the line to defend this country – who came back wounded in body, wounded in spirit – if you’re not prepared to help those people, then don’t send them to war in the first place.”…

    And even then, it’s better to keep a country of unbroken people in the first place.

  2. ella says:

    If only it isn’t too late for that, J. Clifford. The whole world is on the verge. Is it destiny or can it be changed? Bernie Sanders has something we have come to not expect in presidential candidates – compassion, a concern for the people of the country and the good of the country. Can the American people change their training over the past 50 years? Reverse the mind bending ‘games’ children have been raised and conditioned with? Is the majority of the populace so jaded now that a presidential candidate can say, So I did what I wanted to do, let them think what they want to, and no one challenges that? In fact that is now celebrated, that the president should be able to dupe and bully the majority while supporting the minority? That is neither a Republic nor a Democracy.

  3. ella says:

    Fox News Happening Now, 5/26/15 did a blog on Bernie Sanders. I have not been back to see what came of it, but I am very interested. Sanders came out yesterday to quite a rally in Vermont and is going to New Hampshire today. I never thought I would say that I like a Socialist, but in this case he seems like the only candidate in the race (other than JEB) that is just who he says he is, and does just what he says he did and perhaps will?

  4. ella says:

    Try this on for size. Bernie Sansers is gettin ghis name known and a lot of LIKEs, over 1,000,000 and counting. Over 750,00 are currently involved in the conversantion, right now. https://www.facebook.com/senatorsanders/likes

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