Bernie Sanders speaking at People’s Summit 2017, dissecting Donald Trump’s presidency.
Bernie Sanders speaking at People’s Summit 2017, dissecting Donald Trump’s presidency.
Without a doubt Bernie Sanders has had a tremendous impact on the Democratic national platform but time will tell whether Clinton can be trusted with that future. History is not on her side.
As for me, I am starting a new adventure in August. For the next two years I will be traveling across the US visiting all of the “lower 48” state capitols, national parks, and other significant points of interest.
If you would like to join me on this journey I will be blogging my experiences along with lots of photos here:
I’m closing this blog with one final message from Bernie Sanders …… see you on the road!
Message from Bernie:
John, I am writing you today to express my deep pride in the movement – the political revolution – you and I have created together over the last 15 months. When we began this historic campaign, we were considered fringe players by the political, economic and media establishment. Well, we proved them wrong.
We showed that the American people support a bold, progressive agenda that takes on the billionaire class, that fights for racial, social, economic and environmental justice and that seeks to create a government that works for all of us and not just the big campaign donors.
We mobilized over 13 million voters across the country. We won 23 Democratic primary and caucus contests. We had literally hundreds of thousands of volunteers across the country. And we showed – in a way that can change politics in America forever – that you can run a competitive national grassroots campaign without begging millionaires and billionaires for campaign contributions.
Most importantly, we elevated the critical issues facing our country – issues the establishment has pushed under the rug for too long. We focused attention on the grotesque level of income and wealth inequality in this country and the importance of breaking up the large banks who brought our economy to the brink of collapse.
We exposed our horrendous trade policies, our broken criminal justice system, and our people’s lack of access to affordable health care and higher education. We fought aggressively to address the crisis of climate change, the need for real comprehensive immigration reform, the importance of developing a foreign policy that values diplomacy over war, and so much more.
We have shown throughout this election that these are issues that are important to voters and that progressive solutions energize people in the fight for real change. What we have accomplished so far is historic – but our work is far from over.
This movement of ours – this political revolution – must continue. We cannot let all of the momentum we have achieved in the fight to transform America be lost. We will never stop fighting for what is right.
It is true that in terms of winning the Democratic nomination, we did come up short. But this election was never about me or any candidate. It was about the powerful coming together of millions of people to take their country back from the billionaire class. That was the strength of our campaign and it will be the strength of our movement going forward in the months and years ahead.
In the coming weeks, I will be announcing the creation of successor organizations to carry on the struggle that we have been a part of these past 15 months. I hope you will continue to be involved in fighting to transform America. Our goal will be to advance the progressive agenda that we believe in and to elect like-minded candidates at the federal, state and local levels who are committed to accomplishing our goals.
In terms of the presidential election this November, there is no doubt that the election of Donald Trump as president would be a devastating blow to all that we are fighting for. His openly bigoted and pro-billionaire campaign could precipitate the same decades-long rightward shift in American politics that happened after the election of Ronald Reagan in 1980. That rightward shift after Reagan’s election infected not just politics as a whole but led to the ascendancy of the corporatist wing of the Democratic Party – an era from which we are still recovering.
I cannot in good conscience let that happen.To have all of the work we have done in elevating our progressive ideals be dashed away by a complete Republican takeover of Washington – a takeover headed by a candidate that demonizes Latinos, Muslims, women, African Americans, veterans, and others – would be unthinkable.
Today, I endorsed Hillary Clinton to be our next president. I know that some of you will be disappointed with that decision. But I believe that, at this moment, our country, our values, and our common vision for a transformed America, are best served by the defeat of Donald Trump and the election of Hillary Clinton.
You should know that in the weeks since the last primary, both campaigns have worked together in good faith to bridge some of the policy issues that divided us during the election. Did we come to agreement on everything? Of course not. But we made important steps forward.
Hillary Clinton released a debt free college plan that we developed together which now includes free tuition at public colleges and universities for working families. This was a major part of our campaign’s agenda and a proposal that, if enacted into law, would revolutionize higher education in this country.
Secretary Clinton has also publicly committed to massive investments in health care for communities across this country that will increase primary care, including mental health care, dental care, and low-cost prescription drug access for an additional 25 million people. Importantly, she has also endorsed the enactment of a so-called public option to allow everyone in this country to participate in a public insurance program. This idea was killed by the insurance industry during consideration of President Obama’s health care program.
During the Democratic platform proceedings in St. Louis and Orlando, we were victorious in including amendments to make it a clear priority of the Democratic Party to fight for a $15 an hour federal minimum wage, expand Social Security, abolish the death penalty, put a price on carbon, establish a path toward the legalization of marijuana, enact major criminal justice reforms, pass comprehensive immigration reform, end for-profit prisons and detention facilities, break up too-big-to-fail banks and create a 21st century Glass-Steagall Act, close loopholes that allow big companies to avoid taxes by stashing their cash in offshore tax havens and use that revenue to rebuild America, approve the most expansive agenda ever for protecting Native American rights and so much more.
All of these progressive policies were at the heart of our campaign. The truth is our movement is responsible for the most progressive Democratic platform in the history of our country. All of that is the direct result of the work that our members of the platform committee did in the meetings and that you have been doing over the last 15 months.
But none of these initiatives will happen if we do not elect a Democratic president in November. None! In fact, we will go backward. We must elect the Democratic nominee in November and progressive Democrats up and down the ballot so that we ensure that these policy commitments can advance.
It is extremely important that we keep our movement together, that we hold public officials accountable and that we elect progressive candidates to office at the federal, state, and local level who will stand with us.
As part of that effort, we still have a tremendous amount of work left to do in the Democratic Rules Committee that will be meeting in the coming weeks. We have to enact the kinds of reforms to the Democratic Party and to the electoral process that will provide us the tools to elect progressive candidates, to allow new voices and new energy into the Party, and to break up the excessive power that the economic and political elites in the Party currently have. As with our fights on the platform committee, that will only be possible if we stand together.
You should know that I intend to be actively campaigning throughout this election season to elect candidates who will stand by our agenda. I hope to see many of you at events from coast to coast.
In conclusion, I again want to express my pride in what we have accomplished together over the last year. But so much more must be done to make our vision a reality. Now more than ever our country needs our movement – our political revolution. As you have throughout this historic campaign, I ask for your ongoing support as we continue through the fall and beyond.
On a personal note, I cannot say with words how appreciative Jane and I are of the kindness, dedication and love we experienced from so many people across the country. We are deeply touched by it and will never, ever forget it.
Forever committed, forever fighting, forever forward,
Sorry for the delay .. I just read this latest message from Bernie Sanders.
We are at a critical moment for the future of the Democratic Party and our country. Last night marked the last primary as part of the Democratic nomination process, and we know that our campaign will enter the convention in Philadelphia with more than 1800 delegates.
Our movement has fought against steep odds when so many people counted us out. Together we built a political revolution that fought in every one of more than 50 primaries and caucuses since February. Our delegates from this movement will be the people who vote on the platform of the Democratic Party, and who will have influence on not just who the nominee is this election, but how the next nominee will be elected, too.
The future of our political revolution depends on you. That’s why Bernie Sanders will host a live, online video address this Thursday night at 8:30 p.m. EDT / 5:30 p.m. PDT. Will you join Bernie?
Our political revolution is not just about what happens in Philadelphia, or even at the election in November, during which we must stop Donald Trump from becoming president. In order for the work that we have begun to be long-lasting for years to come, we must continue our political revolution. And we need you to be a part of it.
We’ll see you Thursday night.
Latest update from Team Bernie …
A whopping total of 694 pledged delegates are up for grabs onTuesday, and – especially given the latest polling out of California – we believe we have a good chance of winning a big majority of them. But we need your help to do that.
Thousands of in-state volunteers are hitting the streets in these final days to find Bernie voters and get them to the polls. But they just can’t knock the door of every voter we need to contact.
So our task this weekend is pretty simple: call every single Bernie supporter we can in the upcoming states, and make sure they have a plan to vote on Tuesday. Can Bernie count on you to volunteer a couple hours of your time?
If you’ve never called voters for Bernie before, now is the time to take the plunge. Calling on our Bernie Dialer is easy; you just need a computer or a tablet, and a phone. We provide a simple script for you to follow, connect you directly to the targeted voters, and we have dedicated volunteers standing by on livechat to help out if you run into any problems.
Our plan is to go into the Democratic convention in Philadelphia with as many votes, delegates and states as possible. From there, the superdelegates will have to consider who is the best candidate to take on Donald Trump – and the polls consistently show Bernie is that candidate.
So don’t let this opportunity slip by. Our collective efforts this weekend have the potential to shock the political establishment and show the billionaire class that we’ve had enough of super-PAC-funded politics as usual. Your involvement will help write a pivotal chapter in American political history, so we’re asking you to step up and commit as much volunteer time as you can.
He’s the only 2016 candidate qualified for the job of President of the United States but with the political process having been reduced to the intellectual equivalent of a soap opera then maybe America really doesn’t need (or want) someone with Bernie Sanders’ qualifications.
Jeffrey D. Sachs is director of the Earth Institute and a professor at Columbia University.
Mainstream U.S. economists have criticized Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’s proposals as unworkable, but these economists betray the status quo bias of their economic models and professional experience. It’s been decades since the United States had a progressive economic strategy, and mainstream economists have forgotten what one can deliver. In fact, Sanders’s recipes are supported by overwhelming evidence —
Click HERE to read this comprehensive analysis on Washington Post.
A massive haul of 475 pledged delegates will be up for grabs in California’s June 7th election. We hope to win a big majority of those.
Since this is a people-powered campaign, we’re asking for your help – in any of the following four ways – to do that!
1. Call some California voters now. We’re working to get as many Californians as possible registered to vote for Bernie before the voter registration deadline this Monday. Lots of voters – even those in other parties – are looking for the strongest candidate to beat Trump, and pollsconsistently show that that’s Bernie.
2. Sign up to call California voters later.Since California offers online voter registration, we’ll be making calls right up through the deadline Monday evening. And every voter we can register, or re-register as a Democrat (or “no party preference”), is another potential vote for Bernie.
3. Share our California voter registration page on Facebook. If you have friends in California, tag them and ask them to spread the word too. Voter registration numbers are already trending up this year in the Golden State, so let’s keep that momentum going!
4. Contribute to support our campaign.We don’t take money from super PACs, and have shocked the political establishment by showing that Americans just like you are eager and ready to fund a grassroots campaign that’s notbeholden to wealthy donors. Your donation will help keep our political revolution rolling all the way into the Democratic convention in July.
We’re staying in this fight all the way to the convention, because we know that Bernie is the strongest candidate to beat Trump in the fall. Every state we win and every vote we earn strengthens our hand in delivering that message at the convention in Philadelphia, and signals to the political establishment that we will not accept the status quo of a corrupt political system that holds in place a rigged economy.
Sharing the latest e-mail from Bernie…
John – We had some amazing election results last night. We won the Oregon primary and came to yet another virtual tie, this time in Kentucky. That’s 21 victories for us so far, plus three more virtual ties where the margin was less than one percent of the vote.
Now some people say that we have a steep hill to climb, and that is absolutely true. But together we have been climbing that steep hill from day one of our campaign. And let me be clear as I can be: we are in until the last ballot is cast.
This is the beginning of the final push to win California. But we are going to fight for every last vote, because every delegate we win is a statement of public support for the values we share.
I come from the working class of this country, and I will be damned if we allow the Republican Party, who represent the rich and powerful, to win the votes of working class Americans.
It is my belief that the candidate best prepared to stop Donald Trump from winning the White House is the candidate who supports a $15 federal minimum wage, who stands on picket lines with striking workers, and who will fight to take our democracy back from the billionaire class.
(excerpt from article) “As federal investigators dig deeper into the Clinton e-mail server fiasco the bad legal news for Hillary Clinton continues to pile up. Last week, Mrs. Clinton’s five closest advisers when she was Secretary of State, four of whom remain close to her and have significant positions in her presidential campaign, were interrogated by the FBI. These interrogations were voluntary, not under oath, and done in the presence of the same legal team which represented all five aides.
Mrs. Clinton’s folks are preparing for the worst. They have leaked nonsense from “U.S. officials” that the feds have found no intent to commit espionage on the part of Mrs. Clinton. Too bad these officials — political appointees, no doubt — skipped or failed Criminal Law 101. The government need not prove intent for either espionage or for lying to federal agents.
And it prosecutes both crimes very vigorously.”
Click HERE to read this story on Fox News.