Beyond Bernie 1. It’s the Person, not the Party
https://www.vermontpbs.org/beyondbernie/ From Gov. Phil Scott to former presidential candidate Howard Dean, politicians and the journalists who cover them explain what makes Vermonters tick and how ‘who’ is more important than their party affiliation when it comes to politics in Vermont.
Bernie Sanders Defines 'Democratic Socialism' | MSNBC
Bernie Sanders defines what he means by "Democratic Socialism," namely that he is not referring to countries like Cuba and Venezuela, but rather systems much like that of Scandinavian countries.
Is Bernie Sanders A Democratic Socialist? Or Just a Socialist?
What would Sanders' vision of Democratic socialism mean for the country?
Sanders' Scary History of Socialist Praise
Bernie Sanders may be our next President! He leads in the betting for the Democratic nomination. But some of his ideas are frightening. Senator Sanders now talks of "democratic socialism” but he was once full of praise for violent socialist regimes including Castro's Cuba, the Soviet Union, and Nicaraguan Sandinistas.
Bernie Sanders' model America: Denmark
Bernie Sanders points to Denmark as a model for his vision of America. CNN Politics sent Chris Moody to Copenhagen to find out if it's worth the hype.
“The future of our democracy is at stake.”
demagogue who wants to divide us with hate"
“the most racist, sexist, homophobic, bigoted president in history,"
“the most dangerous president in modern American history,"
"embarrasses us every day,"
"unprecedented response" to defeat President Trump
"Let me be as honest and clear as I possibly can. Donald Trump is the wrong president for our country..."
When you're white, you don't know what it's like to be living in a ghetto. You don't know what it's like to be poor. You don't know what it's like to be hassled when you walk down the street or when you get dragged out of a car.
"A man goes home and masturbates his typical fantasy. A woman on her knees, a woman tied up, a woman abused.
"A woman enjoys intercourse with her man — as she fantasizes being raped by 3 men simultaneously.
"The man and woman get dressed up on Sunday — and go to Church, or maybe to their 'revolutionary' political meeting.
"Have you ever looked at the Stag, Man, Hero, Tough magazines on the shelf of your local bookstore? Do you know why the newspaper with the articles like 'Girl 12 raped by 14 men' sell so well? To what in us are they appealing?"
(Sanders often lurched toward conspiracy theory to make banal historical events conform to an ideological narrative. He argued that Ronald Reagan was as Manchurian president created by millionaires who run corporations: “Some millionaires in California said ‘Ron, we want you to work for us. We want you to become governor.’ They sat around a table. A dozen millionaires. They made him governor. And then they made him president. And he did his job effectively for those corporations.”)
In 1985 Sanders traveled to New York City to meet with Ortega just weeks after Nicaragua imposed a “state of emergency” that resulted in mass arrests of regime critics and the shuttering of opposition newspapers and magazines. While liberal critics of Reagan’s Nicaraguan policy rounded on the Sandinistas (talk-show host Phil Donahue told Ortega that his actions looked “fascist”), Sanders refused to condemn the decision. He was “not an expert in Nicaragua” and “not a Nicaraguan,” he said during a press conference. “Am I aware enough of all the details of what is going on in Nicaragua to say ‘you have reacted too strongly?’ I don’t know…” But of course he did know, later saying that the Sandinistas’ brutal crackdown “makes sense to me.”
Or how about the Reagan counterfactual: “What would President Reagan do if buildings were being bombed? If hospitals were being bombed? If people in our own country were being killed? Do you think President Reagan would say, ‘of course we want the people who are killing our children to get up on radio and explain to the citizens of the country how they are going to kill more of our people?’”
Sanders claimed that bread lines were a sign of a healthy economy, suggesting an equitable distribution of wealth: “It’s funny, sometimes American journalists talk about how bad a country is, that people are lining up for food. That is a good thing! In other countries people don’t line up for food: the rich get the food and the poor starve to death.”
When asked about Nicaragua’s notoriously brutal treatment of the Miskito Indians, the Free Press noted that Sanders “attempted to cut off” the line of questioning. (Ted Kennedy called the Sandinistas’ crimes against the indigenous Miskitos “unconscionable,” “intolerable,” and “disturbing,” commenting that they were relocated at gunpoint to “forced-labor camps which resemble concentration camps.”)
Sanders had a hunch that Cubans actually appreciated living in a one-party state. “The people we met had an almost religious affection for [Fidel Castro]. The revolution there is far deep and more profound than I understood it to be. It really is a revolution in terms of values.” It was a conclusion he had come to long before visiting the country. Years earlier Sanders said something similar during a press conference: “You know, not to say Fidel Castro and Cuba are perfect—they are certainly not—but just because Ronald Reagan dislikes these people does not mean to say the people in these nations feel the same.”
And Sanders too was routinely critical of the Kremlin, criticizing the invasion of Afghanistan and acknowledging the lack of freedom in the Soviet Union, while still managing a bit of socialist fraternity, praising Moscow for constructing the “cleanest, most effective mass transit system I have ever seen in my life…you wait 15 seconds in rush hour between trains.” He was “impressed” by the state-run youth programs “which go far beyond what we do for young people in this country.”
So to my fellow journalists: the next one of you who gets caught in one of Sanders’s riffs about the CIA’s involvement in the overthrow of Iranian leader Mohammed Mossadegh, ask him one of my questions. Ask him how consistent he has been on foreign policy. And help him answer a question posed by a Burlington Free Press journalist in 1985, who wondered if his useful idiot trip to Nicaragua would come back to haunt him in a future race.
“The answer is ‘probably.’ But I’ll be damned if I know how.”
Bernie Sanders defends 'democratic socialism' at GWU
In a speech at George Washington University, Bernie Sanders is detailing his Democratic Socialism ideology and telling students how he plans to implement it as president. Sanders is expected to sharply criticize President Donald Trump in his speech, including referring to him as a “corporate socialist.” Read more: https://politi.co/2X9JFOR
Why Bernie Sanders' Communist Misadventures Still Matter
Sanders no longer favors government takeover of "the major means of production." But his four-decade quest for political revolution continues. Watch this video in Spanish: https://youtu.be/eMRVSj51VQY
Here’s why kids these days love socialism
Students from high schools and colleges attended the Young Democratic Socialists of America Conference in Chicago, where they learned to organize for the 2020 presidential election. CNN reporter Elle Reeve talks to some of the attendees about why they love Bernie Sanders.
Revisiting Bernie Sanders' Socialist Roots in Israel
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Bernie Sanders Responds to a Socialism Hater
Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders - during an interview with C-SPAN in 1988 - responds to a caller's criticism of socialism.
Bernie Sanders: Poster Child Of Greed
Ways To Describe Socialist Bernie Sanders... GREED, HYPOCRISY, ENVY, FAILURE. No matter how hard the socialists try, they will never overcome the immorality and evils of their beloved collectivism. #SocialismSucks #CollectivismKills #America #AynRand #EnvyIsEvil #Greed #Animation #PoliticalMemes #Objectivism