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Forum Post: Bernie Sanders considering 2016 White House bid to represent progressive causes

Posted 9 months ago on Nov. 18, 2013, 8:46 p.m. EST by GirlFriday (17435)
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The U.S. Senate’s lone independent said he’s considering a White House run in 2016 if no other progressive candidates enter the race.

There you go http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/11/18/bernie-sanders-considering-2016-white-house-bid-to-represent-progressive-causes/

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[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (17435) 9 months ago

I'm sure that he would be. That said, I'm pretty sure that Sanders is also quite aware that, historically, the moment that you enter the political arena then you are at risk. Further, it would take a real dumbass not to see an attempt as creating a martyr.

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[-] 0 points by GirlFriday (17435) 9 months ago

I agree that Sanders would benefit.

[-] 0 points by GirlFriday (17435) 9 months ago

I think that Turkey's fears always stem from the Treaty of Sevres and this is due to the US spread of Democracy in the ME. In fact, there is recent opinion piece in the Hurriyet Daily that kind of gives an idea of the attitude. There was a much better piece in the same newspaper that was written when Ambassador Francis Ricciardone was blocked back in 2010, but I can't find it. Turkey had wanted Ricciardone. I hope this will jar people's memories.

I mention the above, not to dismiss the genocide, but rather to point out that it is a piece to a larger issue/concern/fear. Then there is the admission to the EU and there are points in time where people in Turkey are very vocal about "to hell with 'em" and hoop jumping.

I agree that one man is insufficient. However, he does have the power to push the dialogue to the left. Instead of candidates being pulled to the right. I find that interesting.

[-] 0 points by GirlFriday (17435) 9 months ago

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[-] 0 points by GirlFriday (17435) 9 months ago

No, it would be truthful. Just because your paranoid doesn't mean that they aren't out to get you. I think the line is where it becomes debilitating.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (28461) from Coon Rapids, MN 9 months ago

I think the line is where it becomes debilitating.

Like from living in constant crises created by Business and abetted by government?

[-] 0 points by GirlFriday (17435) 9 months ago

Yes, very similar.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (28461) from Coon Rapids, MN 9 months ago

I can see how it would strongly relate - as it is not being paranoid - only acknowledges fact - but could very easily drive an individual past that line.

[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (17435) 9 months ago

I agree with that.

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[-] 0 points by GirlFriday (17435) 9 months ago

That is also very true. If Sanders runs as an Independent then he will not be in the major debates-if that is what we call them anymore.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (28461) from Coon Rapids, MN 9 months ago

He should run as a Dem maybe? Better Him than those Blue Dogs in the Red States.

[-] 0 points by GirlFriday (17435) 9 months ago

I think there is a price/penalty either way he plays it.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (28461) from Coon Rapids, MN 9 months ago

Yep - But - this is the way I figure it. He has already stated on more than one occasion that he agrees more/most often with Dem agendas and has also condemned the Rep agendas - quite loudly.

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He - I think - would be most welcome by the Dem's.

He could run his campaign through an established network as an independent Dem - publicly stating that this was because to run as an independent was to take a huge penalty in being able to be seen by most of the population - he could campaign for all who are like him in his stances whether they are independent green red blue whatever - but for the people and the true intent of the constitution above all else.

[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (17435) 9 months ago

Frankly, he is too good for the Dems. He has a backbone which they desperately need.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (28461) from Coon Rapids, MN 9 months ago

Absolutely TRUE - But perhaps he could inspire some backbone - show some of his chastising speeches on the Senate floor as the driving force of his campaign. Rouse the public.

[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (17435) 9 months ago

Good point.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (28461) from Coon Rapids, MN 9 months ago

It would be so awesome to see those speeches go wide spread public release on a campaign - or just for their own merits.

[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (17435) 9 months ago

That I do agree with. Because they sure as hell would go viral.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (28461) from Coon Rapids, MN 9 months ago

They really should. A world wide pandemic. This relates resonates all over the world. Not just pertaining to problems in the USA government but most all governments as well.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (28461) from Coon Rapids, MN 9 months ago

He would have my vote:

" Sanders said the next presidential campaign must include a candidate who’s willing to take on Wall Street and represent the interests of the poor and the shrinking middle class."

" The race also needs candidates who will oppose cuts to Social Security and Medicare and make global warming a top priority, Sanders said."

“Under normal times, it’s fine, you have a moderate Democrat running, a moderate Republican running,” Sanders said. “These are not normal times. The United States right now is in the middle of a severe crisis and you have to call it what it is.”


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[-] 0 points by WSmith (2091) from Cornelius, OR 9 months ago

Run Bernie Run!!

Perhaps Bernie running for POTUS will bring people out of the spell cast by Big $ that makes them hate and avoid the one thing that will save them and defeat the vicious tyranny of the greed-addled 1% of the 1%: Participating in Democracy ~ Voting!

And perhaps while Bernie is running people will listen when he gives his seal of approval to the many other good, decent, liberals, progressives, Dems, Socialists and independents.

Whatever it takes to wake people up from the contrived delusion that defeats us! 2010 Never EVER Again!!!

[-] 0 points by meanjogreen (7) 9 months ago

Sounds better than Hillary, but what "party" would he have behind him??

[-] 1 points by BirdsofaFeather (9) 9 months ago

Green or Independent Party would take him in a heartbeat.

[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (17435) 9 months ago

I got to be honest, after watching the Green Party online campaigners in action, I wouldn't touch that party with a 20 foot pole.

[-] -1 points by greenanarchosyndicalist (85) 9 months ago

A note about Bernie Sanders. He is an independent. NOT A DEMOCRAT.

[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (17435) 9 months ago

You are correct. This is known.