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Trump--Not the DNC--Should Be Terrified of Bernie

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Most Americans want public colleges and universities to be free or at least debt-free.

Only the fossil fuel industry and the shills lying for them deny the exigency of climate change. The entire world has recognized we are on the precipice of a climate apocalypse and wants governments to begin taking aggressive measures to address it. The United States is the only developed nation dragging its feet.

People want to strip politics of its dark money donors so our elections are once again truly Democratic.

Bernie's positions connected with so many people, Donald Trump decided to abscond with a few of them in 2016.

Democratic voters do not want another Republican-light centrist who can "reach across the aisle" to Republicans who have proven they are more unified in refusing bi-partisan overtures.

Fortunately, there may be signs of hope after Barack Obama confirmed he would "go to bat" for whoever secures the Democratic nominationeven if it's Sanders.

It remains to be seen, though, whether the center will hold its support after the primary season kicks off next month and reality begins.

Earlier this year, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) instituted a new policy prohibiting more than 100 political firms from contracting or recommending to House of Representatives candidates consultants, vendors, polling firms, strategists, and operatives seeking to unseat incumbents.

The Democratic party of today is not the Democratic party of the early 1990s when it shifted its focus away from Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal and Lyndon Johnson's Great Society toward more a corporate-friendly agenda following the 1980s' Reagan revolution.

Even before Donald Trump descended that Trump Tower escalator in June of 2015 to declare in a racist anti-immigrant screed he was running for president, the political sands were shifting.

People had figured out nothing was going to structurally change with the economy, environment, education, healthcare, or campaign finance as long as we kept coddling transnational corporations with tax breaks, subsidies, deregulation, and anti-worker trade deals even Democrats at times supported.

This is what fomented the Occupy Movement, which segued right into the rise of the progressive movement that allowed a septuagenarian Democratic Socialist from Vermont the voice he always had to project Americans' discontent with being shut out of the democratic process.

We are the party of ideas, the party of Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, healthcare, civil rights, marriage equality, public education, unions, and criminal justice reform.

The Republican party, by contrast, is the party of tax breaks for the ultra wealthy, deregulation, environmental degradation, voter suppression, xenophobia, Islamophobia, unregulated gun possession, and "Christian" evangelism.

Just look at how many bills the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives has passed since taking back the majority in January.

But the Democratic party has a lot of soul searching to do if it has any sincere intentions of defeating not just Trump but Trump-ism.

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