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Finally, Plans of Real Substance! Bernie's Campaign Manager Faiz Shakir Details Winning Strategies for 2020

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(I have grown so weary of the rest of the field of political campaign fundraisers, all of them always with their hands out, asking for money WITH NO REASON OR ISSUE AT HAND, just this pressing urgency, like "we have to meet this demand by midnight a few days from now." Sorry, folks~~~ with me that just doesn't cut it. It makes no sense, most of their approach, whose effect is amplified exponentially when you get twenty a day....

Even the increasing thousands of homeless outside of Starbucks strewn across this nation know that to ask for money, you have to give a reason, or something about what you need it for. In an era when there are so many national and international issues crying out for our rigorous and focused attention, I can only dismiss such pleas as naive or inexperienced, and most likely doomed to failure, precisely because they miss the point that the issues at hand are far more important than their momentary need to ask for your money. It is just basic effective psychology that should tell them how to do it better. Some of them come repeatedly from some presidential candidates that are very high in the hierarchy for 2020, but I prefer not naming names.

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Faiz Shakir's insights are consistently well founded and incisive.

Harry Reid's former deputy chief of staff commented, "Reid did not make a big decision without consulting Faiz. There's no one he trusted more on how the progressive community would react on something and no one whose advice he took more seriously on pushing him to the left."

Shakir informally advised Bernie Sanders' 2016 campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, which drew the ire of the Hillary Clinton campaign team.

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According to the Podesta emails, Clinton's campain chair John Podesta chided Shakir for advising Sanders. "Gave him a very hard time," Podesta wrote to Neera Tanden about Shakir's involvement. "I have to say this does not go down easy with me."

This long note from Bernie's campaign manager Faiz Shakir is refreshing, clear and believable. With his undergrad degree from Harvard and law degree from Georgetown, he is 40. Most recently, he served as Political Director of the American Civil Liberties Union for a little over two years.)

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This election needs to be about so much more than beating Donald Trump. It is a mistake to think that this election is simply about beating one man an aberration of a president and that everything will simply return to "normal."

The reality is that "normal" in our country before there was a President Trump still meant an immoral lack of healthcare, unlivable low wages, rampant corporate greed, a racist criminal justice system, and a corrupt political system. So, no. It is not enough to just defeat Donald Trump. Returning to "normal" is not acceptable.

Here's how we can do much, much more than that.

Below, I give you a preview of our strategy to win the Democratic nomination, defeat Donald Trump, and transform our country. This is what it will take, and if you can be a part of it, please make a contribution to Bernie 2020 now so that we can build the movement needed to win the election and our issues.

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People Trust Bernie to Fight

When it comes time for campaigning, a lot of politicians tend to make big promises to voters, and then if they win, actually do what their biggest funders want them to do. It's no secret that those are often at odds with each other.

There will be several people in this election who can point to polls that they may be able to defeat Donald Trump. But there is only one person who can both defeat him AND transform the country afterwards.

Bernie Sanders has a lifetime of consistency on the biggest questions of our time: fighting for Medicare for All, taking on corporate power, fighting for racial justice, solving climate change, and making our country more fair for more people.

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This is refreshing and gives me a great sense of clear optimism, in this often discouraging era; the points in Faiz's letter are far more insightful than the tedious money requests with which we every day are increasingly deluged.


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"This election needs to be about so much more than beating Donald Trump. It is a mistake to think that this election is simply about beating one man an aberration of a president and that everything will simply return to 'normal.'"

True and even truer on another level. What I rarely hear discussed is the need for a Bernie-friendly Congress. Or a Tulsi-friendly Congress. Or even a Warren-friendly or Gravel-friendly Congress. Has anyone read the Constitution lately? CONGRESS MAKES THE LAWS. Do I have to repeat that? No, everyone here is bright and has great reading comprehension.

So what's incomprehensible is I don't see any call for organization at a district and state level to elect candidates who will pass laws which some enlightened president wants passed. Does the public really think that Bernie or Tulsi or Elizabeth or Mike are Harry Potter? Or David Copperfield?

Please! Will someone explain? Or maybe it's part of the drama masterminded by the kleptocratic ruling elite to keep us obsessed and preoccupied with something that in the end will change nothing. Other than who is caged in the Oval Office under house arrest.

"President Bernie Sanders will need an unprecedented grassroots movement along his side each day of his presidency in order for us to actually transform our country."

WTF does that mean? Why doesn't this brilliant author finish the statement?

"... to actually transform our country by electing 300 progressives to the House and 70 progressives to the Senate, who fully support his vision for radical reform and creating a government that works for all of the people, not just the rich and powerful."

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As to the particulars of local organizing, remember this is a fund raising letter and so the author leaves the particulars not spelled out as being beyond the purview of his intended writing effort.


Glad you are curious, so I suggest that you might write to the author at Bernie's organization if you wish to have further particular answers.


Lots more here in this long video



Faiz Shakir | Mass Organizing With a Legacy Faiz Shakir discusses Mass Organizing With a Legacy. Keynote talk from Personal Democracy Forum.
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It was a general observation, using this particular presentation as an example of what's ALWAYS lacking in these discussions. I fault Bernie too on this, because he has the reputation, respect and power to alert the populace. Without a supportive Congress, Bernie will accomplish nothing except raise levels of disappointment and cynicism to new heights. I know you are smart enough to recognize this but don't want to clutter your cheerleading with substance. Forewarned ... as they say.

But yes, let's raise lots of money. Money talks. Money yells. Who needs a plan that works? MONEY MONEY MONEY! (Did I mention ... MONEY?)

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Bringing in a new Congress is part and parcel of Faiz' treatise/fundraising letter above. Doesn't it go without saying? The mathematics of retaking the Senate are #2, right after getting Bernie elected.


To this comment and to the one below, I think the armchair journalists and quasi-wannabe-pundits (and yes, that would have to include even me) are generally so outraged at the multilevel assault on decency and on what is appropriate that they want to focus on the broadest possible picture, which, I agree, is both politically and journalistically flawed.

In the larger field of candidates, I perceive that Bernie is head and shoulders above all of the others when it comes to potent content in the avalanche of fundraising letters....


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As evidence of my simple, straightforward point, I count TWENTY-FIVE articles front-paged on today's OEN site. Not one single one alluding to the need to install a functioning Congress via the 2020 election. This is hardly atypical.

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Aaagh! Does this show where we're at, John?!

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There's still time, but the prognosis is not encouraging. People gravitate to drama and high theater. I'm doing what I can with CFAR 2020 but it's an uphill battle. I'm portrayed as the crazy dude because I paid attention in high school civics. Right this very minute, outrageously counter-productive legislation gets a pass from everyone (especially the MSM but nauseatingly from the so-called progressive press). No one is paying attention to the havoc this Congress and future iterations of this ruling class puppet cabal of elected toadies, are wreaking. Look at the twisted logic behind H.R. 1616, for example. And then there's Russiagate -- which has wasted over two years of time -- a bunch of misinformed Russiaphobic Putin-bashers running around like school children. Yet people are more upset about Trump's tax returns and whether the DNC will sabotage Bernie. Of course they will! That's what they're paid to do!

I'll say it again ... God and the Archangels could sit in the White House starting 2021 and it won't make a bit of difference when you have crooks and liars on the bribery Rolodex of Wall Street making the laws. You want a real political revolution? Replace 450 of those now in Congress.

I think I'm through commenting here. I'm better off talking to my toaster oven.


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Oh please don't say that! Your toaster oven might sometimes be "hot," but it will never give you back the insights OEN readers will!


You speak indeed of Sisyphean obligations and Herculean tasks when you propose replacing all of the Congress.


I put 1200 hours into Beto's campaign to replace Ted Cruz over 10 months in 2018, and that failed and even for a bit wore me out. You start linking those voting machines together and you won't be able to replace the village dog catcher.


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How about THESE NUMBERS? How about BOTTOM UP? How about communities, neighbors, friends?

How about kitchen appliance co-ops?

You waste your time and energy on a corporate-sponsored faux-progressive establishment centrist like Beto and now you want sympathy? Pathetic, Stephen. Simply pathetic!

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Your comment is sadly far removed from reality, but it nonetheless warrants my response and some rudimentary clarifications, not for you, but for the readers.


First of all, it was a Texas Senate race in which I became involved. If you recall (or perhaps you don't recall?), Beto's opponent was Ted Cruz. I wanted to get rid of him and replace a fiery red ignorant acting (although extremely well educated (at Princeton and at Harvard Law School) Ted Cruz with a sincere Democrat. To deny or ignore Beto's charisma is massively uninformed, and shows that the critic has not the slightest understanding of what by contrast Texas in 2019 (or at any other time) is really like.


You wrote "corporate-sponsored faux-progressive establishment centrist like Beto." I know Beto personally as his wife's family at once pointed hailed from Santa Fe, and you are not describing him at all.


Beto was indeed supported by lots of oil company people, no doubt, but what you rather he have done? Sent them all away and tell them to give that money to his opponent? He didn't take money from oil CORPORATIONS; that is quite different! To have that much support from Texans in a state that is filled with oil and energy resources should illuminate you to the fact that his charisma was quite real.


Yet you choose to heap on the invective that in itself is concocted who knows where and by whom; you have bought the whole line, but like most folks slinging the invective, you will not have any concept of from where it all originated.


Nasty name calling accomplishes nothing.


In Beto's campaign, he did have very much to accomplish, among other things: to demolish the conceptual idiocy base of Trump's Wall against Mexico. Politics administered through name calling achieves nothing.


I never once have supported Beto for the White House; I have always been keenly and resolutely supporting Bernie Sanders.


At no point in my article or in my comments have I done what you seem to have imagined, and that was "ask for sympathy." That is simply deranged and fictitious on your part, and especially to pompously and arrogantly proclaim in your conclusion that this is all "simply pathetic."


In one last attempt to illuminate you with some clear facts about Beto and the way Congress works for a freshman congressman, and why I so strongly supported him for the Texas Senate seat, you might watch a few minutes of this video which for the first time for me gave me a clear perception of what is expected of all freshmen members of Congress:


(and keep in mind that the person orchestrating the fine tuning and the underlying impetus as head of the the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Congressman Ben Ray Lujan, is poised to become New Mexico's US Senator, replacing the Honorable Tom Udall)



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Thanks for the clarification. But I'm very aware of that race. The CFAR "people's candidate" was Sema Hernandez. She gladly signed our Contract For American Renewal because the initiatives contained reflect 62-80% of support from voters nationwide. Beto did not sign the CFAR because he couldn't have continued taking money from his deep-pocketed corporate donors. Please don't lecture me anymore. You're making yourself look condescending. Smugness is not flattering, even to someone of your intelligence and dedication to the good fight.


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Them olive branches showed in heaven standing before the lamb at end of Zechariah 4 are said to be killed by today's establushment in Revelations 11. Sucks powers that be did not listen to John Lennon whose death cut short these latter days we are living in are no one would survive

No one if other olive branch ever goes to the big apple.

Sorry that "the church" has totally missed the Rocken down angels awakening of peace and freedom of the sixties. It was just to purge and refine even the RR who will feed the world.--Arol's guru MA said feeding the world is most important thing we can do


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I at least, hope the toaster oven doesn't explode near Cheney.

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