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Let me take this opportunity to wish you a very happy holiday season and a wonderful new year.

Whenever I am asked about running for president in 2020, I answer that if I am the best candidate to beat Donald Trump, then I will probably run. That is the truth.

If that happens, the political, financial and media elite of this country will stop at nothing to defeat us. You know that. We've lived through it together once before. Our ideas terrify them. So what they will do is try to divide us up with attacks some old, some new and our political opponents will spend obscene sums of money on ads to defeat us.

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I just did not expect the attack ads to begin before I even made a decision. But they have...

Right now, a group of Wall Street Democrats known as the Third Way is running ads in early primary states Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada, calling me out by name and saying our ideas, like Medicare for all, are a path to defeat in 2020.

They not only want to discourage or defeat a Sanders candidacy, they want to make sure that the progressive agenda is not advanced by anyone. They want us to go back to their failed corporate approach which has led to a massive level of income and wealth inequality, a bloated military budget and a failure to address the crises of climate change, a broken criminal justice system and inhumane immigration policies.

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Last time we ran, we made the financial elite pay a price for their attacks on our progressive agenda. It is just as important we do it again today.

Our agenda terrifies the political and financial establishment of this country.

But the truth is, their agenda should terrify all of us.

Our ideas will lift people out of poverty, they will guarantee health care as a right for every man, woman and child, and they will make certain that every person in this country with the ability and the desire can get the education they need, regardless of the income of their family.

Ours is not a radical agenda. It's the agenda the American people want.

Their agenda, paid for by wealthy campaign contributors, has led to record levels of inequality, a health care system that costs more per capita than any other developed nation while leaving millions uninsured and underinsured, and grotesque amounts of student debt that rob many of our young people of their futures.

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Theirs is the agenda that made Donald Trump possible. Ours is the agenda that will defeat him.

And that's why it's so important progressives stand up to their attacks today:

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Bernie, you need to build an organization that deals with election fraud, including by the democrats. Your campaign did not do enough in that regard last time. And you need Greg Palast.

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Check out For a Peoples Party. Watch Nick Brana explain on Jimmy Dore. While you're there listen to Bernie talk about the need for a Third party

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The reason why I won't vote for Bernie in 2020 is due to his rolling-over so easily to the selected Clinton regime in 2016. Many of your supporters voted for Don the Con as their conscience could not let them vote for Clinton: click here. I ended up voting for Dr. Jill Stein in 2016. I have never voted Republican and stopped voting Democrat since Carter.

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As part of the deal to run as a Democrat, Bernie had to agree to support whomever the Democratic candidate was. The DNC would have never allowed him to run as a Democrat if they thought he'd be a threat to their anointed Queen Hillary. Once they realized their miscalculation, they had to rig the primaries to get rid of him. If Bernie came out against the party, he would have been stripped of his many committee chairmanships, rendering him essentially ineffective as a politician. So he was left with no good choices. That's how politics works, like it or not. Until the system changes, we will continue to be stuck with two crappy choices from the two corporate-owned parties.

The mainstream media is largely to blame as well, refusing to address the rampant election fraud that occured on the part of the DNC. The average American is completely in the dark about our fraudulent electoral system, mistakenly believing that their votes count when they don't. Many people such as yourself mistakenly believe that Bernie sold out when he didn't. Which means you've fallen for the trap as well, which is how the corporate elitists want it. More division means less chance for a progressive candidate. I believe in Bernie and his platform, which is why I'd support him again. Unfortunately, the corporate-owned political machine is far more savvy this time, so I don't think he stands a chance.

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You wrote: " If Bernie came out against the party, he would have been stripped of his many committee chairmanships, rendering him essentially ineffective as a politician. "


If Bernie had done what he promised he would have been the nominee, and would have been President. He shocked his supporters at the convention (and those at home) by suddenly capitulating to Hillary. And he compounded his error by failing to explain his actions and exposing the power play behind them. A general who loses a war by unexplained capitulation always fades away in ignominy. Why should Bernie be immune?

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Stan, you are so lucky Janet provided a moderate reply to you. I'd just call you an idiot, a political neophyte, a loser who doesn't know how the world works.


And that's assuming that you aren't a Republican Troll falsely claiming that the Green Party has a chance in hell of making a difference.


Now, if you want to make the case that you will never vote for a Democrat -- Sure that is a valid choice and you have every right to repeat that over and over and over again. (Just as I repeat that I will not vote for a Corporatist).


But to say that Sanders "rolled over" -- Grow Up. You insult yourself.

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The only loser idiot is you needing ad-hominem to make your argument. Having traveled over 50 countries on 5 continents, I have a firm grasp on how the world works.


Correct, I'm not a Don the Con or GOP supporter.


I'll say it again: Bernie rolled-over easily to the Hillery machine! Yet, if he had challenged her, then most likely he would be sitting in the White House today.


Just crawl back to your mom's basement and continue to toss yourself int your pleasure dome reality.

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Bernie is an independent? I thought he was trying to get the Democratic nomination for president in 2016. Then he supported Hillary Clinton when she won the nomination. Independent of what?

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Bernie knew that the only chance he had of being a viable candidate was to run as a Democrat. And he would have won the nomination if he hadn't been cheated. There is no room in our political system as it stands for a third party. And the two parties we have are just two wings of the corporatist elites. He calls himself an Independent because his platform is not recognized or endorsed by either of the two major parties.

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We, the citizens of the US, need a cardinal voting system for POTUS if we can't eliminate the office (too much power in the hands of one individual). Only with a voting system that doesn't split votes more than a cardinal system would, can we throw off corporate rule. And only with such a system can a candidacy like that of Sen. Sanders have any relevancy. Otherwise, we get HRC and Trump all over again or worse candidates, as the Senator and his supporters do as they think required by "political reality" and sell us out again and again.

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What Bernie is discussing here is a two-way street. The attacks on those who might be labeled "Centrist Democrats" are also in high gear.

I'm specifically talking about David Sirota's propaganda piece against Beto O'Rourke put out by Capital and Main and rehashed over and over and over again in such outlets as Newsweek and Truthdig.

I supported O'Rourke in his bid to unseat Ted Cruz -- didn't everyone. Yet now that the election is over O'Rourke is no longer our hero, but a traitor.

We have now started the Sirota/Brock War in which highly partisan journalists just "make stuff up" to prove that the "other guy" is phony.

I admit that I get way too emotional in this discussion and so probably alienate Sirota supporters, but I am extremely conscious of the divisions in the Democratic Base in the 2016 election. Regular contributors to KOS would daily (hourly?) literally scream as Sanders supporters calling them stupid. To support their position they turned to David Brock's "Correct the Record".

I want to assure everyone that I generally view Sirota as an excellent journalist (vs that ... Brock), but I feel his piece on O'Rourke takes facts out of context and twists them convince the reader that O'Rourke is a traitor to the Democratic Base.

O'Rourke may indeed be Obama 2.0 (which would very much disappoint me) and there are parallels that should flash giant warning signs to get you to think long and hard about whether or not to support O'Rourke for President.

But one of Sirota's attacks is that O'Rourke was a co-sponsor of H.R.1737 - Reforming CFPB Indirect Auto Financing Guidance Act, and therefore he is not a progressive. Tulsi Gabbard was also a co-sponsor of that bill for a total of 65 Democrats. So was Shiela Jackson-Lee. So was Tammy Duckworth. Pretty soon, there isn't a Democrat in Congress we can support.

Or take the fact that O'Rourke only voted the same way that the Americans for Financial Reform 40 out of 48 times. TRAITOR!

Or that O'Rourke voted for H.R.1873 - Electricity Reliability and Forest Protection Act, which never became law. Maybe O'Rourke knew it wasn't going to pass in the Senate and so "played politics".

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I do regret that I cannot write about this without sounding so extreme. I honestly am worried that the Democrats are going to spend so much time fighting with one another that Trump will be a 2020 shoe-in.

(And the reason I'm responding here now) Sirota then talks about how "The Third Way" loves Beto. That quote came in the middle of the TX senate race. Show me a Democratic organization that didn't "love" Beto at that point. (FWIW, I despise the Third Way, a bunch of conmen)

There are many other examples.

I have no preference for the Democratic Nominee at this point as long as it isn't Biden, Booker or Harris. As I said, if Beto is "Obama 2.0" I won't be voting for him. But it is 2 years for the next election! Is the goal to just piss-off Democratic voters or to actually pass some Progressive Legislation?

If you care to see the Norman Solomon article that is a rehash of Sirota's Capital and Main propaganda piece: Corporate Democrats Are Already Punching Left Ahead of 2020

I confess, again, that I'm probably too hyperbolic in my discussion. But that's me, which is another reason I don't run for office.

I was told that I don't understand where Sirota is coming from. I don't. It looks to me like a "fifth column" campaign to ensure Trump's re-election.

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Multiple orgs are floating and Biden O'Rourke ticket already. Beto was great for red Texas, but at this point in the primary I'm still with Bernie. in 2016, I definitely would have supported Warren but she proved to me she doesn't have what it takes to be a leader by not backing Bernie, the only progressive in the primary, before Super Tuesday. She's a wimpy wonk, not a leader.

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Please see my comment above. As much as I like most of Bernie's positions, he betrayed us when our chips were down. Further, he doesn't show interest in sharing his views on war.

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See my comments above. Bernie didn't "betray" anyone. People like you are falling for the elitist trap to further divide Democrats. With nonsense like this, we'll have four more years of Trump to look forward to.

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With nonsense like yours we'll have right wing government no matter who is elected.

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Jerry, we're not going to get a viable candidate with a perfect resume in 2020. I share your disappointments in Bernie, but he's got the potential to mobilize millions against Congress and the media. And the millions could mobilize his foreign policy beyond caution to audacity. What's the alternative? Another 4 years of sitting and waiting for a savior?

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Re: Bernie: Seems to me he's the one corporate Dems fear and loathe the most. That's enough for me, enough for now. I don't think it's possible at this point to confront the military/national security state. But with the groundswell of energy Bernie could inspire, especially from the White House, that's when a real transformation could become possible, even overwhelming the limits he envisions.

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We've never had a perfect candidate, and I don't expect one for 2020. I do expect a predictable one who doesn't rally the troops and then leave them in the lurch with no explanation. I'd be happy to support Bernie if he wants to endorse someone else and if he wants to preach progressive government, but he's not credible as a candidate IMO.

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Someday, the people must demand all troops come home. If not, it looks to me as if society will continue to b*tch about social issues forever, caused by, mainly corporate empire.

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I'm over the Bernie bashing. All we hear is people complaining while not offering a viable alternative or solution.

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I'm more concerned that we don't burn bridges at this point in the campaign. There are as many as 20 people running.


As my favorite podcaster wrote to me:


"I understand your concern here, and don't think you've been sipping Beto Swampjuice. I think Beto has some talent, and his voting record is worth looking at. Also his donors. He can probably make the case that he doesn't need oil & gas money anymore. I see this cycle as wide open, Bernie has a head start but no lock, and the women running will get a lot of media attention. Trump will attack them all, and it will be interesting to see how that plays out.


The Dems will be divided in this process--the corporate wing is going to slam the "purity police" of the DemSoc left, but I think Ocasio Cortez and the other frosh females will keep them busy. Clintons and Obama will be resisting the Resistance while trying to unify people against Trump."


In other words, the Democratic Establishment is working on another "I'm not Trump" campaign that will fail like the 2016 one did. I'm trying to urge caution and to refrain from picking who to support while continuing the refrain "I'm not voting for a corporatist."

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Biden is a catastrophe.

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