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Say it Ain't So Joe - We Do Want a Revolution!

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I've always liked Joe Biden. I believe him to be a good, ethical and bright man" despite occasional speaking guffaws. He was arguably one of the most active and effective US Vice-Presidents to serve our country.

He seems like a very nice guy. He says we don't want a revolution. "Look, the idea that there's going to be this revolution - Americans aren't looking for revolution." He's wrong!

The wind is at Bernie's Back. His revolution is not an armed rebellion, but rather a major retooling of our political system that supports the desire of bright, alert, committed Americans to begin a major overhaul of the way Washington works.

I'm a Democrat, not a Socialist. Our government is Democratic, Capitalism infused with many aspects of Socialism. Indeed, most of America's greatest achievements like Social Security and Medicare are rooted in Socialism. Read this great article in The Daily Beast, "How Socialism Made America Great."

Any government program that redistributes wealth engages in Socialism. We don't all pay the same taxes. While the very rich have amazingly unfair loopholes and some pay no taxes at all, others pay more while the poorest pay none. Socialism once again. And thank goodness for it!

Socialism is the humane aspect of Capitalism. The United States can't boast a history filled with the milk of human kindness. Treatment of Native American's, slavery, internment camps, inexcusable cyclical poverty, systemic racial and religious prejudice are all parts of our history.

At the same time, America has always been a haven for those escaping persecution and seeking a better life.

Our evolving sense of social justice (still with a long way to go,) growing acceptance and appreciation of those with different lifestyles, the chance to receive an education that creates greater economic opportunity and even the ability to become an entrepreneur and make lots of money" all of these are part of the vast mosaic that make our country unique.

Yes, Donald Trump and his sycophantic minions are out to destroy our accomplishments and return us to the less evolved nation from whence we began.

Yes, we need a leader who will rally Americans to stand up for all that is good and righteous and help return us on our organic ever evolving struggle to become better than we are.

Joe Biden will make positive changes in how America functions. Bernie Sanders is calling upon our best selves to sacrifice, become ever more aware and spur us on to greatness. A peaceful revolution that is a call not to arms but to action!

The concerted effort by mainstream media and the Democratic establishment to derail Bernie's chances to enable us to become the best version of ourselves is reprehensible. It's not dissimilar to all those who fear for their jobs so suck up to Donald Trump.

Many Democrats fear Bernie's coattails aren't strong enough to carry the down-ballot candidates. Consequently, they will do whatever they can to support a mainstream politician who they feel will better serve their (not America's) best interests.

What separates these people from Donald Trump supporters? Not much, other than we might consider their basic core values more humanely decent. But when you run in fear from worthy ideals, just to protect your job, you are trading off much of what makes you a better person than the other guy.

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Now is not the time for Democrats to run scared. We need big changes and Bernie is the one candidate to provide them. Please support Bernie in his efforts for all of us.

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Personally, I think Bernie should tone down the revolutionary talk. Some of the average voters may think the Bolsheviks will be coming for their property if Bernie wins, and the GOP will do its best to encourage that thinking.

If I understood the original song correctly it is against violent uprising. "We all wanna change the world but"". However, there will be those who point to some of the more outlandish behavior of a few of Bernie's supporters and say "you see?"

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Hi Maxwell,

You make a good point. Personally, I support universal healthcare, but don't think the term Medicare for All is a good one.

It's tough to tone down rhetoric. I agree with you. A few small changes in the way Bernie phrases some positions would be great.

Of course, we live in a Democracy. We can't tell other Bernie supporters what they should say or how they should speak. We can, suggest alternatives that might help enhance Bernies electability.

Thanks for your comment. Dave

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It's a shame how Trump says its either him or the USSR. Never have heard Sanders talk of any Govt ownership of the means of production or Govt distrobrution of the profits.

Sanders wanting to get affordable HC and education are just things we would have if DC been promoting the general and common welfare, instead of corporate profits as now. At least he has also spoken now and then about our Foreign Policy needing to change.

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Hi Michael, you make an excellent point. Thanks! Dave

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Just have to say this given Biden's pitiable performance in the debates and in his campaign in total, it is virtually impossible that he "won " those states. In digital voting systems, election theft is a matter of a few clicks. Those states were stolen from Bernie. Biden is senile . totally unfit to hold any office.

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Hi Lila, thank you for reading the article and commenting.

In this particular instance I don't necessarily agree with you.

It seems to me that the pattern of voting is just as was anticipated with Bernie picking up many Latino voters and Biden picking up many black voters, particularly based upon the endorsement he received in South Carolina.

That being said, I do have a theory regarding manipulation of the whole process to the detriment of Bernie.

I'm going to try to find time and write an article about that as soon as possible.

Thanks a lot. Dave

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