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Scott Galindez is a graduate of Syracuse University, a US Army veteran, and currently the Political Director of ReaderSupportedNews.org.
Scott's activism began at an anti-nuclear vigil in Lafayette "Peace Park" across from the White House. Scott also worked with the Washington Peace Center, the Atlantic Life Community led by Phillip Berrigan, the Community for Creative Non-Violence led by Mitch Snyder, American Peace Test, and the Coalition for World Peace.
Over the years, he has also worked on the electoral campaigns of Paul Wellstone, Jerry Brown, and Bill Bradley.
Scott co-founded Truthout.org where he speant 9 years working to get the truthout. Scott is now the Political Director for Reader Supported News.
The Most Important Legislation of My Lifetime
Single payer healthcare is morally and economically right. Only the insurance industry would disagree with that. What do insurance companies provide us anyway? An overpriced payee is what they are and all they are. They don't care about our health; they are designed for their own profit.
Saturday, September 23, 2017
Iowa Democrats Unite Behind Cathy and Pete
Republicans didn't start winning elections by running to the center; they won by exciting their base. Of course they played on people's fears, scapegoating immigrants, women, people of color, and people's sexual orientation. Our job is to do the opposite. We have to reach out to people's decency. We just have to get better at defining what we stand for.
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
The 2020 Race for President Has Begun
It's just the beginning. We know that Senators Kamala Harris and Cory Booker, and the most speculated non-candidate of 2016, Senator Elizabeth Warren, may be sticking their toes in the water soon. And when since 1988 has former vice president Joe Biden not been rumored as a possibility? I still hope it's Bernie.
Tuesday, September 5, 2017(11 comments)
Bernie Releases Blueprint for GOP Demise
You can agree or disagree with the senator from Vermont, but one thing you can't deny is he is a leader with a vision for what he thinks America should become, and he is passionately trying to create that world. I agree with Bernie on almost everything, and I believe he will be a prominent fixture in history books for generations to come.
Monday, August 28, 2017(3 comments)
So You Really Think Trump Is Not a Racist?
What is your definition of a racist? Sexist? Bigot? Pay close attention to your answer; you might be on the defensive. Exactly; if you don't think Trump is a bigot then you probably are one yourself. Here is the Wikipedia definition of racism: prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one's own race is superior.
Sunday, August 27, 2017(1 comments)
Single Payer Healthcare Is Achievable
Republicans are good at staying on-message and turning good ideas into dirty words. We need to do the same. We need to make greedy, for-profit insurance companies the boogeyman and convince people that the government can do a better job providing healthcare.
Friday, August 11, 2017(1 comments)
Take the Nukes Away From the Madman in the White House
Neither Donald Trump nor Kim Jong-un should have access to the powerful militaries that they lead. Jong-un becomes stronger every time Donald Trump ratchets up the rhetoric. Sanctions and isolation are the right responses to North Korea. Threats and bluster only increase the chance that a catastrophic event will take place. We can no longer count on the current nuclear powers being sane enough not to use nuclear weapons.
Tuesday, August 8, 2017(1 comments)
Shocking News: "Big" Jim Justice Was a Democrat
As I sat and watched the governor of West Virginia, "Big Jim" Justice, announce he was leaving the Democratic Party, it dawned on me that the shocking news was that this guy was ever a Democrat at all. He reminded me of Boss Hogg, and I'm not teasing him based on his weight like Donald Trump did when referring to the "large news" he had to announce.
Wednesday, August 2, 2017(16 comments)
The Next Step in the Healthcare Fight
Of course in this Congress, there is little hope of single payer passing. It is, however, an issue on which Democrats could ride back to power. It is still true that many Americans don't understand the benefits of single payer, so it will take a massive movement in this country to win hearts and minds.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017(4 comments)
Progressives Turning Up the Heat on House Democrats
Last summer Democrats passed the most progressive platform in its history. This summer it is time to bring that platform to life and make it mean something. We must return the Democratic Party to the people. The goal is to one day be able to say again that the Democratic Party puts people before profit.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
The Healthcare Fight Is Far From Over
In the era of Trump, expect the unexpected. The headlines say the Senate GOP healthcare plan is dead. The latest version may be, but we know they will try to dress it up and bring it back. They might not even dress it up -- they may strip it naked and promise they'll fix it up after 2018.
Saturday, July 8, 2017(3 comments)
Progressives Are Saving the Democratic Party
On issue after issue, the Democratic Party could lead but too often chooses to play it safe and take a moderate position in an attempt to get elected. Progressives have been organizing and shaping public opinion. Independent voters are ready for a bold progressive message. It is time for the Democratic Party to catch up to the rest of the American people and support a progressive agenda.
Thursday, June 29, 2017(3 comments)
Trump Puts Politics Over Health of the Nation
Trump and the Republicans are having a difficult time coming up with a replacement for Obamacare. It was easy to repeal it over and over when President Obama was there to veto the repeal. Now the votes mean something, and Republicans don't have a viable replacement.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
People's Summit to Dems: Follow Us
The message we have to take from Bernie and Nina is to fight for the future and support the party that follows us! We don't need to follow a political party. The movement must continue to move forward and not wait for Democrats -- if they want our votes they need to open the doors and let us in to lead them to victory.
Sunday, March 19, 2017(1 comments)
Trump Declares Obamacare Dead
I am worried that Obamacare will be repealed without an adequate replacement. The GOP says Obamacare is redistribution of wealth from the wealthy to the poor. They want the money back. They want to take from the poor and give it back to the rich.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017(1 comments)
DNC, Grow the Party and Vote for Keith Ellison
a vote against Keith Ellison would be an invitation to millions of progressives to exit the party. A vote for Keith Ellison will be an invitation to stay and rebuild the party. Do the right thing and grow the party with Keith. Who do we gain or lose with Tom Perez as chair? That's right, we keep the corporate cash and lose progressive voters. The cash can be replaced; the voters are irreplaceable.
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Donald Trump Is Creating Progressives
It sucks that Donald Trump is President. We would be facing different obstacles if he had lost, and as I argued we would be better off. That said, we have to take advantage of the opportunities to organize that his presidency is providing. Those opportunities, unfortunately, are numerous.
Wednesday, February 1, 2017(1 comments)
Everyone Can Become a Real Progressive
We need the corporate Democrats to shed the shackles of Wall Street and start focusing on the needs of the people.
We need the underemployed trying to make ends meet to realize we are fighting for them. We need the women who were inspired by Hillary Clinton's receiving the most votes for president to support a progressive agenda. We are not going to agree on everything, but we need to move forward where we can.
Sunday, January 8, 2017
Repealing Obamacare Will Be Negligent Homicide
The Republican Party is preparing to throw millions of people off their healthcare. Many people will die of conditions that could have been prevented if they were covered. That is why I believe they would be guilty of negligent homicide. Instead of repealing Obamacare, we should take the next step toward universal healthcare and allow the federal exchange to negotiate a public option with healthcare providers.
Friday, December 23, 2016
Keith Ellison Is the Right Choice to Lead the DNC
Debbie Wasserman Shultz and Donna Brazile have created an environment where progressives don't feel welcome in the Democratic Party. For us to bring many back into the fold we need a meaningful first step. Electing Keith Ellison chair of the party is the first step to healing the division in our party.
Monday, December 12, 2016(2 comments)
The silence of Hillary Clinton in the process of electing a new chair leads me to believe that Bernie Sanders is now the de facto leader of the party. I may be wrong, but the handwriting on the wall is indicating that Bernie played his cards right and is now poised to transform the Democratic Party. Age is the only thing that may stop Sanders from being the front-runner for president in 2020.
Sunday, October 23, 2016
Never Ryan? Never McCain?
I dare you: vote against any Republican who isn't voting for your guy. Imagine if all of these incumbents lost their seats because they abandoned Donald Trump. What a powerful message that would send ... (wink)
Sunday, October 16, 2016(4 comments)
Stop Blaming the Russians
We should thank the Russians and the women who are exposing Trump for showing us how bad our political system has become. We need to come together across ideological lines and agree on a system that will allow for real Democracy again. The system is corrupt, and it's not the Russians' fault.
Sunday, October 9, 2016
We Still Have to Fight the TPP
The election in November is the big reason there hasn't been a public push for votes on the largest trade deal ever. Publicly, both presidential campaigns oppose the TPP. With Hillary Clinton we have to wonder if this is an example of her "public position" while privately she supports it. For Trump, it is a nationalist reactionary movement that he is trying to tap into.
Thursday, October 6, 2016(45 comments)
Bernie Expects a Progressive First 100 Days Under Clinton
Sanders was asked in what tangible ways he would press a Clinton administration to address progressive issues. He responded: "I just spoke to the secretary last week, and what she told me is that within the first 100 days of the administration, she would be introducing legislation and working with members of the Congress on a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United."
Monday, September 26, 2016(3 comments)
Donald Trump Can Win
The Libertarian platform calls for eliminating Social Security and Medicare. How could any Democrat support that? I think Gary Johnson and Jill Stein have benefited from their ability to define themselves. Voters who don't want either Clinton or Trump are voting against the two party system and haven't really taken a close look at either candidate.
Sunday, September 18, 2016(7 comments)
Hillary Is Right, Supporting Trump Is Deplorable
Racist, sexist, homophobic bigots are deplorable, and that is the base of Donald Trump's support. Maybe half -- as Hillary claimed -- isn't accurate, but it might be. It is at least a significant percentage of his base. The scary thing is we are being conned by a great con artist. We must expose Trump for the fraud that he is.
Monday, September 12, 2016
Dakota Access Pipeline Construction Continues, 19 Arrested in Iowa
Nineteen activists were arrested while peacefully blocking an access road to the construction site. The action came one day after President Obama halted construction in North Dakota at the Missouri River crossing. Obama's ruling did not halt construction in Iowa, where the governor has supported the project from the beginning.
Friday, September 2, 2016(4 comments)
Progressives Don't Break Up Over Tactics
Vote for whomever you want this November, then roll up your sleeves and fight for a Progressive agenda. We need everyone. I have said it before and will say it again: Trust Bernie. He cares more about our movement than about his political career.
Wednesday, August 24, 2016(3 comments)
"Our Revolution" Will Transform America
We will really shake things up in two years when we have built an independent political organization that will allow us to support progressive candidates all over the country. "Our Revolution" will help us build those organizations in our communities. Don't dwell on this election -- let's stay together and transform our country.
Thursday, August 18, 2016(10 comments)
The Last Hurrah for Corporate Democrats
We need to put our frustration behind us and do what is best for the Revolution and that is to build our movement to take over the Democratic Party while at the same time defeating the regressive Republican Party. No, Hillary Clinton is not a progressive, but she will not reverse the social gains that progressives have made in the last 30 years.
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Make America Great for "Us" Again
If Donald Trump becomes president, he will take us backward and try to undo the progressive change that we have accomplished over the years. Americans will not get a raise. Women may return to the back alleys for abortion. It will be harder to vote. Worker safety laws will vanish. The whole government will be in denial of climate change. Environmental protections will be gutted.
Sunday, July 31, 2016
Democrats Emerging From Philadelphia Divided
It is a time for grieving and healing in the Sanders camp. So many for the first time invested a part of themselves in a cause. They passionately believed in a cause greater than themselves and they still need to go through the grieving process. On with the revolution. The struggle continues.
Sunday, July 24, 2016
The Un-United State of America
Let's be clear, Donald Trump is the establishment. They are uneasy with him because they don't control him, but they know he is one of them. I have higher hopes for the streets of Philadelphia and the events around the Democratic Convention. There will be a unifier there who really is my voice. And I am trying hard to be his voice. On to the next phase of the political revolution
Thursday, July 14, 2016(59 comments)
Bernie Sanders: I Have Not Suspended My Campaign
Bernie Sanders got 13 million votes. Compare that to Dennis Kucinich and other past progressive candidates. Bernie has moved the progressive cause forward. He will continue to fight for us and I bet he will accomplish more than all of the haters combined. I'm still with you Bernie.
Saturday, July 2, 2016(5 comments)
I Am Angry and I'm Not Giving Up
Voter suppression is real in this country, and the establishment is good at it. They make the rules and they are happy if the rules favor the establishment candidate. We have exposed many problems with the current system, and we must fight to change them. We must work for open primaries and automatic voter registration and to abolish superdelegates, to name a few things.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016(6 comments)
Bernie Sanders: "Elections Come and Go, Revolutions Never End"
People like Bernie Sanders and Nina Turner are motivated by a passion for justice, not a passion for politics. They will lead us on a path that furthers the progressive cause, not their political careers. Absent an event beyond his control, he knows he will not be the Democratic Party's nominee. He does plan, however, to force open the door of the Democratic Party and lead his movement from the inside to transform the party.
Thursday, June 23, 2016(2 comments)
The People's Summit: "Together We Can Win!"
This past weekend in Chicago, National Nurses United convened a summit of many sectors of the movement that rallied behind Bernie. They understand that Bernie didn't create the progressive movement, he exposed it. He united groups that have been organizing for decades. Bernie's campaign also attracted young people and breathed new life into what is now a political revolution.
Sunday, June 12, 2016(2 comments)
Bernie Sanders Will Hold Rally in Philadelphia
The day before the convention starts, Bernie Sanders is planning to take the stage in FDR park in Philadelphia to address his supporters. Many of those supporters are delegates to the convention, many will be there to support Bernie, and many will be there to protest the Democratic Party convention.
Thursday, June 9, 2016(4 comments)
In Bernie We Trust
There is a lot of frustration, anger, and sadness out there. We have likely fallen short of the goal of nominating Bernie Sanders to be President of the United States. But let's not despair. We have built a movement that will forever transform our country. We have to commit to rolling up our sleeves and doing the work that will be necessary to bring real change.
Friday, May 27, 2016(5 comments)
Debbie Wasserman Schultz Should Resign as DNC Chair
Debbie Wasserman Schultz has been losing support in the DNC for quite some time. She has often been at odds with President Obama. In 2013, when the President was thought to be considering replacing her, media reports indicated that she was ready to fight to keep her post. Some went as far as saying she was prepared to claim that Obama was anti-woman and anti-Semitic.
Saturday, May 21, 2016
Why Bernie Is Helping, Not Hurting the Democrats
Bernie Sanders is right, the Democratic Party has a choice: open the doors and let the people in or continue to represent the billionaire class. Progressive Democrats understand that the political revolution has come too far to just surrender. The Democratic Party has to earn their support. By taking the fight to the convention, Bernie is keeping the movement going.
Wednesday, May 18, 2016(1 comments)
Bernie Supporters Are NOT Sheep
It's not about Bernie, it's about changing a rigged political and economic system. We are not going to just surrender and vote for Hillary or any Democrat. We want to go to Philadelphia and beyond and reform the Democratic Party and the political system.
Thursday, May 12, 2016(3 comments)
Bernie Is Pointing to a "New Way" -- Well, the "Old Way"
Bernie Sanders is not proposing anything new. Bernie is trying to bring the Democratic Party back to its roots: The party of FDR and the New Deal, the party of LBJ and the war on poverty. It's time to be Democrats again and represent the people. As Bernie Sanders is showing, the people will reward the party that represents them.
Monday, May 9, 2016(3 comments)
Bernie Sets His Sights on Transforming the Democratic Party
The battle for the soul of the Democratic Party has begun. If Hillary Clinton is smart, she will not attempt to stop Bernie's reforms. 2016 is about changing the status quo. If the political revolution is ignored by the party establishment in Philadelphia this July, many Sanders supporters will vote third party or stay home in November.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016(3 comments)
Who Is More Electable?
The reality is that the system is rigged in favor of the two major political parties, and we will probably be stuck choosing between the two most unpopular candidates for President. It is time for a democracy movement in America. We don't have a real democracy now.
Monday, April 25, 2016(1 comments)
Democracy Movement Awakens in America
It was an awakening for a new Democracy movement in America. We can only expect it to grow. Just wait until Bernie Sanders' political revolution shifts its focus away from the ballot box and into the streets. That day will come whether he wins or loses the elections. Let us hope that this is truly the start of a real movement for Democracy in America.
Thursday, April 21, 2016(2 comments)
We Can Still Win!
One person, one vote. Let's have primaries in every state. The best-case scenario is to have the national popular vote decide the nominee. Delegates should only be elected to pass a party platform and other business matters. Let the people choose the nominee in 100% open primaries with same-day registration.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Democracy Spring: Thousands Descend on US Capitol, Over 400 Arrested
On April 16, Democracy Spring will be joined by Democracy Awakening, organizations representing labor, peace, environmental, student, racial justice, civil rights, and money-in-politics reform movements. They are fighting to protect voting rights and get big money out of politics. Speakers will include Jim Hightower, William Barber II, and Annie Leonard.
Monday, April 4, 2016(1 comments)
Democratic Race Heating Up, Not Winding Down
Expect the Sanders delegates to arrive in Philadelphia with a reform agenda that includes things like an end to super delegates. Win or lose, the political revolution will continue. As Harold Meyerson said, "Bernie Sanders's campaign didn't create a new American left. It revealed it."
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Without Super Delegates Clinton Can't Win Nomination
Presidential elections are about the narrative. If people on the fence believe one side can win, they can make it happen. If the narrative is that a candidate can't win, it is hard to overcome. That is why the establishment media is attempting to sell the story that Bernie can't win.
Sunday, March 20, 2016(1 comments)
Time to Build the Revolution
Let's get back to one person, one vote, and let all voters choose the nominee. I heard all the arguments for the little guy not being able to compete in a national primary, and it is nonsense. Bernie had the largest rallies from day one of his campaign and raised the most money. If you have the best message, you can compete. "One Person, One VOTE!" should be a chant ringing through the convention hall in Philadelphia.
Friday, March 11, 2016(2 comments)
Miami Democratic Debate Proves Both Campaigns Don't Think It's Over
Overall, Bernie showed the country why he is doing so well in blue states. He forcefully laid out a true progressive agenda and forced Hillary to try to tell Democrats why the policies they believe in are not achievable. The crowd rose to its feet at the end, when Senator Sanders laid out his agenda and said, "That is why I am running for President!"
Monday, March 7, 2016(1 comments)
Michigan, Ohio, Illinois -- Finally Some Blue States
If Sanders can win in the Midwest, it will be a while before Hillary Clinton finds a map favorable to her. Sanders should dominate the West and if he does, the critical thing called momentum will turn in his favor. The other side of the coin, though, is Bernie's path narrows if he doesn't do well over the next week.
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Why Let Red States Choose the Democratic Nominee?
The Democratic Leadership Council's goal has been achieved again. By front-loading the nomination process with southern states they have given the momentum to a moderate candidate. It is a system rigged against a progressive insurgent candidate. It will be an uphill climb, but the race is far from over.
Wednesday, February 10, 2016(1 comments)
The Revolution Is Real, Bernie Can Win It All
The Clinton campaign can claim that Bernie had the home field advantage, but in reality they are losing to a better candidate. People know what Bernie Sanders stands for and they believe in his message. Hillary Clinton's only argument is that she has the experience to take the helm.
Friday, February 5, 2016(4 comments)
That Was the Best Debate Yet
Hillary Clinton had strong moments in this debate, and as Bernie said, she would be a million times better than any of the candidates in the GOP clown car. I agree with her on gun control, and I think she scored points in the "progressive" debate -- even though I agree with Bernie, you can't vote for the Iraq War and be progressive.
Sunday, January 31, 2016
Bernie Rocking Iowa in Closing Days
Just two days before the Iowa Caucus, Bernie Sanders joined popular pop band Vampire Weekend onstage in Iowa City and sang along to "This Land Is Your Land." It was the close of a concert for Bernie on the campus of the University of Iowa. A few minutes before, Sanders wrapped up a spirited address to 5,000 Iowans. It was the largest event put together by any campaign on their own in Iowa this year.
Monday, January 18, 2016(9 comments)
Hillarycare Won't Cover Everyone, Berniecare Will
Under Bernie's healthcare plan, "patients will be able to choose a health care provider without worrying about whether that provider is in-network and will be able to get the care they need without having to read any fine print or trying to figure out how they can afford the out-of-pocket costs."
Wednesday, January 13, 2016(8 comments)
Bernie Sanders, Frontrunner
While the corporate media wants you to still believe that Hillary Clinton is the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination for president, evidence shows the opposite. Bernie Sanders is the clear frontrunner and has the momentum to be our next president.