On Wed. Aug, 12, the website FeelTheBern.org launched. It's the "go to" place for info on all of Bernie's positions.
Want to know where he stands on healthcare? The economy? Foreign policy? The environment?
It's all there, and more, in an attractive and easy-to-navigate site. This may be the first presidential campaign cycle which truly takes advantage of the value of the internet and social media. And that's what can return the power to "We, the People."
The Sanders campaign says, "Think of it as the Wikipedia of Bernie Sanders, only more beautifully-designed and more thoughtfully-written, leveraging the viral power of videos and infographics, and written in an entirely FAQ-like conversational format. If knowledge is power, this site could be hugely empowering to many voters -- especially given polls show so many Americans still don't even know who Bernie is (!)."
The campaign notes that just a month ago, "a Bernie supporter was frustrated about the mainstream media's Bernie blackout, and depressed that with Bernie being the most-searched for presidential candidate on the internet, curious voters were landing on content surfaced by search engines that didn't tell the full and fair story about the campaign and Bernie's record."
"So this supporter pulled together 125 unpaid volunteers to work on a project, based on smart political framing and leveraging the power of search and social media that would organize all the great YouTube videos, legislation PDFs, and old news articles about Bernie into an easily-discoverable, easy-to-understand website."
This is how the revolution rolls, with individual citizens jumping in to participate without an engraved invitation, but directed by the inspiration from within to win back our country.
How do Bernie's views compare with most Americans?
- Bernie and 68 percent of Americans believe the super-wealthy pay too little in federal taxes.
- Bernie and 85 percent of all business owners agree with closing all overseas tax loopholes.
- Bernie and 68 percent of Americans think we should close tax loopholes for corporations who offshore jobs.
- Bernie and 65 percent of Americans want to expand Social Security benefits.
- Bernie and 3 out of 4 Americans, including Republicans, want Medicaid expanded.
- Bernie and over half of all voters support a single-payer healthcare system.
- Bernie and 65 percent of Americans support raising the minimum wage.
- Bernie and 6 in 10 Americans, including half of Republicans, think employers should offer paid sick leave.
- Bernie and 3 out of 4 Americans, including a majority of Republicans, say employees should be offered paid time off after childbirth.
- Bernie and 64 percent of Americans want strict carbon limits on existing coal plants.
- Bernie and 80 percent of Americans support expanded access to lower-cost student loans.
- Bernie and 3 in 4 Americans support more spending on our nation's infrastructure.
- Bernie and 84 percent of Americans, including 90 percent of Democrats and 80 percent of Republicans, believe money has too much influence in U.S. politics.
Sanders has attracted more donors than Barack Obama's grassroots campaign at this same point in 2007, which had raised money from 180,000 donors. Currently Bernie has received donations from over 100,000 more supporters: a total of 284,000 individuals averaging $35 (with 76 percent of the donations under $200.) Sanders has raised more money from individuals -- i.e. not Super PACs -- than any other candidate in the race.
The campaign notes that attendance at Sanders rallies continue to break records. He had roughly 4,500 in Kenner, LA; 5,500 in Denver, CO; 10,000 in Madison, WI; 11,000 in Phoenix, AZ; 13,000 in Houston and Dallas, TX over two events on the same night; 15,000 in Seattle, WA,;27,500 in Los Angeles, CA and 28,000 in Portland, OR.
It's a rapidly changing world. If the Vatican was ready for Francis, America can be ready for Bernie.
FeelTheBern.org. Go there. You'll be glad you did.
Special thanks to David Sobel Photography for permission to use these great photos!