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Populist - not always "Popular"

madman101
I understand that Bernie Sanders sometimes rails against Donald Trump, at times when he sees it is necessary. And, I understand that a lot of Trump's supporters are racists, although, not so many as NPR may lead one to believe. But I still see that both of these men are different sides of the same coin of populism. When you look at it, Bernie is often a nationalist, although one would never therefore call him a, "white nationalist," as most people call Trump. When you look at Trump, you see a drive to renew the countries' infrastructure; to curtail unfair trade; to draw in the reigns of warfare; etc., JUST LIKE BERNIE.

Granted, there are differences here. But, I am looking at the bigger picture, of what the people say they need. I am trying not to look at the divide-and-conquer, partisan picture of what the elites try to make us squabble over, etc. When we settle down, it can be seen that, in many, BUT CERTAINLY NOT ALL, cases, both Bernie and Trump are looking for the same things. However, you are NEVER going to see this reported in the news, or from either partisan national committee.

Here is an example of such coincidence between Trump and Bernie. We never heard a lot of this side of Trump's speech. But, it looks like both he and Sanders want a reevaluation of U.S. relations with Saudi Arabia.

Trump has been dealing with a LOT of pressure from the GOP, and from the (Clinton-Bush) elites, which, along with his own stupidity, has made him declare some pretty horrendous things. I am all over that, in my journal. However, I do see him sometimes pushing back towards a more centrist, sensible attitude - because he is a businessman. I have always suspected that this sort of thing would happen.

You wouldn't know it from the news, but there are a few similarities to be seen in recent foreign policy speeches of both Trump and Sanders...

Trump Slams US and Saudi Foreign Policy in Fiery UN Speech

Bernie Sanders: Saudi Arabia Is “Not an Ally” and the US Should “Rethink” Its Approach to Iran

Bernie Sanders Gives Major Foreign Policy Speech: 'We Share A Common Humanity'

Note: Silicon Valley Should Just Say No to Saudi Arabia

Not WEALTHcare!

madman101
Bernie Sanders unveils universal healthcare bill: 'We will win this struggle'

  • Medicare for All plan would cover 323m Americans under single system

  • Bill unlikely to pass in Congress but support growing among Democrats

madman101
Head of National Nurses Encourages Bernie Sanders to Start a People's Party

Even if you attended the 4,000-strong Peoples Summit in Chicago on June 9-11 organized by folks from the Bernie Sanders campaign and National Nurses United (NNU), you might have missed the most significant moment of the gathering. It was a seemingly offhand comment made by NNU Executive Director RoseAnn DeMoro during the Saturday evening session when Bernie Sanders spoke to an adoring crowd, but a comment that adds kindling to a potential 2020 fire.

The audience in the packed Chicago theater included volunteers for a new effort called Draft Bernie for a People's Party. They waved Draft Bernie signs and throughout Sanders' speech, urged him to launch a new party.

The group is made up mainly of young staff and volunteers who worked on the Sanders campaign but were so disillusioned by the Democratic Party that they are determined to start a new one. They are sympathetic to and want to collaborate with the Green Party and other existing third parties, but they want a new, fresh progressive party like the European ones that captured the public imagination and made sweeping gains. While their focus right now is getting Sanders on board, they say they'll build a People's Party even if he refuses to join.

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Other, "People's Party's," in the USA past:
People's Party (1891)
People's Party (1971)
People's Party (Chicago)
People's Party (Indiana)
People's Party (Utah)

Extra special added bonus: New head of Huffingtonpost.com argues for a transcendence of the right-left paradigm!  It is not left versus right.  It is the haves versus the have-nots! (Heard on NPR - sorry, no linky linky).

Don't get drawn into the stupid rhetorical division and fear!!!

PS - Anyone remember that Nurses march on WDC from a few years ago? It involved an activist nurse fighting against the ignorance of Gulf War Syndrome. She went on to have a national talk show. Her name is Joyce Riley. I supported her, in honour of one of my heroes, Florence Nightingale. We all have interlinking illnesses. But, of course, we cannot listen to her. She is fake news. She is right wing. She is FAR from a feminist.

She is dying of cancer.

For serving in the Gulf.

Check the title of this post again.

Britain's eerily similar election.

madman101
Populism is not just an American phenomenon...

"Waiting for a train in the steel town of Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire: two little kids are playing in the empty station, pretending to be this familiar superhero and that. Then they come up with one that puzzles me: 'I’m Donald Trump!' – a superhero whose devastating power appears to be passing wind in the direction of his adversary.

Later the mystery is explained to me: 'Trump' is British slang for 'fart'."


Britain's eerily similar election:   Go Here - (see also comments).

DEMOCRATS IN DENIAL

madman101
Everyone loves Bernie Sanders. Except, it seems, the Democratic party

"If you look at the numbers, Bernie Sanders is the most popular politician in America – and it’s not even close. Yet bizarrely, the Democratic party – out of power across the country and increasingly irrelevant – still refuses to embrace him and his message. It’s increasingly clear they do so at their own peril."

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Thank you, DNC Dems, for giving us Donald Trump.

Oh Bernie Cares!

madman101
As you know, US Congress approves first step for repealing Obamacare (Update). Without a doubt, most Americans want the ACA to be replaced - by something better! As things stand now, the Dems are so spooked and riled by the oncoming Trump Regime, that they will be in no mood to cooperate on crafting something better. Meanwhile, the mean, erstwhile Republicans glory in repealing Obamacare, yet secretly cower in the fact that they have no alternative to offer. If they were to take the stance of cooperating to build a new healthcare system, they will only end up lobbying for something EVEN MORE CORPORATE than the ACA. So, my sense is that both parties shall once again lock themselves in a year's long loggerheads, blocking out other legislations. It may get so bad than it will invite another wave of progressives getting elected in 2018.

It is good that Bernie Sanders campaigns for a REPLACEMENT for the ACA - that is also my position, of course. But, in so far as he might sell out to the DNC Dems, and defeat his own purposes, then I will oppose his partisanship. If you would like my health care views from the past, see:

My recent rant -  Affordable Care is Up In the Air!
My tags - politics - health care debate, health care / insurance, economy - health care

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