speaks and has spoken for other Blacks as well as minorities.
Vermont is Bernie's State and the majority of the people are White.
However, minorities need to pay attention and study and explore his
record and past.
Bernie has been fighting for equality since his college years, so his desires
for the majority of us has been ongoing for more than 25 years. While in
college, he organized protests and was active in Civil Rights. In fact, he
has been involved in the Civil Rights movements his entire adult. He
marched with Dr. Martin Luther King for jobs and freedom. Ultimately,
he was arrested in Chicago for protesting for better and fair housing for
|Bernard "Bernie" Sanders:
Bernie Sanders is Brooklyn-born but is a current resident and Senator of Vermont
Over the years, I have noticed that he always talks about, the wealth gap between the haves and
have-nots, climate change and a strong and dire need for campaign finance reform. Additionally, on
more than once occasion, I have heard him say that the U.S. should focus less on international
conflict and more on the domestic needs of the middle class.
My spouse and I will often recall his disgust for those on both sides of the aisle that do not do more to
support the poor or those struggling in the middleclass. As well as him filibustering the proposed
extension of the Bush-era tax rates for the wealthy.
Since my years of watching Bernie, I have noticed several things that are consistent about him:
Like me, Sanders is critical of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's actions and supports the current talks with
Things I just learned about Bernie:
Allow anyone paying off a student loan currently to refinance at a lower rate.
states, not the federal government, can handle waiting periods for handguns. Soon after, he voted yes for the 1994
Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act that included an assault weapons ban. He has voted to ban
some lawsuits against gun manufacturers and for the Manchin-Toomey legislation expanding federal background
given a path to citizenship. He voted for the Senate immigration bill in 2013, which would have increased border
security and issued a provisional immigrant status to millions of undocumented residents once some significant
security metrics had been met. In addition, Sanders has supported President Obama’s use of executive orders to
waive deportation for some groups of immigrants, including those who were brought to the United States as
Sanders is a good Senator but sadly, enough Blacks do not watch the news enough to know who he is and what he has
done. People such as me, have been watching him for years and know his record. It is not entirely his fault that enough
Blacks do not know him but now he has the opportunity to show who he is and what they have been missing.
Bernie is one of three politicians that I would actually give money to support a campaign because he - like the other three
- is worthy of my hard-earned money.
Over the years, Bernie has always proved that he is employed by The People and stands for and with The People.
Unfortunately, not enough Blacks have been listening to Bernie whereas I have only been listening to him for over the last
decade and for as long as I can remember he has been REPEATEDLY talking about the things that concern me as a
disastrous trade polices such as NAFTA, CAFTA, PNTR, assistance for people wanting to start their own
business, women's right to equal pay, "health care is a right of all and not a privilege", higher education, consistent
exhortations against the growing gap between the haves and the have-nots, restore the nation’s bridges and roads,
put an end to seniors living in poverty, etc.
Other than Bernie Sanders saying, "I love Black people" I believe he has covered the majority of the things I have been
visioning for us as a Black community and myself. What more could he have said previously than what he already has
said in the past and most recently?
It is obvious that I share Bernie's vision and I will always admire him for his constant and consistent exhortations against
the growing gap between the haves and the have-nots. Again, there are millions just like me.
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|Although The United States of America is a capitalistic Country, it is also a socialist Country. Yes, we can be both and
we are! However, in a true capitalistic society, big companies would not be "too big to fail." If a productive company ran
out of money or needed more money to continue business, then in a capitalistic society, that company would have to save
itself from failing. In a capitalistic society, the government would not spend money to save a failing business.
Of course, people can easily say that if the government did not reach out to help the failing companies then the workers
would fail. However, the workers still suffered while the CEO's of those big companies ended up with even more money
to stuff in their oversized bank accounts while the workers are laid off. Oh but the argument remains that under
capitalism, with its free-market economy, the rich can become poor and the poor rich. However, there are more workers
then there are businesses, so that should mean that the workers are too big to fail.
Cesar Chavez, Gandhi, Harry Houdini, Helen Keller, Martin Luther King Jr., Ernest Hemmingway, Jack London, Nelson
Mandela Mark Twain, Malcolm X, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson, were Socialist as well as Bernie
Sanders and actor Danny Glover; openly revealed as Democratic Socialists.
While some criticize Senator Bernie Sanders for referring to himself as a socialist, the entire United States of America is
socialist Country. It started in the early 19th Century.
|As Vermont's Senator, here are 12 initiatives that I will be fighting for which can restore America's middle class:
which included health care, unemployment insurance and social security.
bridges we drive on and over, the electricity that goes into our homes, the
schools our children attend to receive an education and the hospitals we
use to receive medical care. And that is just naming a few.
least 27 percent of our tax dollars is spent on/towards the funding of
wars, education, science and corporate welfare. All being socialist
Oh and least we forget that the United States government has given $60 billion to big business for big businesses to have
tax breaks and grants. Yep, that is socialism.
Proudly, I join Bernie and proudly admit that I am a Democratic Socialist too. I am a socialist as I gladly and openly
I know God is watching my every move and to think that I do not want what is good for all, then I am going against my
belief and will of my Creator.
Oh but socialism is not a bad word but instead it disallows the rich from calling all the shots. It also allows the following
All of the above help and aid The People and I like to see people with more then without. I can support almost anything
that allows a form of unity, peace and happiness. Again, it helps people. It assists those who might not be able to help
themselves; so that they have the opportunity to live a fulfilling life.
Again, socialism is not bad and it works! However, when some people think of the word "Socialism," they get scared and
compare/liken it to the same definition as "Communism." They are different by far.
Socialism is the means of production being in the hands of individuals and the government overseas distribution. Although
everyone is responsible for one another, it also allows the responsibility to be equally shared. IE: You pay your fair share
in taxes and I pay the same amount [in taxes]. You may earn more than I do, but it is only fair that we pay the same
amount. Additionally, it is only fair that we both have access to the same goods and services.
Communism is the means of both production and distribution being in the hands of government. Consequently, no matter
what you produce and earn, the government decides who receives distribution and when. In short, Communism says
government is responsible for you and it has all the power and control.
For the sake of argument, we can look at Capitalism, which says you are responsible for yourself. However, if you
should fail, then you are responsible in rebuilding what you used to have. Oh but least we forget, if there is not any
Socialist programs, you are on your own. So, if you fail to pay to live under a roof and/or not able to purchase food and
medication, then you will be just homeless, hungry and sick.
Currently, all three exist but the definition of each is profoundly different.
|Below are notes on Bernie Sanders since his presidential-run announcement to "Race To The White House".
|Bernie is a self-proclaimed Democratic Socialist likening to Denmark, Finland and Sweden. In those Countries, there are
larger voter turnouts, which makes sense, as it puts both politics and government policies in the hands of the people.
There is free education, better medical care, better retirement benefits, better childcare etc. Those are just a few things
that Bernie wants for the American People - not just for the elite/selective few.
Bernie's version of socialism is rooted in 20th-century Jewish-American leftist politics, which organized for better working
conditions, livable wages, equality for women, and civil rights for all, and assistant for those living in poverty and the
middleclass. (Note the above gray shaded area.)
The slogan for Democratic Socialist is simply "freedom, equality, and solidarity" for all.
Bernie's statements today and before he announced his run for president, are not new but just a reiteration of what he has
been saying for decades.
Now of course, most politicians will say anything and everything to be elected but as stated, Bernie has been saying the
same thing for decades. He already has a comfortable and stable political position and while in that position, he has been
trying to get other politicians to stand with him and fight for the middle-class; to fight for equality for all.
Bernie Tells the Truth About Social Security
Much of the media often approaches politics as if it were a baseball game or a soap opera. Thatís what a a lot of the media thinks modern politics should be about. I disagree; Iím old fashioned I guess. I believe we should be talking about the issues facing our people. Watch this video and tell me what you think:Posted by Bernie Sanders on Tuesday, October 6, 2015
|"One America is flowing with the milk of prosperity and the honey of equality. That America is the habitat of millions of
people who have food and material necessities for their bodies, culture and education for their minds, freedom and human
dignity for their spirits. …I’m sure that each of us is painfully aware of the fact that there is another America, and that
other America has a daily ugliness about it that transforms the buoyancy of hope into the fatigue of despair.
This country has socialism for the rich, rugged individualism for the poor."
~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (March 1968)
|It is obvious where Bernie Sanders stands and that is why he has our FULL support!
|Bernie has made a lot of noise about the vast amount of minorities who are unemployed and in prisons. (There are more
people in prison in America then any other Country; we spend $80 billion to keep them there.)
Bernie is a good Senator but sadly, enough Blacks do not watch the news enough to know who he is and what he has
done. People such as me, have been watching him for years and know his record. It is not entirely his fault that enough
Blacks do not know him but now he has the opportunity to show who he is and what they have been missing.
Over the years, Bernie has always proved that he is employed by The People and stands for and with The People.
Moreover, as a Black person, these things are very important to me:
|Thursday, November 19, 2015:
50: It is not so much as to how I am going to retire, but how am I going to pay for necessary medication that cost
more than my house note.
53:30: That darn socialist FDR!
56:30: Free to die
Socialism for the rich seems to work for the very few.
1:00: In a real capitalistic society, those banks would not have been too big to fail but would have failed and rebuilt
on their own without government welfare/bailout.
1:03: Bernie is wrong! It is a radical idea - radical that the government actually works for the people and not
against the people.
1:09: Radical idea that people should have the right and the means to work and live a productive life.
1:13: Money is America's new idol.
1:15: Suppressing the vote makes it easier for the radicals to win.
1:18: No one said that all lives did not matter, but simply that Black lives matter.
1:21: The millennials will determine this race.
1:22: The majority is the 99 percent of Americans and the minority are those that are not forced to pay their fair
share to live in this Country. Bernie is running for president for the sake of the majority not the minority.
1:25: Other Countries are able to put on expensive unnecessary celebratory events but do not fight their enemies.
They must stop relying on America and America's money, resources and lives.
1:39: Okay so now he has really lost most listening ears, as he talks too much commonsense.
WE LOVE YOU BERNIE!
1:42: What difference does it make? He is a politician that has proved that he is employed by the People.
1:46: It does not speak as if he is against capitalism.
1:47: If trickle down economics worked, jobs would never have left America. Someone said trickle down
economics is likening to a dog with a hamburger and expecting it to share it with other dogs.
1:51: The war in Iraq proved that we were wrong.
1:53: He is not against any war to keep us safe, but there must be a united front - a coalition.
1:59: Nothing against President Obama, but I think Sanders will have a much better chance in getting things passed
through a Republican-controlled Senate and Congress.
2:02: what I hear Bernie saying is that just because you as a voter voted, does not mean that you just stop and sit
down. Instead, it means that you must force your elected officials to do their job. You hired them now make them
I believe that people feel that the word "Socialist" is negative only because they do not know the meaning.
Additionally, they fail to realize we already live in a socialist society.
|Unions Should ALWAYS Support Bernie Sanders:
them. Bernie Sanders has been supporting the Unions for decades. Additionally, he speaks strongly and supports
$15 minimum wage increase.
Bernie said, "Since 2001, we have lost more than 60,000 factories in this Country and more than 4.9 million
decent-paying manufacturing jobs. We must end our disastrous trade policies (NAFTA, CAFTA, PNTR with
China, etc.)." He knows that trade policies work against the American workers.
Bernie has been supporting Unions for decades, so it is baffling that not all of them endorsed him. It seems that
commonsense would step in.
Alternatively, some Union members are not allowed to pick candidates, which does not make sense, as they are
the ones that pay to be represented.
|Thursday, November 19, 2015:
Socialism" says "It was a first for a major candidate for the Democratic nomination."
and a Free Society. Why is it that some in this country run away from the term straight into the arms of the
oligarchs and plutocrats, who abuse them and cheat them on a daily basis, while attempting to buy the
government of the people? Plutocratic wealth moralism is a joke and an affront to decent Americans. At
what point do we finally realize that Democratic Socialism is referring to the voice of the average American
and our rights to live decently and be paid decently and with the understanding that Healthcare is a
RIGHT of all Americans and should be added to the Bill of Rights of the Constitution of the United Sates.
The wealthiest Americans have been given all the opportunity they needed and deserved to make their
wealth, but they are Americans who owe a debt to their country and their fellow Americans to help all of us
to grow and prosper along with them. The Middle Class has helped to pay the bills of this country, the
upkeep of infrastructure, education, the support of the armed forces, along with everything else and we
deserve some credit and support from the wealthiest Americas for our contributions. Grow up America.
Socialism lays at the very foundation of our democracy and is not going away."
The article is posted here.
|Wednesday, November 25, 2015:
I have never heard of Killer Mike, but the millennials know who he is and will listen. Now all we have to do is get
them to the polls and have them vote for Bernie!
Mike has influenced rapper El-P, another high profile rapper to stand with Sanders too.
After Googling Killer Mike, I learned that Killer Mike is known to talk and rap about racial injustice. I also learned
that he has influenced rapper El-P, another high profile rapper, to stand with Sanders too.
"I have said in many a rap, I don't trust the church or the government, a Democrat, Republican, a pope, a
bishop or those other men," said Killer Mike. "In my heart of hearts, I truly believe that Sen. Bernie Sanders
is the right man to lead this country."
Hopefully, Killer Mike's endorsement will help Bernie in the South and spread throughout the Black community.
On Thursday, November 12, 2015 former Ohio State Senator and minority whip Nina Turner endorsed Sanders too.
Bernie Sanders and why we must support him.
Why stop women from having abortions when the Republicans only deny them the right to life, liberty and
happiness. Just cut more programs and have them die in the street. Shame that men still want to control women's
|Breaking Up Banks:
short, it means that if a bank fails and then needs to be bailed out with taxpayer money to save the economy, it is
too big to exist. It would be more beneficial to the economy if the banks are split there is less of a chance of it to
control all the money and hold the economy hostage and/or at risk. Billions of taxpayer dollars are used to bailout
If you have one big bank and turn it into four or five smaller banks, then if there is a crash one smaller bank would
not make much of a difference. Simply, breaking up the banks puts taxpayers less at risk.
|90% Tax Hike Lie:
In 2008, Bernie was on Fox News and the interviewer questioned him about a 90% tax increase, however Bernie
clearly stated that he has not ever proposed a 90% tax increase.
In 2015 Yahoo News with Katie Couric, Bernie said it again; that he does not support a 90% tax hike. He
repeated it again on CBS This Morning.
In an October presidential Republican debate, Trump said that Bernie was going to "tax you people at 90 percent."
However, PolitiFact labeled the statement as "pants on fire"
During one of the debates, Bernie said he did not favor a tax hike of 90%. In fact, during that debate, he said that
he was not as hard as Eisenhower, who raised taxes 91 percent.
In short, the 90% tax hike lie is just that, a lie.
Although Bernie has not given a specific amount on how much he plans to raise taxes, he has repeatedly said, that
it is NOT 90 percent.
However, no matter what anyone - whether Democrat and/or Republican - says about lowering and/or increasing
taxes, we must remember that it depends on what type of rate; regular rate, marginal rate, nominal rate or
effective tax rate.
A marginal rate is the amount you pay on your income above a certain amount. Currently, the top marginal rate is
39.5%; the lowest marginal rate is 10%. However, that does not mean that the government automatically takes
39.5%. Instead, it means that if you earn $45,000 a year but take home, $45,200, then that extra two dollars ($200)
is considered additional and is taxed at the marginal rate. It is the same old, "The more you make, the more they
take." However, there are always tax deductions.
Bernie is just simply saying that both capitalism and socialism has worked before in this country and can and should
continue to work.
He has no problem with 40% of Americans owning the most wealth in America. However, it is unfair that "a
handful of people makes the decisions and the vast majority of people have virtually no control over their lives…
The rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer, and the vast majority in the middle are having a harder
and harder time."
Bernie, as well as the majority of Americans believes that everyone should pay their fair share in taxes; including
insightful to look at the information that was provided on Iraq. He did not just look at it, but studied it and
considered the ramifications of what it would mean to America.
Former president George W. Bush proposed to invade Iraq and in the 2002 resolution passed in the Senate by a
vote of 77 to 23 and the House by 296 to 133. At the time, Bernie was a congressman and gave five reasons he
voted the way he did:
such a war or how many tens of thousands of women and children in Iraq might also be killed. As a
caring Nation, we should do everything we can to prevent the horrible suffering that a war will
cause. War must be the last recourse in international relations, not the first."
establish in terms of international law and the role of the United Nations. If President Bush believes
that the U.S. can go to war at any time against any nation, what moral or legal objection could our
government raise if another country chose to do the same thing?"
learned tragically on September 11. We are opposed by Osama bin Laden and religious fanatics
who are prepared to engage in a kind of warfare that we have never experienced before. I agree
with Brent Scowcroft, Republican former National Security Advisor for President George Bush, Sr.,
who stated, 'An attack on Iraq at this time would seriously jeopardize, if not destroy, the global
counter-terrorist campaign we have undertaken.'"
be clear that a war and a long-term American occupation of Iraq could be extremely expensive."
Iraq when Saddam Hussein is removed and what role will the U.S. play in ensuing a civil war that
could develop in that country? Will moderate governments in the region who have large Islamic
fundamentalist populations be overthrown and replaced by extremists? Will the bloody conflict
between Israel and the Palestinian Authority be exacerbated? And these are just a few of the
questions that remain unanswered."
Bernie may or may not have the best foreign policy plans but he foresaw what would happen in Iraq and sadly, he
was right. He did not have a crystal ball but used what was proposed and weighed facts, reason and
Unfortunately, Bernie underestimated the amount of deaths, as there are several reports that show that more than
500,000 people died in Iraq. I am sure not many of our politicians even considered the death toll.
Because the United Nations did not give us permission to invade Iraq, we appeared as hypocrites when we
scorned Russia for invading the Ukraine.
Because of our low attention span and lack of planning and leadership, we left our responsibilities to Afghanistan
just to invade Iraq. Afghanistan is now America's longest war.
According to some analysts, the war in war in Iraq has cost $4.1 trillion with an estimation to cost as much as $6
trillion over the next four decades.
Currently, Iraq is involved in civil unrest with daily bloodshed.
There was a time when we loved Muammar Gaddafi but then we turned our backs against him. Bernie said it was
the wrong idea for us to intervene in Libya and sadly, he was right.
Fifty-four Countries opposed the Iraq war and now we sit and wonder what went so wrong. If some of our
Middle East allies opposed the war, then why were we involved?
Some of our allies have said that the war in Iraq made the world a much dangerous place. Bernie has said that it
takes those in the region to fight against terrorist groups yet some of them are not getting involved when they are
the directly affected.
All too often, our politicians promote xenophobia but Bernie has steadily promoted and pushed for a strengthened
domestic policy. He does not see us being able to "kill our way out of terrorism" but to change minds and removing
On Thursday, November 19, 2015 in a speech at Georgetown University, Bernie said, "Instead of fighting ISIS,
the Saudis have focused more on a campaign to oust Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen." Sadly, Bernie
was right again.
In a Huffington Post article, Bernie said it would be wrong if the U.S. leads the fight against ISIS and Americans
are sent back to never-ending quagmires.
counterinsurgency wars in the Middle East. Because of his work as chairperson of the Senate Veterans
Committee, Bernie witnessed how the perpetual wars espoused by Bush, and Democrats like Clinton, continue to
affect American soldier and their families. For this reason, he recently won the Congressional Award from the
Veterans of Foreign Wars.
As someone else said, "People keep screaming about a foreign policy when that is the biggest problem of
all. We don't need more foreign policy, we need someone who has a good Domestic Policy because we
need to stop paying for wars and start paying to put this Country back on the right track."
He added that climate change will cause farmers in countries "all over the world" to struggle with a scarcity of
water and land to grow crops, which he says studies have shown leads to international conflict.
Oddly, Bernie was right. A recent study by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that
shortage of water sparked a crisis in regions of Syria, Iraq and Turkey that forced 1.5 million rural residents to flee
to the border of Syria after their livestock was killed, children fell ill and food prices spiked. According to the
study, this crisis among other results of climate change led Syria to violence.
The radicals know that America should be leading the fight to end climate change. If we ignore, it does not mean
it does not exist but that we should be doing more not only make our own Country better and healthy, but also the
Click here to learn more about Bernie's plans on climate change.
when they are unable to retire with dignity. People are not truly free when they are unemployed or
underpaid or when they are exhausted by working long hours. People are not truly free when they have
no health care."
Sadly, some of Republicans believe that the wealth gap is biased against the rich or wealthy however, it is just the
opposite and Sanders wants to make sure that everyone pays their fair share.
Sanders has continuously pointed out the problem between the haves and have nots.
The ninety-nine percenters do not want anything from the rich and wealthy nor do we need/want our government
to "give us free stuff" but just the opposite. We are being wrongfully discriminated against all because we are not
rich and demand equal pay.
The majority of us are the middleclass and we should not be losing. Oh but how does the majority lose against the
lesser? Easily! Because they have more money and pay less while we have less money and pay more.
|Congress - People say Bernie will not be able to do anything with a GOP Congress:
but vote during ALL elections; being an avid voter.
Bernie is calling for a political revolution; calling for ALL voters to come out in droves to march for policies, to
show support BEYOND voting. He is calling on voters to not allow Congress to continue with business as usual.
Oh but we must remember that we must do our jobs. I.E., know who your local government officials are and hold
them accountable. Voters will NEVER see change or get much accomplished if they do not know their local
government officials by name. Voters will NEVER see change or get much accomplished if they do not know
their local government officials when they see their pictures.
There is a way to legally stalk your government officials so FORCE them to answer you and DEMAND the
changes you need and want.
dollars being redistributed from the middle class to the top one-tenth of 1 percent. It is time to redistribute
money back to the working families of this country from the top one-tenth of 1 percent.
"Ordinary people are profoundly disgusted with the fact that the middle class is being destroyed and
income going to the top 1 percent."
"Please don't tell me that the United States of America, our great country, cannot guarantee health care to
all people. Don't tell me that every person in this country should not be able to get all the education that
they need regardless of their income."
"…ties the freedoms that we so cherish to economic justice. Without the latter, the former is just another
thousands of bright young people cannot afford to go to college, and that millions of others leave school
with a mountain of debt that burdens them for decades."
hard in school can go to college regardless of how much money their parents make and without going deeply into
While President Obama has done a good job implemented plans for lower college interest, I believe it is necessary
for willing college participants be able to go to college without being straddled with a bunch of debt. Once a
student leaves college, it does not mean they automatically obtain a job to pay of their student loans. It takes
awhile but in the mean time, they should not be forced into bankruptcy and other debt. Money for life's necessities
does not come easy so a relief on college loans would be beneficial and better for the economy.
manufacturers matches the concept of not suing car manufactures for car accidents.
does not want to take away anyone's guns but just enforce the laws we already have in place.
The National Riffle Association gave Bernie a D for his stance on guns.
Representatives based on his pledge to ban those weapons. He has supported background checks as well, and
supports a law preventing straw purchases of guns.
Bernie supports President Obama's executive actions on guns, and the president's efforts to take on the gun lobby.
As someone once stated, "The truth is, while there are past differences on some gun legislation, going
forward there are not big differences on this issue. Ultimately, I do not think the gun issue will change the
outcome of the race."
In my opinion, I believe that Bernie knows this is the only monstrous issue he has trouble defending. However, his
strong fight to ban military assault weapons, is now Hillary's fight too. (#BernieSaidItFirst.)
it's not going to happen tomorrow, but that certainly should be the goal."
Because I have heard arguments from both sides, I cannot say much about whether we should have universal
health care and/or single-payer care. I do know that for the past fifteen years, my premiums have been steadily
increasing. I assumed the ObamaCare aka, the Affordable Care Act would stop that from happening but so far, it
has not. I have checked both the ACA and Colorado websites but they do not lessen what I currently pay. If they
are cheaper, then they do not cover everything I need.
Since the passing of the ACA, my spouse's medications have increased in addition he is being forced to change
of them, I still wonder why 33 million people still are not covered.
Democrat will win on this issue. I do know that someone should and must do something because people such as
me, will continue to avoid seeing the doctor until something changes.
lives, these workers are too often reviled by many for political gain and shunted into the shadows."
Sadly, many if not all of our politicians link all South Americans under one group. Instead, they are separate.
Just as Asians being Chinese, Japanese or Vietnamese, there are Cubans, Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, El
Salvadorians, etc. They are not one group of people but because some people do not understand that, they can and
have been easily exploited and/or misunderstood. Another misconception is that Mexicans are the most
undocumented people in America but that is not true. Asians are.
them in jail."
He goes on to say, "Our goal as a nation is that if somebody works 40 hours a week, that person will not be
living in poverty."
Bernie. "To me, democratic socialism means democracy. It means creating a government that represents all
of us, not just the wealthiest people in the country."
Sadly, some people do not realize that we are already a socialist Country.
Medicare, the VA, social security, free K-12 education, etc. are just some of the signs of a socialist society.
We cannot choose what type of socialism we want to practice or adhere to. Jesus Christ Himself would be
considered socialist. IE, healing, feeding the hungry, housing the homeless, blessed the peacemakers etc.
As stated previously:
Stalin, the person the Koch Brothers' dad gave American oil and gas technology to was a socialist. All
those countries with low infant death rates, long life spans and positive current account balances, are
Socialism can be defined as a system of collective ownership and management of the means of production
and the distribution of goods. Socialism also views that in a capitalist state, the wealth and power is
concentrated among a small section of the society. Socialism can also be stated to be a society where all
people work as equals in cooperation for the common good of all.
Democratic socialism gives more importance to a democratic character. While having almost the same
principles as that of socialism, democratic socialism believes in socialism through the ballot box. It states
that any change in government and society should be through fair elections.
time in prison than Whites. He goes on to state that a minority can have one marijuana joint and do a lot of time
locked up whereas corporations get caught stealing red handed and not spend one day behind bars.
"We've got to demilitarize the police - we don't need tanks, you don't need heavy military equipment in the
communities of the United States," said Bernie. ""
After being disrespected by two Black Lives Matter women, Bernie has added to his site about racial injustice.
Oh and speaking of the BLM organization. Those women did not have the right to do that to Bernie. Had they
done their homework, they would have known that Bernie was jailed fighting for some of the same issues: black
injustice. They would have known that he took part in Civil Rights and implemented and joined similar
Sadly, I have to agree with some people who say that until recently most minorities had not been exposed to
Bernie. He has always been out there, but not enough minorities have been paying attention. Hopefully, this will
be their wakeup call and will pay more attention to the political process and become more involved.
I am Black and have been watching and listening to Bernie for the past fifteen years. However, not enough
Blacks listen to or follow politics. Some of us (thankfully not all) only are interested in voting for president. Sadly,
not enough people know that Congress holds the power and not the presidency. Consequently, voting for president
is not the answer but voting in every election.
People such as me have an ongoing job to do and that is trying to get minorities interested in every voting session
and getting the word out; especially about Bernie Sanders.
I have never purchased anything to promote a presidential candidate but for Bernie Sanders, I will continue to
purchase as much as I can possibly afford. And when I wear my Bernie Sanders t-shirts and hat out in public, I
want people to ask me about him and why I am supporting him. It is my hope and prayer that I change some
|Campaign Finance / Ending Citizens United:
behalf of anybody and can say anything. And this is what makes our current campaign finance situation
I agree! Just because someone has the most money, it should not mean they should be able to continue to buy our
It is supposed to be "We, The People", not "We The Corporations"!
The majority agrees, as no one is going to bail us out. In fact, the majority has been waiting for and needing a
bailout long before I was born. Again, it does not make sense; there are more of us than there are of them yet we
continue to lose. Money talks!
question came from. I am an American citizen, and I have visited Israel on a couple of occasions. No, I'm
an American citizen, period."
I am glad to know that I am not that much of a political junkie, as I had not heard of that rumor until now.
|Democratic Socialist vs. Socialism:
Stalin, the person the Koch Brothers' dad gave American oil and gas technology to was a socialist. All those
countries with low infant death rates, long life spans and positive current account balances, are democratic
Socialism can be defined as a system of collective ownership and management of the means of production and the
distribution of goods. Socialism also views that in a capitalist state, the wealth and power is concentrated among a
small section of the society. Socialism can also be stated to be a society where all people work as equals in
cooperation for the common good of all.
Democratic socialism gives more importance to a democratic character. While having almost the same principles
as that of socialism, democratic socialism believes in socialism through the ballot box. It states that any change in
government and society should be through fair elections.
|War on Drugs:
and I think in many ways, the war against drugs has not been successful, and I think we've got to rethink
I never believed there was ever a war on drugs. If there were, then people in behind bars would not have access
As long as our government is playing pussyfoot with known foreign dealers, then there will never be anything such
as a war on drugs. Actually, it is laughable that we lack intelligence to believe it and is insulting to those of us that
|Voters Change Party Affiliation:
can support him during the primaries.
Before Bernie, some people never bothered to vote because they thought neither the Democrats nor Republicans
represented their best interest. Luckily, Bernie has changed their minds.
Anyone that plans to vote for Bernie Sanders in the Primaries, they must be registered Democrat.
|Blacks Being Murdered by Cops:
Of course, I want everyone to vote for Bernie but for those that do not know me, I simply ask that you consider all
of his issues and how you can/will agree with ninety-nine percent of them.
It was not on the news but Bernie met with Ms. Reed-Veal, Sandra Smith's Mom. He did not met with Ms. Reed-
Veal for political gain but because he had sincere sympathy for the loss of her child. Before their meeting ended,
Sanders promised Sandra Bland's Mom that he would mention her daughter's name during the next debate and he
did. He has more than once mentioned Sandra Bland's name in public and has listed hers, Tamir Rice and several
other victims that were murdered by the police on his website: https://berniesanders.com/issues/racial-justice/
Unfortunately, Sandra Smith's Mom, Ms. Reed-Veal decided to endorse Hillary.
Nonetheless, I have only been following Bernie Sanders for fifteen years so I am a tad behind, but I feel VERY
comfortable and STRONGLY support him!
Let me say that this does not mean that I am naïve enough to believe that Bernie or any other politician will be able
to stop the cops from murdering us; NONE of the candidates can. (In my heart of hearts, I TRULY believe that
the cops get away with their murderous crimes because our local politicians allow it while they oppress our rights.)
Nonetheless, I believe that Bernie Sanders' record speaks for itself.
Bernie Sanders is giving away free stuff when we pay taxes.
Now before people start talking about "free stuff," note that I am a taxpayer - a taxpayer that has never received
government assistance or welfare. Alternatively, is government assistance/welfare any worse and/or more
expensive than corporate welfare? I simply believe in equality for all.
It is not about "free stuff" or giving things away. America has been giving "free stuff" to corporations for decades
and it is about time that Americans enjoy inexpensive education, health care and increased minimum wage. How
our politicians justify giving away our tax dollars to other Countries when there is a great need right here in
America! Ninety one percent of American citizens need help but our politicians CONTINUE to ignore it. Why is
it okay to waste our tax dollars on corporate welfare and wars and not for education, health care, environmental
programs, child programs and ways to lower crime.
Our politicians - the people that we elected to run our Country - willingly spends $13 Billion of OUR MONEY on a
new aircraft carrier but will not spend money on the lively hood of The People. The 99% receive less but are
expected to do more - with less! Where is the outrage?
The Republicans created a huge mess for America and thankfully, President Obama was elected to do what he
could. No offense to HRC, but 99% of Americans are tired of the dribbles and drabs that fall from the top. HRC,
again no offense, is just going to provide/be the more of the same - business as usual. However, Bernie Sanders
has been speaking up and out about inequality for decades and now, we The People FINALLY have a chance to
elect someone who is looking out for us - the 99.
Again, it is not about free stuff but about giving the 99% their fair share. Again, we do not want a handout or any
"free stuff" but simply OUR FAIR SHARE. Now what is wrong with that? How is that "free stuff"?
|Minorities Support Bernie Sanders:
Bernie Sanders. However, if our vote is CONSTANTLY suppressed, then neither Bernie nor Hillary has a
her in 2008. Never mind us, We The People that hired them! Nonetheless, it is just as notable that Black activist
support Bernie Sanders. To me, that says a lot. To me, it says who supports another do-nothing politician and
those that support the majority of Americans.
|Health Care (Update):
helped implement the Affordable Care Act (ACA/ObamaCare), he like most Americans does not believe it goes
far enough. (The ACA has hurt people such as me.)
In the late 1990's, Bernie proposed universal health coverage that provides health care and financial protection to
all Americans. At the time, he said that health care was a right.
In July 2015, Bernie's campaign has proposed "Medicare For All."
In December 2013, Bernie introduced Bill S.1782 - American Health Security Act of 2013. The Bill was proposed
"to provide for health care for every American and to control the cost and enhance the quality of the health care
On Tuesday, January 12, 2016, while campaigning for Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire Chelsea Clinton made the
following public statement: "I worry if we give Republicans Democratic permission to do that, we'll go back to
an era - before we had the Affordable Care Act - that would strip millions and millions and millions of
people off their health insurance."
Although the Clinton campaign said the statement was spontaneous, Chelsea went on to say, "Senator Sanders
wants to dismantle Obamacare, dismantle the CHIP program, dismantle Medicare, and dismantle private
insurance. I don't want to empower Republican governors to take away Medicaid, to take away health
insurance for low-income and middle-income working Americans. And I think very much that's what
Senator Sanders' plan would do."
Although Politifact rated Chelsea's claim "Mostly False"; the statement itself is unwarranted, as Bernie has never
deviated from his original plan. It would be senseless for Bernie to help write and create a plan he had been
fighting for decades to implement and then run for president just to tear it all down.
Both Rep. Raúl Grijalva and former adviser to President Obama, David Axelrod noted Chelsea's attack was
dishonest and showed that Hillary's campaign is desperate. (Sounds like a repeat of 2008.)
|Millennials For Bernie Sanders?:
wonder if they were the push that President Obama needed in 2008.
I hope and pray that the millennials have just as much fire and will vote for Bernie Sanders.
time worker lives in poverty. The current federal minimum wage is starvation pay and must become a living
If what they say is true, minimum wage would have always kept up with the rate of inflation also, which it has not
since the 70's.
Some people are rightfully concerned about Bernie's ideas of increasing the minimum wage. They fear that his
plan will not be able to protect middleclass businesses if minimum wage is increased to $15 an hour.
Big businesses can handle the increase of wage over a period of a few years to help inflation. Alternatively, I do
not believe the economist are naïve to believe or say there will not be any closing of some businesses, but believe
that the economy will grow due to increased economic activity. Think supply and demand and then consider
capitalism. Likewise, there are plenty of successful companies that run as a coop and the employees own a share.
Raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour will not only put more money into people's pockets, but also will
encourage the people into buying more. Many economists believe it will benefit the economy to have high wages.
rely on the government for public assistant. It helps reduce the tax burden on those above the minimum wage
bracket. They will also be able to improve their homes or buy new ones, pushing up the value of your home as
well as stimulating the banking sector. The government constantly speaks of carbon reduction but too many people
cannot afford new vehicles but with higher wages, they would and thus would stimulate car manufacturing.
One thing to note, it has been repeatedly proven that healthy happy workers are more dedicated and innovative.
The more respect and money earned, the more productive the employee. Likewise, as productivity increases and
the more money earned, the more likely gleeful employees will shop and spend. It creates a cycle: stable
employees, stable company. The stable companies increase their value because they value their employees and
thus will have the need to employee additional employees to fit the demand of all the purchased products.
The minimum wage increase affects everyone in a good way. It is the start of a virtuous circle and ends the
vicious spiral from middleclass to poverty for millions. However, the most important thing to note, is that the
minimum wage increase will not happen all at once but gradually.
gradually raised their minimum wages to $15 an hour. However, it is important to note that not every City will be
able to raise their minimum wage, but it is a start. If we never raised it - ever again - then how does it prove that
America is profitable - if at all?
Some people say that no one has the "right" to a livable wage. Oh but the years of old! Americans used to have a
right to own slaves. America used to have a right to keep women from voting. However, today no one has the
right to possess slaves or keep women from voting. No one would ever question rights.
Over the decades and centuries we did not have rights of certain things but learned that rights are what we, as a
society, say they are. We, the People fight for rights.
Future generations will look at us and wages they way we now look at slavery and a woman's right to vote.
We, The People determine our rights and it is time we demand our right to a livable wage.
|In 1963, Bernie Sanders was a young activist at the University of Chicago, where he fought for racial equality. In that
same year, he was arrested during a demonstration protesting the City's segregated schools. For the first time, he
traveled to Washington D.C. to hear Dr. Martin Luther King speak at the March on Washington for "Jobs and Freedom."
Some people may not know that as undergraduate, Bernie was not only arrested for protesting but was also a member of
the following extracurricular organizations:
were active members of the new, small, pro-labor, anti-war Third Party in
Vermont. Bernie deemed himself a socialist.
willing to include not only women but children," said Sargent. "Hell,"
said Bloch. "I think I had my kids there, too. We were not terribly
formal back then."
"He just had a difference about him," said Clark. "He was not like the rest of us kooks, who didn't know what we
were doing. He had more ideas, and he spoke better."
In 1972, Bernie wrote an article in a Liberty Union Party newsletter and it he wrote, "Everybody knows what's
happening — who wants to know. A handful of people own almost everything … and almost everybody owns
nothing. A handful of people make the decisions and the vast majority of people have virtually no control over
their lives. The rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer, and the vast majority in the middle are
having a harder and harder time."
Vermont in March of 1981. He won by just 10 votes and received press
attention from all over the Country and the world. Rolling Stone called
the "socialist" who was elected six weeks after the inauguration of Ronald
Reagan the "red mayor in the Green Mountains."
and he's very persistent."
work shirts, work boots and jeans. Fancy clothes were not high on his list of priorities but service to the people was.
As mayor, Bernie helped bring minor league baseball (the Vermont Reds) to Burlington. In 1987, U.S. News & World
Report said he was one of America’s best mayors.
Bernie was reelected mayor in 1983, 1985, and again in 1987.
Connecticut's West Hartford campus that his tenure as a socialist mayor was evidence
that people are willing to support radical change.
Bernie would check in on women with abused husbands. Moreover, he took
consideration of those less fortunate and took a homeless man to a shoe store to
socialist candidates do not want to win. They want to lose and blame the system
for their defeat. They revel in their defeats. Bernie believes that to be absurd."
Nelson went on to say that Sanders is "the most successful socialist candidate in
the history of the U.S."
In 1986, Bernie ran for governor of Vermont but lost. In his career, he has won fourteen elections.
Bernie's message started long before many of us came on board, but it has not changed, as Bernie Sanders is consistent
and is determined in his fight for equality for ALL Americans. Just listen to what he is saying and remember that it all
started around the early 1960's - BEFORE many of us were born. Then consider that his fight has not wavered. He
certainly is NOT like your average politician.
In 1988, Bernie supported Jesse Jackson's presidential candidacy.
Primaries, Rev. Jesse Jackson emerged as a viable contender for the
Democratic nomination against establishment-backed Massachusetts
Governor Michael Dukakis. An ardent supporter of Mr. Jackson’s
presidential bid was Bernie Sanders—then mayor of Burlington,
Vermont. During a Democratic caucus, Mr. Sanders gave a speech
in support of Mr. Jackson while Democrats in the room turned their
backs—and, as he walked off stage, a woman slapped him across
the face. Mr. Sanders was one of the few elected officials to cross-
racial lines and openly endorse Mr. Jackson, ultimately helping Mr.
Jackson win Vermont against Mr. Dukakis by one delegate in 1988.
Although Mr. Dukakis would win the Democratic presidential
nomination, Mr. Jackson made it closer to the presidency than any
black person before him."
Bernie lost his congressional bid in 1988 but ran again in 1990 and won. At the time, former editor of Vermont Vanguard
Press, Greg Guma said, "He's the best left-wing politician I've ever seen." And longtime friend and lawyer John
Franco, said, "He didn't want to sit around and theorize. He wanted to actually do things."
Democrat Party helped him run for the Senate in 2006. (He never
officially joined the Democrat Party but votes with them the majority of
most popular Senator in the Country and the NAACP and the NHLA
gave him a 100% rating for his time as a Senator. And by 2015, his
approval ratings increased and he became the most popular Senator
among any of his colleagues.
Bernie Sanders has done a lot in his lifetime but it was not until the late 1990's that I began to listen to him. Each time I
heard him, he made it very clear where he stood; never evading talking about issues that concerned most Americans. He
paid attention to the people's reaction to the issues that concerned them most. And because the economy was always at
the top of the list, he was hardened to fight for and talk about jobs, minimum wage increase, Unions, increase job creation
and productivity, ending sending jobs overseas, ending disastrous trade polices such as NAFTA, CAFTA, PNTR,
assistance for people wanting to start their own business, women's right to equal pay, "health care is a right of all and not
a privilege", higher education, consistent exhortations against the growing gap between the haves and the have-nots,
restore the nation’s bridges and roads, put an end to seniors living in poverty, etc.
the issues brought to the national spotlight by Mr. Jackson have yet to be
adequately addressed by the Democratic Party in a meaningful way. Mr.
Sanders' campaign provides hope that those inadequacies may be resolved."
not our time yet, then when? In my opinion, no other presidential contender has
addressed the serious concerns of the people such as Bernie Sanders and that is just
one of MANY reasons we support him.
the more it seemed fitting to just call him Bernie. (He became a household name.)
Other than what was listed, two things standout about Bernie:
2. He is a self-proclaimed Democratic Socialist (Some untutored folks cringe when they hear the word "socialist"
often confusing it with communism and not realizing that America has been a socialist Country for 70's plus years.)
indeed both of those, as he has only spent over forty years fighting with his
colleagues to do the right thing for the people. Constantly fighting greed and
corruption would anger any reasonable and moral person.
Call Bernie what you will, but several things he is certain; he is hard working,
dedicated, authentic, credible, honorable and committed to the fight. However
when given the opportunity to use just one word to describe himself, Bernie said,
"Compassionate". Yes indeed!
As stated I have only been listening to Bernie just over a decade so I am late in
following him but this is what I have learned: He is finally here and is running for
president of the United States of America!
|My parents always stressed how importuning voting was and taught all their children to vote. On my eighteenth birthday,
my Dad drove me to the nearest registration site to register to vote and I have not missed an election since. (If I did not
do anything else to make my parents proud, I was going to vote - as instructed.)
Although I listened to my parents about the importance of voting, I know that they said were Democrats and so was I.
However, at 18 years old, I hardly had the commonsense to consider the differences between a Republican or Democrat,
a Lefty or a Righty, or a Conservative verses a Liberal.
but in time, I would learn that I did not need to vote for every Democrat
that came my way. Because I did not favor every Democrat nominee, I
would secretly vote Republican.
Before 1997, I had been a registered Democrat, Republican and
Independent. Because I took my voting seriously, after that, I remained a
registered Democrat; those Republicans were getting out of hand!
After 1997, I decided I could no longer support anyone other than the
Democrat Party, as I had a local government official that needed my help
in every election; I was a going to be a Dem forever more.
CNN and Fox News journalist would interview Vermont Senator, Bernie Sanders.
During those crazed mentally ill for politics days, I became a devoted Bernie Sanders fan. The passion and determination
he showed made both my spouse, his brother and I wonder when he would run for president. I kept wondering where the
other compassionate politicians were. Where were the Independents? Why don't voters support more people such as
Bernie Sanders? Where there any more like him?
Sadly, there are only seems to be a handful of politicians such as Bernie Sanders, Congressman Alan Grayson, former
Senator Nina Turner, Congresswoman Diana DeGette, Congressman Keith Ellison, Congressman John Lewis and
Congressman Elijah Cummings. We, The People hire 535 Senators and Congress members but only a handful of them
does their job! Something is wrong with that, but I digress.
Some Blacks are not interested in politics because they do not trust their government. I agree and disagree. For
decades, our government has lied, cheated and misled us Black, so no we should not trust. However, because we need
our government to some degree, we have no other choice to attempt to trust it. All of us - no matter the race - must rely
I have a few trusted local politicians that I would go to the mat for but there is just this one Colorado Senator that if I ever
took the time, I would call, email, fax, email and/or visit his office just to give him a piece of my mind! But I digress.
I just think that some Blacks vote for Democrats because the Party is not as confining as the Republican Party.
However, it is sad that some of us Blacks do not pay close enough attention and not realize that the Democrat Party
takes us for granted. The Democrat Party takes Blacks and Unions for granted just to be elected but once in office, they
I am a Bernie supporter because he fights for all the things I believe in; things that I believe will help all Americans and
not just the selected few.
To me - and I might be naïve - it is less about race but more about class. The middleclass is shrinking and each politician
is ignoring the problem. Yeah, President Obama's HARP has helped lower the interest rate on my home, but just as the
majority, I cannot get ahead. I cannot win for losing. I can work two jobs and even seek employment overseas but it is
an uphill battle.
Let me be clear. I am not looking for a handout nor am I lazily onus. No one deserves the so-called "free stuff" but it
would help people such me - the shrinking middleclass - if our government would end corporate welfare and corporate
greed. It would help the working class, the middleclass, the working poor - the majority - if everyone paid their fair share
For decades, the majority has been waiting and expecting our government to do right by us - to work for us as they
should, but they do not. Instead, they take us for granted but we the people have no one to blame but ourselves because
we are the ones that keep them in office. Each voting session, we continue to vote for the same politician; it is a different
face or even race and gender, but they are the same.
Sadly, some parents do not teach their children about the importance of voting. When a person is struggling and cannot
see a way out or up, they will follow the drug dealers and gangs. One of my favorite poets said that the gangs became
his family. Would I do it too in the same circumstances? Probably. I truly do not know and at my age, I do not want to
even fathom the thought; it is scary.
WHEN Bernie takes office and implements his plans, I know that some people will not take advantage of the discounted
college programs and job initiatives but I am pretty sure many will. Bernie is the man to see us through this old game of
playing politics but help us see through the old and help build a revolution; something new. Something that works for (not
against) We, The People!
|Longtime Democrat changed Democratic Socialist
lot about breaking up big businesses, Wall Street, the wealth gap and the like. But we must consider that ALL the
issues that each candidate talks about come back to one thing: MONEY.
Taxes, Abortion Right, Capitalism, Campaign Finance, Climate Change, Congress, Domestic Policy, Foreign Policy,
Education, Health Care, Jobs, Minimum Wage, Social Security etc, all revolve around money. It is repeatedly the
same old thing: the difference between the haves and the have-nots. Hillary and the Republicans are okay with
the way things are whereas Bernie wants the status quo to end. Bernie is fighting for We, The People! No other
candidate can honestly say that.
It is as if each candidate is scared or hesitant to talk about the thing that concerns the majority of the people the
work and govern and help us - the majority - yet they only want to talk about what they want to talk about:
|For those that do not know, Killer Mike is not a "street gang member". Instead, he is a long-time activist and rap artist. The rap name
"Killer Mike" refers to him being a rap and he kills the microphone. Killer Mike's Dad was a police officer, so he does not believe that
all cops are bad. He IS a rap artist!