Why I’m for Bernie, by Jeff Kaplan

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17 comments on “Why I’m for Bernie, by Jeff Kaplan

  1. James Gibson says:

    It would be great if Bernie Sanders was president, but the Democrats shouldn’t nominate him because many people see him as too radical, so it would be difficult to win the election.

    As a moderate liberal, I support Lincoln Chafee for president. He could easily win an election (many moderate Republicans would support him, because there are no moderate Republicans running), and then actually get things done easily without much gridlock in congress, because being a former Republican, he could compromise. At the same time, I agree with him on foreign policy, and domestic issues like protecting the environment.

    • Mike Lince says:

      You had me with your opening, James: ‘It would be great if Bernie Sanders was president.’ I agree that there are no moderates on the GOP side. I think Sanders might be considered radical only by contrast to how conservative our government has become. His positions on most issues are mainstream.

      I appreciate you weighing in. As the political season unfolds, it is important for all sides to be heard. Thank you for sharing your opinion.

  2. James Gibson says:

    I agree that not all Republicans are reliable on what’s mainstream, but Republicans would say that Democrats aren’t reliable on what’s mainstream. And, my point was, Bernie Sanders couldn’t get any Republican vote no matter what, but Lincoln Chafee could.

    • Mike Lince says:

      I respectfully disagree. Sanders has over 20 years experience in Congress and has reached across the aisle innumerable times. While Republicans are not philosophically aligned with him on many issues, he has their respect. That is a step beyond the Congress-White House relationship dating back over 20 years.

      The deepest divisions in Washington and across the nation are not between Republicans and Democrats. They are within the Republican Party.

      • James Gibson says:

        I respectfully disagree. Just because he reached across the aisle doesn’t mean that the Republicans have his respect. Bernie Sanders doesn’t even have the respect of many people of his own party. Many people consider Bernie Sanders a socialist. Republicans would NEVER vote for a “socialist.” There isn’t much argument that Bernie Sanders IS a hardliner. I’m not saying all this is a bad thing, but it can’t win a presidential election. All politicians have reached across the aisle. Lincoln Chafee hasn’t only reached across the aisle, but he WAS a Republican himself.

      • Mike Lince says:

        James, Republicans have been voting ‘socialist’ for years with every bill that provides $billions in corporate welfare annually in the form of tax breaks, subsidies and federal grants.

        The Republicans with no respect for Sen. Sanders are the same Tea Party extremists who hold members of their own party leadership in contempt and threaten to shut down the government whenever they hold funding bills hostage to get their way.

        I get your support for Lincoln Chafee. Unfortunately, his chances of getting the Democratic nomination are so remote as to be nonexistent. I would venture to say that 99% of American voters could not identify him, any of his past occupations, or even his party affiliation, especially given that Rhode Island represents less than .3% of the U.S. population, and less than half of them voted in 2012. (You and I are part of the 1% that could.)

  3. James Gibson says:

    No one had ever heard of Obama when he ran in 2008, and he won. And I’m not saying that the Democrats will nominate Chafee, I’m saying that they should.

    • Mike Lince says:

      You are partly correct. No one outside of Chicago had heard of Obama until 2004. Those of us who watched the Democratic Convention found his keynote speech inspiring, and that led to a groundswell of support awaiting him leading up to his decision to run for president in 2008. (It’s still on YouTube if you want to check it out.)

  4. Thanks for sharing this, Mike. The more I read, the more I like Bernie. This was very helpful!

  5. reocochran says:

    My brother Randy is supporting Bernie Sanders, while my Mom, little brother Rich and I believe Hillary will be able to win. I like Bernie, though. 🙂

    • Mike Lince says:

      I think Bernie Sanders’ meteoric rise in the polls over the past few months reveals a nationwide groundswell of support, mostly out of frustration with business-as-usual politics. At the same time, bad news, like her private email server, follows Hillary Clinton like a bad odor, and her polling numbers reveal voters’ concern with her honesty and trustworthiness.

      Two things to watch over the next month are:
      1) Sanders’ support on college campuses now that the Fall Term is back in session. First-time voters are being registered in record numbers across the country, and many of these young people are strong Sanders supporters. And,
      2) The first Democratic Party debate on October 13th will put Sanders front and center in the media with Clinton for the first time. It will be interesting to see if he gains further support nationwide after millions more viewers hear his position on the issues.

      With four months until the Iowa Caucuses followed by the New Hampshire Primary, there will be seismic shifts in the current political landscape. Sanders may prove to be the spoiler for Clinton in the same way Obama was in 2008. It is going to be fascinating to watch. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Robin. – Mike

  6. Donna says:

    I’m a Conservative and I’ll Never understand how a true American of either party, can vote for Socialism! All the lives lost in so many useless wars just for you to try and bring A Communist to power here…I’m just stunned…
    I’ve enjoyed your blog but will now bow out…

    • Mike Lince says:

      Donna, your misconception of socialism as it pertains to Bernie Sanders is a common one, and it is based on old stereotypes that equate socialism with communism. That is the socialism that is defined as the government owning both the means of production as well as the distribution of goods and services.

      Bernie Sanders, a Democratic Socialist, stands for a government that serves all of the people of our country, not just the select few who can afford to buy favoritism in our tax, legislative and legal systems. That is the same form of socialism that works for the many instead of the few in every other developed country in the world.

      And by the way, we already have socialism in many aspects here in the U.S. Our collective tax dollars support libraries, parks, police, fire suppression, emergency services, schools, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, veterans benefits, and most of all, the U.S. Armed Forces. If that is why you are bowing out from my blog, then thank you for following.

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