Feel the Bern Without Feeding the Beast

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I think it’s fair to say that I have admired Bernie Sanders and the values he holds longer than most people who don’t live in Vermont. I remember the excitement I felt when he was first elected to the House as well as the incredible moment when he was elected to the Senate. In my mind, his work in politics is the extension of two of my great heroes, Eugene Debs, whose words gave the title to this site, and Michael Harrington, whose work transformed the way I saw economics and justice when I was in college.

I have no doubt about Senator Sander’s commitment to economic justice for all people and I havehillary no doubt that he would work for all people in this country, regardless of race, sexuality, and gender expression. He’s spent his life fighting for values I champion, and I can’t tell you how exciting it is to see his message resonating with voters, especially young voters.

But I have to say some his supporters online are hurting him. I’m troubled by the misogynistic tone of their attacks on Secretary Clinton, their troubling ageism (which makes no sense incidentally), and their willingness to engage in the same kind of tactics we’d decry from Ted Cruz. My Facebook and Twitter feeds are filled with unflattering photographs of Senator Clinton and accusations that are often not about the policy differences between the two candidates, but personal attacks that seem designed to obscure the real work Senator Clinton has done in her life on behalf of the disadvantaged.

None of this, in my view, is coming from the Sanders campaign, which has been admirable. Perhaps some of his enthusiasts online might do some reflection about how their behavior is differing from that of the candidate they support. If it can make someone who has admired Sanders for almost three decades question his support, how must it play among voters who are unfamiliar with him?

Fight this fight on policy, on questions over which candidate is more likely to advance the progressive agenda, and which best represents your values. I’d ask the most enthusiastic supporters of Bernie to lay off the politics of personal destruction that Senator Sanders would certainly ask you to stop.

Feel the Bern, but spending your energy explaining his economic vision for America will do a great deal more to build support for him than ugly attacks possibly could. If we want to transform our economic and political structure to better reflect the interests of the vast majority of Americans, that’s the discussion we desperately need.

Update: The I’m A Woman card was featured on my Facebook page the very next time I logged in  after posting this. If you’re honestly ignorant enough to believe that being a woman conveys an advantage in our political system, you’re too ignorant to vote.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is an eighteen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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Well, I dislike Hillary simply for who she is, a corporatist of the worst magnitude. Yes, we all loved her at first, but her record on war and her ties to AIPAC etc. make her unacceptable to any true lefty. She is crazy, crazy for more war! And some of us abhor that.

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True lefties live in a real world. The choice is not Bernie vs. Hillary, but the slow hard-fought progress of the last eight years vs. the erasure of gains made since the New Deal.

What is more unacceptable to you — Hillary or Trump/Cruz/Rubio

Fight for Bernie and his ideals. I applaud you. But when the Bernie-Hillary choice is made, you need to be there to make sure the path is forward, not backward.

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Agreed.

And for big sWeed, I heard that the folks in Burns are thinking about erecting a monument to Leevoy Fiddlidumb. Yes, it’s true. They’re gonna use THIS as a model! Works for me!

http://laughingsquid.com/worlds-largest-el-caganer-19-foot-tall-defecating-giant-in-barcelona/

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p.s. But I THEENK in honor of Leevoy Finnidumb, they’re gonna put a blue TARP on Leevoy before the giant DUMPS on him! It’s only fitting! What better way to honor a morrmon turd who died for NOTHING! You see, Leeevoy tried a morrmon home invasion. The POS tried to enter OUR home and steal it! Kinda sad, really, when you htink about it, that they’re are stooopid f*cking morrmons who fall far that cleon skousen, bircher, Kockh brothers’ sh*t, for they end up under a blue tarp with a GIAN sh*tting on them! Things simply gotta be better on… Read more »

LK
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Sigh, and I even paid for Leevoy’s tombstone. And therefore, I got to put the words on it!

http://a.disquscdn.com/uploads/mediaembed/images/3171/8421/original.jpg

Publius II
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Publius II

LK, we can only wonder how much ‘GUMMINT’ money from taxpayers went to the Bundy Outlaws, and we want them to return all the exotic chocolate!

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Political savvy

From the beginning of time, Democrats have run one “true” progressive to keep their base intact. It’s a tough row to hoe, as the guy has to spend a great deal of time espousing things he (it has always been “he” historcially) has no use for, does not believe in. In the past we have had Eugene McCarthy (to help Hubert Humphrey), Jesse Jackson, Gary Hart (Dukakis), Dennis Kucinich (Clinton). Sanders is running to keep the base intact so that when the party coronates Hillary, progressives, registered and ready, will have no other choice than to vote for her Neocon… Read more »

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Um, missed all the POLLS didja, flabby? It’s different this time. Take a gander beee FORE taking a dump on the blogs! True story. Check it out. And then, get back with us after New Hampy!

LK
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LK

Hillary was a Pubbie beeeFORE she was a Dim! True story. And although I actually loved her greatly at one time, she turned back to her roots. And that’s just real sad. A whole lot of guys died because of her Iraq votes.

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Bob Williams

Ask Debby Wasserman Schulz if Senator Sanders is being treated as a sheepdog! Hell, ask us that support Sanders in different ways! Hells bells ask moderate Republicans looking for the chance in a life to vote for a candidate standing on solid ground, not standing on coatails of party Bosses. Savvy up and check up on Senator Lee Metcalf! That’ll help the view from prairie savvy that both The Democratic Party, and it’s history, especially its’ current history, AND THE PEOPLE WHO VOTE FOR DEMOCRATS are absolutely herded by Party supported/managed “sheepdog” candidates. Want to see “sheepdog candidates?” There’s half… Read more »

Greg Strandberg
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I’ll happily be voting for anyone but Hillary in June. I’ll do the same in November if need be.

LK
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LK

GO BERNIE! Remember what goldman sacks did to Montana on dereg??? I DO!

http://i.memeful.com/memes/wrYZY7d.jpg

Publius II
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Damn right and where’s RAT Raciot? He’s never, ever come back to mingle with any of us to reflect his ‘glory’ days, huh? Raciot has gone totally CORPORATE and has lost a lot of respect and as a second-term governor he did NOTHING to slow us going over the cliff on de-reg with both parties.

LK
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LK

Well, at least Hillary comes endorsed by one of the biggest war criminals our country has ever produced! Thas kinda like an endorsement, right? Hell, I think that ALL women should vote for hill. I mean, at least she hasn’t murdered THEM yet, right? Giver her time, for she’s a WO man! And we all know that womans must stick together!…………………..like a war criminal and a Clinton!

http://www.truth-out.org/buzzflash/commentary/hillary-clinton-used-henry-kissinger-war-criminal-to-burnish-her-foreign-policy-credentials

LK
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He seems nice.

http://www.alternet.org/world/top-10-most-inhuman-henry-kissinger-quotes

Sorry, but I’m old. I lived through this sh*t.

LK
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LK

Hillary, KISS Montana good bye!

LK
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@Wow. Even the old horndog is getting into the act! Hope he saved that blue dress, for he’s kinda like tarp man. Dead in the water!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/bill-clinton-bernie-sanders_us_56b7d00de4b04f9b57da0d2f

James Conner
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I don’t doubt that some of Sanders’ supporters are posting crass and stupid comments. But I also suspect that some supporters of Clinton may be posting Bernie Bro comments as a false flag operation to discredit Sanders. Unless the Bernie Bro vulgarities can be traced back to Sanders’ campaign, and can be proven an approved campaign tactic, I think the best approach is deploring them in passing ,and acknowledging in passing Clinton’s howls of outrage. This kind of foolishness is as old as campaigning. It’s just more visible now because of the internet.

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James, THIS is what happens when a woman lets her willy run wild off leash! Best way to discipline a wild willy off leash is to gently lash him with a blue dress! Works like a charm!

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/02/enough-with-the-ridiculous-berniebros-narrative/

LK
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Hilly, put your willy BACK in your pantsuit and ZIP THAT SUCKER SHUT! You’re cuttin’ your own throat with this crap. And it’s embarrassing and counterproductive. For God’s SAKE, woman, reign in your willy for the good of the country! You apparently had an open marriage with willy, but that does NOT mean that you or he can F*CK the rest of us! We do NOT have an open marriage with you inbreds from Arkansas! Sorry bout that!

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/bill-bill-bill–2

LK
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The libs aren’t buying willy’s bullshyte! And that’s a good thing!

http://smirkingchimp.com/thread/p-m-carpenter/65892/bill-clintons-self-destructive-offensive

LK
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A person who I have the HIGHEST respect for, and who also happens to HAVE A VAGINA! No, seriously, she is the conscience of the sixties. SHE is the last survivor of our generation who is STILL fighting the good fight! She never gave up or compromised, nor did she sell out like Billarly did! SHE is our champion! I love this woman, NOT only for her intelligence, but also for her integrity. She makes ALL us boomers proud!

http://www.truth-out.org/buzzflash/videos/video/elizabeth-warren-defends-bernie-sanders

LK
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Another beautiful lady from the sixties that I love who has NEVER, EVER compromised her values! And she has done a helluva lot for the Montana enviro movement. She feels the Bern! Of course she does. She’s not a phony!

LK
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LK

Problem for the ReePubes is, that some folks just ain’t afraid of a Big Kockh! And that’s a good thing!

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Turner
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I wonder if Hillary’s campaign is writing some of sexist things online to make it seem like she’s a victim of sexism. It’s a way to garner undeserved sympathy while diverting attention away from claims that she really can’t rebut. For example, the millions she’s taken from Wall Street and big corporations for “speaking fees” and millions more she extracted from foreign government for the Clinton Foundation when serving (herself) as secretary of state.

Rob Kailey
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Thank you, Turner. I’ve wondered that myself. There was clear evidence of rat-f***ing from the PUMAs regarding Obama support sexism in 2008. I remain skeptical to this day.

LK
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LK

We must, we must, we must improve our bust! Or sumthin’ like that. We simply gotta have boob in the white house, EVEN if they’re corporatefascist boobs like Billary!

Well, not necessarily. Some women really resent being told that they must vote for boobs over Bernie! Well, there’s your choice, boobs or Bernie! You want more war, less actual health care, and more gummint corruption? Well then, choose boobs! But if you want a new deal, choose Bernie! At least we might have a chance with Bernie!

http://smirkingchimp.com/thread/donna-smith/65906/my-special-place-in-hell-courtesy-of-unfettered-greed

LK
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Femi-lefties, whachagonnado without’em?

http://www.alternet.org/election-2016/dear-hillary-madeline-and-gloria-full-feminism-demands-we-say-no-americas-deadly

Glad to see the sisters kickin’ ass on this one.

LK
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But……but……..BUT! He don’t have BOOBS!….nor a vagina! WTF lefty Murka? You seriously don’t WANT more war, do ya??? You unpatriotic moroons! http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/bernie-sanders-wins-new-hampshire_us_56ba4d2ce4b08ffac122ff50 What the hell, maybe he’s GAY! THAT otter pleeeze the reetart Dims in Montana! Oh give me a home Where the homos all roam And the queers and the lesbos do play Where seldom is heard A solitary word ‘Bout what really matters today Home, home on the homo range Where the queers and the lefties do play It’s all about them And a queer doll named Ken Who stole my Dem party away! My apologies to sWeed.… Read more »

LK
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p.s. To my gay and non-gay friends. Bernie’s coat tails are LONGER than any jimmy you’ve ever seen! The young people in this country are coming out for Bernie. En COURAGE them! Send Shrillary packing! She’s old broad old news. Bernie is young, vibrant, AND old! Kinda like me! Come ON, America! Time for a change, a REAL change! We need another Roosevelt in office, and I THEENK that Bernie is the man!

LK
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Sumthin’s happenin’ here What it is ain’t eggsackly clear There’s an old man with a sign over there Sayin’ I’m Bernie and I’m loaded for bear Better STOP children what’s that sound Shrillary and her minions are goin’ down What a field day for the anti-teat Thousand people in the street Singin’ songs and a’carryin’ signs Sayin’ Bernie’s message I’ll repeat Better STOP chillen what’s that sound Bernie’s comin’ to bring the fascists down http://www.snappytv.com/tc/1367054 Bernie, kickin’ ass and takin’ names! First name he took, SHRILLARY! Of the blue dress clan! Next one? Whom EVER the Pubes run! Hell, I… Read more »

Jim Olsen
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The call for Bernie to have some practical solutions for his ideas? And, he needs to get small business capitalism – i.e. “Main Street” in political rhetoric. How can you have a $15 minimum wage and not put a small business out of business – H- the 1.8%SOLUTION: Offsetting Tax Credit to the business for the difference between $15 and $8. Where do you get the revenue that is lost, tax each stock transaction 1.8%.
Here’s the blog:
http://www.yourgrandam.com/#!1500-per-hour-same-cost-to-employer/n7wg6/5701ff110cf234e91927d1ce
Here’s the math:
htthttp://media.wix.com/ugd/a90e3d_e89d9a00162a4f6aaa0ef4eab0bcdc28.pdf

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