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Throughout the Presidential campaign, Senator Bernie Sanders promised voters a future to believe in through his progressive platform and a vision for America worth fighting for. This vision calls for an economic, environmental, health care, and social justice revolution beyond the stagnant agendas of Democrat and Republican politicians to build an equitable future for all Americans―especially the younger generation that will inherit the consequences of decisions made now.
Inside this practical and inspiring guide to effecting change in today’s world, you’ll learn how to:
· Understand and navigate the current system of policy and government
· Work to change the system to reflect your values and to protect our society’s most vulnerable
· Organize for the causes you care about most
· Resources for further reading and organizations to get involved with
With more than two decades of Washington D.C. insider knowledge and experience, Senator Sanders knows how to fight and change the system from within, a system desperately in need of reform in health care, immigration, taxes, higher education, climate change, and criminal justice.
The political revolution is just beginning. What role will you play?"
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If there is anything that I don't respect and even don't like about Senator Bernie Sanders when he talks about his own politics now, is how he now self-describes his own politics. He doesn't run away from either the Democratic Socialist or Socialist label now, but always jumps to correct the person that he's talking to or his questioning him in saying that: "I'm a Democratic Socialist" when someone calls him a Socialist. He does that because he doesn't want to be confused with Communists ( who are authoritarian Socialists ) and I understand that. What he personally supports and backs now at least since he's been n the Senate if not his entire career in Congress, would put him on the Democratic Socialist wing of Socialists and socialism and not with Communists.
It's not that Senator Sanders is quick to correct people when they call him a Socialist and say that he's a Socialist that I have an issue with and instead goes by Democratic Socialist, it's that he now tries to lump in Progressives and progressivism with his form of socialism ( can I call it ) as if they're the same things when they're not. Bernie, is way to the left of Lyndon Johnson, Franklin Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt, and even Senator Sherrod Brown today ( who really is a Progressive ) and more inline with Henry Wallace, Norman Thomas, David McReynolds, George McGovern, and other prominent Democratic Socialists from back in the day.
You put Fidel Castro, Bernie Sanders, and Theodore Roosevelt, all in the same room and you have three different political animals all representing three different political factions and ideologies.
Fidel, being the Communist. Bernie, being the Democratic Socialist. And TR, representing the Progressives. The test of whether someone is a Progressive or not, is not about how much government that person believes in and how high taxes should be, but how much do they believe in progress, how fast that progress should to be achieved, and does government have a major role in trying to create that progress or not.
If we went by Bernie Sanders of a Progressive, then Fidel Castro would be the most progressive of these three men, even though a lot if not most of what Fidel believes in is very regressive with all the state control, lack of checks and balances on government, and lack of individual freedom in all forms that Communists believe in.
Bernie Sanders, is a Democratic Socialist, pure and simple: that means he's someone who believes in a capitalist, private enterprise economic system, but that you need a national government large enough to ensure that no one has to go without the basic necessities of life. Which is where a welfare state comes in and that taxes have to be high enough across the board to fund that welfare state. But also to prevent people from being individually wealthy on their own, while others live in poverty or are part of a struggling working class.
Which is very different from a Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, or a Lyndon Johnson who believed in a public safety net for people who truly needed it, but that for people who are dong well and can afford to take care of themselves, those people should be allowed to do that and make their own economic decisions, since they don't need big government to do that for them.