Thursday, March 19, 2020

Biden and Sanders

There is enough politics and coronavirus on Facebook so I have kept my activities there rather than add one more pundit's opinion on my blog. But the fact that we will likely lose Bernie from the Democratic competition makes me sad and yet not. I cheered for Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren from the get-go because if America is ever going to catch up with the rest of the developed world in terms of looking after her citizens, it will take a revolution not evolution. To me, Joe Biden is Republican light, as was Obama.

But Joe Biden can beat Trump which comes before all things. And people like Bernie and Elizabeth have moved the Democratic party at least back in the general direction of progress and as senators, they can keep the pressure on. And there is AOC who 25 years from now can take her own run at it.

Canada has three national parties, Conservative, Liberal, and New Democratic. Right, centre, and left. Though the NDP has successfully governed several provinces from time to time,  it will likely never form a national government.  But EVERY progressive piece of legislation Canada has seen had its beginnings in CCF/NDP party platforms and was eventually picked up by the Liberals. They have been successful even in their failures.

There was an opinion piece in one of the MSM that said Sanders was not FDR but was more like Eugene Debs. Debs would not compromise; "he would rather be right than be president". That is Bernie to a T, I think. He has remained focused on the big changes that need to be made. I hope he will be successful, even in his failure.

6 comments:

  1. Yes, Mackenzie King, that wily old Liberal bastard, co-opted all the best and most popular policies of the CCF, undercutting their electoral advancement. But at least the policies were enacted!

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    1. Debra, exactly. And I hope for the same for many of Sanders ideas, that they will eventually be enacted.

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  2. I haven't had time to follow the U.S. political race lately, but I'm still overwhelmingly glad to live in Canada!

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    1. We have our own problems but I guess it is the devil you know. . .

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  3. I agree with Diane above.
    Do you really think that Biden can beat Trump? There are millions of total idiots in America who still think Trump is the bees knees.

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    1. Trump supporters have not increased. It will come down to people getting out and voting in enough numbers to cover the fraud which is a sure thing

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