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Bernie Sanders Makes Powerful Case For Continuing The Revolution — Under A Clinton Administration

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Bernie Sanders Makes Powerful Case For Continuing The Revolution — Under A Clinton Administration

Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders stand together during a campaign rally where Sanders endorsed Clinton in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, U.S., July 12, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders offered a compelling argument this week to those of his supporters still hesitant about a Hillary Clinton presidency. He explained that the success of the revolution relies not on who is president, but on the people continuing to fight for progressive ideals.

Armand Aviram—who said his personal rise from unemployed Sanders campaign volunteer to NowThis election producer is a “direct result” of the Vermont senator’s political revolution—asked the former Democratic candidate to explain “how your political revolution continues under a Hillary Clinton administration.”

“It’s not my political revolution; it’s your political revolution,” Sanders began, calling his supporters’ efforts during the Democratic primary “perhaps the most consequential campaign in the modern history of America.”

“Ideas that at one point were thought to be crazy and fringe are now incorporated in the Democratic National Platform,” Sanders said. “You did that.”

Holding up a copy of the Democratic National Platform, Sanders noted that at least 80 percent of the policies are “what we believe in.”

“Where do we go from here?” he asked. “We implement this.”

Sanders’ historic run as a registered Independent vying for the Democratic Party’s nomination rallied progressive voters, particularly millennials, who overwhelmingly supported the Vermont senator over Clinton. After conceding the primary, Sanders worked to ensure the Democratic platform would include many of his progressive policy proposals, withholding his endorsement of Clinton for almost a month.

“There was a significant coming together between the two campaigns and we produced, by far, the most progressive platform in the history of the Democratic Party,” Sanders said at the Democratic National Convention in July. “Our job now is to see that platform implemented by a Democratic Senate, a Democratic House and a Hillary Clinton presidency. And I am going to do everything I can to make that happen.”

Asked what he would say to voters who plan on casting their ballots for a third-party candidate in order to “send a message” to the Democratic Party, Sanders, the longest serving Independent in the history of Congress, told Aviram, “people have to vote their conscience.” But he added that he hopes his supporters “understand Donald Trump would be a real, real disaster for this country. He stands in opposition to everything that we believe in.”

Sanders urged his supporters not to see a Clinton presidency as an end to the political revolution. “The day after the election, we don’t sit back and say, well, Clinton is president,” Sanders said. He insisted the next step is to “mobilize our people” and make sure the government “moves forward with an agenda that helps transform this country.”

“I want to see Clinton become president,” Sanders continued. “And the day after that, I and the progressive members of Congress, and hopefully millions of other people will say, President-elect Clinton, here is the Democratic National platform, it is a progressive document. We are going to be introducing legislation piece by piece by piece—on trade, on raising the minimum wage, on making public colleges and universities tuition-free, on a Medicare-for-all single-payer program, on rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure.”

Sanders said those who still don’t believe Clinton will follow through with the progressive party platform are “going to have to work with [him] to make sure that it happens.”

“This is not trust,” Sanders argued. “We’re not here to trust. It is the very opposite of what I am saying: To say, oh sit back, elect Clinton and then trust.”

“No,” he continued. “Mobilize. Educate. Fight.”

And if (worst case scenario) our elected leaders don’t follow through?

“Let them know how you feel about it,” Sanders said.

Watch the interview below, via NowThis.

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

Photo: Democratic U.S.  presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders stand together during a campaign rally where Sanders endorsed Clinton in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, U.S., July 12, 2016.  REUTERS/Brian Snyder



  1. Jmz Nesky October 25, 2016

    I think we Bernie followers should think seriously of what he says.. Unlike Trump who said he would wait and see, Sanders conceded the candidacy to Clinton without vengeance and is now working along side her because he knows that neither Trump or the RNC is for or sympathetic to what he was fighting for all this time.. He also knows from experience that a third party vote is a losing cause and has been since the beginnings of the two-party system. He has the right idea, to continue our revolution of which he started with a party that is more for than against us and he knows as Trump and the Republican party has declared in words, actions and on video, they are not willing to even cooperate with the Liberals in their quest for a better democracy for all but rather a conservative plutocracy for the wealthy few. Do not be fooled, Donald Trump IS part of the 1%ers if only in his own mind. It’s time for us to stop trying to convince hard core trumpeteers to come over to our way of thinking and we need to stop being conned into arguing with empty minds as well as overlooking of the vile insults they love to spew about us and who we support and start concentrating on our future as well as our childrens’ future because above and beyond what the RNC has in store for many social programs that has defined this nation’s moral character since FDR’s national revolution, with a renewed conservative SCOTUS even our well intended logical arguments can be over ridden by five party serving judges.

    1. Eleanore Whitaker October 25, 2016

      If you consider Sanders revolution so important now, why not 44 years ago when all of the very issues of his “revolution” were just forming?

      Actually, the real Sanders fools are the ones who believe he is Saint Bernard of the Poor. Wrong. Check out the facts. He owns 38 stocks in Dominion Oil managed by a female Goldman Sachs manager who just happened to overshoot her mark with her Sanders campaign contribution. That got Sanders in hot water with the FEC who called several more of his campaign donors “suspicious.”

      If you can’t live with facts about Sanders being a 1 percenter, you’d have to find a way to explain why he is so poor that he owns 3 homes in his state. Do you? Can you? You bet not.

      Fools believe the 1% get wealthy honestly. What more proof do you need than Trump stiffing his unpaid employees and contractors to prove that isn’t true?

      I can see Sanders as Majority leader in the Senate, although I’d much prefer Senator Elizabeth Warren. I just cannot see his so-called “revolution” being more than Rah Rah Saint Bernard PR.

      1. Jmz Nesky October 25, 2016

        You look at the material aspects of the people you have a pre determined idea of rather than their message.. In all honesty you have to admit that all politicians become wealthy once they become part of the machine, even Saint Raygun wasn’t a middle class blue collar politician yet he’s seen by many as a great leader when in fact he was a has been actor who all but destroyed the state he was supposed to have governed according to his oath of office and he was some kind of savior for what? Helping to tear down a wall that had nothing what so ever to do with this nation or it’s people? I listened to Sander’s proposals and rich or poor they sounded like someone who cared not specifically about himself as he did for his fellow Americans yet here you are spazing him because during his 35 years in office he made a better living than we did.. What was he to do? Emulate old Abe who lived and died poor? Everyone has an opportunity in this country to better themselves financially or does that only apply to Trump? I do not begrudge Bernie his wealth just as I do not begrudge the Clintons nor even the Trumpkin but I abhore how it’s made and though rumor and jealous assumptions are directed at the Sanders and the Clintons as being crooked or underhanded, Trump brags about his accumulated wealth while his victims still suffer from his treatment toward them so let’s not say my guy makes his money from Goldman sacs or some other entity.. Lets look at the intentions of my man’s platform in relation to Trumps and see whose grandchildren and great grandchildren would benefit the most from them.. Once Bernie’s and now many of Clinton ideals of helping the average citizen, helping the needy and the aged.. helping to offer free or reduced education for all our future adults and solidify our infrastructure and keep our air as clean as possible OR building a wall to either keep people of any and all races from getting in as well as preventing Americans from getting out and how does that apply? By the simple act of keeping other countries citizens from coming in how many of those countries do you think would welcome us with open arms?? Then there’s a police state that he’s really fired up about and as a result, with no other country allowed in and possible police brutality occurring within, how long do you think it would take the average American to throw up their hands and say, “That’s enough!!” which in its aftermath would bring martial law to the new internal terrorists, people who would protest and be considered terrorists just as parking lot pissers are considered sexual predators today.. Then with Obamacare, welfare, food stamps, social security and veteran’s benefits taken from us in order to further profit the military and expand corporate welfare that it would eventually create starving terrorists and as a result, the reality of FEMA camps. Which of the two do you think would cause your great grandchildren to feel what freedom was about? You don’t have to answer because this is my opinion only. If you have abetter solution then I would be willing to at least listen to it. I see most people as looking no further than beyond their specific life span when it comes to these political decisions and it’s really sad that they still exist in their ‘Me’ generation. I may be a dreamer but to me it’s far better than being a schemer.

        1. Jon October 25, 2016

          I agree with the points you make and 1 in particular. As you mentioned, we do not need to automatically believe that Bernie was a fraud or false prophet merely because of his personal wealth or who was paying him. I and many others have sometimes worked for employers we disliked and some of us openly criticized. Just because someone or some entity is paying you does not mean you must like or agree with the things they stand for. Also, being wealthy does not disqualify a person from serving as a spokesperson for the less fortunate. Bernie is not the 1st person to use his wealth and stature to advocate on behalf of the less privileged. I remember John Lennon often being criticized and called a hypocrite for writing songs about the equality of man and unfair distribution of wealth when he had become one of the very wealthy. While most of the very wealthy are only interested in accumulating more wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, that doesn’t mean that every single one of them feels that way.

      2. dtgraham October 25, 2016

        In an analysis of presidential campaign personal asset disclosure forms, Sander’s Senate salary, and the value of properties and assets shared with his wife suggested that they have a net worth somewhere in the neighbourhood of $800,000.

        Not bad admittedly, but that still ranks him as the 19th poorest Senator. None of this matters though. FDR and the Kennedy’s weren’t part of the progressive-left? They were extremely wealthy and had a lot more money than Sanders. Elizabeth Warren has no money? It’s the policies that you propose, not your personal net worth. By your reasoning, Hillary should be a heartless plutocrat with a family net worth of about $132 million dollars.

        Agree with his proposals or not: medicare-for-all, $15.00 per hour minimum wage, making it easier for unions to organize and negotiate, closing the gender gap in pay, providing federal financing for the formation of worker-run cooperatives, tuition free college, and so on, is not just St. Bernard PR.

  2. Dominick Vila October 25, 2016

    I think it is worth pointing out the difference between Bernie’s “revolution”, and the revolution so many Trump supporters are talking about. Bernie is talking about giving more impetus to proposals designed to strengthen our economy, create more jobs, rise the minimum wage, put the safety net on solid footing, ending Wall Street fraud and abuse, modifying our tax system so that ALL Americans – and corporate America – pay their fair share, improving our education system, improving the Affordable Care Act, and other improvements to our social programs.
    Some Trump supporters are talking about armed insurrection, if they don’t get their way, and cannot impose their will on the rest of us, even if Hillary wins by a landslide. Their “revolution” is not about improving our standard of living and defending our democracy, it is all about hate and prejudice influenced by fear, ignorance, and refusal to apply for one of the many jobs available to those willing to work hard to support their families and get ahead.

    1. Eleanore Whitaker October 25, 2016

      But if Sanders is capable of that “now,” why not in his 44 years in Congress? See? It always comes back to that.

      What is new about what Sanders is now proposing that haven’t been issues for 44 years? In fact, if anything, it is an indictment of Sanders who, if he is so influential as he likes to pretend, his influence in Congress would have averted the 3 tax cuts handed to the 1% over a 12 year period. His influence would have averted several wars.

      I agree. Trump supporters are fanatical White Supremacists on a gun happy binge. Sanders supporters are political fanatics who seem to believe all it ever takes is a single man to make ALL of the massive changes they want to see happen. We all know that is not possible.

      1. dpaano October 25, 2016

        Remember, Sanders was only ONE person in the Senate….much like when Hillary was a Senator. What gripes me is when Trump accuses her of doing nothing while she was a senator…..as if she, as one single person, could change the will of the rest of the Senate. I imagine she tried her best, and I think Bernie probably did what he could also. Since we aren’t there watching every move in the Senate, we can’t really know what or how much was done by an individual Senator. And, when the Senate is run by Republicans…..there’s not much a lone Democratic Senator might be able to do!

        1. latebloomingrandma October 25, 2016

          And most likely Trump doesn’t even know what a Senator does.
          He doesn’t understand much about the Constitution.

          1. dpaano October 26, 2016

            And that’s what I say……Trump keeps blaming Hillary for things that didn’t happen during her term in the Senate, but he doesn’t realize that she’s just ONE of many senators and can’t make any major changes by herself. I agree, he has NO understanding of our Constitution or how our government actually works. He thinks he’s going to waltz into the Oval Office and just willy nilly do away with everything; i.e., the EPA, the IRS, the 1st Amendment, build a billion dollar wall, etc. If he EVER got into the Oval Office (heaven forbid), he’s going to be in for a very rude surprise that he can’t do everything he’s promised his followers. I seriously doubt that Congress will do his bidding, but we can also hope that we can retake the Senate and maybe even the House just in case.

  3. FireBaron October 25, 2016

    One of the biggest problems I have seen with Bernie’s supporters is they believe they are lost without him. They expect change to happen automatically, and without Bernie, it won’t happen! What he has repeatedly tried to explain to them is HE is NOT a movement. He is an individual who has presented ideas. If the people want those ideas they need to work for them.

    Our Country did not suddenly arise in 1776 with the Declaration of
    Independence. That was the start. It really got going when a group of
    men framed the Constitution, and recognized that as situations change,
    amendments could be added to improve it. We are still doing so today.

    Manumission did not suddenly occur to Abraham Lincoln in 1858! It was building since the 1760s when the first Anti-Slavery Society was organized by Ben Franklin.
    Women’s Suffrage did not suddenly occur in 1919. It was the result of women, and men, working for it since the 1830s!

    The fight against Voter Suppression has been going on since the 1870s.

    The fight FOR Equal Protection under the law has been going on since the 1860s.

    Living wages have been fought for since the 1800s!

    I could go on and on. What the Berniebots need to realize is others have fought their fights well before their grandparents and great-grandparents were born. If they want their goals achieved, they will have to carry their own fight on through the generations! And, yes, many of these will be generational before fruition. They may not live to see the results, but their grandchildren will enjoy them.

    What it comes down to is Democracy is not designed for the quick fix, but for the long game. Learn how to play it.

    1. dtgraham October 25, 2016

      On the other hand, I’ve noticed that great things and sweeping changes seem to get done and get done quickly during historical periods when the Dems control all 3 branches.

      Glass-Steagall and other bank reforms, Social Security, Tennessee Valley Authority, National Labour Relations Act, the SEC, the FDIC, the minimum wage, Medicaid, Medicare, Voting Rights Act, Civil Rights, Head Start, Food Stamps, Work Study, the ACA, Dodd-Frank, repeal of don’t ask don’t tell, kicked banks out of federal student loan program, expanded health coverage for children, pay equity laws, and more…

      These things were done quickly and in bunches, all within the lifetime of three administrations. Your examples took 100-200 years to achieve, but it doesn’t have to be that way in the modern era. People have to stop voting Republican and they need the right type of Democrat in the White House. Nobody wants to wait 100 years.

      1. dpaano October 25, 2016

        We managed to get quite a lot done with President Obama despite all the pitfalls he had to go through with the current Congress…..hopefully, that will change when Hillary takes the scepter from him. We can only hope that we gain SOME majority in the House or the Senate so that we can get things done quicker. This past Congress has done nothing but sit on their hands for the 7+ years of President Obama’s tenure…..think how much better things would have been if they had actually done their job and done it by reaching across the aisle and learning the art of negotiation!

    2. RED October 25, 2016

      Wow!! Do you see other groups in such monolithic terms? Or is it just “Berniebots”? Personally I’ve seen lots of Bernie supporters working their buts off trying to get change, heck I expect there are a lot of Bernie supporters right now trying to stop a pipeline in North Dakota. I’m gonna guess and yes I’m jumping to conclusions, a conclusion I’ve seen repeated many times that you are not a millennial and are more likely a baby boomer or somewhat close. I’m not a millennial either but I very much hear a “these kids today” in your argument. Do you think it’s wrong for people and especially millennials to want change right now? Do you get that climate change is not something that we can work on over the next 100 years? Or what about the 1 in 5 children going hungry in the wealthiest country ever? Should those children be patient and understand that “Democracy is not designed for a quick fix”? Personally I would suggest that you may need to be less patient rather than encourage those who want change now to more patient.

      1. dtgraham October 25, 2016

        Well said. Patience is not always a virtue.

  4. Julius Hayden October 25, 2016

    Sen. Sanders is a profit, not a messiah. “Its our revolution, not mine” has been his message all along. My wife and I are planning on trips to DC to make our opinions on progressive issues known to the Corpra-Dems and that we the people need a return to government for the people rather than for the corporations (A.K.A. Fascism).

    1. Eleanore Whitaker October 25, 2016

      I live in NJ. Just as we in the Metro region are inundated since the 70s with Trump and his tantrums, we never heard of the Brooklyn/Crown Heights Bernie Sanders. Why is that?

      I have a lot of trouble taking Sanders seriously when I compare him to his fellow Dem in his state, Patrick Leahy. Leahy has been one of the core Dems who has always sponsored and supported legislation that he knew was to the benefit of the entire country.

      My problem with Sanders is not the man himself, but the “followers.” I much prefer Senator Charles Schumer of NY who gets the job done every time. Sanders gets the job done in “hit or miss” fashion. Not good enough to be revolutionary war leader.

      1. RED October 25, 2016

        Yep, Chuck will get the job done and so will Hillary!! The job of selling our country off to Wall Street, bombing lots of children in other countries, handing regulation over to the industries themselves, heck we may even get a new prison boom!! But they will definitely get the job done.

        1. Eleanore Whitaker October 26, 2016

          Yep, Chuck will get the job done and you best your trailer size A Hillary will. Unlike your bomb the hell out of “em Trump, who by the way sucks up Wall Street and sold off his businesses to foreign interests, you bet Hillary is going to itch your testicles for the next 8 years.

          They will get the job of reining in all of the house flipper crooks, the big insurance crooks and the rest of you “contractors” who love to charge $1,000 for 10 minutes of work. Not happening for you anymore is it? Awwww…boooooo the hellllll hooooo!

          1. RED October 26, 2016

            With every comment you make you prove incoherent you are. First, you do this every time, EVERY TIME, assume or accuse me and I’m sure everyone else of being a Trump supporter. And of course, I’m not, never have been, never will be. But your simplistic mind only has male or female and all males are bad and against you and all women are good and for you. Always ridiculous. But then you have proven over and over and over that you have zero awareness of either facts, people’s positions, and especially Hillary’s platform and beliefs. Also in your comment I somehow go from “bet” my trailer to being a contractor who makes $1,000 in ten minutes. Neither of which bear any relationship to reality. But again as you prove with each comment you are the left wing version of an ignorant Con who pays no attention to facts or reality or being a real progressive and supporting a government that actually works for us. No you, just like a sick Con are only motivated by the belief that someone else has cheated you and you look to someone, in this case Hillary, to make those people who cheated you pay. For the Cons, it’s Latinos, African Americans z Liberals, etc. for you it’s men, all men, it’s in every one of your comments. And just like with Trump and the sick Cons it’s blatantly obvious. The sad part is that people like drag our country down almost as much as sick Cons because instead of supporting a “rising tide to lift all boats,” you only support vengeance for your perceived wrongs. Don’t worry though Hillary will be bombing those mean awful men in less than a year. But sadly lots of those mean old men will be women and children as well.

          2. Eleanore Whitaker October 26, 2016

            There you go …blathering on and on incoherently. You are not going to get YOUR way. You and your league of control freak men are about to be chewed up and spit out.

            Trip is a dickhead. I should know. I live in the state that is now paying off 6 of his corporate bankruptcies.

            You are a sick pup who needs to be seen to and altered. You have not one shred of evidence to prove one word of your mentally incoherent post. When you get the documentation to prove what you posted Mr. Mental Case, then come back and we’ll discuss. Right now, you have NOTHING on Hillary and the only reason you hate her is to get even with some woman in your life who didn’t obey you like a good little doggy. You fool no one control freak. You have NO power. Just a big, lying mouth and oh. NO PROOF!

          3. RED October 26, 2016

            Amazing!! Just absolutely amazing!! I guess I gave you too much credit, apparently you can’t even read. Maybe it’s you blindind hatred of all men that has rendered you incapable of reading my last comment and comment after comment after comment that I’m not a Trump supporter and never have been. As I pointed out though you are incapable of rational thought or reality and are only ruled by the exact same blind ignorance as sick Cons. day.

          4. Eleanore Whitaker October 27, 2016

            Yes…It is pretty amazing how a low life bum like you manages to think you can get one over on an educated woman like me who can prove anything I post.

            I hate men like you who think your testicles are the only reason women must obey like good little doggies. Isn’t it time for you to go and beat hell out of your wife? your Mommie? Your daughters?

            You have GEEZER disease and a rabid case. Get thee to a pyschiatrist. If you can’t post proof, it makes it opinion and ONLY opinion. You are entitled to your opinion. You are not now nor EVER will be entitled to OWN your own truth and facts. Now, get that lazy butt busy and get a job!

  5. dpaano October 25, 2016

    I always kinda liked Bernie, but I wasn’t sure I would vote for him. I’m just glad that he’s decided to work with Hillary to get some of the ideas done that he talked about during his campaign. He had some good ideas, and I think, with Hillary’s assistance, some of them could be implemented for the good of this country! The two of them together will make big changes, and we’ll maybe see this country grow more than it has in the past 7+ years due to the Congress’ lack of doing ANYTHING that would help anyone in this country!


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