In his 2016 presidential campaign, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders emphasized the phrase “political revolution.” He entered the Democratic primary in 2015 as a virtual unknown, polling around 5 percent and trailing frontrunner Hillary Clinton by more than 55 points at this point in that campaign. By the end of a long and hard-fought primary, he broke fundraising records, inspired a network of grassroots volunteers, and came remarkably close to securing the Democratic nomination. Though he didn’t win, he laid the groundwork for his political revolution.
Almost everything is different this time around. Between the 2016 campaign and today, Sanders became a household name and one of the most popular politicians in America. Within the first 24 hours of announcing his campaign on February 19, he raised nearly $6 million from more than 220,000 individual donors. His campaign has more cash on hand than the leading Democratic Party campaign organizations. Sanders is now a clear frontrunner to face President Donald Trump in 2020.
Just as he was in 2016, Sanders is the best choice in 2020. Often smeared as a left-wing equivalent to Donald Trump, Sanders does capture some of the anti-establishment energy that animated Trump supporters. Unlike Trump, Sanders is genuinely anti-establishment, with decades in public service and progressive policies to back it up. His strengths – being sincere, incorruptible, and a lifelong crusader for working-class issues – play perfectly to Trump’s weaknesses as a corrupt, serially untruthful billionaire.
Right-wing media is universally friendly to Trump, taking his innocence for granted and echoing his conspiracy theories about the investigation into his shady world.
President Donald Trump has escalated his attacks on the special counsel investigating his campaign’s alleged ties to Russian election interference. Last week Trump unleashed a torrent of tweets in an attempt to undermine the investigation’s credibility. Even as a deluge of shady new information about Trump associates pours in daily, from his personal attorney to his own children and son-in-law, conservative talking heads have dug in their heels behind the president more defiantly than ever. Continue reading
New National Security Advisor John Bolton, a neoconservative war hawk, looks on at President Donald Trump.
In the revolving door that is President Donald Trump’s Apprentice-style White House, two major shake-ups in 2018 are especially concerning. Mike Pompeo, formerly the Director of the CIA, has replaced Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State and John Bolton, former ambassador to the United Nations under George W. Bush, has replaced General H.R. McMaster as National Security Advisor. Both men are super-hawks, torture defenders, and Islamophobes. Their move into the White House portends disaster, particularly in the Middle East. Continue reading
The Brandenburg Gate is lit in solidarity with Paris on Saturday, Nov. 14 in Berlin, Germany. ignacionimo/Instagram
On Friday, November 13, the city of Paris was laid siege by a small band of terrorists from the Islamic State who raided a theater, a concert hall, a soccer stadium and other venues using AK-47s and suicide bombs to. No final tally has been released and many victims remain hospitalized, but at least 129 are known to have died. In terms of death toll, it’s the worst attack in France since World War II.
In addition to the French massacre, ISIL is responsible for downing a Russian airplane carrying 224 tourists to Egypt. The day before the Paris attack ISIL detonated bombs in Beirut, Lebanon, claiming dozens more lives. These attacks are in addition to many smaller ones, the group’s destruction of culture, and the atrocities committed against women, hostages and apostates in ISIL-controlled territory.
After the attacks, French President Francoise Hollande called for the eradication of the Islamic State and declared France at war. France has since launched several air strikes against the Islamic State in Raqqa, Syria, which has served as a capital since roughly 2013. Among the targets were an Islamic State “command post, jihadist recruitment center and weapons and ammunition depot,” as well as a “terrorist training camp.” Continue reading
Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders pickets with Iowa workers last week. As a senator, Sanders also recently introduced legislation that would guarantee paid vacation time to full-time workers.
Today is Labor Day, a day on which millions of Americans will enjoy a luxury that, sadly, is rarely afforded to them: a day off from work.
Unlike some holidays, there’s little ambiguity about what Labor Day represents. It’s a day that first gained momentum, and eventually legal status, in the late 1800s. Organized labor had been fighting bloody battles with factory owners and police to help end the injustices of the Gilded Age, and Labor Day was set aside to recognize the contributions of those workers to America’s success.
Now, workers have their holiday, but also face the very real prospect of a return to that Gilded Age. Wages are stagnating, hours are increasing, benefits and pensions are disappearing, and union-busting is back in full force. And all of this is happening at a time when GDP is expanding and the wealthiest Americans are the richest they’ve ever been. Continue reading