Bernie Sanders Has Stuck To The Same Message For 40 Years

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There are many ways to describe Bernie Sanders: a democratic socialist, an independent senator, a Democratic presidential candidate. But the best adjective may just be: consistent. No matter how you label it, Sanders' worldview is locked in.

Over 40 years, Sanders has built his political career on a very focused message about what he calls a "rigged economy."
Now he's running for president, which typically means reacting to what's happening in the world, in real time. But even in the wake of terrorist attacks by ISIS, Sanders' primary focus is still where it's been since the 1970s.

The "1 percent"

On the advantages enjoyed by the richest Americans, over the years, the numbers Sanders cites have changed. But the intensity and message have not.

Income inequality

It's a theme that runs through every speech Sanders gives. And over the course of a decade, the way he describes the "unfair distribution of wealth" has changed very little. In a 2005 speech on the House floor and 10 years later at his campaign kickoff rally in Burlington, Vt., this past spring, he delivered essentially the same line.

Voter turnout

Listening to speeches and debate performances going back to 1976, another theme emerges: his concern with voter turnout.
 
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Forty years ago he loved loved loved the USSR. I mean, who goes on their honeymoon to communist USSR? He had nothing but praise for communism.
 
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Oh that is so silly. Trump is the president. He shakes hands with lots of people. So what. Bernie on the other hand has praised the communist system for years and years. He is a socialist and would love to change the USA into this terrible system of government.
Well, only for ignorant folks, such as apparently yourself, who clearly don't care about what Sanders actually stated about communism and the Soviet system and who clearly don't understand the differences between democratic socialism, socialism, and communism.

:rolleyes:
 
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Oh that is so silly. Trump is the president. He shakes hands with lots of people. So what. Bernie on the other hand has praised the communist system for years and years. He is a socialist and would love to change the USA into this terrible system of government.
As opposed to what you, Trump and Putin want? I'll go with Bernie over that, and I don't even like Bernie:

 
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Forty years ago he loved loved loved the USSR. I mean, who goes on their honeymoon to communist USSR? He had nothing but praise for communism.
It's truly stunning how you and others like you can take something as mundane as a trip to Russia (like Trump has done a dozen times or more) and make it into something dishonorable. One thing we know about Bernie--and yes--his tune hasn't changed--is that he LOVES people. Not just Americans but PEOPLE--all over the globe. AND he fights for people. He speaks for people, particularly families with economic problems. One of his interns who went on the trip says this: “He was delighted,” Rubin said. “He met people he cared about and cared about him. He got very curious about life in Russia, and I think it became part of his life. He was interested in the way they organized health care, education, street life, families . . ."
Later Bernie explained about these people he met. There were food shortages, inadequate housing, and no political freedom. What Bernie saw in Russia probably affected his views that you see today, where he is not anti-free-enterprise or capitalism but he wants to have a safety net and give a fair shake to all, but certainly not to have a command economy we saw in the Soviet Union.
Here's a shocker that is completely foreign to folks like you. People travel for all sorts of reasons--for enjoyment--for entertainment but also to be educated about LIFE and PEOPLE in other countries. Usually these same people come home with a greater appreciation for America.
 
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Oh that is so silly. Trump is the president. He shakes hands with lots of people. So what. Bernie on the other hand has praised the communist system for years and years. He is a socialist and would love to change the USA into this terrible system of government.
Why are you so anti-semitic? Bernie is a good U.S. citizen that doesn't suck Putin's D**K


 
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What good is a "consistent message" in an ever evolving world. Not changing for 40 years is NOT a good thing.
 
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Well, only for ignorant folks, such as apparently yourself, who clearly don't care about what Sanders actually stated about communism and the Soviet system and who clearly don't understand the differences between democratic socialism, socialism, and communism.

:rolleyes:
What's even more hilarious is that Sanders is technically a social democrat and not a socialist. Social democrats simply want to reform capitalism, whereas democratic socialists want to achieve socialism within the existing system.
 
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