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Senator Bernie Sanders (I) Vermont is in my view one of the most admired politician icons that has surfaced in the minds and hearts of the Daily Kos community since the last presidential elections. Comments written on him confirm my belief.

I too have noticed this Independent political lion who leans to the left opposing the right wing Republicans and their agenda against the poor, against women`s right to a fair-pay wage and reproduction needs and his lion`s roar goes on and on and on. Here in this video I note what I have suspected about `all` politicians for some time, including about Bernie Sander`s political ambitions.

I admire Bernie Sanders, I do. He speaks volumes of what is wrong not only in today`s politics but is right-on when assailing the Republican`s racist ideology and war on the poor, their hell-bent economic or political theory and policy obstructionism, including their assault on Social Security, Medicare, Food Stamps just to name a few.

It is what I`ve said, here and to anyone who listens. He is just another politician in the long line I have mentioned - that wants to be president. For his sake, and mine I hope he succeeds.

And who would argue against his wish to occupy the oval office. No one I guess, except of course the Republicans. I know I wouldn`t. I was just waiting for him to cop out to his desire to be the top honcho. He has what it takes. I have spied on him, in my own wild imagination.

Ed Shultz on his MSNBC show pried from Senator Sanders mouth what I have always suspected. The Senator told Ed Shultz that what was needed was a candidate who would stand up for the American people against the Republicans, wealthy and corporations.  Sanders said he is prepared to run for President of the United States.

“One out of four corporations pay zero in taxes,” he continued, “they want to give even more tax breaks for large corporations.  Meanwhile the people who are hurting, the middle class, the working class, low income people, what the Republican proposal in the Ryan budget is about and what all of these guys believe, is massive cuts to Medicare, transforming it from the program it is today, Medicaid, Pell Grants and education horrendous cuts to Food Stamps.”
Duh, I thought.

While I would actually vote for this man as President, I carry my own personal views on what type of politician and ideological mind set he uses to woo the average Democrat leaning voters. He roars his loudest blast about the Republicans agenda this way:

“So their definition of freedom is is that if you are 70 years of age and you are poor and you have no health insurance, you’re going to have the freedom literally to die,” he concluded.
OUCH! Come on Bernie, cut the fear mongering and getting me scared. I mean really bat-shit scared..But I give it to you Bernie. Good call.

I`m sure you will wince when I tell you about my comparison of how I view Bernie Sanders to another well known former political speaker of our time and how he strolls up to the podiums to speak his mind to talk about the ills of the country of what is wrong and what must be done.

Here it is: (Note: wild imagination).

I think of a Ronald Reagan type of speaker -- but in reverse.

Senator Bernie Sanders is a great speaker, a great orator who masters the ability to capture the attention of the average listener, including this community who mostly agree with him. He speaks of what the policies initiated by the former Ronald Reagan`s administration has done to create the chaos and inequalities without bashing Reagan by name. To me personally I see as I hear Bernie Sanders speak in my wildest dreams, the evil face that created the ills in this country we now fight to cure.

If you listen closely to Senator Bernie Sanders in this video, listen and tell me if what he speaks of, the damage that Republicans continue to inflict on this country and to the poor, just tell me those words are not meant to repel the very nightmare created when Ronald Wilson Reagan who became the 40th President of the United States (1981–1989).

For whatever reasons, I have yet to see or hear any other of those `good Democrats`
we vote for roar like this independent lion. Perhaps because he owes no political party any favors, he speaks truisms without fear of back lashes from other good Democrats.

If you have ever seen a video more compelling than this one on Bernie Sanders I have not. Not to imply that I watch for or care what most politicians preach, my view today on politician`s political ambitions is all good in favor of Senator Sanders  My wild imagination seeing Senator Sanders as a Ronald Reagan in reverse becomes more vivid.

Everything he touches with words, are the very things Roland Reagan and his existing Republican Junta demolished. Bernie Sanders appears to want to walk those burned bridges in reverse - without getting burned. And what better way than doing it from the oval office podium.

And I agree.

Run Bernie, Run.

Originally posted to Ole Texan on Thu Apr 24, 2014 at 11:38 AM PDT.

Also republished by Hellraisers Journal.

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Comment Preferences

  •  typo alert (2+ / 0-)
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    elwior, Lujane

    "political loin"

    Pretty sure Sen. Sanders would prefer to be labeled a lion.

  •  Sanders/Warren? (5+ / 0-)

    Wouldn't that be cool!

    I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. A Lincoln

    by quadmom on Thu Apr 24, 2014 at 11:59:03 AM PDT

  •  I don't think he really wants to be president (3+ / 0-)
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    trkingmomoe, Galtisalie, Lujane

    I think he feels that someone must represent the regular working folks, and if nobody else will, he'll reluctantly run to make that case.
    I'd like to see him run as an insurgent candidate in the Democratic primaries, running expressly as an outsider trying to change the party.
    Running as an independent with the electoral process as corrupted as it is, he won't get heard by anyone who isn't already aware of him.

  •  If we have government by the people, (2+ / 0-)
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    Galtisalie, Lujane

    political parties are superfluous. That's why they are desperately clinging to power. Neither major party's operatives want to admit that the TEA people are ripping the Republican party to shreds and Democrats don't want to admit that, for example, the Working Families organization in New York is threatening their hegemony. Given modern electronic communications, it's no longer possible for incumbents to freeze challengers out of the action. Incumbents can refuse to debate, but newcomers can hold forums and contact the electorate without them. The grassroots can select and elect candidates. All we have to do is give up the notion that elections are like horse races or auctions.
    Public servants are hired. Period.

    by hannah on Thu Apr 24, 2014 at 02:11:18 PM PDT

    •  I don't think we do in actuality have (0+ / 0-)

      "government by the people." We have to fight to have one for the first time in a thousand practical ways. We have a very weak democracy-lite largely controlled by the plutocrats, who have all the Tea and corporate media, and are masters of divide and conquer politics down to the state and local levels and up to and including the SCOTUS. Building enough political solidarity is rarely possible in the U.S. outside of the ugly reality of party politics. We have to have more and more like Sanders speak like true leftists, usually in Democratic primaries to be effective and avoid being counter-productive, and we have to employ direct action like Occupy, a massive sit-in at SCOTUS, and eventually a general strike.  

      As much as I wish we had a parliamentary system and parties did not matter anymore, regrettably they do in most races, as we learned with Bush v. Gore, which led to the current SCOTUS, and as we will learn as we continue to get more bad anti-democratic law from a conservative-dominated SCOTUS Bush v. Gore gifted us.

      Please don't get me wrong, Democratic politicians are largely pathetic, especially of the Clinton-esque variety, but that is about real-politic in a severely messed up/grotesquely conservatively-biased neo-confederacy of a republic. Republican politicians are largely evil, so I have to make the best choice I can when I vote, which usually does not allow me to conscientiously vote for an independent. Regards.

      garden variety democratic socialist: accepting life's complexity|striving for global stewardship of our soil and other resources to meet everyone's basic needs|being a friend to the weak

      by Galtisalie on Thu Apr 24, 2014 at 06:29:19 PM PDT

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      •  Sorry, I should have used the future tense in (1+ / 0-)
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        addition to the conditional. I usually do.

        by hannah on Fri Apr 25, 2014 at 12:43:35 AM PDT

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        •  I wasn't confused about your grammar, and (1+ / 0-)
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          I wish I could believe as much as you do in the potential for third parties in the current U.S. system. I think we have to work for system change, not only to democracy of the economy, but also to simply have more political democracy. The question is how much of a role third parties can have in bringing about the needed system change. I am open to them playing a major role, but I am skeptical. To me, the more likely scenario for a winning strategy is to convert the Democrat Party into a more and more radical party without in the meantime tanking elections with more spoiler candidates.

          I will admit that in some jurisdictions, like the New York governorship, a third party can play, and historically has played, a positive role even under the current system. I am just skeptical whether in most places that is a good use of limited talent, energy, and resources. As bad as a President Hillary would be, for instance, and as great as a President Bernie would be, I do not want a President Jeb. Or look down in Florida, where with a Governor Charlie, hundreds of thousands of poor people will get health care, but with a continuation of Governor Rick, they are left out. I am not fan of Crist, and I wish someone better could beat Scott, but Crist would be a significant improvement, and usually we have to settle for that.

          Meanwhile, we work outside the system through direct action to agitate for deep change to that very corrupt system, until the corrupt system is forced to change. That is the long shot I focus on. But that's just me and my opinion.

          I am sorry (sincerely) if I am too dense to catch all of the subtleties of your position.

          garden variety democratic socialist: accepting life's complexity|striving for global stewardship of our soil and other resources to meet everyone's basic needs|being a friend to the weak

          by Galtisalie on Fri Apr 25, 2014 at 03:34:35 AM PDT

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  •  Good diary. I want him to run--as a Democrat. I (0+ / 0-)

    disagree with trkingmomoe in the sense that I do think that he would like to be president. But I agree with trkingmomoe about the need for him to run as a Democrat. That's my honest opinion on the left wing of the possible. Run Bernie run.

    garden variety democratic socialist: accepting life's complexity|striving for global stewardship of our soil and other resources to meet everyone's basic needs|being a friend to the weak

    by Galtisalie on Thu Apr 24, 2014 at 06:02:27 PM PDT

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