Vote Sanders In 2016.

by Jerry Alatalo

aaa-9Alphabet Candor, a quality Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders’ constituents think he possesses, means frankness or sincerity – synonymous with the following: candid, honest, open, earnest, guileless, genuine, true, unaffected, real and unfeigned. This post was originally titled, “For Candor, Vote Sanders In 2016”, but it seemed ‘rhymingly’ hokey so shortened that to, “Vote Sanders In 2016”. If Bernie Sanders became President of the United States, people would need to go back to perhaps Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) for the last American leader with genuine sincerity. Roosevelt was so honest with the American people that they broke the rules of the Constitution and elected him three times.

Roosevelt was famous for his statement “The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself”, the New Deal, and his weekly “Fireside Chat” on radio listened to by men, women and children religiously across the country. Perhaps a similar statement for Bernie Sanders is “The only thing we have to fear, is oligarchy itself”; he’s done a call-in TV show with Thom Hartmann for years – “Brunch With Bernie” – a near carbon-copy, identical version of Franklin Roosevelt’s “Fireside Chat”, and with the kind of changes Bernie is proposing his vision is certainly “New Deal-like”.

On most issues Americans care about, the issues where Americans’ opinions reach 70% favorability and above, Bernie Sanders holds the same stance. That fact could be described as “FDR-esque”. He’s never run a negative campaign advertisement, and, because he won’t take corporate/super-pac money, he probably won’t be running a lot of positive ads either. FDR welcomed the hatred and venom directed toward him from Wall Street’s money-junkies during his time as President, and you know, one has the feeling that Bernie Sanders appreciates that quality about FDR and voluntarily seeks to emulate him no matter the level of animosity coming from the billionaire class.

Senator Sanders may become the people’s-champion, underdog choice for President of the United States, and there’s something powerful about the way Americans love their underdogs. Bernie Sanders will express his ideas directly during the campaign in ways which could become very uncomfortable for the rest of the field. In other words, anything less than candidates’ speaking to voters and revealing their real positions on the issues, without spin, will become viewed/sensed by voters negatively in the same manner as lie detectors identify liars.

Thom Hartmann has worked with Senator Sanders for years, so he may show a certain level of personal bias when he ends the report by saying “he’s got a chance”. In all candor, frankness, sincerity, honesty, openness, earnestness, genuineness, truth, etc. – after announcing he’s running for President, Bernie Sanders may indeed have a shot. Time will tell.


(Thank you to Thom Hartmann at YouTube)


2 thoughts on “Vote Sanders In 2016.

  1. I think David Swanson makes an excellent point in his article “Invest in Activism, Not Bernie Sanders.” Here’s how he starts out: “Yes, Bernie Sanders would be a far superior president to Hillary Clinton. . . But please do not give him or Hillary or the wonderful Jill Stein or any other candidate a dime or a moment of your life. Instead, join the movement that’s in the streets of Baltimore opposing police murder, that’s in the halls of the United Nations pushing to abolish nukes, that’s blocking mountaintop removal, divesting from Israel, advancing renewable energy, and struggling to create fair elections through steps like automatic registration in Oregon, and pushing legislation to provide free media, match small donors, give each voter a tax credit to contribute, or take the power to establish plutocracy away from the Supreme Court.” Here’s the link:

    I think the US progressive movement needs to get past the illusion that there’s a presidential savior out there who’s going to end the wars in the Middle East or save the planet from oblivion. These things will only happen if citizens turn off their TVs and get out an organize – no matter who’s president.

    I was also really disappointed to learn that Sanders had supported the airstrikes on ISIS (which have mainly killed civilians and destroyed Syrian oil wells and refineries and other civilian infrastructure). These airstrikes make absolutely no sense, especially since the US and their ally Saudi Arabia is responsible for arming and funding ISIS. I’m pretty sure Sanders knows this, and I find it really disappointing that he doesn’t have the backbone to take a principled position on air strikes:


    1. Stuart,
      Mr. Swanson’s points are understandable, and makes one wish the office of President of the United States became reformed such that there were four co-presidents instead of one person.

      You wrote: “the illusion that there’s a presidential savior out there who’s going to end the wars in the Middle East or save the planet from oblivion”
      The job requires more than one person in a nation of over 300 million, having four co-presidents removes the personal adoration and revulsion that has taken away from democracy’s potential for shaping societies for the better, and, yes, the “savior”, cult of personality, aspect should go. Expand/double/triple the Supreme Court to 18/27 while we’re at it. Perhaps Bernie has some surprise or bombshell revelations he’s been saving for this campaign. He, to his credit, issued a press release asking Saudi Arabia to get into the fight against ISIS, albeit without stating that monarchies have armed the mercenaries. He spoke about criticism against him for silence on Israel/Palestine and other foreign policy issues yesterday, saying “we’ll have more to say on foreign policy”. One feels Sanders knows a lot more than he’s said and shown, but his reasons for not sharing it all?, your guess is as good as mine. Maybe he wants to stay alive for another few years and die from natural causes, instead of embracing martyrdom. You may have read in a previous post that, after around 8 redials, got through to Bernie on “Brunch With Bernie” and asked for his opinion on the tax evasion/haven industry and whether it was time to nationalize the Federal (privately-owned) Reserve. He responded to tax evasion in havens offshore, a break in the show happened, and on the other side of the break there was no response to the Federal Reserve solicitation. Watching his face onscreen he had a deadpan look, suggesting he has previously made up his mind not to cross that line.

      That the Federal Reserve is private-owned isn’t top-secret anymore – one finds articles all over the internet on the topic. It’s reality, and, last time people checked, democracy has a little something to do with the way things actually are. Hope the hunch of Sanders’ dropping the truth-bombs in the weeks and months ahead is correct, because without truth the best decisions (much less honorable ones) aren’t possible. With no FDR/MLK-like candidates on the 2016 horizon, yet, progressives have Bernie. Forgot to mention regarding the “savior” President, Sanders repeats that “this isn’t about me and my ego, it’s about the people”. Kind of a rare sentiment from the mouth of a politican, for what it’s worth.


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