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Bernie Sanders a Fight for 2020

Updated on June 16, 2019
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I couldn't get behind Sanders because he didn't run under his own party and I felt it was wrong. I felt the same way about the Tea Party.

Bernie the forever candidate

Bernie Sanders could have had a victory

Bernie Sanders ran in the 2016 Presidential election and gave the candidates a run for their money. He took the Democratic Party more to the left, with promising Medicare for all and the more he leaned to the left the more younger "millennial" generation began to follow his campaign. He even picked up those voters that had soured on the Clinton's and wanted someone with fresh ideas.

Bernie was well on his way, but could never surpass Clinton's 55% approval rating and in the end, he stepped down. Then Donna Brazile, who had been a good friend of the Clinton's wrote a book and in it she said that she saw evidence that the primary had been rigged in Clinton's favor. She quickly took it back, but the damage and the doubt would remain always.

America will never know if Bernie Sanders could have actually been the one that would run against Donald Trump in the end or if he would have won. It's a hard "what if" to live with, as a country and as Bernie Sanders who will never know.

Polls, analysts and amateurs alike can do the math and all the guessing in the world and it will never change the doubt that Bernie Sander's supporters will always have.

Bernie Sanders will take another chance at becoming the 46th President of the United States, he will run under the Democratic ticket and his followers are in full support.

Democrats have asked that they run a civil campaign and don't trash each other because in the end they have to come together and support one candidate. This is something that Bernie Sanders himself has mentioned, but to see the Tweets and Facebook comments of his supporters, they are divisive and don't show the Sanders campaign in a good light.

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders
Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders

What do we know about Bernie Sanders?

Bernard "Bernie" Sanders was born in 1941 to Eli Sanders who was Jewish and who left Poland in 1921 at the age of 17 and came to America. He worked hard to provide for his family, but they were never wealthy. Eli died in 1962, a few years after Bernie graduated from high school. His mother was from New York and also of Jewish descent. As a child she had been ill and it had weakened her heart. In 1959 after undergoing a second heart surgery, Dorothy Sanders passed away. Leaving behind her husband and two sons.

Though they were safe in New York, they lost many family members in the holocaust. And learning of his history early on, Bernie Sanders knew that the only way to make change was to become involved. The politician was born.

While in High School, Bernie ran for office and lost, coming in last in a three way race. After he graduated from high school he attended Brooklyn College and when his mom passed away, he left for Chicago and attended the University of Chicago.

He protested for racial equality and civil rights. In the late 1960's to 1970's he ran as a third party member in elections and lost. But by 1981, he decided to run for the position of mayor of Burlington and won as an Independent and was re-elected two more times. After serving three terms as mayor, he decided to run for Congress. Bernie was elected and served for 16 years. In 2006, he ran for the US Senate, won and was re-elected to two more terms. In 2015, Bernie decided to run for the presidency; and by 2016, he ended his campaign and gave his support to Hillary Clinton.

1972- Essay about rape fantasies

When he ran for office several years ago, this essay came to light. Although I only read the first page, I did come to the realization, that he wrote this in 1972, he was 31 years old and he'd lost both his parents. Bernie hadn't had much of a history of relationships, other than a short lived marriage from 1964-1966, which took place shortly after his father's death. From what I read, it was more of a struggle of the man and how he is perceived, as well as the woman and how she is perceived in his eyes. It was almost like someone thinking out-loud as to what was expected of each, and how marriages fall apart. It wasn't until 1988 that Bernie Sanders was in a serious relationship and married his wife, Jane O'Meara that he has spent his life with.

Democratic Socialist & Progressive

Bernie Sanders calls himself a Democratic Socialist and Progressive. But what does that mean?

Republicans would like you to think that the word "socialist" as used against Democrats would mean that you would want to overthrow the government, do away with capitalism and become a communist.

Fact: Democratic Socialist is nothing like that, the social programs like Medicare, Medicaid, VA Health Care and other programs that help our society is what the Democrats stand for. Nothing more nothing less.

Bernie Sanders is pro labor, pro economic equality, paid parental leave and the big one Single Payer Healthcare.

Single Payer Healthcare is not socialism and it doesn't make you a communist. Some European countries have maintained healthcare for all, and go a step beyond; they pay their mothers to stay home when a child is born to bond with the child and then return to work if they are ready.

Bernie Sanders wants to reduce military spending, more diplomacy with our allies. When negotiating trade agreements, he wants to emphasize on labor rights and environmental concerns in these agreements.

A Progressive is someone who favors or implements social reform or new ideas. Example, wind energy, climate change regulations, etc. They are looking to the future, not just tomorrow.

Bernie Sanders, incident with shower door received seven stitches.
Bernie Sanders, incident with shower door received seven stitches.

His heart is in it

Bernie Sanders is all in for the 2020 race,and his supporters have proven to stand behind him.

Bernie is also 78 years old. When swearing in ceremony takes place he will be 80 years old. At the end of his first term, he will be 84 years old and to run again at 84 years of age might not be possible.

Bernie Sanders has served his country well, but the possibility that he might not make it through his first term is a reality that the American people will need to face when going to the ballot box.

Recently, he fell and hit the glass in the shower and needed 7 stitches at the forehead; that could happen to any of us, but at 78 years old its not as easy to bounce back.

Show us your taxes

When Bernie Sanders ran in 2016, he shouted like everyone else about the Trump taxes needing to be released. But Bernie only released the 1040 Form which is not a complete tax form. And now that he is running again, he is back peddling on the releasing of his own taxes. By releasing his full taxes, he lets his supporters know if he is or has taken money or owns stock that has made his net worth of $2 million. Here are a few historical numbers that could make up his net worth:

  • As Mayor: 1981-1989; $269,000
  • As Senator: 2006- 2018; $1,980,000
  • "Our Revolution" book: approx. $174,00 a year for 2 years
  • In 2015, He had assets of approx. $195,000, his wife had $741,000
  • House 1 in Vermont, worth $405,000.
  • House 2- Lake House; worth $575,000
  • Washing DC Townhouse, bought in 2007; $488,999

Like with Trump, voters will never know if he doesn't release his entire tax returns.


Bernie Sanders Lake House
Bernie Sanders Lake House

Bernie's taxes still MIA

Democratic Socialist

Bernie Sanders is trying to beat the Republicans to the punch, by running as a Democratic Socialist. Since Republicans always use the Socialist card to scare their voters, Bernie Sanders narrative is to explain it and justify it and remove the fear from lack of understanding.

While this may work in some places, it may not work at all in others. Sanders is taking a big chance with this, the problem that some Democrats have with this, is the fact that he's an Independent and since he is speaking for himself, maybe he should call it Independent Socialism and leave the Democrats out of it.

© 2019 Lady Liberty

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    • bradmasterOCcal profile image

      Brad 

      2 years ago

      Well Brad Masters, I can see your love for Trump

      B: What you can't see is why from my comment.

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      I see these programs work.

      B: What is your definition of work?

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      Under Bill Clinton, women on welfare were given affordable day care so they could go back to work and support themselves. Move away from welfare and free housing

      B: And there have been generations of people that never got off the welfare.

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      . And it was working, then Republicans came in and stripped funding. Welfare recipients became more dependent on welfare and housing.

      B: B: The republicans and the democrats were in control like a seesaw. So why didn't the democrats reverse what the republicans did?

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      You talk about unequal distribution of wealth. Whose? The middle class pays a higher percentage of tax than the wealthiest?

      B: Can you show me how the middle class pays a higher percentage of the income tax revenue? The middle class and the wealthy pay more taxes than those on you socialism class.

      Why can Bill Gates double his billions after the economic crash of 2008, while many of the middle class fall lower in the class? That is the unequal distribution of wealth, I was talking about. The reason for the unequal distribution of wealth is the fault of both parties.

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      More so now under Trump.

      B: Why do you say that?

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      You spout Trump's incorrect information on immigration as though its fact. There are no quotas.

      B: What are you talking about? Your comment is vague and ambiguous could you give some reference and context. Using the word "spout" is that they way you answer?

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      They can't get in because Trump cut back funding and workers so that they can't get in even legally in a timely manner.

      B: Again, I don't understand your comment, it is vague, and has no reference to understand it.

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      .The average worker, blue collar or not has healthcare covered by them, not the taxpayer.

      B: Again, what are you talking about? Are you talking about the federal workers, or workers in general?

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      Those on Medicare are usually the elderly and the physically or mentally challenged. Just because you don't work for the government doesn't mean that we don't prepare for old age or retirement. Hence we pay into social security

      B: Social Security is one step above needing welfare.

      The average monthly Social Security payment this year is $1,404. That figure accounts for the 2% cost-of-living increase that recipients were given for 2018. Now when we multiply that number over 12 months, we arrive at an annual income of just $16,848.

      The maximum monthly Social Security benefit payment for a person retiring in 2018 at full retirement age is $2,788. However, the maximum allowable benefit amount is only payable to those who had the maximum taxable earnings for at least 35 working years.

      And that is $33,456 a year.

      You may be able to survive on these SS payouts in some parts of the country, but not in places like CA and NY for example.This is an application of your socialism plan for America. While government workers FERS benefits come from the taxpayers, and the worker contributions into a Defined Benefits Retirement Fund. And while they also pay into SS, it is a small bonus, and they also have a Thrift Savings Plan. The pay that government workers get is scale to what part of the country they are working. The higher cost areas, pay more but SS everyone contributes the same. The SS payout don't compare to the FERS payouts. The federal workers have expensive retirement, healthcare, vacations that can be as much as six weeks, they have the most holidays, and their retirement fund is owned by them compared to SS which is an entitlement as the pleasure of the congress. The benefits don't stop when the government worker retires. And if they get another job outside the government, it has no effect on their retirement payout, but when a worker only having SS gets a job when they are on SS benefits they have to pay FICA. And the death benefits for SS haven't changed ever, $255.

      B: What your socialism does is to make everyone the same, but also at the same low level of income.

      B: Just because some people really need SS and Medicare shouldn't be confused with it being successful. Dependence on SS and Medicare is not why people work 50 plus years to get it. But under socialism that is what they are looking forward to in retirement.

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      It is something we put our hard earned money into that Trump wants to cut.

      B: What does Trump want to cut?

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      Remember that tax loopholes for the rich are entitlements.

      B: You are going to blame president Trump for these tax loopholes that have existed and increased since the passing of the 16th amendment. Blame congress, both parties for the Internal Revenue Code. They didn't do anything but make it better for the rich to pay less. The top 10% pay as much as the other 90%, but that doesn't mean they shouldn't pay more. And what is stopping them is the IRC. Yet, neither party nor president Trump has made dealt with this cause of unequal distribution of wealth. Remember that the democrats for the 2008, 2012, and 2016 have significantly more of a presidential campaign fund then the republicans. In 2016, Hillary had $1.2 billion twice what Trump had. One could extrapolate and say that the democrats have the wealthiest and deeper pockets than the republicans. Yet, it is the democrats that keep talking about the unequal distribution of wealth.

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      Social Security and Medicare are benefits that we earn and pay for.

      B: And they are pathetic, and many people can't live on them. Especially the people that are getting the lower than average benefits. I believe that Medicare coverage starts by deducting insurance premiums from SS payouts, Then they need additional coverage which is more insurance premium to pay.

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      B: Government worker retirement should be available in the public sector, but it is not. Government workers can retire before 65 or what for some SS at 68. Government FERS retirement is owned by the worker, it is privately managed, and not be congress as is SS. Once they retire, the government worker no longer has to contribute into the fund. But as long as a person works for wages, they will have to contribute into SS by paying FICA Taxes.

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      B: Your ideas about democrat socialism is based on making everyone equally poor, and equally dependent on the government. That is really welfare, with a new name.

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      Please, no personal attacks.

    • Abecedarian profile imageAUTHOR

      Lady Liberty 

      2 years ago from These United States, Texas

      Well Brad Masters, I can see your love for Trump. I see these programs work. Under Bill Clinton, women on welfare were given affordable day care so they could go back to work and support themselves. Move away from welfare and free housing. And it was working, then Republicans came in and stripped funding. Welfare recipients became more dependent on welfare and housing. You talk about unequal distribution of wealth. Whose? The middle class pays a higher percentage of tax than the wealthiest? More so now under Trump. You spout Trump's incorrect information on immigration as though its fact. There are no quotas. They can't get in because Trump cut back funding and workers so that they can't get in even legally in a timely manner.The average worker, blue collar or not has healthcare covered by them, not the taxpayer. Those on Medicare are usually the elderly and the physically or mentally challenged. Just because you don't work for the government doesn't mean that we don't prepare for old age or retirement. Hence we pay into social security. It is something we put our hard earned money into that Trump wants to cut. Remember that tax loopholes for the rich are entitlements. Social Security and Medicare are benefits that we earn and pay for.

    • bradmasterOCcal profile image

      Brad 

      2 years ago

      Fact: Democratic Socialist is nothing like that, the social programs like Medicare, Medicaid, VA Health Care and other programs that help our society is what the Democrats stand for. Nothing more nothing less.

      Why do you think that these socialist programs help our society.

      How does it change the unequal distribution of wealth?

      Where does the stand on bringing in illegal aliens into the US and giving them a fast track to citizenship, while not doing that for immigrants trying to come into the country legally, and many can't get in because of quotas.

      How are you going to equalize the public sector with the private sector. They both have Medicare for example, but the government worker also has a real retirement plan, and real healthcare coverage paid for by the taxpayers?

    • Larry Slawson profile image

      Larry Slawson 

      2 years ago from North Carolina

      It will definitely be interesting to see how he does over the next year or so. I feel like he is definitely a strong contender for the Democrats though. Thank you for sharing.

    • Robephiles profile image

      Robephiles 

      2 years ago

      With a wide open field he could very much win. In fact, he is the favorite. With so many people running anything could happen, but the odds are in his favor more than any other candidate.

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