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Mar 10, 2023Liked by Robert Reich

Still feeling’ the Bern. How much longer will we have to wait for a political leader who insists on speaking—and listening—to everyone on the electorate. Here’s a guy who took his campaign out to Liberty University and came away with his dignity intact. He treats a corrupt plutocratic banana republic like a democracy and raises the self-respect of everyone who will face real social issues with him, whether they agree with his policies or not. I’m glad you haven’t forgotten the bitter lessons of attempting to act honestly in a morally compromised political order. Thank you for the conviction that sustains the good work you have done throughout your career. I believe we are beginning to see the emergence of a conscientiously democratic movement, a movement you have cultivated and Bernie has exemplified as an elected leader. Keep up the good work!

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Agreed. Bernie is amazing because he actually fights for ordinary people (imagine that!). By the way, I would totally be for you as Secretary of Labor! That would be awesome!

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I love Bernie, too, for all the reasons you gave and one more HUGE one: he's one of the best I've ever heard at communicating complex issues in such a simple, clear way that everybody can understand. I would love to see him run again in 2024, but the fact that he's older than Biden probably makes that impossible. Even though he still has way more energy and stamina than most people 20 years younger!

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If only every politician was as ideological and honest as Bernie.

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Well, I wish you would be Labor Secretary and I wish Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren were President and VP, in whichever order of position they choose.

Although the same age, Bernie seems much more robust and vigorous than Biden.

I'm very gratified to read that you, Professor Reich, backed Bernie over Hillary in 2016. What the DNC did to Bernie and what Hillary and her followers continued to do to Bernie (even still) after the election was/is despicable, blaming him for her loss. Absurd and dishonest.

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Bernie is originally from Brooklyn, NY. The center of the universe afaic. His old neighborhood is near my old neighborhood, so he sounds like an uncle. An uncle that says the right things, sticks to them, and is always there. I love him. He should have been the candidate running against Tangerine Torquemada, but instead we got Mrs. Clinton, who was not in good favor with many. Bernie would have won. Oh well, cest la vie.

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It is always refreshing to hear Bernie. He hits the nail on the head every single time, clarifying every confusion and distortion. His reason for criticizing the press for not covering the heart of issues came to light in his recent interview with Margaret Brennan on Meet the Press. He said the media would rather talk about elections than about the enormity of the wealth gap. Despite the fact that one in four Americans can not afford the cost of their prescription drugs, none of the networks are presenting specials on that. 60% of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck, fearing that one slip could plummet them into poverty, and republicans want them to struggle more! Bernie is the rock that I go to so I can fend off the spin and speculation and pure nonsense that proliferates out there and garner my strength and focus on my part to phone bank as much as possible to get progressives elected and to promote strong policy and clinch progressive appointees everywhere.

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I love Bernie because he tells the truth, and he tells it in an excellent delivery that gets his message through clearly. I love Bernie because he never gives up and never sells out. I'm glad he doesn't come across like Obama, who has deprived so many of hope. Some of those $27+ Bernie donations came from me. I have a nice collection of Bernie stuff, including Bernie-wearing-mittens t-shirt and a Feel the Bern mug. I totally love Bernie.

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I agree I love Bernie too. If only the American public were as educated in Civics as they should be they would know that Communism has never existed in any country any where, that Socialism can co-exist with regulated Capitalism, that unbound Capitalism requires regulation to prevent it from drifting into oligarchy. That names are meaningless - only practice, tells you the truth. Adolph Hitler's thugs and monsters called them selves the National Democratic Socialist Party - but in reality were cold-blooded dictatorial fascists. Instead, we have an electorate so clueless they only believe what they can absorb in 30 second sound bites. Heck, most people don't even know what a true democracy is or how it differs from a representative republic which is what we are currently in danger of losing to the MAGA maggots.

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I love him too, and voted for him.

We need many more Bernies... and fewer Rs.

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I love Bernie too. He is the only politician that actually understands what nurses are going through and how broken the Health Care system is. He knows that big hospitals and pharmaceutical companies are ripping off patients.

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I too love how Bernie says it like it is even if it’s not popular. What I wish people would do is understand the nature of his truths and dwell on them.

Bernie’s truths often come out in staccato blasts that arrive too quickly to assimilate. If only he had a delivery like Obama, so we could catch up and hang on every word…

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Good analysis. Too bad other politicians can't see that Bernie's approach gets votes... Lots of votes.

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Thanks, Robert, for this thoughtful post in support of Bernie Sanders. I no longer live in the USA, but have admired him from afar in New Zealand for a long time. What a guy! I too think you would make a great Secretary for Labor, to add my 2 cents worth, but understand why you don't want to do it.

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America 🇺🇸 loves ❤️ Bernie too, not only for all the reasons you described, but because we know we always have him in our corner, fighting for the American workers 💙 and holding the robber baron corporations accountable, which is why they all hate him so 😉 💙

Just like we're glad we have you in our corner too, cuz we know you'll never sell us out, the American workers 😉

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Bernie started his Political Revolution, and then turned it into an organization- OR, Our Revolution! The idea is to keep growing people power until we CAN win authentic democracy, of and by We the People. And to put an end to the institutional corruption created by SCOTUS decisions, such as Citizens United and the others that created corporate personhood and money as speech.

HJR48, the We the People Amendment, is the heart and soul of Our Revolution. Please help us grow the movement to pass it at movetoamend.org.

And make no mistake, this is system change that will create authentic representative democracy in the USA, and give us PEOPLE the POWER to save our planet- and never again another Trump!

PS: Check out Ca AB83! Fight for it too!

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