Thursday, March 14, 2019

If only 70s Bernie were running in 2020

Everything in here kicks an extraordinary amount of ass.
(CNN)Bernie Sanders advocated for the nationalization of most major industries, including energy companies, factories, and banks, when he was a leading member of a self-described "radical political party" in the 1970s, a CNN KFile review of his record reveals.

Sanders' past views shed light on a formative period of his political career that could become relevant as he advances in the 2020 Democratic primary.
Many of the positions he held at the time are more extreme compared to the more tempered democratic socialism the Vermont senator espouses today and could provide fodder for moderate Democrats and Republicans looking to cast the Democratic presidential candidate and his beliefs as a fringe form of socialism that would be harmful to the country.
If CNN wants to describe this as "fringe" they can do that, I guess. But it seems to us that with only 10 years or so left to do anything at all about climate change, the time to start taking these measures is... well, actually, the best time would have been forty years ago when Bernie was saying all this. But now would be good too.

Unfortunately we've only got moderate Bernie in 2020. CNN seems to think this 70s Bernie stuff is some sort of negative against his current campaign, though. Not sure where they're getting that from.

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