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  •  With all due respect, Senator (3+ / 0-)
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    joanneleon, Chi, lostinamerica

    With all due respect, Senator, did you not just vote for the latest bad Obama "fiscal cliff" deal?  As a matter of fact, have you voted against any Obama deals?

    Will President Obama fulfill his campaign pledge to “protect the middle class” or will he surrender to right-wing blackmail?
    The question is will you vote for a deal that surrenders to right-wing blackmail?  Past performance says "yes".  
    Will Democrats in the House and Senate stand with the vast majority of our citizens and such organizations as AARP, the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, the AFL-CIO, the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and every other veterans’ organization in the fight against cuts to Social Security and veterans’ programs, or will they agree to a disastrous corporate-backed “chained CPI” concept which makes major benefit cuts to those programs and raises taxes on low-income workers?
    Again, are you going to buck your past performance and vote against a deal like that?  Or will you vote for it and then go on talk shows and come here explaining how these deals are bad?
    The American people, by the millions, must send Congress the answer to that question.
    We already did.  It's called an election and that was less than 2 months ago.

    Again, with all due respect, I wish you politicians would stop coming here to explain what we have to do.  We've done our job via the ballot box.  We've made our views known.  We are not the problem.  You are.  

    •  Remember, he's a politician, first and (1+ / 0-)
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      BroadwayBaby1

      foremost.

      It's very likely he voted "for" that deal because of the provisions for dairy farming that he thinks his constituents need.

      But I agree with your general thrust: Bernie is relatively more principled, but in the end he'll toe the line like a good (actual) democrat would, if his past behavior is any indication.

    •  Here we go: Senator Sanders is not pure enough. (1+ / 0-)
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      Bisbonian

      Wow. If he isn't good enough, should you not consider moving to another country ?

      There is no chance that a US Senator from any of our 50 states is going to be more progressive than Senator Bernie Sanders. Just zero chance that this will happen any time soon.

      If this position does not make a person a "purity troll", then I have no idea what possibly could.

      •  Narrow-minded snarky little attack (3+ / 0-)
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        BroadwayBaby1, joanneleon, elwior

        What are you, groupthink enforcement patrol? I'm a huge fan of Senator Saunders but what is wrong with asking him pertinent questions on the issue? The comment you are responding to wasn't impolite. He asked the Senator a question, as is his right as an American citizen. And the Senator posted on DailyKos, which last time I remember had a comments section - not a blind adulation section.

        I must have misunderstood what "crashing the gates" meant.

        The cave, the Matrix, America.

        by Grassee on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 07:06:52 PM PST

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        •  He's doing the same thing (1+ / 0-)
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          elsewhere in the diary.  He seems to think that someone appointed him as the spokesperson for Bernie Sanders because he's answering comments that are directed specifically toward the Senator and basically trying to pick fights.  


          "Justice is a commodity"

          by joanneleon on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 07:44:34 PM PST

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          •  My snark-o-meter just went off (2+ / 0-)
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            JustinBinFL, joanneleon

            Perhaps Vote4Obamain2012 is suffering from withdrawal because he/she can't change their name to Vote4Obamain2016?  

            I admire Senator Sanders, and Congressman Ellison who wrote a diary about a week ago.  But, frankly,  I'm a little bit tired of being told what WE the voters have to do when WE just did our job 2 months ago.  WE were very clear as to where we stand on the issues.  

            But I digress.  

            I'm tired of being told what has to be done in Washington when it is the progressive politicians who enable this centrist White House.  

            I'm tired of talk from progressive politicians who preach the right thing to do and then vote with this president.  

            When do they say "no"?  

            When do they stand up to this president?  

            When do these progressive politicians start listening to us instead of preaching to us?  

            When do they look in the mirror and understand they and their votes are the problem?  

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