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Vox: Bernie 2020 is just Bernie 2016 plus Trump

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Consistency in messaging is an important quality for candidates running for government offices. It’s also rare; in an age where every word uttered by a candidate is captured, cataloged, and critiqued, keeping one’s story straight is challenge. Adding in the ever-shifting sentiment of the left makes it even harder for Democrats to keep their stories straight.

But Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has been able to maintain consistency since his rise to the national stage in 2016. How? By not changing his message.

This is a good thing for him as a person, but it also runs the risk of making him seem repetitive. That’s because he is being repetitive; the only difference between his speeches today and the ones he started delivering in 2015 is now he can add in the caveat of President Trump being in office.

It’s not doing much to change the core of his message.

Tara Golshan over at Vox noted how consistent his message has been as well as the risks he faces by repeating himself over and over again.

Bernie Sanders’s definition of democratic socialism, explained

The speech is a major moment in American political history; a democratic socialist is one of the leading candidates in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary.

But it felt familiar. Three-and-a-half years ago, Sanders’s speech also invoked Franklin Delano Roosevelt. He made the same call for an economic bill of rights: for health care, affordable housing, racial equality, a clean environment, and a living wage. Sanders may have a newfound status as a frontrunner, but a democratic socialist in America still has to define their vision in terms that Americans can understand — and can fit into a fiercely capitalistic society.

Golshan may see it as mostly positive, but there’s a major problem only partially addressed in the Vox article. Bernie’s message in 2016 was fresh and unique. In 2020, there is very little he’s been saying that his other presidential candidates haven’t also been saying. Even “moderate” Joe Biden has echoed his sentiment.

Elizabeth Warren may be the “better Bernie” when it comes to full-blown Democratic Socialism. The Massachusetts Senator has taken much of what Sanders has been saying and ramped it up a notch to offer proposals that will hose the rich even harder. It’s a proper strategy for a candidate who, frankly, seemed to be going nowhere just a month ago. Now, she’s poised to overtake Sanders as the progressive champion to battle Biden for the nomination.

She’s moving up because she’s going down the opposite road of Sanders. While he’s reiterating the policies and talking points he offered in 2016, Warren is throwing out a new radical initiative of the week. It’s working, which demonstrates how fickle radical progressives are when it comes to politics. They aren’t looking for the best solution. They’re looking for the freshest and most extreme.

Consistency may be a virtue for movement leaders, but it’s not going to keep the attentions of the Democratic base. They like new ideas, new catchphrases to rally behind, and new methods for taking down the nation. Sanders is going to end up being the father of Democratic Socialism, but he won’t be its representative for much longer. That title is being taken by Warren, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and the Justice Democrats, many of whom started in Sanders’s 2016 campaign.

Despite being 2nd in nearly every poll, I’d put Sanders’s chances of winning the Democratic nomination somewhere near single digits. He can’t keep up with the movement he essentially created.

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Sanders heading to Warren’s native state for Comanche event

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LAWTON, Okla. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is focusing on reliably Republican Oklahoma with an appearance before the largest annual gathering of the Comanche Nation in the state where rival Elizabeth Warren was born.

Sanders’ visit may remind some of a sensitive subject for Warren, still criticized after her October release of a DNA test meant to bolster her claim to Native American heritage. That was supposed to rebut President Donald Trump’s mocking of the Massachusetts senator as “Pocahontas,” but only intensified it.

Last month, Warren offered a public apology to Native Americans, trying to show that the issue won’t be a political drag in her White House campaign.

The Comanches, who are holding their 28th annual Nation Fair Powwow, are a Plains Indian tribe of about 17,000 enrolled members, with headquarters just north of Lawton, in southwest Oklahoma. Powwows are important social events for many tribes, and typically feature traditional dance, songs, food, regalia and other customs.

Sanders, a Vermont senator, won Oklahoma’s 2016 Democratic primary over Hillary Clinton. The state votes next year as part of the earlier and expanded “Super Tuesday,” which comes on March 3 and includes neighboring Texas.

University of Oklahoma political science professor Keith Gaddie said Sanders’ powwow visit was unusual because the tribe, which well-known, is not a particularly large Native American nation.

“There’s no reason, in order to win the state, that you’d have to go down to that event,” Gaddie said.

Warren has made her family’s down-home, financial struggles after her father had a heart attack and couldn’t work — forcing her mother to get a minimum wage job — a central theme of her campaign. Sanders and Warren are friends who agree on many policy issues, including the “Medicare for All” universal health insurance plan.

Both also have refused to attack one another, ducking questions about whether they eventually will have to compete for the Democratic Party’s most liberal wing. But a Des Moines Register-CNN-Mediacom poll released Saturday showed Warren outpacing Sanders in Iowa, which launches the 2020 Democratic nominating contest on Feb. 3, and running about even with former Vice President Joe Biden, who had been the crowded field’s front runner.

Sanders planned a rally at the University of Oklahoma before speaking at the powwow.

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Weissert reported from Washington.

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AOC calls out her own party’s ‘refusal’ to impeach Trump

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Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is rallying her base against the Democratic Party Establishment. Her Justice Democrats puppetmasters want an all-out war against the people they consider to be “moderates” despite that group seemingly encompassing anyone who isn’t a far-left radical progressive. Their targets are people who would be considered progressives on any scale that didn’t get tilted by the rising radical left.

Their opening strike against the Democratic Establishment comes in the form of having AOC go after the party for not impeaching President Trump. They won’t say what the President did that’s worthy of impeachment outside of general complaints about obstruction or abuse of power, but those are just details to be ignored by Ocasio-Cortez and the Justice Democrats. They aren’t interested in facts. They only care about the feelings associated with a Trump impeachment.

As our EIC noted, conservatives should hope AOC gets her way:

Fox & Friends tackled the issue today, noting how the brewing war between the left and the far left is threatening to make the Democratic Party cannibalize itself. Meanwhile, the President is safely planted in the Oval Office with no worries of real impeachment.

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Candace Owens: ‘Leftists and Democrats don’t want to see these issues fixed in black America’

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Speaking before Congress today, conservative activist Candace Owens detailed some of the real problems black citizens are facing in America today. She considers “white nationalism” to be a problem that wouldn’t make her top-100 list of actual issues harming African-Americans and their communities.

What she DOES consider to be huge problems include the deterioration of the family as our welfare system encourages women to remain single mothers, knowing their income from the government would be cut if they were to marry the father of their children. Gun violence is a real problem, but it’s a problem that comes back to gun control areas such as Chicago in which so many black Americans are killed by gun-wielding criminals while law abiding citizens are not allowed to protect themselves.

She looks to the education system that keeps African-American youths from receiving their proper education. And she turned to the policies of Democrats who seem to view African-Americans as a base of voters who must be exploited by indoctrinating them into the notion they’re being persecuted by white nationalists in the GOP.

Owens noted that “leftists and Democrats don’t want to see these issues fixed in black America because then they can’t stomp on those issues.”

It’s clear that Democrats spread lies intent on making minorities believe they’re the party that will help them when invariably their policies are the ones that actually oppress the masses. Marxism’s roots in racism are flourishing in leftist America.

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