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« on: February 15, 2010, 01:27:18 pm »
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Well what do you think?
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« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2010, 01:31:44 pm »
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Nope. He's an open one. Wink
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« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2010, 01:34:13 pm »
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Nope. He's an open one. Wink

I figure what better defense against those who cry "closet socialism" than by out right admitting to being one. I mean seriously, the "socialism" charge, which makes many a non-Republican shift in their boots, is nothing against an admitted Democratic Socialist.
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« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2010, 01:36:13 pm »
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Nope. He's an open one. Wink

I figure what better defense against those who cry "closet socialism" than by out right admitting to being one. I mean seriously, the "socialism" charge, which makes many a non-Republican shift in their boots, is nothing against an admitted Democratic Socialist.

Agreed. Also takes quite a lot of balls to do, which is quite respectable.
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« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2010, 01:38:04 pm »
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Nope; he's the best man in Congress.
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« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2010, 02:11:59 pm »
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Probably. Doesn't he self-identify as one?
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« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2010, 03:26:21 pm »
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Er, a social-democrat, yes. I've never heard him advocate for a proletarian revolution.
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« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2010, 03:33:02 pm »
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« Reply #8 on: February 15, 2010, 03:43:50 pm »
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Er, a social-democrat, yes. I've never heard him advocate for a proletarian revolution.

I've heard him multiple times, once on the Colbert Report, openly call himself a "Democratic Socialist". Sure it's not dye in the wool socialism, but it's still "socialism".
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« Reply #9 on: February 15, 2010, 03:48:51 pm »
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He's a proud democratic socialist.
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« Reply #10 on: February 15, 2010, 04:14:06 pm »
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He's a proud democratic socialist.
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« Reply #11 on: February 15, 2010, 04:19:26 pm »
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Nope. He's an open one. Wink
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« Reply #12 on: February 15, 2010, 04:41:43 pm »
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It's true.  Sanders caucuses with the Democrat Party but he is actually registered as a Socialist.  Which should speak volumes to the people of Vermont and America about what the Democrat agenda really is...
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« Reply #13 on: February 15, 2010, 05:25:16 pm »
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It's true.  Sanders caucuses with the Democrat Party but he is actually registered as a Socialist.  Which should speak volumes to the people of Vermont and America about what the Democrat agenda really is...

     Bernie Sanders caucuses with a Thai party? I wonder what other nations he's caucusing with parties from.
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« Reply #14 on: February 15, 2010, 05:57:04 pm »
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And yet, at least 11 senators are more liberal than he is.
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« Reply #15 on: February 15, 2010, 06:22:28 pm »
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Oh Lieberman that nuty liberal.
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« Reply #16 on: February 15, 2010, 06:32:10 pm »
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No. He's out and proud.
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« Reply #17 on: February 15, 2010, 07:17:32 pm »
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No. He's out and proud.

I'm seeing him with a "Red Pride" flag marching through the street shouting "We're here, we're out to redistribute wealth and build a social safety net while protecting labor from exploitation, get used to it!"

A bit of an unwieldy chant, now that I look at it.  The real lefties are good at making up those chants, so I'm sure he'd have something catchier.
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« Reply #18 on: February 15, 2010, 07:35:19 pm »
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It's true.  Sanders caucuses with the Democrat Party but he is actually registered as a Socialist.  Which should speak volumes to the people of Vermont and America about what the Democrat agenda really is...

     Bernie Sanders caucuses with a Thai party? I wonder what other nations he's caucusing with parties from.

Especially surprising he caucuses with a conservative Thai party!
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« Reply #19 on: February 15, 2010, 07:39:10 pm »
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It's true.  Sanders caucuses with the Democrat Party but he is actually registered as a Socialist.

Mmm, no he is a registered independent.
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« Reply #20 on: February 15, 2010, 08:11:56 pm »
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I don't find it offensive that conservatives have called me a socialist.  I find it offensive that they think that that's necessarily a bad thing.
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So in the "European Left" sense? Old Labour, Parti Socialiste, PSOE, PASOK etc?
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So in the "European Left" sense? Old Labour, Parti Socialiste, PSOE, PASOK etc?

Or in the American left sense, as Paul Wellstone would put it, the "Democratic wing of the Democratic party".
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« Reply #23 on: February 16, 2010, 03:59:42 am »
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He is an out of the closet Socialist but his views are more like Communist.
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He is an out of the closet Socialist but his views are more like Communist.

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