“What Super Wealthy Times Columnist Tom Friedman’s Attack on Sanders Misses — Friedman should be ashamed of himself.” by Peter Dreier, E.P. Clapp Distinguished Professor of Politics and chair of the Urban & Environmental Policy Department at Occidental College.

New York Times overrated and probably overpaid pundit Tom Friedman attacks SOCIALISM = says it “died in 1989” was Communism. Perhaps the New York Times should buy Friedman a plane ticket to Copenhagen, Stockholm, or Oslo.

FACT: Senator Bernie Sanders = A “socialist” = NOT A Communist.

Click for Source Article in NYT

56% of Dem Primary Voters like socialism —NYT/CBS Poll
29% were negative —NYT/CBS Poll
50% of Voters under 29 viewe socialism positively.
74% of Americans think corporations have too much influence
73% favor tougher regulation of Wall Street
60% believe that “our economic system unfairly favors the wealthy”
85% want an overhaul of our campaign finance system
58% support breaking up big banks
79% think the wealthy don’t pay their fair share of taxes
85% favor paid family leave
80% of Dems and 50% of public support single-payer Medicare
75% of Americans (53% of Repubs) support increases MIN wage
70% support workers’ rights to unionize
92% want a society with far less income disparity.
43% likely voters in Dem Iowa caucuses = Say they are ”socialist”

Friedman doesn’t understand the difference between authoritarian Communism and democratic socialism or is he “red-baiting”

Friedman = Trying to hurt Sanders so that Hillary Clinton comes off as a moderate liberal when she is basically a War-monger for Foreign $Trillionaires who exploit Humanity!

Martin Luther King — strongly opposed the totalitarian governments of the Soviet Union, China and their satellites, but he advocated socialist ideas.

FACT: Democratic socialism is about democracy and giving ordinary people a greater voice in both politics and the workplace.

FACT: Sanders “grassroots political revolution” = A reformer using democratic socialism or ”social democracy” which seeks to make capitalism more humane. = Embraced by Canada, Australia, and much of Europe. + Ideas Loved my MOST AMERICANS in public opinion polls.

Sanders follows = A proud tradition = Jane Addams, Eugene Debs, Florence Kelley, Francis Bellamy (the socialist Baptist minister who wrote “The Pledge of Allegiance”), Katherine Lee Bates (the socialist poet who wrote “America the Beautiful), Emma Lazarus (another socialist poet who wrote “Colossus,” inscribed on the Statue of Liberty), John Dewey, Upton Sinclair, Helen Keller, Albert Einstein, A. Philip Randolph, Bayard Rustin, Reuther, and King.

SANDERS SOCIALISM = Strong Social Security + Living minimum wage + Racial equality + Women’s suffrage + Child labor laws + Consumer protection laws + Progressive income tax + Workers’ right to form unions + Public works programs to create jobs and enhance America + Medicare for ALL

Sanders says = U.S. could learn from Denmark, Sweden, and Norway = Greater equality + Higher standards of living + Better schools + Free universities + Minimal poverty + Cleaner environment + Higher participation in Voter + Stronger unions + Universal health care + Mandated paid family leave + Paid vacations + Wider safety net. = Forbes magazine ranked Denmark as the #1 country for business. The United States ranked #18.

FACT: Socialists + Social democrats believe in private enterprise subject to rules that guarantee businesses act responsibly.

FACT: Sanders’ democratic socialism = Reduces political influence of the super rich and big corporations + Stops their TAX DODGING to help pay for expanded public services like child care, public transit, and higher education

SANDERS IDEAS = COMMON SENSE Most Americans embrace:

FACT: Sanders = In sync with the vast majority of Americans.

Sanders is asking = “what if we had a society and a economy that worked for the 99%, not just the 1%?” = An idea alive and well in 2016.

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