The average donation to Bernie Sanders’ campaign is $24.86. Still, he raised $26 million in the 3rd quarter, and just yesterday raised $1.3 million in the four hours after the #DemDebate. 

“In other words, we are running a people’s campaign. And the millionaires and billionaires may have more money than we do, but we have something they don’t have.” — Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders will be the next President of the United States…

…due in part to three big factors that have nothing to do with him. Full disclosure: I love Bernie Sanders. He’s a statesman and seems like a good person, if not the best singer. As a fellow “loony liberal,” I’ve admired him for years, but I would never have expected him to be doing as well as he is now. And while I’m clearly in the tank for him, here’s what I think is going to make Bernie’s unlikely presidency a reality:

  1. The unattended flame of progressive sentiment from Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign has sparked into a bonfire of liberal awareness, despite policy makers, including the president, failing to act on the temperature of public opinion on anything until it hurts them politically to be against it.

  2. The DNC Establishment is backing Hillary Clinton because “it’s her turn,” despite an exhaustive record of too-late corrections on vital issues, negative public perception, and toxic policy-related baggage from her husband’s presidency.

  3. Donald Trump is brutalizing the Republican field, Gladiator-style, while tarring both parties’ establishment candidates with the same billion-dollar brush, and earning the support of extremists and idiots the GOP can’t distance themselves from without undermining their basic legitimacy as a political party.

Sanders is practically untouchable in this perfect storm of a political environment. He’s not backed by billionaires, he’s bulletproof against the epithets conservatives throw at the Left, and he doesn’t need campaign advisors to steer him into the stances the vast majority of Americans already believe. He’s a sleeper agent for a progressive policy revolution that could save capitalism from itself. Neither the RNC or the DNC took him seriously, and maybe they still don’t, and that’s fine. Voters do.

Thanks in no small part to our pop culture icons in comedy, film, and entertainment, our country has slowly moved a good mile to the Left over the last decade, while Washington’s only taken a few steps after us. Over 70% of Americans support taking action on climate change, running background checks on ALL gun sales, enacting strict campaign finance reform, decriminalizing marijuana, raising the minimum wage, policing Wall Street, and allowing undocumented immigrants to stay. 

Other candidates will run against these issues and may gather the folks who disagree, but if Americans actually show up to vote we will win. Republicans only win when voter turnout is low (which is why they try to keep it that way). [EDIT: And keep in mind, when turnout is high, downticket races also go Democrat, too. So let’s get our Congress back, and upend some state legislatures who’ve spent the last four years fighting against the abortion rights 70% of Americans support.] So let’s nominate a candidate who’s on point for our issues and is rallying the most passionate crowds for our causes. On a graph of Democratic Thought, the line of sensible policy is finally converging with the line of popular opinion.

Are you ready to find out what this country looks like when it actually represents its citizens? I am.
Why Young People Are Right About Hillary Clinton
Listening to the youth vote doesn't always lead to disaster

“Young people don’t see the Sanders-Clinton race as a choice between idealism and incremental progress. The choice they see is between an honest politician, and one who is so profoundly a part of the problem that she can’t even see it anymore.

They’ve seen in the last decades that politicians who promise they can deliver change while also taking the money, mostly just end up taking the money.

And they’re voting for Sanders because his idea of an entirely voter-funded electoral “revolution” that bars corporate money is, no matter what its objective chances of success, the only practical road left to break what they perceive to be an inexorable pattern of corruption.

Young people aren’t dreaming. They’re thinking. And we should listen to them.”

– Matt Taibbi
California Family Supports 4-Year-Old’s Decision To Transition From Male To Female
By Kerry Picket, Daily CallerSome parents are preparing to transition their children from one gender to the other as early as pre-school. National Public Radio interviews one Oakland, Calif. family

Apparently children as young as 4 are able to decide their gender now in progressive parenting.

This is child abuse, plain and simple.

Where The Presidential Candidates Stand On Equal Pay

Tuesday is Equal Pay Day, the symbolic day by which women’s earnings catch up to what men earned in a single year last year, given that the gender wage gap means that women who work full-time, year-round made 78 percent of what men make. It also comes as presidential hopefuls are announcing campaigns for 2016, so where do they all stand on this particular issue?

Bernie didn’t have to evolve on anything he spoke about at #DemDebate. He’s been on the side of justice since day 1

Nina Turner changes her mind on Hillary Clinton, endorses Bernie Sanders for president
The move comes as a surprise – and a blow for Hillary Clinton. Nina Turner had been among her most enthusiastic cheerleaders in the Buckeye State and nationally.

Nina Turner, the former state senator from Cleveland and a top Ohio Democratic Party official, is ditching Hillary Clinton in favor of Bernie Sanders.

Turner and Sanders’ presidential campaign confirmed the endorsement Thursday.

“I’m very attracted by his message and his style and that he has held pretty much strong on his beliefs and the world is catching up with him,” Turner said. She added that Sanders’ positions on voting rights and wage increases have stood out to her.

Turner spoke to by telephone before flying to Iowa, where she will attend Saturday night’s Democratic debate featuring Clinton, Sanders and Martin O'Malley.

She also will introduce Sanders at his Monday night rally at Cleveland State University’s Wolstein Center. The independent Vermont senator, who describes himself as a democratic socialist, has emerged as Clinton’s strongest Democratic primary rival.

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If You Succumb to Cynicism, The Regressives Win it All

This is for those of you who consider yourself to be progressive but have given up on politics because it seems rotten to the core. You may prefer Obama to Romney but don’t think there’s a huge difference between the two, so you may not even vote.

Your cynicism is understandable. But cynicism is a self-fulfilling prophesy. If you succumb to it, the regressives who want to take this nation back to the 19th century win it all.

The Koch brothers, Karl Rove, the rabid Republican right, CEOs and Wall Street titans who want to entrench their privileges and tax advantages – all of them would like nothing better than for every progressive in America to throw in the towel. 

Then America is entirely theirs.

The alternative to cynicism is to become more involved in politics. Help create a progressive force in this nation that grows into a movement that can’t be stopped.

We almost had it last year in the Occupy movement. We had the arguments and the energy. What we lacked was organization and discipline.

I’ve spent years in Washington and I know nothing good happens there unless good people outside Washington are organized and mobilized to put pressure on Washington to make it happen.

This isn’t new. In the election of 1936, a constituent approached FDR with a list of things she wanted him to do if reelected. “Ma’am,” he said, “I’d like to do all those things. But if I’m reelected, you must make me.”

We must make them.

I suggest a two-step plan.

Step one: Vote for Barack Obama for President and vote for every Democratic senator and representative in Congress. Get off your ass and make sure your friends and relatives do the same.

Step two: Starting Election Day, regardless of who’s elected, commit at least three hours every week to political organizing and mobilizing. Connect with other progressives in your city and state. Help find and recruit new progressive candidates to run against Republicans in swing states, and against conservative Democrats. Support the members of the progressive caucus in Congress. Raise money. Raise a ruckus.

Make it our goal to reverse Citizens United, even if it takes a constitutional amendment. And have public financing of elections (including requiring the media to provide free political advertising as part of their commitment to public service).

Also break up the biggest banks and resurrect the Glass-Steagall Act.

Put a 2 percent surtax on wealth in excess of $3 million. And a one-tenth of 1 percent transaction tax on every financial transaction. And restore top tax rates to what they were before Ronald Reagan became president.

Use half this revenue to pay down the national debt and half to make sure every American has a world-class education.

Put a tax on carbon, and use the revenues to reduce or replace payroll taxes.

Have a single-payer health-care system that delivers care at far less cost than our current balkonized and inefficient one.  

And much else.

You say it can’t happen – the system is too rotten.

It won’t happen if you wallow in the comfort of your cynicism. But it will happen if you and others like you get fired up.

We’ve done it before.

I remember when progressives joined with African-Americans to get enacted the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts. I remember when progressives stopped the Vietnam War. When women finally got freedom of choice over their own bodies. When the Environmental Protection Act became law.

Who would have imagined two decades ago that America would elect an African-American as President of the United States? Who would have supposed gays and lesbians would begin to achieve equal marriage rights?

Of course we can take America back.

Stop complaining and start organizing. 

And by all means, vote.

“I absolutely believe that Bernie Sanders is the most progressive candidate running for president right now. But I also believed that of President Barack Obama and I was disappointed time and time again. Movements cannot count on a candidate. They have to be visionary and aggressive in ways candidates cannot be. Movements clear the field for laws and policies, not the other way around. The work of Black Lives Matter is lifting us all. Get out of the way.”

 Open letter to progressives: You’re doing it wrong and it’ll cost the Democratic Party by Monique Teal

British Philosophers: Families give children an ‘unfair advantage’, suggest giving kids to state

Ever have family meals or read to your kids? That’s because you’re a terrible person whose children should be handed over to the state for safe keeping.

From Australian ABC (h/t: Reason):

So many disputes in our liberal democratic society hinge on the tension between inequality and fairness: between groups, between sexes, between individuals, and increasingly between families.

The power of the family to tilt equality hasn’t gone unnoticed, and academics and public commentators have been blowing the whistle for some time. Now, philosophers Adam Swift and Harry Brighouse have felt compelled to conduct a cool reassessment.

…‘One way philosophers might think about solving the social justice problem would be by simply abolishing the family. If the family is this source of unfairness in society then it looks plausible to think that if we abolished the family there would be a more level playing field.’  

It’s not the first time a philosopher has thought about such a drastic solution. Two thousand four hundred years ago another sage reasoned that the care of children should be undertaken by the state.

Plato pulled few punches in The Republic when he called for the abolition of the family and for the children of the elite to be given over to the state.

…I don’t think parents reading their children bedtime stories should constantly have in their minds the way that they are unfairly disadvantaging other people’s children, but I think they should have that thought occasionally.

(don’t) Read the Rest (don’t give them the clicks, please)

Abolish the family. That will make everything better. Well, maybe not better. But at least everything will be fair. Right?

Just for fun torture, read this again:

Children should “occasionally…have in their minds the way that they are unfairly disadvantaging other people’s children..”

You mean, children should sometimes acknowledge that not everyone is as blessed as they are? You mean like, they should be grateful for the things they have? No. They take it a step further. They want your kids to believe that because they belong to a loving family, they are literally hurting others.

The state-worship by the majority of the population is unfathomable to me. Seriously. But in exploring this entire insane notion, here’s what they’re admitting: Families work. If children who grow up in families have an anvantage, then, by definition, families are successful. Here’s the part they don’t like: It’s an *unfair* advantage. And rather than strive to bring everyone up, they strive to bring everyone down to the lowest common denominator.

Progressives do the same thing with economics although they don’t generally like to admit it. The truth is, they would rather the poor be poorer provided that the rich were less rich.

This is not a concept that is consistent with liberty. You do not lower the standards of some to achieve a perceived “fairness.” This should be anathema to all freedom-loving Americans.

Progressives and SJWs in America, these are the types of people you’ve aligned yourselves with. Don’t be deceived by them any longer.