Friday, September 02, 2016

So I guess I've been identified as a sucker as well.

This showed up in my e-mail box the other day: 

Do you remember the moment Bernie kicked off the political revolution? 

Bernie Sanders has spent his life fighting against injustice and inequality. But it was his eight-hour long filibuster in 2010 that turned him into a national leader. As Charles Chamberlain explains in the email below, Bernie took to the Senate floor to challenge a deal President Obama had cut with Republicans that included an extension of George W. Bush's tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires. 

His speech wasn't just about that bad deal. He used his time to speak about corporate greed, the recently announced Citizens United decision, and the decline of the middle class. His speech laid out his early vision that became the people-powered campaign that rocked the foundations of the Democratic Party. Bernie's vision should still motivate us today -- and that's why DFA is offering a chance to read this amazing document while helping build a political revolution. 

Do you want to read the speech that started the "political revolution"? Pitch in $37 or more now to support DFA and we will send you your very own copy of Bernie's "The Speech: On Corporate Greed and the Decline of the Middle Class" -- we will even cover the shipping charges for you! 

Your donation will not only get you this historic book by Bernie -- it will also help DFA continue the work we began during the primary. We're building the political revolution across the country, and fighting for candidates who share Bernie's values. We're even training thousands of activists to help win in November and beyond. 

Thank you for spreading the word about Bernie's speech -- and helping change America. 

I am not going to bother sharing all of it with you but it goes on to accuse President Obama of "cutting a deal with the Republicans that was filled with goodies for the 1%," smears all "Washington politicians," and of course makes Sanders out to be some kind of modern folk hero.

It also continues to push the meme that Bernie and his supporters are going to change politics in this country and that it can all be done if they just keep donating to the "revolution" and of course buying his books.

Of course all of us here have seen this before, and we know how it ends.

And lines like this, "Every penny of your donation will go toward helping elect Bernie-style truth-tellers to every level of government, from City Council to the U.S. Senate, this November and beyond," should not fool anybody.

I know that the true believers will have difficulty accepting this, but this political grift has been going on for years now.

We have already seen the damage that it can do as evidenced by the Republican party.

We just don't need to see it happen on the Democratic side.

If we want to change how money influences politics we need to overturn Citizens United, which can eventually happen with the help of Clinton selected Supreme Court justices, and work to pass campaign finance reform, for which we need more Democrats.

We don't need a revolution, we just need to keep our eye on the ball and continue making the same kind of progress that President Obama has already helped to put into motion.

50 comments:

  1. Anonymous4:16 AM

    I'm thrilled Senator Bernie Sanders is campaigning with Hillary Clinton. Together with the email spreading the words, we will defeat Donald Trump.

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    1. Anonymous5:35 AM

      Where is all this campaigning occurring? Your mind?

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  2. 66gardeners4:22 AM

    The reason Bernie will not disclose his donor list is because people like Karl Rove are on that list.

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    1. Anonymous9:25 AM

      B fucking S.

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  3. Anonymous4:30 AM

    Political grift and Bernie Sanders.

    C'mon Gryph, I know you're not that stupid.

    I'd be willing to bet that you'd probably never even heard of Bernie Sanders prior to his announcement to run.

    Am I right ?

    And if you had heard of him, I'd be willing to be that you really didn't know much about the guy.

    You're full of shit, once again, drinking the Kool Aid that the D's have sold to you.

    The only question that I have at this point is, how much are they paying you to spew this bullshit ?

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    1. Anonymous5:22 AM

      Puh-leeze. Your shtick is getting old.
      Drain your savings contributing.
      A fool and his money......

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    2. Actually I've known about Sanders for a number of years now. I always put him in the same category as Cornell West, a cantankerous firebrand without the temperament to lead.

      And no, I am not paid by anyone.

      My patriotism is not for sale, nor can it be co-opted by shady snake oil salesmen.

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    3. Anonymous6:28 AM

      There is nothing sadder than a thick skilled know it all who can't be told anything. You Bernie Bros. are worse than the GOP and climate change.

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    4. If you don't believe this is a grift then follow the links Kerry 4:46 provided below. You can download on a Kindle for 9.99 or buy it in paperwork for as low as 1.26. Palin said donations to her PAC were for down ballot candidates as well and we all know how much she has donated. The majority of her expenses is for "postage".

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    5. Anonymous8:54 AM

      I understood Bernie is no longer a Democrat. (?)

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    6. Anonymous3:00 PM

      I had heard Bernie was an Independent, but for someone that is a career politician doesn't seem like he has done much.

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  4. Anonymous4:37 AM

    1yr+ ago I chose 5 candidates and donated $5 to purchased their propaganda.
    Bern sent a hat from china and book.
    Hilary sent 2 cool political buttons.
    Cruz sent a color book!
    Trump a yard sign.
    Gop a mug.
    Americans believe in and have hope for America. The single issue of Overturn Citizen United was Bernies. It is the most important for Americans. Hilary must do it. Overturn Citizen United Ruling on day one. The focus should not be on Bernie but on that single issue and the candidate that will overturn it.

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    1. Anonymous6:44 AM

      There is zero truth in your ridiculous claim that Sanders owns any issue relating to Citizens United. You're making out that everyone else in DC politics is a fucking idiot.

      Stop writing and start reading.

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  5. or I can save $27.01 and download "The Speach" to my Kindle.
    https://www.amazon.com/Speech-Historic-Filibuster-Corporate-Decline/dp/1568586841

    or - even better! - there is a new edition selling for $8.66 with free shipping with my prime membership.
    https://www.amazon.com/Speech-Corporate-Greed-Decline-Middle/dp/1568585535/ref=dp_ob_title_bk

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    1. Anonymous6:45 AM

      How nice for you. Buy 'em all. Buy 100 of each. Give them to your friends and family for Christmas. They'll really love that.

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  6. Anonymous5:32 AM

    Where is the explanation for what happened to the leftover funds from the campaign? I don't trust a DAMN THING that is scummed by a##hole weaver. I am not interested in funding bernie's retirement fund and I sure-as-sh*t ain't interested in funding weaver's.
    Which people are drinking the koolaid, those who question the bern or those who accept it hook line and sinker?

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    1. Anonymous9:23 AM

      What about the leftover funds from everyone else's campaigns?

      Why is Bernie being singled out?

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    2. Anonymous3:02 PM

      Why is Bernie being singled out?
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      Because Bernie was trying to sell the malarkey that he was different, that he is not a career politician, that he was better than the others.

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    3. Anonymous4:10 PM

      Didn't you hear? He's starting a Tour of Italy where you can pose for a selfie with him where he stood in line to meet the Pope. Yeah, you send him money and he'll take care of it real good for you. Schmuck

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  7. Anonymous5:51 AM

    ...Over the last several months, progressives have been lectured at length about the need to focus on defeating Trump in November; to criticize Hillary Clinton, it is often argued, is to distract from this objective. But despite Democrats' insistence that this is a tactical course, one required by political realities, it also serves a crucial ideological aim: It provides Clinton a blank check to continue, without meaningful dissent, courting odious billionaires and war criminals and espousing nationalistic rhetoric while taking progressives entirely for granted.

    This short-sighted electoral strategy comes at the expense of the development of viable coalitions and grassroots organizing. Exemplifying this dynamic, Democrats have focused more on winning over the wealthier constituencies that are rapidly abandoning Trump than on consolidating support among younger, more liberal blocs that will likely form the ideological core of the party in the near future.

    As Carl Beijer has noted, the Clinton campaign's strategy is quite helpful for a Republican Party looking to distance itself from Trumpism by portraying Trump as an anomaly to be denounced, rather than a predictable outgrowth of the conservative movement—and it also hobbles down-ballot Democrats looking to oust pro-Trump Republicans.

    http://www.commondreams.org/views/2016/09/01/courting-right-smearing-left-ethos-clinton-campaign

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    1. Anonymous6:33 AM

      Bernie is distracting people from the objective, with his self serving "revolution".

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    2. Anonymous6:39 AM

      What a pretentious load of codswallop. Not even gonna click on it to find out who wrote it so I can avoid them in future.

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  8. Anonymous6:06 AM

    I would not take this at face-value. What is DFA? Who is shilling for this money? Sanders has committed to supporting Clinton & Democrats, so anything that undercuts that should be carefully researched.

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    1. Anonymous6:31 AM

      He paid lip service to supporting Clinton and the Democrats, hasn't bothered to follow it up with anything meaningful.

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  9. Anonymous6:32 AM

    Citizens United was devised to stop Hillary. If you want to overturn Citizens United, elect Hillary. She will get it overturned like no one else can.

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    1. Anonymous7:17 AM

      Citizens United on FIRE. dRump new "no pay " hire.
      http://www.politicususa.com/2016/09/02/trump-craven-maniacal-david-bossie-clinton-character-assassin.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+politicususa%2FfJAl+%28Politicus+USA+%29

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    2. Anonymous9:21 AM

      I'll believe it when she tries.

      The Democrats benefit from it just like the Republicans. They just don't get as much money because those with the money always give more to Republicans than they do to Democrats. They basically cover their bases just in case a Democrat is elected, but they put the full force of their money behind the Republicans.

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    3. Anonymous11:10 AM

      Let's not blame Hillary Clinton for Citizens United. She's opposed to the bizarre Supreme Court decision just as all sane citizens are. However, Trump has just "hired" as an unpaid helper the conspiracy activist who is head of Citizens United. He was also involved in the many fake Clinton conspiracies from decades ago. So now Trump has both Bannon of Breitbart fame and Bossie. Such quality politicos. One has to wonder why Trump is surrounding himself with anti-Clinton conspiracy creators instead of learning something about policy. It's not that Trump knows anything about the issues that really matter in our lives. For him, it's all about grabbing headlines, anyway possible. For the rest of us, it's just plain scary and getting creepier and more Hitler-esque by the day.
      Beaglemom

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    4. Anonymous12:54 PM

      She's opposed to it, but in the meantime her campaign is taking full advantage of it. Where's she been the last week? Fundraising in the Hamptons.

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    5. Anonymous11:27 PM

      David Bossie is now Donald Trump's deputy campaign manager.

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  10. Anonymous6:36 AM

    For that price, other people would at least get someone to write a book for them. Who cares about his filibuster? I don't even remember it.

    That said, Sarah Palin lived off her moment in the sun for four years and Bernie Sanders should be allowed to do the same, given he did start his own movement and all Palin did was hijack the teabag party.

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  11. Anonymous6:48 AM

    Let's not forget that Bernie Sanders is an elderly man. Jane needs to make a lot of money while she's still young enough to enjoy it.

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  12. Anonymous6:55 AM

    What's the DFA that all of the proceeds from this "$37.00" book promotion will go to?
    Beaglemom

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  13. Anonymous7:12 AM

    So Bernie Sanders was in the House of Representatives when George W. Bush was in office. Did he raise the same kind of fuss when the tax cuts to the wealthiest were put in place while Bush was president? Did he publish a "book" with his floor speech decrying the tax cuts while in the House?
    Beaglemom

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    1. Anonymous9:19 AM

      He didn't get a lot of press but I believe he did.

      That's about when he got on my radar and I started paying attention to him.

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  14. Anonymous7:37 AM

    It isn't that hard to look things up. DUH

    Democracy for America (DFA) is a progressive political action committee, headquartered in South Burlington, Vermont. Founded by former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean in 2004, DFA leads public awareness campaigns on a variety of public policy issues, trains activists, and provides funding directly to candidates for office.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democracy_for_America

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    1. Anonymous11:11 AM

      I'm relieved to know what DFA stands for.
      Beaglemom

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  15. Anonymous7:41 AM

    http://www.democracyforamerica.com/site/page/3

    The DFA is Howard Deans PAC, been around for over 10 years.
    Howard Dean is in on this so-called "grift" too?
    Jesus fucking Christ you people are stupid.

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  16. Anonymous7:55 AM

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democracy_for_America


    DFA...so evil...lmfao

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  17. Anonymous9:13 AM

    Democracy For America isn't Bernie, you dumbass. You can buy the paperback version of the speech for $1.45 from Amazon. It's a great speech/filibuster.

    What is wrong with you?

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  18. Anonymous9:30 AM

    The guy Obama tried to nominate was for that tax inversion crap. That nomination was blocked by Warren. (Yay). But Obama put the asshole in charge of Puerto Rico's debt because that position didn't need approval.

    Anyone following how Wall Street is bleeding Puerto Rico dry?

    And do I need to repeat how our public education system is being gutted first by Arne Duncan (Obama appointee) and then by the current guy, whose wife runs a non-profit with donors like Michelle Rhee, Bill Gates and others out to privatize education.

    Obama isn't a saint. In some things he failed to live up to the halo everyone wants to put on him. Sorta like Hillary is being canonized now.

    Oh, but it's so fun to pillory Bernie. You can make stuff up and just say "people are saying" or "I heard read it on the internet". Yeah, probably on Gryphen's blog. There's a reliable source.

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  19. Anonymous9:38 AM

    https://democracyforamerica.com/our_candidates

    You don't think these Democratic candidates deserve support?

    You've got it in your head that Sanders is a Palin-esque grifter. You're wrong. I don't know where you got these ideas. Maybe you needed a new enemy to hate now that Palin is passe. It would be funny except that you insult Sanders supporters, too, in every post where you defame Sanders.

    Have you looked at the polls and the fivethirtyeight forecasts this week? Clinton's in a freefall while you're alienating people whose votes she needs. Check yourself, man.

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  20. Anonymous9:41 AM

    Howard and Jim Dean are the founders of DFA.

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    1. Anonymous11:38 PM

      I do wanted to vote for Howard Dean in the primaries but the DNC made him quit so their hand picked choice John Kerry could have the nomination.

      Didn't work out very well for the rest of us.

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  21. Anonymous9:45 AM

    Gryph has thrown some real whoppers out there about Bernie, this one is almost as lazy as that unemployed voting for Bernie one.
    You have zero integrity, or journalistic skills though, so it fits.
    I mean it took two seconds of googling to prove this dumbass shit wrong.
    The filibuster is an excellent speech.

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  22. Anonymous11:58 AM

    Democracy For America is a GOOD outfit to contribute to, if you want to support progressive Democratic Party candidates. Getting progressives in the majority is the way we will change the Democratic party to support us rather than Wall St. Democrats and that is a good thing.

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  23. Anonymous2:31 PM

    As others have pointed out, this is Howard Dean's PAC formed when he initially ran for President in 2004. Yes, this is a grift as can be seen by their financial filings where donations to candidates are minimal compared to their Administrative expenses. DFA is reaching out to get money from the Bernie supporters but please be educated because this PAC is NOT a Bernie Sanders PAC!!!

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    1. Anonymous3:22 PM

      Bernie Sanders doesn't have a PAC!!!

      Our Revolution is a 501(c)(4) non-profit social welfare organization. It is under the IRS not the FEC. IRS rules limit the amount of money that can be spent on political activities. It is not a PAC. It is not even like a PAC.

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  24. Anonymous4:16 PM

    Thanks, Bern. When you have something useful to sell at your revolution garage sale, let us know. There's a thing called "E Bay", perhaps try there?

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  25. Anonymous2:25 PM

    https://democracyforamerica.com/our_candidates
    wow what a shitty crop of democrats! You're right Griffin! Write in Hillary for all these elections!

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