Good Old Bernie Sanders, bless his Socialist Democrat little heart — always there to put things in their appropriate perspective. Yes, in a world where one party’s screaming for virgin sacrifices for billionaires, and the other one’s pleading “please don’t beat me up,” Vermont’s own Progressive independent is starting to sound more and more the voice of reason in Washington.
In this interview with Wolf Blitzer, Bernie talks with Wolf about Boehner’s threat against Obama in regard to “changing the status of illegal immigrants.” Boehner claims Obama will “poison the well” with the GOP controlled Congress. Some might call Bernie’s answer a “dodge,” since he didn’t spend much time talking about immigration and Boehner’s threat.
Other’s, though, would say that he simply addressed immigration, and the re-directed the conversation onto far more important matters; that being, the death of the American Middle Class at the hands of the wealthy and corporate. That might seem a bit of a dodge on the surface — but then again, Bernie is known for staying on point in delivering the bigger message. And that message is this:
“We can work all this stuff out with democracy — but we have to have democracy to work it out with.“
Toward the end of the segment, Bernie addresses Wolf’s question on a possible President Bernie Sanders; they discuss how the firebrand progressive has been doing in the polls, and Bernie’s looking good so far.
Word on the internet has it, though, that Bernie’s “too far left” to ever make a serious run for office, and that Americans would never elect him. He have a different take, though:
Today, Republicans stand about as god a chance of winning a high-turnout national election as they do of jumping to the moon. and that will continue to be the case for some time to come. The reality is, with a more than 65 percent turnout, we could afford to lose 25 percent of the moderate vote, and still beat a Candidate Ted Cruz…or whatever other psychotic conservative they put to the post.
In football terms, the Red defense is at its weakest ever — and it only stands to get weaker. That makes this the best, possible time for Blue Team to make that loooooonnng play straight to the endzone.
But we need to get souls to the polls first…and Bernie Sanders may be just the firebrand America needs to get some a**es moving.
WOLF: Let me just ask you, I want to get your quick reaction to what we heard from speaker of the House, John Boehner. He was very blunt. He said if the president goes ahead and, through executive action, unilaterally, without going through Congress, tries to change the status of illegal immigrants here in the United States, that will be very dangerous, he’ll poison the well. And it’s as simple as that. He says the president better not even think about doing that. Your reaction?
BERNIE: Well, my reaction is the people of this country overwhelmingly want to see the minimum wage raised. Is the Republican Party going to do what the American people want? The American people do not want more tax breaks to the wealthy and large corporations. Is the Republican Party going to poison the well by going forward, at a time of massive wealth and income inequality, giving more tax breaks to people who don’t need the tax breaks? Boehner is talking about a political attack on the president.
WOLF: Will you support the president if he goes around Congress and takes that executive action to change the status of illegal immigrants?
BERNIE: Look, what I support is Congress and the president doing everything they can to address the serious problems facing the American people. Immigration is one of those issues. In the Senate, we passed a bipartisan bill. The House did nothing. Let’s do something together. That’s the preferable route. Most importantly, let’s not turn our backs on the middle class of this country and ignore the enormous economic problems they are facing. Let’s not simply work for the rich and big campaign contributors who control the United States Congress. If we can do that and respond to the needs and the pain of the American people, you know what, I think you’ll suddenly find that Congress is regarded more favorably than is currently the case.