Bernie & Jane’s Real Estate

Yes, Bernie and Jane Sanders purchased a third home in August 2016. At a reported $575K.
So what?

Jane had inherited a lake house in Maine that had been in her family since 1900 and which they rarely had an opportunity to visit.
They sold that property and reinvested the proceeds to purchase the modest summer house on Lake Champlain. Reinvesting the proceeds of a real estate sale is also what intelligent people do in order to avoid ungodly Capital Gains taxes.

Wash DC home
And yes, it is their third home. They also own a home in Washington, D.C. Where, by the way, Bernie has worked for many years.
It only makes sense that he would have purchased a home in the city where he works, rather than throwing away his money on rent.
The DC house is one bedroom, 896 sq ft.

Which brings us to Bernie and Jane’s Burlington, Vermont home.

In the end, what Bernie and Jane Sanders choose to do with their money is their business and only their business.

Not mine. Not yours. Only theirs.

Bernie Sanders Buys $575,000 Lakefront Vacation Home

Bernie Sanders’ New House: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know




Bernie or Bust

Bernie or Bust. What does it mean? More specifically, what it means to me.

First, for the record, let me just get this out of the way: I do not accept anybody else’s definition of what “or bust” means. No web page, no facebook page, and certainly no pledge.

When I first saw the pledge, I did not sign it simply because I thought it belied the entire “or bust” concept. The pledge states, in a nutshell, “We’re Bernie or Bust, but only if it works out well for Bernie; then if, not we desert Bernie and run to Jill.” Hey folks – that isn’t “Bust”. That’s just “Bernie or Jill”. You’re not fooling me.

The true “or bust” terminology had its roots in the movement of pioneers crossing west over rugged terrain. It means:
– or collapse from the effort
– or die trying

Bernie or Bust. It does not mean Bernie or some other alternative thing.


I am Bernie or Bust. I’m with Bernie.




Jill Stein Green Party Town Hall

In CNN’s Town Hall tonight, Dr. Dyan Hes, a pediatrician, asked Jill Stein specifically about her stance on the vaccination schedule.

Stein’s response was to say that she had been “taken out of context” on the issue. She rambled on for several minutes, but she never responded about the schedule. Her stance on vaccinations was not the question. It was the schedule specifically.
If you are unfamiliar with this terminology, please see here:
CDC Vaccination Schedules

Regarding being taken out of context, she was probably referring to this 07/29/16 Washington Post article quote: “There were concerns among physicians about what the vaccination schedule meant, the toxic substances like mercury which used to be rampant in vaccines. There were real questions that needed to be addressed. I think some of them at least have been addressed. I don’t know if all of them have been addressed.”
Note: Stein knows full well mercury is no longer used in vaccines.
WaPo article: Jill Stein on vaccines: People have ‘real questions’

Once again, Stein avoided the question and danced around it. As a medical professional, I’ve seen avoidance by physicians many times, so I know it when I see it.

This is quite simple. Dr. Dyan Hes asked Stein about the vaccination schedule. Stein did not answer that specific question.
It doesn’t matter if all of her previous answers had been “taken out of context”. This one question was live. This one question is on video. She could have answered this one and she chose not to. She cannot walk this one back.
Start at 31:25 – CNN Green Party Town Hall 08/17/16 (Start at 31:25)


At some point tonight, Stein said she was now practicing medical politics.”What is that?”, I asked the TV. And then I remembered. That is when you are no longer a physician, but you are a politician. If you are no longer a physician – you should say so and forego the title as well as the license.



Long Live the Revolution!

Jill: “Don’t Vote out of Fear”

The anthem of those former Berners who now support Stein is:
“I will not vote out of Fear”.

But wait. Isn’t that exactly what they are doing?

Primarily, what they propose is to vote for Stein because they will never vote for Clinton.

Never mind that the Democratic platform is the most progressive platform in history and the only way we can hope to get that platform into legislation is to elect the Democratic nominee. Never mind that if Trump becomes president all of that goes down the toilet along with much much more. Never mind that Bernie Sanders himself has repeatedly asked his supporters to back the Democratic nominee.

Sure, they can say Stein has all the right ideas. But, for the most part, they’re just Bernie’s ideas, revamped somewhat. And she doesn’t provide answers about how to implement her proposals.  She lacks experience in government. She lacks experience in leadership.

Please take a day away from social media and think through this, my fellow Berners. Think about the big picture and why each vote is so very important. It’s your choice, your decision, your vote. I just don’t want you to regret it a year from now.

As Bernie says: “Going forward and continuing the struggle is what matters. And, in that struggle, the most immediate task we face is to defeat Donald Trump.”
source: Bernie Sanders’ LA Times Op-Ed


Long Live the Revolution!

Open Letter to Hillary Clinton

What ever happened to “Stronger Together” – the slogan that seemed to be aimed at Sanders supporters so strongly during the convention? I haven’t seen anything about that on your page since then.

Bernie Sanders is encouraging his voters to vote for you. But we’d like to hear from you.

Some of Bernie’s supporters are not willing to vote for you unless/until you reach out to them, and we would also like for you to ask your supporters to do the same. Some of us are not willing to follow Jill Stein. And we are absolutely not going to vote for Trump.

The only thing we are hearing from your people is negativism, and we are not used to that. Telling us to vote blue or else isn’t enough for most of us.

Bernie’s message is one of hope for the future. One of what We can do together to work towards a more progressive goal. The Sanders Institute will educate. Our Revolution will support downline candidates. Both will get more people, especially young people, involved in politics.

I suspect this is why some Berners are turning to Jill Stein. She’s a happy-go-lucky woman who posted all of Bernie’s ideas on social media, then came to the people during the convention like a pied piper, and who presents them with all the positive options. They see her as a panacea of hope.

Sorry. I’m not one of those people. I’m not taking the Dr. Jill Pill. It’s a temporary high with no long term solutions. I know that. But for now, I am stranded in this current election cycle.

Do you think all Berners are bad people? Is that why you’ve deserted us?

It really wouldn’t take that much for you to reach out your hand to Berners and for you to encourage your supporters to do the same. “Stronger Together” is a message that your campaign should still be marketing to all Berners, for the purpose of appearing to build a bridge, if nothing else.

As it stands right now, all we have is “I’ll hold my nose and vote for her.” Is that really what you want?

with her

Long Live the Revolution!

On Jill Stein

1) On 08/05/16, Bernie Sanders posted an Op-Ed in the LA Times.
“Going forward and continuing the struggle is what matters. And, in that struggle, the most immediate task we face is to defeat Donald Trump.”
Source: Bernie Sanders’ LA Times Op-Ed

2) I discovered this disturbing blog piece written about Bernie by none other than Jill Stein’s VP Pick, Ajamu Baraka; and I am furious.
On his blog, he said Bernie “was less concerned about actual political reform and more interested in a tacit commitment to Eurocentrism and normalized white supremacy.”
And that “Sanders supporters, are basically just naive shills.”
I don’t like this one iota. And neither should any of my fellow Berners. He wrote this in February, by the way, so it has absolutely nothing to do with Clinton.
Baraka, you arrogant ass. We are anything but naive shills. How dare the Stein campaign take the Sanders campaign talking points, major issues, and even our memes, ride on its coattails, and then tell us WE are the shills?
I have nothing good to say about this man who had the audacity to disparage Bernie Sanders and all Sanders supporters. Nothing.
Here it is. Scroll down to “On Bernie Sanders and his supporters:”
On Bernie Sanders and his supporters

3) I am concerned with the mixed messages Stein sends regarding vaccination. The average citizen is confused by it, and could possibly hesitate to vaccinate due to their confusion.
Her words are not clear or concise. The rumors that she is anti-vax are a direct result of her own words, putting politics first and leaving it open to misinterpretation.
Her first duty is as a physician (not a politician) – to educate and inform, clearly and succinctly. First do no harm.
Vaccinations are important for the prevention and spread of disease. She should state this unequivocally.

Even snopes says, “However, her somewhat equivocal statements surrounding that issue allow for a fair bit of leeway and interpretation..”
“When she was asked “What is your campaign’s official stance on vaccines and homeopathic medicine?”-
Stein responded at length, but she mostly offered her views on the ‘medical-industrial complex’ rather than addressing the subject of vaccinations and homeopathic medicine.”
It appears she desires to remain somewhat vague intentionally, in order to gather the support of both sides of this debate. If this was anyone else, these would be labeled dog whistle comments pandering to anti-vaxers while retaining a level of plausible deniability with respect to a general audience. But it’s Jill, so her followers give her a pass or explain on her behalf.

If she cannot even provide a straight answer as a physician, and she’s putting politics ahead of health, whatever trust or respect I might have once had for her as an individual was lost.

Please refer to my “Hillary Horrifies Me” post regarding First Past The Post to understand why a third party candidate is not viable.
Hillary Horrifies Me

Something about the Stein movement has smelled like opportunism for quite a while now, and with her posting all of Bernie’s content, it has been especially off-putting. She is not Bernie’s “surrogate” and this is not her Revolution.
She lacks the general experience to lead a nation. She lacks any experience in an elective office. She has never served as an elected official. The office of POTUS is not an entry-level position. If the green party wants to get anywhere, they need to start at the grass roots level first. Not at the highest office in the country.

I’ve been watching this unfold, and I’ve decided I’m not taking the Dr. Jill Pill. It’s a temporary high with no long-term solutions. Immediate gratification is like that.
Bernie Sanders is the Founding Father of the American Political Revolution. He’s been working at it for over thirty years and nobody else is going to swoop in and become the leader of the revolution he started.

I’m with Bernie Sanders. I’ve never really wavered. I have always said I would follow his lead if he did not get the nomination. After the convention, I had to grieve for a while. It’s time to move on now. There’s a revolution going on.


Long Live the Revolution!

“Hillary Horrifies Me”

Side glance 3Maybe so.
But Trump scares me even more.

Many of us feel as though we are caught between a rock and a hard place. And we are. We truly are.

Do I like her?  No. Not at all.
Did the DNC nominate the right candidate?  No, of course they did not.
Do I understand what Bernie told us?  Yes.

I am so disillusioned by what the DNC has done to Bernie Sanders that it is difficult to think about anything else at times. Some of you are so frightened by all of this and so angry that you are turning to Stein.

Well, my friends and fellow Berners, please stay with me while I explain to you as best I can why the movement to Stein frightens me as well.

For the last 163 years, ever since the two party system came into being and First Past The Post (FPTP, aka Single Member Plurality) has been in place, either a Republican or a Democrat has been elected as president. Is that likely to change this year or in the next twenty years? No. Not likely.
FPTP explained simply: American Electoral Politics
The two party system: Red vs Blue: How America Ended Up With A Two Party System
Related video: “How Did The U.S. End Up With A Two-Party System?

What concerns me most is that this charge to Stien could easily sway enough Democrats to vote for a candidate who (stay with me), simply because of FPTP, cannot reasonably win; and this will force the Republican candidate, Donald Trump, to emerge victorious.
Related article: “Could Jill Stein Cost Hillary Clinton the Election?

It isn’t so much that some care if Hillary Clinton loses. It’s that we do not want Trump to win. That is what Bernie has emphasized in all of his speeches. That is what he means.

I hear what you’re saying right now. “It’s not on me if she loses. That’s on her! That’s on the DNC!” And you’re right. To a degree, you are. But it is also on the voters. And it will be all of America and all of the world that suffers. All of us, and our children and grandchildren. The climate, the economy, and who knows what else.

Please re-read Bernie’s speech from the convention and absorb his words.
Link: “Sanders Prepared Remarks for the Democratic National Convention

And here’s another thing I find a bit disturbing. It is all of the posts and memes that seem to put words in Bernie’s mouth or twist what he has said. For example, this: “I will never tell you who to vote for. If I do, don’t listen to me.” Bernie never said those words.
Here are his exact words from an April Town Hall, where Senator Sanders responded to a question by David Zakubuwetz, a student casting his first vote this year.:

ZAKUBUWETZ: My question is, many of your supporters are staunchly opposed to Hillary Clinton and are considering writing you in, voting for a third party candidate or not voting at all if you don’t win the nomination.
I believe you will win the nomination and the presidency, but if you don’t, will you encourage your supporters to vote for Secretary Clinton?

SANDERS: Well, David, thanks for the question.
And let me answer it in this way.  First, I think it is, you know, we are not a movement where I can snap my fingers and say to you or to anybody else what you should do, cuz you won’t listen to me; you shouldn’t. Now, you’ll make these decisions yourself.

After insisting that Clinton herself would have to earn votes, Sanders clarified that he would not try to undermine her if she won the nomination – as seemed likely at that point. “I will do everything in my power to make sure that no Republican gets into the White House in this election cycle,” said Sanders.

This is a subtle, but significant distinction. If we are going to quote a man, let’s do it accurately, please. And why wouldn’t we, after all? There is no reason to distort the truth.
Related video: Excerpt from 04/25/16 MSNBC Town Hall with Bernie Sanders
What BS really said

The above misquote is being utilized to influence Berners to join the green party. Frankly, I find this not only less than forthright but downright disingenuous.

Besides, that Town Hall was 04/25/16. Since then Bernie himself has politely tried to dissuade his supporters from voting for a third party. Let’s face it – if Bernie Sanders thought there was a real chance of a win for a third party candidate, he would have either run as an Independent himself in the first place or he would have joined Stein on the green ticket. He had that opportunity, but he did not do either of those things. He understands politics. That is exactly why he ran as a Democrat.
Related article: 07/26/16 Sanders warns his supporters against choosing a third party

And so, my friends. We are stuck in the here and now. And what do we do?

We work to CHANGE the Democratic Party. Elect a Brand New Congress. For now and for the foreseeable future, we are stuck in the two-party system. There is, and probably will be for a very long time, power in this damned two-party system; therefore, the best way to be able to change it is from within. There is no changing the system from outside of the system. Only members of the club get a seat at the table, and on powerful committees.

That is what Bernie did. He went inside the party and changed the it from within. He knew he couldn’t make any significant change as a Third Party presidential candidate. The Democratic Platform directly reflects Bernie’s values. And I’m not willing to walk away from it or turn my back on it.
Free college? Bernie
$15 minimum wage? Bernie
Expanding Medicare? Bernie
National Health Service Corps? Bernie
And the list goes on. It’s the single most progressive platform in history.
How Bernie Sanders Delivered the Most Progressive Platform in Democratic Party History

And now, Berniecrats will enforce them, and even more Berniecrats will come into the system and create more change in our Brand New Congress. We must elect all the down-ticket Berniecrats all across the board. Run for office!

I won’t defend Clinton personally, but she will be hard pressed to back down from the most historical platform in history after all the times that Bernie Sanders has openly held her to it.
And with many Berniecrats being elected to Congress during this election cycle, but more so in 2018, her hands will be forced to make the necessary changes.
She is but a token. She will be surrounded. The general has no power when the other officers are in control.

If we let the Democratic Party remain an exclusive club, there will be no change at all, but it will remain just as powerful as it ever was – without us. And we let them win. If we infiltrate it with new blood and take over, we will metamorphosize it. That is what the revolution is about, my friends.

Remember some of the first things Bernie said in his speech, and keep this with you:
Together, my friends, we have begun a political revolution to transform America and that revolution – Our Revolution – continues. Election days come and go. But the struggle of the people to create a government which represents all of us and not just the 1 percent – a government based on the principles of economic, social, racial and environmental justice – that struggle continues. And I look forward to being part of that struggle with you…This election is about – and must be about – the needs of the American people and the kind of future we create for our children and grandchildren…
By these measures, any objective observer will conclude that – based on her ideas and her leadership – Hillary Clinton must become the next president of the United States. The choice is not even close.

Added 08/05/16:
Bernie Sanders posted an Op-Ed in the LA Times.
“Going forward and continuing the struggle is what matters. And, in that struggle, the most immediate task we face is to defeat Donald Trump.”
Story: Bernie Sanders: I support Hillary Clinton. So should everyone who voted for me

ETA: Also see my page On Jill Stein


Do I like HRC? No.  Not at all.
Did the DNC nominate the right candidate?  No, of course they did not.
Do I understand what Bernie told us?  Yes.

Have patience. Revolutions take time, my friends.

Long Live the Revolution!

Peace and love be with you all.