[Vision2020] Dick Van Dyke introduces Bernie Sanders

Kenneth Marcy kmmos1 at frontier.com
Sat Jun 4 18:25:47 PDT 2016

Yes, someone did make a 2:06 length YouTube video of 90-year-old Dick 
Van Dyke introducing Bernie Sanders in California.  (Imagine if our 
health care system allowed all of us to be as lucidly understandable as 
DVD at 90 years ...)

Here's the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvKEV5uVAco


On 6/4/2016 6:17 PM, Kenneth Marcy wrote:
> On 6/4/2016 2:56 PM, Dan Carscallen wrote:
>> Sure would be nice if folks (candidates included) would tell me why I 
>> should vote for a particular person instead of why I shouldn't vote 
>> for a particular candidate.
>> Just sayin'
>      You should vote for Bernie Sanders, or those people who will 
> enable and implement Bernie Sanders' policies and ideas, so that we 
> can collectively gain more control over who actually makes the laws 
> under which we must live, and make those individuals more accountable 
> to the electorate.  Campaign finance reform is the first step, and 
> beyond that electoral system and voting geography selection and 
> management reform should follow.  (Yes, I really do suspect that you 
> know how to spell gerrymandering, but it's such an old-fashioned, and 
> fundamentally corrupt, word).
>      Remember, 2020 is only four years away, and that means another 
> national census, and reapportionment and redistricting follow.  We 
> need to be much better prepared for these not-very-far-away exercises 
> not only for their usual details, but also for the structures within 
> which they operate.  Significant structural reforms toward more voter 
> awareness, education, and understanding, and better structural 
> electoral involvement can take us away from purchased and produced 
> elections and toward participatory democracy.
>      Your first voting preference should be for Bernie Sanders for 
> these reasons and many more.  If Bernie Sanders does not achieve the 
> presidential nomination directly, then he must be selected as the 
> vice-presidential nominee.  If he is not selected as the 
> vice-presidential nominee by the presidential nominee, then the 
> delegates on the convention floor should vote to remand to themselves 
> the power to select the vice-presidential nominee, and then they 
> should vote the vice-presidential nomination to Senator Sanders.
>      Your second voting preference should be to elect those delegates 
> to various positions of party authority to make these preferences happen.
>      The fact of the matter is that the Democratic Party, and the 
> American nation, need Senator Sanders' sound policy judgement readily 
> available for the next presidential administration. Should it come to 
> pass that the first female American president is not able to complete 
> her first term in office for whatever reason, having a Vice-President 
> Sanders is as good a backup president as the electorate may expect, 
> and perhaps better than it sometimes deserves.  So, we must all do 
> what we are able to do to ensure Senator Sanders is in one position 
> or  the other of the 2016 presidential ballot, and we should vote for 
> that ticket to provide public service of the best quality to all of us.
>      Beyond the national executive offices, we should vote in favor of 
> those federal candidates most likely to support the Sanders policy 
> positions.
>      At the Idaho state level, it would be nice for all of us if we 
> would vote for educated, competent, non-embarrassing candidates who 
> understand that we live together in a society that includes human 
> beings in various family combinations, as opposed to various fantasy 
> creatures from economic and political imaginations.
>      Here's a thought.  We might vote for state legislative candidates 
> who are willing to raise state legislative pay to levels that allow a 
> legislator to be employed full-time as a legislator, instead of 
> relying on semi-financially independent people who have reached stages 
> in their financial wealth accumulations and career development 
> (meaning semi-retired), and many of whom can, and apparently do, 
> ignore, disdain, and turn unseeing eyes toward the voters who elect 
> them.  Were legislators paid enough to allow more diverse candidates 
> to run for those offices, perhaps the nature of the legislature would 
> then be able to better reflect the population of the state it is 
> supposed to serve.
> Ken

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