July 13, 2015
A White Jesse Jackson?

From Sam Smith at Undernews:

In 1988, Jesse Jackson ran a remarkable campaign for president that was based in no small part on bringing together forces that the elite prefer to see at each others’ throats. As he had put it earlier, “When we change the race problem into a class fight between the haves and the have-nots, then we are going to have a new ball game.”
From Wikipedia:

At the conclusion of the Democratic primary season, Jackson had captured 6.9 million votes and won 11 contests; seven primaries (Alabama, the District of Columbia, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Puerto Rico and Virginia) and four caucuses (Delaware, Michigan, South Carolina and Vermont). Jackson also scored March victories in Alaska’s caucuses and Texas’s local conventions, despite losing the Texas primary.

Back to Sam Smith at Undernews:

One need have no illusions about Sanders being the ultimate choice to recognize the difference he has already made in our country and how much more he can continue to make before we have to choose, say, between Bill Clinton’s wife and George Bush’s brother. We have a whole year in which to make things really different and better. It’s Bernie time. Enjoy it.

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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at July 13, 2015 03:26 PM
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I voted for jesse at that time. But did he have any impact, any at all?

Clinton soon prevailed, ended welfare as we know it, gutted Glass-Steagall, helped oversee the disastrous expansion of NATO and attendant rise of Putin, established the America weakening precedent of "limited" land wars abroad, and is currently estimated by the bulk of the Democratic ignoranti as a magnificent president and an elder statesman of the party.

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