Progressives Should Be Pleased By What Bernie Sanders Has Done So Far

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By David SprintzenGiven the completely unpredictable nature of the current political campaign, it is probably somewhat of a fool’s errand to offer the following comments, but I’ll offer them nonetheless. U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ losing four of five Eastern primaries on Tuesday makes it almost certain that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be the Democratic presidential candidate.Having said that, from the perspective of one who shares practically all of the views expressed by Sen. Sanders (I-VT)—and thus, obviously, would love to see him elected president—I believe his total results are the best that progressives like myself could hope for. Let me briefly suggest why, knowing that there is much more that needs to be said on these matters.I sincerely doubt that Sanders could have been elected. I know that polls say differently, but I think they completely fail to take into consideration the kind of withering attack that he would face not only from Republicans, but from the mega-rich and the media, both from the mainstream and from the radical right of Talk Radio.Sanders’ campaign has laid the groundwork for the mobilization of the kind of revolution that he has called for. That is not something that can be done overnight, but will take time and expanded organizing. He has given public “mainstream” political legitimacy to the ideas of Occupy Wall Street—which they were incapable, and even uninterested, in doing. And he has mobilized vast numbers of previously “silent” citizens—particularly Millenials—who can now, hopefully, be brought into the continuing national progressive network of organizations such as MoveOn, US Action, National People’s Action, the Alliance for a Just Society, Citizen Action, the Working Families Party, Planned Parenthood, the Sierra Club, etc. These groups offer the opportunity to move the Democratic Party—and the country—in a far more progressive direction.Sanders’ campaign has already moved the Democratic Party, and its presumptive nominee, to the left. Clearly, one cannot expect Clinton to stay there without sustained pressure from this newly mobilized left—given her history and the Obama administration’s neo-liberal policies—but the groundwork and mobilization to do that is now possible.Donald Trump’s garnering the Republican nomination offers both probably the weakest possible opponent to a Democratic victory, and one whom I believe is surprisingly less dangerous than would be a U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), or Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio) as a nominee. No doubt that last remark calls for an explanation that I cannot provide here. Simply let me assert that, terrible as Trump obviously is, he is less beholden to and captured by the full neo-liberal program of the Republican Establishment than they are.Thus, the election of New York’s former Democratic U.S. Senator is the more likely scenario. And, with all Clinton’s liabilities (see below), she will be presenting a reasonable corporate liberal agenda, including probably a few new U.S. Supreme Court justices. And hopefully, contributing to the election of a Democratic Senate with an enhanced progressive majority, plus a reasonable increase in Democratic representation in the House.But the major work will still be to build the national progressive movement state-by-state, while maintaining pressure on a Clinton administration. And if the Republican convention degenerates into a political brawl, so much the better for discrediting the radical right, and weakening its hold on what was once actually a conservative party.Having said all this, progressives, whatever their proclivities, will have to actively support Clinton’s campaign, whatever their misgivings, while building on Sanders’ momentum. This is certainly not the best of all worlds, but it’s the one we live in, and we must make our choices as effective as possible. There will be only two significant alternatives before us, and no outcome is foreordained, especially in a country in which either party begins any national election probably with more than 40 percent of the electorate committed in advance to vote for their candidate. And the possible election of a Republican is not something to take lightly.As for the politics of Clinton and President Barack Obama, let me share my personal abridgment of insightful comments by former White House counselor to President Bill Clinton and a two-time Democratic nominee for governor of Connecticut, Bill Curry, in his widely shared March 9 Salon piece “It should be over for Hillary: Party elites and MSNBC can’t prop her up after Bernie’s Michigan miracle,” which he offered immediately after Sanders’ remarkable victory in Michigan. I excerpt them with extensive personal modifications for which he is in no way responsible:“The fault lines of the new politics are not cultural issues like guns, abortion and same-sex marriage that divide the Democratic and Republican bases. They are issues of political reform and economic justice that divide both parties’ elites from both parties’ bases, and the American people from their government. On these issues we find the elites of both parties shockingly alike. Among them: global trade; financial deregulation and non-prosecution of financial crimes; (attacks on) the social safety net including Social Security, Medicare, a living wage and health care for all; above all, (being quite comfortable with) the ‘soft corruption’ of pay-to-play politics.“There’s a name for the bipartisan consensus of party elites: neo-liberalism. It is an inconvenient name for many reasons, but mostly because it seems odd that the worldview of the Republican elite would be an ideology with the root word ‘liberal’ in its name but it is true, nonetheless. And may even shed a little light on the open, bitter breach between GOP elites and the party base. Democrats stayed loyal longer to their elites for two reasons. One is their love of two very talented politicians, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, whose charm and verbal dexterity masked deep differences with the base. The other is their fear of Republicans.“I often talk to Democrats who don’t know Obama chose not to raise the minimum wage as president even though he had the votes for it; that he was willing to cut Medicare and Social Security and chose not to prosecute Wall Street crimes or pursue ethics reforms in government. They don’t know he dropped the public option or the aid he promised homeowners victimized by mortgage lenders. They don’t know and don’t want to know. Their affection for Bill and Barack—and their fear of Republicans—run too deep.“Hillary Clinton has neither their deft personal touch nor protean verbal skills. …Voters sense she’s just moving pawns on a chess board in part because she can never explain her change of heart and often doesn’t even try. She switched horses on global trade in a blog post, on the Keystone pipeline at a grammar school event. In a recent debate she left fracking to the GOP governors who covered themselves in glory on Obamacare, as if it were a states’ rights issue. With her Super PAC (and hers and Bill’s breathtaking haul of $153 million in mostly corporate speaking fees), she is the living avatar of pay-to-play politics.“She remains woefully out of touch with the public mood in other ways.… Clinton has been helped in her quest by her party, by big business, and by top-down endorsements from progressive lobbies many of which broke members’ hearts to deliver them. But no one’s helped her more than the media. I know full well this hasn’t always been true for the Clintons and I also know not all the help is intentional. But the media helps her, primarily by promoting the ‘conventional neo-liberal economic wisdom’ that both she and they share.”[Read Curry’s complete Salon commentary HERE]Let me conclude with a few brief comments on neo-liberalism.Neo-liberalism is clearly a set of policies essentially promoted by the corporate sector, particularly those involved with financial services. It constitutes a systematic attack on the positive role of government in regulating, coordinating and directing economic activity, while seeking to redress the tendency of unregulated capitalism to create vast economic and political inequalities. It promotes unbridled free market capitalism, prioritizing the consumer over the citizen, thus undermining democratic self-government and the collective well being of the people. Its inevitable result, as should finally be quite evident, is extraordinary wealth for the few, and increasing impoverishment for the rest. It must be exposed for what it is, and ultimately defeated.David Sprintzen is professor emeritus of philosophy at Long Island University and founder and former co-chair of the Long Island Progressive Coalition, where he continues to serve as a member of the board of directors.last_img read more

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Buyers cut to the chase

first_imgKalynda Chase is enjoying a resurgence in popularity among buyers.New homeowners Anthony Lyall, Emily Griebenow with 9 month old Elijah Lyall and 2yo BraxURBEX is reporting an increase in sales at their Kalynda Chase housing development as confidence in Townsville’s residential property market continues to improve.Kalynda Chase, in Bohle Plains, was established 12 years ago and is now home to about 3500 residents spread over 1150 lots.Urbex sales manager Vi Miller said they were experiencing a change in consumer sentiment towards purchasing real estate in Townsville.“All signs are pointing to recovery in the Townsville property sector,” she said.“This flows on from construction of the $250 million stadium that is expected to bring in more than 700 jobs during the design and construction of the project.“We have experienced an uplift in sales at Kalynda Chase compared to a year ago.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“The Kalynda Chase development is well established in Townsville but it’s still growing.”The development takes in 161ha and there are 320 lots reaming which will be released to the market over the next few years.Residents in the community have access to a tennis centre, convenience precincts, walking tracks and dog park.Emily Griebenow and her partner Anthony Lyall moved into their Kalynda Chase home about 12 months ago shortly before the birth of their first child.The couple bought 480sq m of land after being impressed by the estate’s community feel and central location.“It’s a great location for shops and schools and even if you have to go into town it’s only 15 minutes away,” the couple said.“We like to go for a walk to the park or a jog and now there is a dog park as well.”last_img read more

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Techiman City review application dismissed

first_imgTechiman City Football Club’s review application against the GFA Appeals Committee ruling delivered on Friday 27th November, 2015 has been dismissed.Below is the full ruling on the review application by Techiman City Football Club:PANELISTS1.    EMMANUEL ANNAN – CHAIRMAN 2.    ALHAJI FAROUCK SEIDU – VICE CHAIRMAN 3.    OWUSU ANSAH AWERE – MEMBER 4.    CLAUDE OPPON – MEMBER5.    DIVINE SUNU – MEMBER6.    KWAME TAKYI – MEMBER7.    BAFFOUR AKOTO – MEMBER8.    DANIEL ODURO – SECRETARYThis is an application by Techiman City Football Club invoking the review jurisdiction of the Appeals Committee of the GFA to review its decision dated 27/11/15.The grounds for the review were stated as follows:•    Errors of law and lack of jurisdiction•    Failure to refer to and apply GFA Regulations and Statutes;•    Procedural flaws and abuse of GFA Regulations and Statutes; and •    Bad precedenceOf all the grounds, the one that affects the panel of the Committee and its lack of jurisdiction shall be addressed first because if indeed the panel was improperly constituted then a fortiori it would not have the required jurisdiction to make the decision complained of and in that case there will be no need to go into the other grounds of the review. According to the applicant, the matter referred to the Committee by the Ethics Committee was in a form of a review application and therefore the review panel of seven (7) members rather than the appeal panel of five (5) members should have sat on the matter. It is the applicant’s case that the said appeal panel made up of 5 members including the Chairman or Vice-Chairman lacked the requisite jurisdiction and therefore its decision must be quashed by this committee.Article 42.1 of the GFA Statutes states “The Appeals Committee shall be constituted by ten (10) members, five (5) of whom shall be empanelled to hear a given case. Seven (7) members shall be empanelled from the ten (10) to hear all applications for review.”The article is self-explanatory to the effect that 5 members form a quorum to hear any given case whilst 7 members are empanelled to hear applications for review. How then can applicant invoke the review jurisdiction of the Appeals Committee?Article 42.7 of the GFA Statutes is the answer. It says “The decision of the Appeals Committee in any matter shall be final provided that the Appeals Committee shall have power to review its own decision either suo motu or on an application by an aggrieved party”. It is therefore only under these two circumstances that the review jurisdiction of the Appeals Committee can be properly invoked (1) by an aggrieved applicant and (2) by the committee itself suo motu.In the instant case the matter was referred to the Appeals Committee by the Ethics Committee to have a second look at it. In our view, that referral (rightly or wrongly)did not invoke the review jurisdiction of the Appeals Committee as envisaged by article 42.7 of the GFA Statutes. The ordinary panel of 5 members that heard the matter was right and the said panel could not be said to lack the requsite jurisdiction. We have looked at the other grounds of the application for review and there is no exceptional circumstance why the said decision of the Appeals Committee dates 27/11/15 should be reviewed. The application is therefore dismissed.DATED IN ACCRA THIS 14TH DAY OF DECEMBER, 2015last_img read more

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Hanoi seeks hosting F1 race

first_imgAFP FILE PHOTOHANOI — Hanoi is planning to bring the world-famous Formula One car race to the capital, Government Office chairman Mai Tien Dung confirmed last week.During a press conference following a closed regular cabinet meeting, Dung said that the Law on Sports allowed Vietnam to host international sports events, including the F1 race.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Extra toes and a cattle herder as India unearths unlikely heroes Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?center_img Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Hanoi initially proposed to the Government to organize the race around the iconic Hoan Kiem (Returned Sword) Lake and along the adjacent streets in the city centre, but the idea was rejected after thorough reviews by both the city and ministries of planning and investment, and culture, sports and tourism.The capital then wanted to host the game in the My Dinh sports complex in Nam Tu Liem District to take advantage of the existing infrastructure there, Dung said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“This is very new to Vietnam but the authorities all support it. A green light has been given for Hanoi to approach the race organizers,” he said.“The Prime Minister, however, asked Hanoi not to spend State budget resources but to call for the participation of the businesses to host the race.” Peza offers relief to ecozone firms View commentslast_img read more

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