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mk  ·  528 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Bernie Sanders drops out of 2020 race

Unfortunately, the Dems and the GOP and their propaganda arms parading as 'news' have convinced us that politics is a war of ideals, not a question of good governance. Bernie wins the ideological battle every time. He's a great candidate if you want to win ideological warfare.

However, I predict that Bernie would have been a poor President because good legislation cannot pass ideological purity because it is by nature a product of compromise.

I'm tired of this leadership stuff. The president is a public servant that commands our troops, appoints justices, and signs legislation.



johnnyFive  ·  528 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    However, I predict that Bernie would have been a poor President because good legislation cannot pass ideological purity because it is by nature a product of compromise.

I don't think this is true. He was able to get stuff done in the Senate, and despite his strong ideological standing I haven't seen any evidence he couldn't work with members of both parties. The other thing is that he wasn't as blindly idealistic as he was painted to be: I remember him saying in an interview once that, since you'll always get less than you ask for, you're better off asking for the moon.

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