Freedom Socialist Party: Can Bernie Sanders move the Democrats left?

From the Freedom Socialist Party website:

Unfortunately, the history of campaigns like his says no
Dennis Sanders
October 2015

Bernie Sanders packed the house at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena on Aug. 10, 2015. Photo: Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times

It’s easy to see why voters sick of big-business politics as usual are flocking to Bernie Sanders. A self-described democratic socialist, Sanders rails against staggering inequality and denounces the rule of banksters and CEOs. He is drawing huge enthusiastic crowds at campaign rallies and is running neck and neck with Hillary Clinton in some polls.

He has the attention of many fed-up voters, but is Sanders the alternative they really need? And what will be the main result of his candidacy?

A mixed track record. Sanders has a long political history. As a student he was a member of the Young People’s Socialist League, the Socialist Party’s youth group, and was a participant in the civil rights movement through the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).

In Congress, he has taken principled stands on specific issues, often as part of a small dissenting minority. He opposed the authorization of force in Iraq in 1991 and 2002 and the invasion in 2003. He calls for a single-payer “Medicare for all” healthcare system. He endorses labor unions, higher wages, and a national public jobs program to rebuild infrastructure.

But one doesn’t have to look very hard to find contrary positions.

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