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Sanders names Cornel West, Keith Ellison to DNC platform committee

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Top Bernie Sanders supporters Dr. Cornell West and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) will be among those on the Democratic Party's important Platform Drafting Committee after the Vermont senator won a key concession as he looks to leave his mark on the party's platform.

he roster of the drafting committee, released by the Democratic National Committee on Monday, reflects the party's agreement that Sanders would have five supporters on the committee, compared to six for Hillary Clinton. Sanders previously panned DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who appoints all of the committee members, for failing to include enough of his supporters on an initial list. But the latest statement notes that Wasserman Schultz allocated the campaign's seats "proportionally according to the current vote tally."

Along with West and Ellison, Sanders supporters on the committee are author Bill McKibben, Arab American Institute head James Zogby and Native American activist Deborah Parker.

Clinton loyalists on the committee are Ambassador Wendy Sherman, former Clinton staffer and current Center for American Progress head Neera Tanden, Ohio Rep. Alicia Reece, environmentalist Carol Browner, Illinois Rep. Luis Gutiérrez and union head Paul Booth.

The remaining four members were chosen by Wasserman Schultz.


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So this is what it seems Bernie will get for loosing the election. A couple seats on the DNC platform committee.... How much influence they can/actually will be on the committee is unseen. But these two individuals are sure to be fiery and not willing to hold back their opinions on almost all issues.
 

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So this is what it seems Bernie will get for loosing the election. A couple seats on the DNC platform committee.... How much influence they can/actually will be on the committee is unseen. But these two individuals are sure to be fiery and not willing to hold back their opinions on almost all issues.
The platform can be completely ignored by the president and Congress. If this is what Sanders was offered to drop out of the race then he got conned. Also I have to laugh if he fought so hard for so little.
 

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So this is what it seems Bernie will get for loosing the election.

Bernie has done more for the "idea" of Social Democracy (aka "Societal Democracy") than anyone else in American history (except perhaps Teddy Roosevelt who created the Progressive Party in 1912).

I am a Yank who lives in France, and I have known about Social Democracy for quite some time. Just the word "social" (unless used in the phrase "church-social") raises hair in some quarters stateside. Whereas Europe is light-years ahead of the US in terms of a functional and practiced Social Democracy, the US is only catching on.

And it is to Bernie's passion for Social Democracy that we owe an historical advancement of immense value for our people.

Bernie is the ONLY Senate member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), which is a great shame. The caucus has some very noble intentions for the American people, as stated here in its Progressive Promise, which I excerpt:
The Progressive Promise - Fairness For All

The Congressional Progressive Caucus believes in government of the people, by the people, and for the people. Our fairness plan is rooted in our core principles. It also embodies national priorities that are consistent with the values, needs, and hopes of all our people, not just the powerful and the privileged. We pledge our unwavering commitment to these legislative priorities and we will not rest until they become law.

Do read the rest of that page about the CPC's "Core Principles", which strike at the heart of what America must have in order to progress into the 21st century; one (we can hope) that will see the largest expansion of progressive values to have ever been made by humanity. And, above all, come election day, be sure to support CPC-candidates in your state. Bernie has done his job, now it's our turn to do ours.

We must be aware of the tremendous reorientation of mankind that is occurring; one that is away from "me, me, me" and back to "us, us, us"!

To which even America has its contribution to make ...
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About Social Democracy

Contrary to some notions in the US, the above phrase as used in Europe does not mean "socialist". Socialism is founded upon the belief that all the means of production are owned by the state and private enterprise is either not allowed or is heavily regulated.

The difference between a Communist and a Socialist state is that the Communist Party rules the country and the only electoral vote is for local members of the Communist Party (from which national leaders are selected).

A Social Democracy pertains to a political party that espouses its particular set of principles (as stipulated here: Social Democracy) - but it is only one party (often dominant) amongst a plurality of parties in most European countries.

Democracies, over time, have evolved into two main-parties, one on the Left the other on the Right. That of the Left in Europe, often dominant, espouses the principles of a Social Democracy. (France is typical, where the major-parties are both Left ("Socialist") and Right ("Republicans"), but electors can vote Centrist and Far-Left and Far-Right parties.)

A Social Democracy accommodates capitalism within its market-economy as long as fiscal-policy is managed by a directly elected Executive and Legislative bodies.

Which means, ipso facto, that in a Social Democracy:
*Truly progressive taxation is applied to the both income and net wealth along with inheritance. And,
*The central government remains responsible for key Public Services that the private-sector is unable to guaranty at a cost that is necessarily low (even free) for the general public. Which is typically meant to be (but not only) Universal Health Care as well as Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Education.
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