Television coverage of Bernie Sanders typically focuses on his presentations to large groups of people in auditoriums; that format almost of necessity requires shouting a series of brief soundbites and standard phrases.
In this interview, Bernie sits at a table and for an hour calmly and carefully discusses major topics in depth. He begins by noting that the Democratic "debates" shouldn't even be called that - that they are essentially reality TV shows. At 04:30 the host asks him to explain "misconceptions about you" (re socialism in particular). At 05:30 the topic shifts to health care, then at 11:00 to lobbyists and their power, then about 17:00 on to minimum wage, the corruption of a political system that ignores working people, student debt and college costs, then at about 32:00 gun control, at 45:00 marijuana and drugs, and finally at 55:00 climate change.
It is so refreshing to listen to this format rather than to shouting from a podium. I know most readers of TYWKIWDBI will skip this post entirely, but I encourage everyone to at least try the first 5-10 minutes. Turn it on while you fix a lunch or do laundry. This video gives a better sense of the man and his mindset than anything else I have encountered.
Just try ten minutes. Even if you don't like him.
Addendum: Here's one response -
"I know most readers of TYWKIWDBI will skip this post entirely"..........not skipping, listening to podcast. Just FYI.ReplyDelete
I'd like to hear from all the candidates in this format. The debates are a joke.ReplyDelete
Second! Let's just have one on one conversations, not screaming matches. (speaking as an Introvert, of course...)Delete
I like Bernie, was a delegate for him last go round.ReplyDelete
Not so fond of Joe Rogan, but I'll give this a listen.
Thanks for pointing it out.
Came here to say much the same thing. I like Bernie, but can't stomach that chowderhead Rogan. I'm probably going to take a pass on this one.Delete
On 'Pod Save America' they've had them all (except Biden) come by for a chat.ReplyDelete
Definitely worth the listen, and thanks for finding it for me!ReplyDelete
Democrats out there reading this, please do the responsible thing this election. Whoever the candidate is that isn't Trump, please vote for them even if they aren't your ideal. If we don't hang together, we will hang separately. Again. Please don't let that happen.
I liked the way Bernie listed his multi-faceted experience in the private Job market thus debunking the rumors he's only held government jobs for 50 years.ReplyDelete
Watch the entire interview, then research Josef Stalin's promises. Bernie's platform is the same. Now look at the history of countries that implemented such policies and what happened to their citizens.ReplyDelete
It ain't milk and cookies.
Are you actually implying that Bernie would start getting rid of political opponents and start a genocide?Delete
it tickles me a little to see you talk about my junior senator.ReplyDelete
also, he's a good dude. i was slow to warm to him, but his record is sound and he encourages us all to be better than we are.
i appreciate your desire to give him exposure outside of sound bite bernie, because even i don't like THAT guy.