[META] Ongoing issues with this subreddit that need addressing.

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I've been a long time user here, previously under a different account, but a long time supporter of Bernie Sanders nonetheless. In recent weeks, I've noticed that this subreddit has a few issues in regards to the community meta that probably need addressing before primary season ramps up in the next few months. I think it would behoove the moderators and the general community at large to consider these issues fully and find ways to address them for the betterment of this subreddit.

1) Leftist/progressive infighting and the promotion of other candidates – This is probably somewhat related to the Tulsi Gabbard posts, but this subreddit needs to have a low tolerance for people promoting other candidates like Tulsi Gabbard (either through comments or threads) and throwing out bait that is a catalyst for infighting and arguments. This is a Bernie Sanders subreddit. While some people may be supporters of Tulsi Gabbard, Sherrod Brown, Elizabeth Warren, or so on, the focus of this subreddit should be to promote the Sanders 2020 campaign, unless he announces otherwise. People that post threads about other candidates are only inviting toxic arguments and derailment that is not really beneficial for the larger goal of this subreddit. Can the mods please start cracking down on these posts?

2) Needless moderation and topic suppression – On the topic of moderation, I've noticed that some of the mods here are a bit overly anxious with their handling of certain topics, such as sexual harassment during his 2016 campaign. While these claims shouldn't be weaponized or used against Bernie, they shouldn't be frowned upon as topics for discussion here. I've had numerous threads deleted by mods for "concern trolling," which is somewhat odd because other topics on these subjects can exist. Today's topic about Bernie missing the Russia sanctions vote is one example. My topic was deleted, but two others continue to exist. Sometimes we have to confront negative or tough stories in order to find the right narrative and/or solutions. We can't have a "political revolution" if tough issues are ignored and suppressed by moderators. I appreciate tough moderation, especially in light of the issues we had here in 2016, but better analysis and consideration should be taken in regards to obvious Bernie supporters. Sometimes that takes some time to check post history and taking a few more seconds to consider the context.

3) Faux-progressivism and distorting Bernie's message – I've noticed some instances recently where certain users have distorted Bernie's message to argue for less-than-progressive ideas, such as incrementalism, tolerance of bigoted foreign politicians, and other weird positions. Bernie's ideas and platform should be very clear. People that promote contrarian ideas are often doing contrarianism for the sake of contrarianism. They don't offer any substantive arguments and derail topics. I don't mind having heavier moderation here, as these users don't really have much posting history in regards to Bernie or seem to be invested in other candidates.

4) Low effort posts – I'm thinking about bad memes or the 'Bernie is going to win the 2020 elections" post here probably, but as primary season ramps up, we need to avoid low effort content. We can't just make sweeping claims or post memes all the time. This place needs to be a tool for distributed organizing, as emphasized by some noted Bernie supporters on social media.

Thanks for reading!

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Need info on the “who is the most progressive” debate

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While we probably all agree that Bernie Sanders is the most progressive member of Congress, and that fits with the chart by GovTrack.Us, there are some Democrats who have been and will continue to try to claim Bernie Sanders isn't actually the most progressive. In particular, they are citing the list on Progressive Punch that supposedly shows that Bernie is 9th in lifetime score of crucial and overall votes, behind Harris, Booker, Warren, Gillibrand, and Brown. Here is their methodology, but I can't make heads or tails of it. Anyone with more knowledge of this able to understand how PP measures this and how it's inaccurate?

We know some people opposed to Bernie are going to try to gaslight people into thinking he's not the most progressive, but we need to have our facts straight to debunk these misleading claims.

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The Re-emergence of “Electability > Shares My Values” in the Age of Trump – We Need to Get Ahead of the Media Narrative

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Recent polling in Iowa indicated that a majority of people (54 %) view nominating the best candidate to beat Trump is more important than nominating a candidate that shares their values (40 %). While sensible (because of just how horrible Trump and Republicans are), it should worry us for two reasons:

– Sanders will beat Biden on values any time, any day – and the narrative is once again robbing us of this advantage

– The media persistently insinuates that bland centrists are by default more electable than staunch progressives

So, how do we combat this? We must repeatedly remind that:

+ Turning out the disaffected base is more effective than swaying "true independents." We've tried the latter over and over and over and, apart from notable suburban gains in 2018 due to an anti-Trump backlash, it has a horrible track record. Al Gore and Kerry lost running as pragmatic centrists. Obama won running as an inspiring progressive, and Dems lost over 1000 seats nationwide during his tenure due in part to him pivoting to the center. Especially now is a bad time, due to increased polarization and thus a decrease in true indies. And on that note…

+ Running a centrist is what gave us the abominable Bush and Trump. In each of three elections this century. The Clinton camp even promoted Trump in the Republican primary as part of a pied piper strategy. Wonder how that turned out. It is the centrists who got us in this mess.

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Chattanooga reporter fired for missing work due to cancer treatment. This is exactly why we need #MedicareForAll ! Insurance provided by your employer isn’t worth shit when your employer fires you for missing too much work due to chronic illness. M4A is the only solution that will cover everyone.

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Health insurance provided by your employer isn’t worth shit when your employer can just fire you for missing too much work due to chronic illness.

Linking health insurance to employment leaves too much room for people to fall through the cracks.

Diagnosed with cancer and have to miss work for treatment? Too bad, you’re fired, now you can’t afford to treat your cancer.

Bernie Sanders is right! Medicare for all is the ONLY solution that guarantees coverage for everyone.

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Bernie Sanders is 77 only 5 years older than Trump but he looks like he could be Trumps father, does America really need a leader who could deteriorate in health much faster while being President? I wouldn’t trust him to drive a car if he was my Grandfather with how he looks.

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It’s a serious question, what if he wins and he dies the next year, can America really handle that right now? What America needs is a young leader not someone who is no longer fit for it. Change my mind

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