Sanders well ahead of opponents in Democrats.com poll

A straw poll of tens of thousands of Democrats.com subscribers shows Bernie Sanders well ahead of his opponents.

The poll shows that 48 per cent of respondents support Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nomination, while just 20 per cent say they support Hillary Clinton.

7 per cent said they supported Joe Biden, while another 23 per cent said they would support any of those three candidates.

As of the 3rd of October at 2:45pm ET, more than 50,000 Democrats.com subscribers had taken part in the online straw poll.

All other Democratic candidates polled at 1 per cent, except Jim Webb and Lincoln Chafee who registered below 1 per cent of support.

Almost 30,000 show up to see Bernie Sanders in Boston

A crowd of 20,000 packed the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center on Saturday night, while thousands more watched from outside.

“Boston, thank you. What a huge crowd,” Senator Sanders said when he took the stage.

The crowds inside were unbelievable, with thousands who were unable to make it inside, and were watching on a big screen outside the venue.

To put it in perspective, Barack Obama attracted just 10,000 to his rally in Boston in 2007.

Just hours prior to the Boston event, Senator Sanders spoke to 6,000 supporters at a rally in Springfield.

Senator Bernie Sanders’ next rally is scheduled for October 9, where he will address supporters in Tucson, Arizona.

Thousands are queuing to see Bernie in Boston right now

Thousands of Bernie Sanders supporters are currently queueing up at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

The photo above was taken at roughly 3:30pm, and the rally doesn’t kick off until 6pm. Below is another photo shared on Twitter of the line.

If you’re in Boston and want to see Bernie Sanders tonight, it would be wise to get down there right now. Doors are expected to open at roughly 5pm.

Sanders draws thousands in Springfield

Bernie Sanders spoke to a crowd of thousands of supporters in Springfield, Massachusetts on Saturday afternoon.

As Sanders took to the stage, the enthusiastic crowd took to their feet and cheered him on.

In his speech to the crowd of roughly 6,000 supporters, Sanders touched on ending mass incarceration, creating jobs, rebuilding the middle class and building a campaign for the 99%.

Senator Sanders also touched on foreign policy, saying that the United States should resolve disputes with other countries without going to war.

On education, Sanders said, “in the midst of an educational crisis, we don’t fire teachers, we hire them!”

The Springfield rally was the first of two in Massachusetts, as Bernie Sanders prepares to address a huge rally in Boston tonight.

Bernie Sanders to return to Arizona

Senator Bernie Sanders will return to Arizona next Friday, where he will hold a rally in Tucson.

Sanders will be speaking at the Reid Park DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center from 7pm on Friday the 9th of October.

The campaign will hope to bolster Sanders’ numbers by making a visit to Arizona, where the last poll showed him trailing Clinton by 22 points in August. However, the gap has closed since May, when Clinton was ahead by 42 points.

Attendees are encouraged to arrive at 6pm and to RSVP on the campaign’s website.

What “it’s going to take a political revolution” really means

“What I am calling for is not just your support.  I am asking you to be part of a political revolution; a revolution which transforms our country economically, politically, socially and environmentally.”

So declared Senator Bernie Sanders in a recent town hall meeting at The Medallion Center in Columbia, South Carolina.  Committed Berniemaniacs have been hearing this challenge for months, at least since Bernie’s official launch event on May 26.

Think about it:  A political revolution.  A transformation of our country in an all-encompassing and fundamental way.  Have we considered the full scope of what that could really mean – and what it would really require?

It’s way more than Americans have been asked to do for a very long time.  More than John F. Kennedy’s exhortation to “Ask not what your country can do for you.  Ask what you can do for your country.”  And more than George H.W. Bush’s call for us to function as “a thousand points of light” in service to our fellow citizens.  “Ambitious” scarcely begins to describe it.  I think Bernie Sanders means to put us to work!  In fact, the moment that Senator Sanders becomes President Sanders is the moment when the real work will begin.

In order to appreciate the case for a political revolution, it is helpful to reflect upon how we as a nation arrived at our current predicament in the first place, to a point where vast amounts of capital – and the immense power that vast amounts of capital can purchase – have been methodically leveraged to siphon away our personal savings and investments as well as public resources intended for us all to share, while systematically depriving us of our collective bargaining rights, our workplace protection rights, our earned benefits rights, our voting rights, our consumer protection rights, our environmental protection rights, our civil liberties and civil rights, our Net neutrality rights, our rights to clean healthy food, our rights to control our own bodies, our rights of sovereignty and self-determination – and ultimately, robbing us of our very ability to fight back.

In my opinion, it happened because, years ago, America got lazy.  We got lazy, and complacent, and careless.  We allowed ourselves to get conned by a cabal of political grifters, and the robber barons and plutocrats they represent, into believing that their “trickle down” snake oil was a magic elixir.  They told us what we wanted to hear – and we didn’t ask too many questions, because it was such a pleasant bedtime story after all.  And because cautious skepticism is such a downer, and critical thinking is so much work!  By the time we finally woke up, with a terrible stomach ache, the grifters had skipped town, our 401ks were gone, our jobs had been sent to Malaysia, our houses were being repossessed – and we were told to “Take it or leave it!”

The parallels between the late Twenties and our own time are so direct and so dramatic, it’s downright scary.  The wealth disparity between the haves and the have nots was extreme – and at the time, unprecedented.  The wealthy lived lives of extraordinary extravagance and opulence, enjoying great privilege and wielding great power, while ordinary people struggled simply to survive – with virtually no social safety net.  The stock market, already at an all-time high and still climbing, seemed destined to fuel great fortunes indefinitely…until one day, it didn’t.

It was only the transformed political conditions wrought by years of widespread poverty and misery that sparked the sea change necessary to break the iron grip of the plutocrats, and open the gates to greater opportunity and fair play for all Americans.  It was the Great Depression that brought about the political revolution of that time.  What will it take to bring about the political revolution of our time?

I believe it will take a level of determination and commitment – sustained, ongoing determination and commitment – that few of us have ever considered until now.  It will require us to maintain a heightened state of awareness and vigilance at all times, and a proactive, assertive preparation to pounce whenever our rights, privileges or opportunities are under threat – with no expiration period or end date in sight.  Ever.

Gone are the days when we can assume that decisions made by our elected representatives in government will be considered with our interests in mind.  Gone are the days when we can ignore the predatory practices of multinational corporations that would drown our rights, our ambitions and our opportunities in a torrent of dirty money.  Gone are the days when we can ever again afford to be passive or complacent or negligent – about anything.

To take back our country from the clutches of the robber barons and the plutocrats and the bought politicians who serve them, and reclaim our democracy for the benefit of all our people, will ultimately require a cultural sea change from which all other changes originate; the kind of pervasive and penetrating revolution of consciousness that serves notice to all: that the people are back in charge…and we won’t ever relinquish control of our country again.

America is so ready for this.  We need only the right leader who can serve as the catalyst for this change to occur, around whom our political revolution can coalesce.  I believe that leader is Senator Bernie Sanders – and that the key to the transformation of America is to get Bernie Sanders elected as the 45th President of the United States.

Bernie Sanders to hold rallies in Massachusetts

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will hold two rallies in Massachusetts on Saturday.

The Senator’s first rally will kick off at 2pm in Springfield. It is to be held at the MassMutual Center. Doors open at 12:30pm.

In the evening, Sanders will speak to a rally at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. That event will start at 6pm, with doors to open at 5pm.

Both events are free, and open to the public, but attendees are strongly encouraged to the campaign to RSVP on the campaign website.

Bernie Sanders to appear on Ellen in October

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will appear on the Ellen DeGeneres Show this month, according to a promo.

An October show promotion for Ellen teased that Senator Bernie Sanders would be a guest on the show.

This comes after Hillary Clinton made an appearance on the show in early September. Clinton is a personal friend of DeGeneres.

Sanders supporters have been petitioning Ellen DeGeneres to have the independent Senator from Vermont on her show for months.

Support for Sanders grows in Texas

Bernie Sanders has significantly grown his support among voters in Texas, while support for Hillary Clinton has taken a sharp dive.

The poll, conducted between September 8th and 21st shows Sanders trailing Clinton by just 12 points in Texas, narrowing the margin from 40 points in an earlier poll.

The poll found that 36 per cent of likely Democratic primary goers support Clinton, while 24 per cent say Bernie Sanders is their first choice.

Another 26 per cent said they hadn’t though about it enough to make up their mind.

This poll is promising news for the Sanders campaign, as it shows support for Sanders growing 9 points from a poll conducted in June.