Comments on: The real secret to Bernie Sanders’ success Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:57:19 +0000 hourly 1 By: bluepanther Fri, 13 Nov 2015 21:52:17 +0000 Here’s another view from Time Magazine on Wallace, whose foreign policy views the article interestingly chooses to ignore…

America’s Worst Vice Presidents
As the nation waits for John McCain and Barack Obama to announce their running mates, TIME looks back at the worst vice presidents in the country’s history

Henry Wallace

A colleague once described Henry Wallace as “a person answering calls the rest of us don’t hear.” Wallace did indeed feel a calling: the Iowa-born son of a former agriculture secretary declared his greatest aspiration was “to make the world safe for corn breeders.” Despite his unconventional pedigree and the rest of his party’s fervent opposition to his selection, Wallace was shoehorned into office by F.D.R., who made his running mate an economic policy czar and a key foreign emissary. Though he was a ardent believer in mankind’s inherent goodness, Wallace couldn’t elicit goodwill from his colleagues, many of whom found his mystical approach toward religion — he dabbled in ideologies ranging from Catholicism to Zoroastrianism — a bit unsettling.

In 1944, the Democrats bypassed Wallace to select Harry S. Truman as their vice-presidential nominee. Wallace was named Secretary of Commerce, where he feuded bitterly with Truman — who had by then ascended to the Oval Office — over the nation’s confrontational posturing with the Soviet Union, which the agricultural expert deemed dangerously hawkish. The clash earned Wallace a reputation among his detractors as a “Stalinist stooge.” Alienated but undeterred, he mounted a run for the presidency in 1947. One writer later termed his candidacy “the closest the Soviet Union ever came to actually choosing a president of the United States.” Not that Wallace posed much of a threat: he garnered zero electoral votes. Chagrined, he retired from politics and spent many of his remaining days tinkering with egg and corn yields on his New York farm.

— By Alex Altman

By: Solidar Fri, 13 Nov 2015 21:29:38 +0000 The problem for the republicans is that they don’t have a single person who can beat him. You think Trump or Carson have this kind of support? Not even close.

By: brotherkenny4 Fri, 13 Nov 2015 20:19:52 +0000 The southern democrats are best off in the republican party. They are in fact the racist wing of the GOP. The democratic party is better off without them The replacement of Wallace by Truman was the worse thing that has ever happened to the DFL in that Truman was actually a corporate fascist, and started us down the track of corporate control. He was an anti-freedom person who believed in masters just like the southern democrats.

The problem the democrats of today is that they are not liberals and they still believe in corporate control. They hate freedom and their base lacks rational thought just as much as the evangelical wing of the republican party. And, just like the republicans, they believe that victory in assuming power is more important than espousing good policy and protecting freedom and liberty. They look like just more money grabbers and liars and to distinguish them from the GOP is nearly impossible except that they pander to a slightly different ignorant portion of the populace.

By: brotherkenny4 Fri, 13 Nov 2015 19:57:35 +0000 The liberal columnist are the biggest believers in censorship. Right Alex?

By: Flash1022 Fri, 13 Nov 2015 12:43:07 +0000 When critics state government redistributes, that is what government does both in revenues and investments and services.

It is the same that business does, but is called “economy of scale.”

By: pyradius Thu, 12 Nov 2015 21:38:04 +0000 Nice analysis. Most Americans agree with many of Bernie’s economic proposals, but the people have allowed themselves to become divided over wedge issues or believe that someone else is benefiting from their work. This is simply untrue, and we have allowed an upward redistribution of wealth (while worker productivity is higher than ever) for many decades.

People end up focusing on the differences instead of the common goals.