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Bernie Sanders explains why "socialist" isn't a dirty word

(5:16) Talking to Seth Meyers, presidential candidate Bernie Sanders explains why democratic socialism is good for America.

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Not a single word about the military, toppling the corrupt governments of foreign countries or otherwise being the world's police force. I've commented previously that Bernie Sanders should be the next President of the US and, to date, all I see is more evidence supporting my opinion. I don't have a vote in American elections, but I hope those who do will recognise this man's value. It would seem to make more sense than having another Bush or a Trump in the Whitehouse.

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Not a single word about the military, toppling the corrupt governments of foreign countries or otherwise being the world's police force. I've commented previously that Bernie Sanders should be the next President of the US and, to date, all I see is more evidence supporting my opinion. I don't have a vote in American elections, but I hope those who do will recognise this man's value. It would seem to make more sense than having another Bush or a Trump in the Whitehouse.

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Guest: Concerned Citizen (1067 days ago)

Doesn't matter anyway. The President has very little power.

He can veto a bill (and can't even do that if congress passes it with 2/3rds vote) and that's about it. Technically he doesn't even have to sign the ones he agrees with into law as that will happen anyway and things like Obamacare that was created by congress was signed by the President just for "face time".

He must give the State of the Union address.

The President is the commander in chief of the military but does not have the power to declare war -- only congress can do that.

Any foreign policies he creates must have the consent of 2/3rds of the Senate.

The President can pardon or cummute felons and many felons do get pardoned, (the majority on the last few days of the President's term). You never hear them talk about this power in any of their election speeches saying who they plan to pardon when they are in office. I wonder why. Carter pardoned 566, Reagan pardoned 406, GHW Bush pardoned 77, Clinton partoned 459 people, GW Bush pardoned 200, and Obama has padoned 61 so far. In total, about 20,000 people have been pardoned.

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Doesn't matter anyway. The President has very little power.

He can veto a bill (and can't even do that if congress passes it with 2/3rds vote) and that's about it. Technically he doesn't even have to sign the ones he agrees with into law as that will happen anyway and things like Obamacare that was created by congress was signed by the President just for "face time".

He must give the State of the Union address.

The President is the commander in chief of the military but does not have the power to declare war -- only congress can do that.

Any foreign policies he creates must have the consent of 2/3rds of the Senate.

The President can pardon or cummute felons and many felons do get pardoned, (the majority on the last few days of the President's term). You never hear them talk about this power in any of their election speeches saying who they plan to pardon when they are in office. I wonder why. Carter pardoned 566, Reagan pardoned 406, GHW Bush pardoned 77, Clinton partoned 459 people, GW Bush pardoned 200, and Obama has padoned 61 so far. In total, about 20,000 people have been pardoned.

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Thanks for taking the time to reply; your response is very informative and I was unaware of most of what you say.

One thing I would say as an outsider is that at least Obama has not presented the world with the antics of a buffoon, or worse, as has been the case with several of the names you mention. A bit of dignity may not achieve much on the world stage, but it does give the appearance of a world leader, even if he doesn't have much actual power, as you state.

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Thanks for taking the time to reply; your response is very informative and I was unaware of most of what you say.

One thing I would say as an outsider is that at least Obama has not presented the world with the antics of a buffoon, or worse, as has been the case with several of the names you mention. A bit of dignity may not achieve much on the world stage, but it does give the appearance of a world leader, even if he doesn't have much actual power, as you state.

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