Frequently Asked Questions
Well, okay, this site is pretty new but if there were frequently asked
questions about this site, I suspect these would be some of them.
Who is Bernie Sanders?
Bernie Sanders is a Senator from Vermont. Nominally an independent not affiliated with
any party, his views align most closely with the Senate's Democrats and he caucuses with
them. He is currently campaigning for the nomination to be the Democratic candidate for
President on the 2016 ballot.
Why is Bernie running for president?
All his life Bernie has fought for justice for the poor, the immigrant,
the person of color and the working American. He perceives that today's America has
the deck stacked in favor of the moneyed and powerful and against the middle
and lower class, and as president he plans to implement policies aimed at
improving the lives of the average American.
What is Bernie's platform?
Bernie has a 12 point agenda that he would like to see implemented in America:
- Rebuilding Our Crumbling Infrastructure
- Reversing Climate Change
- Creating Worker Co-ops
- Growing the Trade Union Movement
- Raising the Minimum Wage
- Pay Equity for Women Workers
- Trade Policies that Benefit American Workers
- Making College Affordable for All
- Taking on Wall Street
- Health Care as a Right for All
- Protecting the Most Vulnerable Americans
- Real Tax Reform
You can read more about his plan at his website
or you can see a discussion of the issues at Feel the Bern
community-driven website with pages about Sanders' positions on a number of issues.
But isn't it Hillary Clinton's turn to be president?
Here in America we don't have "turns" like we were out on the playground. American politics is supposed
to be a marketplace of ideas, and the best ideas are supposed to win out. Unfortunately thanks to the
Supreme Court's ruling in Citizens United, the deck has been stacked heavily in favor of the rich,
the powerful, and the status quo. Is it any wonder that one of Bernie's signature causes is to repeal
Citizens United and pass a Constitutional amendment removing money from politics?
Isn't Bernie Sanders a communist?
No. He is a democratic socialist,. which is very different.
But isn't socialism the same as communism?
Ask ten people what the word "socialist" means and you'll get 11 answers. Thirteen
if any of them is an economist or political scientist. The Soviet Communists
co-opted the term "socialist" for their brand of state-controlled centralized
economy, so Americans often conflate the two ideas, but democratic socialism
– the kind they practice in prosperous, peaceful countries like Norway and Denmark
– is very different.
Isn't socialism un-American or anti-capitalist?
No, and I'm not here to argue the point. I would say leave behind worn-out
labels that just serve to divide us, take a look at Bernie's positions and
his record, and make up your own mind about whether a Sanders presidency would
be good for America.
Why did you do this site?
Because I can.
No, really, why'd you create this site?
Some people do traditional political tasks either by inclination,
out of a sense of duty or because they think it's the right thing
to do. They knock on doors, hand out leaflets, phone bank, register people to
vote, throw house parties and generally do the business of retail
God bless 'em, but I'm not one of those people. I am very introverted,
don't drive, don't get out a lot and am not even all that comfortable
talking to people on the phone. I wouldn't do well shaking hands at
a county fair or standing outside a Starbucks asking people to sign a
But I am very, very good at making computers do what I want them to,
and I figured that if I could put a web site together that would
get the word out about Bernie and his message, it just might help get
him elected and put America back on the right track. That's one of the
interesting things about Bernie's campaign: people come out of the
woodwork to do what needs to be done and to contribute in whatever
way they can, because they believe in his message.
Who are you?
My name is Creede Lambard. I'm a devops engineer, Rails programmer and
all-around computer generalist based in the Seattle area. This site
isn't about me, though. I'm just the guy who wrote it.
What are some of the technical details of the site?
Glad you asked. It's based a Github project written by Andrew Callahan,
but I've done some heavy modification both in the presentation and
in the internals of how the site runs. It's written in Ruby on Rails and
uses Ruby gems like twitter-bootstrap-rails, devise and sidekiq, and
wkhtmltoimage to create the images in the "Trending Links" section.
Are you going to add more content to this site?
Why, yes. Yes, I probably will.