Bernie Sanders, bernies and the Left, in hindsight.

“The destruction of the Democratic Party and creation of a truly progressive political movement is the only hope for black America.” Black Agenda Report

As the discussion about Putin meddling in our elections deepens, more information slowly drips in about how ‘bernies’ and the pseudo-left were targeted for anti-Clinton propaganda. I used this blog during the elections to denounce how the ‘left’ united forces with the GOP to defeat our votes and Clinton. As time goes by, my observations are being proven correct. So let me refresh your mind with this post.

The main element in all this conversation about Putin meddling in the 2016 presidential elections is the use of propaganda. We know that propaganda is a dishonest method of influencing opinions. “Dishonest” because it is based on the manipulation of information (misinformation/disinformation), and emotions through it.

Then there is the issue of what is the purpose of propaganda. It can be commercial, to sell more products and push a specific brand; that would be advertisement. But it has a nefarious goal when it is used for political purposes, ‘public relations’ as a tool of power to put in the political body –government more specific – people who represent interests rejected by the citizens, manipulating them to vote against their own interests.

There is public agreement in that Putin’s goal was to help Trump win over Hillary Clinton. That’s bad enough, but there’s more to it.

Putin is clearly a ‘right-winger’ who supports the GOP. You can’t help Trump without helping the GOP, and now more than ever considering that  Putin sees the democrats as attacking Trump. Putin and his oligarchs (we saw them celebrating Trump’s ‘victory’) are now interested in securing the GOP stay as a majority party in Congress.

Also, Putin, coming from a history of believing in the one-party system, would love it if the Democratic Party were to disappear; destroying it would be a natural inclination for Putin and Russian oligarchs.

The American pseudo-left’s love affair with Putin would be understood if it was based on a Soviet era Putin, a ‘Marxist against the globalist imperialists’. That’s what they were defending in the past.  But this Putin is himself a globalist-imperialists oligarch supporting the GOP in the USA. The fact that they, knowing this fact, pretend that we put all of our struggles on the side to give the GOP a chance to make ‘peace’ with Putin is beyond outrageous. It is treason by a pseudo-intellectual-pseudo-Marxist elite. I include in the ‘pseudo-left’ all the typical leftist organizations and websites (Counter Punch, Socialist World, etc.), but exclude the people at The Nation because they showed some balance and dignity during the elections.

I discussed on this blog how Bernie Sanders and the pseudo-left were determined, and still are, in destroying the Democratic Party and support the GOP. That was the focus of this blog, the pseudo-left.

In hindsight, Bernie Sanders and the pseudo-left left crumbs of support for Putin all through the elections. Their whole anti-Hillary-anti-DNC campaign was the crumbs.

Sanders has gone as far as inciting the voters at the Electoral College to vote, not to restore the people’s’ wishes expressed on November 8, but to, instead, appoint Kasich,  a racist, right-wing member of the party of the enemies of the people, the GOP, i.e.
https://crazyusaelections.wordpress.com/2016/12/11/sanders-leftists-embrace-trump-and-white-supremacists-a-love-affair-made-in-hell/

THE MANAFORT TRIAL

This is in the reporting at the Washington Post about the first day at Manafort trial, a statement by Ted Devine, Sanders’ campaign manager:

“Ukrainian’s campaign “delivered the message with numbing repetition,” thanks to Manafort… Devine said Manafort hired a range of other campaign consultants from the United States, including pollster Tony Fabrizio, who also worked on Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

We now know what happened in the Ukrainian campaign (more or less), how Manafort used propaganda to influence their campaign. And Devine was helping him. It stands to logic that whatever disinformation and character assassination techniques he, Ted Devine, used there, he used here too.

I propose that the bernies’ repeated ad nauseam “lock her up” and “crooked Hillary” came from the fountainhead of Ted Devine, a Putin supporter. And boy, did Trump thank them, as he thanked Putin, for it. He publicly thanked Sanders, but Sanders never responded to deny he was helping him in any way, shape or form.

Silence is complicity, some times.

THE ONE PARTY SYSTEM

The quote that opens this post is not the only example of the pseudo-left engaged in the elimination of the Democratic Party; there are many more on this blog. These people, advocating the destruction of that party, know that doing that will make the USA a one-party system with the GOP as the only party.

They know this because this outcome is so logical and evident that even a three years old toddler can see it.

So why is the pseudo-left, Sanders and bernies so intent and adamant in destroying the party when they know that they cannot build anything on the ashes of that party? Do they have the following with the political knowledge to immediately, before the elections, build a “new democratic party” that will fix all the ‘class problems’ they say are the only problems this nation has? Of course not.

That’s why the quote up there from Blackagendareport suggest destroying the party and putting in its stead “a movement”, not another party.

Sanders and pseudo-left are Putin followers. Jill Stein even got to dine with Putin. Whatever Putin’s goals are, those are the pseudo-left/Sanders’ goal. Putin want to help Trump by eliminating the Democratic Party. So there you have it.

Today they are still at it, calling for the demise of the party.

I’m not a fan of that party. I vote dem because there is no other alternative. Instead of destroying it, those who don’t like its politics ought to work for some coalition within it to make it ‘better’. It would not be the first time that the ‘left’ makes coalitions with the ‘right’ within a party, or anywhere else.

The evidence is there today with the ‘left’ helping the GOP. It would make more sense for them to work to fix the DNC, not to put the GOP at the head of the one-party USA. But then, that would defeat Putin’s purpose, wouldn’t it?

In my book, Sanders and the pseudo-left are complicit with Putin and Trump in the coup that was the elections.

To me they are guilty of treason as much as Trump is, if not more.

Follow Sanders at your own risk.

 

 

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Trump and the Fantastic End of American Exceptionalism

Humanity can’t expect to improve its lot when it places its hopes in immoral ‘leaders’.

That was me who said that. In all seriousness, though, that’s the predicament we all find ourselves on this planet: Who will we choose as our global leaders?

The USA has always pride on being the ‘shining beacon of hope of the world’, the example to be followed towards a society of free, wealthy and healthy men and women and children. The example we have given the world today is of how to achieve the opposite.

All over the world there are now politicians imitating our first lewd president in all his immoral regalia. That’s the first of three signs of the end of American exceptionalism.

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(That word, “opposite“, is significant in describing where humanity is heading to; I use it through out this post.)

Trump’s example didn’t  happen serendipitously. Nations are in a state of collective chaos, politically, economically, morally…Trump is the most egregious evidence that this is the condition in the USA too. Americans have always seen themselves as apart from the rest of the world, haven’t they?

But they have officially joined the rest of the planet in its maddening race to the bottom of the cesspool. Trump’s followers, including the zombie American Left who supports him, say that the appalling conflict of interest of him mixing his personal business with that of running our government, is not big deal.

Anyway, that chaos has been slow-cooking for the last 50 years, and the master cook’s name is Globalism.

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The American consumers eating this cook’s garbage elected the Apprentice guy to do their job for them, to tell the GOP’s members who didn’t support him “You are fired”. Poor things; they have no contact with reality except through ‘reality TV‘.

I italicized “GOP’s members’ because his followers are not complaining about him filling his cabinet with ultra-right wing Wall Street and globalists men; the opposite of what they elected him to do.

Despite the above, the ‘end of American exceptionalism’ comes courtesy of the globalists, not of Trump or the deplorables. They own this orange mess; they know it too. That’s the second sign of the end of our claim to ‘exceptionalism’, that the globalists know they gave us the Trump virus that sickened this nation and, effectively, destroyed the ‘exceptional’ image.

Continuing with the ‘cooking’ metaphor, our master cook, Larry Summers, knows exactly what’s wrong with his recipe:

Donald Trump’s rise goes beyond his demagogic appeal. It is a reflection of the political psychology of frustration – people see him as responding to their fears about the modern world order, an outsider fighting for those who have been left behind.

And they see the disintegration that accompanies global integration, as communities suffer when big employers lose to foreign competitors.

That last one is very spicy: “the disintegration that accompanies global integration‘. That is a beautiful example of dialectic logic, the unity of opposites or contraries. He is telling the nature of globalism: a major contradiction in that it benefits a few but controls everybody’s way of life. It explains regular folks contradictory behaviors. It’s like a bad marriage: can’t live with him, can’t live without him.

The reader surely can see who gets the end of the stick in that quote. It is valid to say that globalism benefits only a few, or the opposite statement, few benefit from globalism. Our master cook agrees:

a project carried out by elites for elites with little consideration for the interests of ordinary people

With a recipe like that, it’s a matter of time when you will have to close the kitchen.

Elites can continue pursuing and defending integration, hoping to win sufficient popular support — but… this strategy may have run its course.

Globalism is kaput, it has caused all the havoc humanity can tolerate without violently revolting against it by sticking globalists’ heads in the proverbial pitchforks. The globalists have armaments against pitchforks, though. That’s the way they are going to protect themselves from the “angry voters”.

Trump is the evidence that “this strategyhas run its course. He is not the shining hero coming to rescue humanity, he is the opposite. He is like one of the horsemen of the apocalypse coming to deliver the last blow to humanity. But don’t say that to his local and worldwide followers.

We saw during the primaries and presidential election this man’s true character. He is amoral, his goal in life is to amass as much profit as he can, without any moral considerations. Well, you saw the picture, I don’t need to dwell on it.

The point is: Humanity can’t expect to improve its lot when by placing its hopes in immoral ‘leaders’.

I propose to you that this global crisis will continue for the next 20 years, at least; and it will get worse before it starts to subside. Citizens will continue acting and moving in opposite direction of their own self interests, as I have tried to show here.

Trump will drag our nation to the swamp; with him, there’s no other path but to the bottom. The owners of the media conglomerate, the Murdoch’s, the Jeff Bezos’, the Bloomberg’s, the Mortimer Zuckerman’s and the Carlos Slim’s (owns The New York Times) of the world will make sure you keep moving to the bottom and against your own interests. That’s what they did when they gave you ’emails scandal’ 24/7 so you would feel repulsed by Hillary Clinton and vote against her. That’s what happened, didn’t it?

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Small group of media moguls, from left to right: Murdoch, Jeff Bezos, Mortimer Zuckerrman, Bloomy, and Mexican Carlos Slim. Did you know that The New York Times is owned by that Mexican guy? Just saying.

These media’s corrupt souls decide what you read, how to read it, and how to react to what they feed you. In that way they will guide your actions like master puppeteer. More contradictions: Trump called them “lying media”, implying they publish propaganda; the people agreed with him, but continue to trust the dishonest media”.

The only way I see the USA regaining its place as that beacon of hope is if its citizens intelligently rise to confront both Trump and the globalist oligarchy. But I don’t have much hope for that. The American people is still in love with capitalism and with globalism. I have described how they act in opposition to what they say they want.

The media and the intellectually spent American Left  have convinced the masses that the problem is not Trump or the globalists but the Clinton’s. They too own that virus.

To that effect, Sanders, some Democrats and the Leftists are trying to convince GOP republicans in the Electoral College to vote for another republican, Kasich! That’s the third sign we lost our prestige as leaders of the world.

With that display of intellectual dishonesty, the so-called leftists are telling us ‘don’t count on us to guide you or to give you the best thought out political analysis‘.

America has lost its place as example to humanity. Who will claim that torch in the near future?

The American Trump-Apologist Left: Traitors of the American People (II)

‘Pleas’, take note of the two big badges to the right of this post, especially the second one.

Introduction

In my previous post I started discussing the death of the American Left as shown by them becoming Trump Apologists. The process of dying of the American Left (AL), as with all processes, has been going on for quite some time as evidenced by these problems: working class losing workers’ rights, increase in levels of poverty, women losing their reproductive rights…It’s not a newly diagnosed illness what is killing it.

Yes, they don’t control the economy, but they are ‘supposed’ to help the working class organize to protect their rights. When workers lose their rights, it means they are politically weaker, and the Left is toothless.

The Left is simply unaware that the illness eating them is there, and can’t recognize the most recent symptom of their terminal disease: their sympathies towards Donald Trump.

One reason the Left is oblivious to its slow death is its persistent inability to practice self-examination, self-criticism. The AL has traditionally looked outside itself to explain its own failures: it’s always the oligarchy class, the media, the FBI, the CIA, its evil-Hillary stealing Sanders’ thunder with trickery and dishonesty…it’s never they themselves.

As evidence, take a quick look at the analysis of some of the Left’s online think-tanks articles about why Bernie Sanders’ movement failed (as I predicted on this blog, they are already blaming him and not themselves). CounterPunch magazine is a  notorious example of ‘I didn’t do that‘ analysis , but there are others. Here are some articles as example of this attitude:

The Split
Bernie Sanders: the Candidate Who Came in From the Cold
The Revolution Betrayed: Why Sandernistas Have a Right to be Angry,
Bernie’s Failed Revolution: How Sanders fell short of changing the Democratic Party.

I will submit and develop for your consideration some of the factors in the present political culture that show why the AL has stopped being an alternative to the American non-oligarchical classes and groups: Their failures, how intellectually spent they are, and how they have morphed into traitors of the American people. On the next post I would like to discuss how the AL, in yet another sign of treason,  has purposely ignored the political problem globalists and globalism. At the end of this post I introduce that discussion.

Epic Fail, Intellectually Spent, and Traitors of the 99%

“Give me just one generation of youth, and I’ll transform the whole world.”
― Vladimir Lenin

I guess no one gave Lenin one generation of youth. The point being, as the millennials have proven, you have to earn them. And the American Left is not even near getting their attention.

The  professional AL and their think-tanks (the leaders of aging socialists/communist organizations, the political analysts and political magazines and books writers) are part of the American upper middle class, its leftist intellectual elite, materially better off than most workers here and globally. They sit comfortably in front of their PC to draw for us non-intellectuals a floor-map of what we must do to achieve the revolution.

For example, on how to engage and bring to the Left the ‘angry working class element’ supporting Trump:

There are those among Trump supporters who socialists can and should relate to. We do so by ruthlessly exposing Trump’s bigotry and the hollowness of the solutions he offers…include[ing] mobilizing the greatest number possible of radicalizing people of color, youth, Bernie Sanders supporters and others to confront and shut down his campaign events at every opportunity possible.[highlights by me.]

WOW! I guess that by now, after the many ‘occupy Trump’ events, that segment of Trump supporters are totally on the Left’ side, ‘feeling the Bern’, sharing a sense of mutual relatedness with the “radicalizing” socialists who confront them “at every opportunity possible“. By “radicalizing people” the author means thugs without a party.

Interestingly enough, the AL has not being “ruthlessly” denouncing Trump; Hillary Clinton, the MSM and the GOP are the ones denouncing him. Meanwhile, the AL, Sanders and his supporters have been busy spewing their hatred of… Hillary, and “ruthlessly” denouncing… the DNC!

They can’t be “ruthlessly” denouncing Trump because they see him as an alternative to Clinton. This is the mark of the American Left’s intellectual dishonesty: they don’t hate Trump but hate Hillary; they know he is a racist and misogynist, but, for them, race and women take a back seat behind the financial needs of the generic workers, but especially white male workers. They think he is an alternative for the working class and dedicate a lot of digital ink to explain to the voters why he is better than Hillary, as discussed in the first part of this ‘series’. They contribute, with their dishonesty, to keep the American voters blind to Trump’s elitist and, yes, fascist platform.

Allow me to call them, the American Left, traitors of the working class, women, minorities, etc, etc, etc.

As intellectuals, most of the American Leftists are imbued with the typical attitude of elitists: conceit. Nothing repels the sweaty hard working class more than know-it-all socialist intellectuals. But the intellectual AL doesn’t talk to the workers, it talks among themselves. The proof is in the pudding:

After 30+ years of being the ‘conscience’ of the working class, of ‘educating’ them with leftists’ publications, do you see the masses following the Socialist Party or the Green Party today? How effective has the AL been at calling the attention of the downtrodden and the millennials and then convincing them to follow the left’s theory of how to do the revolution?

It could even be correctly argued that today’s millennials, despite the abundance of leftist’ educational material,  have the lowest understanding of basic Leftists’ political concepts like ‘socialism’ and ‘revolution’ – and certainly no familiarity with the concept of ‘class identity’ – as compared with, let’s say, the 60s Left – despite their frequent use of these concepts. That explains, in part, why most millennials feel attracted to Trump’s pseudo-anti-establishment rants. Epic fail.

there is no revolution without the masses

Bernie Sanders has the support of about 10 million active members of the non-oligarchy classes, mostly millennials, and the AL has…what was that, how many? Trump too has millions of supporters following his pseudo-anti-establishment message. An aging ‘independent’ and an elitist billionaire carrying the masses with messages similar to those which the AL has been arguing for over 30 years. That oughta hurt.

So what does the AL do? The same thing they did in the 2008 primaries: they surrendered their intellectual abilities for the joy of been with the masses that have eluded them for so long and were following Obama’s Hope and Change utopia. Basically, to avoid being left behind in touch with their irrelevancy, they became  intellectually dishonest and self-deluded; they drank the Obama Kool-Aide:

Frank Chapman, CPUSA, hailing BO’s victory in the Iowa caucuses:

“Obama’s victory was more than a progressive move; it was a dialectical leap ushering in a qualitatively new era of struggle. Marx once compared revolutionary struggle with the work of the mole, who sometimes burrows so far beneath the ground that he leaves no trace of his movement on the surface. This is the old revolutionary “mole”, not only showing his traces on the surface but also breaking through.”

Because they are incapable of self-examination, they seldom talk about how wrong they were in supporting Obama. As if their 2008 mistake never happened, today they delude themselves into believing that they are still a political force capable of ‘educating’ the millennials who, before Sanders came into the picture, had an anti-establishment unaffiliated movement of their own. The aging AL have had various joyous conferences to discuss their participation in “Sanders’ movement”, for example, one to discuss:

Should socialists work inside the Democratic Party, with the hope of transforming it into a party that genuinely represents workers’ interests?

That’s the same question they asked themselves in 2008 and many joined the party. They have learned nothing since then. The AL believes that it was Sanders who created ‘his’ movement, and not the other way around. It was the angry millennials who uplifted him and turned his initially lame primary campaign (one for the ‘issues’, taking for granted that Clinton would be the nominee) into a challenging movement… wasted by Sanders’ focus on reforming the DNC.

Sanders achievement was to walk the angry millennials into the Democratic party to ‘burn’ their angry energy and be pacified there. There was no down ballot votes supporting other progressives during this elections cycle.  it was all about Sanders, as it was all about Obama in 2008.

In both cases, then as today, a nascent fresh anti-oligarchy movement has been neutered, thanks to the American Left who helped corral the angry youth into the Democratic party.

From 2008 to today, they have had enough time to build a third-party to challenge the oligarchs’ duopoly, or any other form of ORGANIZED protests. Have them?

As I asked in a previous post:

What is the trick? What is it that Obama and Sanders, and even Trump have that you, socialists and communists, don’t have? Have you asked yourselves that question? But seriously asked yourselves that question?

This I say to the American Left: Don’t bother registering as a Democrat just because you are daydreaming that you can be a ‘subversive’ force in the Democratic party. You have demonstrated all these years that you, socialists and communists, are as painfully unappealing to the working class as a mole in the middle of your interlocutor’s nose, and that you are intellectually spent and traitors of the American people you claim to support, therefore, the American Left as Trump Apologists.

ABOUT GLOBALISM

I am baffled, but REALLY baffled…actually I am horrified at how the AL neglects to read directly from the horse’s mouth what the oligarchs are saying about this presidential elections cycle. Even a cursory look at their think-tanks and most vocal oligarchs will show you what they are up to globally and in the USA. One little example would be enough for understanding what is at stake in this presidential election cycle, one  I have frequently discussed on this blog trying  to call the attention of those professional American leftists: Larry Summers statement about the “danger” that a Trump presidency poses to, let alone the USA, but to GLOBALISM.

Oh, then, it is true that Trump is anti-globalist? asks you. Of course not! But the AL think he is. The problem he presents to the oligarchs is his insistence on talking about the problems created by the globalists. 

You see, the globalists acknowledge that the power is not in Trump hands, but in the angry voters. “Globalism created the angry voters” they say. And they have a plan to make you less angry.

To be continued.