In this post I discuss:
- How Sanders and the two-party system have destroyed the progressive movement
- How his betrayal is pushing his followers from the extreme left to the extreme right of the political spectrum as they see Trump as an alternative to vilified Hillary Clinton (HC) and, finally,
- That his followers’ movement towards Trump presages our nation moving towards fascism.
- I also discuss why HC is the proverbial sacrificial lamb in this process of destroying the progressive movement.
First, consider these YouTube videos titles:
- Hillary and the True Beast She Is.
- Clinton Insider Reveals Hillary’s Lesbian Sexcapades
- Hillary Clinton – A TRUE STORY OF SEX, DRUGS & MURDER
- Carly Fiorina Knows All About Hillary’s Sex Life
- Hillary Clinton: A Career Criminal
- hillary clinton and huma
There are millions of videos like these, and worse, there.
I checked videos for Dick Cheney: they were all about him being a war criminal and making a profit out of the Iraq invasion. For President George W. Bush, the videos were even cute: there were “GWBush bloopers” and other ‘funny’ takes on “Bushisms”. In other words, their moral character and their manhood, their masculine sexual qualities are not questioned…ever. They are human beings…who do bad things.
But those videos ‘inform’ us that Hillary Clinton is not human, there is no possible redemption for her as a human being because she is an unnatural beast.
You would think that republicans made those videos. I have bad news for you: most of the videos were made by ‘democrats’ and ‘progressives’, i.e., by Sanders followers.
Hillary Clinton is not the caricature portrayed in those videos, and she is definitely not worse than the other two guys, not even if compared base on their politics, nor even as a human being. So what gives?
The Times They Are A-Changin’
If voting were to change anything, it would be illegal.
Yes, they are changing, but is not the ‘change’ you voted for when you voted for Obama.
In the 2008 elections the oligarchs learned that the voter anger that came as a consequence of the post-9/11 economical and political changes could be contained and diffused in the electoral process with the help of charismatic leaders promising to change and ‘clean’ the system.
Today they are offering you more ‘charismatic’ and popular leaders: Sanders and Trump. Is no coincidence that they both are talking the same language of “corrupt establishment”.
Keep in mind that in 2008 HC, despite having been the preferred nominee in the beginning, became the target of a brutal misogynistic campaign attack from the democratic party and the MSM that portrayed her as the evil witch of the status quo. She was unpolitely asked to cede her candidacy to the charismatic candidate paving the path to bring the angry voters into a liberating communion of hope and change. The same thing is happening to her today.
Today voters have more than good reasons to be angry, on both sides of the aisle. There’s no need to go into the causes of that anger here. The question here is What do they do with that anger?
Sanders, the two-party system (2ps) and the art of killing a populist movement
The modern purpose and function of the 2ps is to channel and dissipate voters anger in its electoral process, that’s why the ‘establishment’ protects it with tooth and nail.
Nothing threatens the status quo of the US oligarchs more than the prospect of having a viable third-party, not even ‘evil’ Hillary. That’s why the GOP forced the Donald into signing that pledge, remember? And that’s one of the reasons why B. Sanders has remained an “independent” in Congress: to divide and conquer; keep the power concentrated in the hands of the oligarchs.
For all his chest-beating shouts about “revolution”, “socialism” and being against “the billionaire class”, Sanders has never ventured outside of Congress to form a party to challenge the ‘establishment’. He is part and parcel of that establishment and has promised many times publicly to protect the democratic party. He doesn’t even have a record of supporting other independents running for elected positions. On the contrary.
Sanders, the great anti-establishment independent, was adamant in protecting the party from another independent by giving his unconditional support to Kerry over Nader in the 2004 presidential elections. In doing so, Sanders can receive credit for these dubious achievements:
- He helped in killing the momentum to create a viable third-party.
- He blamed, not only Nader, but the third-party option for Bush winning over Kerry.
- The psychological impact of blaming Nader for Americans having to endure the atrocious second Bush administration has cemented the voters into the 2ps. The third-party is now further away than it was in 2004.
Independently of how democrats feel about Nader, in the eyes of the leftists and progressives Sanders betrayed the progressive movement by siding with the democratic party.
Sanders’ job in Congress all these years has been to give voters the illusion that there is third option in the electoral process in his state of Vermont against the establishment, and that he represents that option. He has done his job superbly well considering his record of voting against the interests of his supporters.
Now he is doing it again now.
And that takes us to today’s primaries.
The Primaries: The Escape Valve
Sanders is running in the “corrupt party”…because the party needs him to run in it, and he does as they tell him to do.
The DNC asked him to run as a democrat to give the appearance that the 2ps, and the democratic party in particular, offers real alternatives to the voters, not only the usual pro-establishment candidates. Appearances are important in a ‘democracy’. They roll the dice and if Sanders can repeat Obama’s feast, offering the pie in the sky to pacify the raucous voters, the party will again sacrifice Hillary in the altar of misogyny. Also, the anger resulting from ‘no change‘ and from the continued attacks on the middle class and the police-state is getting out of hand and has morphed into the Occupy and BLM movements. It needs to be diffused: ‘out of the streets and into the party’ (paraphrasing “out of the closet and into street”).
So, once again the owners of the DNC recruit Sanders to impersonate ‘change’.
Sanders’ aura as an “independent” and of being in touch with the grassroots movement is a coup. He is The Pied Piper of Vermont bringing those pesky disorganized and drifting angry youngsters who have been challenging the status quo into the abyss of the primaries to burn and dissipate their energy (feeling the bern?) in the electoral process. That’s one of the reasons the MSM has given free press to Sanders and Trump, to stir the belligerent youngsters in the party, burn them there and render them inoffensive and malleable.
With no third-party option because Sanders helped destroy it, our angry youngsters have no other option but to enter the 2ps…to see their anger manipulated and misdirected.
Trump is channeling the conservative angry voters and Sanders the “progressives”. They are the escape valve to dissipate all that righteous anger. Hillary and the other candidates represent the status quo, but Hillary in particular has been made the target of the youthful anger. The oligarchs, they own the 2ps, they win no matter who wins the primaries and the elections: each and every candidate in these elections is part of the ‘establishment’ and is there to protect it. But more important, they are there to protect the oligarchs themselves. That’s why Sanders vilifies Hillary, and seldom focus his ‘ire’ on the WS CEOs personally.
The only real alternative for the working class, the middle and poor classes, is to have a third-party not controlled by the owners of the two parties. Until that ideal condition materializes, we are stuck in the duopoly; forced to choose the lesser of two evils.
And now we enter into the danger posed by Sanders and his followers.
The Angry Bots Are On The Loose
Given that Sanders have lured the angry young voters into the electoral process with his magical ‘revolution’, they have to be given a reason to stay there. They are being made to believe that the party needs their youthful anger to change the party, and that their only obstacle is HC. That’s why Sanders continues to bash her with impunity. Every time he does it, his followers experience a bout of ecstasy.
But it is becoming clear to them that, once again, the democratic party is not willing to deliver on change; worse, is not willing to kill HC. and is not willing to let them bring the revolution to the party. Sanders committed the mistake of eliminating himself from the contest by his bullying and unsophisticated attacks on Hillary; he didn’t learn from Obama.
So, they are still looking to put their energy into a ‘political revolution’. Donald Trump is their next hope.
This is where the wheels come off the cart.
A bit closer to fascism
Even though Trump is running as a republican (he is a political weather vane, really), even though he has espouse racist and crude misogynistic feelings, even though he represents the opposite of what leftists and socialist stand for, Sanders followers find in Trump an alternative, not to the ‘corrupt establishment’, but to HC, the avatar of that system.
Sanders’ followers obsession with HC shows to us that they are not well versed with the concepts they use as their motto: revolution and socialism, and Sanders has been good at keeping them in the dark about them.
They are not fighting the oligarchs nor are they trying to change the class structure in the USA. They are fighting HC who, in their eyes, represent all that is bad with humanity. She is the Goldstein of “1984”. They have poured all their anger and hatred into that one person, anything is better than her, even Trump. Considering that Sanders is not willing to, figuratively?, kill HC, and ‘older’ voters seem determined to elect her, for his followers the next best thing is to follow the other ‘charismatic’ leader against the establishment: Trump. What is it they want from him?
They want Trump to kill her, to humiliate and ridicule her as he has done with his opponents; they want him to show no mercy for her. That’s their ‘revolution’.
Sanders followers have shown their ignorance about the ‘revolution’, and that they are easily doped by charismatic leaders to the point of moving towards the right of the political spectrum…and that they are very angry and willing to act on it. The oligarchs have taken note and have started to use them as tools to repress other sectors of the working class and cultural groups.
The GOP is resolving its internal divisions, their fight with “non-conservative” Trump, by manipulating the anger of the Sanders supporters and having them attack Trump to make him look ‘un-electable’. That they can do it so easily should worry every American.
The coordinated violent provocations at Trump’s rally smack of 1940s German fascists. “Berniebots” harassing anyone who disagrees with them is now notorious, and gets them closer to their new alternate hero, Trump. The scary part of this picture is that the oligarchs, through their MSM, have given their seal of approval for that behavior by saying that it has all been provoked by Trump’s ‘racist’ comment. Funny to see the MSM (Fox in particular) and the oligarchs complaining about racist comments from Trump.
Sanders too has done his part in creating and giving the seal of approval to this fascist behavior, and his party condones him. Now his supporters go to HC’s activities to provoke her and her followers.
Summing up, these fascist tactics and attacks are now part of our culture. Don’t expect them to go away after the elections.
Sanders helped the dem party kill the progressive movement, the anti-war movement and the third-party option. There are no options for the working and middle classes to fight the oligarchs. Americans are married to cut-throat capitalism.
Sanders effectiveness at betraying the progressive movement makes him the least qualified to be elected, and the most dangerous to us if he is.
Trump is what we all know he is. He is not an alternative either.
That leaves Hillary Clinton. She is not hiding anything. We know what she can and can’t give us. For the last 200 years we have elected men; it’s time to give a woman a chance. Hillary can’t be worse than the men who have ruled us since 9/11. Look at her record and you will find an imperfect politician who has tried to help the middle class, women and children and the poor.
Until the conditions for the third-party materializes, she is the least of all the evils, she is our only option in these elections. After the elections, the progressives and leftists should concentrate in making the Green Party a viable alternative to the next elections. Otherwise, it will be more of the same.