Is It R.I.P For The Bern Movement Yet? Don’t Blame Him: Blame The Left.

Is it RI.P. for the Bern movement yet?

I certainly hope so; any movement named after an establishment politician is a bogus movement, IMHO. I don’t recall there was any ‘MLK movement’ or a ‘Malcolm X movement’ in the 50s and 60s. Hopefully, we can all go back home from our vacation at the ‘Feel The Bern’  theme park and get back to reality. But will we ever?

You can expect the traditional analysis about why Sanders failed in his ‘revolution’. In this blog I have focused not only on him but on the left itself. The left has itself to blame for their disappointment with Sanders’ revolution. But you will NOT find ONE article where the left takes a look at itself and takes responsibility for this recent ‘revolution’ debacle. They bought into his mystical aura (never tells a lie) and into his ‘moral economy’ or moral ‘revolution’.

UPDATE: The ‘Sanders fooled us‘ parade started as soon as he lost NY. And as I say here, the left doesn’t look at itself: they were ‘fooled’ by Sanders, just as they were by Obama. This Counter Punch article ( April 22, 2016 Bernie Sanders: the Candidate Who Came in From the Cold by Jeffrey St. Clairis) is excellent at its criticism of Sanders. It says what I said in this blog, including that Sanders used his followers when he could have used their energy to put the fear in the oligarchs hearts, like taking the (fictitious) 27k people rally in NY’s Washington Square park to march to Wall Street. Worse:  NOW they come with the true facts about Sanders’ the imperialist hawk. All that I said in this blog is now been ‘uncovered’ by the disappointed and disaffected professional left.

Then there is this article at Politico, again, sucker leftists taken for a ride:

Bernie’s Failed Revolution
How Sanders fell short of changing the Democratic Party.
By Bill Scher April 20, 2016

As I asked in my post about the left’s failure to learn from the Obama ‘movement’, What happens now to all that anger and ‘hope’ the Sandersnistas  burned for him, provoking Trump’s followers at those rallies, even getting physically hurt? Don’t expect Sanders to channel that energy into more effective tasks after he wraps up his campaign.

There are links on this blog to Bernie’s pre-primaries statements about how he is “now” part of the democratic establishment, that he will run as a democrat from now on, and that he would not only not hurt the party, but will also actively protect it. Protect it from what? For one thing, protect it from any efforts at the creation of a third-party. That alone and on itself should be enough cause of mayor disappointment and depression to his berniebots: the locus of the ‘revolution’ was restricted to the democratic party.

And because of that, the ‘feel the bern’ movement is heading towards the same leftist’ graveyard where they buried their Obama Hope and Change movement after he won the elections.

So what went wrong this time?

The answer to that question will be debated by professional political analysts and leftists  for months to come, if not years. I offered for your consideration the points in  the posts about the left and their inability to learn from recent history. Now I add a few more elements.

What is a ‘Movement’?

There are many definitions, but, to me, if there is no coordination of any kind, then it is an anarchy movement. The OWS and the BLM movements reject authority and hierarchical organization, and don’t have any philosophical base. Who benefits from that ‘arrangement’? The oligarchs, the ‘billionaire class’.

The oligarchs have their own organizations with its own philosophical underpinning. They may be internally divided, after all, they too are humans and can’t agree on everything, but the effectiveness of their organization is seen in that they control all the power in our society. They can get together and organize new ‘grassroots’ movements when necessary for them, disrupt the legitimate ones, use the MSM to vilify and discredit leaders and movements…we are in their hands. If it were not true, we would be living in an Eden.

But the new left eschews ‘traditional’ types of organization and pretend to gain power by ‘will power’. The Bern movement functioned like the OWS and BLM movements. Sanders didn’t create any structure to integrate the ideas of his followers. When he goes back home to Vermont after the primaries, he will be pondering on what to do with his post-feel-the-Bern once-in-a-life-time adventure. He probably will focus on his campaign to be re-elected to the Senate. For sure, he keeps the money he raised, of course; it doesn’t go back to help continue the ‘movement’. It goes to the DNC and the democratic party, and to his Senate campaign effort.

As for the Bern movement, it will probably die with the primaries.

Any movement to come, for at least the next 10 years, will suffer the same prognosis: death by delusion.

Class identity and Sanders’ ‘0.1% of the billionaire class’

I know, class identity sounds so old fashion and passe. Is breathing passé? Is money passé? Is class divisions passé? Is class struggle passé? Reformed capitalism is ‘the new political black’. That didn’t happen by magic, people. The struggle to reform capitalism is the  by-product of the defeat of the working class by the capitalists, that’s all we were left with: try to reform the system, try to make Wall Street and Monsanto grow a heart.

One of the most appalling characteristics of the OWS movement, made painfully patent during these primaries, is that most of them belief that Wall Street can be reformed, they don’t say how, of course. And Sanders losing the primaries is due in part to that NY Daily News interview where he came across as an ineffective leader incapable of giving a simple draft of how he was going to fix that ‘greedy’ institution.

And the fact that Sanders’ followers are ‘threatening’ to vote for Trump shows the limits of that ‘revolutionary’ class consciousness.

Today, the ‘struggle’ is about reforming WS, about ‘consumer protection’.

The working class has become a ‘consumer class’. For that we can thank Sanders and other  ‘leftist’ politicians. It’s not Elizabeth Warren’s fault or any other elected politician; as far as I know she is not a ‘leftist’, she is part of the establishment with a progressive bent, which is fine; we need people like that in Congress. But I expect more from ‘leftists’: they are supposed to know better.  Instead, we get from them Orwellian language.

Orwellian Language

In my post “Bernie’s Fight Against the Billionaire Class is Bad News For Us” (I know, I’m bad at catchy titles) I discuss the ‘historical’ shrinking of the capitalist class we are fighting against.

The Evolution of the Fight Against the Capitalist Class:From Against All of It to Against 0.1% of It.

From about the beginning of the industrial revolution, the working class have fought against the capitalist class, against all of it. Then, from the middle of the 20th century up to 2010, and as evidence of their loss of political power,  ‘we the people’ was wagging  a battle against  a ‘mere’  10% of that class.

Then, in 2011 came the new wave of leftist progressivism in the form of the OWS movement: their fight was reduced to against a bare 1% of the capitalist class. 

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Now comes ‘socialist’ Sanders, who has decided that the youngsters should fight against ONLY the 0.1% of the capitalists, and that said class should be known from now on as the ‘billionaire class’, not the capitalist class. Also, a vote for him is a vote “for yourselves” or for the “working family“, not for the working class.

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In other words, the last vestiges of the socialist ideology of class identity (capitalist or working class) is finally gone in the new millennium with Sanders’ new brand of ‘socialism’.

Sanders revisionist formulation of who is the enemy of the working class (only the 0.1% of the billionaires), is not based on ignorance or omission, not even on ‘tactic’ to bring the voters into his ‘movement’.

He has almost exclusively identified as the evil class only a portion of Wall Street, “the greediest” elements in it. He seldom mentions any other elements of the capitalist class: the war mongering armament corporations (he has even used police force to defend them from protesters), the surveillance corps, not the globalist health insurance corporations…Only WS is our enemy, per socialist Sanders. His agenda for reforming WS, shall he become president of the USA, reflects clearly his true class alliance.

It’s not to the one  you think.

Next: I’ll finish this ‘assessment ‘ of what went wrong with Sanders’ revolution, and give a more optimistic assessment of what is to come for the leftist movement.

I recommend this article from the Jacobin, it has excellent (from a professional writer, as opposed to this bloger) info about Sanders’ support of the democratic party.

The Problem with Bernie Sanders
Bernie Sanders’ choice to run as a Democrat means he can’t present a real alternative to Hillary Clinton.

 

Bernie Sanders And The Left’s Inability to Learn From Recent History (End)(Revised)

It’s time to tackle Sanders and Hillary.

Sanders Campaign is Not A Movement (This heading was recently added.)

Sanders sat with his wife sometime last year and discussed with her, and maybe with some friends, whether to run for president or not. He filed the required federal forms and off he went. Did he meet with the progressives and devised a campaign with goals set and determined by all? Is he responsible  or accountable to those progressives supporting him and giving their money to him  in any form? Is his campaign open for his berniebots to give him input on what issues to include in his platform? No, no, and no.

Sanders  is running is a very successful campaign that surprised even himself in it success. The millions of dollars he is raising from his poor followers, at the end of the campaign that money goes to…him. He doesn’t return that money to them. At the end of the campaign he just packs his bags and flies back to Vermont. What happens now to all that anger and ‘hope’ his followers berned for him provoking Trump’s followers at those rallies, even getting physically hurt?

Was Obama a movement? What happened to it after he won?

But the illusion of a ‘revolution’ is a pretty one. So let the frustrated and inept leftists and communists join with saint Sanders. Is like I said in that post linked there (um, sorry for quoting myself):

Unappealing Socialists

Let’s start with a socialist truism: there is no revolution without the masses. Today, a  70+ years old politician with 30+ years of experience participating in the capitalist’s electoral process, with no (official) affiliation to any of the US political parties or organizations, a self-proclaimed independent socialist whose major success has been convincing, for the last 30 years, a sector of his state’s progressives and working class to elect him as their representative in the oligarchs’ house of political power…that politician is commanding a whopping 6,045,960  followers, mostly youngsters (as of 4/6/16) who want to elect him president of the USA.

Our socialists look at that picture and, because they are human beings, can feel nothing but envy…because they haven’t been able to appeal to their own family in that way for the last 30 years.

Yes, the left have been buying this delusion since Obama. That’s why they hate Hillary Clinton: it’s not because she is the evil witch corrupting Wall Street.  It is because she does not offer or promise dreams to the sleeping left.

Sanders the Saint

Like Obama before him, Sanders is presenting himself as a unique, mystic-like personality. He is not your run-of-mill politician, according to his worshiping followers, despite the fact that he has been in politics for the last 30 years of his life.  No, he is a step away from sainthood, thus his supposedly impetuous trip to the Vatican to crawl over the marbled floors there begging for a photo-op with the Pope.

You can refer to the first part of this post to read about his sainthood. Same conclusion: if the left is, again, buying this distorted picture of this politician…I can’t even muster the words to complete that sentence. But buying it they are.

So, we could say that since Obama, the oligarchs have fineness the art of giving the oppressed workers for their elections caricatures, video game characters to make them believe that the establishment is providing real options: hey, Obama, Trump, Sanders…there are your red leaders!

On close examination, they are worse than the old type of politicians.

Sanders’ record in Congress and as a mayor in Burlington has not been touched by the MSM; berniebots would not touch it with a 10 foot pole. But the record is there.

Sanders the Orwellian

Sanders has a unique gift, as compared to Obama. He is not poetic, but he is crafty at justifying voting against the working class and making it look as something good and necessary…or claiming victim-hood.

The Minutemen Militia ‘incident’

We have him on record as a supporter of a racist group. We don’t have Hillary on record as supporting them or the KKK, though. He did vote to give them power, and then claimed he thought he was voting for some amendment codifying Congress laws, that the Minutemen amendment was ‘slipped’ through into the bill by republicans.

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This is 20015. They were overjoyed by his announcement of running for POTUS.

Then, when confronted with his record of voting in favor of  bailing out the Auto industry, he gave the explanation he has consistently given when confronted with his support of the oligarchs: it was for the good of the working class:

Senator Bernie Sanders voted against the $700 billion bail out of the financial services industry but he says this package is different: (Sanders) “The problem is if you don’t act in the midst of a growing recession what does it mean to create a situation where millions of more people become unemployed and that could spread and I have serious concerns about that I think it would be a terrible idea to add millions more to the unemployment rolls.”

Of course, the auto industry ended up firing thousands of workers and pocketed the bailout money, something NO ONE could have expected, could they?

He had the same explanation for voting against the Immigration Reform bill: it was not good enough, so let’s leave things the way they are. He never offered alternatives.

When confronted about his vote protecting the Minutemen militia, he claimed victim hood.

He has said that all his life he has stood with the working class and that big donors corrupt politicians:

  • He voted for the financial and insurance corporations’ bail out.
  • Anti-union company American Crystal Sugar was his top donor in 2012. The company engages in union-busting workers lockout.
  • More Super Pac money was spent supporting him in Iowa than HC and O’Malley together.
  • He voted against the invasion of Iraq but then gave Bush all the money and funds needed to do the job. He has funded EVERY war we have engaged since then.
  • Voted Yes for the invasion of Yugoslavia (1998) and the massacre of over 200k innocent Serbian men, women and children who did not participate in any previous “atrocities” used as excuse to kill them. Then arrested anti-war progressives who occupied his office for supporting Bill Clinton’s war.
  • In 1994 he voted yes for the federal 3-strikes law for mandatory life sentence.
  • He is against Israel’s use of “excessive force” in Gaza: that’s not a pro-Palestinian stand. He agreed with the attack, it should just have been ‘more measured’.
  • He doesn’t believe Palestinians have a right to defend themselves.

The list goes on-and-on.

  • He voted to fund the military industry, had progressives arrested, when he was mayor, for protesting in front of Lockheed the millions of dollars given to them to build armaments with which to kill other poor and working class people around the globe.

He is a hawk, just as he denounces HC is.

  • He is pro-drones,
  • He is pro-torture.
  • He is pro-keeping Gitmo open.

The Hamilton Project, Again

I covered that too. He spoke to The Brooking Institution, the parent organization of THP.

Look, the man is far far away from being a saint. He is just another tool of the oligarchs. He is the bait to drag the working class into the two-party system, together with Trump.

You can’t cry ‘traitor’ later when his true class positions were announced in his record, and when you should know by now that politicians pay to experts in psychological brainwashing for opinion-shaping.

As with Obama, Sanders has not been vetted. His record has been left untouched and defended with claims of sanctity: he never lies.

There is a lot of material in this blog for you to check him out. You can accept it, question it, corroborate it…but you should not sit there accepting this picture of him as a unique, moral politician. The man is a proven racist and a liar.

But the left is willfully blind to this. They just want to hear the words ‘revolution’ and ‘socialism’ to relief that tension. Now they are daydreaming.

Hillary Clinton

Who is claiming that she is a saint? Who?!

This woman is the most vetted politician on this planet. The things you don’t know about her politics… you can imagine them.

To me, Bush, Obama, Sanders, Hillary…they are all equally guilty of betraying the working class and all of them have third-world people’s blood in their hands.

But every four years we are dragged into this delusion that voting matters. It would matter if we had a working class third-party not controlled by the oligarchs. But we don’t have that, do we? We have no other alternative, none at all, than to vote for the ‘least of two evils’, or for the Green Party or any of the other ones outside the duopoly.

The problem is that none of those are ready for their close up. Instead of joining the dem party, Sanders should have run independent and/or build that third-party. But he is there for himself. Until then…

So, why HC? You might as well ask: Why is the MSM and the establishment bashing her, again? Yes, she gets money, but so does Sanders (under the table). Why is she been portrait as the evil witch, as if we were able to get rid of her the world will become an Eden, WS would grow a heart only if we could kill her?

Her nomination is not guaranteed yet; the oligarchs want the ‘populist’ for the reasons discussed before: channel the anger into the duopoly. Hillary is not doing that, she is offering ameliorating the problems. She has a plan, not perfect, but Sanders offers only slogans. The oligarchs prefer that to a woman who may actually put the reigns on them.

So why her? Because we know her. You can vote for her and have at hand how you are going to go to the streets and fight her. You couldn’t do that with Obama bc you wouldn’t hurt the man you were in love with. And, if you vote for Sanders, you wouldn’t protest his policies for the same reasons. Obama destroyed the anti-war movement and no one heard a cry from below. He bashed the OWS movement and no one came to their rescue. Hillary, she can expect we will be all over her if she doesn’t deliver because nobody sees her as a saint.

But I believe that, given all we know about HC, we also know that she has taken a stand for women and Blacks and Palestinians, more palpable than your typical male politicians and presidents. Yes, for Palestinians, when she was a FLOTUS, and for that she was vilified.

Hillary is not lying to you, she is basically telling you ‘this is who I am, but I can be persuaded’. You will not be disappointed by her because you are going aware of what to expect from her. The opposite can be said of voting for Sanders: you will be disappointed because you don’t know his true identity.

I believe she can be persuaded. I believe she will protect women’s rights from republicans and democrats destroying them.

Finally, for 200 years we have elected men, totally imperfect men. Why do we demand from a woman that she be perfect? By that standard, we will never have a woman president. Obama became evidence that we can now vote independently of skin color.

We need to do the same about gender.

Until that third-party materializes, I’m voting for Hillary today.