Bernie Sanders Lost the Primaries: He Moves Towards the Sunset of the Gods

There is an update to this post as a result of the presidential elections: “Sanders: I’m Willing to Work With Trump”

Bernie is, for all practical purposes, gone: he lost.

And the (rightfully) angry millennials who raised him to Sage status and put the fear in Hillary’s and the DNC’s hearts, they lost with him.

At the end of his magical mystery  tour, Bernie leaves the millennials behind in the same condition in which he found them when he boarded them into his coach: disorganized, with no future and no movement.

Actually, he left them in worse situation, for now they are angrier and feeling betrayed by just about everybody. Theirs is a sense of not-belonging, of not being wanted, a sense of being alone born of a not-yet-matured sense of having been manipulated by politicians.

Sanders is 70+ years old and owns a fancy multi-million dollars home to retire to after the dust settles down. His millennials have nothing. He benefited financially from the millions of $27 donations: his wife derived a juicy salary as campaign manager paid from it. Everybody got richer at the top of his campaign HQ…the millennials got the joy and pride of becoming $27 poorer for him.

Bernie’s house.

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Rachel Maddow at Bernie’s.

Sanders is going nowhere but to retirement, he will not be part of anything millennials do from now on; maybe he stays in the Democratic party, maybe not. He didn’t even support progressives down ballot because it was all about him.

But millennials are not going to complain about him (bless their hearts). Why?

Because they know that theirs was a symbiotic relationship with Sanders: they raised him and, in exchange, he paid them with a vivid-dream, a new form of Hope and Change: ‘doing the revolution’. The millennials refused to listen to anyone but beloved Bernie. Anyone who didn’t join them or who dared to ask questions about his political record was immediately cursed and publicly humiliated a la Trump.

And the American Left joined them in the dream because they are political zombies. They have nothing else to do but drawling for the millions of followers Sanders has and trying to drag the youngsters into their lairs: the Green party and any of the assorted decrepit socialist tombs passing for ‘workers party’. (I’m not too fond of the Left any more, does it show?)

Hinting Betrayal

The first missed hint that they were being had by Bernie was how quickly Sanders dropped the word “socialist” from his speeches. He made the MSM feel safe to prop him up with free coverage, and leave him unvetted so he could be their attack dog against Hillary Clinton. It was a repeat of what they did in the 2008 primaries, they propped unvetted Obama and attacked Hillary with a painful barrage of misogynistic articles. The word ‘socialist’ is now reserved by the media as an adjective – not an idea -to show how a ‘socialist’ almost defeated evil Hillary.

The second hint at betrayal was how quickly Sanders re-focused his campaign away from attacking the oligarchs towards attacking Hillary Clinton as the evil, powerful witch who has corrupted EVERYBODY; she decided every presidential decision –  Obama’s and Bill’s – with her scary feminist power. Gone were the ‘substantive’ class struggle analysis. It became a campaign to destroy Hillary so Bernie could be the nominee.  Instead of attacking the oligarchs, WS, the pharma, or even Trump, he attacked the DNC as the evil ‘establishment’ controlled by Hillary who has caused all the problems of the world.

First I have to win the nomination, I have to put all my energies into winning the nomination; later we can talk about how to do the political revolution.

Third hint: no talk about creating a third-party or how to ‘do the revolution’. If the DNC is such a corrupt place, the dream of ‘reforming’ it makes no sense. Better start a new workers party from scratch. But Sanders promised the DNC he wouldn’t do that; and the millennials don’t want to hear any criticism of their beloved Leader.

Sanders will talk to his millennials tonite; only then we will know how correct or incorrect my observations about his campaign are. Which way will the millennials go is yet to be seen. They may vote for Trump, but don’t expect them to join any of the American Left’s groups. Hopefully they will create something new to replace the old leftist debris.

Either way, Bernie’s campaign was a majestic run towards the sunset of the gods.

Update: In promoting his new book, Sanders promised in October to be a “thorn” in Hillary’s government. I wouldn’t count on it, it was just for promoting his book. He continues to be part and parcel of the “establishment”.

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When Tyrants are Entertaining and Serious Politicians are Boring

The other day I read, I think it was in the WaPo, a comment by one of its opinion writer telling us that we can expect Hillary Clinton’s campaign against Trump to be a “boring” exposition of how she will make things better for the voters.

Boring. Yes, there’s lot of that in her campaign. Trump and Sanders, however, are superbly entertaining. How is that?

Voter Anger And The Art Of Revenge

I have commented in this blog that even Trilateralist/globalist Larry Summers agrees with me in that voter anger comes from the oligarchs-globalists’ economic policies. One of the big flashing neon signs of political opportunism is when candidates join you in blasting your enemies, but offer no plans to return LIBERTY AND FREEDOM to you.

That’s what Trump’s and Sanders’ revolutions amount to: opportunism.

Trump is an entertainer by profession and by nature. He himself has said, lost in the many coverage he is receiving and his many flip-flops, that he knows people are angry and he is giving them what they want to hear. And what is that? REVENGE.

The entertaining part of Trump’s campaign is that he is verbally torturing and ridiculing both the GOP ‘establishment’ and Hillary Clinton (that’s the joy he is giving to the berniebots). What can be more entertaining and satisfying to people who feel enslaved by his ‘victims’ than seeing them publicly mocked and humiliated?

The other thing Trumps knows is that the people wants to be released from the oppression coming from the globalists oligarchs. But that he can’t give you: he can’t give you freedom nor liberty. That much he knows too.

Sanders is doing something similar, but he is not mocking, he is Hillary Clinton’s judge and his followers are the jury. He is not mocking in the literal sense of the world; there is no ‘fun’  in his angry attacks on Hillary. The satisfying part of his ‘campaign’ is in giving his followers the role of jury: ‘I herein publicly find you guilty of all the crimes raised by innuendo and unproven by our leader Sanders, and condemn you to suffer our rage all the way to the convention.’ But like with Trump, there is ‘no path’, not only to the nomination for him, there is no path to release you from the real culprits of your sense of oppression and indignation.

Sanders’ campaign promises are a pie in the sky; even his followers know this deep inside. But pouring their anger and revenge exclusively on Hillary is more satisfying than confronting the truth of  Sanders empty slogan about ‘revolution and socialism’. Notice, by the way, that he doesn’t use the word socialism much any more. He wants regular Joe and Jane forget he used it.

Only the boring one, Hillary Clinton, is offering you real and achievable policies.  You don’t have to be “with her” 100% of the time. There’s much that needs to be asked and fixed about her plans, but contrary to Donald and Bernie, she actually answers the media questions. She is not channeling your anger, she is not taking advantage of your anger for her personal interest. All politicians have their ego and self-interest invested, she is not the only one doing so; but she offers you something, that’s the difference as compared with the other two. Hillary Clinton is not giving you a carnival show for you to feel ‘revenged’ over the oligarchs.

That’s why she is boring, and the MSM will use her seriousness to make you like Trump better.

The MSM Tabloid

So why is the MSM giving so much air time to the Donald and portraying him as a buffoon? Because it is entertaining in the way described above. Also, because it takes the edge off the Donald. I have also been arguing in this blog that the oligarchs and the ‘paleoconservatives’ will find in Trump an outlet for the angry voters to keep that status quo intact without having to give too much in exchange for the ‘peace’ with voters.

You see, the divided oligarchs are taking sides, some with him or not. The MSM will make you like Trump when it matters the most: when he is facing Hillary. That’s their price, people, defeating Hillary. There are reasons why they don’t want her, discussed in this blog too, immaterial of the fact that they give her money (they give money to all candidates). They rather have Trump. How will they achieve that?

If and only if you stand by your expressed belief that the MSM is not only yellow but a tool of manipulating public opinion, then you must accept that, to be successful at manipulating your opinion, they must have a plan and a technique: they don’t manipulate emotions and opinion by chance. It is all choreographed.  All that coverage 24/7 of all things Trump by all the MSM, it is not by  coincidence.

Do yourselves a favor: when you finish reading this post, go to the WaPo and read this article: The spokesman who knows Trump best: Himself, and tell me that it was not written as gossip, as entertaining, as worthy of TMZ.

Trump’s fascination with the name “Barron” persisted for decades. When he was seeing Maples while still married to Ivana, he sometimes used the code name “the Baron” when he left messages for her. In 2004, when Trump commissioned a dramatic TV series based on the life of a New York real estate mogul like him, his only request to the writer was to name the main character “Barron.” And when Trump and his third wife, Melania, had a son, they named him Barron.

People, this is a ‘prospective’ president of the USA; this is not an audition to a TV program. The signs that this man would be a tyrant and that the elite is piling behind him are there for you to see.  You can’t say later  ‘oh, the MSM fooled me, I didn’t know any better’.

No matter how much ‘negative’ coverage the Donald is getting, as he himself says, ‘negative’ is better if it makes him look entertaining and  “telling it as it is”. The negative coverage Hillary is getting is not the ‘good type of negative’; there’s nothing funny or endearing in been called a liar, dishonest and untrustworthy because you have been a manipulative bitch all your life. That’s how they portray her, she is giving you nothing, not even the fun and joy of ridiculing the oligarchs; she only gives you plans.

The MSM is giving you Trump the same way they gave you the invasion of Iraq: with impunity and subterfuge. Pay attention; they don’t want her. When the oligarchs don’t want you…somehow you must be a threat to them. Sanders is not even a threat, he is there to destroy Hillary.

The MSM is mainstreaming Trump for you. Enjoy.

Mourning Sanders’ Revolution

It’s safe to say that the ‘hope’ of the daydreaming angry youngsters of marching into the democratic party to ravish it from inside and build…something, we are still waiting to find out what were they trying to build there, that hope is gone.

The dream that Sanders could become the president of the USA has rudely awaken to reality. What started as ‘I’m here to raise the issues’ became ‘I’m here to be the president of the USA’. No one noticed the transition, therein the beginning of the delusion.

What did they achieve while they were there ripping Hillary Clinton (HC) to pieces instead of putting their energy into building a movement outside of the paws of the oligarchy? Well, they achieved another unnecessary bout of disillusion and disappointment; and possibly giving Trump the presidency.  Next comes the depression.

But…but…I told you this would happen to you; I have been saying it since January in my blog for those of you who found me at the WaPo. You only have yourselves to blame for your sadness and hopelessness. Expect to go through the same process four years from now because you haven’t learned the lesson that, for leftists, there is no place inside the duopoly. You criticize it and then march into it behind the next charismatic leader  vying for personal power.

As I said in this blog recently, the left is already casting blame on Sanders for their disappointment, refusing to look into their own sorry leftists selves. Yes, I’m pretty much frustrated and it shows; but can you blame me for that?

Don’t blame Sanders, I never blamed him for what I knew was to come. The only reason the left can’t look into itself to evaluate their participation in these primaries is because there is no leftist movement. Only people who are organized can look into how they are doing; unorganized followers don’t have to do that.

So the call is for you, leftists, individually. Look at why you keep following charismatic leaders of the establishment.

As for Hillary…she never said she is doing a revolution. She is offering policies, Sanders promised a revolution, a bumper sticker slogan with nothing to back it up. I can’t follow that. But I can vote for HC and try to do work outside the democratic party to build a third-party. I will not attack her and then find myself with no alternatives against Trump. Any leftist or progressive who thinks that Trump is a better option should be ashamed of calling him or herself a ‘progressive’.

Neither can I follow leftists whose misogyny is so patent that they find common ground in it with Trump. That leftists’ misogyny is so 1960s.

I’m reading articles at the Brookings Institution, the think-tank of the oligarchy. It shows the elite is organized, maybe divided, but they put their money and effort to advance their goals. They know how their globalism has destroyed the middle class here. They are planning to put some band aids to the system.

The left has nothing, no organization, no vision to counter the oligarchs; only personal attacks on one woman whom they have stigmatized as the sole cause of the destruction of the middle class.

You, the left, is offering nothing to the middle class. When you start offering something, call me.

Hillary Clinton greets supporters during a rally in Wilmington, Del., on Monday.

A Wasted Revolution

The Situation

Why is the GOP afraid of attacking the Donald upfront? They are not afraid of that tongue of his; they are afraid of his followers. Why is the democratic party afraid of telling saint Bernie Sanders to go away already? Because they are afraid of his followers.

That’s the closer we can come to a real revolution: both parties are terrified of the angry voters, terrified that the voters will swamp their respective conventions and walk out with each party’s owners head in  a pitch fork. Wall Street, and Loyd Blankfein in particular, is keeping it quiet, but they too are nervous, not of Sanders, silly. Of the angry youngsters who want his head in a pitchfork. Sanders has never been a threat to the oligarchs or WS: he is their friend, he bailed them out.

Since 9/11, when the oligarchs ditched any pretense of not being the power behind our government, the people’s anger have been boiling. Bush Jr. showed publicly who his ‘base’ was: the ‘big donors’. The duopoly then channeled that voters’ anger on to the 2008 elections through a charismatic leader, Obama, who brought them, progressives and  republicans included, to the democratic party, and neuter them there. The financial sector openly backed him up and then were there with Obama  in the White House, in the open running the USA Inc. Under Obama’s seven years rule we saw the anti-war movement shrink like a raisin, the same with the OWS movement. The BLM movement is still struggling to survive.

2009 Infamous Obama meeting at the White House with Financial elite. They went to tell him   to tone down his attacks on them…and he dutifully complied.

Fast forward to 2016 elections. The nation’s middle class, running on fumes,  is seriously p.o.’d, the distress is general. So, the duopoly goes to work again and offers two ‘charismatic’ leaders to channel the anger, again, and render it non-threatening. But this time there is no Obama to unite republicans, democrats, independents and dreamy leftists in one party and neuter them there. Thus, the anger resurfaces and  challenges the ‘establishment’, but it is circumscribed to inside the two parties.

The I Hate Hillary Episode Where All The Anger Is Deposited On Her

Hillary Clinton (HC) has to be  sacrificed, again, fed to the angry mob to keep them away from the masters. She is, again, demonized as the sole cause of all the problems of the nation and the world; the problem is not the oligarchs who buy and put barriers on our path. The problem is she, their whore, let’s go get HER, forget about Blankfein and WS and Sillicon Valley’s Tech Giants…it’s she we need to destroy.  If there is a new scandal of any sorts, you bet she is behind it, and we can’t let a woman like that run our nation…The anger is being safely deposited on her.

But the oligarchs’ two alternatives, the two ‘charismatic’ men – Trump and Sanders, are so dysfunctional and ineffective that all that attack on Hillary only serves to make her the only sane alternative to the voters of both parties. She will win against the best wishes of the oligarchs. They gave Sanders a yuuge chance, they gave him, as they are doing with Trump, free press and non vetting his record. But the man is soo insufferable and incompetent that he can’t win. Every time he went on an interview, he screwed up. The NY Daily News interview…it was an opportunity to put Hillary away. But noooo! He squandered the opportunity.

Guess which one screwed up the most?

Speaking of Trump, whom the GOP thought they could let him run in their party to entertain and distract their voters, like Sanders, he ran away with the angry voters, and with them next to him, put himself in the position of power  to challenge the party into supporting him, threatening to unleash that mass of angry voters. The people are being manipulated, once again. Trump spoke the words that the elite hates and never expected him to mention: insularism, nationalism and anti-globalism, and now they want him out.

The elite and the oligarchs are as confused as the left is. They will have to decide fast: Trump or Hillary. I discussed the reasons why they hate Hillary. So, who will it be? I think they fear the feminist, powerful woman the most.

So, Sanders and Trump have taken that anger and used it for their personal benefits. Nothing positive is going to come from those two men’s  breve 15 minutes in the spotlight, nothing positive for the working, middle and poor classes. There will be no discussion about what happened in these primaries, what mistakes were made, simply because there was no organization behind the ‘movement’; it was all Bernie’s movement. There was no party behind him, no coordinating groups –only the campaign managers who made a pretty penny on account of the naive youngsters who gave their little $27.

Wasted Revolution

The energy of a huge mass of angry and discontented middle class, republican and democrats and independents and leftists…is being wasted on attacking one woman. It’s like Jeffrey St. Clair said at Counter punch:

What might a real movement have done? If Sanders could turn 30,000 people out for a pep rally in Washington Square Park, why couldn’t he have had a flash mob demonstration mustering half that many fervent supporters to shut down Goldman Sachs for a day? If he could lure 20,000 Hipsters to the Rose Garden in Portland, why couldn’t he turn out 10,000 Sandernistas to bolster the picket lines of striking Verizon workers? If Sanders could draw 15,000 people in Austin, Texas, why couldn’t his movement bring 5,000 people to Huntsville to protest executions at the Texas death house? If Sanders could draw 18,000 people to a rally in Las Vegas, why couldn’t he just as easily have lead them in a protest at nearby Creech Air Force Base, the center of operations for US predator drones? Strike that. Sanders supports Obama’s killer drone program.

All that energy was for naught. No need to talk about Trump’s campaign, there can be not one leftists out there who thinks that Trump’s ‘movement’ ever had the promise of growing into something important for the GOP’s voters that could be taken as an alternative to Hillary.

Sanders’ followers will continue obsessed with Hillary, they will follow her through her campaign for the presidency against Trump like a rabid dog accusing her of all types of unnatural acts against humanity, and bonding with him when he calls her names. Sanders followers always go into a state of ecstasy when Sanders of Trump call her names. They will waste their energy in trying to derail her campaign thinking that if she fails to win against Trump, by some miracle the nation will move forward, there will be no more wars…because she is the ‘corrupter’.

Even worse, they are getting ready to spend their energy, should Hillary wins the presidency, on attacking her every step of the way. Wasted energy and a wasted ‘revolution’. Instead of recouping to form a viable third-party, organize the unions,  unite wtih those working to form an international workers organization to fight the globalists, they will continue to burn themselves out trashing one woman.

Obama’s term is coming to an end, and the left is disorganized and confused and unfocused. The transition from Obama to, hopefully Hillary and not Trump, will be depressing: coming out from two defeats is not  easy.

I don’t see any path to recoup that energy wasted on Sanders. It’s like I said when Obama ran in the 2008 primaries: the left falling for the ‘hope and change’ slogan of a charismatic establishment leader will only soil the image of the progressive movement. I said the same about Sanders, that supporting his vacuous ‘socialist revolution’ will only throw the real revolution backwards another 10 years, at least. It’s going to be harder to trust or believe any one who come out again selling utopias and easy-made disposable ‘revolutions’.

I guess we’ll continue fighting to reform the duopoly, which is like trying to reform somebody’s leg, other than yours,  against his or her will.

Angry Voters and the Two-Party Betrayal: Trump/Sanders

Interesting thing: This presidential elections are showing without a doubt that the most important element dividing the 99% is the two-party system.

When you look at the two ‘outsiders’ in the primaries, Trump and Sanders, you can see that their respective supporters are complaining about the same problems; the proposed solutions is what  separates them…and the degree of racism and lack of class-identification.

In other words, the American people, in its totality, feels oppressed and abused by what in any other circumstance would be considered a tiny and statistically insignificant percent of the population, the 0.1%. Of course, it is from that mathematical reality that the class issue gets its importance: that a statistically insignificant percentage of people, the elite, can oppress the immense majority of the people of nation.

This confluence of angry voters, this meeting-in-pain between these two seemingly opposite sides, the T and S, makes it fun imagining a presidential ‘independent’ ticket of Trump/Sanders. Trump is the billionaire and would not let the barely-a-millionaire Sanders at the top of the ticket.

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So, clearly, at least to me, it is the two-party system that keeps the working class and the about-to-be-extinct middle class divided. Rarely in the history of the US has this truth being so patent, which begs the question: How is it that the middle class can’t see it?

Instead of analyzing how the two parties quash their hopes, the two camps run to their respective corners and battle each other from there, from within the two parties. They correctly identify the political issues but expect the party owners (big donors), will solve the issues for them.

The Independents

The Sanders’ camp market their hero from within the democratic party as an ‘independent‘, despite Sanders being on record promising his loyalty to the same party he and his followers accuse of being corrupt and against the interest of the  99%.

…in November 2015, Sanders announced that he would be a Democrat from then on, and will run in any future elections as a Democrat. “He says, “I am running as a Democrat obviously, I am a Democrat now.” http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/story/news/local/2015/11/05/sanders-declares-democrat-nh-primary/75242938/

You can’t comb and tease your hair at the same time, folks. He has been on the democratic party since…ever. In the 2000 presidential elections he went belligerently against Ralph Nader, a true independent candidate for the presidency and supported by every independent, progressive,  leftist and socialist group (including in Sanders’ state), and instead supported no other than Kerry against Nader to protect the democratic party!

During the 2004 election, Sanders announced on Vermont Public Television, “Not only am I going to vote for John Kerry, I am going to run around this country and do everything I can to dissuade people from voting for Ralph Nader… I am going to do everything I can, while I have differences with John Kerry, to make sure that he is elected.” Idem.

If Sanders is so against the two-party system, how come he hasn’t created a third-party, how come he has never supported any of the left-wing independent parties? How come the record shows he has voted 98% of the times with democrats, except those times he voted with republicans (like for bail out of WS and for funds for the Pentagon and against the Palestinians…) Those are inconvenient questions for Sander’s fans. There are many more inconvenient questions they refuse to consider.

As for the Donald, well, it is not difficult to correctly guess how far he would go, as a president to help the working class.

Both candidates refused to go alone, independent; they both chose to stay within the machinery they both condemn. They both fill their followers’ hearts with the false hope that the party is the instrument for change, the instrument to ‘level the field’, the instrument for revolution’. They have both shown their duplicity: Sanders from within the democratic party, talking about ‘revolution’ while sabotaging said revolution; Trump from his high tower, literally and figuratively, promising to drop some crumbs to the restless peons.

I wonder what would happen next if Sanders wins the presidency and shows his true color: will the working class finally get it, that they need a party of their own, or will they get ready to follow the next pied piper promising them the pie in the sky?

    The 20016 Independent Pied Pipers

P.S. I didn’t mention Hillary because she is not the one portraying herself as the ‘revolutionary’. We all know how far she can go.