Sorry Bernie, but just like in 2016, you gave up too soon. No matter how correct it is, almost everything you say now rings hollow.
But of course I must also assign blame where it really belongs, on the democratic electorate. When you keep voting for the lesser of two evils, and against your own best interests you can’t be surprised as to the nomination of yet another Joe Biden. We once again let uncle (Tom) Jim Clyburn decide who was going to be the nominee, all the while chasing young people, and their liberal views, out of the primary process.
If you keep voting for what you don’t want want, you’ll get exactly what you voted for.
National Committee. Voter suppression. Anyone but Bernie.
The “Southern Firewall” of deceit, craven complicity and weakness from the likes of Clyburn, the personification of uncle tom who richly deserves the label - also “tio taco” - a DP machine politician, " an errand boy, sent by grocery clerks , to collect a bill" - to deliver fraudulent votes to the betrayers of his constituency!
I do not put Bernie Sanders - The People’s President - in that category.
Prescient remark from commenter ImissShirleyChisholm, on April 15: “Always the greater good, that’s Bernie.” Still rings true for me.
Bernie is the Henry Wallace of our time! Wear that proudly
Bernie, you’ve earned it. Thank you for your service.
Another bullet to get rid of the ‘undesirables’…
starve them, along with imprisonment, poor healthcare programs, poor education, the virus, deportations, poisoning the environment, non livable wages, battering and killings in the streets, debt and foreclosures…and the list goes on.
This evil president and the murderous Republican Party cabal must be dispatched and destroyed, in haste.
This time the sociopaths want us to jump out those windows. This time it is not even, “Let them eat cake” instead, “Let them eat air pudding”. Are we going to let them continue to do this to us or are going to insist with action that this time the sociopaths get one of those illusory jobs they tell us to get instead of sitting in judgement of the rest of us.
Here is the problem I start to have with Bernie Sanders. Yes he comes and says a lot of the right things, but then he ruins all of that and his legacy by making statements such as he did after the measure to lower Pentagon spending by 10 percent was defeated, that being “The Progressive caucus is the DNC is getting stronger”
When he does that he is sheep dogging. I have not yet seen what he said about the DNC having voted down M4A as a platform but if it much in the same vein as what he did with the Pentagon vote then he becomes even more the sheep and shows even less of that dogged determination needed to get M4A and other progressive platforms enacted.
AOC at least is coming out and expressing how disappointed she is in various votes.
So Bernie fight the good fight but do not toss it all away by suggesting that the people just need to keep voting Democrat and they will eventually get what they want. Recognize that the enemy lies just as much within the Democratic party as the Republican. You will not and should not support the Republicans but nor should you support the Corporate Democrats. Being seen as a team player does not cut it when members on your team are also the bad guys.
If Bernie was really interested in accomplishing any of his programs He’d have done what was necessary to Put himself in the White House. He didn’t. He quit. No he’s on the sidelines again throwing spitballs
If he was serious he would Rip the “New Republican Party” even more than the Reich. Especially for crap like this:
’History Will Not Judge This Kindly’: DNC Platform Committee Votes Down Medicare for All Amendment
“It’s like opposing the New Deal during the Great Depression. Unforgivable.”
Apparently to Bernie it IS in fact “forgivable” or at least igorable
“Pathetic” also too mild for the fact that not only is DT still in office, but is also being allowed to seek a second term. In older (more mature) countries, there used to be a penalty for people like DT - the one meted out to Napoleon, for example.
Actually, we should blame it on Bill Clinton for signing the URAA on December 8, 1994 which took all of the policy we need now off the table. Bernie was a phony because his entire platform was blocked by the WTO agreement. He should have told us about it so we could get out of it - instead a million perhaps two have died since 1995 while our healthcare has been rigged. they also traded a lot of jobs away and are still working out the final terms. That should happen soon. People will get to train their replacements.
His job is to make a whole generation think they got due process but the truth is the whole situation has been rigged for 25 years and both parties are in on it. (and we as a nation are really stupid as we and the Brits are the last to realize this.)
The politicians should have to pay these debts we now allegedly owe in our jobs with their own.
It’s about Bernie. Sure it is.
No better way to make people lifelong anti-republicans than to take taxpayers money from what the people of this country want, givie it to corporate billionaires, after stealing the votes from the American people. Leaving children in hunger. I say stealing votes because to take peoples votes under false pretenses that you can help them when in reality to fail to tell them some important facts is still stealing. Americans cant eat “signalling bills”.
Has he ripped the Dems for this schit, or is he just going along?
Silence is Consent
They are waiting for “the invisible hand” to lower wages. “After all, people have to eat”.
Under trade deals we agree to, (we wrote them) foreign countries firms get an entitlement to do work here that could take millions of jobs, soon.
So many jobs could be lost if they bid cheaper so wages are going to have to do a lot of falling to keep Americans working.
Don’t forget, we were a British colony and this particular kind of cruelty we seem to have inherited from the British.
This is from a review of a good book on this kind of cult like behavior.
Late Victorian Holocausts: El Nino Famines and the Making of the Third World
464pp, Verso, £20
Recording the past can be a tricky business for historians. Prophesying the future is even more hazardous. In 1901, shortly before the death of Queen Victoria, the radical writer William Digby looked back to the 1876 Madras famine and confidently asserted: “When the part played by the British Empire in the 19th century is regarded by the historian 50 years hence, the unnecessary deaths of millions of Indians would be its principal and most notorious monument.” Who now remembers the Madrasis?
In Late Victorian Holocausts, Mike Davis charts the unprecedented human suffering caused by a series of extreme climactic conditions in the final quarter of the 19th century. Drought and monsoons afflicted much of China, southern Africa, Brazil, Egypt and India. The death tolls were staggering: around 12m Chinese and over 6m Indians in 1876-1878 alone. The chief culprit, according to Davis, was not the weather, but European empires, with Japan and the US. Their imposition of free-market economics on the colonial world was tantamount to a “cultural genocide”.
These are strong words. Yet it’s hard to disagree with them after reading Davis’s harrowing book. Development economists have long argued that drought need not lead to famine; well-stocked inventories and effective distribution can limit the damage. In the 19th century, however, drought was treated, particularly by the English in India, as an opportunity for reasserting sovereignty.
A particular villain was Lord Lytton, son of the Victorian novelist Edward Bulwer-Lytton (“It was a dark and stormy night…”) after whom, today, a well-known bad writing prize is named. During 1876 Lytton, widely suspected to be insane, ignored all efforts to alleviate the suffering of millions of peasants in the Madras region and concentrated on preparing for Queen Victoria’s investiture as Empress of India. The highlight of the celebrations was a week-long feast of lucullan excess at which 68,000 dignitaries heard her promise the nation “happiness, prosperity and welfare”.
Lytton believed in free trade. He did nothing to check the huge hikes in grain prices, Economic “modernization” led household and village reserves to be transferred to central depots using recently built railroads. Much was exported to England, where there had been poor harvests. Telegraph technology allowed prices to be centrally co-ordinated and, inevitably, raised in thousands of small towns. Relief funds were scanty because Lytton was eager to finance military campaigns in Afghanistan. Conditions in emergency camps were so terrible that some peasants preferred to go to jail. A few, starved and senseless, resorted to cannibalism. This was all of little consequence to many English administrators who, as believers in Malthusianism, thought that famine was nature’s response to Indian over-breeding.
It used to be that the late 19th century was celebrated in every school as the golden period of imperialism. While few of us today would defend empire in moral terms, we’ve long been encouraged to acknowledge its economic benefits. Yet, as Davis points out, “there was no increase in India’s per capita income from 1757 to 1947”. In Egypt, too, the financial difficulties caused to peasants by famine encouraged European creditors to override the millennia-old tradition that tenancy was guaranteed for life. What little relief aid reached Brazil, meanwhile, ended up profiting British merchant houses and the reactionary sugar-planter classes.
The European “locusts” did not go unchallenged. Rioting became common. Banditry increased. In China, drought-famine helped to spark the Boxer uprising. In Europe, the fin de siècle was largely an opportunity for pale-faced men to wear purple cummerbunds and spout rotten symbolist poetry; for colonized peoples it genuinely seemed to presage mass extinction. It was, says Davis, “a new dark age of colonial war, indentured labour, concentration camps, genocide, forced migration, famine and disease.”
Davis’s attention to the importance of environment may recall the work of the Annales school of historians, but he is far more radical than any of them. His writing, both here and in such classic books as City of Quartz and Ecology of Fear, is closer to that of Latin American intellectuals such as Ariel Dorfman and the Urguayan, Eduardo Galaeno, who for decades have spotlighted capitalism’s casual abuse of the third world and who have sought to champion the poor and dispossessed. Such commitment, forcefully and lucidly expressed, is unfashionable these days.
“Class” may be passé in academic circles, yet the catalogue of cruelty Davis has unearthed is jaw-dropping. A friend to whom I lent the book was reduced to tears by it. Late Victorian Holocausts is as ugly as it is compelling. But, as Conrad’s Marlow said in Heart of Darkness : “The conquest of the earth, which means the taking away from those who have a different complexion and slightly flatter noses than ourselves, is not a pretty thing when you look at it too much.”
“Feed the Rich” - doesn’t have much of a ring to it i’m afraid.
No one else seems to be speaking out. Time after time, it’s Bernie pretty much going it alone in calling out for justice.
I’m grateful for his voice and his insights.
Except it isnt true, even if it seems true. Because Bernie has always been pretending its still 1992, before the treaty to privatize everything was signed. So he has been part of a disinformation campaign that has successfully delayed any resoultion of this mess for 25 years.
Really. Nick Skala had the courage to tell people about this huge hijacking of democracy in his paper. He appeared in a video after he met with the House Progressive Caucus.
Six weeks later on the night of August 8- 9, 2009 he was dead at age 27 of unknown causes.
He had told the truth about something that is basically genocide when nobody else had. But he wrapped it in worrds like “worst case scenario” in his landmark 2009 paper, which is on the PNHP web site.
So we dont know.
As I had not heard of Nick Skala, I Googled him, and read two tributes.
The late Mr. Skala was reported to be doing some tremendous work with Physicians for a National Health Program and Global Trade Watch. He was planning to return to Northwestern University Law School. One of the accounts that I read mentioned his access for a review of Karl Rove’s emails.
Nick was described as “Brilliant, inventive, inexhaustible, and the world is a better place for his efforts.” You know this zed, and I include this for readers like myself who hadn’t heard of him.
His 2009 death was suspicious. He was a light that was extinguished too soon. The journalist and investigative reporter, Gary Webb, also comes to mind. May they continue to educate and inspire.