AO-C ought to be careful about the company that she keeps and the endorsements that she makes. Not all “progressives” are that progressive.
James Thompson’s website is pretty milk-toast “progressive” mouthing the usual cliches. Most importantly, though he is running for the U.S. Congress and is a military veteran he says absolutely nothing about the imperial military or a military budget that makes domestic austerity inevitable. He does say that PTSD is a bad thing, which is a good thing to say. Of course he doesn’t mention the tens of millions of human beings around the globe who suffer with PTSD because of U.S. violence against them.
Brent Welder’s website is worse. Not only does he not recognize the existence of the rest of the world (and the imperial U.S. military and its consequences around the globe and domestically) – he makes the bald-faced lie that he “organized” more than a million Teamsters when he worked as National Field director for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT).In fact, he oversaw electoral campaigns, which is a different thing. His website does not tell the outcomes of the elections the IBT was involved in (they regularly back Rethugs) or what his specific role was. It certainly was not organizing workers.
According to Ballotpedia, he was an IBT staffer 2008-2016. In 2008, there were 1.4 million IBT members. In 2016, there were 1.37 million IBT members. Hell, the were only 7.6 million total private sector union members in the U.S. in 2017 according to the U.S. Census Bureau. If Welder was responsible for organizing a million members, the union world would have been shaken to its crumbling foundations.
I guess it’s not surprising that this lie has not been challenged yet in the world of the meme brought to you by Sanders’ Our Revolution, among others. And of course they ignore the fact the Welder worked for the flaming labor radical James P. Hoffa Junior for nearly a decade of corrupt, anti-democratic, sell-out-contract “unionism.”
So Bernie’s just being Bernie. The post-convention Duopoly Bernie.
It’s AO-C who better look closer at these things before she becomes another sheep-dog who speaks really well and is a hell of a courageous and committed organizer and activist. Even at her young age she has a legacy to protect and a growing constituency that believes she can do something real, progressive and different.