Friday, April 14, 2017

Bernie's Revolution-- No Turning Back Now


Did you watch the very last segment of Chris Hayes' MSNBC show Wednesday evening? He had Bernie on and-- in the wake of the DCCC-less near-win in Kansas Tuesday-- Bernie had some advice for Democrat establishment types that I doubt they want to hear-- or are even capable of hearing. "Number one: a 50-state agenda; do not surrender parts of the country to right-wing Republicans. Number two: a progressive agenda that makes it clear that the Democrats are going to stand for working families [and are] prepared to take on Wall Street and the one percent. We do those things, I think you're going to see fundamental changes in the way politics works in America."

Chris then got him to criticize basic DNC/DCCC strategy-- strategy that is totally at odds with what Bernie is exhorting them about. They do not believe in the 50 state strategy and firing Howard Dean-- who was implementing it at the DNC-- was the very first thing Rahm Emanuel did when Obama hired him as Chief of Staff. He replaced Dean with a milquetoast conservative establishment hack, Tim Kaine, who was soon followed by by the female Rahm Emanuel-- Debbie the Destroyer. And as far as standing in solidarity with working families and taking on Wall Street and the one percent, has he seen who the DC Democrats consistently choose as their leaders?

No member of Congress in history (other than some presidential candidates) has taken more in bribes from Wall Street than Chuck Schumer-- $26,434,240 in "contributions" from the Finance Sector since 1990-- which is more than McConnell ($11,887,251) and Ryan ($9,354,992) combined! And the Democrat who's gaining as the "consensus" candidate among House Democrats is former New Dem chieftain, Joe Crowley, one of the most corrupt men to ever serve in Congress, a guy who has never fought one election in his entire backroom-boss political career and who has already gobbled up $6,142,714 in Wall Street bribes, more than any Democrat currently serving in the House-- even beating out notoriously corrupt slime bags Steny Hoyer ($5,920,848), Kevin McCarthy ($5,776,517) and Jim Himes ($5,545,212) after the last cycle. Bernie, buddy, I wish it wasn't so.

Responding to a question from Hayes about the near-win in Kansas, Bernie went on that "with a little bit more help they might have pulled it off." A little bit more would have been easy, since Perez, Pelosi and the DC Dems gave no help at all-- and were delighted to see Thompson lose after he dared defeat their own conservative establishment creature for the nomination. "I would hope that the Democratic leadership learns that lesson." They won't-- not while Pelosi, Hoyer, Crowley, Wasserman Schultz and the rest of the careerists still hold all the cards. Watch the whole clip above.

Bernie will have plenty of time to explain his points-- our points-- to DNC Chair, Tom Perez, as the two of them hold rallies in red and purple states in the next few weeks. Recently, Bernie warned his supporters that "With Trump's election, we live in a pivotal moment in American history. This country will either move in the direction of an authoritarian government where the rich get richer and everyone else gets poorer, or we will successfully fight back and build a strong grassroots movement to create a government which represents all of us, not just Donald Trump and others in the billionaire class." I wonder if he can get Perez to pay attention-- at least pay enough attention to do something to change the way the party works for the insiders and careerists instead of for the ideals and principles and the ordinary working families who have counted on the Democratic Party. I sincerely doubt it. Bernie:
That's the struggle we now face. No one can sit on the sidelines. Not now. The only way we win is when we stand together and fight back. I need your help to do that.

The bad news is that Trump's agenda-- huge tax breaks for billionaires, enormous increases in military spending, massive cuts in health care and programs that protect the elderly, the children, the sick and the poor, horrific attacks on environmental protection and scapegoating the immigrant community-- constitutes the most reactionary set of policies in the modern history of our country.

The good news is that the resistance to this extremist Trump/Republican agenda is growing rapidly. We saw that as millions participated in the Women's March in January. We saw that as hundreds of thousands attended rallies and town meetings in February and March to successfully defeat the Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act and throw 24 million Americans off of their health insurance. We are seeing that now as people across the country are mobilizing for Green Day events to take on the fossil fuel industry, combat climate change and transform our energy system to energy efficiency and sustainable energy.

When we launched our presidential campaign two years ago, I told you that victory would require the active participation of millions of Americans in every community across the country. That it would require nothing short of a political revolution to combat the demoralization so many feel about the political process. That's what I believed then. That's what I believe now. And that's what I am attempting to do.

During the last several months I have visited a number of states where Donald Trump won. My message: working people must not support a president and a party beholden to powerful special interests and the top 1 percent. We cannot support a party which wants to divide us up by race, gender, religion, national origin or sexual orientation.

I was in Wisconsin where progressives are determined to overcome the Trump victory in that state and elect candidates who, in 2018, will stand with working people and not the 1 percent. I was in Kansas where, in one of the most conservative states in the country, over 5,000 people attended a progressive rally in Topeka. I was in Mississippi, a state today heavily dominated by the Republican Party, where brave workers in the auto industry are fighting for a union. I was in West Virginia, where Trump won a landslide victory, but where many people are beginning to rethink the wisdom of that decision.

And next week I am going back on the road, visiting areas of the country often ignored by Democrats. I will be in Maine, Kentucky, Florida, Nevada, Nebraska, Utah and Arizona. I will be talking about the grotesque level of income and wealth inequality that we face and the need for the rich to start paying their fair share of taxes. I will discuss the Medicare-for-all, single-payer legislation that I will soon be introducing. I will urge people to join the Fight for $15 minimum wage struggle to make sure all Americans enjoy a living wage. I will ask people across the country to help us create millions of jobs by rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure. I will explain the need to aggressively move forward for comprehensive immigration reform and why we must immediately fix our broken criminal justice system.

But I can’t do it alone.
Goal Thermometer And he's not doing it alone. He's dragging Perez along with him. Let's hope many of us are wrong and Bernie manages to convert him into someone willing to help revitalize American democracy and advance the political revolution. Instead of part of what Jamie Peck described in The Guardian last night:
Since losing the presidency to a Cheeto-hued reality TV host, the Democratic party’s leadership has made it clear that it would rather keep losing than entertain even the slightest whiff of New Deal style social democracy.

The Bernie Sanders wing might bring grassroots energy and-- if the polls are to be believed-- popular ideas, but their redistributive policies pose too much of a threat to the party’s big donors to ever be allowed on the agenda.
As Bernie has always said, "our political revolution was never about one candidate. It was about creating a mass movement for real change in this country. That's the struggle we began. That's the struggle we'll continue. No turning back now." One part of that is helping progressives replace the corruptionists from the Republican wing of the Democratic Party. The new thermometer on the right is dedicated to that and that alone-- helping progressive candidates willing to face the onerous-- murderous-- task of primarying an entrenched, corrupt establishment conservaDem, the way Donna Edwards did, Matt Cartwright did, Hilda Solis did and Beto O'Rourke all did with great success. And we've got our first two candidates so far.

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At 6:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's so discouraging to see that so many still have their heads so far up their own asses.

"our political revolution was never about one candidate. It was about creating a mass movement for real change in this country. That's the struggle we began. That's the struggle we'll continue. No turning back now."

Political revolution? With the democraps unchanged and the corruption even more deeply entrenched than ever?
Movement? From the democraps? Are you fucking deluded?
No turning back? Bernie turned his own back on the whole potential of a movement/revolution when he turtled in the face of overt vote fraud, endorsed and campaigned for the candidate/party that defrauded him.

Look folks, SAYING there is a revolution and no turning back and yada yada yada does NOT make any of it so. Wake the fuck up and smell the same olde shit!!

While the democraps are in "power" pretending to represent the interests of 299 million American non-billionaires, there will be no such thing. And Bernie knows this. Which makes his exhortations lies. Yes... lies. He's playing his part for the democrap party money-raising machine. That's all he's doing.

Wipe the delusion away. You know this is so.

democraps. never again.

At 6:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You want a political revolution? You want change? Euthanize the democrap party.

Keeping them around means nothing ever changes. And, yeah, I know that Bernie knows this. So why you think he's still out shilling for them? Yeah. I know.

At 6:50 AM, Anonymous ap215 said...

This is great we're taking over Tom slowly but surely.

At 11:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To his credit, Bernie is doing what the DNC SHOULD be doing. It bothers me, however, that the DNC isn't acting as Bernie is. Do they not want to win?

While I would have preferred that Bernie walk out of the Convention, I can see his reasoning not to as an attempt to block Trump. But with Hillary being such a poor candidate with a lousy platform and worse execution, there should have come a moment when Bernie saw that remaining with the Party was not a viable option and walked out then. It would have forced the DNC to make changes they actually blocked instead.

The only saving grace for the DNC is that the Republicans are so odious and tend to shoot themselves in the feet whenever they attain electoral victories. Their excesses always cause a backlash in the voters. The DNC ends up benefiting from the return of these voters to the fold without any reflection of the condition of the Party. There has been no good reason for those who run the Party to make necessary changes as a result.

The local victories in Illinois, the near-victory in Kansas, and hopefully a victory in Georgia indicate that some people get it. They are acting IN SPITE of the DNC, and will at some point become powerful enough to oust the corporatists. Only then might I consider voting Democrat again, for I see no good reason now. Not even LOTE.

At 3:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

11:01, a lot of former D voters, including moi, are NOT returning to the fold.
I recognize that the Rs being Nazi-evil and dumber than W does not mean the democraps are any good. And such forced binary only thinking is what got us here from 1980.

Democraps didn't tread water since '80 hoping for the Rs to get too awful for even the Nazi and kkk demo's to elect. They steadily got worse and worse. AND WORSE!

democraps. NEVER EVER again.

At 9:56 PM, Blogger Mary Carson said...

Engaged policy junkies have a lot of opinions about the party & Sanders. Much of it is correct, the party is crap & Sanders is doing X wrong. What X is changes from person to person, but mostly they are correct.
But that isn't Sanders job. His job is to collect a large group of potential voters by banging on about jobs, social security, medical care & finance. Those are ideas that lots of politicaly disengaged will pay attention to.
It's our job to find a candidate that will vote for. That candidate can be better than he is in all sorts of ways, as long as they talk about the stuff he rounded them up with also.

At 7:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, Mary, his job is to keep the disillusioned, disaffected voters (like me) from realizing (as I do) that the party is irretrievably corrupt and will never ever again be the party of FDR.

If he succeeds, and well-meaning candidates are found or the corrupt ones lie correctly, he helps the democraps stay relevant posing as a leftist alternative to the insane Nazis on the right.

However, all that means is that the steady goose-stepping rightward of government will continue. Some of us know that the democraps, in REALITY, are the ones who serve war, corporations and billionaires solely at the expense of everyone else... but who are less racist.

If you are satisfied with that... go ahead and (continue to) fall for Bernie's load of crap.

If you EVER want things to improve, you have to look elsewhere.


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