Bernie Sander swallows Russiagate whole: won't call out the nonsense
Those of you who think Bernard Sanders is "Mr. Right" or perhaps He Who Should Be President, please read no further. Your ears and eyes may bleed after reading this essay.
Pondering an appropriate subtitle for this essay, the following were considered:
The Camel's nose is under the tent (no reference to K. Harris)
The writing is on the wall (a la the curse of Babylon)
Lay down, roll over, and let me do it again
So many options.
As a person who is in search of a decent progressive Democrat candidate (because we shall never get one from the conservatives / Republicans / Deep State / Intel Communities / Clintonistas), my position has been that Mr. Sanders has severe osteoporosis of his vertebral column, sustaining many compression fractures.
The first such spineless display and the one which turned off this Berniecrat (me) was Bernie's cowardly, unprincipled kissing of H. Rodent Clinton's ring (watch out Bernie, there was a slow-acting poison in that ring, a la Lucretia Borgia, noted poisoner of the Italian Renaissance).
Subsequently, Bernie embraced the Russiagate nonsense as if it was a chapter from the Talmud (actually it was Machiavelli). Many lost opportunities have passed while Bernie dithered about his opponents.
To Bernie's credit, which is to some extent admirable, although "underpowered", he runs a positive campaign. His only targets are Donald Drumpf, billionaires (nary a mention of millionaires any more since he is one with 3 homes and $2.5 M in assets; although I do not begrudge him any of it).
Further to Bernie's credit is the fact that he actually has a reasonable domestic program (with exceptions on my part, not to be discussed here). In other words: no negative anti-Democrat campaigning and he discusses actual issues impacting the vast majority of Americans.
His campaign is soaring.
But in a contest between a sparrow and a hawk, the odds favor the hawk. Commander Cheeto is a hawk.
Amerika has endured almost 3 years of RussiaRussiaRussia. Even the abominable Herr Müller couldn't prove that one. In fact, a federal judge precluded the Swan from trumpeting proven Russian involvement in 2016 because it had not been established with evidence.
Deep in the bowels of the DNC, Robbie Mook, John Podesta and other luminaries concocted the Russian Fantasy, which was then blessed by Her. Fast forward to the 2020 primary season. HRC accuses Tulsi of being a "Russian Asset" (I suppose on the lines of someone who connived to sell Russia 20% of our uranium deposits). Tulsi don't play that game. She's suing Her Awfulness for $20M.
Then comes Ukrainegate with a cast of dozens. Plop, flop, spurt.
And now Russiagate rears its ugly fictitious head once again. Like a double barreled shot gun, pellets are directed at Drumpf and Bernie. Why now? Funny thing how that happens. Bernie's campaign has caught fire. Trump has emerged from the shampeachment stronger than ever.
What artifice do the clever DNC Dems now use to bash the contender for the throne? Why of course, Russiagate. Who would have guessed?
Moscow beckons Bernie. At least that's what 17 intelligence agencies will pronounce. Comrade Sanders is a Russian stooge. Please. Not again? A proven losing argument. But Bernie snatches defeat from the jaws of victory.
Sanders told reporters he had seen some of Russia’s “tweets and stuff,” which he said were aimed at sowing divisions.
“They try to divide us up,” Sanders said of the Russians. “That is the ugliest thing they’re doing. They’re trying to cause chaos, they’re trying to cause hatred in America. It’s an ugly business, and all of us have got to say, sorry, you’re not going to do this in this election.”
Bernie, this is all B.S. (bovine excrement, that is). Why don't you stand on your hind legs and call it out for the nonsense it is? Why not take a hint from Tulsi and call out the DNC liars for who they are? Nice guys finish last. Bernie is not going to win if he can not stare down the obvious fasity of the claim.
Camel's nose is inside the tent
Old Arabian proverb. Once the camel's nose is inside the tent, the rest of the camel soon follows. Bernie will never be able to appease the blatant Russophobia of the Dem establishment. He capitulates to the fantasy without object. Now, what ever he does, it will never be enough for the Hillbots. Never. They will claim that Russian operatives are actively working in his campaign. The "numerous unidentified sources" will proclaim this is true "with same sort of reasonable certainty the "17 intelligence agencies" said it was true of Trump. Fellow travelers in the House and Senate will demand a House investigation by the intelligence committee of the Russkies as Bernie's momentum builds closer to the Convention. Adam Schiff will have another excuse to proffer his playwriting to the Congressional Record. Rachel Madcow and Larry O'Donnell and Chris Hayes, and Don Le-moan will spout the gospel according to Saint Hillary that Bernie is a Russian thrall, a veritable self-contained nesting doll of devious anti-American plots concocted by the Reprehensible, authoritarian thug V.V. Putin.
It will be rumored that Bernie learned to speak Russian fluently during his honeymoon trip to Russia at GRU language schools. Bernie's ancestral lineage will be traced back not to Poland but to Mother Russia. Whatever Bernie does from now on out will never sate the lies because he has succumbed to the narrative of the Evil Kremlin meddling in our holy elections. The lies will only intensify. He will be diverted somewhat from campaigning to fending off spurious attacks against his loyalty. But Bernie will need all his energy fighting Trump, should he get the nomination. Fending off the DNC will sap his resources, his time, his message.
We will get to see in the coming weeks just what Bernie is made of. Same message over the past 40 years? Not if you count his flip-flop on border security, on immigration. To his credit he supports M4A as strongly as ever. But what is his policy to foreign affairs? If he has been arguing against foreign entanglements it has been sotto voce. He complains about Trump's policies certainly. But what are his positive visions? Is he a globalist? Is he a nationalist? If he's a nationalist, then his open borders stance quite contradicts that. What would Bernie's stance be against China? Dare he offend Feinstein? Dare he offend the Bidens about China? If he cannot stand up to proven loser HRC, how will we stand up to Trump?
Trump has steadfastly denied Russian collusion, starting in 2016 and continuing to the present. Trump has no trouble confronting his enemies. He makes them prove their xenophobic Russia nonsense, something which they have abysmally failed at doing. Bernie did not learn from Trump. You can't pander to the purveyors of falsehood, lest you become one of them. If Bernie knows this Russia nonsense to be fable, then he should denounce it--loudly. If he believes Russiagate's reality then he is a fool.
For your consideration:
A dose of reality:
1. The DNC will never permit Bernie to win the nomination.
2. If Bernie wins the nomination, Trump will mop the floor with him.
3. Find a new hero. Preferably a new and truly progressive party. Find a strong leader for that party, one who doesn't pander. Find a warrior. In Bernie, you have Neville Chamberlain.