A Million Strong Army of Volunteers – Wasting on the Sidelines
Jimmy Dore put out a couple videos over the last couple of days that is, for lack of a better word, brutal. He goes completely off Bernie Sanders and other so called “progressives”, and just loses it. However, I can't say I blame him. And he's got many good points. The biggest of which, is Senator Sanders supposedly has a Million Strong Army of volunteers all across this country, and in a nut shell, they are doing nothing more than wasting away on the sidelines, actually doing really nothing.
If Bernie really does have a Million Strong Army of Volunteers, then he has failed this test of leadership, in this historical moment. For all the good he's done over the last 4 decades, it's all about to be wiped out in one fell swoop by his failure in this crisis to step up, make demands for the people, and then most importantly, back those demands with a display of real people power.
3 Emergency bills have been passed with Wall Street and big business making out like bandits stealing candy from children. It is nothing sort of giving away the store, the keys to the store and your bank account information. The vast transfer of wealth from the 99% to the 1% is the largest in history.
And all Bernie could muster is some showboating theatrics that barely addressed the 99%. Yeah, I know, if it wasn't for Bernie, it would not have gotten in the legislation. Yeah, fine, however, Jimmy Dore was correct, when he said Bernie and the other so called progressives could have “organized” a caucus and halted the legislation (massive give away to big business) until they gave us something realistic.
If I'm so smart, what should Bernie do?
Very simple, take the gloves off and come out swinging. Being the “opposition” candidate, means, you can't win the presidency by being “Mr. Nice Guy” to people who rather let you die, than have a conversation with you. Not everyone will like you, but more importantly you must “earn” their respect, and that doesn't happen by being nice. It happens by wielding power effectively.
First and foremost, fire anyone in his campaign that is not on board with any of his policies. He needs to clean house and get those fucking Center for American Progress careerist hacks out of his campaign. NOW.
You can not run an effective campaign, if you have careerist and moles planted through your campaign staff that are not on board with your vision and program of action. If they are not in it, to win it, then fire their ass! Of course Bernie needs to do that himself. Decide now, he's either in it to win it, or just fuck the hell off. We the America people do not need false hope at this point.
Now, think for a moment, did FDR look around the country and see what a hell hole this country was in, and all of a sudden decide, here's some legislation to help the American people. Nope, not at all. FDR had to be forced by strikes and social upheaval, to even begin to start introducing legislation to help the American people.
While everyone (a lot of people anyway) on twitter / social media is touting Bernie as this generation's FDR, well, nothing could be further from the truth. Sure Bernie's legislation is similar in nature, in that it addresses many of the problems facing this country, but, Bernie is no FDR.
The “comparisons” should stop after comparing legislation. FDR was a “capitalist” while Bernie calls himself a “democratic socialist”, which is after all, a capitalist, just with a heart for social safety nets. The “capitalist order”, ie the means of production, doesn't fundamentally change, only safety net programs are expanded and a few “rules” are put in place to keep capitalism from running of the rails again.
Activate – Organize – Mobilize
Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will – Fredrick Douglas.
Bernie has run his campaign like a nice, meek little boy, “please sir, can I run for the presidency as a Democrat?”. Here's the real thing, Bernie hasn't made any demands.
If you have a Million Strong Army of Volunteers and you are not using them to advance your campaign, then what, the fuck, are they doing? Tweeting, txting, phone banking? Trying to “be nice” to people who would rather see you die from lack of medical care, because you can't afford it? Sure I understand one catches more flies with sugar, but what the fuck do we want with flies? We have enough “maggots” already, MK!
Right now, Bernie should be delegating authority to “leaders” to “activate, organize and mobilize” his Million Strong Army of volunteers to form direct action teams that will lead protests all across this country. While at the same time Bernie needs to “organize” the so called progressives in both the house and the senate, and stage a walk out, in coordination with street protests by his Million Strong Army of volunteers.
Bernie needs to "demand" that legislation needs to address the needs of the 99% or else. But Bernie doesn't have an "or else" threat to back up his demand. That is the problem! Unless he recognizes his "army of volunteers" can be that "threat" to #ShutItDown, ie the economy, he will continue to fail and unless the American people rise up, were fucking toast.
You see, demands with no power, will fail every time, full stop. – The Ranting Rooster