What Happened to Bernie Sanders?
Wall Street wants anyone but Sanders and Warren. Sounds like an endorsement to me.
After mentioning Bloomberg, Wall Street executives who want Trump out list a consistent roster of appealing nominees that includes former Vice President Joe Biden and Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Kamala Harris of California. Others meriting mention: former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, former Maryland Rep. John Delaney and former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, though fewally know his positions.
Bankers’ biggest fear: The nomination goes to an anti-Wall Street crusader like Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) or Sanders. “It can’t be Warren and it can’t be Sanders,” said the CEO of another giant bank. “It has to be someone centrist and someone who can win.”
I want to be enthusiastic about a candidate, I really do. However, there are questions Bernie needs to answer. He may have missed his moment in time, and before people invest in him again, he needs to answer some questions.
- Why did he endorse Hillary?
- Why is he buying into Russia?
- Why didn't he bolt and run Green if he really wanted a revolution?
- Why didn't he support the DNC lawsuit?
- Why didn't he expose and speak out against the fraud that was perpetrated against him and his supporters during the primary?
- Why is this time going to be any different?
Listening to a podcast last night, I heard that Chris Hedges has addressed at least some of these questions. He supported Bernie and campaigned for Bernie with Cornell West, so I figure he was close enough to the horse's mouth to at least look at what he has to say. These are the two articles by Hedges that I found that I think respond to the questions I asked. I didn't like what he had to say.
Chris Hedges on Bernie Sanders and the Corporate Democrats
Ralph Nader Radio Hour co-host Steve Skrovan asked Hedges what a liberal feeding frenzy within the Democratic Party would look like and why the Democratic Party was so afraid of a vigorous debate.
“Because the party is completely captive to corporate power,” Hedges said. “And Bernie has cut a Faustian deal with the Democrats. And that’s not even speculation. I did an event with him and Bill McKibben, Naomi Klein and Kshama Sawant in New York the day before the Climate March. And Kshama Sawant, the Socialist City Councilwoman from Seattle and I asked Sanders why he wanted to run as a Democrat. And he said — because I don’t want to end up like Nader.”
“He didn’t want to end up pushed out of the establishment,” Hedges said. “He wanted to keep his committee chairmanships, he wanted to keep his Senate seat. And he knew the forms of retribution, punishment that would be visited upon him if he applied his critique to the Democratic establishment. So he won’t.”
“The lie of omission is still a lie,” Hedges said. “Bernie’s decision to play the game within the Democratic Party and in essence lend credibility to the party and lend credibility to Hillary Clinton is very destructive. A liberal feeding frenzy within the Democratic Party would see a rise of an actual liberal establishment within the party – I’m not sure one exists any more — that challenged the Party for selling out working men and women.”
Et Tu, Bernie?
JUN 17, 2018
Sanders, although he knew by September 2016 that the process was rigged, said nothing to his supporters. He was tacitly complicit in the cover-up. It was left to one of the architects of the fraud, Brazile, to reveal the scam. But by then it was too late.
Sanders’ capitulation in the face of the overwhelming evidence of the rigging of the nomination process was political and moral cowardice. He missed his historical moment, one that should have seen him denounce a corrupt, corporate-dominated party elite and walk away to build a third-party candidacy. Sanders will never recover politically. To see the future, he has only to look at the campaign events he held on behalf of Clinton after her nomination. His crowds dwindled from thousands to a few hundred after he endorsed Clinton. Data collected by Harvard Harris Poll charted the downward spiral of his favorability ratings as he became more and more obsequious to the Democratic Party establishment. His 2020 campaign for the presidency will be a pale reflection of 2016. His “political revolution” slogan has been exposed as another empty public relations gimmick.
I would urge you to read the articles for yourself. They are short and will assure you receive them in the context the author intended. When you are done, I still think you won't like what he has to say. Not because of what it means to Bernie but because of what it means to us and our children and grandchildren. Bernie is no Eugene Debs and that makes me sad because we really need one.
On the positive side, we only have 11 more years to live because of global warming.