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Clinton Crony Says Bernie Supporters Must Be Silenced for 2020 Primaries
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'Well, like it or not the dust has barely settled from the November midterms and the 2020 presidential race is already underway. Campaigns are being launched, names are being floated, “Gosh look what an ordinary person I am!” videos are being live streamed from politicians’ kitchens, and we are already seeing many of the same toxic patterns from 2016 resurfacing from many of the same toxic people.

NBC News has published an op-ed by Republican political strategist-turned Clinton advisor and Dem strategist David Brock titled “Bernie Sanders’ fans can’t be allowed to poison another Democratic primary with personal attacks — Bashing Beto O’Rourke (and every other Democrat) doesn’t help liberals’ cause in 2020. It only helps Trump.” The article explicitly blames Hillary Clinton’s loss to Donald Trump on supporters of Bernie Sanders who criticized her during the primary, and makes it clear that such criticisms must be forcefully and aggressively fought against this time around.


“I’m hardly the only political observer who blames Hillary Clinton’s general election defeat to Donald Trump in part on personal attacks on Clinton first made by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and his backers,” Brock’s article begins. “Those attacks from her left laid the groundwork for copycat attacks lobbed by Donald Trump — and, in the process, helped hand the Supreme Court to the right-wing for a generation.”


Citing no evidence, Brock goes on to accuse journalists and social media users of staging a “coordinated effort” to “attack” Beto O’Rourke and other presidential hopefuls, as though coordination would be necessary for criticisms and questions to emerge about the voting records and campaign donations of public officials seeking the highest political office on the planet. The implication, of course, is that no criticisms of any kind should be leveled at Democratic presidential primary contestants, leaving narrative-shaping authority solely in the hands of the plutocratic media and beltway manipulators like David Brock.'






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Con Man Bernie Sanders for President
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Con Man Bernie Sanders for President

by Stephen Lendman
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Sanders is a human equivalent of an undemocratic Dem Trojan horse, a con man throughout his political career as Burlington, VT mayor, House and Senate member.

His voting record belies his public advocacy - like other dirty politicians, time and again saying one thing, doing another, voting 98% of the time along party lines, his soul for sale at the right price like virtually the entire Congress. Rare exceptions prove the rule.

He’s America’s most popular con man, fooling many people some of the time, his foolhardy supporters most of the time. He’s a progressive socialist in name only, never the real thing.

Tuesday on Vermont public radio, he announced his candidacy for president in 2020, saying:

“I wanted to let the people of the state of Vermont know about this first. And what I promise to do is, as I go around the country, is to take the values that all of us in Vermont are proud of — a belief in justice, in community, in grassroots politics, in town meetings.”

“That’s what I’m going to carry all over this country. I think the current occupant of the White House is an embarrassment to our country.”

“I think he is a pathological liar...I also think he is a racist, a sexist, a homophobe, a xenophobe, somebody who is gaining cheap political points by trying to pick on minorities, often undocumented immigrants.”

He lied about the agenda he’ll follow if elected president. He’s right about Trump, dead wrong claiming “any objective observer would confirm…that in the last year and half or so, the Democratic party (sic) has moved in a far more progressive direction than they were before I ran for president.”

There’s nothing democratic about supporting wars of aggression, color revolutions, old-fashioned coups, neoliberal harshness, and police state crackdowns on nonbelievers.

Sanders once shamefully called Hugo Chavez “a dead communist dictator.” After usurper in waiting Guaido illegally declared himself interim Venezuelan president, Sanders turned truth on its head, saying:

“The Maduro government in Venezuela has been waging a violent crackdown on Venezuelan civil society, violated the constitution by dissolving the National Assembly and was re-elected last year in an election that many observers said was fraudulent.”

All of the above are bald-faced Big Lies. Adding “the economy is a disaster,” he failed to mention US economic, financial and sanctions war, along with low oil prices.

Nor did he denounce Guaido’s illegal power grab and the Trump regime coup attempt, saying only that “we must not go down that road again,” a way inadequate remark.

Throughout his political career, he’s been a loyal servant of powerful interests like other undemocratic Dems, pretending otherwise.

He’s more opportunist than populist or progressive, doing pathetically little in Congress for things he claims to support - universal healthcare a glaring example.

His Senate vote could have killed Obamacare, a healthcare rationing scheme based on the ability to pay, designed to enrich insurers, drug industry bandits, and large hospital chains at the expense of Medicare for all - everyone in, no one left out, what he supports in name only.

His dirty business as usual voting record belies his call for revolutionary change, a wolf in sheep’s clothing like other duopoly power pols. If otherwise, he wouldn’t be presidential material. His support for Israel’s killing machine is especially troubling, backing its wars on Gaza, naked aggression by any standard.

He blames Hamas for Israeli high crimes. He supported Senate legislation, calling on the UN to rescind the Goldstone report – exposing Israel’s December 2008-January 2009 slaughter and destruction on the Strip.

He opposes Palestinian statehood based on pre-June 1967 borders – 22% of historic Palestine unless Israel willingly goes along, an impossibility.

He supports vetoing Security Council resolutions on Palestinian statehood without a settlement – based on Israeli imposed terms.

He ignores US support for ISIS, al-Qaeda, its al-Nusra offshoot, and other terrorist groups. He called US aggression in Syria a “civil” conflict, saying settling it “requires Assad’s departure.”

He’s hostile to Iran, Russia, China, and other nations on the US target list for regime change, supporting illegal sanctions war on these countries - instead of forthrightly denouncing what’s going on in these and other nations.

He called for “a unified stance with our international allies in order to effectively address (nonexistent) Russian aggression” - ignoring the real thing supported by nearly all Republicans and Dems, including himself, endless US wars against humanity.

On his feelthebern site, he said “(t)he entire world has got to stand up to Putin.” The “entire world has got to” condemn US war on humanity Sanders supports through silence and voting for what demands opposition.

After ignoring Hillary’s 2016 primary triumphs in New York, Massachusetts, Nevada, Arizona, and elsewhere by election-rigging, Sanders endorsed her - the most ruthlessly dangerous presidential aspirant in US history, instead of denouncing her extremism, the threat she’d pose to world peace as commander-in-chief of the US military.

Sanders is part of the problem, not the solution, a dirty politician like most others in Washington. The 2016 Dem party platform he endorsed ignored US naked aggression, war-profiteering, Wall Street grand theft, putting privilege and profits over the general welfare, while turning a blind eye to growing censorship and tyranny.

Like most others in Washington, Sanders backs what just societies deplore. On the wrong side of vital issues, his voting record reveals the true measure of the man - a figure to oppose, along with other undemocratic Dems and Republicans.

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The Candidate Rides Again: The Bernie Sanders Re-Run






He could not stay away, and few could blame him. Such political tendencies are nerves, conditions, diseases: eventually, we have to succumb to them. Bernie Sanders has announced his intention to run for the White House in 2020. It was as surprising as any statement about US inequality. But what matters here is the crowd – and a large one at that – that Sanders has to contend with this time around.

The primary problem here is timing and that old nag of history. Politics has, at its core, a clock. Ticking, with an ancient menace, it reminds politicians that a time to challenge comes only once in a time, if not a life time. It might resurface, supplying the failed candidate with a chance for redemption. Generally, this is rare; politics and Lazarus do not tend to meet.

The short of it is this: Abiding by the tick-tock of political opportunity benefits the shrewd and calculating. On evidence, Sanders is neither shrewd nor calculating. Passionate, yes. Buckets of character, yes. On some level, conditionally principled, but otherwise green on the kill. His capitulation to Hillary Clinton and her family’s strangling apparatus over the Democratic Party was significant in giving the brightest of green lights to Trump.

The populist election should have been a battle of the populists, and for some time, Sanders’ 2016 campaign was marked by colours different from the standard Democratic line. His movement into the Democratic universe proved to be a mistake, though it should never be forgotten that he has, at stages of his political life, hugged the outlines of that confused “centrist” party. His voting record show patches of poor, and, in some instances severely compromised judgment. He favoured sending his state’s nuclear waste to the township of Sierra Blanca, Texas in 1998 (better out of Vermont than in). He favoured the sanctions regime against Iraq, one that did much to cause desperation in the populace and nothing to dislodge Saddam Hussein’s regime. And, in a fit of humanitarianism-at-the-end-of-a-missile, he supported the attack on Serbia in 1999. This was all the more galling given Sanders’ credentials as the great anti-war activist.

The point was not missed by fifteen Vermonters who proceeded to occupy his office. As Jeffrey St. Clair and Alexander Cockburn remind us,

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“The last time any political rep from Vermont had an office occupied was when a group later known as the Winooski 44 sat in (Republican) Jim Jeffords’s office in 1984, protesting Reagan’s war in Central America.”


The befuddled statisticians, strategists and Mook-governed sociopaths in the Clinton camp attempted to absorb the threat posed by the Sandernistas, thereby extinguishing it while hoping to grab the voter base. This did not happen, and a campaign was strangled.

Not all blame can be laid at Clinton’s feet and venal calculation. Sanders retreated, effectively abandoning his supporters. That old hard-nosed Russian dissident Boris Kagarlisky had something to merit the following remark: in Philadelphia, as he surrendered to Clinton, the political figure from Vermont became “a pathetic old man who does not understand what is happening around him.”

Sanders may well have aroused the electorate, but he had no desire to consummate his attraction. Instead he spoke about the future.

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“Together, we continue to fight to create a government that represents all of us, and not just the one percent – a government based on the principles of economic, social, racial and environmental justice.”


Now, Sanders does not come out as the fresh eccentric and dynamic alternative figure. He is an establishment candidate whose message of “Medicare for all” and a Green New Deal has been, for the most part, accepted by the bevy of Democrats making the White House charge. While it would be nonsense to suggest that the United States has suddenly become more attuned to social democratic principles, there is something to suggest greater receptiveness to them.

Sanders himself acknowledges how his flush of ideas was received in 2016.

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“Three years ago, during our 2016 campaign, when we brought forth our progressive agenda we were told that our ideas were ‘radical’, and ‘extreme’. We were told that Medicare for All, a $15 an hour minimum wage, free tuition at public colleges and universities, aggressively combating climate change, demanding that the wealthy start paying their fair share of taxes, were all concepts that the American people would never accept.”


After three years “millions of Americans” were now “standing up and fighting back”, in the process supporting “all of these policies”.

Sanders, this time around, is playing on the unity message. As an announcement of his candidacy goes,

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“I’m running for president because, now for than ever, we need leadership that brings us together not divides us up. Women and men, black, white, Latino, Native American, Asian American, gay and straight, young and old, native born and immigrant. Now is the time for us to stand together.”


Against the whole gaggle of female candidates, and a spread of younger variants of himself who have made it clear that they want the laurels; and against other aged hopefuls, Sanders has a mountain to climb so high he may lose his breath. But US politics, since 2016, is as interesting as any other theatre on the planet. Best call off the bets and wait the next turn.


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