parade of useful
the bankrupt liberal class that long ago sold its soul to corporate
power, is now led by Sen. Bernie Sanders. His final capitulation,
symbolized by his pathetic motion to suspend the roll call, giving
Hillary Clinton the Democratic nomination by acclamation, is an
abject betrayal of millions of his supporters and his call for a
doubt the Democrats will continue to let Sanders be a member of the
Democratic Caucus. No doubt the Democrats will continue to agree not
to run a serious candidate against him in Vermont. No doubt Sanders
will be given an ample platform and media opportunities to shill for
Clinton and the corporate machine. No doubt he will remain a member
of the political establishment.
squandered his most important historical moment. He had a chance, one
chance, to take the energy, anger and momentum, walk out the doors of
the Wells Fargo Center and into the streets to help build a
third-party movement. His call to his delegates to face “reality”
and support Clinton was an insulting repudiation of the reality his
supporters, mostly young men and young women, had overcome by lifting
him from an obscure candidate polling at 12 percent into a serious
contender for the nomination. Sanders not only sold out his base, he
This was a spiritual wound, not a political one. For this
he must ask forgiveness.
resistance happens will happen without him. Whatever political
revolution happens will happen without him. Whatever hope we have for
a sustainable future will happen without him. Sanders, who once
lifted up the yearnings of millions, has become an impediment to
change. He took his 30 pieces of silver and joined with a bankrupt
liberal establishment on behalf of a candidate who is a tool of Wall
Street, a proponent of endless war and an enemy of the working class.
like all of the self-identified liberals who are whoring themselves
out for the Democrats, will use fear as the primary reason to remain
enslaved by the neoliberal assault. And, in return, the corporate
state will allow him and the other useful idiots among the 1 percent
to have their careers and construct pathetic monuments to themselves.
Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will be pushed through whether Donald
Trump or Hillary Clinton is president. The fracking industry, fossil
fuel industry and animal agriculture industry will ravage the
ecosystem whether Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton is president. The
predatory financial institutions on Wall Street will trash the
economy and loot the U.S. Treasury on the way to another economic
collapse whether Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton is president.
Poor, unarmed people of color will be gunned down in the streets of
our cities whether Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton is president.
The system of neoslavery in our prisons, where we keep poor men and
poor women of color in cages because we have taken from them the
possibility of employment, education and dignity, will be maintained
whether Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton is president. Millions
of undocumented people will be deported whether Donald Trump or
Hillary Clinton is president. Austerity programs will cut or
abolish public services, further decay the infrastructure and curtail
social programs whether Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton is
president. Money will replace the vote whether Donald Trump or
Hillary Clinton is president. And half the country, which now lives
in poverty, will remain in misery whether Donald Trump or Hillary
Clinton becomes president.
is not speculation. We know this because there has been total
continuity on every issue, from trade agreements to war to mass
deportations, between the Bush administration and the administration
of Barack Obama. The problem is not Donald Trump. The problem is
capitalism. And this is the beast we are called to fight and slay.
Until that is done, nothing of substance will change.
reduce the political debate, as Sanders and others are doing, to
political personalities is political infantilism. We have
undergone a corporate coup. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton
will not reverse this coup. They, like Barack Obama, know where
the centers of power lie. They serve these centers of power.