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29 Jun 2016 at 3:46 pm #8385
Likewise, Bernie Sanders’ gulls were mostly young, idealistic sorts and their youth, relatively speaking, inspired any number of credulous pundits to anoint Sanders “the future of the Democratic Party,” which was something funny enough to write about a septuagenarian. It was funnier still when you considered how totally these pundits neglected to realize Sanders’ late teen and twentysomething ephebes would eventually grow up. After a few years of having to feed a family and run a small business, for example, they’d realize that to get something back from the government you would need to pay taxes, and to do that, you’d need to earn a living.
On top of that, Sanders, after a principled kickoff to his campaign, quickly slid into common demagoguery once he got a snootful of support. He happened to pick some scapegoats who are pretty easy to dislike, like rich businesspeople and big banks – his “One percent.” Their class insularity, though, doesn’t make them any less of a bunch of scapegoats or Sanders any less of a demagogue for fixating on them so simplistically and misleadingly. I’m also a bit surprised how many centerist and even left of centerist elements in the party were reluctant to point out to him that the biggest opponents of his minimum wage hikes were not the big banks at all, but small to middle tier business owners who couldn’t handle all the additional expenses Sanders claimed he would foist upon them. As the reader, ever alert, has doubtless by now realized, staving in the middle class businessowner would merely benefit – you guessed it – the big businesses and banks who could absorb the cost increases that their smaller competition couldn’t, and then chew the little guys up and spit them out. Of course, it would have been inconvenient for Bernie to go after the middle forty percentile when the top one percent was available.
I also get a kick out of the way Sanders and his supporters have been barking orders at the Democratic National Committee about replacing their director, cutting several committee heads who supported Clinton, and changing the voting procedures under which Bernie ran in the first place. I guess they figured coming in four million votes short in the nominating process, and representing an overwhelmingly white and immature constituency of the party supported by the largest majorities of people of color, entitled them to strongarm the party proper.
Like Corbyn, ideologically constipated socialist demagogues like Bernie not only are not the future of the Democratic party – centrists and left-centrists are, and will be until a further left leadership makes a more convincing case for the viability of their programs – but are, in fact, one of the big reasons that the left remains an at best marginal power in American politics, capable of stirring up gaga media attention early in an election cycle while bringing nothing viable to the table in the meantime.
Rick WallachQuote30 Jun 2016 at 7:30 am #8393
Anyone interested in how the UK came to this pretty pass should read the following: http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/jun/30/brexit-disaster-decades-in-the-making
Breaking News: Johnson Rules Himself Out of Leadership Race.
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cantonaQuote30 Jun 2016 at 12:51 pm #8396
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