Sunday, July 17, 2016

Bernieism Pure Fantasy All Along

Bernieism Pure Fantasy All Along

by Stephen Lendman

Anyone examining his deplorable 30-year public service record knew there was no there there, same old, same old, masquerading as revolutionary populism, a thinly veiled facade concealing support for dirty business as usual.

It shouldn’t need explaining, yet too few people understand. America is more autocracy than democracy, more fascist than fair, more police state than populist, more ruthless over a longer duration than any regime in history - run exclusively of, by and for its privileged class. 

Its political process is too debauched to fix. Tinkering around the edges won’t change things. Conditions worsen each electoral cycle instead of improving - each new administration and Congress more sinister than earlier ones.

No one becomes duopoly power presidential material without being bought over too many times to count. Genuine populists have no chance whatever.

Sanders is a longstanding walking, talking conflict of interest, a duplicitous self-serving con man, voting 98% of the time with corrupted Democrat colleagues.

Consistently he preaches to the gallery pontifically, saying what loyalists want to hear, brainwashing them to believe he’s genuine, then betraying them time and again.

“Feel the Bern” was phony baloney hyperbole all along, PR rubbish, BernOut in the end - lofty rhetoric without followthrough.

“If a financial institution is too big to fail, it is too big to exist,” said Sanders. He did nothing in Congress to change things.

“Let us wage a moral and political war against the billionaires and corporate leaders, on Wall Street and elsewhere, whose policies and greed are destroying the middle class of America.”

Sanders was solely on the front lines of empty rhetoric, AWOL working for policy changes.

“The goal of real healthcare reform must be high quality, universal coverage in a cost effective way.”

He was the only senator rhetorically for universal healthcare - then disgracefully voted for Obamacare.

His “no” vote would have killed an anti-populist rationing scheme benefitting insurers, drug companies and large hospital chains, providing healthcare on the ability to pay, ignoring Martin Luther King saying “(o)f all the forms of inequality, injustice in healthcare is the most shocking and inhumane.”

He denounced corporate personhood yet did nothing to repeal it. He cited FDR, saying nations are judged by how they treat their least advantaged, yet he voted for policies harming their interests.

He railed against Hillary on the stump, calling her unqualified to serve - then endorsed her on national television, saying he’ll do  everything he can “to make certain she will be the next president of the United States.”

He’s no socialist, no populist, no revolutionary, no peace advocate, no friend of ordinary Americans. Endorsing Clinton showed support for pure evil, permanent wars and neoliberal harshness, selling out to wealth, power and privilege, betraying loyal supporters disgracefully.

He’s part of the dirty system he rhetorically opposes. Honor, integrity and virtue aren’t his long suits. He’s no man of the people - irreparably tainted by allying with the devil.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

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