Sanders: Con Man, Hillary Supporter, Rabble Rouser
by Stephen Lendman
Throughout his political career, his revolutionary, man-of-the-people rhetoric was empty - exposed by his disgraceful public record, supporting policies he railed against.
His soul was for sale all along, remaining so, a disgrace to the office he holds. He’s just another self-serving politician, saying one thing, doing another - notably backing imperial wars, Israeli rights over Palestinian ones, ignoring US human rights violations, and betraying supporters by selling out to Hillary and her ruthless agenda.
Now he’s in league with media scoundrels, relentlessly bashing Trump before he’s inaugurated and begins governing. Sour grapes perhaps for defeating Hillary?
Supporting her shows what he really stands for - endless imperial wars and other assaults on fundamental freedoms at home and abroad, US policy since the neoliberal 90s, exacerbated post-9/11, likely disaster averted by Hillary’s defeat.
With no public record to judge him, it’s unclear how Trump will govern - why it makes sense to cut him some slack, wait to see what he does, then praise or criticize him appropriately - after the fact, not before it with no justifiable evidence to go on.
Sanders is undeterred, refusing to go away, using his position as a rabble rousing platform, not responsible straight talk. “We can beat this guy,” he ranted to a Boston audience.
“But we have to do it in a way that we have never done it before, and it’s essentially reaching out to people who do not or may not agree with us on every single issue. We have got to bring people together because we are fighting for the future of this country.”
Separately, he said “you’re not going to give up. You’re going to fight back and mobilize” - ludicrously saying he supports the Democrat party’s (undemocratic) agenda, serving privilege over populism since the Clinton co-presidency, what he never explains, pretending otherwise.
“The bottom line,” he said, “is you cannot be a party which takes money from Wall Street, which is not strong on the pharmaceutical industry, which is ripping us off every day, which is not strong on healthcare in taking on the insurance companies, which has not shown a desire to stand up and fight the economic establishment, and then tell working families that you are on their side. People see through that.”
Fact: He described what duopoly governance is all about under the Clintons, Bush/Cheney and Obama. He was “hoist with (his) own petard,” quoting from Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
Fact: It’s unknown if Trump intends continuing dirty business as usual or going his own way enough to make a difference. According to Sanders, his agenda is harmful before anything is implemented.
It’s one thing to speculate on what he may or may not do - quite another to wait until he begins governing before judging him.
Unlike Sanders and likeminded rabble rousers, I choose to wait. They’ll be plenty of time post-inauguration to evaluate how he governs.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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