Agitate, Educate, and Organize ~OO~
Although Sanders may have once been a socialist back in the 80s when he was Mayor of Burlington, he is not a socialist today. Instead, he is a conservative pretending to be a liberal, backing all of Obama’s nasty wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan, Somalia, and Yemen… along with Israeli aggression in Gaza and corporate war-profiteering at home.
“The attack on Kosovo is hardly the extent of Sanders’ hawkishness. While it’s true he voted against the Iraq War, he also voted in favor of authorizing funds for that war and the one in Afghanistan. More recently, he voted in favor of a $1 billion aid package for the coup government Ukraine and supported Israel’s assault on Gaza.”
“The decision by Sanders to seek the Democratic Party nomination for president is the culmination of a protracted process over four decades, during which Sanders, despite never formally belonging to the Democratic Party, never ventured beyond what passes for the party’s “left” flank, using the term “socialist” only to suggest an illusory difference with his (infrequent) Democratic Party challengers.
His role in the campaign will be use his reputation as a politician of the “left” to disguise the ever more right-wing orientation of the Democratic Party: its abandonment of even a nominal commitment to social reform, its embrace of war, assassination, mass surveillance and an increasingly dictatorial role for the American imperialist state, both internationally and at home.”
Independent political action against the corporate state is the single most important issue, not only in every big election but also in day to day resistance against capitalism and militarism. Otherwise every other issue of great importance— yes, including fossil fuels and climate change, the militarization of police departments, the ruling class war of attrition against the working class— will gain no traction. In class struggles, there is a law of nature: No friction, no traction.
More on the history of Bernie Sanders and militarism as well as his alliance with the Democratic Party:
Liberty Union Party, Bernie the Bombers Bad Week.
Counterpunch, The Myth of Bernie Sanders
Counterpunch, Bernie Sanders Cannot Save US
We spend trillions fighting avoidable wars chosen by advocates on one side or another of the corporate aisle. Most of the biggest players (like the 16 big guys who make billions and pay no taxes) are savvy enough to pay off both corporate parties to hedge their bets.
Our only option is to pay attention. Between 60 and 75% of the voting public say, at this point, they are ready and willing to seriously consider a third party. This is good and bad.
The bad part is Bernie Sanders will rope people into the lesser evil myth (with a blind eye to Israeli and corporate aggression.) The truths he will tell about banks are useful, but when he folds up his tent and supports Hillary,
we are left in the lurch with nothing but Clinton and a Bush.
But we have a bird in the hand!
Dr. Jill Stein has a plan for revolutionary change. She wants to put everyday people back in charge.
We can Shine with Stein! https://thewordsmithcollection.wordpress.com/2015/05/16/shine-with-stein/
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