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Bernie used to be a socialist, now he’s a surrealist.
“Thirty two years ago, Bernie Sanders began serving in congress. He was a rebel with a cause, dedicated to dismembering the machine. He spent the first ten or twelve years learning the ropes. But evidently he learned too well. For at least the past 20 years of Sanders’ 32 years in congress, he has been voting for wars and profiteering.”
~Tim Flanagan: writer, editor & educator
“Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders declared his support for the Obama administration’s current policy of bombing Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)
…Bernie is OK with bombing countries who did not attack us.
“In directly aligning himself with the foreign policy of the Obama White House in the Middle East, Sanders underscored that he is not running as an “antiwar” candidate or offering any alternative to the policy of increasing military aggression by American imperialism around the world.”
MANCHESTER, New Hampshire — Sen. Bernie Sanders has railed against big defense corporations at rallies, but he has a more complex history with the military-industrial complex. Most notably, he’s supported a $1.2 trillion stealth fighter that’s considered by many to be one of the bigger boondoggles in Pentagon history.
Sanders has made his opposition to Hillary Clinton’s hawkishness a cornerstone of his campaign.
But he hasn’t exactly been antiwar all his career. When it has come time to choose between defense jobs and a dovish defense policy, Sanders has consistently chosen to stand with the arms-makers rather than the peace-niks—leading to tension with some of the most adamant adherents of progressive ideology.
Bernie is not good for workers:
LIKE MANY leftists before him, the Democratic Party has co-opted and changed Bernie Sanders, using him to help hinder the development of a genuine alternative to the capitalist parties.
His campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination will be, at best, a re-run of his campaign last year and of Jesse Jackson’s primary runs in 1984 and 1988. Jackson’s campaigns galvanized an entire section of the left, channeled it toward the Democratic Party and directed its remnants to vote for a succession of corporate candidates like Walter Mondale and Michael Dukakis.
Based on his experience as Dennis Kucinich’s former press secretary, David Swanson has drawn the conclusion that the left should not support Sanders. “The best place to put our resources is into uncorrupted, principled, policy-driven, nonviolent, creative activism–including activism needed to create fair, open, verifiable elections,” Swanson wrote.
“People have only as much liberty as they have the intelligence to want and the courage to take…” ~Emma Goldman
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