The Bernie Sanders Campaign Is Not A Revolution, or A Movement. It Is Ego.

This has already been addressed on this blog and elsewhere and I wasn’t going to chime in, but Bernie Sanders just released a statement that has my blood boiling.

I always liked Bernie. I enjoyed his occasional appearances on Rachel Maddow’s show. I thought his entry into the presidential race was a good thing as it brought attention to progressive causes. I have also always liked Hillary. I have followed her for 25 years. I have also been saying for the past 40 years that the Republicans clearly had a goal to dumb down the electorate and reduce politics to a sound bite, at least as far as constituents go. This election is the fruition of that plan.

I tended towards Hillary, but like many, had concerns, so I listened to both candidates and decided to wait before making up my mind. As a California resident, I believed that I had plenty of time to decide.

Instead, I watched as Bernie moved further and further away from his stated plans to avoid personal attacks. What I saw, was an old, white, misogynistic man who has been over-represented in politics for too long. I did my research and although I thought I knew all about Hillary, I realized that the subtle, nuanced reporting over the years had caused me to absorb some of the Republican tropes that I thought I was clear of. She really is honest, ethical, and incredibly qualified.

I have experienced the full force of the Bernie Bots and occasionally tried to engage with facts and data, but as a mental health professional, I am also aware of how hard we hold on to emotional decisions, and the decision to support Bernie for most is very much an emotional one.

So today, we hear this:

Within the last few days there have been a number of criticisms made against my campaign organization. Party leaders in Nevada, for example, claim that the Sanders campaign has a ‘penchant for violence.’ That is nonsense. Our campaign has held giant rallies all across this country, including in high-crime areas, and there have been zero reports of violence. Our campaign of course believes in non-violent change and it goes without saying that I condemn any and all forms of violence, including the personal harassment of individuals. But, when we speak of violence, I should add here that months ago, during the Nevada campaign, shots were fired into my office Nevada and apartment housing complex my campaign staff lived in was broken into and ransacked.

Seriously? Both-“siderism” and “victimhood.” Of course there’s no violence at his rallies. The violence is against Hillary supporters, the party, and anyone who hasn’t drunk the Koolaid.

 

Latest Comments

  1. Sharon Reddy says:

    ROTFL!!! What a load. No one will starve. No one will die for lack of medication. This planet will not continue to be destroyed for profit. Such incredible ego to think we can be a civilized nation. You lost!! We won!! We’re taking the convention. Read the political reality and weep. Sanders 54%-Trump 38%, Clinton 44%-Trump 42%, a statistical tie. The DNC can piss up a tree. The ‘on the floor’ Democrats, the ambitious and the incumbents aren’t going to dump the sure thing, with downballot enthusiasm for another Hillary promise of campaign funds funneled back to her. There are really a lot of Democrats sick of war, who will never vote for her.

    1. realdemocrat says:

      i swear, its trump people claiming to like the ‘superliberal’ 3-yr career govt insider Bernnie Sanders.

    2. Rob G says:

      It’s over with, Sanders lost, there is no way for him to get enough delegates. Sanders is the second most disliked Senator, only behind Ted Cruz. Sander’s political career is finished. In January, Sanders should be kicked out of the Senate Democratic Caucus and striped of his committee memberships.

  2. Labor Movement US says:

    “This is not a clash of egos or a winner-takes-all contest we are engaged in; it is a struggle to change the present and thus the future of this nation.”

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