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The Real Bernie Sanders Coming To Light

January 13, 2020

I find it most concerning when one of the angry white males screaming a populist rant in 2020 is not a Democrat but is using my party from which to shout.

Not for the first time does this blog note how Bernie Sanders is only a ‘Democrat’ when he wants to use the tools and platform of my party when seeking a presidential nomination.  There is, after all, a party for Sanders to lead and run his campaign from.  It is the Socialist Party USA.   Rather than seeking that party’s nomination he jumps over the fence and becomes a ‘Democrat’ for a number of months until his failure leads him back to being whatever party label he fancies himself at the time.

This morning we are greeted with the news that Sanders does not feel that a woman can win the presidency.  He made that statement to Elizabeth Warren in 2018 when the two of them were talking about the upcoming presidential election.   I find it most troubling because he blanketed the whole gender with a loss as opposed to say this potential woman candidate, or that one, would be a hard sell to the nation.  Rather he said women, in general, were not able to win the Oval Office this cycle.  That is not the frame of mind that I have, and certainly not what all of my solidly liberal or progressive friends think.

Bernie does not look good in that color of sexism.  But that was not the only showing of his colors over the past few days.

It all started when Politico obtained a copy of talking points sent to Bernie’s volunteers to be used either during phone calls or door knocks that essentially said that Warren is the candidate of the elites.  Well, wow.  And ironic, of course when looking at the life of the Sanders family.  They are very financially secure, too.

The reporting also shows that the talking points claim she is not going to attract new Democratic voters–and get this rubbish–because she appeals to the affluent and highly educated who are going to vote Democratic anyway.

What Sanders really said was that Trump supporters have a high disdain for those with education, so they will continue to vote Republican as they are put off by Warren and the educated ‘elite’.  So now we have the same political populist tactic being used by Sanders against Warren that Trump has used since becoming a candidate in 2015.

The anti-educated theme is one that I find most repulsive.  That populist screed is how we have arrived at a time when some talk about “fake news” and “alternate facts”.  The allowance of the under-educated shallow end of the pool to dominate the nation is how we see anti-vaccine rhetoric ramped up and local school boards dumbing down the curriculum.

I find it most concerning when one of the angry white males screaming a populist rant in 2020 is not a Democrat but is using my party from which to shout.

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