Barbarian at the Gates: A Practical Anti-Fascist Argument for Supporting Bernie Sanders

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    • #88570
      Ohio Barbarian
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      For a solid 40 years now, with exceptions that never lasted more than a couple of years each, the Republican base has been mostly pleased with what Republican state legislators, governors, and Federal Congresscritters have fought for. I don’t see how any rational person who knows the first thing about politics can say the same is true for the Democrats.

      The only evidence I will present here is the simple fact that, in the last 40 years, the Democrats have gone from the normal majority party in both the House of Representatives and the Senate to the usual minority party. During that time, the Republicans have delivered far more to their partisans than the Democrats have to their own. Anti-abortion federal judges, anti-LGBT laws, repressive police enforcement, enforcement of the base’s demand for shows of “patriotism” such as standing for the national anthem at sporting events, allowing extremist Christian doctrine to be taught in public schools with no regard for science, and just generally defunding all sorts of state and funding that not only improved white lives, but minority lives as well.

      You know, art and science classes, infrastructure maintenance in most places, Aid to Families with Dependent Children, Section 8, Food Stamps, Medicaid, corporate taxes for higher education, enforcement of hard-won civil rights laws, an effort to gain real civilian control over police forces, scientific research on things like green energy and the solar system, things like that. All were defunded for reasons produced by the darkest side of human nature.

      Racism. A conviction that one’s own religion dominate all Americans. Hatred of the Other. Tribalism. The Old Testament really doesn’t help on that last one, now does it?

      All of those things I listed above were cut because the Republican base insisted on it and the Republican politicians delivered. It took ’em a few decades, but they did it. Abortion is almost unavailable in I don’t know how many states, and the Supreme Court seems poised to overturn Roe v. Wade, something that was unthinkable when Reagan was President. There’s been war after war for the macho flagwavers. Women still don’t have parity of any sort in most jobs.

      And, other than Asians, all of the rest of those nasty, inferior minorities have mostly been kept in their place. Oh, the Republican base really loves that last one, but they always want more. And they’ve got a President and Congresscritters who would be more than happy to give them more. Anything for that ignorant, racist white base a feeling that no matter how bad the economy may be doing for them, they’re still better than those people, who have no real rights to live here because they’re not real Americans or even fully human.

      They’re not part of The American People, and while there are some differences about that definition, all of The People at least agree that one of the requirements for being a member of the tribe they call the American People is being white. If one is part of the American People, one must at least be white.

      They really think this, and they’re also quite passionate about it. Trump already has concentration camps at the southern border, his base loves it, and he’s willing to go further to keep them happy. America, Love It or Leave It. The Republican base lusting for seeing enforced expatriation of any minority that puts up a fuss. Send ’em all to Africa or Mexico or Wherever. I don’t know whether they’re thinking the next part, which is “If those people don’t leave on their own, they just need to be kept well away from the American People. Most of the time, anyway. ”

      We all know it can get much worse in a very short time.

      The least difficult yet direct way to fight and defeat this evil nonsense is to elect a President and Congress next year that will be determined to do just that. The only way that can happen is if the Democrats nominate someone for President who the Democrats’ natural base believe will fight for them. The older Vichy Democrats won’t do it for reasons of greed, even though if Fascism prevails there is no guarantee they will not eventually be targeted themselves. Maybe some of their more junior members will have the sense to change if they feel the political wind blowing from the left, but I don’t know.

      My point is that the only way to unify and expand the Democratic base is to nominate a candidate who will inspire people to vote because they trust and believe in him or her. And, oddly and luckily enough, there actually is one who can do that. He’s also one more than strong enough to stand up against millions of hateful tribal bigots.

      It’s Bernie Sanders, of course. The re-election of Trump could lead to nightmares I never thought I’d see in America again or for the first time, that is true. The election of a Vichy Democrat would almost guarantee someone even worse in another 4 or 8 years, but a President Sanders really could turn the power of the Federal Government against the worst of the tribal bigots who now dominate the Republican base. Hell, he could accomplish that more quickly than passing any of his signature legislation.

      Legislation which, if enacted, could significantly improve the lives of most Americans, including the Republican base, in just a couple of years, thereby making it harder for some demagogue to scapegoat entire ethnic and political groups.

      Don’t want to see America go full Fascist? Better yet, want to kill Fascism? Support Bernie Sanders, because he can not only beat Trump, but because he will make it very difficult for another dangerous demagogue like him to gain control of the White House. They never win when things are getting better for most citizens.

      It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

      You can jail a revolutionary, but you can't jail the revolution.--Fred Hampton

    • #89752
      Bubba
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      “And, other than Asians, all of the rest of those nasty, inferior minorities have mostly been kept in their place.”

      Hmm.

      Why is that, do you suppose?? Why do Asians not endure the same prejudice as other minorities??

    • #89776
      Ohio Barbarian
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      I have no idea, really. They’ve certainly come a long way since the Chinese Exclusion Act. As for prejudice, they definitely receive some, but tend to do better economically anyway.

      It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

      You can jail a revolutionary, but you can't jail the revolution.--Fred Hampton

    • #89876
      rampart
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      I don’t think that Asians are off the list, just lower priority.

      i’m also quite certain that the time is coming, again, for jews, native americans, and catholics.

      when gays were joining the military and getting married i recommended against it. that day is coming very soon. probably within a day of trump’s re election.

       

       

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