#demandBernie (draft; please comment)

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    • #294857
      snot
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      [You’re my guinea pigs; please share any comments.]

      I write this not out of stubbornness, although I’m stubborn, and certainly not out of some kind of blind optimism. I write this out of desperation.

      We’re at a crossroads, and I believe we have no hope of anything beyond effective slavery unless we demand Bernie and figure out a way to make a Bernie Presidency happen.

      Because if we don’t, here’s what I think will happen; here’s the game plan of both Republican and Democratic funders, which both parties have dutifully served for years…

      We’re all going to be excited about our $1200 checks because that’s SO much $ to most of us, because we’ve been getting paid SO little for so long, even though $1200 won’t even get most of us through a single month’s bills; and meanwhile, for every billion the 99% get in a year, a trillion’s being dumped into Wall St. weekly if not daily, with virtually none of it ever actually being invested in the REAL economy – in sustainable resources, or real goods, or people – so there’s more and more cash chasing fewer and fewer real goods, and before you know it, the dollar’s worth less than toilet paper, and you’ve got less than ever in terms of actual purchasing power, all while the 1% are getting yet richer;

      And once the dollar’s been trashed, a new, digital currency will be introduced to replace the dollar, only unlike Bitcoin, which was specifically invented to serve as a currency that could not be controlled or used by any central authority to manipulate or exploit its users or the economy, the new digital currency instituted by our government will be totally controlled by the Fed or IMF, and they will be able to continue to use it to loot us in the same ways the Fed and the 1% have been looting us the last several decades, slowly perhaps at first but soon enough accelerating, and they’ll also use it to surveill every detail of our lives, every single transaction, every geographical location, every relationship, etc. etc., to exact taxes, transaction fees, and licensing fees and to paralyze us by freezing our financial access, all at any moment without notice – like when all the big banks cut off credit card donations to Wikileaks in order to punish it for revealing U.S. war crimes, in violation of the banks’ contractual obligations and even though neither Wikileaks nor Assange had broken any law or even been charged with breaking any law – only when the authorities cut you off, it won’t just be your credit cards, it will be from everything including your own income and savings; and it may simply be because you failed to bribe some authority’s cousin.

      And meanwhile we’ll all have been cooped up because of Covid, or at least I hope we will have, since if not, a lot more of us will die ghastly deaths; and while the biggest businesses will have been bailed out, most smaller businesses will have been destroyed beyond all hope of recovery, and people will have been forced to sell stuff they’d never dreamed of selling, which the 1% will have bought up for a song;

      And people will be starving and desperate to feed themselves, and the police state will already have ramped up and further militarized in anticipation of all this, and even more of our fundamental rights will have been vaporized –
      because we didn’t stop them from vaporizing our Fourth Amendment rights to be free from unreasonable searches (see, e.g., NSA and other surveillance),
      or our First Amendment rights to free speech and a free press (see, e.g., our acquiescence in the consolidation of media ownership, the kettling of protesters, the repeal of net neutrality, and the censorship of alternative voices under the pretext of protecting us from “fake news,” as well as the replacement of our public spaces with “private”-ly -owned fora),
      or even our rights to meaningful due process of law (see, e.g., our secret FISA courts, or the rendition and even droning of U.S. citizens on the unchecked say-so of government officials) –
      so what’s a little posse comitatus and lost habeas corpus after all that?

      You get the picture. Things could very easily get very dark in the not-very-distant future. And we’ve seen nothing from Trump or Biden to indicate that either of them would lift a finger to stop it; indeed, they’d probably be out there selling us on why it’s the only way.

      But it’s not.

      The catastrophes of Covid and the implosion of our financialized economy have blown at least some of the veils away; they may have made things worse, but more importantly, they’ve made things more obvious.  More people than ever are beginning to recognize the true causes of our ills, and with that, the true cures.

      FDR’s New Deal was a radical departure from the way things had been done, and the 1% fought it tooth and nail. But once instituted, it brought decades of sustained prosperity (albeit mainly for whites), free from financial bubbles and busts, until it was dismantled. Reagan brought us tax cuts & “trickle down,” “greed is good,” and p.r. in lieu of policy; Clinton enabled media consolidation, repealed Glass-Steagall, and refused to regulate credit derivatives; p.r. and conservative court decisions weakened labor law and eviscerated unions. With each of these steps, the looting of middle-class wealth accelerated. Taken together, these steps effected a radical transformation of our economy for the worse. They resulted in extreme wealth and income gaps, among other ills, greater even than those of the pre- 1929 Gilded Age.

      It simply won’t be possible to restore either our economy or our liberty without yet another transformation, one at least as radical as the New Deal.

      Trump won’t do what we need; Biden couldn’t even if he wanted to.

      Bernie is the ONLY potential leader in sight who has the will and the commitment to do what we need. He may not be perfect, and he won’t be able to fix everything quickly or perfectly; but his record of dedication to the public good, including both economic justice and civil rights, is proved by decades of unwavering service, he is deeply experienced, and he’ll fight for us to his last breath. At worst, he’ll stop the worst from happening; with the Presidency as his podium, and especially with our support, there’s a chance he’ll succeed in instituting much or possibly even most of what we need. We have, after all, only begun to test our power: 99 to one.

      I agree there’s some hope that Biden might be at least very slightly better than Trump; but much more is needed now.

      This is why I say I write this out of desperation. Wittingly or not, Biden will facilitate the consummation of our enslavement, so he’s simply not an option.

      We don’t necessarily even have to trash Biden. But we’ve got to find the courage to demand Bernie, and the ingenuity to figure out a way to make him our President.

      We have nothing to lose but our chains, and a world to gain.

      #demandBernie

      Destruction is easy; creation is hard, but more interesting.

    • #294869
      Haikugal
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      @snot

      Well done! The opening statement is a winner. Everything was clear and to the point except for the use of the shortened form for public relations, p.r. Is it public relations or is it propaganda, brain washing or some other descriptive word? Even if you leave it as a ‘public relations’ effort to drum up support for neo-liberal/neo-con policy, my feeling is that you would be better served to spell it out rather than using the p.r……just my thoughts.

      In all it’s a nice piece and closes on a “Stand UP!” Message which I’m all for.

      May I ask what you plan to do with this?

      The DNC “big tent” excludes Nina Turner but includes John Kasich.
      God, guns, and gobbledygook...we live in an aquarium of nightmares.

      • #294878
        snot
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        @haikugal, I right now, I’ve got no forum for this except fb.

        Thanks for the comment about “p.r.” – I understand Edward Bernays consciously invented the term, “public relations,” as a misleadingly innocuous-sounding euphemism, and I’ve been frustrated that there’s no better word for what I think you and I have in mind.  “Propaganda” is more accurate, but I think for most people it conjures up some kind of heavy-handed schtick from a foreign source, rather than the subtle, highly-sophisticated manipulation we’re all immersed in daily.

        Maybe, “‘public relations’/psyops”?

        Destruction is easy; creation is hard, but more interesting.

        • #294886
          Haikugal
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          Yes, that’s exactly the term I was thinking of while I replied, LOL

          Well done…and thanks for sharing it with us.

          The DNC “big tent” excludes Nina Turner but includes John Kasich.
          God, guns, and gobbledygook...we live in an aquarium of nightmares.

          • #294902
            snot
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            thank you!!

            Destruction is easy; creation is hard, but more interesting.

      • #294970
        roguevalley
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        is the FINAL COMPLETE AND TOTAL PAYOFF of EVERY DEBT, BILL, LOAN, MORTGAGE, BACK RENT AND OTHER DEBT THAT THE ENTIRE COUNTRY OWES! If there is enough of us behind it, 333,000,000  versus 1,500of them, then we win. Simple. WE MAKE THEM LOSE!

    • #294897
      lownslow
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      Nothing will change without paper ballots hand counted in public. With electronic vote machines you folks really think they woild let bernie win an election. And bernie knows this, hell he probably won the primaty but strangley neither he nor his team ever bitch about all the vote inconsistancies. Makes a person wonder,,,

      • #294904
        snot
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        I don’t know what can be done about that, especially in the short term.

        But I believe a lot could happen between now and the election, and we have nothing to gain and everything to lose by giving up; we’ve got to urge ourselves onward, get creative, and find a way.

        Destruction is easy; creation is hard, but more interesting.

    • #294905
      Cold Mountain Trail
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      My advice on writing is always the same: shorter or use bullet points to make it easier to read, as a lot of folks won’t spend the time.

      but depends on the audience or forum its addressed to.

      maybe the go-to message (bernie’s the best available) closer to the beginning

      • #294908
        snot
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        @coldmountaintrail!  I agree, esp. on platforms like fb, seems like anything beyond 1 or 2 lines gets little traction.

        Destruction is easy; creation is hard, but more interesting.

    • #294910
      ProgRockinProg
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      ie.  actually force the DNC to anoint Sanders even when Biden has enough delegates.  Because of a hashtag.

      But why not go half ways at least, which may be possible. Demand Sanders as VP.  Or that Sanders is put in charge of a major department, the FTC Consumer Protection.  or demand Biden accept M4A in his platform, and appoint Sanders to lead its implementation.  Or dare I say the Treasury Department, but I’d be okay if part of the demand was Warren was put in charge there (forgiving her for her reckless abandonment of the left in the primaries).

      Either way…..there has to be a major concession by Biden towards the progressive wing of the party.  I think its the only way enough people come out and vote D.  It will be tough to swallow another 4 years of status quo corporate welfare administration, but I for one hope Biden can pull it off, (the alternative is frightening) but only if Sanders has a guaranteed role in the new administration.

      • #294922
        Cold Mountain Trail
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        “another 4 years of status quo corporate welfare administration”

        I seriously doubt we’d get even that, @progrockinprog

         

      • #294923
        djean111
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        Anyone who believes the Democratic Party would truly make any of those concessions is a naive fool.  At best.  And most certainly the Democratic Party has another Vichy Dem all lined up to take Biden’s place.  NO.   The Democratic Party only answers to its owners, no longer to the voters.  To believe that they would follow through on any of what you say is ridiculous.  It would be eight years of neocon neoliberal war and austerity.  Biden already has Jamie Dimon on a list for his cabinet, FFS.

        Bernie or Green.  Period.  #demexited


        @progrockinprog

        • #294945
          Ohio Barbarian
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          @djean111 Nicely put, and empirical truth behind every word.

          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

          Show me a man that gets rich by being a politician, and I'll show you a crook.--Harry Truman

        • #295586
          ProgRockinProg
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          They will never do that. No matter how many hashtag the idea.  So last time, Sanders held out until Hillary added a few more progressive goals to her platform. Wall street regs, and minimum wage hikes etc…

          Sanders could do the same only even more militant this time.  Behind the scenes he could threaten to NOT endorse Biden at all unless A B and C.   You don’t think the DNC would have to be somewhat conciliatory?  IMO, Sanders has an even bigger base. The DNC would be cray cray not to bend for him.  Especially if they refused to budge an inch, and he threatened to not only not endorse the D candidate, but encourage voters to vote Green, or writein Sanders. The DNC would know they would lose for sure if that happened.   I think Sanders could ask even more this time.

    • #294955
      Utopian Leftist
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      but I’m just about there.

      If Bernie loses, I will completely give up on politics, not to mention hope.

      I’m a pacifist, so I don’t believe in violent revolution.

      I’m also a realist and I don’t think they’re going to be able to keep the dogs in much longer.

      "All fascism is a result of a failure of the left to provide a viable alternative." ~ Trotsky

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