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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Thought of the Day - Bernie Undid It

About now about all just about everyone is tired of conspiracy theories about Hillary Clinton.

Yes the forces that decided to install Hillary in Washington are mammoth. Presidential elections are huge events, dramas played before the American people. Lovable souls like President and Mrs. Obama give moving speeches. Bernie Sanders gives a moving speech.

But Bernie's candidacy evaporated mysteriously even before the convention started, like a drop of soda water in a vast desert. That's a warning light.

Let's back up and examine Sanders' behavior in Philly. I'm forced to agree with Chris Hedges that Bernie blinked.. Bernie held and missed a golden opportunity, one that any politician seeking election, would have used. He never once spoke into a microphone about the WikiLeaks emails. He had the high ground, but refused to take it. And throughout his campaign he refused to criticize Hillary for her actions and choices.

The answer I've offered myself for this is that he's a gentleman, and could never attack the character of another. I've written it's not in his DNA.

The overwhelming answer from most Americans is that he was towing the line. He had lost, so why defeat the only Democratic candidate left standing. He was behaving as any good Democrat should.

And the vast story gobbled by so many Americans is that we must vote Clinton to prevent Donald Trump from being elected.

But suppose, Bernie never wanted to run for President at all, but was simply asked early on to to help the first woman get elected, by mounting a progressive candidacy for a short while.

He did so, but as the mess around the email scandals thickened he was asked to keep it up. Advance his platform.

'Ignite the passion of the left around your platform. Some of the things you say may be included in hers. It's helping your party. You'll become better known. Your beliefs will have a huge audience.'

This is conjecture, a theory only. If it is true it doesn't implicate Bernie Sanders in the slightest, only means that he entered the race for the Presidency with a specific objective. What other facts are there that could support this?

For one thing Bernie's political affiliation: Bernie was a registered independent from 1979 until 2015, for 36 years, but in November of 2015 he suddenly registered as a Democrat. In May of 2016 he announced his candidacy for the presidency.

At best this is circumstantial. But membership in the Democratic party would have been necessary to run against Hillary, to then be able to turn his support base over to her.

Was there ever a history of Sanders campaigning for a Democratic candidate? Yes.

Prior to 1979 Sanders was a member of the very left wing Liberty Union Party, Liberty Union co-founder Peter Diamondstone claimed Sanders "became a full-time Democrat", in spirit, when in 1984, when he campaigned for Democratic presidential candidate Walter Mondale.

We are left with questions:

Why did Bernie, an independent for nearly 35 years, so abruptly change his Party affiliation?

Why did Bernie abandon his followers, especially after they walked out of the convention in Philly.

And why do his supporters continue to believe in his candidacy, despite his self-debasement when success seemed so near?

History always shows that dreams sell better than reality. Elections are powered by a need to believe.

It's the hardest thing, not believing. For cynics life is hard, not believing in the Obama love-fest is difficult when contrary evidence exists of terror brought on by Obama's relentless drone campaigns. You believe in a person, or a party, or a nation, until something shatters that belief. Finding a replacement may be impossible. Belief is a cursed willingness to explore and find the thing that will upset your world order.

Beginning to believe that Bernie never had an intention to run his candidacy until the last possible moment was hard thought to absorb. But the facts were there, he did not persist. He stayed inside the Wells Fargo Center, rather than go outside to rally his supporters. He gave up early. He refused to do the things that could have shot him ahead in the polls and instead attempted to move his support base all at once to Hillary Clinton.

The campaign advisors to Clinton have known for years, she is not particularly electable.

Two essential factors were needed to complete her campaign. A way to deliver the left, the environmental and youth vote, since Hillary's politics couldn't by any reckoning be considered left wing or environmentally friendly. Another need was a way to frighten GOP voters and Clinton skeptics towards her camp. The fear vote.

I believe the answer to that first problem was Bernie Sanders. The second, was Donald Trump.

But three unexpected things occurred which endangered this strategy:

First, the climate started to change, rapidly. Temperatures recorded around the globe this past winter frightened even the scientists who studied global warming. Panic about the environment combined with Hillary's record on fracking began to erode her base of support.

Two, no one could have predicted the success of Donald Trump's venal verbalizations and bigoted remarks about women, transgenders, Mexicans, Muslims, blacks and just about everyone else. No one imagined such rhetoric would obtain the following it did.

Three, and that is the focus of this essay, I contend Bernie never wanted to become President. He wanted to see Hillary in office, and strengthen the support for his back office Senatorship representing the remnants of the true left. Bernie himself never thought he'd recieve the following he did.

And so, operating as Bernie, he used his new platform to strengthen his position within the drafting apparatus of the democratic party. Bernie has always been true to his ideas. He tried to deflect talk about White House plans, and instead prepared his followers for a withdrawal, like Christ at Gethsesame, the man was beginning to depart from the faithful. I will leave you.

At the convention Bernie embraced with a monumental speech all of the things he did not stand for, to support a candidate in moral purgatory. His followers booed him and walked out. How this must have hurt. Why didn't he go outside to address them there? Were his loyalties inside the Wells Fargo Center. Some must have been. He may have been hiding an agreement made a year ago, when he registered as a democrat in order to help the first woman make it into the presidency. I took him at his word when he said, and has repeated a thousand times, "I never imagined we would come this far."

To preserve Bernie as an honorable man, we know he imagined his bid for the Presidency would never achieve more than 5 or 10% of the vote. He was accustomed to being unpopular in Congress. of being too left wing for anyone to back seriously He assumed it would be an easy matter to bow out. So why not help Clinton get into office? He and his handlers never imagined that the 'radical socialist', as he was unfairly labelled by the Clinton right, would claim so many hearts and minds.

Establishment planners think big, planning out every possible outcome, that is the hallmark of election strategists. Establishment donors cannot afford the risk of an uncertain outcome. We've watched consent manufactured during many prior elections. We've seen 9/11 as a means of disemboweling Constitutional rights, and we've seen the Supreme Court used at the last minute to put a President in power. Each of these steps were rituals that were intimately rehearsed. The players went into action at top speed. Plans were in place.

Is it then too incredible to wonder if Bernie was asked to run, and then to withdraw, in order to cast support for the first woman president?

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