|Oil corporations are a sassy black figurehead away from making this man a laissez-faire capitalist.|
That's going to come as a shock, since I know I come off - with good reason - as Crude the Right Wing Capitalist. And I do vastly prefer true capitalism to socialism, whether of the welfare-state or corporate-welfare variety.
But the fact is, I'm willing to make compromises. More specifically, I don't consider 'protecting the pocketbooks of millionaires and billionaires' to be a position I am unable to compromise on - just as those corporations seem quite willing to not just compromise on, but out and out fuck me and others over on various issues I find important (see: the Indiana Religious Law debacle.)
So I was looking at Sanders with interest. He was being talked up as this kind of strange, 'nationalist' socialist. Sure, a lefty, but one of the old school. Putting America first - American jobs and so on. A social lefty, but not one who was supercharged by that. No stated interest in hounded the religious out of the public sphere or into tax status for the high crime of opposing same-sex marriage. Sure, his economic policies would probably be disastrous, but really, whose aren't? At least he was bold enough to run against Her Majesty the Inevitable. (One would have thought that 2008 would have dashed all that 'inevitable' talk.)
And then the above happened.
It happened to O'Malley too: the #blacklivesmatters protesters show up, storm the stage and proceed to white-shame the jackass off the stage. One look at Bernie's expression in this picture says it all - he just yielded the floor and meandered off, making sure to appoint a black woman to a communications position the next day, expressly to show everyone how much he cares and how sorry he is, no doubt, for provoking these interruptions to begin with.
Just like that, my interest in this guy's candidacy was back in the toilet.
Oh, I think I'd prefer him over Hillary. Sanders, if nothing else, promises to take the 'Let It Burn' attitude of American conservatives to new heights if he wins - and the prospect of an Obama v Clinton grudge match (which would almost certainly erupt if Obama sics the Justice Department on Clinton) would be too entertaining to miss.
But that's all. I have no faith in this guy. None. All it would have taken to rivet my interest, and even make me willing to give him a chance (in a world where anyone but Trump or Cruz catches the GOP nomination) was him saying 'Get the fuck off my stage, you thugs.'
It was not to be.
And to anyone else who's seriously thinking that Sanders may actually fight for their interests, I simply reference the above image. This man doesn't even have the guts to stand up for himself when his own stage is charged by activists. That level of penny-ante shit and he tucked tail and ran, quickly surrendering to the activists and whining about how he's been 'active in the civil rights movement'.
But you think he's going to fight for your interests, against forces that can do a lot more than merely scream at him while being black?
Prepare for disappointment.