Monday, August 17, 2015

Weekend at Bernie's

Oil corporations are a sassy black figurehead away from making this man a laissez-faire capitalist.
I wanted to like Bernie Sanders.

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.


planks length said...

I agree with your assessment of Bernie Sanders' response here. Pathetic.

But what really surprised me was how well Hillary Clinton dealt with a similar confrontation. There are videos of the exchange all over the web. She never for an instant lost control of the situation, despite repeated attempts by the BLM activists to unsettle her. But what most impressed me was how she was able to dial down the tension level and walk away both without conceding an inch while simultaneously not causing the activists to lose face. Now that's politics!

Crude said...

The activists deserve to lose face, and considering Hillary's proclivity for scripted moments, I'd simply assume that was yet another one of them - and that it was no coincidence the entire exchange was caught on camera then quickly disseminated.

The woman approaches actual unscripted human interaction awkwardly.

planks length said...

You think the encounter was scripted? It didn't seem so to me, watching it. And believe me, I am no fan of Hillary Clinton. (She'll never get my vote, unless she runs against Trump.) But damn, she was good in that video!

Crude said...

I think Hillary has been caught in scripted moments so many times that yes, it makes sense to assume at this point. She's a liar, and that carries meaning.

Anonymous said...

I'm going to probably vote for Trump. The man says what needs to be said about immigration, at least, and that's no small thing. Frankly I think he's the only person who eMIGHT, even if he probably doesn't, have the balls to actually deport illegals and change the stupid birthright citizenship law.

Cruz is almost assuredly more genuinely pro-life than Trump, but I don't think Trump will be hostile and it's going to be the grassroots guys who will do the major pushing on that front anyway.

Crude said...

I agree. I still am skeptical of Trump. Maybe this is all an act. But if he's acting, he knows how to read - and write - the script like a pro. Speaking of:

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump debated the use of the term “anchor baby” with a reporter at a press conference in New Hampshire on Wednesday.

Trump was asked, “You said that you have a big heart, and that you’re not mean-spirited. Are you aware that the term ‘anchor baby,’ that’s an offensive term? People find that hurtful.”

Trump responded, “You mean it’s not politically correct, and yet everybody uses it?” He then suggested the reporter give him a different term to use, to which the reporter suggested “The American-born [children] of undocumented immigrants.” Trump said in response, “I’ll use the word ‘anchor baby.'”

Anonymous said...

Ha! Great response to that little bit of bullshit.

It isn't so much that I think Trump doesn't mean what he says about immigration - honestly, there would hardly be any point to this crap if he didn't mean it. I'm just not sure if he's smart enough to pull it off - but he might, and frankly I think might is a lot better than what we'll be getting otherwise.

America really doesn't seem to comprehend, even if they know on an intellectual level, just how close Europe is to breaking point. Greece has started LANCING REFUGEE SHIPS, and France, well, they should go without saying. Things are getting very, very serious very, very fast. At least Trump looks like he's paying attention.

Anonymous said...

(Also, I love that calling out a reporter for his bullshit and telling him to, in as many words, suck a dick, is now being called "debating the term".)

Codgitator (Cadgertator) said...

The BLM radicals explicitly admitted that they didn't storm Hillary because she likely had a Secret Service contingent protecting her.

ccmnxc said...

I still can't help but see Trump as anything but a joke in terms of his campaign. So I guess the question becomes whether I vote for a joke or a career politician.
That being said, I've been studiously avoiding looking much into politics since I can't bear to dig myself in when we are still more than a year out from the elections.
Oh well, at least the Republican hopeful isn't Romney this time...

Crude said...

I still can't help but see Trump as anything but a joke in terms of his campaign.

I can see that. But who's the serious candidate?

Hillary, the criminal?

Sanders and O'Malley, the cowards?

Rubio, the sellout?

Jeb effing Bush?

Trump at least stands up and fights, and he picked the perfect issue to fight on.

ccmnxc said...

I admit that I know next to nothing else about him, but I did admire Cruz in his calling out the GOP higher ups in their BSing and waffling regarding abortion and their lack of tenacity in fighting against it. A willingness to not bow to the whims of his party leaders provides at least some silver lining for me.

Crude said...

I like Cruz, but he has two strikes against him so far.

1: He supported TPP, until the vary last minute - when enough votes were already secured to pass it. I know what kind of game that is.

2: He opposed illegal immigration - and then he says that the reason for illegal immigration is inadequate /legal/ immigration, which he wants to multiply by 5.

I do not appreciate that kind of blatant smokescreening. And I say this as a guy who really wanted to like both him and Paul.