Biden is done. When Joe Biden first announced his candidacy for Democrat nominee for US President, I wondered if he would make it even to the first vote, the February 2020 Iowa caucus. The former US Vice President is a terrible candidate for this time, and for any time. Former President Barack Obama used Joe Biden’s very white and right-wing economic stature to offset (“balance” out) Obama’s own person and perceived liberal positions. So Biden is no second coming of Barack Obama. Biden is the white-signaling, right-wing Democrat zombie residual of the former President. Biden is attempting, to macabre effect, to pass himself off as renewed hope and change. A zombie candidate for a zombie party. Hillary was the polished automaton. Joe is the brain-bit zombie. Death walks among us. The establishment Democrats’ pride and joy! Fortunately, Biden’s creepy and cruel, pitiful and atavistic candidacy is being killed by the combined zombie-slaying might of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.
That Biden’s electorate support continues to drop steadily, especially in early primary states, surprises no one. The Democrat establishment – that is, big money, the One Percent – will scheme as long as possible for lifting Biden to the throne of empire that is the US Presidency, but the One Percent Democrats are also realistic enough to realize that Elizabeth “capitalist to my bones” Warren is the fallback plan for defeating Bernie “Democratic Socialist” Sanders. Unfortunately, Joe Biden is not the only one attempting to pass himself off as the figure the world currently needs. There is also Elizabeth Warren. The one whom Trump calls Pocahontas. If Elizabeth Warren is not trying to position and pass herself off as Bernie Sanders-lite, the sky is not blue.
The Democrat establishment does not mind losing to Trump or to any Republican, as long as Bernie Sanders is defeated for both the Democratic nomination and the likely Presidency that would follow. This was as evident four years ago as it is today. To the Democrat establishment, Bernie Sanders is the enemy and Trump is not even the opponent. Rather, Trump is a devil-may-care One Percent fellow profiteer. As a braggart predator and overt sociopath bigot for a President, Trump shatters the already precarious pretense of the supposed humane One Percent rule of both major political parties. So Joe Biden was meant to be the next-in-line nightmare, Commander-in-Thief, as Hillary Clinton was meant to be before him, One Percent fronters all. That the One Percent is able to stage manage such destructive and insipid phonies for election, year-in and year-out almost defies belief, and by now at least, the gleeful ghoulish Joker Biden is too clearly a killer capitalist zombie to keep up the charade. This makes necessary the establishment Democrats’ fallback to fellow capitalist Elizabeth Warren.
In Warren, the establishment Democrats see much that they like (as do establishment Republicans). What’s not to like?:
Elizabeth Warren is a former Harvard professor, a former “diehard conservative” elite! by way of a pompous bastion of power so often deeply complicit with bloody One Percent rule.
Elizabeth Warren is a former Republican! well into her forties, a demonstration of colossal social and political ignorance.
Elizabeth Warren is an avowed “capitalist to her bones”! which, to say the least, greatly undercuts her already badly weakened progressive positions.
Elizabeth Warren is beloved by Good Liberals! the most inexcusably gullible and brainwashed class.
Elizabeth Warren is no stranger to racial conflict! her ill-handled personal and family history with Native America.
And Elizabeth Warren – say she wins the nomination – would likely pick as her Vice President … whom? One of any number of corporate glad-handers (fake “centrists”) like Cory Booker, Julián Castro, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Pete Buttigieg, Jay Inslee, Steve Bullock? Words fail, it’s tempting to say, but they don’t. Good Liberals. Big Business glad-handers. One Percent get-alongs. May the gods help us. Vice President picks are after-the-fact utterly revealing of the Presidential nominee. Take a look back through history. Or simply look at Barack’s Biden. Let alone Hillary’s Kaine. Good Liberals through and through, corporate glad-handers, One Percent lobbyists, fake reformers, total disasters. So who would Warren pick for Vice President? Bernie Sanders? Highly unlikely. Think you’ll be surprised?
Trump would smear Warren relentlessly as a phony, as Pocahontas, as an elite Professor, and as a Socialist, with ease. Still, it may not be enough to win for the odious, vicious Trump. He barely defeated Hillary Clinton, who had been demonized nationally (albeit and idolized) for a quarter century. Trump could beat Warren far more easily than he could beat Bernie Sanders. Same was true of Sanders and Clinton four years ago. That’s okay, the Democrat establishment in no way minds playing with fire. The Democrats are as destructive as fire, after all, an inferno, likewise Trump, who is not a fire the Democrat establishment is profoundly bothered by, much hypocritical blather to the contrary. Bernie Sanders is, by far, the Democrat establishment’s greatest major antagonist to date in the electoral sphere. The establishment One Percent Democrats know well who their real enemy is. It’s not Trump. It’s Bernie Sanders and the progressive-verging-on-socialist movement.
With the last bit of retrograde utility sucked out of Biden, the Democrat establishment needs Warren now to bring the Good Liberals along with them, to bollox, to confuse, or to give cover to the more knowing and complicit Good Liberals. Mild reform is typically used to kill major reform, let alone revolutionary progress. Enter Warren versus Sanders. Warren and Sanders act as a coalition at times, especially in the debates. The establishment though is attempting to smother Sanders and the movement toward democracy, never mind socialism, with wall-to-wall promotion to elevate the capitalist force that Warren openly applauds and vows to be. She is in the political lineage of the establishment, whereas Bernie Sanders attempts to rally the needed antidote called democracy against the long capitalist nightmare, the ongoing horror story that threatens to end all.
Would nominee Warren win or lose to Trump? It hardly matters to establishment Democrats who are happy to roll the dice with “capitalist” Warren, since she is their best shot at defeating Bernie “Democratic Socialist” Sanders in the primary. And that’s the important thing to the One Percent. Defeating Bernie’s unrivaled progressive platform and democracy-infused movement is the real crisis and function consuming the Democrat party. The national electorate has appeared for years wholly unlikely to defeat Bernie Sanders for President, so the Democrats must hatchet Sanders themselves, before it is too late, before the people come too much to power, before democracy is allowed too much to grow.
Elizabeth “capitalist to my bones” Warren has the right attitude toward her One Percent masters, promising to only ding them a bit. How plucky! How nervy! What a plan from the smart one with such great merits! That’s the story being peddled. To be a Republican into her late forties belies a lot, especially for an academic. And passing herself off as a minority for her career in academia? Anywhere else? Anything else? What is Warren now attempting to pass herself off as? Trump will continue to hammer her on this. He will continue to write PHONY all over her. And what can she possibly say? “I already apologized for that?” It might work, Trump is so grotesque.
And Bernie Sanders? He sees things differently, long since, and has acted accordingly, attempting via a popular movement to replace entire chunks of the predatory system, progressively and fundamentally. He is the enemy of the oppressive system. The One Percent Democrats must kick him to the curb, and the populace alongside. The Good Liberals gladly help. Why is that again?
The bulk of the establishment now loves, loves, loves Elizabeth Warren because she is seen – probably accurately – as being the only person who can defeat Bernie Sanders, having presented herself as Bernie-Sanders-lite, a more refined and genteel progressive, one who will not go too far, one who knows her proper place, one who actually believes in capitalism – how could one not? – a more respectable candidate. Respectable to whom? Yep: Big Money, Good Liberals, corporate media conglomerates, Wall Street ways and means. The smiling new face of humane capitalism! As she herself rushes to assure. She’s a player among capitalists. She says it herself. It’s the golden system! Don’t you know? Some might say that Warren is an opportunist. Whether she is or not is irrelevant, since she pinpoints her particular limits to a capitalist T.
And so as Biden unravels through whatever is left of his zombie candidacy, it’s a two person race between Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. The drivers and tools of the establishment are refusing to wait for Biden’s zombie campaign to breath its final breath before seeking out a slayer for the “Democratic Socialist” campaign. The One Percent needs Elizabeth “capitalist to my bones” Warren, needs her now. The Good Liberals have already fallen in line. The deeply brainwashed go first. The social control mechanisms of profiteering and predatory wealth herd the rest, or attempt to. The automation of propaganda and calculated maneuvering is impressive, efficient, often invisible, ultimately ruthless. But will it be enough to defeat the greatest agent of change in the Democratic primary?
The Bernie Sanders campaign rumbles on. It would do well to revisit its rejection of Yang’s $1,000 per month so-called “Freedom Dividend,” a socialist proposal if there ever was one. A thousand bucks a month to all would be of not only greatest benefit to the most impoverished, it would offer by far the most flexible benefit, granting regular and continuous $1,000 levers of direct democracy, in effect. It would afford relief for pressing needs both longstanding and unforeseen, whether in health care, debts, safety, nutrition, food, transportation, shelter, clothing, climate control, or myriad emergencies. A more progressive social remedy is difficult to imagine in a society where money determines whether you live or die, how long or how quickly, how well or how miserably. And so the Bernie Sanders “Democratic Socialist” campaign especially, and any campaign, would do well to adopt and improve Yang’s increasingly popular, commonsense, and deeply humane proposal (if stopgap and triage-like). The “Freedom Dividend” would better be called an “Emergency Dividend” or “Justice Dividend.”
Missing the obvious is the surest way to lose an election. Hillary Clinton and pollsters both missed and misread the obvious in the previous election cycle, with ghastly results. Democrats are irresponsible fools, and far worse, for continuing to misread and purposefully ignore the obvious time and again. That Republicans are worse is no consolation, especially since they prey on Democrat idiocy and debasement, capitalizing on it to destructive power. Too much is at stake, always has been. In fact, everything is at stake now, in this perhaps terminal age of climate collapse.
That the Democrat monied establishment and the Good Liberals are resoundingly and increasingly fawning all over Elizabeth Warren’s campaign is a sure sign that badly needed answers and change lie elsewhere. Biden is done. Yang and the other would-be nominees are akin to one-book authors who have already written their one book, in previous endeavors. Warren is a Jenny-come-lately. Not the worst thing in the world, better late than never, but it’s a strange kind of fearless leader who is always following, who is always trying to catch up to what others saw and acted on long ago, whether about claims to racial identity, or about a vast range of other vital professional, economic, social, and political issues. In virtually all critical areas, Warren lags permanently and tellingly behind the sweeping proposals and the more fundamentally transformative movement led by Bernie Sanders (to the great relief of the ruling establishment). Shocker that Elizabeth Warren comes from the Republican right and Bernie Sanders from the socialist left.
By falsely overusing “socialist” as attempted attacks against the Liberal (and Neoliberal) capitalist policies of Obama and many others, Republicans have inadvertently dulled the force of the would-be smear. By dubbing herself an avowed “capitalist” Warren inadvertently (or ignorantly) wages class war in the wrong direction. The big money Democrat establishment applauds! And the Good Liberals are too brainwashed, too bolloxed, too cowardly, or too debased, to know or to care what to make of it all. Good Germans, or fallen in step with them. The “menace of liberal scholarship” and opinion, is no thing of the past. The Ivy League greased, imperial corporate and Pentagon rule of the world remains. Right now, per usual in elections, the Democrats and Good Liberals are the main problem, the first and foremost antagonists against progressive policy and democracy, let alone socialism.
How is that? It continues to be extremely difficult for progressives, let alone socialists, to be able to confront the reactionary, right-wing conservative Republican opponents when so many Good Liberals do their utmost to block the progressive way, day in and year out. Thus the saying that liberals are the enemy, conservatives are merely the opponent. It’s not the general electorate voting down Bernie Sanders and Democratic Socialism, it’s the Good Liberals of the Democrat primary doing their customary hatchet job. Wittingly and tragically unwittingly. (It’s Euripides, Sophocles, and Aeschylus to the hilt. Shakespearean! No less.)
Elizabeth Warren is not an ideologically ideal candidate unlike Joker Biden, to the One Percent and their fellow travelers, but she is far better than Sanders Claus, in their eyes and in the eyes of the Good Liberals, deeply indoctrinated. Oh, but she may surprise you! Elizabeth Proud Capitalist Warren may surprise you! That’s what is always said, especially by the Good Liberals. About Hillary. About Barack. About Bill. No one says that about Bernie. We all know what they say about Bernie instead. And we all know how they say it. And it indicates where the push for the future lives, and where it has died.
No one with any semblance of insight or sanity says, “Biden may surprise you!” Not in a good way. And that’s why he is done. And so the predator class must, and the Good Liberals gladly, turn to Elizabeth Warren, because she is like them. Warren is so very like the supposedly civilized status quo, with a few tweaks for good measure. That she would command the same capitalist death train, with a renovated compartment or two, that has brought the planet through and into an inferno to end all infernos, seems not to matter at all, to the class of the country.
Meanwhile Bernie Sanders works to stop the damage and end the supreme danger that the establishment Democrats and Republicans have wrought. He is doing so as must be, by pushing ever to the left against the Democrat establishment, for which and by which he is despised, denigrated, denounced, derided with the intent to destroy. Left toward democracy is the only place to go to have a chance to literally save the world. The problem: it remains much harder for the Bernie Sanders campaign to win the primary than the general election because too many educated Democrats have been brainwashed by corporate propaganda to love big-business-friendly technocratic planners like Gore, Kerry, the Clintons, and Elizabeth “capitalist to my bones” Warren. That kind of gilded degree and polished identity – the Good Liberal calling card – has for too long indicated both sham and predatory governance which most see no reason to trust. With good reason. Candidates who follow that path tend to disappear to general election voters in most states.
These are Depression times, Epidemic times, Vicious times, and an Environmentally Desperate age, we need our candidates to act like it. We need officials and candidates to understand and to express that capitalism created the problems that kill so much and so many and may kill us all. This is the most grave time, with enormous needs that only great solutions can meet. The human and planetary crisis requires change, demands change, can only be alleviated with change, not more of the capitalist same.
It’s now or never. Capitalists and capitalism won’t save us. They won’t and can’t even save themselves. They have put everyone on the short track to oblivion, even if they think they have not. Democrats need to find the good sense not to jump on board the hell ride to the void. Democrats need to get out of the way of the general electorate and give democracy a chance. The left is the only chance left. Now as always and more than ever.