Four and a half months ago, the One Percent was desperate: “Frankly, if [the Corporate Establishment] believed [Elizabeth] Warren would win, they’d jump on board. [They will support] everyone in the top tier not named Bernie Sanders…” reports Politico, which in January 2019 interviewed more than “a dozen executives” for its article, “Wall Street Freaks Out About 2020.”
Desperate has now morphed into full-blown panic on the eve of the first debates for the Democratic Presidential Primary. The One Percent Neo-Liberal Corporate Establishment, fronted by the corporate media and corporate pundits, is now all-in for Elizabeth Warren. She is seen as the only candidate who can defeat Bernie Sanders.
The imploding media creation, phony, and corporate tool that is Joe Biden is sinking back into the corporate muck and toxic corporate slime that is his natural habitat. The more people see him, and hear him, the less they like him. And no other corporate stooge candidate has been able to fool much of the public: not Kamala Harris, not Pete Buttigieg, not Cory Booker, not Beto O’Rourke, not anyone.
Only Bernie Sanders has proven, enduring support, well-earned. The One Percent like Elizabeth Warren less than any other candidate, but they like her much more than Bernie Sanders, whom they despise. She is an avowed capitalist after all. And what is a capitalist but a predator of the populace. The One Percent feeds off of people. Warren has vowed to help perpetuate that system, while Bernie Sanders continues to work to upend it.
The One Percent is desperate. It is now all in for Warren. It’s panic time for the corporate establishment. Reluctantly it has picked Elizabeth Warren as its new champion, if not hero. Anyone but Bernie, says Big Money.
The only question now is, Can the people be duped into supporting Warren over Sanders? Exactly as they were duped into supporting Clinton over Sanders.
Bernie Sanders has better policies than Elizabeth Warren, and is far more electable. Once again, the One Percent prefer Trump to Sanders, by far. The One Percent doesn’t care that Warren can easily lose to Trump. They only care that their predatory rule not be disrupted by Bernie Sanders and a progressive, let alone socialist, movement.
Older voters kill progressive candidates like Bernie Sanders, especially voters over 50, 60, and 70+ years of age. (See “Major US Elections Are Won By [Older] Voters Who Care The Least About [Progressive] Policy.) Older voters come out in corporate-brainwashed droves to vote against their children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They don’t think they are doing that, but that is exactly what they are doing as they are voting against the progressive policies of progressive candidates that would benefit children, students, workers, caregivers, young parents, the ill, the homeless, the impoverished, the environment, youth in general, as well as against all generations, young and old.
Just as older voters don’t flock to progressive candidate rallies, such rallies don’t seem to appeal to or speak to older voters. The latter needs to change in a big, big way. Younger voters need to be able to induce older voters on crucial grounds that move older voters. Progressive candidates need to get older voters something, something big, much more than they ever have before. Why? Because older voters by far continue to be an over-represented proportion of the voting population, and they are destroying the candidacies of progressive candidates and in the process destroying the very hope of life on earth for all people, including the descendants of these older voters. Progressive voters need to get older voters something big in exchange for their votes, before it is too late for anyone, for everyone, for the prospect of life on Earth.
What do older voters need most of all? What everyone needs: time, money, and quality health care. Often quality health care also provides both time and money.
When older people become too infirm to care for themselves, Medicare and Medicaid both bankrupt and abandon them. Medicare pays for little or no in-home health care needs, and Medicaid forces people into virtual bankruptcy – to spend down nearly all wealth – before it will pay for a nursing home. And who wants to go to a nursing home anyway? A lively assisted living facility perhaps, but most people want to remain at home, with in-home health care, and they want to pass on whatever wealth they might have, small or large, to their descendants or social causes rather than blow it all on profiteering health costs. Progressive candidates should campaign on providing free lifelong in-home health care – up to and including long-term, live-in caregivers – to all but the most technologically impossible cases, with no spend-down of wealth to qualify.
This would not only save older people potentially enormous amounts of money, and create badly needed jobs in hard-hit rural and urban areas – it would also save relatives great time, money, and difficulty in trying to care for ailing kin. A universal in-home health care program would allow older voters to help their families or their passions and causes by passing along wealth rather than handing it over to cover the expenses of their infirmities and to the sick profiteers. Progressive candidates should campaign night and day on this critical issue and others like it, not least to try to redirect the flood of older voters who come out and kill progressive candidates and kill the futures of their own descendants and the Earth writ large.
The corporate powers that be will claim that the money to fund these grave needs of older voters does not and cannot possibly exist. It’s a lie, of course. Congress has the Constitutional authority to create all the money required, and then some, without taxation of even the profiteers, let alone of anyone else. Progressive candidates need to offer and work to get older voters something big, now, or the One Percent masters of brainwash will rule to the fast-approaching end of time, as all the world will continue to go to Hell.
Does Elizabeth Warren “have a plan for that,” for the bulk of voters, who happen to be 50+ and who vote remorselessly against progressives? If she has a plan for that, she needs to make it front and center from now on.
And Bernie Sanders, does he have a vital program for the “us not me” bulk of voters – older voters – who killed his progressive candidacy last time and who could kill it again this time? If so, if there is truly a momentous older persons “us” in Bernie’s “not me,” then he had better explain how, why, and how very much this would mean to older voters and their loved ones, as the centerpiece of every talk and rally from now on.
Tulsi Gabbard, to have a shot at election, she had better come up with one great big “Aloha!” to older voters that translates as a huge helping hand for the grave issues that affect their lives.
Progressive candidates need to get these older folks something major, something unprecedented, and something now, or older voters may continue to vote against the only policies, candidates, and movements that can possibly help save their descendants and by now the world. Whether they know it, and especially if not.
I don’t mean that word literally – “stupid” – but that’s how the saying goes.
This will be the most important Vice Presidential pick in US history, ever. At the very least, there has arguably never been a more important pick for US Vice President than will be the 2020 pick by the Democratic nominee. If the VP pick is not a progressive, youngish, woman of color, then there is no hope. I don’t mean that literally – “no hope” – but nearly. The pick for Vice President this election cycle provides a tremendous opportunity that the human species and the planet cannot afford to botch.
The fate of the species and planet likely rests not totally but significantly on US Presidential and Vice Presidential successions of genuine progressives: Bernie Sanders, Tulsi Gabbard, Nina Turner, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (when Constitutionally old enough), Ilhan Omar, possibly Rashida Tlaib, and others.
Even if the 2020 Democratic nominee for President is a progressive, youngish woman of color, it is still critical that the Vice President be likewise. Why? Because youngish? because a woman? because of color? Partially, yes, but primarily because – apart from Bernie Sanders – these personal elements denote the most progressive candidates, the most prominent candidates, and also the generally best and most electable, available candidates now and for the foreseeable future.
And so it is that the pick for Vice President in this election cycle, the importance and value of the pick, is unprecedented. The fate of people and the planet hangs in the balance of the pick for VP.
What is the likelihood that Kamala Harris would pick such a VP? Fair, maybe? Maybe good, maybe not. (And would it matter with corporatist Harris as President?) What are the odds of Elizabeth Warren making such a pick? Fair to good, maybe? Maybe not. (And would it matter with the “capitalist to her bones” as President?) What are the odds that avowed Democratic Socialist Bernie Sanders would pick such a VP? Nearly one hundred percent. As he seems to have made clear.
It’s not that the Democratic nominee for President is of little or no consequence. In fact, the pick for President this cycle and every cycle going forward remains extremely important, just as now the Vice Presidential picks are of unprecedented importance for helping to continue a necessary succession of genuinely progressive leadership. Still, without a genuinely progressive President, a progressive Vice President is essentially useless.
It matters that the Presidential nominee be a genuine progressive – and for those who continue to live in Liberal delusionville – that means this cycle only Bernie Sanders or Tulsi Gabbard or possibly the semi-progressive (though “capitalist to her bones”) Elizabeth Warren. Realistically, however, neither Warren’s nor Gabbard’s electoral clout remotely measures up to the clout of Bernie Sanders. There is no sound evidence that anyone’s electoral viability remotely measures up to that of Bernie Sanders.
And so it is that the real decision to be made in the 2020 election cycle remains exactly as I suggested two years ago: who will be the VP? Who MUST be the VP? It’s the pick for Vice President that matters now, especially since, say what you will, the prohibitive favorite for President, and the one with easily among the best available progressive credentials, has long been obvious.
The nominees for President and Vice President must be of essentially equal quality but unique in their powers and popular appeal. The two must be interchangeable but diverse and different in various ways. And the pick for Vice President must be of such substantial progressive quality as to make a genuinely progressive President assassination proof and impeachment proof, both.
For all practical intents and purposes, the field of potential Vice Presidential candidates for a genuinely progressive President consists of about half a dozen progressive youngish women of color. To no small degree, the fate of the world depends on the selection and nomination of one of these potential candidates, just as it depends on the ongoing efforts of hundreds of thousands of genuine progressives at all levels of society, including in government.
If the Ku Klux Klan had morphed into an official major political party, it would have become the Republican Party of today. Essentially, that’s what happened. The KKK also manifests itself as large-to-huge portions of the corporate Democratic Party, and of dominant corporate institutions and creations in general. Only a progressive diverse push can overcome the oppressive White Supremacist past and present. It needs to happen officially as it happens socially. There needs to be a diverse, socialist future, if there is to be any future at all.
The pick of Vice President this election cycle will be key to that possibility, far, far more so than it has ever been before. Both nominees matter immensely this time, almost as if they were dual Presidents. If the nominees are not Bernie Tulsi, or Bernie Nina, or Bernie Ilhan, or the like (AOC being for now ineligible), then who, when, and how?
While the pick for Vice President this election cycle is of unprecedented importance, the pick for President also carries no less weight. Only Bernie Sanders has the potential to most fully upend the electoral table, and the social scene, even to the point of a 50 state blue-out, sweeping every state in the election and continuing to reciprocate and generate progressive waves of change, both political and social, desperately needed, and long, long overdue.
It’s both nominees that matter greatly this time, not only the President … the Vice President as much, and in the future even more. One can almost anticipate a dual Presidency, something of its like, at this moment in time, which is more or less as it needs to be. And haven’t the Republicans long since known it: Pence acting for Trump, Cheney acting for Bush, Bush I acting for Reagan. By comparison, Democratic Vice Presidents (let alone the failed nominees) have been basically redundant and irrelevant to power. Time for the Dems to catch up, but only as the worst of their tyrannical corporate supremacist ways are swept out like so much killer toxic trash of history.
It’s the Vice President that matters with the President this time, like never before.
“ ‘I’m a socially liberal, fiscally conservative centrist who would love to vote for a rational Democrat and get Trump out of the White House,’ said the [anonymous] CEO of one of the nation’s largest banks,” Politico reports in “Wall Street Freaks Out About 2020.”
Though often parroted, there is no such thing as a “socially liberal, fiscal conservative.” Kindness stops where the killing starts. The One Percent’s cherished “fiscal conservatism” amounts to the gutting of social programs and public life and well-being. Fiscal conservatism and austerity are economics of, by, and for the One Percent. This devastates minorities and other vulnerables: the old, the young, the imprisoned, the impoverished… Nothing socially liberal about that, nothing socially liberal about economic racism, economic sexism, economic discrimination of all sorts, economic ecocide, economic slaughter by the One Percent empire near and far.
“Socially liberal, fiscal conservative,” yeah, right. The kiss of love ends at the tip, let alone the hilt, of the sword. It’s real quick. So-called socially liberal, fiscal conservatism is a game of thrones in which vulnerables suffer disaster and death while the rich delight in the spoils. Financially gutting public social systems hurts everyone to greater and lesser degrees, everyone other than the One Percent, who live apart from it all, bank accounts bulging.
Now the Big Election is coming, and the One Percent bankster gangs are seeking to buy another phony for President, another “socially liberal fiscal conservative,” Politico reports. But this time, in the Era of Bernie Sanders, the One Percent bankster gangsters are “getting panicked about the prospect of an ultraliberal Democratic nominee [Bernie Sanders] bent on raising taxes. and slapping regulations on their firms.”
The possibility of Bernie’s Blue-Out terrifies the One Percent, an electoral sweep of all 50 states that would send the much media-vaunted blue-red divide to the trash heap of history. The One Percent bankster gangs created that optical illusion, convenient mental cleansing, pretty and perverse blue-red split, and they need it to profiteer to the hilt, to continue to divide and conquer. Bernie threatens to bust the blue-red bull to pieces, and wealth knows it. We should too.
The One Percent banksters and their corporate media – the dominant media – brainwashing night and day – note that “The result [of 2020 election uncertainty] is a kind of nervous paralysis of executives pining for a centrist nominee like Michael Bloomberg.”
It’s as mind bending as it is meant to be. Mentally cleansing. A billionaire 50 times over, Michael Bloomberg is the “8th-richest person in the United States and the 11th richest person in the world…” but to the One Percent banksters and their dominant corporate media brainwashing 24/7, Michael, richer-than-King-Midas, Bloomberg is a “centrist.” Obviously, he’s a centrist. Like, say, the Pope is a centrist. Or Ghengis Khan. Certainly at the center of wealth and empire. Multi-deca-billionaires are centrists, to the One Percent. That this can even be thought and printed without comment shows how deep the mental cleansing goes. King Bloomberg, One Percent titan, is a “socially liberal fiscal conservative,” so he’s a “centrist” to the self-absolving, funhouse-mirror-gazing bankster gangsters of the media and corporate realms beyond. Dude, where’s my candidate?
Politico goes on to report that the One Percent bankster gangs on Wall Street and elsewhere “fear” losing a few pennies from their digital vaults – shudder – even though nearly all Democratic primary candidates for President “are still calling and showing up” begging for One Percent funding. “They just don’t want to be seen doing it,” notes another anonymous One Percent bankster gang leader, in Politico.
“For Democratic candidates, seeking Wall Street support in the 2020 race will be tricky” due to “swift social media backlash from” the populace. Big money support for the mass of Democrat candidates is readily gained from the One Percent; it’s the high level of deceit that is required that is “tricky,” hiding from people the fact that the One Percent are buying politicians to serve them rather than the populace. Social media, the popular media, the peoples’ media, at its best, valiantly attempts to give the game away, in real time. Thus the Empire’s recent assaults against social media, led by a tag-team of the bankster gangsters in government and by the One Percent owners of social media sites themselves. A “tricky” game, maintaining touch with people while exploiting and profiteering off them ruthlessly.
For the oncoming Big Election, the One Percent banksters note that they would prefer yet another in a long line of corporate stooges: phony populists like Kamala Harris, sorry, or Joe Biden, sorry, or Beto O’Rourke, sorry, or Kristen Gillibrand, sorry, or anyone “not named Bernie Sanders.”
Fiscal conservative social liberals! who will smile at you and shake your hand and tell you nice things, while White Walkers with digital daggers reap their inhuman harvest behind these bought-and-paid-for politicos. Alas, for the One Percent bankster gangsters, uniformly suited and tied to wealth, of wealth, by wealth, for wealth, Bernie Sanders remains the prohibitive favorite to win both the primary and the Presidency of, by, and for the people. It’s in that direction. The One Percent knows it. We should too.
The One Percent “fear” that they may not get their wish of buying a “socially liberal fiscal conservative” Lord of Empire. They can see and feel instead a strong progressive tide and wind that continues to push against and blow back on the One Percent banksters’ poisoning and pillaging. Hurricane Bernie comes for Wall Street, not a moment too soon, if decades and centuries late. Be that as it may, it’s coming, and now.
It’s not a partial or a general strike that the banksters fear most at this point in history, though that may come too. The One Percent has proven that it knows how to crush or curtail strikes large and small. Certainly things can change, and the times, like the climates, they are a-changin’. But the One Percent bankster gangs barely stopped Bernie last time, they don’t know how to stop him this time, and they have not proven that they can control or predict what might happen to their obscene wealth and conquest as a result, direct or indirect, of the Rise of Sanders Claus. No one knows. It’s new territory. The One Percent would rather not risk it. They will accept anyone else of prominence other than Bernie Sanders: “Frankly, if people believed [Elizabeth] Warren would win, they’d jump on board. And everyone in the top tier not named Bernie Sanders…” reports Politico, which interviewed more than “a dozen executives” for its article, “Wall Street Freaks Out About 2020.”
And why would the Gang Banksters not support, if it comes to it, Elizabeth “capitalist to her bones” Warren, a Republican deep into her adulthood. Repulsively – in the era of Bernie Sanders – everyone else in the Democrat Primary not named Bernie Sanders (and possibly Tulsi Gabbard) is to the right of even Elizabeth Proud Capitalist Warren. Harris, Biden, O’Rourke, Booker, Gillibrand, etc, are all considerably worse than even “capitalist to her bones” Warren, from a popular progressive perspective. (Hillary Clinton supporters in the Democratic Primary who think they are not greatly responsible for getting Donald Trump elected should think that through very, very hard.) And now in this 2020 cycle for the Democratic Primary, there is not even a semblance of “balance” to the left of Bernie Sanders. He remains for years now the most popular politician in the nation, by far, and there is still no candidate running even slightly to his left in the Democratic Primary. Why? (Rhetorical.) It’s potentially suicidal not to position at least one candidate seriously on his left, preferably more. Where is the left?
The runs for the Presidency of Bernie Sanders are not general strikes. They are something else, arguably as strong or stronger, in this day and age. They are general mobilizations despised and feared and bitterly savaged and opposed by the One Percent bankster gangs. With enemies like that, you know you’re in good company. Bernie’s general mobilizations have proven to be both inspiring and educational to people near and far, and to progressive forces nationwide.
Are Bernie’s general mobilizations perfect? No, far from it. Are they like general mobilizations of old? It’s high time for historians to sort that out.
For now, it remains Hurricane Bernie that the One Percent fears. The potential effects of the movement of Bernie, as with any hurricane or potential hurricane, is unpredictable and potentially overwhelming, the ultimate consequences not so easily controlled or avoided by the banksters. This is an era where Climate Change and Climate Collapse mean increasingly more than a change in the Earth’s weather. The political climate is beginning to bump off the capitalist rails too. The question is to what extent the new social-media fueled progressive age may carve up the rule of the One Percent banksters who for now remain rich beyond the dreams of Kings, rich by the rain of money from their climate of wealth that they manipulate for themselves, a climate that batters people into a brutal austerity of poverty and debt, a climate of institutionalized theft that generates golden showers for the rich while the bulk of societies rot or implode, and the planet itself careens toward a Venus death hell future.
The One Percent are the White Walkers of the Game of Thrones imagination, agents without ethics, driven, pitiless in their profiteering, to conquer and consume and destroy all. The capitalist economic system is so thoroughly homicidal that it has long since crossed over, transitioned, by way of impending planetary climate collapse, into being wholly suicidal. Suicide by capitalism on a planetary scale, no escape anywhere, for anyone. That’s no small shift in human consciousness, from “Surely the capitalists won’t kill us all…” to “They are set to kill all and everything, themselves included!” It’s a different era now, in consciousness, in politics, in planet. It has to be. It has to be different too in economics, and much else.
As the political and environmental climates are changing, the One Percent banksters work to stop change from touching their bank accounts. Financial collapse and subjugation is what they administer unto others. The rich expect to be treated richly. The One Percent bankster gangs don’t mind buying their elections. They expect to. Its their world, after all, their weather, their climate, their elections, as they see it, their politicians. But the climate has changed, and now Hurricane Bernie comes for the rich on behalf of the poor, and the rich know it. The other prominent candidates for the Presidency, shadows cast by the One Percent (as John Dewey noted decades ago), are mere squalls, fake storms, or plentiful showers of gold for the One Percent. The One Percent bankster gangs know it and want to fool everyone else about what they know.
Hurricane Bernie comes. HB remains the dominant weather pattern in the race for the Presidency. The banksters know it even as they perpetually try to deny it. And behind Hurricane Bernie? Much bigger climate change, which is what the One Percent bankster gangs really fear. They fear it so much that they don’t even speak of it lest they inadvertently help draw it near and into being. Hurricane Bernie is bad enough, in the view of the One Percent. It won’t wipe them out. But it’s a big enough storm that it could help catalyze an irreversible climate change and collapse of the capitalist onslaught that has already destroyed so much.
Bernie is not the end-all, be-all of politics or anything else. He and his policies are not without flaws. Nevertheless, his candidacy in the 2016 election cycle drove social change, as social change drove his candidacy, and together they are driving again in the 2020 cycle, continuing to advance Occupy Wall Street politics and progressive gains nationwide.
It remains the responsibility of the left to be popular enough to run a candidate to the left of Bernie Sanders in the 2020 Democratic primary for President, if the left wishes to more forcefully push more advanced progressive politics. Achieving that would be the biggest criticism of Bernie Sanders that the left could mount, the most highly visible, a competitive candidate to his left, someone who would make Bernie look like a so-called moderate, and the rest look like wannabe Lords. Where is this popular left electoral prankster of sorts? someone with no chance at all, someone, like, say, Bernie Sanders of 2016 was perceived at the time. It’s long since time that progressives, socialists, anarchists came up with someone. Democracy is at stake, and with it … sheer survival.
In the meantime, come, Hurricane Bernie, and render unto the people what is the peoples’. Some larger bit at least. Hurricane Bernie amounts to no general strike though may lead to one, as it moves to overcome and overtake a particularly impactful and influential operations center, the White House. The mobilization continues. For now, Hurricane Bernie remains one of the biggest threats that the ruling rich have ever seen to their ever more lethal climate of One Percent bankster gangsterism – banksterism. And they know it. We should too.
A recent poll shows that nearly half of registered Republican voters support much higher taxes on the wealthy, as do most registered Democratic voters. And no doubt many more Republicans and Democrats both would support such taxes if the people were not endlessly preyed upon by the lies of the corporate One Percent media.
So, there it is, once again, the Blue – Red divide is basically a fiction in deep, broad, and fundamental ways.
Bernie Sanders remains far and away the candidate for the Presidency that best represents the views of the populace.