Bernie is right – the game is rigged. And when you tell the establishment it doesn’t care about people then it shows that it does care – about protecting itself. I thought I was seeing the impossible. But then I got slapped by the tsunami of self interest that exists in American politics.
1.Bernie is getting the cold shoulder from all the politicians he worked with these last 20+ years in Congress. Stand up, don’t cower down. 2. The media failed to give him the press coverage they would have given anyone else making this much news. 3. And the unquestioned lies the media let become the history of the campaign though there was no basis for the lies. 4. If you look at polling at press coverage here was a candidate polling better in matchups with the GOP than Hillary yet the press would repeat her claim seemingly daily to being the only electable Democrat. (Even after Nevada more Democrats have voted for Bernie than for Hillary.) The ‘only’ electable Democrat won one Primary by a few coin flips and a handful of votes, then got walloped and then had uncle Harry* quasi-legally and not at all ethically get out of the vote for her in Nevada while he declared he was neutral. 5. Then there’s the dereliction of its duty to report the news. The press covered Hillary’s speeches and activities at least 10 times more than Bernie. 6. And the press didn’t cover her nonsense, like she was a progressive who got things done. This is in the face that progressives and up to this year Hillary Clinton herself would not consider her a progressive. And for getting things done – I have not heard any major media outlet ask her what it is she has accomplished. What has she gotten done? How many of those things she got done were progressive? And how many anti-progressive programs has she supported?
A neo-liberal can call herself a progressive, those that she helped oppress support her, she can claim that her opponent knows nothing of foreign policy though she is the one who has made several major foreign policy blunders during her career, can claim she will reign in Wall Street when being gifted inordinately large sums by Wall Street. The Game is Rigged.
With the blackout from the press Bernie not only has to campaign but introduce himself to the American populace. Not enough time. Not enough Bernie (or anyone else for that matter) for the task. Even Elizabeth Warren, the goddess of progressivism, is not giving a hand. The Game is Rigged.
So he stands without much help from big power – it’s true there’s Rep. Ellison and legions of millennials and Mr. Jealous and some black intellectuals and Robert Reich and Thomas Piketty all are there for the real, but she’s got the juggernaut. And our little contributions cannot go on forever.
The Game is Rigged. The media is in cahoots, and elected politicians, and union leaders** and of course almost all of big money. Hillary Clinton is one of them, there’s nothing pure or ethically good it’s just power, a whole bunch of power protecting itself, and power trumps (hah!) what is right. What is fair.
*”In the middle of last week, Reid made a phone call, first reported by The New York Times’ Amy Chozick, to D. Taylor, the head of the parent of the Culinary Workers Union local in Las Vegas. Before that call, the union, facing difficult contract negotiations and seeing no advantage in enmeshing itself in a bloody internecine fight, had declared it was more Swiss than Hispanic. With the culinary union not endorsing and unwilling to even engage in the caucuses, employee turnout at six casino sites on the Las Vegas Strip was forecast at a combined 100 or so. That is, insignificant.”
“Taylor has “been extremely cooperative,” Reid told Chozick. “Probably 100 organizers will be at the caucus sites and in hotels to make sure people know what they’re doing.”
“But Reid did not stop there. He also called casino executives, Democratic insiders confirm, with a simple message: “Let your people go.”
“That is, he wanted to ensure the workers would be allowed time off from work to caucus. No one said no to Prince Harry.”
“Despite their common public neutrality, Taylor and Reid surely believe, as do most Democratic power brokers, that a Sanders nomination would be a disaster. Reid knew that Taylor would get his swarms of organizers to turn out mostly Latino workers, who would likely vote for Clinton.” http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/02/20/hillary-clinton-wins-nevada-caucus-harry-reid-culinary-union-jon-ralston/80688750/
**”One signal of his appeal to union members is the respect and fondness many union leaders, even those supporting Clinton, feel toward Sanders. Often Clinton backers favor her for a variety of seemingly pragmatic, if debatable, reasons—her likelihood of defeating the Republican candidate or union leaders’ desire for inclusion in the Democratic Party establishment that she represents (even though that party leadership often slights the needs of working people and unions). Many union leaders also seem reluctant to adopt a serious campaign to win more public support for Sanders and his ideas—even though he more consistently and vigorously advocates labor’s agenda than Clinton does.”
“But many union members, both Democrats and many independents, believe in the policies and the overall vision of an expanded New Deal that both the labor movement and Sanders have long promoted. Yet Sanders appears to have more confidence that the broad American public will back those ideas and reject likely Republican and media attacks on his proposals, or on his self-described “democratic socialism,” than do many top union officials who often complain about Democrats who will not support labor and its agenda.” http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/18786/unions-bernie-sanders-hillary-clinton-labor