U.S. Primaries Show Why NDP is so Effin Vital to Canada’s Left

If you take a quick glance at The Pinko Rag archives, it’s glaringly obvious that we’ve been fixated on the U.S. Primaries, and that we are hee-uge supporters of Mr. Bernie Sanders. As true progressives, unlike affluent, ‘what about me’ liberals, we understand that creating a just and sustainable world will mean making some sacrifices. Yes, even though the neoliberal status-quo has already been kicking the masses for decades.

Thus, this is why we’re feeling the “Bern”, as Sanders and his campaign represents a real challenge to this unjust order. It’s been a beautiful and truly progressive challenge, which few observers, if any, were predicting would come in a presidential campaign.

While we still believe Sanders has a chance of locking up the nomination, and continue to rifle “oh fuck off”s at corporate coverage, Bernie has a rough road ahead. If he doesn’t lock up the nomination, we will be comforted by the fact, he’s demonstrated millions of Americans want to punt establishment economics.

If Sanders doesn’t secure the Democratic nomination, however, you have to wonder how things might have been different, if you know, he was with a party that truly wants to challenge the status-quo. Sure, clearly many Democrats are on board with Sanders’ vision, but it certainly doesn’t seem like the party brass is. After all, this is a party who in recent years, has cuddled and snuggled with corporate interests and Wall Street. Hillary?  Your ears burning?

In Canada, however, we have the New Democratic Party, who until its ill fated, 2015 campaign, has largely held true to its founding, progressive ideals. A view that socioeconomic policy shouldn’t be shaped by special interests and the ruling elite. It’s been the NDP who have forced Canada’s version of the Democratic Party, the Liberals, to enact progressive policies.

Now sure, many left leaning Canadians have agonized over the years, whether casting a vote for the NDP has aided the insufferable Conservatives (by taking votes away from the Liberals). But, as we’re seeing in the U.S. primaries, when your options are limited to two parties, challenging the unjust status-quo is that much harder. Think what the upcoming presidential election might look like, if Bernie was running as the leader of a third, truly progressive party? One that’s not collecting truckloads of cash from special interests?

So, for Canadians who support the NDP, who understand what the party has meant to the nation (been to a doctor lately?), take what’s unfolding in the south as inspiration. Use it to rally behind the party,  and to call for a Tommy Douglas – Jack Layton-esque leader, who truly represents social democratic ideals. Sorry Prime Minister Trudeau, you’re dashing, quick witted and stand for many great things. But this centrist, don’t rock the neoliberal boat stuff, ain’t gonna cut it.

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Must Watch Vid: “The Many Reasons People Love Bernie Sanders”

During Bernie Sanders’ run to become the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee, there have been several, spine tingling vids about the gods’ great gift to progressives. But, recently The Young Turks busted out a new Bernie video, which is right up there on the must see list…

If you care about creating a just, equitable and sustainable world, then get ready to be teary-eyed, hopeful, and damn right, fired up…all at once.

Thank You Thomas Mulcair, But it Was Time…

If you live in the Great White North, or keep apprised of world politics, then you’ve likely heard that Canada’s New Democratic Party has decided to end the leadership run of Thomas Mulcair.

In a development that quickly made headlines throughout Canada, only 48% of NDP delegates wanted to keep Mulcair as the party’s leader. Observers knew that Mulcair was navigating through treacherous waters heading into the convention, but no one really knew if the NDP was going to vote for change…That they did.

Anyone who has read any posts at the Pinko Rag, shouldn’t be surprised to hear that we’ve historically been NDP supporters. After all, this is the party that has represented the working class throughout the decades, and has been the driving force for many of Canada’s most progressive policies. Tommy Douglas – universal healthcare- 1966. I mean, come on…In fact, it’s been the NDP that’s forced the historical ruling party of Canada, the Liberals, to even stay within striking distance of the center on policy.

Now, to be fair, Mulcair took the NDP’s reins at the best of times, but also the worst…He did so after the NDP had risen to historic heights, thanks to the extremely popular and charismatic, Jack Layton. So, while Mulcair became the leader of opposition after Uncle Jack’s tragic passing, he had ridiculously massive shoes to fill.

Look, much has been written about the NDP’s ill fated attempts to outflank the Liberals, and try to be the ‘reasonable’ alternative for the insufferable Conservatives. Justin Trudeau and the Liberals eagerly countered the NDP’s decision to do so, went left, and yadda, yadda, yadda, they have a majority government.

Mulcair was always a strong debater, he always called Harper and the crew on their bullshit, but at the end of the day, his vision for the NDP was off base. The NDP has always represented real change; a return to a world where the ruling interests aren’t skull effing the masses and the environment to go with it. That’s been their appeal, even at times when the majority of Canadians weren’t willing to roll up their sleeves, and throw down with the status-quo.

We’re seeing that in the U.S, however, thanks to Mr. Bernie Sanders, that a huge amount of Americans are looking for this type of change. We also saw it in the U.K. to an extent with Jeremy Corbyn. But Mulcair’s NDP kind of embodied a ‘hey, we’re for change, but if you’re not for really big change, well, we can do that too’. Ultimately, however, that just isn’t going to cut it in these troubling times.

Mr. Mulcair, thank you for everything you’ve done, but it was indeed, time.

Bernie Sanders Flopped on How to Break up Big Banks Huh? Nope…

If you’ve been stomaching the corporate news the last couple of days, or pro-Hilary content, then you’ve been told Bernie Sanders flopped big time in a recent interview with the New York Daily News. Well, thanks to folks like renowned economist Robert Reich and the Huffington Post’s Ryan Grimm, a different picture of what unfolded is being painted.

Yeah, it’s hard to imagine corporate interests misrepresenting what Sanders said, a man who is openly challenging the oligarchic status-quo.

In recent days, the corporate media and Clinton supporters, have been spinning a post-fight interview that Sanders had no real answers, when asked how he would break-up the big banks. As you surely know, Sanders has said that he would break up the biggest banks on Wall Street, so you know, civilization isn’t beholden to them.

Well, here is some what of what Reich and Grimm had to say about the argument Sanders dropped the ball in the interview.

Here is some of what Reich had to say on Facebook:

The criticism is bonkers. Bernie was absolutely correct when he said the President has the authority to break up the big banks under Dodd-Frank. He’s repeatedly specified exactly how he’d use that Dodd-Frank authority to do so. His critics are confusing the Dodd-Frank Act with the Federal Reserve. Whether the Fed has the authority on its own to break up the biggest banks is irrelevant.

And here is some of what Grimm relayed in his Huffington Post article:

In fact, in several instances, it’s the Daily News editors who are bungling the facts in an interview designed to show that Sanders doesn’t understand the fine points of policy. In questions about breaking up big banks, the powers of the Treasury Department and drone strikes, the editors were simply wrong on details.

 

Take the exchange getting the most attention: Sanders’ supposed inability to describe exactly how he would break up the biggest banks. Sanders said that if the Treasury Department deemed it necessary to do so, the bank would go about unwinding itself as it best saw fit to get to a size that the administration considered no longer a systemic risk to the economy. Sanders said this could be done with new legislation, or through administrative authority under Dodd-Frank.

 

This is true, as economist Dean Baker, Peter Eavis at The New York Times, and HuffPost’s Zach Carter in a Twitter rant have all pointed out. It’s also the position of Clinton herself. “We now have power under the Dodd-Frank legislation to break up banks. And I’ve said I will use that power if they pose a systemic risk,” Clinton said at a February debate. No media outcry followed her assertion, because it was true.

 

As the interview went on, though, it began to appear that the Daily News editors didn’t understand the difference between the Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve…

Yup. Sometimes, just sometimes, the internet can be a beacon of progressive light…

 

Thank You Sarah Silverman

So, as we head into more pivotal primaries, some pretty, pretty, cool vids have come out, which chuck support behind Mr. Bernie Sanders…Yes, folks will be utterly shocked to see more Bernie related content up on the Pinko Rag…

Recently we posted an unbelievable, unofficial ad that you check out here. More recently, the very funny, beautiful and bright Sarah Silverman released the vid below, which is totally awesome as well.

Bernie! Bernie! Bernie!

Check Out The Best Bernie Sanders Ad Yet, And It’s Not ‘Official’

If you search the internet daily for Bernie Sanders related content, then you may have already come across the unofficial ad below. But if you haven’t seen it yet, and you’re feeling the ‘Bern’, be prepared for chills up your spine, goose bumps and or some serious tears in the eye..

Yes, it’s that awesome, and likely why it’s received over 400,000 views already. Not only is it such an amazing ad because of what Sanders is saying, but the clips and music that are incorporated into it make it that much more compelling.