Bernie Sanders Climbs in California, Let The Sweating Begin at Dem HQ

So, it’s been a few days now since the mainstream / corporate media declared that Hillary Clinton has locked up the Democrat nomination and cruised to a win in California, but hey, was that accurate? Nope.

Now sure, even the biggest Bernie Sanders supporter understands that the likelihood of him winning this thing are very, very slim. But, the important story here is that series of WTF incidents with the voting process continues, and that it’s becoming more and more obvious how desperately pro-status quo interests are trying to gloss over this…Wonder why that might be huh?

In Bernie, you have a candidate who wants to bring serious reform to establishment politics and economics. In Hillary, well, you have the establishment’s number one ally, in terms of current Presidential candidates… Yup, and by no way is that an endorsement of “The Tan”.

Case in point, the Inquisitir recently reported this:

Even though The New York Times declared that Hillary Clinton “secured enough delegates for the Democratic nomination,” and later issued a correction blaming the erroneous statement due to “an editing error,” Hillary Clinton did not actually earn enough delegates to be declared the nominee of the Democratic Party. In fact, contrary to the call by the Associated Press, Clinton also has not actually won California either. There are still millions of ballots that remain uncounted that will indeed be counted as the official canvass progresses, according to the California Secretary of State’s office. As the canvassing got underway, things started to to look up for Bernie Sanders’ supporters.

In Los Angeles County 275,972 Vote-By-Mail, 256,326 Provisional and 24,021 ballots of another form still had to be counted as of Friday afternoon. This totals over 556 thousand ballots in Los Angeles County alone that will be counted, where Clinton’s lead over Sanders is just over 164 thousand votes. Los Angeles County could still go either way.

The votes simply aren’t all accounted for just yet, but they will be.

Please head here to read the rest of the article, as it’s definitely worth a read. After doing so, let the ‘what a fucking joke”-s roll….

 

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Robert Reich Hits Homerun in Open Letter to Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders and the political revolution he’s helped build is headed to Washington D.C. and then the Democrat Convention, despite the establishment’s machinations to silence the movement. Yes, while it’s hard these days to not stew in silent anger, and or scream in frustration–in light of recent events–Robert Reich has penned an amazing, tear inducing open letter to the Vermont Senator.

Now, some folks have spun Reich’s letter as sort of a ‘thank-you’, send off, but I didn’t view it that way at all. If anything, I think Reich elected to post it, as a reminder to Bernie and his supporters that his movement is far from over. That no matter what happens in the coming weeks, what Mr. Sanders has started will continue. Even if the Democrat brass continues to back its establishment candidate, and refuses to offer substantive challenges to an unjust status-quo.

If you haven’t read Reich’s unforgettable and moving letter to Bernie yet, you can check it out below.

Dear Bernie:
I don’t know what you’re going to do from here on, and I’m not going to advise you. You’ve earned the right to figure out the next steps for your campaign and the movement you have launched.
But let me tell you this: You’ve already succeeded.
At the start they labeled you a “fringe” candidate – a 74-year-old, political Independent, Jewish, self-described democratic socialist, who stood zero chance against the Democratic political establishment, the mainstream media, and the moneyed interests.
Then you won 22 states.
And in almost every state – even in those you lost — you won vast majorities of voters under 30, including a majority of young women and Latinos. And most voters under 45.
You have helped shape the next generation.
You’ve done it without SuperPACs or big money from corporations, Wall Street, and billionaires. You did it with small contributions from millions of us. You’ve shown it can be done without selling your soul or compromising your conviction.
You’ve also inspired millions to get involved in politics — and to fight the most important and basic of all fights on which all else depends: to reclaim our economy and democracy from the moneyed interests.
Your message – about the necessity of single-payer healthcare, free tuition at public universities, a $15 minimum wage, busting up the biggest Wall Street banks, taxing the financial speculation, expanding Social Security, imposing a tax on carbon, and getting big money out of politics – will shape the progressive agenda from here on.
Your courage in taking on the political establishment has emboldened millions of us to stand up and demand our voices be heard.
Regardless of what you decide to do now, you have ignited a movement that will fight onward. We will fight to put more progressives into the House and Senate. We will fight at the state level. We will organize for the 2020 presidential election.
We will not succumb to cynicism. We are in it for the long haul. We will never give up.
Thank you, Bernie.
Bob

Liza Featherstone Throws Truth at False Narrative Hillary’s Stronger Than Bernie on Women’s Issues

Over the preceding months, many Hillary Clinton supporters, and the Secretary’s far reaching political machine, have attempted to frame her as the only Presidential candidate who’s truly concerned with women and LGBT issues. According to this narrative, her main rival for the Democrat nomination, Bernie Sanders, is just an antiquated, one issue candidate who doesn’t represent the ‘broad coalition’ Hillary does…

Well, folks that have closely followed the career of Sanders, and the social democratic ideals he represent, understand that this narrative couldn’t be farther from the truth. Not only has Sanders fought for substantive change, in terms of empowering women and LBGT people, only his campaign represents a real challenge to the unjust and unequal status quo. After all, when you’re tied to corporate interests that punt socioeconomic rights around the globe on a daily basis, are you really all that progressive? Has Donald Trump been known to rant?

Well, recently Verso published False Choices: The Faux Feminism of Hillary Rodham Clinton, which features essays from prominent feminist writers, who have taken issue with the notion Clinton is a “feminist icon.” The good folks at Alternet recently published an excerpt from the book, which in this case, was authored by Liza Featherstone. Here is some of what the accomplished journalist had to say about Clinton, and Sanders:

Senator Bernie Sanders, the only American politician of national stature who calls himself a socialist, is at the time of this writing still running a visible and popular primary challenge to Clinton. He is better than Clinton not only on economic issues, but also on reproductive choice and gay rights. Yet our liberal chattering classes frame the choice between Sanders and Clinton as a choice between democratic socialism and feminism—and the two are assumed to be incompatible. At a feminist bookstore event in late October 2015, Gloria Steinem repeated her enthusiasm for Clinton and noted pityingly that Sanders was an “old-fashioned socialist.” She liked him for it but added, “He’s not my candidate.” Salon’s Amanda Marcotte did her best to portray Bernie Sanders as the favored candidate of creepy misogynists on Reddit, and dubbed his supporters a “he-man woman haters club,” ignoring the thousands of women showing up at his events around the country and the 44 percent of female New Hampshire Democratic primary voters who intended to vote for him, according to a December 2015 poll (just one percentage point behind his far more famous rival).

 

We thus see in Clinton’s campaign a new, troubling era in which feminism, now a proper media subject, is used rhetorically as a cudgel against any sort of left politics which might actually help the vast majority of women. We saw this recently in the UK as well, with the liberal campaign against democratic socialist Jeremy Corbyn in 2015 denouncing him for being little more than an old white man, even though his female challengers were politically far to his right.

 

Why should socialism and feminism be incompatible? This persistent framing shows how horribly both feminism and the left have failed to make the case that for the vast majority of the world’s women, liberation requires socialism, or something much like it.

 

Not all the contributors to this book support Bernie Sanders in his campaign, and almost surely, each of them would find fault with him, especially on foreign policy. But there is no doubt that most women have more to gain even from Sanders’s watered-down social democracy than from the ruthless neoliberalism that Clinton represents. As they compose the majority of college students, women stand to gain immeasurably from making college tuition debt-free, as Sanders advocates, far more than from the tepid tinkering on the issue in Clinton’s platform. Sanders’s attention to living wages and the creation of decently paying jobs and single payer health care, as well as his focus on economic inequality, has the potential to speak to almost everyone, but women especially, since women make up the majority of low-wage workers and head the majority of households below the poverty line. Gender and economic justice are deeply intertwined, and it is embarrassing how easily Americans get distracted from this fact. Sanders’ platform also has plenty to say on gendered matters like abortion rights and equal pay—he even mentions the storied Equal rights Amendment, subject of a decades-long feminist battle for ratification.

Yes indeedy, and here’s hoping more Hillary boosters, particularly those in California, will see the light before that state’s primary goes down.

We highly recommend reading the entire essay here, and  you can pick up the book by heading to Verso.

Watch TYT’s Cenk Uygur Introduce Bernie Sanders

If you watch “The Young Turks”, then chances are you’re feeling “The Bern”, as the online network are big time supporters of Mr. Bernie Sanders. See, since TYT are funded by their viewers, they’re not beholden to interests who want to keep the neoliberal model in place, which in another time was called feudalism….

Recently TYT found Cenk Uygur introduced Sanders for a rally in Vallejo, California, and outlined why he’s supporting the progressive Senator. You can check it out below.

Bernie Sanders Taking Indiana is More Bad News For Status-Quo

Yes, another primary has concluded, and it has done so in glorious fashion. As you surely know, Mr. Bernie Sanders won Indiana’s primary on Tuesday, providing further evidence of the fact that his run to become the Democratic nominee isn’t actually over (as the corporate ‘wait, what’s Trump doing now’ media’s claimed).

Now sure, Sanders is still a long shot, but if he can close out the primary season with some more key wins, the Democrat brass will need to take a real, long look at its endorsement of Hillary ‘Flip-Flop or Bust’ Clinton. Particularly since Donald Trump is going to be running for President. As Sanders noted in his speech on Tuesday (quotes via Democracy Now):

I understand that Secretary Clinton thinks that this campaign is over. I’ve got some bad news for her. Tonight, we won a great victory in Indiana. Next week, we’re going to be in West Virginia. We think we have a real shot to win in that great state. Then we’re going to Kentucky, and we’re going to Oregon; we think we have a pretty good chance to win there, as well. Then we’re going to another bunch of other states, culminating in the largest state in the United States, with the most delegates, and that is the state of California. And we think we have a pretty good chance to win there. And I think that as more and more delegates to the Democratic convention take a hard look at which candidate is generating the kind of enthusiasm, excitement, voter turnout that we need to make sure that somebody like a Donald Trump does not become president, I think we’re going to see more and more delegates concluding that that candidate is Bernie Sanders.

Gold. Pure gold. But, as many have been saying now for weeks, even if Bernie doesn’t take the nomination, his historic campaign is driving home the fact that the Democracts need to get with the times. By times, I mean an age where millions of folks are waking up to the fact that the neoliberal paradigm has miserably failed to deliver them a status-quo, which is a equitable, prosperous or sustainable. An agenda that cut the public’s ability to have an influence, or even a say, in determining and enacting socioeconomic policy. You know, that silly thing that’s been referred to as democracy?

But, when you allow endless streams of money into politics, and corporate interests to run amok, real freedom is quickly divorced from ‘democracy’. So, pay attention status-quo, Bernie’s movement shows the bell tolls for thee.

Noam Chomsky: Bernie Sanders is an “Unusual” Politician, He’s “Honest”

If you’ve followed Noam Chomsky over the years, then you know he hasn’t had many good things to say about politicians. After all, when you consider the majority of them are puppets for monied interests, and funded to preserve an unjust status-quo, it’s pretty understandable.

Well, one politician who Chomsky does evidently respect, however, is Mr. Bernie Sanders. Recently Chomsky spoke at the Brooklyn Public Library, and while discussing Sanders, here is some of what he had to say (quote via Democracy Now):

Well, Bernie Sanders is an extremely interesting phenomenon. He’s a decent, honest person. That’s pretty unusual in the political system. Maybe there are two of them in the world, you know. But he’s considered radical and extremist, which is a pretty interesting characterization, because he’s basically a mainstream New Deal Democrat. His positions would not have surprised President Eisenhower, who said, in fact, that anyone who does not accept New Deal programs doesn’t belong in the American political system. That’s now considered very radical.

Chomsky went on to point out that Sanders’ drive to enact universal, single-payer healthcare in the U.S., is far from a fringe idea. The renowned intellectual pointed out that if:

You go back earlier, say, to the Reagan years, about 70 percent of the population thought that national healthcare should be in the Constitution, because it’s such an obvious right. And, in fact, about 40 percent of the population thought it was in the Constitution, again, because it’s such an obvious right.

Yup. It’s pretty effin sad how far right the political spectrum has swung in recent decades. How’s that been working out for the huddled masses huh? Not too peachy…

This is why the Sanders’ campaign is so important and compelling. It’s a campaign which has reminded folks that through social democracy, through the power of the people, we can punt a corrupt and immoral political system, and create a more equitable world.

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.