Sheep Dogging for Hillary
Bernie Sanders joined Hillary Clinton today in Portsmouth, New Hampshire to declare his support for her candidacy for president. It's a sad day in America to see this sell out of the 'revolution' he kept talking about during his recent campaign.
You don't create revolution by turning around and supporting the candidate of the banksters, the military industrial complex, the insurance industry, the pharmaceutical corporations, the fossil fuel industry, the corporate media and the rest of the pirate class.
One key reason Sanders did not get the nomination from his party is because Clinton's forces CHEATED repeatedly to steal votes in primary states. Arizona, New York and California were just three examples of systematic voter suppression and vote count manipulation that occurred throughout the Democratic Party primary season.
Early on in this process many on the left claimed that Sanders was sheep dogging for Clinton - helping to round up young people to be moved into her campaign after the senator from Vermont was properly dispatched. I think this has turned out to be true.
What did Sanders get in return for his support for Hillary? He got a couple planks added to the party platform (while failing to get any real action on the bigger issues like TPP, Palestine, fracking). In the end Clinton will be free to ignore these platform planks and once president she'll be free to back-track on any other progressive positions she might take during the campaign against Donald Trump.
I still maintain that Trump running for the Republican nomination was a scripted part of this whole three-ring circus electoral side show. The fact that Bill Clinton called Trump just days before he declared for the Republican nomination race and was "encouraging" leaves me no doubt that this has been a staged event from the start. The Washington Post coverage of that call from Clinton to Trump can be seen here.
There will be legions of Sanders supporters who now feel betrayed by his endorsement of Clinton. The little bit of hope he gave young people who face multiple challenges (climate change, lack of jobs, college debt, endless war costs) has been completely erased as Clinton stands against serious resolution of all these issues.
Sanders could have been a transformative figure during this historical moment that is ripe for change. He walked up to the edge of real revolutionary leadership and backed down. Sanders slinked back into the waiting arms of the corporate oligarchy that funds and directs the Clinton campaign. Sanders will be used to sheep dog his remaining supporters into the Hillary camp and after Clinton moves into the White House he will be a forgotten figure.