The Defeat of
Bernie Sanders and the Perfidy of the Democrats
May 02, 2020 "Information
sudden collapse of Bernie Sanders’ campaign for the
presidency comes amidst what official sources are
calling the worst influenza pandemic to hit the United
States and much of the world since the misnamed ‘Spanish
Flu’ in 1918. Sensational news
coverage of the resulting health crisis and the daily
exigencies of life under state mandated lockdown have
dramatically shifted public attention away from
conventional politics thereby eclipsing the announcement
in early April by Sanders that he is
suspending his campaign
and endorsing the utterly corrupt Joseph Biden as the
nominee of the corporatist Democratic party.
decision to withdraw from the race represents an
anti-climactic end to his “political revolution.”
His endorsement of Biden constitutes a betrayal
of his many youthful, idealistic and passionate
supporters. Sanders’ political
treachery is not without precedent.
In 2016, after
having been robbed of the nomination by Hilary Clinton
and the DNC, Sanders capitulated to the party
establishment and threw his support behind a politician
he rightly attacked as a Wall Street shill during the
primary campaign. Sanders’
nauseating subservience to the political establishment
of the Democratic party should not have come as a
surprise in 2020 given his prior endorsement of a war
criminal and racketeer for president during the last
doubt the political and media establishment worked
tirelessly to deny Sanders the nomination this time
around by relentlessly attacking him as “unelectable,”
“unaccomplished,” “disagreeable,” “unrealistic” and “too
radical.” All of the leading
candidates for the Democratic nomination lined up
against Sanders during the primary elections.
Several withdrew from the race and endorsed Biden
on the eve of the ‘Super Tuesday’ contests.
The attack was well coordinated by the DNC.
The Democratic party and its puppet politicians
are firmly committed to neoliberal economics on behalf
of their corporate masters and have absolutely no use
for the ‘New Deal’ reforms that were championed by
on Sanders was also well orchestrated by the corporate
media judging by the tenor of the interviews its
journalistic propagandists conducted with the candidate,
the questions its moderators asked him during
presidential debates and the overall coverage of his
campaign. As could be expected in
the land of the free press, the media presented the
policy choices advocated by Sanders as being idealistic,
unaffordable and unachievable, in other words, as being
the politically irrelevant ravings of an impotent
Faced by the
overwhelmingly negative impact on his public image that
was intentionally manufactured by an unrelenting,
undisguised and exceedingly hostile pattern of attacks
on his candidacy by the political and media
establishment, Sanders fell behind in the delegate count
and withdrew from the race without continuing the fight
to the convention.
party rewarded Sanders for his capitulation by removing
him from the New York State ballot and canceling the
primary election that was slated to take place in June
asserting the Joseph Biden was an uncontested candidate
and it is in the best interests of public health not to
hold the election. Although he had
suspended his campaign, Sanders wanted to accumulate
enough delegates to influence the platform of the
Democratic party, truly an exercise in political
futility. This may be news to
Sanders, but after he endorsed Biden, he lost any
leverage he may have had within the party and will be
promptly discarded like an old shoe after he campaigns
for the Democrats in the upcoming general election.
several lessons to be learned from the Sanders defeat
Firstly, the idea,
tirelessly advanced by the Vermont Senator, that it is
possible to wage a grass roots “political revolution”
from within the Democratic party of American imperialism
is an illusion. The Democratic party
of U.S. imperialism, like its Republican counterpart,
cannot be reformed from within and must be defeated from
without by a viable third party committed to fighting
for the needs and aspirations of America’s working
people. Sanders could easily have
laid the foundation of a populist party in both 2016 and
2020 by running as an insurgent candidate outside of the
Democratic party. He chose not to do
so. He unwilling to pay the price of
being treated like a political pariah while openly
challenging the corporatist system from outside of an
established party. Sanders is a
consummate insider. And that is a
lethal strategic failure.
open hostility he faced from the entire political and
media establishment, Sanders played directly into the
hands of his enemies by not vociferously attacking the
deplorable syndicate known as the Democratic National
Committee, his opportunistic and servile campaign
opponents led by Joseph Biden and the corporate media.
Temperamentally, Sanders is too polite.
He tried to beat his opponents by treating his
rivals with kindness, repeatedly referring to “my friend
Joe” in reference to Biden while simultaneously
indicating that the former Vice-President would beat
Trump if nominated. Why then risk a
vote for Sanders? That question was
answered definitively by many rank and file democratic
voters in South Carolina and beyond.
Programmatically, Sanders is a reformist, not a
revolutionary. He is politically
housebroken. He has cooperated with
the Democratic party for so long that he could not truly
oppose its fundamental precepts, particularly in the
realm of foreign policy, aside from demanding a more
diplomatic and sanction based approach to U.S.
interventionism. Ditto for domestic
policy. His advocacy of Medicare for
all, free public higher education, higher taxes on the
rich and tighter regulations on corporations would
restrain certain excesses of capital accumulation but
would not impede its essential parasitism.
The second lesson
to be drawn from the Sanders’ debacle teaches a very
hard fact of political life, namely, that it is
impossible to lead a political revolution without
clashing with the American empire.
Joseph Biden is a representative of that empire in all
of its ugliness. Sanders never took
Biden to task for supporting imperialist adventures in
Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and Palestine aside from
pointing out that Biden voted for the Iraq war.
As to the consequences of that horrific war,
particularly for the Iraqi people, not a word was said
by either candidate. Furthermore,
the United States has a much larger imperialist agenda
in the Middle East that Sanders does not effectively
Additionally, Sanders never confronted Biden for his
behavior in Ukraine although that behavior is the
Achilles heel of the former Vice President.
Sanders never acknowledged the fact that what
Obama and Biden did in Ukraine, namely foment a coup
d’état, was a criminal act.
nepotistic behavior in
Ukraine constitutes a dramatic case of venal political
corruption. It is a legitimate
political issue. Yet, Sanders said
nothing to overtly condemn Biden’s corruption.
These are issues Sanders could not address
because he toes the line of humanitarian interventionism
touted by the Democratic imperialists, particularly as
it involves U.S. policy in Ukraine, Russia, the Middle
East, Asia and Latin America.
of the American left to call Sanders out as a political
opportunist demonstrates the bankruptcy of both identity
and lesser evil politics. Much of
the American reformist left abandoned class politics and
for the lesser evil politics of identity after the
overthrow of the Soviet Union. Some
of the most visible and highly respected representatives
relentlessly point to the prospect of nuclear war as
being one of the two greatest dangers facing humanity,
the other being climate change. Trump
is accused of accelerating both potential catastrophes,
charges that are not without merit.
Nevertheless, the consistent political orientation of
these activists and intellectuals entails an unwavering
commitment to a lesser evil politics that shamelessly
advocates support for Joseph Biden and the Democrats now
that Sanders has suspended his campaign.
The point they argue, is to stop Trump at all
review of history reveals that the same proponents of
voting for the lesser of two evils in 2020, advocated
support for Hilary Clinton and the Democrats in 2016 as
they did for Barak Obama and the Democrats in 2008 and
2012 and Bill Clinton before that.
They do so in the name of political realism.
The reformist left is willfully blind to the
perfidy and danger of the Democrats.
They consider support for the Democrats as being the
only realistic alternative to the ultra-right wing
Republican party. As such, they are,
what the irreverent American sociologist and critic of
oligarchic power C. Wright Mills, once referred to as “crackpot
to advancing the possibility of nuclear war, it should
be noted that the Democrats are just as dangerous as the
Republicans. After all, it was a
Democratic president who first used nuclear weapons in
1945. It was also a Democratic
president that brought the world to the brink of nuclear
war during the Cuban missile crisis in 1962.
recently, the Democrats and the Republicans have
alternated in prosecuting a ‘New Cold War’ with Russia.
Bill Clinton advocated
expansion of NATO to
include the former Warsaw Pact countries of Poland,
Hungary and the Czech Republic as early as 1994 thereby
betraying George Herbert Walker Bush’s
promise not to extend
NATO “one inch to the east” if the Soviet Union allowed
the reunification of Germany, which it did.
It was Bill Clinton’s administration that
engineered the breakup and privatization of the
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and
bombed Serbia in 1999,
a war that was
opposed by the USSR.
massive deployment of
battle tanks and heavy weapons as part of a NATO
military buildup in Eastern Europe along the Russian
sanctions on Russia in
response to the unfounded allegation of ‘Russian
hacking’ of the 2016 U.S. election; and allocated
$1 Trillion in 2016 for
the modernization of nuclear weapons to take place over
a ten year period thereby provoking a new arms race with
disingenuously justified the unprecedented nuclear arms
build-up as a response to the Russian invasion of
Ukraine. That no invasion actually
took place is of no consequence to imperialists who lie
without remorse. In point of fact,
it was the Obama/Biden regime that fomented a coup
d’état in Ukraine in 2014 thereby deposing the
democratically elected Yanukovych government and
replacing it with a pro-IMF regime handpicked by the
United States thereupon provoking a civil war in that
Republicans have done their part in pushing the world
toward nuclear catastrophe as Bush Junior
withdrew from the ABM
treaty in June of 2002 and began deploying missile
defense systems in Poland and Romania that same year.
withdrew from the INF
Treaty in 2019 and seeks
$46 Billion for nuclear
weapons for the 2021 defense budget.
part, Bernie Sanders supports the policy of a
‘New Cold War’ with
Russia and does not propose meaningful
nuclear disarmament in
any form. He supported Obama’s
actions to freeze Russian assets and impose sanctions on
Russia as the result of ‘Russian aggression’ in Ukraine
and ‘Russian interference’ in the 2016 elections.
These Russophobic allegations are political myths
used to justify American aggression.
supported the impeachment of Trump.
The unrelenting ‘Russiagate’ and ‘Ukrainegate’ attacks
on Trump that were launched by the Democrats, the
National Security State and the corporate media have
made it impossible for Trump to pursue détente with
Russia thereby increasing the chances of a nuclear war
that supporters of lesser evil politics, like Bernie
Sanders and the liberal left insist would increase if
Trump were to beat Biden in 2020.
The logic is
convoluted and treacherous. The Democrats have simply
alternated with the Republicans to wage a ‘New Cold War’
against Russia as part of the neoconservative doctrine
of global domination to which both parties are deeply
committed. The Democrats have become
the party of war and Wall Street no less so than the
Republicans. Nothing less than a
genuine political revolution will stay the hand of these
revolutions are not led by opportunists.
Nor are they led by ‘nice guys’ who consider
their class enemies to be their “friends.”
Class warfare is animated by hatred.
Hatred of oppression, hatred of exploitation,
hatred of war, hatred of human degradation and
suffering, hatred of lies and hatred of liars.
Political revolutions are principled, determined,
militant and uncompromising. They
demand the political guillotine for opponents of the
revolution. They take no hostages.
And their leaders certainly do not capitulate to
the enemies of the revolution.
learn this final lesson and fight under the genuinely
revolutionary banner of anti-capitalism and
anti-imperialism, the twin parties of the American
plutocracy will continue to decimate their class enemies
in this country and around the world.
is a political analyst who lives in Brooklyn, New York.
He received his Master’s Degree in Education from
the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1979 and
was radicalized by the Vietnam War.
He writes from an anti-imperialist, anti-capitalist
perspective. His recent book is
The Politics of Terrorism,
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