I've written about Bernie Sanders before, see the background links. He has been one of leading contenders in the
Presidential race of 2016; up to the point when he alone stood between Hillary
Clinton and the general election in November. He won many hearts and minds with
his eloquent speeches and sincere nature. I compared him to a wise old Jewish
grandfather who you can turn to for advice. "Feel the Bern"
was his trademark slogan. Like Donald Trump, his supporters acted as if they
were dealing with a real human being with feelings like their own, a man they
could look up to and relate to. One of the things I liked about Bernie Sanders was
his obviously heartfelt attacks against the Wicked Witch of the White House,
Hillary Clinton. I believed he understood who Hillary really is, how corrupt,
how cruel, how dangerous. He said things like: "Let's talk about judgment. And let us talk about the worst
foreign policy blunder in the modern history of this country. I led the opposition
to that war. Secretary Clinton voted for it... She is not qualified to be
President!... She gets fifteen million dollars from Wall Street..." Unlike
most politicians who just go through the motions and recite scripts, I sensed
that Bernie really meant it. Sanders became very popular with women to the
point where Hillary had to give up her cliche "I'm going to be the first woman
President!..." and change tactics. Then two days ago Sanders announced
that he was stepping down from his Presidential run and he endorsed Hillary
Clinton, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCVVDmWP_EY.
This is one of the most explosive U-turns in recent American political history.
His supporters were stunned. Not only had they together raised over two hundred
million dollars personally for Sanders' campaign, but they really believed in
him. They took him seriously when he said those very real things about Hillary
Clinton. They loved him for being a man of principle, a man who in his youth
marched with Martin Luther King and faced police batons and riot shields for
his ideals. He was so different from Clinton who is so transparently false and
malicious, and Sanders' supporters know
this. The people he attracted were revolutionaries who were looking for a new
kind of politics. I respected Bernie Sanders too, even though I don't share all
his ideals myself. His excuses are totally inadequate, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJbpo0-n0Yk.
It's demoralizing to see Sanders behaving just like any other politician;
pragmatic, insincere, utilitarian, compromising. His former supporters' reaction
can be seen in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNibeibgSsM.
Sanders gave hope to idealists, and this betrayal has loved-bombed them into
cynicism. As is often the case, Stefan Molyneux has provided a very perceptive
summary, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AObPmpkkKL4.
Now there is only one man standing between Hillary and her destiny, Donald
Trump. Trump is another politician I find myself warming to despite differences
of opinion. He is, I believe, another genuine person who has made it to where
he is through an aberration of the agenda. For this reason, how much longer
will he live, see: http://hpanwo-voice.blogspot.co.uk/2016/06/will-donald-trump-be-murdered.html?
See here for background: http://hpanwo-voice.blogspot.co.uk/2016/01/trump-n-sanders.html.