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West writes: "When it comes to advancing Dr. King's legacy, a vote for Clinton not only falls far short of the mark; it prevents us from giving new life to King's legacy. Instead, it is Sanders who has championed that legacy in word and in deed for 50 years."

Cornel West. (photo: AOL)
Cornel West. (photo: AOL)


Why Brother Bernie Is Better for Black People Than Sister Hillary

By Cornel West, Politico

17 February 16

 

he future of American democracy depends on our response to the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. And that legacy is not just about defending civil rights; it’s also about fighting to fix our rigged economy, which yields grotesque wealth inequality; our narcissistic culture, which unleashes obscene greed; our market-driven media, which thrives on xenophobic entertainment; and our militaristic prowess, which promotes hawkish policies around the world. The fundamental aim of black voters—and any voters with a deep moral concern for our public interest and common good—should be to put a smile on Martin’s face from the grave.

The conventional wisdom holds that, in the Democratic primary, Hillary Clinton is the candidate who will win over African-American voters—that her rival, Bernie Sanders, performed well in Iowa and won New Hampshire on account of those states’ disproportionate whiteness, and that Clinton’s odds are better in the upcoming contests in South Carolina and Nevada, two highly diverse states.

But in fact, when it comes to advancing Dr. King’s legacy, a vote for Clinton not only falls far short of the mark; it prevents us from giving new life to King’s legacy. Instead, it is Sanders who has championed that legacy in word and in deed for 50 years. This election is not a mere campaign; it is a crusade to resurrect democracy—King-style—in our time. In 2016, Sanders is the one leading that crusade.

Clinton has touted the fact that, in 1962, she met King after seeing him speak, an experience she says allowed her to appreciate King’s “moral clarity.” Yet two years later, as a high schooler, Clinton campaigned vigorously for Barry Goldwater—a figure King called “morally indefensible” owing to his staunch opposition to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. And she attended the Republican convention in 1968! Meanwhile, at this same moment in history, Sanders was getting arrested for protesting segregation in Chicago and marching in Washington with none other than King itself. That’s real moral clarity.

Needless to say, some moral clarity set in as Clinton’s politics moved to the left in her college years. After graduating from law school, she joined the Children's Defense Fund as a staff attorney, working under the great King disciple, Marian Wright Edelman, with whom she struck up a friendship. Yet that relationship soured. This came after Hillary Clinton—in defending her husband’s punitive crime bill and its drastic escalation of the mass incarceration of poor people, especially black and brown people—referred callously to gang-related youth as “superpredators.” And it was Bill Clinton who signed a welfare reform bill that all but eliminated the safety net for poor women and children—a Machiavellian attempt to promote right-wing policies in order to “neutralize” the Republican Party. In protest, Peter Edelman, Marian’s courageous husband, resigned from his assistant secretary post at the Department of Health and Human Services.

The Clintons’ neoliberal economic policies—principally, the repeal of the Glass-Steagall banking legislation, apparently under the influence of Wall Street’s money—have also hurt King’s cause. The Clinton Machine—celebrated by the centrist wing of the Democratic Party, white and black—did produce economic growth. But it came at the expense of poor people (more hopeless and prison-bound) and working people (also decimated by the Clinton-sponsored North American Free Trade Agreement).

Bill apologized for the effects of his crime bill, after devastating thousands of black and poor lives. Will Hillary apologize for supporting the same measures?

It’s no accident that Goldman Sachs paid Hillary Clinton $675,000 for a mere three speeches in 2013, or that the firm has given hundreds of thousands of dollars to her campaigns or that, in total, it has paid her and her husband more than $150 million in speaking fees since 2001. This is the same Goldman Sachs that engaged in predatory lending of sub-prime mortgages that collapsed in 2008, disproportionately hurting black Americans.

These ties are far from being “old news” or an “artful smear,” as Hillary Clinton recently put it. Rather, they perfectly underscore how it is Sanders, not Clinton, who is building on King’s legacy. Sanders’ specific policies—in support of a $15 minimum wage, a massive federal jobs program with a living wage, free tuition for public college and universities, and Medicare for all—would undeniably lessen black social misery. In addition, he has specifically made the promise, at a Black Lives Matter meeting in Chicago, to significantly shrink mass incarceration and to prioritize fixing the broken criminal justice system, including eliminating all for-profit prisons.

Clinton has made similar promises. But how can we take them seriously when the Ready for Hillary PAC received more than $133,000 from lobbying firms that do work for the GEO Group and Corrections Corporation of America—two major private prison groups whose aim is to expand mass incarceration for profit? It was only after this fact was reported that Clinton pledged to stop accepting campaign donations from such groups. Similarly, without Sanders in the race to challenge her, there’s no question Clinton would otherwise be relatively silent about Wall Street.

The battle now raging in Black America over the Clinton-Sanders election is principally a battle between a declining neoliberal black political and chattering class still on the decaying Clinton bandwagon (and gravy train!) and an emerging populism among black poor, working and middle class people fed up with the Clinton establishment in the Democratic Party. It is easy to use one’s gender identity, as Clinton has, or racial identity, as the Congressional Black Caucus recently did in endorsing her, to hide one’s allegiance to the multi-cultural and multi-gendered Establishment. But a vote for Clinton forecloses the new day for all of us and keeps us captive to the trap of wealth inequality, greed (“everybody else is doing it”), corporate media propaganda and militarism abroad—all of which are detrimental to black America.

In the age of Barack Obama, this battle remained latent, with dissenting voices vilified. As a black president, Obama has tended to talk progressive but walk neoliberal in the face of outrageous right-wing opposition. Black child poverty has increased since 2008, with more than 45 percent of black children under age 6 living in poverty today. Sanders talks and walks populist, and he is committed to targeting child poverty. As president, he would be a more progressive than not just Clinton but also Obama—and that means better for black America.

Now, with Obama’s departure from the White House, we shall see clearly where black America stands in relation to King’s legacy. Will voters put a smile on Martin’s face? It’s clear how we can do it. King smiles at Sanders’ deep integrity and genuine conviction, while he weeps at the Clinton machine’s crass opportunism and the inequality and injustice it breeds.

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+113 # mentor 2016-02-17 10:02
Wonderful article! I can only hope its truths spread widely and quickly. Ben Jealous' recent articles on Mr. Sanders are also worth reading.
 
 
+31 # tedrey 2016-02-17 11:20
Only one correction. The Congressional Black Caucus did NOT endorse Hillary.

Get it straight. See:

https://theintercept.com/2016/02/11/congressional-black-caucus-hillary/
 
 
+20 # warrior woman 2016-02-17 12:44
It was the CBC PAC.
 
 
+10 # Vardoz 2016-02-18 15:03
There is no doubt in our minds that Bernie Sanders in a multitude of ways will be a profoundly better president.
 
 
+67 # joe_me 2016-02-17 10:18
Great article, go B Sanders!!!
 
 
+17 # CL38 2016-02-17 21:19
Part 1: One of the best articles I've seen to explain how we came to be where we are economically, etc. is "Why Bernie vs Hillary Matters More Than People Think".

"In the years since 2008, many Americans, in particular young people, are willing to consider the possibility that neoliberalism -- the economic ideology espoused by both the post-Reagan republicans and the post-Carter Clinton-era democrats -- is fundamentally flawed and must be revised or potentially replaced entirely."

"This can only happen if democrats recognize that Bernie Sanders is not just a slightly more left-wing fellow traveler of Clinton's. This is not a contest to see who will lead the democrats, it's a contest to see what kind of party the democrats are going to be in the coming decades, what ideology and what interests, causes, and issues the Democratic Party will prioritize. This makes it far more important than any other recent primary election."

"The last time a democratic primary was this important, it was 1976. Only this time, instead of Anybody But Carter or Anybody But Clinton, the left has Bernie Sanders -- one representative candidate that it is really excited about. The chance may not come again for quite some time."

See Part II
 
 
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+15 # CL38 2016-02-17 21:19
Part 2:

"Hillary Clinton is a neoliberal building on the legacy of Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton. She doesn't understand the pivotal role inequality plays in creating economic crisis and reducing economic growth. She has been taken in by a fundamentally right wing paradigm, and if she is elected she will continue to lead the Democratic Party down that path."

"Bernie Sanders is a democratic socialist building on the legacy of Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson. He understands that inequality is the core structural factor in economic crisis and that growth in real wages and incomes is required for robust, sustainable economic growth.

It doesn't matter which one is more experienced, or which one's policies are more likely to pass congress, or which one is more likely to win a general election, or which one is a man and which one is a woman. This is not about just this election, or just the next four years.

This is about whether the Democratic Party is going to care about inequality for the next decade."

IMHO, it's about the mind, heart and soul of the Democratic Party.

See whole article @ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/benjamin-studebaker/bernie-vs-hillary-matters-more-than-people-think_b_9209940.html
 
 
+19 # reiverpacific 2016-02-17 10:21
Can't wait to hear the anti-Sanders crowd -not trolls- and the occasional anti-everything -progressive-an d-populist troll's response to this.
 
 
-70 # RevOleson 2016-02-17 10:48
I remember several years ago in Vermont, a reporter asked Bernie about race issues. Bernie replied, "That's not my cup of tea."
 
 
-42 # lights 2016-02-17 14:46
Well, Mr. West. Clearly you've whittled your bone into a great big knife with this out of balance diatribe!. You entitled it, "Why Brother Bernie is better..." yet you provide almost no detail to support your case. Instead, you gleefully stick it in and twist your unresolved malice into our "sister" as if no witness exists.

Many injustices prevail. Your choice of pinning all the sins of the "brother" onto the "sister" is one injustice and example of your no doubt painful but enduring emotionally clouded vision. I do value the clear and warm thought of Martin Luther King smiling.

Allow this in your mind and heart.

For the millions who support and honor and value Hillary Rodham Clinton - we also look forward to a SMILE on the face of Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Sojourner Truth, Louisa May Alcott, Alice Paul, Rosa Parks, Mary Church Terrell - to name ONLY a few!
 
 
+38 # jsluka 2016-02-17 15:12
The fact is that a vote for Hillary is vote for the status quo. Lights, why do you believe in the "same old same old"? How is that "good" or "progress"? Please explain.
 
 
-30 # lights 2016-02-17 19:08
....jsluka...be cause as a woman I know the revolutionary Hillary...let's call it emotional intelligence... ..as a woman she has always been required to talk, be, make choices - and act in a way that accommodates the double standard - she would NOT even be where she is now if she had not..IF...you want to play with the boys and make PROGRESS you must find your way it is alot of EXTRA work and distraction...
 
 
+19 # Anonymot 2016-02-17 16:49
You are going to be "looking forward" for a long, long time. These real women were not just politicos out to get rich on women's rights issues. They were serious risk-taking women with revolutionary ideas. Every one of them would be horrified by this pant-suit queen prancing around the world for selfies.

I think you'd better check the battery on your lights. You might change your mind. It's rather like when Cruz thinks he's Lincoln.
 
 
-22 # lights 2016-02-17 19:19
Anonymot....fir st of all, THAT WAS NOT Hillary Rodham Clinton speaking. It was me! Sure, let me take your petty and bigoted bully shots!

Your language is so obviously oppressive. Your references filled with bigotry. oppression and hate.

Do you know why do you hate so much!?
 
 
+12 # Anonymot 2016-02-18 07:58
Poor thing. I don't hate much beside dumbness, and those who lie. Your attempt to put your idol in the gallery of the women greats is simply silly. We are involved in a battle for survival in this country and world. As much as I admire the women you name I don't know that I'd vote for any of them for President in a crucial time like now - because beyond their one issue neither of us knows what their other abilities were.

Hillary, on the other hand, has exposed her weaknesses and strengths. She's strong on women's rights, as I am, and she's a proven disaster on the question of foreign affairs, of her ability to successfully manage just one department of this huge government, and of telling the truth. Beyond women's issues, she's just a right-wing hawk with a proven bad record. Try thinking about it.
 
 
-13 # lights 2016-02-18 16:42
Dearest Anonymot says: "As much as I admire the women you name I don't know that I'd vote for any of them for President in a crucial time like now..."

You would not likely EVER vote for ANY woman. You like men. But this is what gets me about that...we have been voting for "MEN" for centuries...rig ht? ...and "hint hint" just because they were MEN. Cause oh, dear.. we sure weren't going to vote for a woman!

But thanks for your honesty about women...you will always vote for a man because he is a man. And you will always accuse women who want a woman for President FINALLY as single issues voters. Especially a smart one...oh, dear.

...yes a woman for President ESPECIALLY IN CRUCIAL TIMES cause look what 200 years OF MEN as President has got us...
 
 
+11 # dusty64 2016-02-17 22:22
Quoting lights:
For the millions who support and honor and value Hillary Rodham Clinton - we also look forward to a SMILE on the face of Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Sojourner Truth, Louisa May Alcott, Alice Paul, Rosa Parks, Mary Church Terrell - to name ONLY a few!


Keep on looking and you'll see them SMILING AT BERNIE!!
 
 
-7 # lights 2016-02-18 16:43
Well Bernie is very cute....I hope they smile at him!
 
 
0 # Desiderata 2016-02-18 15:11
Quoting lights:
Well, Mr. West.
For the millions who support and honor and value Hillary Rodham Clinton - we also look forward to a SMILE on the face of Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Sojourner Truth, Louisa May Alcott, Alice Paul, Rosa Parks, Mary Church Terrell - to name ONLY a few!


You forgot Lizzie Borden
 
 
-1 # lights 2016-02-18 16:43
Having Lizzie in your dreams is enough...
 
 
+28 # Billy Bob 2016-02-17 17:09
HERE'S A GOOD REPLY:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rpm4rjejFgQ

EVERYONE needs to see this. It's a video showing Clinton vs. Sanders "then and now". It very clearly shows Hillary wavering and waffling back and forth depending on whatever public opinion shows at the moment, and Sanders remaining steadfast and UN-wavering in his liberalism for the past 4 decades (since before Clinton ever entered public office).

She's taken both sides of most issues and in this video you can hear her arguing quite arrogantly for the conservative take on them.

SHE'S THE DEMOCRATIC MITT ROMNEY!
 
 
+6 # Anonymot 2016-02-17 18:21
Nope, she's Cruz Lite.
 
 
+6 # Billy Bob 2016-02-18 11:15
Cruz is consistently a right-wing lunatic.

Romney took all sides of every issue, depending on the audience he was prostituting himself in front of.
 
 
+14 # lfeuille 2016-02-17 19:27
What he said was not his cup of tea was demographic targeting, not racial justice.
 
 
+7 # CL38 2016-02-17 22:47
why don't you go to berniesanders.c om/issues to see his decades-long support for civil rights and race.
 
 
+5 # Anarchist 23 2016-02-17 20:48
You sure didn't have to wait long for the trolls ;-)
 
 
-1 # sayenitnow 2016-02-19 14:02
Here's a link from a post with an article that RSN missed ,and that Mother Jones has said they somehow overlooked...as has most of the balanced (?) progressive media http://www.motherjones.com/.../sanders-campaign-has...
 
 
-71 # RevOleson 2016-02-17 10:48
I remember several years ago in Vermont, a reporter asked Bernie about race issues. Bernie replied, "That's not my cup of tea."
Along with "I'm not going to let a war keep me from getting elected."
 
 
+30 # tingletlc 2016-02-17 11:57
Context please . . ?
 
 
+34 # Billy Bob 2016-02-17 12:27
Link please.

--------------

HERE'S AN EXAMPLE HOW TO DO IT:

"I remember landing under sniper fire." - Hillary Clinton

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZHO1vo762c

HINT: SHE LIED AND THERE'S VIDEO TO PROVE IT.
 
 
+69 # Anonymot 2016-02-17 10:56
Clear and precise. Thank you.

So she "met" Dr. King when she was 15 years old. So I'm sure they hit it off and went out to dinner to exchange ideas. It's classic politician BS.

The year before she was born I joined the NAACP. I never met King. You didn't need to meet him to get his message with clarity.

I did meet Malcolm X at a friend's house and spent an extraordinary afternoon listening to a real revolutionary. He sure as Hell would not have voted for Hillary Clinton and he most certainly would have openly supported Senator Sanders.
 
 
+9 # Anarchist 23 2016-02-17 20:55
Wow..so few have met Malcolm X. I was really impressed and moved by his biography...I should read it again...and I know that if he had lived, he would have continued his spiritual growth and made an enormous change for the better in this society. the 60's were so full of promise of change and making the promise of the country into a reality for all who have been left out. The Assassinations were not random accidents. We must persevere in the vision they and we share.
 
 
+5 # Anonymot 2016-02-18 18:07
Anecdotely, I've met a few real revolutionaries along my way. Picasso (not the painter) who took me to a cell meeting in Franco's Spain when you could get executed just for being there. Joe Murumbi who resigned as Kenya's 2nd VP, because he refused to become corrupted like the other Ministers. "That's not what I risked my life fighting for", he said. Fernando Rey, Castro's 1st Minister of Agriculture who said he thought their struggle in the mountains was for socialism not Stalinist communism. A group of Portuguese plotting the overthrow of Salazar in Paris. And Malcolm X.Plus a few others.

Of the group, Murumbi and Malcolm X were probably the most impressive intellectually. And had he not been assasinated Malcolm X would have done more for black Americans than anyone, possibly with the exception of MLK, but just possibly even more in real change terms.
 
 
+53 # Buddha 2016-02-17 11:04
One can only hope the African-America n and Hispanic communities wake up, because it is through their current very strong support for Clinton that she is squeaking out these victories. As so many politicians in both parties do, HRC pretty much counts on the unaware and non-engaged low-information voter remaining clueless.
 
 
+10 # jcdav 2016-02-17 18:36
Yes HRC pretty much counts on the unaware and non-engaged low-information voter remaining clueless. AND does her insincere best to keep them mis informed and off balance....She is a real political weasel..remembe r "Hillary for Hillary".
 
 
+3 # CL38 2016-02-17 22:49
Buddha, Amen to that!
 
 
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-2 # sayenitnow 2016-02-19 14:19
Yes hard to be more informed when you are already an all-knowing Buddha with followers but in a effort to help...Here's a link from a post with an article that RSN missed, and that Mother Jones has said they somehow overlooked...as has most of the balanced (?) progressive media http://www.motherjones.com/.../sanders-campaign-has...
 
 
+1 # Buddha 2016-02-20 16:42
Nice snark. If you can't noodle out why so many Democrat politicians are throwing their support behind Clinton and the hundreds of millions of dollars in SuperPAC donations she can make available to them, then I just can't help you. African-America n and Hispanic communities have been rightly complaining about a status-quo that is indifferent at best and often outright hostile to them and their issues. If they decide then to throw their support behind a HRC who most represents preserving the status quo, then that's going to be on you. If African-America ns choose Hillary, and she as expected does dick addressing the Drug War and mass-incarcerat ion because of the donations she receives from industries who are enriched by keeping those policies going, then I pretty much don't want to hear squat from Black Lives Matter during her term. As an "informed" voter, you will have made your choice. Maybe Bill can put on his shades again and snake-charm you playing his saxophone so you don't care, it seems you have forgiven him for expanding New Jim Crow incarceration and her calling mostly minority youth "super-predator s" to rationalize it.
 
 
+43 # diamondmarge7 2016-02-17 11:23
Cornel West not only speaks like an angel, he writes like one,too. What richly deserved, high praise from one "mensch" about another. In Yiddish, a language partly derived from German, naming someone a "mensch," is in my view, extremely high praise, for the word signifies a upstanding, moral and ethical human being. Here we have a mensch praising another mensch & laying out beautifully WHY Sanders is the Man of the Hour-a Mensch for the Ages.
OTOH, SlickWillieShil larytheHawk has never met a weapons system or a war she didn't love. See "Queen of Chaos: The Misadventures of Hillary Clinton" by Diana Johnstone for lurid details of her path of death&destructi on while @ State.
Lissen up, good buddies: We've gotta build a BERNIE FIREWALL so he can counteract all this crazy corrupt superdelegate crap. Take the pledge www.citizensagainstplutocracy.org It's BERNIE or Green.
 
 
0 # CL38 2016-02-17 22:56
Support your comments....up to "Take the pledge."

Bernie has asked that no one write in his name. If he's not the nominee, hold your nose and vote for her to keep Trump out of the White House.
 
 
+42 # Bruce Gruber 2016-02-17 11:46
Everyone should absorb the logic and clarity of Dr. West's incisive contrast of the 'politics' of Secretary Clinton's carefully developed curriculum vitae vs. Bernie Sanders life commitment to equality and justice.

The implications of Prof. West's references to the Clinton superficiality of "having met" Dr. King offer insight into the 'promotional' aspects of campaign fluff. "Is THAT the best you've got after decades of 'standing up' for women and children?"

The 'friendship' with the Edelman's soured because Hillary Clinton defended "her husband’s punitive crime bill and its drastic escalation of the mass incarceration of poor people, especially black and brown people—referred callously to gang-related youth as “superpredators.”
Whatever 'friendship" developed when Hillary worked (in what capacity?) for the Children's Defense Network under Marian Wright Edelman? Resignation by Peter Edelman from the Clinton administration over this suggests more than 'souring' and certainly mitigates against the Campaign implied significance of the Hillary 'contribution' to the organization claimed as a principal underpinning of her humanitarian and minority "LEADERSHIP" credibility.

Reverend Al Sharpton needs to be careful how he arrives at the upcoming "Endorsement" he selects to represent as punditry spokesman for poor Black peoples' interests. He should "choose wisely".
 
 
-52 # mock38 2016-02-17 11:56
Iam an Obama Democrat. West has long history of anti Obama rhetoric, some of it quite negative. Sanders is making a mistake using West as surrogate as PBO is popular with most Dems and particularly African Americans.
At the end of the day, West can make the difference in Sanders losing in his quest to be Dem nominee.
 
 
+16 # economagic 2016-02-17 12:20
Care to define "Obama Democrat"?
 
 
+27 # Anonymot 2016-02-17 13:38
Whoa! Until some weeks ago, there was a mass of Democrats who were extremely critical of the Obama administration, especially progressives and independents who voted Democrats. I was and continue to be horrified by much of what occured in the last 7 years, especially what Hillary/CIA initiated and he endorsed as "foreign policy".

Suddenly, because Hillary decided to embrace him, everybody else is, also. She is obliged to, because she was much of his mess. And he is trying to put the bung back in the hole of our sinking ship - at last.

Only hacks are incapable of criticizing The Party, whatever party it may be. Cornel West cannot be criticized for being critical.
 
 
+13 # jsluka 2016-02-17 15:14
An "Obama Democrat" is a curse. Obama has basically been, as John Pilger calls him, "the great betrayer."
 
 
+6 # lfeuille 2016-02-17 19:35
Obama has a history of anti West rhetoric as a triangulation ploy. West has a right to respond.
 
 
-10 # Robbee 2016-02-17 12:08
GOP troll alert! on - # diamondmarge7 "... take a pledge: write-in BERNIE or GREEN ... give BERNIE "leverage." " - HE NEVER ASKED FOR AND DOESN'T WANT! DO THIS ONLY IF YOU INSIST ON RUNNING AND LOSING HIS CAMPAIGN FOR HIM!

outing false-flag ops! - The "Bernie Bros" Narrative: A Cheap Campaign Tactic Masquerading as Journalism and Social Activism, Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept, 31 January 16

our local hill-haters have been self-identifyin g here as GOP trolls for months and months! - # Inspired Citizen 2016-02-01 05:42 "Bernie needs leverage and Convention insurance (HE DETESTS; SO WE'LL DO IT FOR HIM, AGAINST HIS EXPRESS WISHES!) Have YOU taken the Bernie or bust pledge?"

- citizen, at long last! thanks! outs RAP! - Republicans Against Progress - says - # Inspired Citizen 2015-12-10 18:10 "It's going to be #BerrnieOrElse the GOP. That's RAP's promise!"

- # jsluka 2015-08-30 17:22 "I will not vote for Hillary Clinton ... It would be better for a Rethuglican to get elected, and bring on the revolution!"

- humbug! as says # Scott Galindez 2015-10-20 10:28 “Its not leverage; threats backfire, especially empty ones. Bernie will not run as an independent. Bernie needs enough delegates at that convention to win, not signers on a petition making an undemocratic threat.”

- citizen's is false-flag attack on hill, and false-flag support for bernie! - listen to bernie! ignore RAP! - go bernie!
 
 
+3 # reiverpacific 2016-02-18 18:58
Quoting Robbee:
GOP troll alert! on - # diamondmarge7 "... take a pledge: write-in BERNIE or GREEN ... give BERNIE "leverage." " - HE NEVER ASKED FOR AND DOESN'T WANT! DO THIS ONLY IF YOU INSIST ON RUNNING AND LOSING HIS CAMPAIGN FOR HIM!

outing false-flag ops! - The "Bernie Bros" Narrative: A Cheap Campaign Tactic Masquerading as Journalism and Social Activism, Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept, 31 January 16

our local hill-haters have been self-identifying here as GOP trolls for months and months! - # Inspired Citizen 2016-02-01 05:42 "Bernie needs leverage and Convention insurance (HE DETESTS; SO WE'LL DO IT FOR HIM, AGAINST HIS EXPRESS WISHES!) Have YOU taken the Bernie or bust pledge?"

- citizen, at long last! thanks! outs RAP! - Republicans Against Progress - says - # Inspired Citizen 2015-12-10 18:10 "It's going to be #BerrnieOrElse the GOP. That's RAP's promise!"

- # jsluka 2015-08-30 17:22 "I will not vote for Hillary Clinton ... It would be better for a Rethuglican to get elected, and bring on the revolution!"

- humbug! as says # Scott Galindez 2015-10-20 10:28 “Its not leverage; threats backfire, especially empty ones. Bernie will not run as an independent. Bernie needs enough delegates at that convention to win, not signers on a petition making an undemocratic threat.”

- citizen's is false-flag attack on hill, and false-flag support for bernie! - listen to bernie! ignore RAP! - go bernie!


Eh?????
In English without YELLING please.
 
 
-15 # iplau 2016-02-17 12:24
As a socialist also, I think there are some elemental differences on the state of the collective mindset of America and the interventions needed to fill its needs. A Clinton presidency is less likely to be parodied negatively by Republicans. Sixty years after McCarthyism, America is still challenged by social change as articulated by Sanders. The excesses of Capitalism need to be balanced by the pragmatism of socialism, social safety nets!What Europeans always kept was a robust workers Union, something America has systematically dismantled, a very real reason for why income disparities exist.
The absence of Unions hurts the working people of America. Worse still the absence also of a social contract makes it less of a right and more of a privilege for the working people of America to be guaranteed those essential "rights." Why would I not vote for Bernie if I in theory I agree with what he articulates? Timing, winnability, and execution. Republicans have built their party on their ability to scare the living lights out of Americans, swift boat anyone? Sanders has succeeded in moving Hilary to the left,making her more attractive and together they can then create a more conducive environment.Ber nie as Hillary's running mate is one more likely win. Yes Bernie appeals to our intellectual id and Hillary to our innate sense of self preservation, and I really cannot see the conflict there. Only Dems must not over intellectualize the obvious, thereby ending up losers.
 
 
+26 # Jim Rocket 2016-02-17 12:39
If Hillary is moving to the left she's keeping it pretty well hidden. Her problem is that she just wants to be the first woman president. That's an historical marker but it seems she doesn't really want to help the American people or she would be saying most of what Bernie is saying. The good news is that the Republican side is in such a mess. If they had an actual candidate that a sane person could vote for the Dems would be in real trouble but they don't. Now is the time to push hard for Bernie and if Hillary really wants to win she can steal much of his platform and promise to institute it. It's up to her. Does she just want to be the first woman president or does she want to be a great president that does wonderful things for America?
 
 
-28 # ansleypk 2016-02-17 13:11
I don't pay much heed to Mr. West. I find his vitriol understandable in some ways but I'm so tired of vitriol in general. He sees everything in black or white (no pun intended). Especially when it doesn't take into account (sadly) reality. One person (Bernie,Barak,T rump or anyone else) is not going to be able to drastically change the system. I agree with much (not all) of what Bernie espouses but he hasn't been able to do any of it in 25 years in Congress. How in the world do you expect him to accomplish anything if elected president. We will be stuck with Trump or Cruz or one of the others from the Republican clown car. It scares me to death.
 
 
+14 # Anonymot 2016-02-17 13:52
If you think the Hillbillys will get anything democratic done you need to see a political opthomologist. She has a one-string fiddle - women's rights in which she includes her LGBT activities and with the Republicans and Democrats party hacks, she'll push what's good for big business, because that's where she gets her ill-gotten gains.

If she's the nominee, however, your worries are over, because she won't win. Once the Republicans control the WH as well as Congress, you'll love the results.
 
 
-12 # lights 2016-02-17 19:27
Anonymot...this is what happens when you are blinded by fear and hate......you don't do your homework! You cannot see the whole picture! And you haven't a clue what Hillary Rodham Clinton is all about...
 
 
+4 # Anonymot 2016-02-18 08:08
Only Huma and Bill know what she's all about.
 
 
-6 # lights 2016-02-18 16:10
Oh, jealous? Gotta laugh!
 
 
+17 # newell 2016-02-17 15:49
It is not 25 years ago. Bernie polls better against the Republicans than Clinton. The real question is do you believe this country is run by an oligarchy? And do you think they, just maybe, are not interested in solving climate change, mass extinctions and other critical environmental and population problems? Why would they or their media care? Read Atlas Shrugged, it is their bible. The rich will survive all these environmental problems. They will find a place to live. They will have food and water.....this might sound like chicken-little to you. But look at the predictions of scientists, from 97% of climatologists to 97% of ecologists. Do you deny the science? Sometimes the sky falls--this will be the 6th time. We are not sustainable. We need a political revolution and no one but Bernie can lead this right now. No one is in his position with his needed vision. The priority is to get money out of politics so we can get some honest people into it. Then we can redirect our human path...... Those waiting on heaven don't get this. Those that believe the 1%'s media, don't get this. And Hillary, doesn't get this.
 
 
+9 # reiverpacific 2016-02-17 17:23
Quoting ansleypk:
I don't pay much heed to Mr. West. I find his vitriol understandable in some ways but I'm so tired of vitriol in general. He sees everything in black or white (no pun intended). Especially when it doesn't take into account (sadly) reality. One person (Bernie,Barak,Trump or anyone else) is not going to be able to drastically change the system. I agree with much (not all) of what Bernie espouses but he hasn't been able to do any of it in 25 years in Congress. How in the world do you expect him to accomplish anything if elected president. We will be stuck with Trump or Cruz or one of the others from the Republican clown car. It scares me to death.


Sanders is a SENATOR, not a Congress-critte r in reality an independent who chose to run on a Democratic ticket rather than end up an isolated voice like Ralph Nader.
And the appalling owner-media have still done their best to ignore him (and still do work hard at minimizing his air-time), until he forced himself into their lenses with the record crowds and support he was gaining all over the country, especially the west coast.
 
 
+2 # Radscal 2016-02-17 22:30
"Sanders is a SENATOR, not a Congress-critter"

Common mistake, even among USians, let alone a Canadian (though I have found that many Canadians know more about US politics than many USians).

"The United States Congress is the bicameral legislature of the federal government of the United States consisting of two houses: the Senate and the House of Representatives."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Congress

Otherwise, right on!
 
 
-11 # Thistlestar 2016-02-18 14:46
Oh dear. Ignore Bernie? MSNBC is all Bernie all the time. Joe and Mika love him and go on and on about his "message." Mika goes on and on about how Hillary doesn't have one. Tell me what she stands for in 20 seconds are less she challenges Hillary supporters, none of whom seem to have either the wits or the will to respond, "Are you kidding me? You think our issues in this country can be addressed in 20 seconds? "

And Bernie is so charming (he is) that they don't dare suggest to him that his popularity with young people might rest primarily on what he offers them, free healthcare and a free college education, though he quite cynically knows he has no hope of achieving it. He, who never got anything of substance accomplished in 26 years in the Senate, is going to make that happen? Did he not observe that getting the reform we have was nearly a losing battle?? Does he think states have the billions in their budgets necessary to make college free? He knows they don't.

Of course the young also want these changes in the context of fairness to all, a worthy ideal, and you have to love them for it. But Bernie cannot make it happen. Nor can Hillary, but her plans to expand healthcare, make college affordable, and lower greatly college debts are more attainable than his. And in that sense her goals are more humane. Let's reach for things that might really be achievable and actually help us all.
 
 
+18 # newell 2016-02-17 13:37
Accurate and cohesive piece. Proud that Dr. West is helping his, and by definition, all people-- by supporting Senator Sanders.
 
 
+1 # Shades of gray matter 2016-02-17 13:59
I would PLEA with RSN readers and commenters to acknowledge that tens of millions of Americans "Liked" Ike, but began to became disillusioned with GOP when it opposed Civil Rights. Then Vietnam. MANY whites who supported MLKing HAD BEEN GOP leaning. Probably over half the anti-war MOVEMENT HAD BEEN. Certainly MOST activists in VVAW were not Democrats. Partly because of our privileges, it takes most of us white folks longer to catch on. Please don't toss away everyone who leaned GOP before 1968.
 
 
+14 # Farafalla 2016-02-17 14:33
1968 was a watershed year. It had assassinations, revolts, coups, wars, and very polarizing politics. 1968 is the year I became a socialist. I was 13. My brother was a Goldwater republican, until he got his draft papers. Then he became a left wing Democrat only to go back to Ayn Rand and William F. Buckley when the war was over. Don't tell me about '68 and the right wingers who turned against the war. Hillary has always seen things through the lens of conservatism. Her political goal in moving to the Dems has always been to move the Dems to the right. Check out her logo!
 
 
+27 # RMDC 2016-02-17 14:28
Right on, brother Cornell. This is the best support of Sanders over Clinton I've read.

The African American vote could very easily swing the election in one way or another. Probably white voters will balance out at about 50% for Sanders and 50% for Clinton. So Arican Americans or Hispanics -- if they voted as a block -- for one or the other would determine the winner.

This is an awesome power for African American voters. They could also play this role in the general election but it would take very big turn out numbers to make it work.

Now is the time for African American voters to mobilize behind Sanders. I wish Obama would bear the standard, but he is owned by the Clintons.
 
 
+4 # Anonymot 2016-02-17 16:37
He is owned by the Clintons AND the CIA who own both of them.
 
 
+3 # Femihumanist 2016-02-17 17:14
Yes, domestically, we can't beat Bernie. However, if we talk about MLK, we need to talk about his anti-war stance. Bernie may have voted against the Iraq War but he has voted for all the war funding and the support of Israel. If you want the lesser of two evils, go with Bernie. If you want "no evils", where the hell do we go?
 
 
+5 # Anonymot 2016-02-17 18:30
Overseas!
 
 
-1 # lights 2016-02-18 16:47
That's funny Anonymot......y ou can't be all bad.
 
 
+2 # Anonymot 2016-02-18 17:18
I'm not bad at all.
 
 
+3 # RMDC 2016-02-17 19:06
Femi -- I think sanders will learn the things you say. He's got a lot of common sense and can see where people matter and where corrupt militaries and corporations screw people over.

There may be no evils. But Jill STein is a lot better than Sanders. ONly she's not going to get any attention as the Green Party condidate. Maybe SAnders can take her as a VP.
 
 
+5 # lfeuille 2016-02-17 19:43
Someone above mentioned Bernie's forcing his way into the conversation. This is what Jill Stein has not done. You can't just wait for people to notice you, you have to force the issue. This is why she doesn't have a chance.
 
 
+3 # Radscal 2016-02-17 22:44
Dr. Stein's main complaint about Sanders is that he decided to run as a Democrat, so I can't imagine her doing that.

I'd like to see him pick Barbara Lee (D, CA), who has a strongly progressive record, and is the ONLY Congress Critter who voted against invading Afghanistan and starting the War OF Terror.
 
 
+3 # Radscal 2016-02-17 22:42
Sanders has a mixed (and to me, troubling) military record.

He's voted against more military funding bills than he's voted for, but he has voted for too many.

He's voted for some military assaults (Kosovo, Somalia, Afghanistan) and against others.

His plan for ISIL and knee-jerk defense of Israel are dangerous. Though he did refer to Israel's 2014 assault on Gaza as "terribly wrong," and did lead the group of Congress Critters who boycotted Netanyahu's pep rally.

Still, I see no one capable of winning who is better on those issues, and he is vastly superior to most on other issues.

Revolution is a process, not a goal. A President Sanders could be a step in the revolutionary process.
 
 
+5 # Desiderata 2016-02-18 15:22
Quoting Radscal:

Revolution is a process, not a goal. A President Sanders could be a step in the revolutionary process.


Very well put .
Unfortunately in an age of entitlement and instant gratification the idea of a "process" seems daunting to many Americans who "WANT IT NOW" The strident voices of Clinton , Trump ,& Cruz promising nirvana manana,resonate with them.
 
 
+7 # glyde 2016-02-17 19:29
Quoting lights:
....jsluka...because as a woman I know the revolutionary Hillary...let's call it emotional intelligence......

As a woman, I know the "revolutionary" Hillary - she's all about herself.
 
 
-11 # lights 2016-02-17 21:28
Glyde speaks - right wing Republican rhetoric! You here it on FOX news....

Besides, you are probably projecting..
 
 
+9 # Anarchist 23 2016-02-17 21:04
I find Professor West's points well made. Ms. Clinton is unfortunately a Neo-Liberal. It's like Margaret Thatcher being a Tory. She was also the first woman Prime Minister in Great Britain. Look how well that turned out. also, voting for the lesser of 2 evils hasn't worked out very well. Our working class make less now and work longer hours than they did back in 70's. This is progress? I'll risk the audaciousness of Bernie ...lots of other countries Already have what he is proposing. As to Obama, I have been disappointed in him as well for his war, imprisonment, pro-Wall st.policies...I suppose a Republican is always worse, but I'd love to see something really positive before I die!
 
 
+8 # angelfish 2016-02-17 21:20
Hillary will do what is expedient. Bernie has NOT wavered from his commitment to HELP Americans, ALL Americans. He has over Thirty years experience and commitment as a Public Servant and has done just THAT, SERVED the Public! HIllary is selective in her causes and goes whichever way the Wind is blowing at a particular moment. In essence, she's a Liberal RePublican, while Bernie is a Progressive Democrat. I stand with Progress and Bernie!
 
 
+4 # Kanook 2016-02-18 07:56
Just follow the money. It never lies.
 
 
-14 # rochelle1951 2016-02-18 09:34
Where the he'll have you been Brother West and BROTHER BERNIE all these years? Stuck in your ivory tower pontificating about how to collect your paycheck from Harvard, Princeton and Time Warner?
Didn't see you in New Orleans, Baltimore, Ferguson or NYC.
BROTHER WEST DID NOTHING BUT CRUCIFY OBAMA (unlike any of his predecessors) every chance you could behind the doors of academia. Want to talk trash but don't want to walk the walk. Intellectual liberals will get us killed.
Bernie, nice guy. Has ignored minorities, women, urban areas and systemic poverty OUTSIDE of Vermont for decades. (maybe that's why he moved there from the big city)
Where was Bernie when the foreclosures were higher than the debt ceiling? Where was Bernie when Elizabeth Warren was fighting the fight for consumer rights and corporate accountability?
Why did you try to run an opponent to Obama instead of standing with OBAMA during his terms in office?
Really, where you been BERNIE all these years of political and economic discrimination?
Like every other politician, he's no different. Makes promises he can't keep; avoids issues like racism and sexism like a plague but now suddenly, he's supposed to be credible because Bernie's being 'nice' to those he has ignored for decades.
Right. Be happy. The man is finally calling your name!
I'm down with Bernie when he catches a wave and brings back fish to feed those of us still stuck waiting in the back of the line!
Just saying.
 
 
+5 # Anonymot 2016-02-18 11:37
Well, Hello. Sounds like you found a job working for David Brock. Good for you, jobs are hard to find nowadays and Hillbilly's friends know where the money is.

But I do suspect this was the list of Talking Points and you're supposed to elaborate on them, not just print the raw list.
 
 
+7 # DrD 2016-02-18 14:45
Rochelle
Well let's see. For starters on Dec 10, 2010 Bernie spoke for over 8 hours in the Senate to filibuster the Obama-Republica n tax 'compromise' that extended the Bush-era tax cuts to the wealthy instead of putting that money to help homeowners who had lost everything in the recession. That was before Senator Warren was in office I believe. And as admirable as Senator Warren has been in her fight for consumer protections, she declined to run for President and Bernie picked up the baton and ran with it.
We could probably create a timeline of every day that Bernie has fought for economic and racial justice but I doubt you would listen.
 
 
+2 # RNLDaWy 2016-02-18 11:28
This man talks the truth. He has a great sense of humor as well. Saw him on Bill Maher recently. He is extremely bright in the old sense of the movers and shakers of the civil rights movement of the 1960's. So he is a rare breed today because many have only heard about that era. And he calls himself a Christian Revolutionary .. as was King .. as was Christ .. the real one not the right wing version of it ..
 
 
-4 # Thistlestar 2016-02-18 14:17
One expects better from the illustrious Professor West. A sound argument presents fairly all sides. He did not.

One's character can be in part determined by his or her enemies. Hillary Clinton's enemies were Tom Delay, Dick Armey, and the insurance companies, among others, who defeated her healthcare plan.

One's character can also be judged by one's determination in the face of such enemies. She lost the healthcare bill battle, but she then fought to expand Medicaid with the CHIP program, which has provided millions of children healthcare.

And during the Clinton administration taxes were raised on the wealthy and the Earned Income Tax Credit was greatly expanded to provide much needed income supplements to millions of families.

Hard to believe a brilliant man like yourself, Brother Cornel, could be so forgetful. But then, these facts did not fit into your folksy story.
 
 
-7 # fast track 2016-02-18 19:56
Bernie Sanders is not electable. Full stop. I've been a life long Democrat active in every election since 1958. I've been through the McGovern,Mondal e and Dukakis campaigns -and am not about to break my heart in another losing campaign. I'm tired of the political engenues who only show up every four years and do not understand that the down ballot and off year elections matter more than the once every four years vote for president. But of course the real hard work isn't sexy. All of you out there who think that Hillary and Obama don't understand, don't understand that half of the country doesn't agree with you and that it takes hard work, persevernce and time to achieve anything. The Koch brothers have been at it for forty years-do you think you will knock on doors for a month, cheer at a rally and immediately turn the country around? Grow up.
 
 
+4 # Anonymot 2016-02-18 23:20
I hope you come back to see if there are any replies, because I'd like to hear more. Are you saying that your age has tired you and you will abstain? Are you saying you'll vote for Hillary, but Why? Are you suggesting the enthusiastic supporters of those who aren't worn out by age should go home, because the Koch boys have won the show hands down already.

I could see you as someone brain dead already, but I could also see you as a person who could reawaken and discover that there is reason to start a new fight, because the lack of imagination dooms this country and everyone of all ages is doomed with it.

I'm the first to say the system is broken and very probably it's to late to fix it. I agree that this country has been run by a shadow government for a long time now. I certainly believe that Bill was bought by the Koch kind, that the Bushes were and are the Koch kind as is Hillary. And let me say in this shining article of a black man, I believe that Obama ran to be the first AfroAmerican President, that he won, because of the grotesque Bush/Cheney failures and because he was black. He was immediately neutralized by those of the Shadow

So think about what your indolence implies - for you and your children and the young of this country and, yes, the world. America will be the Germany of this century. There is NO ONE in sight but Sanders who will even begin to challenge that direction.

PS I'm much older than you. So take some vitamins and don't give up!!
 
 
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+2 # Radscal 2016-02-19 13:28
Hi Saquon,

I see it, too (even though I'm so white I make mayo on Wonder bread look downright gaudy). Racism is so ubiquitous, and so deeply ingrained that most of us white folks don't even notice its more subtle expressions, and so sometimes engage in them.

This is true of "liberals" as well as "conservatives. "

When John Lewis implied that Sanders wasn't really "there," in an apparent attempt to weaken Sanders' standing amongst African-America ns, I wrote that I was disappointed by a man who nonetheless remains a hero.

Some of the comments here and more-so elsewhere reek of condescension.

But is it reasonable to reevaluate one's opinion of Sanders based on the ill-conceived comments of a few of his supporters?

Relatedly, can you help me understand why blacks often vote at even lower rates than others? I don't mean during the Jim Crow era or as a result of the current voter suppression program. I did voter registration in Oakland, and found that most who refused to vote made that choice after having seen both party flavors sell them down the river (all too often, quite literally).

Is that your observation, and do you think a Sanders could motivate them, or even should?
 
 
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+1 # RNLDaWy 2016-02-19 22:22
One has a right to vote or not vote .. if the candidates did indeed represent or care about the people .. then the turnout would be greater .. i can only imagine two white establishment candidates .. that no vote by African Americans is as valid rejection of both candidates in the system against them for so long .. so that NO VOTE is a rejection in itself .. and just as valid as VOTE!!!
 
 
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+1 # Radscal 2016-02-19 20:52
Thanks for a thoughtful reply.

My wife and I went to voting by absentee ballot, originally because we lived in a black-majority neighborhood (and city) for decades and did have some long lines. Nothing like I've seen in video from the South though.

Of course, Oakland is a very progressive city in a pretty solidly Democratic State, so suppressing registered voters is not a big thing.

But I was wondering if you'd considered why so many don't register in the first place. As I wrote, what I kept hearing (from everyone really, but especially from blacks) is that they felt sold out by the duopoly, so weren't motivated to vote.

Often I'd say that I can understand at the Presidential level, but what about city council or school board or State Propositions? That approach did help me register quite a few voters, but many (again of all people) felt the whole system was rigged beyond their ability to vote their way out of it.

BTW: Now we vote mostly because I have ZERO faith in computer voting.

We get the ballots in the mail, take out time filling them out and then, on election day, we take them to our polling station and drop them in the box ourselves. No lines, no vote flipping.
 
 
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+1 # Radscal 2016-02-20 02:07
Great article. Thanks, Saquon.

Yeah, the studies cited show the main reason blacks and poor people don't vote is they "don't like the choices," which coincides with my experience.

Most of the other reasons cited could be resolved with absentee ballots, but it also reported that blacks were 3 times as likely as whites to not get their requested ballot! Which is almost assuredly deliberate voter suppression.

Especially since the DLC "new Democrats" epitomized by the Clintons, I concur that Democratic Presidents and most Senators do not represent most all of us, and especially poor and black people.

Maybe Sanders will motivate more to get involved. I sure would like to see more of these "centrist" Democrats get primaried by real progressives, like Wasserman Schultz is facing.

But all the above is based on the premise that our votes count, and I'm not at all convinced they are even counted accurately.
 
 
+1 # RNLDaWy 2016-02-19 21:18
Oakland has an old history in the Civil Rights movement and radical response to it all. California by in large also. No schuck and jive yes man stuff. And i admire the difficult role in those times .. Bernies appeal and West's lean I believe is that Bernie recognizes at the core level the Classcism that is at the core .. by economic and systemic old problems .. it's not just in the black community .. it's at a core level and I believe a major part of Bernies appeal to young people ... they see Hillary as the Establishment .. which she is comparatively .. we have to see it through their eyes .. think about what they see for their future .. Bernie talks about it every day .. Clinton Folk need to figure that out ..
 
 
+2 # RNLDaWy 2016-02-19 21:31
And Saquon has told us this. African American's have experienced this for decades on decades .. now it's hitting people who are white hispanic poor immigrants .. and country folk and city folk .. the very same thing that the AA community knows all well and good about .. it's what once was 'An America for All' at least ideologically at one time' in decline ..
 

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