Petulant Bernie-Brats Determined To Hand Republicans the White House

It is likely that most people have had the uncomfortable experience of being in the vicinity of petulant children at some time in their lives. One can almost excuse badly-parented brats who become angry and annoyed when they do not get what they want, but when allegedly well-educated adults do it, it is inexcusable. Americans are accustomed to petulant Republicans, or they should be after seven straight years of grown adults refusing to do their jobs because they failed to get what they want. But now it looks as if, like many things in this political environment, many pretend progressives, socialists, and “Democrats” are mimicking petulant Republicans and their teabagger cohorts.

Apparently, because they are angry and annoyed that they have not gotten exactly what they want, “as a protest thousands and thousands of Senator Bernie Sanders’ supporters are making plans and preparations to exit the Democratic Party.” Their complaint is that as a result of Sanders joining the Party, Democrats have moved so far to the right and away from the people who actually vote they are left with no option but to “stage a revolt within the Democratic party itself.”

Likely, it is may not be what Senator Sanders had in mind when he told his supporters America needs “a political revolution,” and hopefully not what he wants his supporters to do; at least one hopes that’s not his plan.  In fact, this screed is not really about Bernie Sanders, or Hillary Clinton for that matter. It is certainly not any kind of endorsement of a candidate. Liberal opinion columnists are not allowed to have opinions about any Democrat or a preference about which candidate wins the nomination; all Democrats are perfect. It is just too bad, and it could turn out to be too sad, that all progressives, socialists, and Democrats do not hew to that mindset; especially the petulant “bernieorbust” movement.

This self-titled “bernieorbustmovement claims that ever since Senator Bernie Sanders called for a political revolution, “the Democratic establishment started conspiring against them at every turn.” Never mind that Senator Sanders is a career politician that fits anyone’s definition of  “the establishment,” the idea that “the establishment” is out to get Senator Sanders’ supporters is sheer madness. Frankly, it reeks of the religious right’s paranoia and fanaticism; and a healthy dose of gross political ignorance.

The “bernieorbust” crew also strangely asserts that former president Bill Clinton committed election fraud in Massachusetts even though he is not running for office. They also claim that Democrats “fixed coin flips” in Iowa, and they rigged the Democratic debates to stop the Bern’s “storied” political revolution. A revolution they claim the Democratic National Committee will not allow to transpire any more than it will allow “their race to run fair and square to ‘let’ the best candidate win.” Seriously, if anyone is curious about what exactly constitutes a conspiracy theory, just re-read the last two sentences a couple of times. It is madness that threatens Democrats up and down the ballot in November.

The “bernieorbust” movement says, “If we the people of the Democratic party can get 5 million or 10 million Democrats to leave to leave the party enmasse (sic), and go to or form a NEW and better party, the DNC would be a LOT more hesitant to go up against us.” The grand plan is to “show the Democratic National Committee that Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz single-handedly caused a mass exodus from the party. And that she and Hillary Clinton are working to divide the party, not unite it, then we truly get the change inside the Democratic Party we demand.”

According to the “bernieorbust” movement, if their revolt to transform the Democratic Party into something more palatable to politically ignorant American “socialists” and petulant “progressive” brats, they will start up “in a brand new party, who’s (sic) main platforms are all what Bernie has been fighting for without a single establishment candidate running.”

This is exactly what no small number of liberal pundits have warned the left about for a couple of months to no avail. Now a new Wall Street Journal poll shows the pundits are not remotely off base with their warnings. According to the WSJ poll, 33 percent of Senator Sanders’ supporters claim that if their candidate is not the nominee, they will stay home in November and let the devastation of 2010 and 2014 put a Republican in the White House. Their goal is to teach the DNC the same lesson the EmoProgs thought they were teaching Barack Obama in 2010 when he annoyed them by not letting them have everything little thing they wanted. The resulting teabagger takeover and damage to the nation needs no comment.

This opposition attitude is not entirely unprecedented on the left. In 2008 some Hillary Clinton supporters embraced the “PUMA” (party unity my ass) moniker and refused to vote for eventual nominee and brilliant President Barack Obama. However, this time it is different because the bernieorbust folks believe if their candidate is the nominee and does win the White House, they will get all the “free stuff” Senator Sanders has never really promised them would be “free stuff.”

They want their “free healthcare, free college, and free union membership” even though Sanders has told them “that nothing is free” and that everyone, including the poor, will pay higher taxes for all that alleged “free” stuff. In fact, every ‘bernieorbust’ acolyte can see right here that the Sanders’ tax plan is a three-tiered rate system in which everyone will have to pay higher taxes for all that “free stuff.” It is how socialism works and if the bernieorbust folks were not politically ignorant they would know it and stop being brats.

These petulant brats’ actions and threats are not necessarily down to Senator Sanders by any means. In fact, one seriously doubts that many of the Bern Brats are even Democrats who will “leave the DNC en masse;” it is certain they are not progressives. Democrats and progressives are, for the most part, pragmatic voters who comprehend that in this or any other political environment one group or one socialist man does not and cannot enact anything without cooperation from Republicans. It is sheer political ignorance to believe otherwise.

It is one thing to be passionate about a candidate, but to plan and prepare to take down the only party serving as a firewall against a corporate theocracy Hell-bent and duty bound to eviscerate America is evil and vindictive. One would like to believe that this new bernieorbust faction is just emoting passion, but they have been so programmed by Karl Rove and the Koch brothers to literally hate Bernie’s opponent that as an increasing number of pundits warn, their petulance may put a Republican in the White House; something that is beginning to look like their real intent.

A Real Democrat Would Not Criticize President Obama During A Primary Race

 

 

Anyone who is new to a group or an organization they have spent years assailing usually would lay low and refrain from attacking the group’s popular leader; at least if they expect to be embraced and regarded as someone who can contribute anything positive to the movement’s mission. One thing that most Americans comprehend, whether they are interested in and follow politics, or are members of a violent street gang, is that it is generally not a good idea to join up with an organization and then criticize its leader.

This screed has nothing to do with endorsing or criticizing any candidate for president; it is about being sick to death of hearing a “neophyte Democrat” parrot EmoProg criticism that President Barack Obama is a bad and ineffective leader. Although those were not Senator Bernie Sanders exact words, he did question the leadership skills of President Barack Obama and claimed that as a new Democrat he will close the “divide between government and Americans that President Obama opened wide throughout his presidency.”

It is curious that, like his EmoProg acolytes, Bernie Sanders is unaware that whatever “divide” he perceives exists between Americans and Congress is due to contrasting political ideology, racism, religious fundamentalism and Republicans; not President Barack Obama. President Obama is not a member of either chamber in Congress; he leads the Executive Branch of government. Besides, this latest claim that President Obama is divisive, or responsible for a gap between Americans and government, is a tired Republican accusation that does not carry any more weight coming from a Democrat than a Republican; even if it is a new Democrat.

The Vermont Senator said, “There’s a huge gap right now between Congress and the American people. What presidential leadership is about is closing that gap.” To be fair, he did acknowledge the President tried to bridge the divide, but he said Obama has failed and Bernie knows the reason why; “We need a political revolution bringing millions and millions of people into the political process in a way that does not exist right now.” So there it was; “blame the Black man” for not waving a magic wand and morphing Republicans in Congress, the Supreme Court, evangelical fanatics, and angry racists into Democrats; and for not bringing about political revolution.

This “political revolution” meme again; the one the Vermont senator confesses is necessary to fulfill the “free college and free healthcare” pledge he thinks Republicans in Congress and tens-of-millions of conservative voters will embrace with open arms. As John Lennon said regarding people who want a revolution; “We’d all love to see the plan.” And no, repeating that term “political revolution” ad nauseam is not a plan and  is not going to transform America’s conservative majority, or the Republican-dominated Congress, into a population that will embrace what Republicans will scream is “socialism and more free stuff.”

The divide Sanders believes President Obama failed to close between the American people and Congress is political, ideological and religious; something beyond the purview of a mere human being elected as President. Besides, it was millions of American people who put Republicans in charge of Congress with valuable assistance from the same EmoProg people who claim President Obama is a failure, a lousy progressive, and unable to “close the gap between the American people and Congress.”

A prescient question for the Sanders’ campaign is exactly how will the senator will “bridge the gap between the American people and Congress;” particularly when he has been ineffective in bridging the gap between Senate Republicans and Democrats, or Senate Democrats and himself. After all, in a quarter century or so in Congress a record of three bills signed into law does not speak favorably about any secret ability to  “close a gap” between ideological opposites; exactly the same situation that exists among the American people. The so-called “gap” between Congress and the voters is certainly not going to be bridged because Senator Sanders’ ideas are new or a revelation to the people; they are old ideas minority Democrats embrace and majority Republicans oppose vehemently.

President Obama has called for higher wages, money out of politics, wealth redistribution, and affordable college since before he was sworn into office. In fact, Joe the plumber became a right-wing celebrity because of an exchange between then-presidential candidate Obama and an “aspiring” plumbing contractor in 2008. The exchange was over candidate Obama’s pledge to address income inequality; specifically tax cuts and wealth redistribution. And, as a revelation to the senator’s “historically” ignorant EmoProg backers, Sanders’ opponent for the Democratic nomination crusaded for “universal healthcarein 1993 as First Lady. It is what began the nearly 24 year “vast right-wing conspiracy” against her and the same one many feeltheberns are aiding the Koch brothers and Karl Rove perpetuate today.

Perhaps it is naïveté, or ignorance, but Senator Sanders is not helping his case with Democrats who have been staunch supporters of President Obama. Senator Sanders’ criticism of the President in particular and Democrats in general is nothing new, but it is getting old and as damned irritating as EmoProgs and HamWalds attacking the President in 2009. If President Obama had been a catastrophic failure, one would understand a new Democrat attacking his policies, agenda, and missteps; but that has not been the case and up till now only Republicans, teabaggers, EmoProgs, racists, and religious fanatics don’t get it.

For most Democrats, President Obama has done a miraculous job in the face of the most extreme obstructionism and outright opposition likely ever in America’s history, and only Republicans, teabaggers, racists, religious fundamentalists and Sanders’ EmoProg movement disagree. Obama Democrats don’t like it when Republicans attack their President and it is curious that anyone would think it is acceptable when a Democrat does it; even if they are a new Democrat who seems to think they are running a campaign against Barack Obama.