JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: WHY WOULD ANYONE CARE ABOUT BERNIE SANDERS MAKING IT TO THE OVAL OFFICE? – A MEASURE OF AMERICAN LIBERAL DESPERATION AND CHILD-LIKE FANTASY FEELING   2 comments

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY NORMAN SOLOMON IN CONSORTIUM NEWS

 

“This Time the Big Obstacle for Bernie Isn’t DNC Rigging”

 

And why would anyone care whether Bernie makes it to the Oval Office?

Despite his attractive rhetoric, he would be a terribly ineffective President.

His dealings with Hillary Clinton conclusively proved that he does not have the capacity to deal appropriately with a truly hard-nosed member of the power establishment.

She literally cheated him out of the nomination, he said virtually nothing and went away with his tail between his legs… to campaign for her.

His own record shows no serious opposition to American militarism and imperial wars. He just makes little noises around the edges here and there.

Then there are his domestic proposals – never mind the Republicans, a major portion of his own party would not support what he calls “socialist” proposals.

They are not of course really socialist, but in America, they are regarded as being very much so and stand no chance of enactment.

So, what would be the point of electing him?

Just to listen to nice speeches?

Posted March 7, 2019 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

2 responses to “JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: WHY WOULD ANYONE CARE ABOUT BERNIE SANDERS MAKING IT TO THE OVAL OFFICE? – A MEASURE OF AMERICAN LIBERAL DESPERATION AND CHILD-LIKE FANTASY FEELING

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  1. John- As a “Disgruntled Democrat” I agree with most of your commentary I have read so far. Thanks for getting it out there. As for the beauty contest now going on among Democrats, I think a binding platform would be more important than the actual personality. You are right, Bernie is weak-to-terrible on foreign policy, although strong on talking about domestic things he will have difficulty implementing – though we should concede that it is a service to get those ideas out in public; give him that much anyway. We did work for Bernie in 2016 (he took our state, New Hampshire), and agree with you that his ineptness showed in the astounding capitulation to Hillary in Philadelphia. Many of his cadres walked – we were not there, but we walked in spirit. If you forced me to choose which wannabe for 2020, it would be Tulsi Gabbard who I met at a NH appearance- I asked her (in private, I didn’t want to appear disruptive) the same sort of question you probably would have asked – how do you expect to get anywhere with the party apparatus and the big money in the position that it is? Her answer was that things had changed among the electorate since 2016 and that there might be more hope. I guess when you are in her shoes you must whistle in the dark a bit to keep going. BTW Tulsi would indeed win a beauty contest – at 78 I can say that with some objectivity!

    Sorry to read about your marriage – though my first marriage did not work out (after 9 years), I have been happily married for over 40 years and know how big a loss this must have been for you. I could not even finish your writeup, as it made me feel sad.

    Please keep me on your mailing or blog list.

    • Thanks for the kind words, David.

      I like Tulsi Gabbard better than anyone I’ve seen in America for a long while.

      She showed genuine courage in her efforts over Syria and in standing up to the cheap political attacks which never really deal with any issue at hand.

      Even more, she was concerned enough to do something in the first place. Where else do you see that?

      I think it likely she has very little chance.

      But even if by some set of miracles she did make it, I think the folks in the power establishment would fairly quickly derail her in one way or another.

      One of my basic truths is that you can have an empire or have a decent country. You cannot have both. You might like:

      https://chuckmanwordsincomments.wordpress.com/2018/07/22/john-chuckman-comment-how-american-politics-really-work-why-there-are-terrible-candidates-and-constant-wars-and-peoples-problems-are-ignored-why-heroes-like-julian-assange-are-persecuted-and-r/

      As to my marriage.

      I really can’t make it on my own.

      She meant too much, in many different ways.

      I’ve lost my companion, my lover, and my right arm.

      To find any companionship at my mid-seventies and in a state of declining health? Grown unattractive, to say nothing of having a less-than-glowing mental outlook? But even more, companionship such as we enjoyed? Clearly, that’s impossible.

      It is impossible to replace her and impossible to do without her.

      I’ve tried doing without her for months, the best part of a year. I can’t do it.

      We were uniquely suited, in many ways, and it only adds to the pain that I do not even understand why I became so disliked and regarded with contempt.

      My energy and enthusiasm for writing and other efforts which kept my thoughts distracted part of each agonizingly long day have grown noticeably old and tired. The outlook isn’t good.

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