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The Trump & Sanders cults: Similar tactics, same idol worship

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By Wayne Madsen

While there are significant policy differences between the presidential campaigns of Donald John Trump and Bernie Sanders, they share in common political cult followings that idolize their political heroes.

The two cult followings also disseminate conspiracy theories that are nothing more than grievances about how their candidates are treated.

For Trump fans, it's the 'Deep State' and 'Never Trumpers' and for Sanders's followers, it's the Democratic National Committee (DNC), Hillary and Bill Clinton, and DNC Chair Tom Perez.

Joining Sanders's supporters in claiming that the DNC is rigging the campaign against Sanders is Trump, who sees Sanders as easy pickings in the general election.

Sanders, as the candidate of a party he ran against more than he ever supported, would ensure four more years of Trump and the consolidation of a fascist dictatorship.

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Sanders, as the candidate of a party he ran against more than he ever supported, would ensure four more years of Trump and the consolidation of a fascist dictatorship.

Same old lying, alarmist BS straight from the mouths of those attempting to keep us perennially imprisoned in the same state of fascism we've been suffering under since Reagan's 'trickle down' (piss in your face and die) economics.

Do your homework and open your eyes. The 2016 nomination WAS STOLEN FROM BERNIE BY THE DNC. Fact not fiction.

Don't compare socialists with gun-toting morons laboring under massive mental illness. There's a socialist revolution coming and while Bernie is popular because he is the only one voicing the needs of the 99% this movement will continue with or without him.

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Thank you for identifying which of the cults for whom you owe allegiance! It can be confusing to those of us in the laity since the Trump cult's "gun-toting morons" that you so despise share with you an abiding hatred of the Democratic Party that your crowd seeks to control.

That convergence is illustrated by today's lead story in the Socialist Party's organ "The Militant," which is a puff-piece touting the Trump budget's agenda of austerity for workers, poor and middle class:

The Militant, "As Trump touts jobs and peace, Democrats face mounting crisis, Terry Evans, February 17, 2020 (print ed.). https://themilitant.com/2020/02/08/as-trump-touts-jobs-and-peace-democrats-face-mounting-crisis/

"President Donald Trump used his State of the Union address to Congress Feb. 4 as a reelection rally, boasting "jobs are booming, incomes are soaring, poverty is plummeting, crime is falling, confidence is surging, and our country is thriving and highly respected again." And he claimed he was "working to end America's wars in the Middle East."

The next day he got a boost when the Democrats' impeachment drive to oust him before the 2020 elections went down to defeat. This deepened the crisis wracking the Democrats, who along with the Republicans have been the main parties of the capitalist rulers. The president's poll numbers are now at the highest level since he was elected.

In 2016 Trump won the votes of millions of working people fed up with the disdain of successive administrations towards their deteriorating conditions of life. His Democratic opponents from Hillary Clinton in 2016 to the dozens of rival candidates they've fielded this year are desperately looking for a way to prevent those "deplorables" from electing him again."

That's a whacko view of what's good for the country.

Please count me among the millions of Americans who are grateful (Not!) for the successes of the socialist third and fourth party candidates that Bernie Sanders supported in the 1960s, '70s and '80s -- as he disdained the Democratic nominees. Surely, the path to utopia was advanced via Trotskyite logic by the elections of Nixon, Reagan-Bush and the pathway to today's Trumpian future.

Not so, of course. For one thing, Republicans and their ultra-right puppet masters are far more adept at rigging elections, framing opponents by trumped-up corruption charges and court proceedings -- and propaganda, both mainstream and via social media, than rivals e in the center and left.

One lingering confusing element is that ongoing revelations show that Republican-controlled bureaucracies have long funneled taxpayer funds and such dark-money revenue as narcotics trafficking to both right-wing and ultra-left organizations, including media and advocacy organizations infiltrated with moles. The Communist Daily Worker and elements of SDS were partially funded by CIA money laundered through intermediaries, for example, we now know from declassified documents and eye-witness accounts.

The net effect, along with CIA funding of opponent fascist Klan, Nazi and other "patriotic" groups, was to foster the culture wars that crippled the 1960s worker-student-peace alliance. Assassination of left leaders and coverups helped achieve those goals, of course, as did complicity and topic avoidance by elements of the left -- many of whom adhere at least privately to a belief that the more miserable life becomes for most people, the great the chance to achieve power via revolution.

Surely you have an answer for all those riddles, given your superior historical understanding. Or must I go to The Militant for that?

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God save us from intellectuals without an ounce of common sense.

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New development:

WKRN-TV (ABC affiliate in Nashville), TN lawmakers introduce joint resolution to recognize CNN and Washington Post as "fake news," Staff report, Feb. 11, 2020.
https://www.wkrn.com/news/tennessee-news/tn-lawmakers-introduce-joint-resolution-to-recognize-cnn-and-washington-post-as-fake-news/

An amendment to a house joint resolution was announced Tuesday at the Tennessee State Capitol, announcing that the state of Tennessee recognizes CNN and The Washington Post "as fake news and part of the media wing of the Democratic party."

According to the resolution, lawmakers say that an editor of The Washington Post wrote on October 3, 2019 that President Trump "cast a spell on the Republican Party and suggested that Trumpism is cult-like." The resolution also says that a CNN host suggested that Trump supporters "belong to a cult and that our president is using mind control" on November 24, 2019.

"We recognize that fake news outlets suggest ideas without directly making accusations so that they can claim innocence from their ivory towers," the resolution reads.

The joint resolution introduced in the state House with the Senate reportedly concurring says that CNN and The Washington Post are condemned "for denigrating our citizens and implying that they are weak-minded followers instead of people exercising their rights that our veterans paid for with their blood."

Read the full resolution here. https://www.wkrn.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/73/2020/02/HJR779-Con-Pro.pdf

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