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Progressives Eat Their Own Children

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Where did all the progressives go for the last eight years? Most fair-weather progressives slept while Obama broke every campaign promise he made..."ssshhh, he did the best he could!" No he didn't! And neither did most progressives who were happy as long as they thought it did not require them to make any sacrifices.

Most wannabe progressives slept while the Nobel Peace Prize president made speeches about "Just Wars", bragged about being good at killing people, and he proved it when he murdered, maimed, widowed, orphaned and destroyed the lives of millions of people in every corner of the globe. With Obama, Clinton and Kerry it was not "]ust War", it was just more wars.

Obama did not do all the killing alone. The military-industrial-Cogressional-banking-media complex, who are the oligarchs that are really in charge of the USA, caused the worldwide wars of terror and chaos. Had Clinton been elected president fair-weather progressives would still be in hibernation. Now they have suddenly realized that the Bill of Rights have been turned into ashes and are not worth the paper they were written on.

The Bill of Rights had been on life support for decades. Civil liberties and progressive anti-war principles went into a hibernation when President Nixon ended military conscription on January 27th, 1973; one week after his second inauguration after defeating the anti-war liberal Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern (D-SD) by a landslide. It was McGovern's defeat that ushered in the era of the Superdelegates to abort the democratic and Democratic Party's ability to nominate a candidate that was "too liberal and too anti-war" to be "electable".

Superdelegates were imposed on the liberal base of the Democratic Party so they could not "runaway" with the party again. As we saw with the rigged defeat of Bernie Sanders by the Clinton machine, the chances of reforming the Democratic Party are dead. The hierarchy of the Democratic Party have all sold out to the Military-Industrial Complex, Wall Street and neoliberal capitalist exploiters. The Democratic Party is just another path to war, trade agreements and climate change.

Do not be fooled by the lies of "pink washing", minority and women's rights, getting money out of politics, and "Stronger Together" propaganda of the Democratic Party bosses. They do not care about progressive and anti-war causes. All they care about is getting elected and raking in the cash. Clinton lost because she lied about her progressive agenda and the so-called "most progressive platform in history". If you still believe that lie, then just read Obama's 2008 and 2012 platforms, and compare it to his record of war and oppression of civil liberties. Obama does not deserve the credit of being "moderate" or "fascist lite". He was not, except when compared to warmongers such as Clinton, Kerry and John McCain.

The Democratic Party is beyond resuscitation since September 11th of 2001. The feeble anti-war and anti-fascist movement during the George W. Bush presidency died on the election of Barack Obama on November 7th, 2008. The Democratic Party needs a decent funeral. Its stinking corpse is what produced Trump.

Many progressives are in shock and disbelief from a President Trump. They are in denial of what a President Clinton would have brought. They are in mourning for their self-centered agendas. We have a President Trump because too many progressives abandoned their core principles of anti-war and peace. The most important issues of ending wars for empire, imperialism, political and economic monopoly, the wars of terror and regime change, war crimes, torture, homeland spying, administrative detention, assassinations by drones, night raids, foreign bases, the occupation of Palestine, Gaza, and the bloated military budget, all were mostly ignored during the election.

Too many progressives jumped on the Bernie Bandwagon without holding his feet to the fire on foreign policy, wars of aggression, his unconditional support for Israel, and military spending. Instead they were dreaming of free college and other self-centered domestic policies without a clue how to pay for them and without empathy for the suffering all over the world, nor did they care about the horrible, and illegal US wars of aggression, which is the worst of war crimes because it is the cause of all other war crimes.

Bernie-ites told progressives who criticized Bernie's record on war, military spending and unconditional support for Israel to shut up. They said that if Bernie came out with an anti-war position that he would be committing "political suicide". They said not to worry that Bernie was a "secret anti-war" candidate. It was these so-called progressives who were "secretly pro-war". It was these so-called progressives who were selfishly pro their limited special domestic agendas. It was these so-called progressives who committed political suicide by abandoning their core principles.

Had Bernie had a principled anti-war policy he would not have just had a bandwagon. He would have had the whole parade. He would have defeated Clinton and Trump. Instead Bernie committed political suicide by not accepting Jill Stein's offer for him to run as the top of the Green Party. Instead Bernie committed political suicide by accepting Clinton's fraudulent nomination without protest and without even letting his loyal delegates finish their votes at the Democratic Convention. Instead Bernie committed political suicide by supporting Clinton. Trump won because of Bernie.

President Trump is not the fault of Jill Stein and her supporters, as they have been accused. Jill Stein had the most principled platform of all the candidates. Jill Stein gave voters an opportunity not to vote for the "lesser evil", but to vote for the greater good. A vote for Jill Stein was not a wasted vote; a vote for Clinton was the wasted vote. Those wasted votes on Clinton got Trump, without even sending the Democratic Party the message that the days of voting for evil, lesser or not, are over.

Progressives are now eating their own children. They are blaming everybody but themselves for Trump. They are still talking Clinton propaganda that Trump was the fault of Jill Stein, Russian hackers, Wikileaks, and "disloyal" Bernie and Stein supporters. Those that are disloyal to anti-war and progressive principles are those that backed Clinton as the lesser evil.

We can not expect anything from both the Republican and Democratic parties in the future except more evil. Progressives have been talking about the corruption and evil of the two-party system for a long time. When are they going to "walk the talk"?

Good change will only happen when progressives stop doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. As Einstein said, that is the definition of insanity.


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