Where Was Sanders?

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Not there — he doesn’t mix in those circles.


Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of  They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of  CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.


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  • This article surly fits with yours Mr. Zuesse.

    March 01, 2016 The Two-Party Illusion

    “There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil.” – John Adams


    • diogenes

      On topic for a change. Thanks.

  • Don Robertson

    The picture is interesting. It clearly says something about the Clinton’s propensity to social climb. It says something about the financial status of Donald Trump as a capmpaign contributor and industry mogul.

    What is says about -the Bern- is, he’s decidedly entrenched in the Senate, someone who can entertain the likes of my own Senator Susan Collins, but also that Bernie Sanders is incapable of standing toe to toe with those who truly wield power.

    Bernie Sanders is anything, but powerful. Sanders has spent his entire life schmoozing with, and appeasing, everyone he ever met, is what I take from his absense from any such picture. In other words, there’s no reason to wine and dine Bernie Sanders. He’s affable enough, but unlikely to produce anything that will offend anyone, or make for great progress.

    Bernie Sanders seems to have re-invented the “safe place.” Bernie Sanderss great appeal is that he’s offering free gifts for everyone. It’s just that once you open his package of free presents, you’re no doubt going to be disappointed in his Cracker Jacks toys.

  • diogenes

    Eric Zuesse, I objected to your initial advocacy of Bernie Sanders and said so here. I have learned more about him since and much of what I have learned as improved my view of him. I plan to vote for him in the primary. I would still like him to be more vocal and more on-point concerning what President Eisenhower called the “military-industrial complex” and its “perpetual war for perpetual peace,” as Charles Beard called it (first).

    But it is still CRUCIAL for progressives to realize, whatever the results of this presidential election, that if we want to effect the genuine serious progressive changes that our country badly needs, we need to focus on electing genuinely progressive congressmen committed to work for genuine progressive programs and we need to realize that BOTH parties are designed to, and highly effective (as over a century of history proves) at preventing this, and that parties per se serve to divert, corrupt, sell-out, dilute, subvert, and destroy genuine progressive initiatives. We need to find modes of effective citizen action that GO AROUND parties and GO AROUND money and GO AROUND the mainstream sources of misinformation.

    I hope not but very much fear that the Democratic Convention will provide still another example of these ills. It would certainly be a shock, and unprecedented, to see something else occur.