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Sun May 1, 2016, 10:22 AM

An Urgent Message to Bernie Sanders’ Supporters [View all]

This article appeared in the Huffington Post Blog in February and in light of current voting irregularities
and ongoing pro-Hillary propaganda, it deserves a second look.

The U.S. has a long history of covertly disrupting and removing left leaning governments and leaders
all over the world, with greatest emphasis, perhaps in South and Central America. Even within the IMF
one might revisit the case of the former IMF chief and French socialist Dominique Strauss Kahn's demise through a bogus sex scandal. He had been introducing kinder, gentler policies within the IMF, and his popularity among French citizens put him in a position to become the next president of France running against Sarkozy.
So how, one might ask, would the most popular candidate in the current U.S. presidential race,
who happens to be reawakening this country's more left-leaning roots, be able to
achieve the highest office right here at home?

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The struggle between “socialist” Bernie Sanders and “New Democrat” Hillary Clinton points out an old conflict underlying the nature of Democratic Party politics which could be regarded as “the love that dare not speak its name.”

That “love” is the Democratic Party’s relationship with the “real” left of yesteryear, and what it represents to today’s politically-fragmented Democratic Party. The real left, as in the “Communist” left and the Democratic Party, at one time had a lot in common. The American Communist Party’s influence on programs such as Social Security, civil rights and taxing the rich worked its way so far into Franklin Roosevelt’s White House that, by 1944, an angry Joseph P. Kennedy warned Roosevelt that, “They will write you down in history, if you don’t get rid of them, as incompetent, and they will open the way for the Communist line.”

That fearful threat, of course, never happened. Liberal intellectuals (with a lot of help from the CIA) circumvented the Communist line by inventing an artificial “left” of their own that, over time, successfully marginalized the real left and delegitimized it.

Democratic Party liberals fought the Communists to the bitter end in Vietnam and elsewhere, but by 1980 had so lost track of their own identity that they easily fell to Ronald Reagan’s New Right.

The mass movement of the American people away from left-leaning democratic populism came as a profound shock to Democratic Party regulars exhausted from their struggles with the left. Vice President Walter Mondale’s devastating 49 state defeat to Reagan in 1984 sealed the left’s fate and, in 1985, the party was lobotomized of any left-sided ideology at all, merging with its intellectual other.

The transformation came in the form of the Democratic Leadership Council, DLC a non-profit corporation whose goal was to the recast the old Democratic Party into a go-go pro-business conservative mold. From the start the DLC maintained a strong neo-conservative agenda, especially in foreign policy. Its selection of Bill Clinton as chairman in 1990 helped cement its acceptance with the general public but the split within the party grew even deeper. These “New Democrats” sold themselves as centrist reformers but behaved more like merchant bankers and, within a few years, ushered in a raft of privatizations, Wall Street giveaways, tough-on-crime laws, and deregulated trade rules that would rob the middle class and set a course toward financial ruin.

cont'd

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/paul-fitzgerald/an-urgent-message-to-bern_b_9245946.html

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