Sorry, Not Sorry, Bernie
It’s a little embarrassing now to admit what a strident supporter I was of Senator Bernie Sanders in 2016 and again in 2020. With the benefit of hindsight and his highly questionable voting record in the past three years I have to admit I was conned. I am not comforted by the fact that I was among millions of desperate hopefuls who also thought the scrappy little old guy from Vermont was for real.
I should have been listening to what activist Glen Ford was saying all along about the senator from Vermont:
Bernie Sanders is a highly valued Democrat, the party’s Outreach Director and therefore, as Paul Street writes , “the imperialist and sheep-dogging fake-socialist Democratic Party company man that some of us on the ‘hard radical’ Left said he was.” Sanders is a warmonger, not merely by association, but by virtue of his own positions. He favors more sanctions against Russia, in addition to the sanctions levied against Moscow in 2014 and 2016 for its measured response to the U.S-backed fascist coup against a democratically elected government in Ukraine.
In all honesty, however, I was so fired up by finally hearing someone in a position of power suggesting actual solutions to the deeply entrenched problems of average people that I might have ignored Glen.
And I really was fired up.
For the first time in my life I sent donations to a politician. Moreover, in a wholly unprecedented move on my part, I phone-banked and stood on street corners in Harlem handing out Bernie fliers and literature. I was a believer. There I was out there at Coney Island in April, 2015, freezing and thinking I was part of something important as thousands of us waited for Bernie’s rally to begin.
Then, there I was again, in October 2019 when Bernie and his new BFF, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, proclaimed that he was back! Oh, I had stars in my eyes again.
However, from the vantage point of watching how both the rockstar Queens barmaid and the truculent old…