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Revolution Isn't Repetitive Evolution: A Letter to
Senator Bernie Sanders
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, July
Back in 1968, as Richard Nixon was
stealing the White House from Hubert Humphrey, courtesy of southern bigot
George Wallace, you were settling in Vermont hoping for a start in a
political career; and I, too, was starting a business career after receiving
an MBA diploma from UCLA. Quite a year that 1968, not just for us but for
our country; a nation divided thanks to an ongoing war in Vietnam, and two
iconic men assassinated in barely two months: Martin Luther King, Jr. (April
4) and Robert Kennedy (June 6). But to the solemnity of such a tragic year,
a related note could be added; a note apropos to your current/ending
campaign and that revolution that supposedly you claim is taking place
during this 2016 presidential election… one that in fact isn’t. Not quite
Towards the end of 1968, then Philip Morris Companies, a
tobacco-based conglomerate, introduced a uniquely long and thin brand of
cigarettes, Virginia Slims. It became an instant success, a marketing hit
which eulogized the virtue of independence for young professional women,
partaking of the Company’s fashionable poison using the catchy slogan
“You’ve come a long way, baby.” Victory once again for deceit and
manipulation sold to American society as a noble, commercial process called
Well, Bernie, just as the bad guys won the day in 1968
(Richard Nixon and Philip Morris), the bad guys are winning again in 2016
(Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump). As for that revolution you have dreamed
about; well, keep dreaming, my good man. You will be honored in
Philadelphia, and some of your progressive ideas might become part of the
Democratic Party’s platform. But ideas they will remain, not purposeful
action, for progressivism isn’t in the Democratic leadership’s bone marrow,
and has forever been removed from the most deceitful couple in American
politics: Bill and Hillary Clinton.
You have answered the call as
America’s political prophet, Bernie, but you might not be destined to be the
messiah. You’ll be tempted by the lesser-devil with senatorial leadership,
so that your brigades may join the battle against the flamboyant Hun… but
you may wish to consider other choices that could bring about revolutionary
change in American politics, perhaps not today, but within 4 to 8 years.
Think for a while, Honest Bernie, ponder on the long range benefits to the
middle class you love.
Surrendering to Hillary, even under a
seemingly honorable capitulation provided by the rationalization of mirages,
may further sink the progressivism you’re fighting for.
factions of the Republican Party, the non-ideological bigopats (bigot
patriots) who follow blindly Donald Trump and the traditional GOP
ideologues/wealth-amassers, may appear equally harmful to a large
underprivileged class, but the lesser-evil offered by Democrats is by no
stretch of the imagination a political balm. Not economically and, most
importantly, not in the recognition of the key ingredient for universal
prosperity: peace. Democrats and Republicans have proven to be indistinctly
predatory in both economic and military matters. Are you, Bernie, equally
sold on peace?
I’d like to think that you are, senator. The economy
is important, and a logical and fair distribution of wealth is and will
always be critical in a get-along society; however, that will not happen
until universal peace is attained. No; not peace under our tutelage, but
peace that is arrived at through both trust and compromise! In the 2012
presidential election the most important issues were the Economy (including
the budget deficit) with 74 percent; Health Care 18 percent; and Foreign
Policy with 5 percent. Today, those percentages probably remain the same.
And that should bring us national shame, dear Bernie! But that is the
nature of the civic monster represented by the two parties that, corruptly,
alternate ruling an undemocratic political system in the United States.
Libertarians and Greenies have non-belligerence programmed into their
political DNA. Don’t you feel, Bernie, that the political following you have
enlisted during the campaign have that same medullar love of peace? Are you
going to throw them under the bus just to help Hillary’s personal ambitions?
Shouldn’t you try to cross progressivism’s Rubicon, joining forces with
Jill Stein and her Green Party? A fusion of Progressive-Green could become
an alternative to the Tweedledee-Tweedledum marionettes that are at Wall
Street’s beck and call. And peace applies as well to the Libertarian Party.
The two contingents are in a position this time around to dismantle the
two-party hegemony and jointly garner as much as 30 to 40 percent of the
popular vote, bringing the possible demise of politics as usual, and the
undemocratic Electoral College. But that will require media exposure, being
“allowed” to participate in the debates.
repetitive evolution, as you well know, Bernie. Most often it takes a
measure of chaos, even an anarchical spark, to bring about change. And
political change is something we are in desperate need of in these United
Many people in the nation are counting on your wisdom,
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