Bernie or Bust: Time to Take Your Heads Out of the Ground

by Steve Rohosky

 

For all those Sanders BernOuts now running rampant on FB and elsewhere, claiming there is no difference between Hillary Clinton and Trump (or that she is WORSE), the time has come to remove your head from the ground, open your eyes, blink a few times and think.

If you like Supreme Court rulings such as Citizens United, which bestowed upon corporations the same rights as people, allowed for the creation of Super PACS, encouraged unconstrained $$$$$$ donations to political candidates and created Dark Money–limitless donations to politicians given in absolute anonymity, with no legal requirement to reveal from where or whom the money came–keep right on believing Clinton is worse than Trump.

Certainly do hope you are enjoying the full ramifications of the Hobby Lobby decision, which granted employers the right to partner with female employees to determine, based upon their own religious beliefs, whether or not a woman can get contraception through her workplace healthcare plan. And if so, exactly what kind THE EMPLOYER prefers she be allowed to use.

There was also the gutting of the Voting Rights Act, which has lead to an avalanche of congressional gerrymandering in red states. This done in an effort to restrict the influence of minorities and create a virtual lock on scores of House seats for the GOP. Unintended consequences of the SCOTUS ruling have seen new laws passed restricting how long polling places can be open on Election Day. Other laws severely limited early voting in many red states while banning outright any voting the Sunday prior to Election Day, a day when many attending black churches around the nation would traditionally cast their ballots following worship services.

More fallout from the decision to repeal much of the Voting Rights Act: quite a few Republican controlled state legislatures immediately established new laws requiring photo IDs by produced in order to carry out ones constitutionally guaranteed right to vote–even among those for whom the cost and ability to obtain one would be a hardship. Also, women who had since married and changed their names must prove they are the same person who when younger registered to vote under a different or maiden last name, by producing a marriage license. One which too frequently, decades later, has been lost or misplaced.

Hope, too, all you frustrated Sanders supporters enjoyed the recent spate of challenges to the rights of students to vote where they attend college or universities, as well as the purging of countless voters from the registration rolls. Both direct results of the SCOTUS declaring a need no longer exists to oversee states which at one time routinely practiced institutional voting rights violations.

On the flip side of that coin, the SC also determined there was no need to monitor either voter registration regulations or practices by ANY state, with or without a past history of restricting the citizenry from exercising its constitutionally guaranteed right to vote. This led to countless names being removed from voting rolls, the overwhelming majority completely unaware until denied the opportunity to have their voices heard.

Please, by all means, continue to proclaim no difference exists between Hillary Clinton and Trump. That, in fact, you really do believe her to somehow actually be worse.

And do keep revealing your stupefying ignorance to the world by publicly venting how you would welcome a Trump victory in November. Just so your fervently desired fantasy revolution could then commence, after the man wrecked the country. I mean, f*•k everyone else on this planet, right? Irregardless, you and all your Bernie or Bust buddies would then be gloriously ecstatic. Cause in your shared heart of the blackest of all hearts, YOU think it would mean you’d been proven right.

After all, that’s what is really most important here, isn’t it? Everybody MUST realize that all the Busters and Bros, each of the BernOuts, the Bots, the Sandernistas… almost every last one of the Bernie Sanders supporters who labored to any extent this past year burns–pun intended–to prove to Hillary Clinton proponents and all humanity: YOU WERE RIGHT, right?!?

Should we fail to capitulate, refuse to provide the vindication you crave, it will leave you no choice but to do your damnedest to help put The Lunatic Trump in the WH, through either inaction or direct defiance of the Democratic nominee, come Election Day. Never once considering should The Donald prevail, the next several SC justices packed onto the court will be über rightist reactionaries, free to join their ideological brethren Thomas, Alito, Roberts and too frequently Kennedy, all awarded their seats by either Raygun or Bush, the Village Idiot.

Except, by the time your craving could be sated it will be too late to do anything other than steel ourselves to the spectacle of the highest court in this land cranking out ruling after ruling after ruling further empowering corporations and Big Business at the expense of the middle class and working poor. Decisions which will consistently erode the rights and freedoms of YOU and all American citizens…

For the next FOUR DECADES.

Think it can’t or won’t happen? Look at the rulings handed down by the Roberts Court–prior to the death of Antonin Scalia–and learn that EVERY SINGLE case heard involving a business and/or corporation, other than Obamacare, was decided in their favor. So blatant was the court’s prejudice in favoring Big Business that the main stated reason by Chief Justice Roberts for his siding with the liberal judges to rule against the challenge to Obamacare–upholding its legality provided the fee charged for not buying healthcare came in the form of a tax, not a penalty–was his awareness of the court’s record of gross favoritism towards corporations. So he choose to let the people win one. JUST the one.

Throughout this long primary season, American citizens had a chance to speak by the tens of millions. They chose Clinton to be the Democratic standard bearer. In doing so, Sanders lost. Now the time has come to reconcile with the will of the people, thus giving up the ghost of all that power and ability generously granted Hillary by Sanders supporters to influence the outcome of elections. The “we was robbed” refrain must be put aside. Time has come today to stop acting like naïve petulant children who throw tantrums and hold their breathe whenever they can’t get their way.

Remain egomaniacal to the point of puerility, be a party to putting The Lunatic Trump into the Oval Office and you will only help tear down the nation you claim to love, that you claim you want to improve. Understand precisely that through any scorched earth actions or inactions taken come November, you WILL be screwing yourselves, your loved ones and children (which you may or may not have yet to sire) and your children’s children. This election is THAT important–Democrats know it and make absolutely no mistake: Republicans damn sure know it, too.

STILL say you can’t bring yourself to vote for HRC? Then do continue to live in your fool’s paradise, of promoting the ridiculous fallacy that Sanders was cheated out of the nomination cause Hillary Clinton reared up, used all the omnipotence attributed to her, only to smite your boy and pluck from Bernard’s boney, pointed fingers not only the nomination, but–wait for it–his DESTINY. Or so you believe.

A belief extending to absolute certainty that super delegates, the party elite, will abandon her at the convention because a few wayward polls claim Bernard has a couple of points better chance to defeat Trumpenstein than does Clinton. But by all means, do keep right on telling yourselves she is worse than Donald Trump.

While you Busters are formulating plans to deny Hillary the presidency, take a little time to LEARN from German people who likewise thought no difference existed between Adolph Hitler and the government he sought to replace in the mid 1930’s, the Weimar Republic. They too were a people unhappy with the economy, categorically convinced their government had done them wrong. Millions of people actually believed giving Hitler absolute power would lead to a better country, a far better life, for themselves and their progeny, than what the previous administration had been able to provide.

Pretty stupid, huh???

Read the short quotation (below), written by a man among those German citizens thought a racist, bigoted, anti Semitic, nativist megalomaniac who also objectified women, filing them into bloated binders labeled either madonnas or whores. Another malignant narcissist with little actual political experience who sought great power based upon repeated promises without substance of any kind, claiming the ability to “Make Germany Great Again.” Only to have enough of voters decide he really was the superior alternative. At least they thought so,in the beginning. Before it became far, far too late.

Yes, the time has come to force your heads out of the ground, look up to the skies and see the folly, the peril, which lies along the path you now follow.

Consider yourselves forewarned.

“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

“Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

“Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

“Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”

This…”is a famous statement and provocative poem written by Pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984) about the cowardice of German intellectuals following the Nazis’ rise to power and the subsequent purging of their chosen targets, group after group.”

Quotation taken from the following link:
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_they_came_

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