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Racist and Pro-War Bernie Sanders Is No Socialist and No Friend of the Working Class
by Steven Argue
Tuesday Aug 11th, 2015 1:44 PM
[Photo: Exiled U.S. political refugee Assata Shakur. Among his many crimes, Bernie Sanders voted in favor of a Senate resolution demanding Cuba return her from exile.]
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Racist and Pro-War Bernie Sanders Is No Socialist and No Friend of the Working Class
No Vote for Any Democrats or Republicans

By Steven Argue


Every four years the American people are subjected to the farce of bourgeois democracy, a “democracy” where only the candidates chosen by the very wealthy have any chance of being elected. That season of nicely dressed pathological liars and false hopes is now upon us.


Since the corporate media of the United States has long ago abandoned any semblance of reporting on anything of substance about candidates such as voting records and actual political views, it is up to the leftists and communist writers like myself to tell the truth. Some may want to forgive voting records, but they are the only true indication of where politicians stand.

Running from the far right of the Democrat Party is the hated front runner Hilary Clinton. As a U.S. senator, Hillary Clinton has voted for every war the United States has carried out since she came into office in 2000. Those pro-war votes include the Iraq war and the war in Afghanistan. She also voted to take away our civil liberties by supporting the “Patriot Act” and its renewal. Hillary Clinton, like the entire Democrat Party, pounds the war drum for the racist Zionist state of Israel even louder than the Republicans. In addition she voted for the anti-immigrant wall.

In her successful run for Senate, Hillary Clinton amassed more than 22 million dollars, making her at the time the biggest campaign finance recipient running for Senate in the country. Her money came from such corporate interests as drug and hospital conglomerates, Wall Street finance interests, real estate developers, and rightwing corporate media mogul, Rupert Murdoch.

As secretary of state, Hilary Clinton helped bring together a coalition of governments that would fight for "democracy" in Syria by backing the genocidal and anti-woman religious fanatics of the so-called "Free Syria Army". Most of those fighters later joined ISIS, Al-Nusra, and the Islamic Front with the rump forces that were remaining receiving U.S. weapons and selling them to those other forces. The governments Hilary Clinton brought together to help build ISIS in the name of fighting for "democracy" included Saudi Arabia, the most repressive established government in the world. Saudi Arabia, like the Islamic State they helped create, offers no religious or political freedom, women have no rights and are prohibited from driving as well as being in public without a male escort. Outright slavery of worker immigrants is common and people are executed for renouncing the Koran. The absolute monarchy of Saudi Arabia conspires with U.S. oil companies to rob the Saudi Arabian working class blind of their oil resources. The U.S. state department under Hilary Clinton enlisted this country (which receives billions of U.S. arms sales) to fight for "democracy" in Syria.

Meanwhile, Syria, despite its problems, has a secular government, full religious freedom, advanced women's rights, and a semi-socialist economy that has benefited the Syrian working class. That is in areas still controlled by the Syrian government and Kurdish YPG. U.S. and Saudi Arabian intervention, has, on the other hand, brought a system far more resembling Saudi Arabia in rebel controlled territories. After leaving the Obama administration, Hilary Clinton criticized Obama's support for the Syrian counterrevolution from the right, saying Obama didn't give the Free Syrian Army enough support. Fact is, Obama gave them too much support and many people are suffering horribly under the Islamic State as a result.


Even further to the right is the openly racist and sexist campaign of Donald Trump. Some on the left have hailed the Trump campaign as a step forward that is shaking up the political establishment and hurting the Republican Party. Will Trump destroy the Republican Party? Perhaps. Yet, the emergence and popularity of a candidate even more bellicose, racist, sexist, anti-environmental, and far right than Obama and the Bush and Clinton families really is nothing to celebrate. The growth of a semi-fascistic movement like the Tea Party that is behind Trump's popularity signals even larger threats to the norms of bourgeois democracy than have even been carried out under Clinton, Obama, and the Bushes. And the socialist left has hardly built anywhere near the working class vanguard party needed to counter this threat.

The Trump campaign is so hateful against women that Donald Trump has called the “Santa is white” FOX News host Megyn Kelly a “bimbo”. I kid you not. In the FOX News Republican debate, Megyn Kelly asked Donald Trump about his misogynistic comments on twitter. Later, Trump retaliated on twitter calling Megyn Kelly a "bimbo". Of course Trump is terrible on women's issues, including his opposition to the right to abortion. Obama has been bad as well, including his renewals of the Hyde Amendment which blocks government spending on abortion for low income people. There is little reason to doubt that Hilary Clinton will renew the Hyde Amendment as well, just as her husband Bill did in office.

Long before the right to abortion was legalized in the United States, communist countries offered abortion free and on demand through their socialized health care systems. Revolutionary Cuba continues to do so, and their medical system even gives fee sex change surgery to those who need it. They do this free from the wrath of billionaires like Donald Trump and Rupert Murdoch because all such capitalists were expropriated of their wealth in the Cuban Revolution. Come the proletarian socialist revolution in the United States, moronic racist capitalists like Trump, whose only real claim to fame is robbing the working class of billions, will be fired. Completely expropriated and forced to do actual work. In the meantime, Trump, along with the rest of the mainstream candidates, represent what desperately needs to be swept away into the dustbin of history. In the meantime, this system can only produce a pathetic array of mainstream politicians. Rick “I can’t remember the third federal agency I’d abolish” Perry and another Bush? Really?

The rift between FOX News and Donald Trump is an indication that the ruling capitalist class of the United States (what would be called oligarchs in the east), have turned on Donald Trump’s campaign. I predicted this when Donald Trump announced his candidacy explaining:

"Donald Dimwit as president? I doubt it. The rest of the capitalist ruling class is not likely to let someone as dumb as Trump into the White House. I mean the guy makes Bush Jr. look like a genius. Part of how the ruling class keeps class peace in the United States is by electing leaders who carry out acts that are racist, sexist, and against the working class in general, but who also are smart enough to keep their mouths shut about the hate encapsulated in their policies. Trump violates these norms so the capitalist class will reject him."

While Trump is upsetting the mainstream political apple cart of the far right Republican Party, the rightwing Democrat Party is also getting some grief as their chosen successor to Obama, Hilary Clinton, is facing a rise in opposition in support of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

Sanders portrays himself as a socialist, but instead is actually just another capitalist politician. His entire voting record shows this as does his opposition to deep seated principles of the socialist movement, like the need to expropriate the capitalist class and establish a planned socialist economy. Bernie Sanders is also in favor of U.S. imperialism. He has supported every U.S. war including Bill Clinton’s war on Yugoslavia and Israel’s war on Gaza, as well as the U.S. wars on Libya, Syria, Afghanistan, Yemen, and Iraq. Sanders voted for the 2014 senate resolution that backed the Israeli massacre of thousands of civilians in Gaza. He supported the Bill Clinton / UN starvation blockade that murdered over 1.5 million Iraqis, most of them children. While he voted for the Bush invasion of Afghanistan, he voted against the Bush invasion of Iraq. Yet, he continuously voted for the military budget during that war and was opposed to demands for an immediate withdrawal from Iraq. He supported the Vermont National Guard’s development of a center for unmanned drone warfare and was outspoken in his desire to have F-35 fighters built in his state.

Regarding immigration from Mexico and further south as U.S. imperialist exploitation and U.S. imposed regimes turn those countries into a living hell of poverty and violence, Sanders has repeatedly introduced legislation to revoke federal immigration visas to supposedly “protect American jobs”. Actual socialists see no difference between human beings based on what side of a border we were born on. We argue that U.S. workers would be far better off if immigrants had more rights and were better able to stand with the multi-racial working class for better pay, benefits, and rights. Sanders instead backs the racist treatment of immigrants, just as Trump does.

Regarding heroic whistle blower Edward Snowden who revealed a massive NSA spying campaign against the American people, Sanders says, “there is no debate that Mr. Snowden violated an oath and committed a crime.”

On other domestic questions, Sanders has been terrible as well. At an electoral rally, when anti-police brutality protesters joined him on stage, Bernie Sanders left instead of attempting any dialogue. There was a reason for this. Bernie Sanders has been a strong supporter of building up the American police state that guns down so many people in the streets. He supported Bill Clinton’s “Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act,” which greatly expanded the U.S. government’s war on Black and poor people by putting 100,000 more cops on the street and increasing the use of the death penalty. His response to outrage in Baltimore against the police murdering an unarmed man in custody was saying, “Being a cop is a hard job”. The Black lives Matter Movement is right to protest Bernie Sanders.

In addition to Bernie Sanders’ other crimes, he voted in favor of a Senate resolution that demanded Cuba return political refugee Assata Shakur to the United States. New Jersey governor Chris Christie holds the exact same position as Bernie Sanders and applies typical racist disrespect by using Assata Shakur’s discarded slave name in saying:

“So Joanne Chesimard, a cold-blooded cop-killer, convicted by a jury of her peers, in what is without question the fairest and most just criminal justice system in the world ... is now, according to an official of the Cuban government, persecuted. These thugs in Cuba have given her political asylum for 30 years. It’s unacceptable.”

In reality, Assata Shakur was not convicted by a “jury of her peers”, she was convicted by an all-white jury. Assata Shakur was a victim of America’s racist courts and the FBI’s COINTELPRO operations that targeted Black radicals for police murder and judicial frame-up. Police ambushed Assata Shakur and her comrades in 1973. In that attack, police crossfire struck and killed New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster, with a bullet from a police revolver killing the cop. James Harper, the slain trooper’s partner has admitted that he lied about seeing a gun in Assata Shakur’s hand. Assata Shakur was supposedly being apprehended for 7 counts, including a bank robbery. She was later acquitted for all of these counts and a jury even decided that the picture the FBI had widely circulated, supposedly showing her during a bank robbery, wasn’t even a picture of her. She and her comrade Sundiata Acoli were, however, wrongly convicted in the death of Werner Foerster.

Before going to trial, Assata Shakur was badly tortured as were other Black Panthers in custody like Ruben Scott who confessed after being tortured. Assata Shakur did not confess to a crime she did not commit.

The torture and murder of political dissidents by the U.S. government did not begin with Bagram, Abu Ghraib and Guantánamo, it was used against the Black Panther Party as well as directly by the U.S. government in places like Vietnam. For instance, before Guantanamo and the Panthers, there were the tiger cages of Côn Sơn Island where U.S. forces and the South Vietnamese puppet government tortured prisoners and murdered 20,000 people. The victims were largely leftists and suspected leftists who opposed the U.S. imposed dictatorship of southern Vietnam. Similarly, the CIA’s torture and assassination under the Phoenix Program in southern Vietnam targeted Communists and suspected Communist supporters. Few prisoners survived their interrogations. The U.S. State Department admits to directly killing 20,000 people under this program and another 20,000 people were murdered by it when the program was turned over to the South Vietnamese dictatorship.

It was in 1977 that Assata Shakur was convicted by an all-white jury that was kept unaware of the FBI’s COINTELPRO campaign of murder and frame-up against the Black liberation movement. After the conviction, Assata Shakur’s comrades, however, broke her out of prison. She lived underground in the United States for 5 years and by 1984 she was able to escape to freedom in Cuba.

While Assata Shakur benefits from the gains of the Cuban Revolution living in exile in Cuba, political prisoners who have not been able to escape the United States like Sundiata Acoli, who was arrested in relation to the same incident as Assata Shakur, still sit in prison. In September 2014, Sundiata Acoli, however, won an appeal to grant his release on parole, but the state of New Jersey is still fighting the ruling. Free Sundiata Acoli Now!

African Americans have faced brutal political repression in the United States orchestrated by the FBI. In the 1960’s and 70’s the U.S. government liquidated the Black Panther Party For Self Defense through the murders of 38 members, constant police harassment costing hundreds of thousands of dollars in bail money, and the frame-up of many other members.

Fred Hampton was a leader of the Chicago Black Panther Party (BPP). He was murdered in his sleep at the age of 21 in a joint assassination carried out by the Chicago Police and the FBI. The operation also murdered BPP member Mark Clark. As a leader of the BPP, Fred Hampton organized a non-aggression pact between Chicago’s street gangs, a successful breakfast program, and a multi-racial Rainbow Coalition unrelated to Jesse Jackson’s later liberal appropriation of the name for the so-called “Democratic” Party. In addition, Fred Hampton gave fiery speeches that were part of building a movement for proletarian socialist revolution. As Fred Hampton said, “Racism is the excuse used; racism is just a byproduct of capitalism.”

This was a point also made by BPP member Connie Mathews in a speech to 500 students at San Jose State University on October 25th, 1969:

“…the reason they divided us up into ethnic groups, into races, because as Fanon has said—capitalism and racism—one is a cause and the other is effect. They did not bring Black people over from Africa as slaves because we are Black. They brought Black people over so capitalism could thrive. When capitalism reached its highest form—imperialism—they had to define methods to keep the division.”

These kinds of teachings were expressly forbidden by FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover who infamously declared in 1968, "The Negro youth and moderate[s] must be made to understand that if they succumb to revolutionary teachings, they will be dead revolutionaries."

By the time of Connie Mathews’ San Jose speech, that repression was already well under way as she pointed out, saying, “I am saying that over the last 6 months Nixon has launched a massive repression against the Black Panther Party that is unheard of.” Fred Hampton was not yet murdered at that time, that came two months later on December 4th, but he was rapidly rising up in the national leadership of the party due in part to FBI and police murders and frame-ups.

Among the prominent FBI frame-ups was that of Geronimo Ji Jaga (Pratt), a BPP member in Los Angeles who was finally exonerated (i.e. found innocent) after 27 years in prison. The FBI stated in their own files that they sought to "neutralize Pratt as an effective BPP functionary." While carrying out Geronimo’s frame-up, the FBI hid evidence of their knowledge that Geronimo was 350 miles from the murders for which he was framed at the time they occurred.

The joining of Bernie Sanders in the racist and murderous campaign that destroyed the Black Panther Party designates him, like the rest of his ilk in the Democrat and Republican parties, an enemy of the working class.

Today, besides the jailing of great revolutionaries like Mumia Abu Jamal, the exile of Assata Shakur, and the murder of others like Fred Hampton, we can still to a large degree legally build the revolutionary party and play a role in the struggle for fighting unions of the multi-racial working class. We must take advantage of this window opportunity while we still can. It is hard to say exactly when that window will close, but it is the present march of the bourgeoisie to more and more violate democratic norms as they drive down the standard of living of the working class, destroy unions, and nastily oppress journalists like Julian Assange and heroic whistle blowers like Edward Snowden and Chelsea (Bradley) Manning. Even the Occupy movement, which was for the most part another failed attempt at pressure politics rather than a fight for power, faced police repression that to a large degree crushed that movement. The ruling capitalist class fears any sort of working class mobilization as belts tighten, police abuses get worse, global warming worsens, and the new Jim Crow creates huge abused layers of the working class who are denied decent jobs based largely on irrelevant and largely unjust criminal background records. Nothing good will come of this election cycle. The most important thing we can do is build a revolutionary party today that is prepared to lead the working class upsurges and revolutionary struggles that are coming.

The left and working class in general has much to lose by backing Bernie Sanders. This includes the following:

1. Our good name by backing a scoundrel faux socialist, war monger, and supporter of America's brutal police.
2. Time, energy, and money that would be better spent building up the strength of our movements and strike coffers.

3. Time and energy that would be better spent building an actual revolutionary socialist party in opposition to the ruling capitalist parties. Nothing will change in this election cycle, so we must have a long term goal of building the kind of revolutionary party that can intervene in the streets, unions, and elections to bring change in the long term.


-Steven Argue of the Revolutionary Party


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by repost
Tuesday Aug 11th, 2015 4:33 PM
From: https://www.nlg.org/news/announcements/national-lawyers-guild-urges-fbi-respect-political-asylum-status-assata-shakur
National Lawyers Guild Urges FBI to Respect Political Asylum Status of Assata Shakur
May 7, 2013
At her final trial, Ms. Shakur was represented by NLG lawyers William Kunstler and Lennox Hinds. The proceedings were fraught with constitutional violations:
•All of the 15 jurors were white, in a clear Batson v. Kentucky violation;
•Five jurors had personal connections to state troopers (one girlfriend, two nephews and two friends), posing a clear conflict of interest;
•One juror violated the jury’s sequestration order and, according to William Kunstler, a New Jersey State Assembly member spoke to jury members at the hotel where they were sequestered, urging them to convict Shakur;
•The judge cut funding for additional expert defense testimony after medical testimony demonstrated that Ms. Shakur—who had no gunpowder residues on her fingers, and whose fingerprints were not found on any weapon at the crime scene—was shot with her hands up and suffered injury to a critical nerve in her right arm, making it anatomically impossible for her to fire a weapon;
•Forensic and ballistic specialists declined to testify, citing conflicts of interest because they routinely testified for law enforcement officials.

by David Arthur Smithers
(smithers [at] netins.net) Tuesday Aug 11th, 2015 7:48 PM
Facebook page: Boycott Iowa Caucuses. This is the first of many caucuses and primaries of, by and for the capitalist parties. A process that drains time, money and energy from the working class.
by Rudy
Thursday Aug 13th, 2015 10:14 AM
Bernie Sanders voted nay on the war in Iraq (see link below). This article stated he voted in favor. If the article gets that wrong (whether or not intentionally), then how reliable is the remainder of the article?

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/107-2002/h455
by Steven Argue
Thursday Aug 13th, 2015 12:38 PM
The article is correct on Iraq. it states very clearly that Sanders voted against the invasion of Iraq, but that Sanders was in favor of other acts of war against Iraq. This included Sanders' support for the starvation blockade of Iraq that murded over 1.5 million people and weakened Iraq for U.S. invasion. it includes the fact that Sanders consistently voted for the U.S. military budget during the Bloody U.S. Occupation of Iraq. In addition, The Sanders position was one of prolonging the war through gradual withdrawal while opposing immediate withdrawal. All of this was pointed out in the article and none of it was in error.
by Sock Puppeteer
Thursday Aug 13th, 2015 2:34 PM
Why are Putin's yapping dogs so upset by Bernie Sanders?
by Steven Argue
Friday Aug 14th, 2015 3:18 AM
Not being this thing you call a "Putin yapping dog", I really can't answer the question.
by Steven Argue
Saturday Aug 15th, 2015 11:29 AM
And I have no idea who Lendman is.
by JW
Monday Aug 17th, 2015 3:06 PM
Don't agree with views on Bernie Sanders. I have been following him since he began his political career running for Mayor of Burlington, VT. He has been consistent on the issues. Sanders is our most viable Presidential candidate and option for real change in this deteriorating country. He is for the people, Americans first, yes. He was a civil rights activist way back when. Is he radical and/or completely against capitalism ... No. Does he want an economic system that works for the 98%, Yes. He is electable, can't be bought by monied interests. His support base are working people and what is left of our middle class. Don't ever underestimate Bernie Sanders.
by D-Rob
Tuesday Aug 18th, 2015 9:17 PM
Excuse me Mr. Argue,
Almost everything I see on Sanders is him voting in favor of immigrants.
http://www.ontheissues.org/2016/Bernie_Sanders_Immigration.htm
I can't find anything on Google that shows that Sanders "repeatedly introduced legislation to revoke federal immigration visas to supposedly 'protect American jobs.'"
Do you have any sources for that?
by Steven Argue
Wednesday Aug 19th, 2015 4:43 PM
I had several sources on the question of Sanders and immigration. All were mainstream corporate media and full of their crappy arguments. Sources I prefer not to share links for. A short search, however, found this other source that is more in league with my thinking. It reports these same facts and gives more specifics that you can use to verify the report:

Bernie Sanders pits US workers against immigrants in Vox interview
By Tom Hall
30 July 2015
https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/07/30/sand-j30.html
by D-Rob
Friday Aug 21st, 2015 11:52 AM
Right, but that's just an interview where says he doesn't think there should be open borders.
You said he "repeatedly introduced legislation."
That means he either sponsored or co-sponsored bills.
I'm waiting for you to find a source for that.
by Steven Argue
Friday Aug 21st, 2015 6:50 PM
Actually, that is incorrect, that particular article gives two concrete examples of legislation he introduced against immigrants.
by Hugo Jungers
(Hugojungers [at] icloud.com) Saturday Aug 22nd, 2015 3:12 AM
Then in your opinion, who should get our vote?
by Steven Argue
Saturday Aug 22nd, 2015 8:30 AM
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In the state of California in the primaries I suggest voting for Gloria LaRiva (Presidential Nominee) and Eugene Puryear (vice Presidential Nominee). They are the candidates of the PARTY OF SOCIALISM AND LIBERATION (PSL), a party that I have some strong criticisms of, but at least they are authentically anti-capitalist, anti-imperialist, pro-union, pro-LGBT, and anti-racist.

The undemocratic laws of the state of California make it impossible for the PSL or any other socialist party to file their candidates under their party name, so the PSL will be on the ballot through the ballot access granted to the Peace and Freedom Party (a party so far to the right that they sent a message to Bernie Sanders to invite him ballot access in California if he ran as an independent). Other parties, like the Socialist Workers Party (SWP), are to the left of the Peace and Freedom Party and refuse to attempt ballot access on the Peace and Freedom Party ticket, but do gain ballot access in their own name in a number of other states where laws are not as undemocratic as California's.

Another anti-democratic law in California only allows us to vote for "third parties" in the primaries, with the November elections being a runoff between the two top vote getters. In the primaries I suggest a vote for the PSL by checking them off or a vote for the SWP by writing them in. In the November 2016 elections in California we will most likely be given the choice between a Republican and a Democrat, I suggest spoiling you ballot in protest. In more democratic states than California, I suggest people vote for one of the socialist candidates on their ballot or writing one in.

There is an independent socialist from St. Paul MN running as well, but until I'm better aware of her campaign, these are presently my suggestions.
by Register Peace & Freedom or Green
Monday Sep 7th, 2015 7:29 AM
There is no Top Two in the presidential election allowed. Peace & Freedom Party and the Green Party will be on the November 2016 ballot for the president's race. If Gloria LaRiva is not on the ballot, this Peace & Freedom Party member is voting Green, Jill Stein for president. The shameful disgrace of supporting a millionaire Zionist, Roseanne Barr for president, in 2012, preceded by voting for another millionaire, non-socialist, anti-911 Truther, Ralph Nader in 2008 who won 108,000 votes, should have ended the movie star, celebrity fixation on the part of P&F leadership. The P&F leadership must have known that Bernie Sanders was a staunch Zionist, Russian hater and supporter of military contracts in Vermont years ago.
See The Myth of Bernie Sanders by Thomas H. Naylor in Counterpunch 9/30/11 at
http://www.counterpunch.org/2011/09/30/the-myth-of-bernie-sanders/

In fact, if Gloria LaRiva is not on the November 2016 ballot, I will be convinced that the leadership of P&F is bought and paid for by the US government. They can make a mistake with Nader in the name of increasing votes to stay on the ballot, which they did since Green Party members deserted their excellent candidate for whom I voted, 9/11 Truther Cynthia McKinney, for Nader in California, but not with Barr, who only obtained 53,000 votes, and considering her running mate Cindy Sheehan was outraged by the choice, they must have known about her reactionary politics, which only became known to most of us after the election.

For verification of millionaire status of these celebrity candidates, see:
http://www.celebritynetworth.com/richest-politicians/ralph-nader-net-worth/
(Nader is worth $4.2 million)

http://www.celebritynetworth.com/richest-celebrities/actors/roseanne-barr-net-worth/
(Barr is worth $80 million)

No millionaires can represent the workingclass as their interests are diametrically opposed to ours. Registration as of October 20, 2014 in California is 110,000 for the Green Party and 78,000 for Peace & Freedom Party. There are 38 million people in California, of whom perhaps 28 million are adults, of whom some 13 million people vote in a high voter turnout general election, the presidential election. That means in California, as in the rest of the nation, 50% of the adults never vote, and that 50% is overwhelmingly the workingclass, the 80% of us who sell our labor for less than $80,000 a year. Only grassroots workingclass organizers like Gloria LaRiva and Eugene Puryear can register the workingclass to vote for P&F, and that is what P&F must do to stay on the ballot as a socialist party.
by Steven Argue
Saturday Sep 12th, 2015 10:02 AM
Thank you. I forgot, the "top two picks" does not apply to the presidential election. You are correct on that point.
by Bob
Monday Sep 21st, 2015 7:57 PM
Bernie Sanders is not "pro-war." This is a false statement, which makes it extremely difficult to take the rest of your inaccurate and full-of-holes article seriously. Lies do not become people claiming they seek truth and/or democracy and/or anything good.

Calling Bernie Sanders a racist is reprehensible. Full stop.

These claims that Sanders is "pro-war" have been debunked previously in other articles. If you really have something "criminal" to share, why don't you post the bills? Then, people can respond to your specific concerns. My understanding is that any legislation he supported related to the military were simply ones in favor of funding veteran's programs. But, again, post the bills rather than making wild accusations. Then, people can discuss intelligently and make decisions based on facts.

Like others here, I have followed nearly all of Bernie's career, and I do not take kindly to your corporate media tactic of trying to slander and smear him. He may not be "socialist" enough for you, but he is not racist or pro-war.

As for voting to extradite Shakur, I am not familiar with that case at all, but every single last person in Congress voted in support of making the request of Cuba including other progressives I admire such as Lee and Waters: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/105-1998/h428

In addition, interestingly, I found that Waters tried to recall her vote by writing a letter to Fidel Castro to clarify her position in which she claims that she and the entire Congressional Black Caucus made a mistake on the vote because the name in the bill was given as Joanne Chesimard... which is Assata Shakur's birth name.

Full letter by Waters to Castro: http://www.hartford-hwp.com/archives/45a/089.html

In her letter she notes: "By way of explanation, the Republican leadership quietly slipped this bill onto the accelerated suspension calendar last week as one of thirteen (13) bills that had been announced that same day. The suspension calendar is supposed to be reserved for non-controversial legislation like naming federal buildings and post offices. But, the Republican leadership chose to push this provision in an apparent effort to look tough on Cuba for the November elections."

Is it possible Sanders made a similar error? You seem to indict him rather quickly on one bill without a modicum of research into this piece of legislation.

Your claims that Bernie Sanders supports the "brutal police" is perhaps the most outlandish of all the outrageous claims. Of course, Sanders supports police in a general way, but he has been outspoken about demilitarizing the force and is the only presidential candidate who believes the police must be punished for their crimes AND who has stated he would get his Department of Justice involved in all civil liberties matters including (but, not limited to) the civil justice related discrimination. He is introducing a bill to end the private for profit prison system and more. Sanders' policies have received the highest ratings of any presidential candidate from BLM activists.

You are completely misrepresenting Sanders' immigration stance. In fact, you are on the side of capitalists in the tech and other industries on this issue! Sanders is not a fan of guest worker type visas that offer little protections for foreign workers and open them up to exploitation. These types of visas drive down wages are are GOOD for the corporations you claim to hate.

This is not an "immigration" issue. This is an employment issue that big business is trying to reframe as an immigration issue, so they can bring in more international workers after they graduate from US colleges and pay them less than they would have to pay American workers (providing them with no protections). This is what Sanders opposes. Not immigration. Not people who are currently here working without documentation.

Notice that these corporate sponsors of the guest worker visa programs are not trying to train and educate the future workforce of America or do anything about the sorry state of education in the US or fix the problems of underemployment and unemployment in this country. No. They are pushing for guest worker visas. I don't know any other way to see it other than they are trying to drive down already sunken wages.

This is the same reason Sanders opposes open borders. Complete open borders do not make any sense and would be awesome for big business because they could kill the minimum wage and pay people 5 cents a day because there would be so much labor for companies to exploit! No countries have completely open borders, and it's not like Americans could apply for jobs in other nations because other countries require companies to hire nationals first before they make visas open to foreign workers.

The only people who complained after Sanders' interviews with Vox and Jorge Ramos on the open borders issue were from big business! Mostly high tech billionaires hiding behind their "immigration reform" nonprofit. Are you in agreement with them, Mr Socialist? Sanders' comprehensive immigration plan with a path to citizenship for all the people who are currently here is an excellent one. I support it 100%.

Jorge Ramos interview - full text: http://noticias.univision.com/article/2418666/2015-07-31/al-punto/bernie-sanders-tells-jorge-ramos-he-absolutely-can-beat-hillary-clinton

Jorge Ramos interview - with video: http://fusion.net/video/175931/jorge-ramos-presses-bernie-sanders-on-open-borders-comments/

Again, why do you refuse to share the legislation? If you are telling the truth, the facts the bills show will only support and strengthen your claims. By not showing them, you have weakened your piece and your position.

How are you so sure one or your "revolutionary party" candidates wouldn't have voted exactly the same way? You don't know. They have no track records. Only their words, which I choose not to believe because they are being promoted by someone who spreads lies and misinformation and is into name-calling... same tactics as the corporate media and capitalists he claims to hate!

Inaccurate piece.
by Steven Argue
Sunday Sep 27th, 2015 9:14 PM
Yes, Sanders is a racist and pro-war. I pointed out exact reasons in my article.
by Tex Shelters
Monday Nov 2nd, 2015 6:42 AM
While I agree with the overall critique of Sanders, Sanders has a mixed record on race and war. This type of exaggerated hyperbole will not gain you anything except with a few ideologues that already agree with you. If your goal is to spread consciousness, this article fails to do so.

How is supporting singe payer health care NOT supporting the working class?

How is supporting an end to student debt NOT support for the working class?

How is calling for a $15 minimum wage NOT support for the working class?

Like Republican ideologues, you give a one-sided picture of Sanders and ask us to jump and agree because you said so. That is sad.

I agree that Sanders is not a socialist nor is he a revolutionary, but he's not racist and he actual has supported legislation that would help the working classes.

Peace,
Tex Shelters
by Alex, RN
Wednesday Feb 10th, 2016 12:09 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HyKeBK1iWg

Don't forget that THIS is what we are up against. Mr. Nussle literally says, "why shouldn't I get a tax break". At some point before Bernie interrupts him he starts to say, "why is it my responsibility" in response to the fact that people in America, THE RICHEST COUNTRY ON EARTH, are freezing, starving, and going without education or opportunity. The best defense he can muster: "I bet the Walton's are quite philanthropic". Bernie has a record of sitting in one of the post powerful positions on earth and actually taking these crony capitalists to task! And it isn't because he knew it "wouldn't really make a difference anyways". Hundreds of democrats sitting around him were thinking that, and doing nothing, but he, sitting in the same position as them, spoke out against injustice. America is imperialist, and Argue is right that that will not change this election, but what can change is the apathetic American attitude that "nothing we do will make a difference anyways", and THAT will make be a more positive change in the world than every military socialist revolution combined.
by Robert K
Sunday Nov 3rd, 2019 5:42 AM
Bernie was in the House at the time of the vote and it's well documented that the entire House Black Caucus and many other Democrats were deceived by Republicans on the vote process.
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