Our oligarchs spent over $1 billion on ads and operated MSNBC and CNN as effective Super PACs all just to stop the most popular and trusted Democratic Presidential candidate.
Beyond these obvious and indisputable measures, establishment Democrats ran more than 20 candidates to splinter the field as much a possible. From Beto O'Rourke to Kamala Harris to Elizabeth Warren to Pete Buttigieg to Amy Klobuchar to Michael Bloomberg and finally to Joe Biden, we were treated with a never ending litany of biased corporate media coverage that always propped up every Democratic candidate not named Bernie Sanders while denigrating Sanders in comparison to each and every other potentially viable candidate at every turn. Then they directed Elizabeth Warren to kamikaze her campaign directly into Sanders' despite Warren's having branded herself over her entire campaign as the more technocratic enabler of Sanders' common sense policy proposals.
Establishment Democrats pulled out every stop, including rigging coin flips and making mathematical mistakes that they refused to correct to ensure that Sanders would not win Iowa, as well as to disparage the whole practice of having caucuses. (Why? There is nothing difficult about correctly counting people at a caucus, just as there is nothing difficult about ensuring a fair election by having people count votes cast with ink on paper. Could this wholly avoidable snafu been perpetrated because caucuses are harder to rig than totally unauditable fraud-o-matic voting machines?)
Finally, after Sanders had spread out his campaign in an attempt to win a resounding plurality in every blue or purple Super Tuesday state, establishment Democrats abruptly pulled the plug on every campaign other than Warren's and Bloomberg's and had all these candidates endorse Joe Biden to great fanfare and universal corporate media acclaim, changing the entire nature of the race with two days before Super Tuesday to invalidate all previous polling and create a narrative that would at least allow them to believably claim Joementum whether or this actually existed anywhere but in the unauditable fraud-o-matic voting machine results.
But all of this was not nearly enough. Establishment Democrats further flexed their muscles by selectively closing polling places and slowing down the voting process to ensure that voters had to wait literally hours to cast their votes in precincts that they knew Sanders had the majority of electoral support. And in yet another statistical miracle, Biden outperformed his exit polling estimates, often far beyond the statistical margin for error, in every single state! Somehow hard drives were lost, and vote counts (along with accurate estimations of delegate counts) were magically delayed for days and days in almost every Sanders' stronghold.
As the capstone to all of their previous Machiavellian machinations, just yesterday establishment Democrats forced people to vote against the CDC's expressed recommendations during a deadly pandemic by threatening states with severe (and totally undemocratic) delegate penalties were any to take the obvious and only responsible step of extending their primaries and encouraging everyone to vote by mail.
In the wake of all of this chicanery, establishment Democrats are now predictably using the same pandemic concerns that they just totally ignored one day ago to pressure Sanders into quitting his campaign and uniting behind their coronated candidate who still has done absolutely nothing to excite anyone in any way other than as the most convenient vehicle to stop the desperate cries of Sanders and his supporters for the US federal government to do anything to benefit regular working Americans, including finally joining the first world by guaranteeing healthcare as a right to all US residents.
Establishment politicians have secured their positions of power at a significant cost to the oligarchs they serve. They don't go down without a fight, and they are true masters at fighting dirty. But if the last five years have convinced me of anything, it that IT IS ALWAYS BETTER TO FIGHT THAN IT IS NOT TO FIGHT.
I am old enough to remember the political atmosphere that spawned the Joe Bidens of the Democratic party. George McGovern lost in a landslide. Jimmy Carters' meekly progressive agenda was met with utter disdain by the burgeoning financial sector, which purposefully tanked the economy to deliver us 12 years of Ronald Reagan and Bush I. During this period, the neoliberals, abetted by their legion corporate sponsors, executed their almost complete takeover of the Democratic party, leaving the United States with two Chambers of Commerce parties fighting over little more than a handful of symbolic social and cultural issues. Working hand and hand with their fellow Republican oligarch lackeys, Biden Democrats delivered the entire neoliberal agenda of cheap labor chasing globalization, manufacturing flight, austerity, deficit hawking, incarceration for profit, endless "humanitarian" wars, windfall profiteering for credit card, pharmaceutical, health insurance, and countless other corporations, ever more intense fossil fuel extraction, security state expansion, corporate lobbyist capture of all of governmental regulatory agencies, the elevation of the financial sector's vulturism to its current status as the USA's most powerful "sector", and most critically the corporatization of our entire governmental system at almost every possible level.
Once again, the immediate national electoral efforts of well-meaning progressives have been crushed by oligarchs who have bought the "leaders" who currently control our institutions' levers of power. But whole generations of people are at least finally starting to wake up to their entire scam. And that's only because people like us have been fighting back the whole time.https://www.democraticunderground.com/128064903
LEWIS: Lord Acton said, "Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely." I say that power works 24 hours to remain in power. Throughout history. Go back to kings, feudal times. The same thing. ... Their fucking machine works 24 hours a day, man. It grinds; it grinds. Otherwise they don't stay in power; they topple.
SHADOW: So what do you think people can do in response to that power? What do you think we have to do?
LEWIS: First of all, (laughs) you have to agree that these people shouldn't have the power. ... You see, the thing is, ... Everybody in this society wants the quick fix, like the junkie that we just talked about.
SHADOW: So what keeps you going?
LEWIS: What keeps me going? My belief! (Laughs) You see, what happens with you "Johnny-Come-Latelies" -- and I'm not personalizing -- is like you take people of the Sixties. After five or ten years, they didn't get the victory, "Oh, fuck it, man, I'll take this job down on Wall Street and make the fuckin' money. I didn't get the immediate fix." ... "We didn't win!" America only knows the "win". ... After doing x amount of time or years, don't throw your hands up in the air, because, you see, everybody wants the "the win," they want it today. It doesn't happen. The struggle goes on. The victory is in the struggle.