Democrats passed the Telecommunications Act which removed anti-trust principles and was a massive giveaway of public airwaves to big business. It ended the ban on cross ownership of media, effectively ending competition and allowing the 'media' to speak as one voice. Democrats passed the “modernization” of financial services which gutted Glass-Steagall, FDR’s historic banking reform. This change led to our historic financial disaster and massive bail-outs for banksters. We still have not recovered in spite of the stock market reaching new highs.
Bill Clinton, the democrat, still defends these bills that advanced with his signature. Republicans voted with Clinton. Ralph Nader, the outsider, was a vocal critic of both of these bills. Bernie is not an outsider, he is running as a democrat and that is the problem.
He has caught the attention of many who are disillusioned with governance in this country and he has growing support because he is saying popular things. Obama said popular things when he was a senator and was running for the white house. Saying what the audience wants to hear and acting to ensure those same statements become law are very different things.
Even before moving to the white house, senator Obama was very much against 'immunization from prosecution' for telecom executives' and he mouthed many statements to that effect. He was convincing as he said what people wanted to hear. But, when the matter came to a vote in the senate, Obama double-crossed those who believed him and voted in favor of giving telecom executives a free ride past the crimes they had committed.
Obama said, before moving into the white house that he favored 'single payer' health coverage for the American people. Once he moved into the white house, he fought for and enacted legislation that guaranteed revenue for the private insurance industry.
Obama has made many statements about supporting American jobs. He pushed the 'American Jobs Act' which included a 'holiday' from payroll taxes, extended long term unemployment insurance, funded American infrastructure, among other items. He then pushed the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) which would expand the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that has caused massive U.S. trade deficits and job losses, plus put pressure on reducing wages for American workers. It has caused unprecedented levels of inequality and tremendous increases in agricultural imports. The TPP expands NAFTA's special protections for firms that ship U.S. jobs to other countries.
It is easy to understand that Bernie would not want to be eliminated from debating other candidates for president. He knows how Ralph was kept from debating and even kept from sitting in the audience during presidential debates. Running as a democrat at least gives him a chance to be heard.
But how can anyone believe he will be able to break free of the democratic party if he moves into the white house?
Elizabeth Warren seems to be fighting the 'good fight' while remaining in the democratic party. Bernie, and Elizabeth certainly say things we want to hear, things that really need to be said.
There is something good to be said about fighting the fight from within. But, the system is dominated by the two parties. The parties may shift positions as they have done in the past (republicans freed the slaves and democrats held firm to Jim Crow segregation) but the parties control the monopolistic operation of government.
There is truly only one party in the United States and that is the corporate party representing capitalism and empowered by the supreme court. The variances from democrat to republican are minor issues that do not interfere with business as usual.
Regardless of what Bernie says and what his intentions may be, can we actually believe that the established democratic party would allow legislation to be passed that goes against the interest of those who are absolutely in control?
Ralph ran from the outside and was pushed farther outside. Today, we have Jill Stein running from the outside. The presence of alternative candidates and various party platforms gives us the illusion of choice... the illusion of democracy... but, in fact, we all know that the next president will be either a republican or a democrat. Whether democrat or republican, U.S. policy will continue both domestically and internationally. Whoever sits in the white house cannot do very much to alter the course of capitalism or the business system. We should support Jill just to make a statement if for no other reason. We are desperate for an alternative party in this country.
The real question for American voters is whether or not to break the strangle-hold of the two party system by supporting a third party. Polls show that neither democrats or republicans hold the majority in this country... independents are in the majority. The trouble with Bernie is that he is a part of the democratic party... part of the system.