I had jotted down thoughts since January of this year, but held back from writing those here, as I did not want to get involved in the immensely divisive climate the US Election season of 2016 has brought out.
For a long time now I have patiently sat by and watched people I thought were mentally stable go on for months – indulging in cult-like behavior, exhibiting unbelievable toxic vitriol and posting comments and posts that reeked of misogyny, implicit racism and an inability to check facts or reality, or even Mathematics, for that matter. And I am not referring here to supporters of a certain orange-faced buffoon. As that is quite another story:
Some of you may know that more than five years back in April 2011 I had started a page on Facebook – “Donald Trump Shut Up.” Back then I could not stand his irritating rants, “birther” accusations and other ridiculousness and had a fear that due to his hatred and narcissism he would seek political power himself.
I will be frank. I CANNOT STAND Donald Trump. Not just recently, but ever since I laid my eyes on his hideous Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City in the ’90s with its garish, ugly interiors, tacky neon signs and cringe-worthy crass design. How could anyone, anyone take pride in such a hideous interpretation of one of the most serenely majestic architectural wonders of the world (the real Taj Mahal)? It was but an external manifestation and a glimpse to the shallowness and cheap extravagance of the man’s inner “soul,” or rather lack thereof.
What is more baffling is that there are so many racist, idiotic people who adore him and voted for him and celebrated his presidential bid, fueled by their common hatred for a highly intelligent, intellectual, cool and rational black man – President Barack Obama. Anyway, for the last five years, news articles on Trump’s crassness and impudence have found room on that page. If you are on Facebook and can’t stand Trump’s obnoxious rants, feel free to give it a “like.” It gained more attention since his presidential bid, but I take some silent pride in having been the first in social media to have started a community years before this current show of his textbook case of pathological Narcissistic Personality Disorder.
And this brings me to the other contender who, while by no means an outright narcissist, shows plenty of signs of another disorder: “The Messiah Complex” with hints of delusions of grandeur: The waving, ranting, initially likable yet increasingly irritating Mr. Sanders.
No – I am not impressed by him the way many Berniebros and Berniebras have been by their elderly “white messiah.”
My maternal forefather was the leader of Great Britain’s ultra-left party, founder of Labour Monthly, editor of Workers’ Weekly and author of several books including his most important one – Fascism and Social Revolution – a scathing criticism and analysis of fascism, with a study of the rise of fascism in Germany, Italy and other countries. He called fascism a violent authoritarian, ultra nationalist, and irrational theory. In his words: “Fascism is antithetical to everything of substance within the liberal tradition.” He pointed out Hitler’s danger much before anyone else, and in the same token was a huge defender of socialist and communist causes, and his own nephew went on to become a future pivotal Social Democratic Prime Minister of Sweden before being assassinated…….So, suffice to say, I have seen much of extreme Left-wing politics in my own family to be impressed or dazzled by it; and more so, understand well when it works, and when it doesn’t. And unfortunately, Sanders’ old-style Soviet-inspired socialism is the kind that reeks more of hypocrisy than true progressiveness.
It is not just due to the terrible track record of his wife who was a known career bully and embezzler of college funds, giving $10 million of college money to the Catholic diocese (for a shady land deal), demoting and bullying popular professors, running the college into debts – which local papers reported more than 5 years back and finally leading to its closure thanks to the crushing debts she’d created. And this duo is somehow magically going to provide “free education” to millions as they have promised? Highly unlikely. Plus, as a president she made a hefty 6-figure package while all professors in small colleges can tell you how low their salaries are, while the administrators, like Sanders’ wife, pocket the fat paychecks.
(And I am well aware of the other spouse Bill Clinton’s victories and flaws, so please spare me the lecture. I just think the press has been very easy on Jane Sanders and her cunning ways.)
My disappointment with Sanders has been due to his own hypocrisies and inconsistencies as well as his implicit racism when he discounts the votes of the colored populace and of minorities who have not felt his “Bern” but have had a nose for his BS. And most of all it has been due to the rabid insolence and bullying sense of entitlement of his online army of trolls.
All politicians in general are hypocrites to a lesser or greater extent….some are just better at disguising their power-lust under masks of populist rhetoric. And those are the greatest hypocrites of all.
For a long time I believed his heart was in the right place, till his vitriol, narcissistic savior-syndrome and one-note diatribes revealed a power-hungry man, suffering from a permanent persecution syndrome, disguised beneath populist jargon and slogans. Sorry. I’ve lived in several socialist countries and seen hypocrisies in its politics to fall for that. In fact even the progressive democratic socialist countries (like Denmark, Canada, Sweden) are not impressed by his old-style, washed-out 1920s-style Marxism. And as a Canadian, I’d like to say – No – BernieorBust people – please don’t come here if your refusal to vote for the Democratic woman nominee results in that Donald becoming your President. We don’t want entitled spiteful people here.
Che Guevara was a revolutionary in the traditional sense – that requires guts and masculine grit. Ahmad Shah Massoud – the Afghan leader who stood up against the Taliban, the Soviet and the US was a Revolutionary, and one of the bravest. Gandhi – who used non-violence as the weapon and Nelson Mandela were Revolutionaries. (And oh yes, other than Massoud, they all had skeletons in their closets regarding their personal lives.)
But whining and waving – wanting to get approval from the same party one denounces yet wishes to use its funds and delegates, bellowing that the system is “rigged” only when you don’t win, complaining its rules don’t apply to you because you’re too “special” is hardly a revolution….there’s another name for it: it’s called entitled Whining.
The tiniest of squeaks written against this new cult leader is usually met by a barrage of petulant, irrational, hair-splitting defense and doxxing by his army of bros who then resort to a modern-day version of lynching through the internet, discrediting the credibility and at times character assassinating the writer online and publicly. For a long time, not wishing to deal with it, I have remained silent. No more.
Having received several ignorant, insolent and threatening comments and messages from Trumpers on my Donald Trump Shut Up page, I am gobsmacked to see how similar in tone and intent the threats of ardent Berners (not the sane and sweet ones) have been, albeit they have a far better grasp at language and vocabulary than the Trumpers. Is there a similarity? Yes – as the video in this link to the UK Guardian article clearly shows: http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/mar/13/bernie-sanders-supporters-consider-donald-trump-no-hillary-clinton
And there is no logic nor reasoning…..since blind loyalty foreshadows any logical facts or research. There is only hate. Blind hate towards a woman. Blind belief in the propaganda. Blind hate towards anyone who points out facts from legitimate sources.
It brings to mind the Horseshoe Theory in Political Science. The horseshoe theory asserts that rather than the far left and the far right being at opposite and opposing ends of a linear political continuum, they in fact closely resemble one another, much like the ends of a horseshoe.The theory is attributed to French writer Jean-Pierre Faye. Good horse-sense.
Now, is Hillary the “ideal” candidate? No. And who really is? Ever? She has her flaws (like every other person) despite her obvious toughness, political shrewdness and years of experience in government and in the strength and Teflon hide she exhibits in not letting her detractors affect her. She is a consummate and ambitious politician – as is Bernie, because the only real “outsider” is Trump. But among the contenders she is by far the most politically experienced who has been vetted at a world stage, and the most articulate and intelligent who does NOT show the slightest signs of magical or delusional thinking unlike the other two candidates. (She is also an INTJ woman, and being one myself, I know how hard it is to be a smiley-chirpy kinda “gal”, and how forced it seems when you have to deviate away from your Spock-like rational ways in order to express emotions to appear “relatable” or a “people person.” Efficiency precedes emotion. And Reality or Rationality precedes rhetoric or rants. For what it’s worth even Barack and Michelle Obama are INTJs.)
For months I watched the vicious witch-hunting, witch-burning and outright hatred that was spewed and posted by Bernie supporters (& Trump supporters) on social media and elsewhere, in articles written by passionate millennials among others and especially by a certain white man who pretends to be black and has a shoddy record of stealing away the money raised for a racial cause he touts, who seems to hate Hillary with a passion, even as he discounts her popularity among a majority of black voters.
I had to Snopes-check many of the articles that used to be thrown around by the cult of followers – since the ridiculousness-factor had upped to such an extent that short of her eating babies raw for breakfast – every other sin possibly committed by a living creature had been attributed to her. Outright lies and conspiracy-theories made into memes floated around. The Mob was out there, grinning, blistering, asking for blood, pitchforks sharpened, every disappointment or anger towards a member of the female species in their own personal lives now focused on and directed at a convenient scapegoat and surrogate punching bag.
This vitriol against a candidate who just in 2007 was the darling of ultra-Leftie Michael Moore who even had a self-confessed crush on her. How times have changed – or rather not. She was burnt on the stake back then by the Republicans for her “radical, socialist” ideas, and she’s being burnt on the stake again by many millennial extreme-Berners who were probably 10 years old or not even born when all that was going on back then. Go ahead, take a look:
It goes without saying that she is infinitesimally better than Trump, and in many, many ways better than Sanders as a Presidential front-runner. The latter’s list of hypocrisies have been well captured in this well-researched and logical article: https://medium.com/@robinalperstein/on-becoming-anti-bernie-ee87943ae699
In this election there is no truly ultra-fabulous candidate, but one of them has been a trailblazer right from her school days and has worked hard for years especially for women and children and the gun-control lobby (and therefore hated by the NRA, which incidentally loves both Trump and Sanders) …and hands-down is more preferable than the orange demagogue and charlatan which is the Donald. Hard to believe that half of this country still thinks he is a capable, rational man; and another section in their misplaced hatred would rather watch it go to the monster than take action by voting for the Democrat nominee. Who knew that the movie Idiocracy would prove to be so prophetic?
Here’s a simple question – do you think Bernie or Donald would have stood the remotest of chances had they been women??
I’ve often had this thought that regardless of the pretense that we live in a post-gendered world, how rampant a role gender plays in how we judge people vying for the same or similar positions of power.
Imagine for a minute how Trump or Gramps would have fared if they were women.
Dianna Trump would have been (rightly) dismissed off as a vulgar shrieking banshee diva, throwing non-stop hissy fits, with NO qualifications except daddy’s money and a reality show; called a casino-and-club-hopping “slut” with three marriages & with a plastic-surgery-addicted fake-tanned orange rubber face. Quite frankly as a woman she’d have been loathed and seen as repugnant, a cougar who made sexual remarks about her own son, and an uncouth mouth that railed insults against everyone from the Pope to the disabled. Who could take such a spoiled diva seriously as some leader?!
The only people who’d have voted for “her” would have been fans of the psycho reality series of The Real Housewives. Yet this joke of a man is now the head of the party which once had Abraham Lincoln as its leader. How the GOP has fallen!
Meanwhile “plain Jane” Bernadine Sanders would be laughed at as a disheveled loon, with a massive “entitlement complex wanting free stuff,” called out for yelling around stuck on one issue because “no Wall Street guy ever hit on her,” rallying around as a “trouble maker,” “rabble rouser,” with “no brains for Math or Economics,” and judged harshly for remaining largely unemployed till the age of 40 with sporadic work even though her parents paid for her University degree, critiqued on her lack of fashion sense and the fact that none of her bills got passed… and oooh! the scandal! Writing a gang rape fantasy essay for a left wing mag & having a baby out of wedlock!! Who could take this “old broad” seriously as some leader?! I have a feeling that women would have supported Bernadine but the men and those ardent, rabid BernieBros? Not so much! Gone would be the vicarious affinity they feel towards an older man getting fame and attention from nubile young women, fulfilling a longing that you can be a lost soul in your youth ala Bernie-style and still make your life worthwhile in your mid-70s.
Yet, because they are 70+ white men, no one holds them to the grueling standards they hold even the most qualified of women.
Oh boy – even their shooting threats and rape fantasies are jokingly or poetically dismissed away respectively while the real woman is burnt on the stake with tribal chants. “She’s held leadership roles since high school to her 60s! Burn her!! Burn her”
No one dares to talk of them in the dismissive fashion they would have, had they been women with exactly those same facts on their resume as they have as men.
And gender doesn’t matter in perceptions on how the lynch mob phrases character traits? Bullshit ;)
Everything from Hillary’s voice to clothes to her hairstyle are scrutinized…while Sanders’ opulent lamb dinners and Vatican trips on campaign money are waived away or his hoarse voice and Trump’s obnoxious voice are barely touched upon. And wait a minute – what is a “pro-environment leader” doing wooing coal miners in West Virginia by saying the coal industry jobs won’t go away in lieu of cleaner energy alternatives? Votes, baby votes! Worked for him. But in this blind cult-leader worship, who cares? Wait a minute – wasn’t it Hillary who was the earliest supporter of New York’s Highline Park – something Guiliani’s govt. had intended to destroy, and wasn’t she the one who fought relentlessly for the project, even raising millions for its construction? Shouldn’t environmentalists and architects who love the Highline Park project thank her instead of coal-industry supporting Sanders, who strangely also says he’s opposed to fracking (while supporting the coal industry?!) Yes – it doesn’t make sense – but that’s how facts get blown away when cult-mentality sets in.
For months I have also endured many of my rocker musician friends posting Photoshopped fake memes being shared on socail media – showing how knowledgeable Sanders is about music and how poor Hillary’s tastes are. Sorry to bust your balls – turns out Hillary is the rocker and Sanders likes…..Celine Dion. Check for yourself here: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/complete-guide-to-the-2016-candidates-favorite-music-20160201
So, although tonight was the night that history was made and the United States has a shot of perhaps joining a rank of several other countries that were ahead of the curve in terms of women leaders (whether they were “perfect” or “flawed”) – instead the victory was still marred thanks to the poisoning of the well by a demagogue Narcissist from one party and a sore loser from the other who in his bitterness did not even acknowledge the significance of the moment but navel-gazed calling it his “struggle.”
His actions are akin to a man who joins a new firm or a music band for just a year to seek fame and then yells, screams and cries foul that he alone should be made the CEO of the company or the band’s front-man because he is SO “special,” entitled and “above the rules” that all the other members or employees who have slogged for 25 years should have no say and bow down in awe before his “ultra-special-ness.” Anything else is a conspiracy.
And let me not get started on the Trumpestein….I have documented his acts in the page I’ve spoken of earlier.
I find that America – with its relatively younger Puritan religious past sadly still suffers from the “Madonna-Whore” complex when it comes to attitudes towards women and have a very hard time accepting women with complexities in positions of power, unlike other countries, which had pagan pasts where female goddesses in religion or leader-queens were not uncommon.
The US couldn’t even handle a nipple at the Superbowl, forget a female Prez!
How I ardently hope you will prove me wrong on that! We are not talking of a Sarah Palin here. We are talking of a Hillary Clinton with an Elizabeth Warren.
And here is my rant against the Berniebros who have hounded me with a hypocritical holier-than-thou attitude even though not a single one of them is living off the grid nor making sure they don’t use plastic bags and – are using every possible consumerist product as they spout new-found cliches which true environmentalists have known for decades.
To those hypocritical ones: Do remember that UNLESS you stop shopping at Walmart, drinking at Starbucks, religiously buying Apple products or designer clothes or cheaper ones at H & M (where exploited workers including child labor in Bangladesh make those clothes), eating only Whole Foods products, and basically are still addicted to your consumerist choices – you are all just helping the Rich get richer and helping the Big Biz that your great leader critiques with flaying arms. Really.
Will you be changing your habits or lifestyle? No, I don’t think so.
YOU, WE, we the people, help the “big bad Big Biz” when we buy products of publicly traded companies. Start living off the grid if you so dare then, and start buying from small independently owned entrepreneurs and non-profits then, before getting up on those high horses. Or listening to Hollywood actors being paid Millions by Big Biz movie investors – who’re suddenly acting as though they are so pristine and honest and financially un-tainted as they “feel the Bern”!! *cough* hypocrites *cough*
Also – don’t forget that even Google and FB and Twitter where you rant – are traded at the NYSE of “big bad” Wall Street, as are those company 401(k)s that you invest in and don’t bother refusing; and your supreme “pristine” leader also invests in stocks and shares through Wall Street brokers so he’s not exactly the Saint you have made him out to be. He may not be a 1%-er and seem genuine in his intents, but he is still a 3%-er whose steady and high paychecks all came from your tax money while his wife’s came from the high college tuition. And not once did he speak about the plight or strains of small business owners….
He is better than Trump and a large majority of other politicians – don’t get me wrong – but he is also not the Superman that weirdly all Americans want to come and “rescue.” What needs “rescuing” is your own voracious consumerist tendencies that have helped big Corps.
And the only reason he is claiming he has a better chance against Trump is because his fanatic supporters would rather let the country and world go bonkers than vote for the opponent he has spent a year demonizing. Yes, the damage he has caused is irreversible. And if in your bitter vendetta you end up with Trump, then you deserve it. Just don’t say it’s for your “pure ideals.” Humbug. Admit it is for your horrendous sense of petulant selfishness and hate. And lack of love or logic.
As well, to many of these ranters – don’t forget who donates millions to the Arts, Sciences, Performing Arts, Museums, Medical Research and much more…..yes, philanthropists who make charitable use of their wealth so our cities can have concert halls, museums, art galleries and create grants. Look up Jeff Skoll, Warren Buffet, the Rockefellers, Bill Gates, Richard Branson just to name a few before they are sent off to the guillotine.
If you keep doing this mad witch-hunt against Hillary, without getting facts straight, please know that the consistent bullying, rumor-mongering, meme-posting and mocking actions are very very similar to Trumpians. Really. I know this because I get mind-numbingly threatening and vicious mails and comments from his supporters every day on my anti-Trump page.
It also gets incredibly stupid when I see many of the women supporting Sanders are ones whose idea of a “romantic hero” is not some poor, good-hearted fellow, or an intellectual writer/artist but a sadistic, emotionally damaged – but wait – RIDICULOUSLY wealthy- Big Biz-owning – Wall Street -trading stupido (not unlike a young Trump) from the idiotic “50 Shades” series. Hypocrisy at its best.
If Sanders hates everything about the government so much (& justifiably at times), why does he even want to be part of it? Wouldn’t his “integrity” then be to not want to have ANY part of it? Or even want to be President of such a “terrible, corrupt” country? Or use the money of the DNC that he so despises?? The senate, Congress and White House staff won’t change overnight if he’s elected and if he moves into the White House….It goes back to a previous article that I linked…No, “millions” will not rise to fill those posts. That is….magical thinking. Good rhetoric. Impractical in reality.
Won’t he ride limos powered by oil from the Big Corp? Then wouldn’t he be an even greater hypocrite?
So does he really want to do it for people or for his own position? It is for the latter. SO much rhetoric, so few concrete plans, numbers etc.
But perhaps what I do like the most about him is his tenacity, his energy, his fighting spirit (even though highly petulant and patriarchal at times) and the fact that a man at nearly 75 still followed his calling. I have to hand him that. In fact that goes to all the senior citizens who entered the race. Who says life ends at 65? It IS encouraging and inspiring in many ways to see a 68 year old lady and a 74 year old man fight it out with seemingly inexhaustible energy and chutzpah. And I would have liked it more even if he was Bernadine Sanders, although something tells me all the male Berniebros would have then called “her” an “old crazy b%*#,” and not seen Bernadine’s inner fire. It is different for the bros, because he is a man, eh? (sigh)
Now I’d LOVE to see this REAL revolution in American politics.
In my sense of logic, seeing a winning ticket with TWO intelligent, articulate, experienced women is the REAL revolution, and a true precedent. THIS would be a revolutionary act for American politics, cloaked as it has often been in its various forms of implicit and explicit racism, sexism and hypocrisies. “Revolution” does not consist of a choice between two washed up 70+ angry white patriarchal men fuming and frothing from their mouths and stuck on the word “wall” as they go on and on with their insufferable narcissism.
Instead a truly Revolutionary idea would be to see two competent candidates who for the first time in the history of American politics happen to be of the other oft-ignored gender; in an arena which has seen 44 male presidents and 47 male vice-presidents since 1789
This would be my dream ticket:
And if a cool, intelligent, rational black man as President is followed by a strong woman or two – and that is too much for implicit and explicit racists and misogynists to handle – well, too bad, DEAL WITH IT!!
And while, we’re at it, DEAL ME IN!
Addendum: I just watched her speech inside the Brooklyn Duggal glass greenhouse where she crossed over to the numbers needed to clinch the Democratic nomination. My friend Linda was there in the midst of all the excitement. I recalled the time I had seen her in person in May, just 2 feet away, and shaken hands with Bill, at the event after her primaries’ win for New York state.
But the fact I just can’t get over even today is how soft, delicate and feminine she looks in person. I think she really doesn’t photograph well – because it was a pleasant shock to see her in-person.
I was imagining a hard, sour-faced tough-looking woman to appear, and instead a soft, incredibly feminine (in gait and demeanor) and delicate woman appeared, looking well-coiffed and gentle, and then spoke in a powerful, tough, rousing mighty voice. The contrast was so mind-blowing. I’m still getting over it.
I had never expected such an antithesis to the photos vs the in-person look.
It’s really odd, this hierarchical longing mammals in groups have to see a leader, the “alpha” of the tribe, but despite meta-analyzing my curiosity, it was a rather unforgettable night with the spirit of New York in all the speeches and in the entire room.
I have lived and grown up in three countries which had women Prime Ministers. I hope my present country will have its first woman President, finally catching up with several others in this arena. No, the problems of women will not change overnight by that, nor will sexism be over (just as Obama’s win did not end widespread racism against blacks in the US or the world.) But every little girl in the US, just like I did in my earlier countries, will know that you can reach the highest levels of leadership and that ceiling has been broken. I know I wouldn’t have become the woman I am today had I not grown up in countries where that ceiling was broken many decades ago, unlike the US.
Note: I finally decided to post all this when I noticed a couple of days back that Elizabeth Warren had simply posted a photo asking Democrats to unite against Trump. The comments on her page were filled by crazy BernieorBust fanatics now attacking Warren with nasty, misogynistic and a string of ruthless hateful comments. It was then I realized completely how insolent they were. They would rather lose women’s rights, LGBT rights, gun-control laws and national security out of spite through simmering in their hatred and handing a dictator like Trump the presidency. They were so consumed by hatred for Hillary that they would let their country and the world go to rot.
These were not “progressives,” they were ruthless anarchists and haters. And the saddest thing was that Bernie, with his own hunger for power was OK with this….Like the kid in the school yard who loses a board game to a girl star pupil and therefore throws away the board in anger, he would go a step further and let his herd pave the way for the school bully to blow up the school and the neighborhood.
For the sake of the world, I hope that changes, and that the people who have the privilege of surviving a Trump presidency realize that letting it go to him is the most selfish act they have committed and they are no friends of humanity nor of the environment – only their own egotistic selfishness. Somewhere inside I still have some faith in Bernie’s conscience.. And I hope he will unite the party, and not let that faith go, and think of the larger good, something he speaks of, but I yet have to see in concrete action……