Bernie dropping out today was not only a betrayal of a movement or even just the betrayal of a country, it is the betrayal of an entire planet. With this one move, Bernie has quite possibly relegated all of us to irreversible human extinction. Not hyperbole. Fact. When the choices are between two leaders who are deeply racist, deeply right-wing, anti-Green New Deal, anti-women’s rights, anti-Medicare 4 all, wildly pro-corporate, and choose capital over human lives every single time they are asked to weigh in or vote, then we are left with the choice – not of who can save us and the planet – but who will be allowed to kill us. The Democratic Party and the DNC and all those in charge just sold out the human race for profit. Literally.
I don’t want to hear anyone raging on about how important it is to vote for Joe Biden. Wake up, please. You’re basically making the argument that if you’re against Mussolini, you have to vote for Hitler. Too hyperbolic? Okay, let’s say choosing between Donald Trump and Sarah Palin? Or Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld? It’s entirely the wrong argument. Either way, you are sentencing people to decades of mass suffering, mass systemic racism, mass killing, mass inequality and the very real ravages of climate change and eventual human extinction. Hitler could only have dreamed of killing and suffering on a scale like that.
Still think I’m exaggerating? Look outside. There’s a lot happening out there you didn’t believe would happen even though people have been warning about it for decades. If you’ve been listening to MSNBC, CNN or any other corporate-owned, pro-neoliberalism news for insight, you have most-likely been manipulated in no less dangerous a fashion than those whose view of the world has been carefully sculpted by Fox News. Only you’re being fed neoliberal propaganda instead of neoconservative propaganda. They are both supported by the corporate state. They may not be directly government owned, but they are owned by the people/corporations/banks who basically own the government and have a huge stake in the perpetuation of many things that destroy human lives on both an individual scale and a mass global scale. We don’t have time to wait for the “next election.” This was very likely it. This was the one, best chance. 10 years is so little time already to stop irreversible human extinction. To cut even four more years out of that is pushing the odds to the brink of what’s even possible. Either, we rally a mass movement against the deep-rooted corruption and greed of both political parties in this country -right now – or we start to come to terms with the reality that we royally blew it and we cannot say “oops” and turn back once we’ve gone over the precipice. That’s a reality. And there’s power in numbers. The People can make this change. If you like to talk about unity, it shouldn’t be around Joe Biden or the Democratic Party, it should be to take the power away from both parties leaders and get back to reflecting the will of the majority of people. That’s the only road to Democracy.
If people are telling you that this is not the time to protest, that Donald Trump is the front line in this fight, then I fear they aren’t seeing the big picture have had their attention nefariously diverted by those who stand to gain from the status quo. Again, if you’re answer to Mussolini is Hitler, then you’re not seeing the bigger picture. You are, in my opinion, fighting the wrong fight; you are splitting hairs between the very worst of what we have to offer, instead of saying “No. This stops here.” The choices we are being given are nothing more than the illusion of choice. But there are other choices those wielding power would rather people not think about, so they create any narrative they have to to thwart that school of thought. They turn people against their own well-bring. As Malcolm X said, “If you’re not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.”
We’re all susceptible. We’ve been soaking in cultural and political narratives and propaganda since the day we were born. Wake up. Please. We’re running out of time.