May 19, 2016

THE RIGHT IS THE LEFT:

Bernie Sanders And Racism Lite (Fromma Harrop, May 19, 2016, National Memo)

In a statement on the Nevada rampage by some of his supporters, Bernie Sanders said a remarkable thing. He said, "Our campaign has held giant rallies all across this country, including in high-crime areas, and there have been zero reports of violence."

Who lives in "high-crime areas"? We all know the answer: dark people. But it wasn't dark people hurling chairs and death threats at the Nevada Democratic Party convention. It was Sanders' own white followers. [...]

But then he went on, stoking the self-pity that has permeated his campaign. This was not the time to go into his allegedly unfair treatment at the hands of Democratic officials as he's been doing ad nauseam.

If Sanders' tying of political violence to "high-crime areas" were his only racially tinged remark, one might give it a pass. But he has a history.

There was his infamous waving-of-the-hand dismissal of Hillary Clinton's commanding Southern victories, which were powered by African-American voters. [...]

This is a veiled racism that cannot find cover in Sanders' staunch pro-civil rights record. Real black people seem to make Sanders uncomfortable (as Larry David captured on his "Saturday Night Live" skits).

Sanders' idea of a black surrogate has been the academic Cornel West. West has called Barack Obama "a Rockefeller Republican in blackface" and "a black mascot of Wall Street oligarchs," among other nasty things. Ordinary African-Americans tend to revere Obama, so where did this crashing insensitivity come from?

It may have come from decades of being holed up in the white radical-left universe. In the 1960s, Sanders abandoned the "high-crime areas" of Brooklyn, his childhood home, and repaired to the whitest state in the nation. (Vermont had become a safe haven for liberals leaving -- the word then was "fleeing" -- the cities.)

On Immigration, Bernie Sanders Sounds Like Donald Trump (Robby Soave, Jul. 28, 2015, Reason)


A particularly illuminating moment:

Ezra Klein: You said being a democratic socialist means a more international view. I think if you take global poverty that seriously, it leads you to conclusions that in the US are considered out of political bounds. Things like sharply raising the level of immigration we permit, even up to a level of open borders. About sharply increasing ...

Bernie Sanders: Open borders? No, that's a Koch brothers proposal.

Ezra Klein: Really?

Bernie Sanders: Of course. That's a right-wing proposal, which says essentially there is no United States. ...

Ezra Klein: But it would make ...

Bernie Sanders: Excuse me ...

Ezra Klein: It would make a lot of global poor richer, wouldn't it?

Bernie Sanders: It would make everybody in America poorer --you're doing away with the concept of a nation state, and I don't think there's any country in the world that believes in that. If you believe in a nation state or in a country called the United States or UK or Denmark or any other country, you have an obligation in my view to do everything we can to help poor people. What right-wing people in this country would love is an open-border policy. Bring in all kinds of people, work for $2 or $3 an hour, that would be great for them. I don't believe in that. I think we have to raise wages in this country, I think we have to do everything we can to create millions of jobs.

To his credit, Klein pushed back by pointing out that the poor people of the United States are actually quite wealthy when compared with the poor people of other countries. But Sanders maintained that his first obligation as a senator from Vermont was to defend American workers from the scourge of foreigners taking their jobs.



Posted by at May 19, 2016 5:32 PM

  

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