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Money, Gender Politics and Democratic Denial

One thing is abundantly clear. Hillary Clinton’s supporters are a loud and obnoxious group of crybabies, which is almost understandable given that so many of them are comfortably ensconced in lives of privilege and denial.

As a group they could give a damn about the poor and underprivileged, as Thomas Frank notes in his new book, Listen, Liberal.

When Bernie Sanders said Hillary was “unqualified” last Wednesday in Philly, he threatened to burst the little bubble of comfort and denial that surrounds the failed ex-Secretary of State and embittered loser to Obama in 2008.

Always Honest Bernie said something that needed to be said in this race. Walking it back was the wrong move. It’s unfortunate, but not something we should be surprised by given Bernie’s soft socialism and continuous waffling on whether he would support Hillary in the hour of his own personal doomsday. Walking back over the cliff, he finally admitted he would support Hillary.

That is so sad.

The push-back from the mainstream media and Hillary’s women and eunuchs came in the form of the worst kind of gender politics—the hue and cry of those angrily opposed to anyone who would state with conviction, including poor young women who support Bernie that putting a woman in office at this time shouldn’t be this election’s paramount goal.

Why isn’t Bernie speaking to and condemning the false narrative of gender?

Why are gender politics so misguided now?

Because Hillary is the wrong woman, that is why. But the liberals, as Frank notes, aren’t listening. They aren’t listening because gender politics and a cult of personality have hijacked a huge segment of the Democratic Party.

Even then, a larger problem looms. Many comfortable Dems really are content with the status quo. Another way of saying this is they have money and status.

As Hillary contemplated her job in Obama’s first administration back in 2008, she held her nose and accepted her less-than-ideal position in order to remain close to the halls of power, to stay in the game, and to immediately begin planning for her next run at the top job. Obama held his nose in a silly attempt to create unity in the country. That was just one of the stunningly efficient bad moves Obama made early on.

The naive women and emasculated men who cheer for old Hillary to finally achieve her lust for power—always a quid pro quo pact with her philandering hubby, I presume—are misinformed followers who couldn’t care less about the struggles vast swaths of Americans are facing under the thumb of neoliberalism’s survivalist—to-the-winner-go-the-spoils—ethos.

Shouldn’t the issue be about equality everywhere? Not in Hillary’s world, obviously.

Hillary’s sycophants are unconcerned with how Madam Secretary abused U.S. power in the Middle East by engaging with her elite friends there to overthrow Assad—a tiny number—while mobilizing her allies in Libya to produce regime change and oust Qaddafi, leaving a vacuum in that failed-state that exists to this day and is spreading like a bad disease.

Drownings in the Mediterranean, human trafficking, desperation—all of it deigned by the West in an ideological struggle of unchecked capitalistic survival, and all of it supported by Hillary.

She really is, as Diana Johnstone says, the Queen of Chaos.

Another reality neoliberals led by the Queen can’t seem to grasp is that they can no longer use the patronage of a friendly nation’s corrupt gang of elites to get the majority of oppressed to love them. That is nation-building, or humanitarian intervention as it is lately termed, is a dismal failure and has been for years. You see, that is why colonialism ultimately failed.

Iraq was a failed attempt at neocolonialism, as Tariq Ali has argued. None of the Bush crew had an historical understanding of Iraq’s deeply ingrained cultural imperatives. Pure hubris guided them. Our poor uneducated or corrupt—take your pick—Congress fell in line, with few exceptions.

Speaking of presidential qualifications, poor Hillary swallowed the pro-invasion bait. Bernie did not.

Unfortunately, arrogant capitalists don’t have time for history, which is one reason they’re so destructive and prone to war. These people simply do not understand that the old methods are futile.

They haven’t a clue, or they don’t care because global destabilization resultant of global economics doesn’t concern them until a bomb goes off in Boston or a mass shooting happens in San Bernardino and ruins their day.

They’ve shrugged off Senator Clinton’s Iraq vote because they too were hoodwinked by Bush and Cheney. That’s how much sense they have. While unprecedented numbers of people around the world who knew what was actually going on marched in the streets in 2003, Clintonites marched across the aisle and kissed “The Decider’s” butt.

Oh woe…

All of this gave rise to ISIS and Clinton’s bloody hands. But the Clintonites don’t care. They’re too wrapped up in careerism and the pursuit of wealth and gender politics and the cult of personality. Unthinking foreign policy dreams are not just the bane of Donald Trump these days. Overwhelming numbers of Dems don’t get it either, and in discouraging numbers they’re likely Clinonites.

As far as the bloated-speech fees and the Wall Street support of her campaign that Bernie always clumsily references, it is clear that Clintonites cheer the fact that Madam is so adept at making a lot of money. Everything in the money department is okay with them. These people love money, and they don’t have time for anyone who doesn’t—humanistic intellectuals and the unemployed and homeless particularly.

There’s nothing wrong with being rich, they exclaim, just learn to launder your assets properly.

Money envy has replaced penis envy with this crowd, I swear.

Oh well…at least the dictator is dead, ha, ha!

Yes, Bernie rattled some liberals’ cages last Wednesday in Philly. I’d like to hear him deepen his attack, broaden it, fight on. If he doesn’t, he’ll not only lose the election resoundingly, he’ll disappoint millions of his followers who have donated time and money to his campaign.

What if many of his supporters won’t vote for Hillary, despite Bernie’s, the former “outsider’s” exhortations to keep the Democratic Party whole?   What if they stay home on Election Day?

America will have its Trump or Cruz then. That’ll be as funny to Clinton as killing Qaddafi, I’m sure. And the rest of us will say, WTF?

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Terry Simons is the founder of Round Bend Press Books in Portland, Oregon.  This story is excerpted from his memoir of growing up in Oregon, A Marvelous Paranoia.

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