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Mob Politics: the Democrats Have a Problem and It’s Not the Sandernistas

It’s the entire fault of Bernie’s kids, have you heard? A wild mob of them in Nevada went on a rampage during the Nevada Democrat Convention and hurt “Democracy” as we know it.

To hear the horrific description of events, they nearly killed it dead.

They wrote nasty social messages to a VIP!

They did some other bad stuff, unlike anything Hillary Clinton’s robots would do. Voting and delegate stuff, trying to steal the limelight—and perhaps an election.

They’re as bad as pro athletes going off the handle on Twitter!

Millennials and other Sanders’ supporters are suddenly the degenerate generation if you hear it told by the Democratic National Committee and the lackluster scribes working for the mainstream media.

Sounds like a night of cocktails and toadying around got out of hand.

It is both intriguing and disgusting the way Clintonites and the Madam’s corporate-media backers attack Sanders’ campaign and youthful supporters while repeatedly letting her off the hook for her crookedness, the likes of which we have not seen since the infamous “Robber Barons” came on the American scene after the Civil War.

Well, crooks love other crooks they say.

What is wrong with this picture? It’s a sad commentary on where we are—and a “fuck you” in the face of reality.

Let’s measure this overblown Nevada riot of rudeness in coffee spoons, shall we? Forget Clinton and Bernie for a second, though they are both major shareholders in the madness; let’s consider the way things are and have been for too long.

Consider our perpetual “surgical strikes” in Afghanistan and the Middle East, wherein levels of “acceptable collateral damage” are deemed so by yet another actual mob, the Pentagon’s brass in collusion with the kingpins of Empire, from the CEOs all the way down to the POTUS and the lowliest congressman.

We all understand how the crime business works—thank you Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola.

Is this long-standing cliché of U.S. foreign policy, perpetual war— wrought with minor handwringing and major moral turpitude—worse than sending a vile text message to the enemy?

Not in Nevada evidently, where the bad kids took over and embarrassed Bernie for a few minutes and created a desert-blaze of indignity.

They left a nation reeling in faux shock and awe at the bad manners exhibited by a handful of likely highly-indebted and soon-to-be underemployed college students (also known as anarchist sympathizers apparently).

Why the anger, liberals ask of them in a swirl of pixie dust? Hillary is winning and you kids should be happy with that fact, and not engaging in crazy moments of subterfuge. We’re gonna beat down The Donald like no ex-wife or girlfriend of his ever could.

The schussing of the anti-Clintonites is growing like a loud wind o’er the land.

It just blows liberals’ minds that the ungrateful little bastards are angry about anything. So angry they’ll text mad obscenities into cyberspace, and target an old operative at that!

All of this reconnoitering of the internal enemy is beginning to sound like Spiro Agnew coming back from the dead. We are now dealing with “pusillanimous pussyfooters” of the highest order.

But let’s do another measurement related to our international gangsters, our internalized, otherworldly mobs since Reagan. If you’re cool with any of them you’re a potential hardcore Clintonite.

If any tragedy of the U.S.’s making is ever acknowledged by patriotic American consumers these days, it is always understood to be the mistake of faulty intelligence backed by a misguided missile(s). Human error, not policy is to blame, while Nevada’s horrible hooligans are merely misguided brats who haven’t killed any children that we know of yet, but are probably dangerous because they noticed a flaw in America’s electoral system. They want the free stuff!

You would think, from listening to the hardcore Clinonites and the DNC, that creepiness is part of the DNA of Nevada’s Bernie kids; much more so than the generals and Congress, the usual suspects of creepiness.

The kids, who the powerful assume to be from the cyberunderworld unless they are their own, have already seen the handwriting on the old-fashioned chalkboard, however.

Young people are pissed off for a lot of reasons, and it’s not just because they’re all misguided “ideologues” or stupidly violent like Trump’s supporters.

They’re not blind to what is going on.

Personally, I’m glad to see their fire and strength of conviction, as naive or ignorant as some people may think it is; it beats the hell out of the banking cartel as well as the beautiful fence at the border.

Do we really want to measure and compare any more the damage done by variant mobs? The mob of Bernie’s kids versus the mob system they’ve come to loathe?

Consider the Clinton camp leading up to the Iraq War. They were loud and clear back then in support of another fool: “Well, I guess it’s just something that has to be done. Hussein has WMD!”

But we knew all along that was a sideshow, didn’t we? Wasn’t it always about the money, the contracts, the oil, the bases, and the U.S hegemony over everything?

Today the Democrats are the pro-war mob, with their full idiocy on display, throwing rocks from above, just like the Republicans.

We all know what the kids are really pissed about. It’s the system, stupid. So the Dems should quit with their weak denials and their own very personal kind of subterfuge.

Okay, fat chance. But it would behoove all to start to think.

Start with the obvious theft of the nation’s wealth by the oligarchs. Think about the young as they contemplate their bleak future, even if you are rich and nearly dead yourself and won’t have to deal with climate change or the growing mobs of internally displaced refugees lost in the new American wilderness for very much longer.

Do we have problems unacknowledged by any politician in the national arena today?

Of course we do Rosy and Sam.

Nobody really knows what the future holds, but by the same token smart people know we cannot ignore the crimes of Hillary’s new robber baron capos forever—not even in our poetic imaginations, or wherever in hell it is people find their smug bliss—at the expense of our burgeoning underclasses.

Most Americans don’t pay attention to history. They protect what shabby material they have, and more importantly, their own self-aggrandizement.

Ironically, the rude kids in Nevada may be an exception to this general truth.

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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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