Since abandoning The Site Formerly Known as Circling the Bases, I must confess to missing some of the political argumentation for which that blog was better known than its baseball commentary. In my anti-essentialist way, I miss peeing from a great height on some of the idiotic comments offered by its stable of decerebrated knuckledraggers – not the decerebrated knuckledraggers themselves, mind you, but of their coprolitic discourses, since the discourses were modular, canned, and preceded them. Ergo, soggy with nostalgia, I offer the following observations on the current Democratic primary season (since the Reslugnican primary season only concerns me the same way the spread of Zika virus does).
Now then, I have much enjoyed watching Bernie Sanders, the self-conceived renegade independent US Senator from maple syrup country, trying to paint Hillary Clinton as a right wing corporatist while, at the same time, the Reslugnican right and the bunions at Faux News try to paint her as a dangerous radical standing somewhere to the left of Trotsky. It’s all very amusing. I am never surprised to observe right wingers dumb enough to swallow that misrepresentation. There’s an old saying with which I heartily agree: not all conservatives are stupid, but most stupid people are conservative. Gross oversimplification of complex issues, rampant scapegoating, infantile religiosity and willful, anti-scientific ignorance are, after all, the hallmarks of reactionary politics.
However I must admit that, standing slightly to the left of Trotsky myself, it disturbs me to see as many young left wingers buying into Comrade Bernie’s distortions and failing to comprehend that he’s indulging in the same kind of gutter level scapegoating one would ordinarily expect from a red state politico. He gets away with it, though, because the targets he scapegoats are easy not to like in the first place: big banks, investment bankers and a highly complex, dynamic, ackcherley indefinable ethos he calls “Wall Street.” These may be invidious icons to the left but, in reality, Bernie isn’t treating them any differently, or with any more integrity, than cracker ignoramouses [sic] treat an LGBT who needs to take a leak. He’s got this entire sprawl of interrelated business modes that crosses virtually all social strata, cultural barriers and international boundaries stigmatized with that quintessentially paranoid label, “the one percent.” Never mind that, apparently unbeknownst to Bernie, the world of corporate finance and production employs, and cannot exist without, literally millions of factotums drawn from the lower ninety-nine, I would submit that if there are elements of this gigantic and chameleonic financial dynamo that need to be brought under control, the best way not to be able to do it is to homogenize your subject to the point that its working parts become indistinguishable from each other.
Now, Bernie is offended that his far more pragmatic rival for the Democratic nomination receives big speaker’s fees from “Wall Street” and its satellite modules. I suppose it hasn’t occurred to him that a former First Lady, United States Senator from the financially Brobdingnagian state of New York (in which capacity she would have been incredibly irresponsible not to have forged a working relationship with our largest economic movers and shakers), former Secretary of State, not to mention longtime partner-attorney for one of the largest corporate law firms in the Midwest, and habitue of the highest citadels of world power might have earned her pay scale, unlike, say, what might be offered to an unaffiliated U S Senator from a small mountain state whose primary exports are maple syrup and black flies. And Bernie has yet to explain how breaking up large banks into small banks incapable of providing the magnitude of credit major manufacturing expansion requires will motivate the economy.
But that’s just part of Bernie’s sideshow. His shameless pandering to the “victims” of any number of international trade agreements demonstrate his cluelessness when it comes to the rise of industrialization in the former “third world.” He seems oblivious to the fact that rescinding those agreements would (a) destroy US credibility, (b) initiate trade wars that would extinguish markets worldwide for US made goods and thereby (c) result in the not too long term in massive unemployment that would vitiate any of Sanders’ fantasy gains in job creation from closing our borders to, say, Mexican-made automobiles. That, and I have to ask the demagogue from Vermont what kind of self-described “socialist” could be so totally oblivious to the needs of the underpaid and exploited workers of other nations whose jobs – a colossal improvement on what their parents made, despite how relatively meager their pays scales might be – his policies would eradicate in an augenblick. The answer is, a true leftist couldn’t and wouldn’t ignore this part of the problem. That’s what you get when you peddle feel-good panaceas for complicated issues.
Moreover, Bernie, this is, in case you haven’t noticed, a centrist-to-center conservative majority country. The heartland was never going to send you a congress you could have worked with if they thought your ravings about “revolution” – a word you have stupidly deployed that’s guaranteed to panic a middle America that wants stability, not another economic zombie apocalypse – would have the slightest chance of getting you elected by big eastern and west coast urban populations. They would simply respond by sending you two more congressional houses full of drooling, burping, lurching right wing knuckledraggers (not unlike the current two houses) who would spend the next four years binding and gagging you to make the reception they gave Obama look like a greased sluice.
This is all moot, though. Bernie isn’t going anyplace except back to Burlington to swat deer flies all summer. I’m just concerned that the American left, which has bought into Sanders’ demagogic pandering, is going to be gulled down a primrose path that leads to its continued marginalization and leaves it bereft of practical mixed-market socialist solutions to some of the big problems that ail us. You don’t have to break up the banks to do it. You need to control them, yes, but to control them you need ackcherley to comprehend how they operate and how badly a multinational economy needs them to cooperate and create. You need to partner with them, even if without their enthusiasm. It’s do-able. But Bernie doesn’t understand doodly squat about any of that. Handing him the economy would be like handing a nine year old the keys to his daddy’s stripmining steamshovel.
Now, as to that loudmouthed imbecile and hypocrite Rosario Dawson: attacking Hillary with Monica Lewinsky? Really? What we have here is a dimwitted misogynist masquerading as a feminist, kinda like one of those tropical mantises decked out like foliage. Go home and shut up.