Hillary Clinton, and the Democratic Party, clearly do not understand what is at stake at the Democratic Party convention in Philadelphia. If they did, the convention rules would not right now be written by a board member of a TARP bailed out bank.
We are not merely resisting the nomination for president of someone other than Bernie Sanders. We are resisting our exploitation. I love Bernie, but this movement was resisting the oppression of neoliberal Washington Consensus capitalism with nonviolent civil disobedience for a long time before Bernie ran for president. Anti-fracking activists get arrested regularly. Black Lives Matter activists prepare for arrest as a matter of course. Occupy Wall Street stood across from the armed shock troops of Democratic Party mayors in every corner of America five years ago as over 7,000 of them were arrested. All due respect to him, but this really isn’t about Bernie Sanders. He’ll tell you so.
The Clinton DLC Third Way is dead. It simply does not work, except to rig the game for capital. Bernie Sanders’ job at this convention is to convince superdelegates who now support this rigged game by supporting Hillary Clinton to switch, and support him. We do not care what the Democrats’ capital rigged process up to this point has produced, except that it is producing a sure loser to Donald Trump. This Democratic Party was the indispensible tool of capital to deregulate Wall Street, the pharmaceutical industry, media, telecoms, handed public education over to profit, is bankrolled by fossil fuels destroying our planet, all of which flood the airwaves with cash, so our media just plays right along. That “process” is illegitimate on its face.
It is a “process” now dependent on armed police at state Democratic conventions, complete with a pliant media that will misrepresent the rigging of a political party by state force as some “bad behavior” by unhinged “BernieBros”. We are not fools. We would be fools to think a convention whose rules are chaired by a TARP bailed out bank board member, who wrote TARP himself, will somehow use armed police less, two months later. We’ve seen this movie before, we know how it ends, and that is why we will resist it.
The absurd “BernieBro” high dudgeon manufactured by this same system is right about one thing. There is indeed rage in this country, overflowing rage, at being bait and switched into supporting our own exploitation, among much else. If David Brock worked for the British Viceroy in 1940, he’d have come up with “GandhiBros” to dismiss them, too. Luckily, in America today, we do not live in a country so oppressed as Gandhi’s India. Our rage cannot begin to match Gandhi’s. So we must look to his example.
When Gandhi announced the Salt March, he did so with an incredibly gentle and kind letter to Lord Irwin, who governed India in much the same way our oligarchs govern us. Gandhi informed his oppressors he would be breaking their laws. This is the opportunity before our movement in Philadelphia in July, and before the superdelegates who now support Hillary Clinton. With the power of nonviolence, we will either build a new Democratic Party in Philadelphia no longer enslaved to capital, or fail to, and leave that party. That’s the choice before superdelegates whose first vote is at this contested convention.
Shouldn’t be a very difficult choice if by our gentle ways we can shake the world. Let’s scratch some salt on a beach in Philly, fam.