Bernie Sanders is More of the Same

Hillary Clinton Bernie Sanders

Sanders carries himself the same way the establishment does. He tells us what he thinks is good for us in a non-collaborative tone.

As the political race has begun to shake out the process is revealing more and more about each candidate. Somehow, Bernie Sanders has become the poster child for fighting the man. White liberals love Bernie Sanders. Martin and Malcolm and Audre cautioned long ago, however, to beware when White liberals get excited about something.

Often, based on racial and cultural history, the excitement points to a group of people who enjoy the title of being progressive, socially conscience change-agents, while enjoying the comfort of their privilege actively. Bernie’s supporters seem no different. Even his slogan, “Feel the Bern,” evokes images of doing something that we don’t want to do, but is good for our health; things like working out or voting for Bernie Sanders.  But is voting for Bernie Sanders good for our health? I say no. If you have been unsure of Bernie, but couldn’t quite put your finger on it, maybe consider this.

Bernie is more of the same, while claiming to be unique.

Bernie engages in the privileges of participating in patriarchy while claiming he will dismantle patriarchal establishment. Can we not with that? Bernie Sanders is a career politician. How much more “establishment” does it get?  You realize that Bernie Sanders is still lecturing AT us. You realize Bernie Sanders is still yelling AT us.

Sanders carries himself the same way the establishment does. He tells us what he thinks is good for us in a non-collaborative tone. He wants us to Feel the Bern. We can tip our hat to Sanders’ desire to evaluate economic disparities that keep America dysfunctional. Don’t be fooled, though. Sanders harps on this talking point so aggressively, one wonders if it’s intended to cloud balanced evaluation of other factors where he falls short. He proves time and again that his ideological persuasions are far more important than collaborative dialogue.

The debates for which I’ve tuned in conjured images of a President Sanders attempting be diplomatic, but just yelling at foreign dignitaries. More than Sanders’ can’t act right behavior, we should consider what his willingness to give no damns about it mean. Foreign policy and relations are corporate and consumeristic in nature. Sanders cannot possible expect to change the infrastructure of foreign relations. While he *maybe* could implement socialist governance in the United States as president, he can’t force this political model in the global stage. Sanders IDGAF behavior at home gives me little confidence in his ability to represent the United States elsewhere.

A vote for Sanders is just another vote for a white dude willing to engage in white dude privilege while saying they are woke. I am tired of hearing how Bernie Sanders will dismantle the establishment with his proposed legislation when he continually fails to dismantle the establishment in his own behavior.

Jasmine Banks is a freelance writer and small business owner who writes about everything and nothing at all at justjasmineblog.com. You can follow her on Instagram or Twitter as @Djazzo.

Photo courtesy of Jasmine Banks.

  • cecilyk

    SING. IT.

  • TJTruth2

    You don’t mention a single actual ISSUE in this whole diatribe. Many people, including me, like Sanders because of his thoughtful and reasonable stances on the ISSUES. And besides, has Bernie ever once asked anybody to “Feel the Bern” as you claim? I really, really doubt it. Politics is about more than holding your head and hands in a camera-friendly way and delivering focus-group-tested soundbites. Voters want authenticity. One of the top two Democratic presidential candidates has it. The other doesn’t.

  • Charlotte Montemayor

    The reason people love Bernie is that he is open, factual and has some actual dignity – not for the duration of this race, but his ENTIRE CAREER he has fought for the rights of people. No politician is perfect or meets any one person’s every wish. This is not a white dude vs a white woman race, this is about what is best for the people of America. In this case the majority of people in America are leaning towards Bernie because he is so real and is actually talking about fixing issues the people care about. If you are going to caucus for Hillary then do it with facts and a legit argument, this is just a slanderous, finger-pointing opinion that makes the author look like another rabid, uneducated political supporter supporter that cares more about gender/race/religion/etc… then the actual health of this country and its people.

  • Bradley J. Timm

    As far as opinion pieces go, this is one of the worst I’ve read in a while. Bernie is the next FDR. Naysayers be damned.

    • steveannie

      Seriously … what a crock!

      • steveannie

        (The “opinion piece” not your comment, in case I wasn’t clear!)

  • steveannie

    Sanders gets this, even if the writer above doesn’t.

    Toni Morrison on Black Artists (1975‎‎)

    “Racism was always a con game that sucked all the strength of the victim. It’s the red flag that is danced before the head of a bull. It’s purpose is only to distract. To keep the bull’s mind away from his power and his energy. Keep it focused on anything but his own business. It’s hoped for consequence is to define black people as reaction to white presence…

    It’s important to know who the real enemy is and to know the very serious function of racism, which is distraction. It keeps you from doing YOUR WORK. It keeps you explaining over and over your reason for being.

    It may very well be left to artists to grapple with th‎is fact (the distraction). For art focuses on the single grain of rice, the tree-shaped scar and the names of people shipped not only the number. And to the artist one can only say: not to be confused. You don’t waste your energy fighting the fever. You must only fight the disease. And the disease is not racism. It is greed and the struggle for power.

    And I urge you to be careful for there is a deadly prison. A prison that is erected when one spends one’s life fighting phantoms, concentrating on myths and explaining over and over to the conqueror your language, your lifestyle, your history, your habits. And you don’t have to do it anymore. You can go ahead and talk straight to me.”

    On May 30, 1975, the author and intellectual Toni Morrison visited Portland State University and gave a speech, followed by a Q+A with a panel of academics.

  • Ben Anderson

    Clearly a right wing “hit” propaganda piece. Why do so many think Bernie supporters are as uninformed and unintelligent as them?

  • da6675

    What the hell does this even mean? WTF does Sanders’ debating Hillary have to do with “screaming at foreign dignitaries”?
    I guess I completely missed it when Sanders declared he was going to be world emperor and impose “socialism” everywhere.
    Whoever wrote this is so lacking in general knowledge and thinking skills that…. actually, she’s a poster child for what’s wrong with American education and discourse.

  • cherylsass123

    Bernie Sanders is more of the same:

    From a friend, Janet R Rushforth

    I found this to be interesting…

    “Sanders carries himself the same way the establishment does. He tells us what he thinks is good for us in a non-collaborative tone. He wants us to Feel the Bern. We can tip our hat to Sanders’ desire to evaluate economic disparities that keep America dysfunctional. Don’t be fooled, though. Sanders harps on this talking point so aggressively, one wonders if it’s intended to cloud balanced evaluation of other factors where he falls short. He proves time and again that his ideological persuasions are far more important than collaborative dialogue.”Yes I found this interesting too, Janet R. Rushforth being a now FORMER FRIEND I had on Facebook for the last two years until she recently backstabbed me because I’ve been bad mouthing her “Little Bankers Queen” Shillary Rodham Clinton. Oh well, Janet. Now I know what the fuck you are really all about; I realize you were mad about political posts on your page to which I sent you the message in private. I also must say another thing. I think I slammed the nail right on the head with a sledgehammer when I said the following: “How is Big Pharma treating you these days?” Yes I sure as hell hit the nail on the head after reading this comment; those stinking psychiatric NUT PILLS you have been taking have finally numbed your mind to the sense that you cannot even think beyond “Cute little animal pictures” and other stupid, meaningless as all get out shit! Now I know the truth; you are so worried about the Republicans and in particular Donald John Trump winning the damn election that you will “Vote Blue no matter WHO.” You are a shill for Shillary just like all the other old cows in the pasture who are no longer in their prime for making the most milk!

    To which I say who cares? Seriously thinking, I was going to unfriend you on Facebook anyway because you are nothing but an old yuppie bitch. Go run on home now, Janet Rebecca Rushforth or whatever the hell the are in your middle name stands for. Run along now. Shillary Rodham Clinton is calling all the old cows home to the $2.2 million barn in Chappaqua, New York! Run along now, Shillary is calling; she is going to be the host of a fundraiser in Westport, Connecticut at the home of one of her rich, probably Jewish hedge funds broker friends with the big powerhouse job on Wall Street.

    Moo! Moo! Said the old cow named Shillary. Moo! Moo! The Queen of the dairy cows is calling her herd home to Chappaqua, Janet! Run along now, and yes, I sincerely hope you CHOKE on that cup of Shillary Rodham Clinton Brand Coffee! I hear it’s even better than Ben & Jerry’s new ice cream flavor, Bernie Sanders Crunch. Oh, lest I not forget, Janet “Retarded” Rushforth (from all those Looney Tunes pills you have been taking these days!). Ben & Jerry’s has another new flavor called “Hillary’s 31 Flavors.” Bring out the spoon, baby! Which flavor will it be today? Big Bastard Bank, NA Crunch? Or maybe Wall Street Billion Dollar Baby Green Pistachio??? With Shillary you never know what you’re gonna get from day-to-day because she has more flavors than Baskin-Robbins could ever think of when it comes to ice cream! Aging Vagina Peanut Butter Stinkery Clinton. Put a little FDS or Summers Eve on it like all the aging cows in Westport, Connecticut seem to do.*Spray*spray*Moo! Moo! I hear Stinkery Rodham Clinton calling all the old cows back to the barn with Bill in Chappaqua, New York, Janet Rebecca Rushforth. “Chappaqua! Next stop, Chappaqua! As you leave the train, don’t get your high heels caught in the gap between the train and the platform!” And no, Ms. Janet Rebecca Rushforth. BERNIE SANDERS IS NOT “MORE of the SAME!” He is a hell of a lot better than your old Queen of the aging dairy cows we have come to call Shillary. Perhaps we should rename her for the Street in Bernie Sanders hometown of Brooklyn? Tillary. Tillary Rodham Clinton; that sounds about right as she is dependent upon the Wall Street “TILL” Every time she raids the TILL, it goes “Cha-Ching!” Just like those Blue Like Specials at Kmart. “Cha-Ching! I am finished with my Corporate Motivational Speech, Mr. CEO Banker. That’ll be $200,000 please. Shall I put it on your American Express Card? Or would you rather just donate an extra $2 million to my campaign and we can forget about the cost of that speech? Cha-Ching! Cha-Ching! Tillary Rodham Clinton at your service! At least Bernie Sanders has more self respect for himself than to constantly LIE, like Shillary Rodham Clinton does all the time, about what her opponent named Bernie SAID. Yes Ms. Janet Rebecca Rushforth; or should I call you Ms. Janet Retarded Rushforth because those nut pills have numbed your brain to the point where you cannot think beyond the realm that the aging Queen of the Dairy Cows from Chappaqua would make the best President? Then again, as long as Shillary delivers plenty of lactose-tolerant “GREEN MILK” for the banker CEOs on Wall Street, American Exceptionalism will be able to survive! Isn’t that true, Janet Rebecca Rushforth?

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