Alemayehu G. Mariam
April 6, 2016
After Bernie Sanders crushed Hillary Clinton in the Wisconsin primary (56.6% v. 43.1) on Tuesday, Hillary Clinton landed a low blow challenging Sanders’ political stripes.
Are zebras white with black stripes or black with white stripes?
Is Sanders a democrat with socialist stripes or a socialist with democratic stripes?
“Is Sanders [even] a real democrat?”
As usual, Hillary finessed the question. “He’s a relatively new Democrat. In fact, I’m not even sure he is one. He’s running as one. So I don’t know quite how to characterize him… I think he himself doesn’t consider himself to be a Democrat… Look, he’s raised a lot of important issues that the Democratic Party agrees with, income inequality first and foremost. But it’s up to the Democratic primary voters to make that assessment. I’ve been in the trenches for a long time.”
Is this the launch of the “Hillary Presidential Democratic Inquisition”?
Well!! If we are going to conduct an inquisition to determine the true followers, believers and defenders of the democrat party creed, why not ask a few additional question of Bernie Sanders?
Is Bernie Sanders a “real” American? Does he consider himself to be one?
Is Bernie Sanders really Jewish? Does he consider himself to be one?
After all, not long ago Sanders professed his guiding principles when he told Liberty University students, “I am far, far from being a perfect human being but I am motivated by a vision which exists in all religions… and that vision is so beautifully and clearly stated in Matthew 7:12, ‘So in everything do to others what you would have them do to you. That is the Golden Rule.’”
Is Bernie Sanders a flaming pinko (communist) wolf in democrat clothing?
Is he a heretic and an apostate from the true democratic faith?
Is Hillary the anointed Fidei Defensatrix (defender of the [democratic] faith)?
Should we burn Bernie at the stake for being a heretic democrat; or even worse for faking it until he could make it? To the White House, that is.
Who the hell is Bernie Sanders anyway?
Of course, Hillary is implying that she is an “old democrat”. That is the real deal, the real McCoy Democrat.
Ole Bernie is just an imposter and opportunist who is masquerading as a “democrat” to run for the presidency and end run her from the job she believes she is entitled to by predestination.
Hillary’s question got me thinking.
What is the difference between a real democrat politician and a fake one?
Old democrats are establishment democrats? Are they democrats who are in the back pockets of Big Money and Wall Street?
Are all democrats created equal or are old democrats more democrats than new democrats?
George Orwell wrote in Animal Farm, “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”
Is that so for democrats running the Democratic Party Farm?
What is the difference between “new” democrats and “old” democrats?
Is there a seniority system among democrats in which “old” democrats get preferences over “new” ones?
Hillary brags she has raised millions for the democratic party as a badge of her true democrat lineage. But from whom? Wall Street and Big Money?
Bernie Sanders is not in the back pockets of Big Money and Wall Street. His contributions come from small donors.
The millions of young people supporting Bernie and coming to the Democratic Party like what Bernie has to say about Big Money and Wall Street. are not in the back pockets of Big Money and Wall Street, does that mean they are children of a lesser democratic god?
What are the differences between real and old democrats running for office and new and fake ones running for office?
What does it take to be a member of the democratic party?
But Hillary’s question about “new” democrats goes beyond Bernie Sanders.
There are millions of new young men and women who are flocking to the Democratic Party.
Is Hillary’s litmus test to join the Democratic Party going to be, “Are you a new or old democrat?” All new democrats will be on probation until…?
Will Hillary now question the new membership of the millions of young people coming to the Democratic Party to support Bernie Sanders and dismissively tell them, “Do they really consider themselves to be democrats (unless, of course, they vote her?)”
Hillary’s questions got me to ask a few questions of Hillary.
After all, shouldn’t what is good for the gander be good for the goose (no pun intended).
Who is Hillary Clinton the “old” democrat? What has she accomplished over four decades of “public service” as a “democrat”?
Carly Fiorina (remember her in the Republican presidential candidate pool) said, “If you want to stump a Democrat, ask them to name an accomplishment of Hillary Clinton.”
I am stumped!
I am an independent voting for democrats almost always. (Why? Uh! Uh! Uh!…)
Since Hillary wants to know about independents and democrats and independents voting for democrats, I want to come clean and declare myself an “independent democrat”. (An independent democrat is an independent who votes strapped with a scuba oxygen tank. More often than not, the stench in the slate of democrat candidates is so bad at the polling stations on election day, scuba gear is the only safe way to safely exercise my right to vote. Phew!
(BTW, where the hell is Jon Huntsman anyway? Hunstman is a Republican who served as U.S. Ambassador to China under the Obama Adminstration. Now, there is a Republican with brains. Did I just say that?!)
Back to Carly’s question. Pray tell, as an old democrat with a 40-year career in democratic politics, what exactly has Hillary Clinton accomplished?
During her book tour in April 2014, Hillary was asked to name her “marquee achievement,” or “signature doctrine” as Secretary of State. She gave no answer. Yep. None!
When Hillary appeared before a women’s forum that same month and was asked what “her proudest achievement as secretary of state”, she waffled. “I really see my role as secretary, and, in fact, leadership in general in a democracy, as a relay race… I mean, you run the best race you can run, you hand off the baton.”
Is that gobbledygook from an old democrat?
Does that mean there is not a single achievement Hillary Clinton can identify as her singular achievement or a proud moment in four decades of public “service”?
Do we really want to vote for an old democrat to become president who cannot identify a single worthy career achievement after 40-years in politics?
Hillary just does not get it.
Here is the deal.
2016 is the year of the new democrats, the millions of young people who are motivated and inspired by a 74-year old man.
Isn’t it amazing that a 74-year old man can mobilize and engage so many young people. Bernie Sanders has young women flocking to his campaign.
Madeline Albright, former Secretary of State under Bill Clinton and old school feminist Gloria Steinem came out to chastise young American women who support Bernie Sanders. Albright said, “There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other!” Steinem added insult to injury by blaming young women’s pheromones for their attraction to Bernie: “When you’re young, you’re thinking, ‘Where are the boys?’ The boys are with Bernie.”
The Millennial Generation is inspired by and follow the guy from the Silent Generation.
It is not about the age or the gender of the man but the timeliness of his ideas.
Bernie Sanders’ ideas are ideas whose time has come.
Hillary Clinton of the “old” Democratic Party is what is wrong with the old Democratic Party.
To have been part of a party and not being able to show anything by way of a “marquee accomplishment” over a period of years should be a badge of shame, not fame.
The presidency is part of Hillary’s lifelong power chase. She wants to become president because she is driven by blind ambition. I believe Hillary’s love of power overpowers her love of the people who are source of all power.
I look to a day in America when politicians and leaders will not be judged by the color of their skin, their age, their gender, their religion, their ancestry or their social class but by the content of their character and the content of their service to the least of our brothers and sisters.
Blinded by the pursuit of power, Hillary cannot see the revolution Bernie Sanders has ushered.
Millions of young Americans are calling for fundamental change in the relationship between the 1 percenters and the 99 percenters. The millions of Americans locked out of the American dream are no longer content to sit by idly and wait. They are raring to charge the locked door.
The old Democratic Party cannot stop an idea whose time has come. Bernie Sanders has won six of the last seven primaries. The old Democratic Party should ask why a 74-year old man is winning among new democrats and bring to the old democrats millions of new ones.
Hillary Clinton may be able to stop Bernie Sanders and get the nomination, but she will not stop the revolution he has ignited in the minds of the young people and those for whom America is not America to them, to quote the great African American poet Langston Hughes.
Hillary wants Bernie to face the people’s judgment: “It’s up to the Democratic primary voters to make [the] assessment [whether Bernie is a true democrat. Voters [should] ask themselves, can he deliver what he is talking about, can he really help people?”
I flip the question on Hillary and ask the people to judge her. After 40 years “in the trenches”, what has Hillary delivered?
It is a trick question.
Hillary has delivered NOTHING in 40 years. Nada. Rien. Nichts. Niente. La sha. Tipota. Méiyǒu. Nenio. Kitu. Nani mo. Nichego. NOTHIN’. Minim!
Hillary will deliver NOTHING in the next 4 years if she becomes president. Nada. Rien. Nichts. Niente. La sha. Tipota…