''Liberals confirm what we've been saying for a while. Sanders and Warren running aren't about building an alternative to anything. It's about capturing radicalization and funneling it back into the Democrat Party, who will then crush it. Masters of Demobilization and status quo...." ~Douglas Frederick
Update April 2, 2015:
Now Bernie has declared to run as a democrat. Mmm hmm.
STEPHANOPOULOS: So if you lose in this nomination fight, will you support the Democratic nominee?"Vermont senator and ostensible socialist Bernie Sanders is playing the sheepdog candidate for Hillary Clinton this year. Bernie's job is to warm up the crowd for Hillary, herding activist energies and the disaffected left back into the Democratic fold one more time. Bernie aims to tie up activist energies and resources till the summer of 2016 when the only remaining choice will be the usual lesser of two evils."
SANDERS: Yes. I have in the past.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Not going to run as an independent?
SANDERS: No, absolutely not. I've been very clear about that.
He’s been dubbed a de facto democrat, casting 98 per cent of his votes with the Democratic Party. His experience in the Vermont Senate belies his close collusion with the party; other Dems refrain from competing for the same seat and Sanders stays silent around the cuts on education, social services and lay-offs of state workers implemented by Governor Peter Shumlin."
Let's face it: Sanders is no alternative
"I have known Hillary Clinton for twenty five years. I admire her. I respect her. I like her." ~Bernie Sanders HERE
"In this context, Sanders’ commitment to the Democratic Party and American capitalism amounts to a pre-signed declaration of surrender. More likely than not that surrender will be issued within the Democratic Primary when he endorses Hillary Clinton – yet even were he to overcome the odds and succeed, he could not deliver on the hopes of his supporters.
Capital concedes nothing without a threat: a threat to profits, a threat of disruption, a threat of expropriation. Our capacity to win reform is at every moment conditioned by our ability to threaten capital and the governability of the capitalist state. Only an uncompromising and unconditional struggle can wrest victories from the avaricious grasp of the American bourgeoisie.
Sanders, for all his relatively progressive demands, has renounced in advance precisely that unconditional struggle which is most essential to winning even basic reforms under capitalism."
Sanders, the Left and the American Elections
"BERNIE SANDERS' entry into the Democratic presidential primaries should be seen as his final decisive step away from the democratic socialism he professes to support. He will raise some progressive demands in the primaries and then endorse the corporate Democrat, Hillary Clinton. Nothing changes.
In his opening campaign speech as the party's 1904 presidential candidate, Eugene Debs said:
'The Republican and Democratic parties, or, to be more exact, the Republican-Democratic party, represent the capitalist class in the class struggle. They are the political wings of the capitalist system and such differences as arise between them relate to spoils and not to principles. With either of those parties in power, one thing is always certain, and that is that the capitalist class is in the saddle and the working class under the saddle.'"
"(Howard) Dean said in May 2005 that he considered Sanders an ally who 'votes with the Democrats 98% of the time.' Then-Senator Barack Obama also campaigned for Sanders in Vermont. Sanders entered into an agreement with the Democratic Party, much as he had as a congressman, to be listed in their primary but to decline the nomination should he win, which he did." HERE
"I am glad that the left intellectual and activist Chris Hedges does not support the Bernie Sanders campaign for the Democratic Party presidential nomination. As Hedges explained in a recent interview on the Ralph Nader Radio Hour, Sanders’ candidacy lends undeserved credibility to the thoroughly corporatized Democratic Party. Sanders has pledged that he will support the corporatist military hawk Hillary Clinton in the 2016 general presidential election. Sanders stirs up legitimate progressive energy and popular anger and then 'funnels it back into a dead political system,' Hedges observes. Sanders fails to confront the American Empire and military state, and, Hedges adds, has unforgivably 'abandoned the Palestinians and given carte blanche to Israel.'” HERE
Bernie Sanders, the independent Vermont senator who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination on 2016, on Sunday denied that he would be a “spoiler” for the electoral chances of the establishment favourite and said:“Maybe I shouldn’t say this: I like Hillary Clinton.”
"Quite right. Let’s not be fooled by any politician appealing to high ideals when they are in the business of war and empire.
Sanders not only defends military contracts that benefit his constituents in Vermont, he also joined the 100 to 0 vote in the Senate to give unalloyed moral and political support to the state of Israel during its most recent bombing campaign against Gaza."
Let’s not be fooled by “progressives” who can’t find their spines when the colonial regime in Israel bombs the crowded ghetto of Gaza.Bernie Sanders Drops A Bomb On The Media, “This Campaign Is Not Against Hillary Clinton.” (Warning: Left-wing nut-job website; posted here solely for article title which they cannot understand means he's a sheepdog for Hillary who'll never attack the democrats for whom he works.)
Sanders is beginning to parrot Black Lives Matter rhetoric yet he fully supports the Zion Apartheid and genocide of the Palestinian people:
"Sanders, on the other hand, went in the opposite direction, being vehemently pro-Israel before easing back as his bid for president neared. In 2006, he signed on to HR 921, which "reaffirmed US support for Israel" and condemned rocket attacks by Hamas. In 2008, Sanders was one of 100 co-sponsors of a Senate resolution recognizing the 60th anniversary of Israel's founding. Over the summer of 2014, Bernie's name was included by unanimous consent without a formal roll call in Senate Resolution 498, which granted US support for the Israeli defense forces' invasion of Gaza."
"How easy will it be for you to switch your support?" (From Bernie to Hillary). ~Robert Reich, warming up the Hillary Machine, on Facebook, Feb. 5, 2016
Our job now is to see our progressive platform implemented by a Democratic Senate, a Democratic House and a Hillary Clinton presidency.— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) July 12, 2016
Democrats consume everything and co-opt it into themselves.
This is most evident in "occupy democrats", an openly pro-Obama PAC using the word Occupy to build a base for Obama, WHO IS PART OF THE PROBLEM WE FIGHT.
Much, much more about that bullshit directly above ^^^
HERE: Endless "occupy democrats" hypocrisy