McClaughry: Sanders, Sinema and the politics of party

By John McClaughry

When Arizona Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema opposed Democratic efforts to change Senate rules to rush their huge social welfare and subsidy bill through the Senate, the Arizona Democratic Party, controlled by progressives, adopted a resolution of censure, denouncing her for it.

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Bernie Sanders is an independent democratic socialist, not a Democrat. Has he forgotten this?

Interviewed by reporter Manu Raju, Sen. Bernie Sanders applauded the Democratic party’s censure of his colleague. He said it was absolutely the right thing to do, and hinted that he may support a Democratic primary challenge to Sinema next time around.

Now, what’s wrong with this story?

Bernie Sanders is not, nor has he ever been, a member any Democratic Party. Why is he telling Democrats what to do in a party that he resolutely refuses to belong to?

For the first 30 years of his public life, Bernie Sanders ritually denounced the two major parties, that he called the Demicans and Republicrats, as subservient lackeys of the rich and the big corporations. He proudly claimed to an independent democratic socialist. But when he arrived in Congress in 1991, he promptly sold out in order to gain rank in the House Democratic Caucus. Then in 2016 he sought the presidential nomination of the party he steadfastly refuses to join.

There’s more to this story, but it’s one really ugly blotch on Bernie’s career. If he’s really an independent, he should leave other parties to their own designs, instead of meddling from outside to please his own progressive crowd.

John McClaughry is vice president of the Ethan Allen Institute. Reprinted with permission from the Ethan Allen Institute Blog.

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12 thoughts on “McClaughry: Sanders, Sinema and the politics of party

  1. Great read Mr. McClaughry…doesn’t take many words to reveal the evil lurking behind Bolshevik Bernie lol 😀

  2. Yet they allowed him to run on their ticket, blocking any other democrats running against him.

    Do not be fooled, they are all working on the same team. All schooled in Chicago, trace all the “progressives” who come to Vermont. They all have the same background, hang with the same folks.

    Would the Republican party let him run on their ticket? One might say NO! Of course not!

    But then again who is carrying water for the globalists in Vermont? Who’s pimping for the new world order, don’t look at the party, look at the actions. Look at the agenda.

    NH is having a terrible time with this. Gov. Sununu, is rino extraordinaire, aka Pimp of NWO, aka Corporatist, aka globalist, aka traitor to the Republic. Vermont also has many examples.

    We need people who love our republic and country, more then the power and money promised for becoming a marxist, you know, where the leaders are more equal. Have more equal rights, like the ones currently being put up in Montpelier.

    • We need Patriots who recognize the Constitution as the core and foundation of our Republic form of government and honor it as the core and foundation of the party. Anyone who cannot accept this has *no business* holding any lever of power.

  3. Peter I take Bernie to have the mind of a true grifter and nothing more.
    He’s going to attach to whatever horse will get him where he wants to go..
    He’s parasitic.

    I think that another thing about Bernie that few of his followers seem to get, what has he done?
    We can blather on all day long and find a following.. but that needs to translate into real action that we can see some results of if truly solving problems is the goal.

    They like talking a whole lot more than doing.
    The Democrats are the party of destruction, they don’t want to do and to fix because they need dependent on government voters. So really fixing things is not in their own best interest.
    When you understand this, you understand Bernie a whole lot better.

  4. The best analogy I can think of for Burnee is he’s the flat spot on the wheel of the
    government shopping cart…
    The most useless seat warmer the senate has ever seen and a embarrassment for pre
    flatlander invasion Vermont values..

  5. Agreed. Bernie abuses Democrats with tyranny reminiscent of Trump’s treatment of Republicans. “American people couldn’t imagine it in 2016 and 2020 primaries,” you say? Can you imagine Trump in 2024? There are better choices inside of both parties.

  6. Bernie’s behavior goes well beyond what can be described as political party affiliation or party politics…….Bernie’s behavior is tyrannical…….He’s a petty tyrant with little patiences or tolerance for those who do not obediently follow is lead and he is not shy to voice his ire when someone doesn’t please him.

    Joe Manchin and Krysten Sinema didn’t/won’t behave the way Bernie demanded……Bernie publicly rants against them calling for them to be primaried……A form of political exile or banishment for behavior contrary to his way of thinking……..The sort of behavior observed many times throughout history by both significant and petty tyrants.

    The list of those who Bernie has publicly ranted against and called for political and economic retribution is long and reaches a wide swath of people who have achieved business success or expressed thinking, words or committed deeds that have not met Bernie’s expectations.

    Can you imagine Bernie Sanders as President of this great country?……..Thank goodness the American people couldn’t imagine it either in 2016 and 2020 primaries.

    • Peter,

      The Democrats taking over the federal government in 2020, has and will cause huge damage to the US, from which it will be difficult to recover

      A good example of damage is the outrageous, country-destroying, “just walk-in, anybody from anywhere is welcome” southern border, to purposely change the demographics of the US in favor of Dem/Progs

      The black-out problem Texas experienced, due to a cold spell a year ago, lasting just a few days, compared to FOUR years of open borders, is like a mouse to an elephant.

      It is absolutely imperative to vote these incompetent, socialistic, communistic, un-American imposters out of office in November 2022

      We have to:

      1) Turn out EN MASSE, to offset any and all election shenanigans, perpetrated by desperate Democrats, to hold on to power, plus

      2) Enough people must turn out to witness and record, on video, any and all suspicious election events, AROUND THE CLOCK; give them no breathing space.

      We have to:

      1) Ban ballot drop boxes to reduce fraud opportunities

      2) Ban mail-in voting to reduce fraud opportunities

      3) Sanitize the registered voter lists

      4) In Democrat-controlled cities “vote counting” is done primarily in Democrat-dominated vote counting centers, staffed by “trusted” Democrat operatives. We must insist, all “vote counting centers” be staffed with an equal number of Republican and Democrat vote counters and observers.

      These are the four most egregious election system flaws, that enabled the Democrats to get “elected” in 2020, and likely in prior elections as well.

      This THIRD WORLD sordidness has to end, before it will ruin the US

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