Bernie Sanders will not directly criticize his opponents, but he has never said his supporters should remain mum about them. Facebook page Bash for Bernie was set up for that explicit purpose, and Revolt Against Plutocracy, the Facebook-based group organizing a write-in campaign for Sanders in the general election, is willing to “break eggs” because Sanders has to “walk” on them as an outsider running within the Democratic Party. Sanders won’t say it: Hillary Clinton is a flip-flopper.
Clinton’s supporters do not want to hear this. Share this column on any pro-Clinton Facebook page, and you will likely get banished. Secretary Clinton’s positions on the TPP, the Keystone XL pipeline and a host of other issues are (or were) to the right of where the active base of the Democratic Party is, so Hillary is saying what she (or her professional advisers are telling her) believe Democrats want to hear.
A month ago, Clinton refused to take a position on whether she would support or oppose the Keystone XL pipeline, proposed to bring dirty, tar sands oil down to the Gulf of Mexico from Canada. Last week, she (or her advisers) devised a reason why she should oppose it. “I think it is imperative that we look at the Keystone Pipeline as what I believe it is—a distraction from the important work we have to do to combat climate change, and unfortunately, from my perspective, one that interferes with our ability to move forward to deal with all the other issues. Therefore, I oppose it.” One can only guess why that was not the case last month.
As the Sane Progressive makes clear in the video above, Secretary Clinton was a strong advocate for the un-American Trans-Pacific Partnership in the State Department. Now she wants to wait and see what is in the finalized treaty before taking a position on it. When she does so after the negotiations are finalized and the treaty is published, count on her following in then-Senator Obama’s footprints and essentially being dishonest about where she stands on this international, corporate coup des lois. She could come out against it now because like NAFTA, the TPP will provide cheap labor for American-based corporations that will relocate to Vietnam and Malaysia where slave labor is used and wages are very low.
Clinton claims that the trade deal “should put us in a position to protect American workers, raise wages and create more good jobs at home.” The TPP will create some jobs in America, and it will lead to far more outsourcing of American jobs. She could oppose it now if she hadn’t been such a strong advocate for it as Secretary of State.
Other examples of Hillary Clinton changing her positions over the years include:
- Same-sex marriage,
- The disastrous Iraq War,
- Drivers licenses for undocumented workers in America,
- The use of ethanol in gasoline.
The contrast with Senator Sanders’ principled consistency on the issues over the years could not be more stark. In the Citizens United era, when super PACs supporting Clinton will overwhelm the airwaves with attacks on Bernie Sanders, Bernie’s supporters understand that they have to become the media. However, they need to figure out how to get these type of arguments in front of voters who are not already supporters of Senator Sanders. Preaching to the choir is useless, so they have to figure out how to reach undecided or weak Clinton supporters, people, for example, who merely want a woman in the White House.
Clinton’s surrogates are attacking Bernie Sanders. It’s time for Bernie’s army of volunteers to engage in the honest and necessary effort to criticize Hillary Clinton as neo-liberal corporate tool willing to say anything it takes to get elected. It’s time to break eggs for the political revolution this country so desperately needs.