My B-Day Gift to Bernie

by William Skink

The Missoulian likes to remind its readers of important people’s birthdays, and usually that means a celebrity, but today I was informed that it’s Bernie Sanders’ b-day. Now that I know Bernie is a fellow Virgo, I feel compelled to bring attention to a non-critical article amplified by those political scoundrels at Counterpunch, titled The Sanders Paradox: a Brief for Bernie.

This part in particular about why the far left are such self-defeating scolds some readers of this blog may appreciate:

How to awaken tens of millions of people from the entrapments of mass hypnosis, prostration, and indifference and into the first halting steps toward recognition and self-emancipation? The quandary is as old as the parable of Plato’s cave—that mythic netherworld of darkness and illusion inhabited by us fallible mortals. The solution—the way out of the cave into the liberating light of knowledge—is as stubbornly elusive now as it was then. But simply naming the problem of the “false consciousness” that stymies the oppressed—as endlessly and vehemently reiterated by the legions of the far left for a small eternity—does not by itself yield a solution, as the long history of leftist impotence and isolation attests. It is understandably frustrating for the leftist sects and sages to have all the answers except that most important one: how to lead the “masses” out of the darkness of ignorance and ideological deception into enlightenment. The leftist groups—with their obscure tomes of theory, their blogs, their conferences and meetings, their tinker-toy bureaucracies, their streams of manifestoes and critiques, their insular feuds and splits and fiery excoriations of left, right, and center—are self-declared leaders without followers, generals with an invincible plan for battle who lack only one small detail: an army.

Happy B-day, Bernie.

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About William Skink

I'm a poet and political cynic living and writing in Montana. You can contact me here: willskink at yahoo dot com
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7 Responses to My B-Day Gift to Bernie

  1. steve kelly says:

    Consider the possibility that you and Bernie are Leos. http://siderealist.com/index.html (scroll to bottom of page).

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    • no, I am not a Leo. my dad is a Leo, both my in-laws are Leos and my oldest son is a Leo. the Leo sense that they are the center of the universe can be infuriating.

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      • steve kelly says:

        Whatever you say.
        However, I would say for artists and poets in particular: “We must dare to think ‘unthinkable’ thoughts. We must learn to explore all the options and possibilities that confront us in a complex and rapidly changing world.”
        – Senator James William Fulbright

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  2. There’s a left in the United States? First I’ve heard of it. Last Inheard of it, it had died on 6/6/68.

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  3. steve kelly says:

    The left was taken out.

    “JFK to 911 Everything Is A Rich Man’s Trick”

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    • Not too many people are going to watch a three hour video, but I did, last night and this morning. There are many troublesome aspects about it, as in the matter-of-fact way the narrators says “we now know…” about questions that have plagued researchers for decades. Did God come down in a machine and supply the answers? It has all the makings of a limited hangout, necessitated by decades of good hard investigation by private researchers and the presence of the Internet as a tool for spreading knowledge.

      I bristle at the repeated use of the term “Illuminati” as I don’t know what it means and it functions as a scare word. Placement of George H.W. Bush in Dealey Plaza is tenuous at best, but stated with utter certainty. The role of the mob, a certainty in the assassination, raises them above the role of henchmen into master planners. I suspect quite the opposite, that mobsters were played as patsies along with Oswald by people far more clever and powerful. After all, in the end, they were blown away too when called to testify.

      It reduces the whole world to a giant master scheme … That fits our limited brains, but does it really describe a massive complex world?

      And finally, after all these years, the narrator states as a certainty that controlled demolition brought down the three buildings (of seven) destroyed on 9/11. Dr. Judy Wood can’t buy a cup of coffee even as she has done the best research of any. (She also eschews the “truth” movement as a diversionary scheme.)

      But at the end is a list of researchers I have read and respect, David Lifton among them. Were they part of this documentary, or are their names, along with the murdered Dorothy Kilgallen, just thrown in for the sake of sucking us in deeper down the rabbit hole?

      No one is ever harmed by viewing or reading things with which they disagree, though most fear doing so. I highly recommend that people do just that, however, as this documentary is a testimony to the massive tomes of evidence collected since 11/22/63. In the end, it might be just a diversion, but it contains enough truth to be useful to anyone not initiated in the sordid underbelly of the United States of America.

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