Little known to most voters in this presidential primary season of the college student-driven Bernie the Socialist Juggernaut, which came suddenly to earth during the South Carolina primary, is that Bernie was a political science student in the turbulent 1960s at the University of Chicago, then one of the a breeding grounds along with Columbia University and Berkeley for training young middle class Marxists minds.
He was a classmate at U. of C. with an angry young woman of Jewish-Swedish descent, one Bernadine Dohrn, who would go on to become a leader of the Students for a Democratic Society protesting the Vietnam War, and later, with her future husband Bill Ayers, another child of upper middle class white suburbia.
Bernadine and Bill would go on to form the Weather Underground, made up of suburban children from elite colleges like themselves, who in the late 1960s and early 1970s went on to set bombs at government buildings as part of their “Declaration of War” on the United States Government, with the goal, Bernadine wrote, “the destruction of US imperialism and the achievement of a classless world: world communism.”
Bernadine called herself a “revolutionary communist,” from the get go, and rant about her commitment to violence to take down the “imperialist pigs,” while she and revolutionary lover then husband Bill led their Weather Underground comrades on scores of bombing missions in New York and San Francisco and Chicago and Washington, D.C. In their twisted, narcissistic, elite-college thinking, all this violence would eventually take down the capitalist system and create their utopian classless world.
Both Bill and Bernadine would be on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List in the early 1970s, and Bernadine until the late 1970s, living underground with assumed names, while continuing to plan bomb attacks. Neither of them would ever express remorse for the scores of bombings, even after they settled into a middle class life in Hyde Park, raising kids, but still the godfather and godmother of the Hyde Park Progressives, namely socialists. Bill, in 2008, would say he wished they had “done more.”
While Bernie soon went back to the woods of Vermont after the U. of C., he would describe his experience in Chicago and the political science undergrads he hung out with, like Bernadine, as “the major period of intellectual ferment in my life.” He joined sit ins with Bernadine on the Hyde Park Campus against the war, joined the Young People’s Socialist League, a Marxist group, and, like Bernadine, became active in the civil rights movement, with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, a black Marxist group headed by Stokely Carmichael, who coined the phrase “Black Power.”
After runs for Governor of Vermont with the Liberty Union Party, Bernie ran for mayor of Burlington, Vermont, as a socialist. Then on to the U.S. House in 1991 and later the U.S. Senate.
Meanwhile, Bernadine and Bill remained in relative political obscurity, helping cultivate socialist candidates in Hyde Park, practicing the dictum from their community organizing hero Saul Alinsky, who wrote Rules for Radicals dedicated to Lucifer, and said:
“True revolutionaries do not flaunt their radicalism. They cut their hair, put on suits, and infiltrate the system from within.”
Then taken into their Hyde Park home was a young, lost, biracial man, looking for the father who had abandoned him, and Bill and Bernadine helped him get into Harvard, schooled him in their world view as a regular guest at dinner parties, and launched his political career from their living room in 1995. The rest is some of the most improbable history in American politics, when someone who promised to build up the heterosexual middle class instead tried to crush it into extinction with taxes and debt, and pummel capitalism and the free market with taxes and over-regulation, promoting the LGBTQ agenda at every turn to further confuse everyone about their sexuality and future marriage and bringing more middle class children into the world.
So now we have Barack’s former vice president Joe Biden, who met with him in the White House every day for eight years over breakfast, now running for president, and Barack won’t endorse him, even after Joe’s stunning victory in South Carolina. Everyone from the beginning has asked the question “why not?” since every exiting president in 20th Century America has endorsed their vice president who decided to run.
Out today, on the eve of Super Tuesday, Barack’s reconstructed news station, CNN, which is essentially a socialist propagandist outlet to bash the capitalist with the blonde combover, said the following:
“A person close to Obama told CNN that the former president’s view has not changed: He has no immediate plans to offer an endorsement of Biden — or anyone — as the nominating contest heads into Super Tuesday.
“We are skeptical that an endorsement coming from us could truly change the political winds right now,” the person close to Obama told CNN. If Obama were to endorse Biden, the person said, there is “a very real chance it backfires.”
“He feels that he’s singularly positioned to help unify the party at the end of this,” the Obama confidant said. “And if he were to put his thumb on the scale now, it would take away his ability to do so when it’s most needed — the general election.”
The person added: “So he’s prepared to play a vigorous role in coalescing the party around the nominee and working to defeat Trump, but weighing in now likely only divides things worse and weakens his standing for when the Party will need it most.”
In other words, read it like this: Barack needs to still play both the socialist and capitalist sides of the fence, because he advanced the socialist agenda as president, working his own brand of progressive politics while Bernie did his thing. He tried with Kamela Harris and Cory Booker and Pete Buttigieg and Beto O’Rourke to get someone like himself back into the oval office, but they had the appeal of paint drying, despite help from CNN and the other Obama adoring socialist media.
Bernie’s support comes from young voters, rallied by his promise of free education, and many are radical, in-your-face bullies, much like his old pals Bernadine and Bill.
But Barack has been working, as he began in the White House, to get his socialist agenda and progressive socialist organizations into states like California, New York, Colorado, many who have jumped on the Bernie bandwagon. Colorado and California have primaries tomorrow on Super Tuesday.
So Barack knows that by throwing his support to Joe, he will alienate all those progressives who have continued to worship him, even behind his $8 million Georgetown compound walls. Traditional moderate democrats also still want him, as a voice that can explain how they can get rid of the Donald. So he must still stay in the closet, seeing if the Bernie political wind keeps blowing.
If it does, look for a convention where Bernie and Joe are close going in to Milwaukee July 13th to the 16th. Then look for Barack to emerge from behind the curtain, as he did in 2004, to stir the crowd with a new vision of the Democratic Party.
Joe and Bernie and the rest of us will just have to wait.