The progressive activist group MoveOn has thrown its weight behind Vermont socialist Bernie Sanders as support for Hillary Clinton wanes.
“With a record-setting 78.6 percent of 340,665 votes cast by the MoveOn membership, Senator Bernie Sanders has won MoveOn.org Political Action’s endorsement for president with the largest total and widest margin in MoveOn history,” the George Soros founded group states on its website today.
MoveOn lists five reasons why it has decided to support Sanders. The group declares it backs Sanders for his “refusal to accept the status quo of the wealthiest Americans using their power to influence politicians” and “getting our country on track and not getting us in more wars.”
MoveOn has consistently functioned as a lobby group for the policies of the Obama administration, including the disaster of Obamacare and the continuation of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and the escalation of the war on terror that has turned America into a police and surveillance state. In 2007 it backed a bill trotted out by then Democrat Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to continue financing the occupation of Iraq.
The group acts as a front for wealthy Democrats. It was founded with the help of the financier George Soros who donated $1.46 million to get the organization rolling. Linda Pritzker of the Hyatt hotel family gave the group a $4 million donation.
“The self-labeled Progressive Movement that has arisen over the past decade is primarily one big propaganda campaign serving the political interests of the the Democratic Party’s richest one-percent who created it. The funders and owners of the Progressive Movement get richer and richer off Wall Street and the corporate system. But they happen to be Democrats, cultural and social liberals who can’t stomach Republican policies, and so after bruising electoral defeats a decade ago they decided to buy a movement, one just like the Republicans, a copy,” writes John Stauber.
“Sanders’ socialist beliefs and actions evolved into almost complete support of the Democratic Party after leaving the stage of Vermont politics and entering the national arena,” writes Howard Linsoff.
In addition to the illusion Sanders will break up the financial oligarchy represented by Wall Street, progressive Democrats seem to think their candidate will end the disastrous wars they blame on the Bush regime.
“When pressed for details on military intervention, Sanders has indicated that his differences with the Barack Obama administration are quite minor,” writes Norman Solomon. “Like many Democrats, he supports U.S. air strikes in the Middle East, while asserting that only countries in the region should deploy ground forces there. Sanders shares the widespread view among members of Congress who don’t want boots on the ground but do want U.S. air power to keep dropping bombs and firing missiles.”
Sanders supported Bill Clinton’s 1999 Kosovo War. One of his advisers quit in protest over the support and Sanders had anti-war activists who occupied his office in 1999 arrested. He did not support a vote in Congress to oppose the war in Afghanistan and voted to continue appropriations to support the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. In 2003 he backed a resolution supporting Bush’s war in Iraq and his expansion of the war on terror at home and abroad.
“Sanders has not been an antiwar leader. Ever since he won election to the House, he has taken either equivocal positions on U.S. wars or outright supported them,” writes Ashley Smith.
Considering his voting record in support of Democrat policies and his support of the neocon warmongers, it is fair to assume if elected Sanders will continue the Obama agenda on foreign policy that is almost identical to that of Bush. He will placate his supporters with anti-Wall Street rhetoric but all his initiatives will fall short.
Congress, after all, is owned by the financial elite. It will not vote to run off the moneychangers and will certainly not put an end the Federal Reserve and its control over the monetary system and the economy.