Democrat presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders has got jokes. But sadly, his jokes don’t resonate. His points, however, aren’t so bad …
Speaking at a leadership conference in Singapore last weekend, the former president claimed women “indisputably” make better leaders than men and argued that the world’s problems are all caused by “old men not getting out of the way.”
After reading Obama’s misandrist comments to the candidates Thursday, moderator Tim Alberta of Politico then turned to Sanders and began asking, “Sen. Sanders, you are the oldest candidate on stage …”
But before he could finish his question, the chuckling senator sarcastically burst out with “I’m white as well!”
And in response, there was dead silence.
Ignoring the senator’s failed joke, Alberta then completed his question: “How do you respond to what the former president has to say.”
Sanders responded by, surprisingly enough, offering a cogent argument for why Barack Hussein Obama is, as usual, full of bullschiff.
“I got a lot of respect for Barack Obama, [but] I think I disagree with him on this one,” he said. “Maybe it’s a little self-serving, but I do disagree. The issue is where power resides in America, and it’s not white or black or male or female.”
Conservatives would argue power resides in the hands of a select batch of out-of-touch coastal elitists in academia, media, Hollywood, tech and other institutions who use their wealth and influence to sculpt the nation’s culture in an illiberal way (think cancel culture, racial quotas, political correctness, etc.) not conducive to true prosperity, actualization, and liberty.
“We are living in a nation increasingly becoming an oligarchy,” Sanders continued. “We have a handful of billionaires who spend hundreds of millions of dollars buying elections and politicians.”
The oligarchy remark may also be correct, given the growing habit of large corporations exploiting their power to unjustly punish people over their political views. However, these decisions are often driven by pressure from the aforementioned coastal elitists.
Sanders’ reply then began taking a more left-wing turn …
“You have more income and wealth inequality today than any time since the 1920s,” he said. “We are the only major country on Earth not to guarantee healthcare for all people, which is why we need Medicare-for-all. We are facing an existential crisis of climate change.”
He then concluded his speech by reiterating his original point, which is that gender (and arguably race and other immutable characteristics as well) are irrelevant in the grand scheme of things.
“The issue is not old or young, male or female,” he said. “The issue is working people standing up, taking on the billionaire class and creating a government and economy that works for all, not just the 1%.”
It’s an issue that also exists in the U.K., where last week an overwhelming majority of Brits delivered a historic, overwhelming election victory to conservative lawmakers.
The underlying point of Sanders’ response, including the joke, was that immutable characteristics don’t matter — that what’s happening concerns all people, be they young, old, white, black, male, female, short, tall, fat, thin, you name it.
However, this point fell on deaf ears (*Language warning):
This was a bad #DemDebate moment for Bernie:
First, the awkward “AND I’M WHITE, TOO!”
Then: “The issue is where power resides in America. And it’s not white or black, or male or female.”
Complete failure to reckon with how race and sex intersect with class and power. pic.twitter.com/MlCfuc2qya
— Emily Crockett (@emilycrockett) December 20, 2019
Did Bernie Sanders just say the place “where power resides” is not with white or black or male or female or young or old?
Where the fuck is that America?
— michaelharriot (@michaelharriot) December 20, 2019
Did Bernie Sanders say “power” wasn’t tied to race or gender when White Men literally own and run everything you can list?
— Rachel Joy Larris (@RachelLarris) December 20, 2019
Bernie Sanders just said that “where power resides in America is not white or black or male or female.”
Oh yes it is.
The thesis I am developing: Bernie’s campaign is erasing and replacing the inclusive progressive movement that has been built with BIPOC for decades.
— Eminently Electable (@TenaciousE5) December 20, 2019
That answer sucked. Disconnecting yourself from the fact that it is white men who OVERWHELMINGLY hold power doesn’t make that fact go away.
— Elisa Camahort Page (@ElisaC) December 20, 2019
— Tami Sawyer (@tamisawyer) December 20, 2019
Bernie Sanders doesn’t know how to address the intersection of class, race, and gender in this country. His claim that power doesn’t reside in black or white or women or men is wrong. Power is white + male and power is moneyed are not contradictory. Power is intersectional.
— Cole Graber-Mitchell (@cgm616) December 20, 2019
And there it is …
“Intersectionality” is a racist left-wing ideology that attempts to classify people into a hierarchy based on their race, their religion, their gender, their sexuality, etc.
According to this twisted ideology, men and white people are at the bottom of the hierarchy because they allegedly were always the “oppressors” in history. As such, their viewpoints and demands don’t matter.
While Sanders is certainly guilty of catering to the “intersectional” community in many times past, his remarks Thursday (his lousy joke aside) marked one instance where he nailed the issue on the head — mostly that is.
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