Tuesday, February 16, 2016

IBS thoughtcops Sanders, gets laughed at

The far-right Investor's Business Daily has just been upgraded from hilarious to uproarious.

A few weeks ago, IBS (as I call it) ran a lengthy hit piece against Bernie Sanders, one of America's most popular populists and leading presidential aspirant. I didn't discover the article until now, because nobody reads IBS.

But. It. Is. Funny!

And I'm not laughing with IBS. I'm laughing at them.

Idiot's Business Daily attacks Sanders for complaining about "how the rich were ripping everybody off." Good for Bernie! I've only been exposing the self-evident wrong of economic inequality for the past 25 years. I'm glad someone has been doing it longer.

IBS's hand-wringing whine says of the Vermont senator, "His worthless background contrasts sharply with the successful careers of other 'outsiders' in the race for the White House, including a billionaire developer, a world-renowned neurosurgeon and a Fortune 500 CEO." That statement stinks of right-wing elitism at its most embarrassing. The Far Right has been trying for years to recast themselves as "aw, shucks" populists, but IBS let the mask slip. American conservatism is as elitist as ever. They don't care about you. Team Tyranny might want your vote, but they thoroughly disdain you - because of your economic status, education level, job, etc.

As comical as IBS's editorial is, it has an underlying sentiment that's actually pretty serious - a sentiment that has caused incalculable harm to America. IBS is trying to marginalize the fight against income inequality - which isn't so funny. Until about 20 years ago, you could talk freely about the injustice of economic inequality and win a receptive audience. That changed because of the right-wing media thought police. They manipulated public opinion until income inequality wasn't seen as a serious issue again until Occupy came along. I beat my head against the wall for years trying to have this issue covered by the Really Serious People - and I was ignored.

And make no mistake, the Far Right was attempting to control thought - not just express an opinion. Their goal wasn't just to challenge economic populism but to exterminate it. I was prepared to be challenged, but the facts aren't on the Right's side, so they resorted to eliminationism. When a problem can't be exposed because we get shouted down, it can't be solved.

However, Investor's Business Deadly did the right-wing cause no favors with its harangue against Bernie Sanders.