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Opinion: Democrats allowed opposition to take control of party’s vision
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., left, former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., right, participate in a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by CNN/New York Times at Otterbein University, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, in Westerville, Ohio. - photo by Associated Press

The establishment sabotaged Bernie Sanders to prevent him becoming the Democratic nominee for president. Conservatives in traditionally red states have crossed over in open Democratic primaries to vote against Bernie Sanders by voting for Joe Biden. Biden now has a mathematical lock on the nomination, and you can thank Republicans for it. 

Recent protests against white racism and police brutality have provided a tailor-made platform that's been appropriated by Antifa, a shadowy group of pro-Israel militants and hired hooligans posing as local protesters. This is the same group that wore masks, carried clubs and instigated violence during a Charlottesville, Va., protest in 2017. They are organized terrorists. 

The U.S. is capable of unmasking this group and bringing it to justice. Why haven't we done so? Democratic Senate candidate Jon Ossoff made convenient use of the violence in a campaign ad. Ossoff previously ran for Congress in one of the most expensive races in U.S. history. Much of his campaign funding came from out of state. Congressmen John Lewis and Hank Johnson have endorsed Ossoff. I recall Hank Johnson replaced Cynthia McKinney after she dared to criticize Israel's treatment of Palestinian refugees in occupied territory. The pro-Israel lobby targeted McKinney for removal, and Hank Johnson is the guy they replaced her with. These are the same people who made sure Bernie Sanders will not be the Democratic nominee. I'm sick of this lobby limiting my choices, so I'll vote against Ossoff and Joe Biden. 

America is the only country among the G7 nations that does not have guaranteed health care for every citizen. The establishment will not allow adoption of universal single-payer health care. That would threaten the profits of big insurance, profits made largely on the backs of sick and desperate people all over America. Health insurance premiums are outrageously high and the care we receive is not significantly better than other G7 states with universal care. 

Announcing suspension of his presidential campaign, Bernie Sanders said "we have won the ideological battle." He then suggested the greatest obstacle to social change has everything to do with the power of the establishment to limit our vision regarding what is possible and what we are entitled to as human beings. 

That may shed light on recent events whereby the establishment played fearful Democrats like a cheap violin. I expect Democrats will lose the upcoming presidential election when all those conservative crossover votes for Biden during the primary go instead for President Trump. And frankly, we'll deserve to lose for letting the opposition choose our candidate and for being cowards, too timid to demand the health care we and our children deserve.

Bruce Vandiver


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