WASHINGTON, DC — Supporters of the Hillary Clinton for Prez Fam feel it every time the bots do their Bern-it-to-the-ground routine. We all know how base the moves are coming from fellow liberals. Destructive gaming from the clickety-clacks of our progressive bros and sisters stirring up disharmony and chaos at what is likely the most tenuous election cycles since the lead-up to the Civil War.
The mis and disinformation that Karl Rove’s America Rising PAC distributes like they’re Satan’s publicity firm has fed and propped up the anti-Hillary campaign that’s run concurrently with the Republican Clown Car extravaganza. If you’re a fan of NBC’s the Blacklist, imagine two floors of the Sears Tower filled with seemingly endless cubicles filled with “Troll Hunters” analysts playing cyber ops.
The hive at America Rising (as well as their cousins at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) and the Heritage Foundation) spend hundreds of millions of dollars shapes reality like it’s a dark commodity. They utilize software that allows each analyst to manage scores of Twitter and Facebook false-profiles simultaneously. They swarm in super-organized campaigns to influence popular opinion through the social media we’re all loyally addicted to. They have been campaigning hard against Hillary with these techniques for nearing a decade.
Their usurping of the Bernie for President campaign is an important aspect of it. Sanders isn’t more than a pawn on this game board, but he’s become a willing victim to it, poor guy. From the alliance between the ill-intended and ill-fated “Run Warren Run” campaign’s chief exec being hired by SandersCo; to the swarming Libertarian takeover / takedown seasoned through their prior decimation of the Occupy Wall Street movement is their playbook. It’s a surgical strike hidden boldly in plain sight. The right wing neoconservative super-brand is presented as a sequel pulp grindhouse dollar movie follow up to their past cons — their anti-heroes donning deep blue masks to inspire rot from within. America loves sequels and has an abominably short memory.
The Sanders campaign isn’t some right wing conspiracy any more than Trump’s campaign is a Clinton Foundation black op. But, it is targeting low-hanging young progressive idealist fruit and knocking them out the tree with planted false information through a business model that encourages it. Bernie isn’t in collusion with Rove, but his decentralized “organic grassroots” style of poor-man’s campaigning leaves the most fertile soil for this kind of campaign imaginable.
The drones in this conscripted gang of followers is custom-designed to be a cross between the old Naderites that took down Al Gore; and the Tea Party that was reared to be the same breed of activated extreme.
That’s not to say “Bernie Bots” are Teabaggers. Different kinds of bread, they just rise with the same yeast. Strange, unsavory bedfellow wolves marching in sheep’s clothing. They’re not bad people. They’re just disillusioned progressives. They’re angry that in the Citizens United era of legalized, celebrated bribery, none of the people they trust to elect are fighting for their common good. I understand their angst and distrust.
Even if we don’t know exactly how, we know exactly that they’re being led on a path away from who Hillary Clinton really is by a right wing pied piper. We all know it, but we can’t communicate it in any kind of direct way they will allow themselves at this point to comprehend or allow into their stream of consciousness.
They have to right their own course.
They have to have space. When kids are figuring out where the edges of the box are and testing limits, you don’t crush their efforts. I told everyone I know in the first days of Hillary’s campaign that we shouldn’t answer the Sanders supporters’ slaps with bats to the noggin. We’re liberals — liberated. We’re kind. We’re the good ones. We should just post positive news and clips and historical factoids in homemade info-graphics. Stuff like that. When Hillary wins, we don’t want to have dishonored HER by causing strife in her living room.
I’m not preaching. I’m kind of a Bear Jew kind of negotiator in political forums. (So you know in case you don’t, the Bear Jew is a reference to a character in “Inglorious Bastards” who had a particular argument technique). I’m always reminding myself not to be a mid-brained caveman. Little room for idealism in politics. Treat others as you’d want done, because we’re all of us striving for the same ideals. WE should all take shelter under a safe tent in the storm a’coming.
Hillary will be our next POTUS. Help leave a place at the table for all people. Don’t push anyone away even if it would be pushing back.