Activists disrupt rally featuring Sen. Bernie Sanders 5


KIRO TV has the article Activists disrupt rally featuring Sen. Bernie Sanders.

I don’t know if these protesters are sincere or have been paid by the oligarchs to shut Bernie Sanders down. If they are sincere, then they have demonstrated the technique that the oligarchs can adopt if they haven’t figured it out already.

Bernie Sanders can fight the protesters and lose, or he can give in to the protesters and lose.

That shows you the extent of my imagination. I hope that Bernie Sanders and his other grass-roots supporters have more imagination than I have.

How about the readers of this blog? Do you have a solution that will let Bernie Sanders show that he truly does care about people’s legitimate concerns? Can Bernie Sanders come up with democratic ways of handling this, and not resort to the heavy handed, anti-democratic expedients that most other candidates might be tempted to use, particularly Republicans.

I sure would like to know how this event turned out.

For references of what might be going on, see WikiPedia’s article Brooks Brothers riot.

Hundreds of “paid GOP crusaders” descended upon South Florida to protest the state’s recounts, with at least half a dozen of the demonstrators at Miami-Dade paid by George W. Bush’s recount committee. Several of these protesters were identified as Republican staffers and a number later went on to jobs in the Bush administration.

The “Brooks Brothers” name reinforces the allegation that the protesters, in corporate attire, sporting “Hermès ties” were astroturfing, as opposed to local citizens concerned about counting practices.

There is a TV movie called Recount.

Here is the trailer to the movie.

We can’t let them take away this candidate from us, too. Bernie Sanders is a much bigger threat to the oligarchs than Al Gore ever was. Some serious investigative work needs to be done on who these protesters really are.

The ones at the Netroots Convention (see my previous post O’Malley and Sanders Heckled At Netroots Nation Convention) were nationally known and no mystery. I don’t doubt their sincerety.


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5 thoughts on “Activists disrupt rally featuring Sen. Bernie Sanders

  • SteveG Post author

    Perhaps Bernie Sanders could treat the problem with a little humor and honesty. In Seattle, he could have intervened between the emcee and the protesters. He could have said to the emcee, “Let my friends here have their turn. We are always meeting like this on the campaign trail, and I would like to learn from them why they have chosen me to be their friend.”

  • SteveG Post author

    Perhaps the protest preempters could carry signs that said “Bernie Knows That Black Lives Matter”. If people know that you understand what they are trying to tell you, they have less need to shout it at you.
    “Bernie Knows That The Police Can’t Act Like Outsiders Trying to Oppress The People.”

  • SteveG Post author

    I remember a talk that Malcolm X gave to an audience of MIT students back in the 60s. Hissing and booing was de rigueur for some events at MIT at the time. Malcolm X made some reference to the snake in the Garden of Eden, and the audience fell dead silent. They gave him the attention he deserved.

    That man knew how to handle a crowd. I am sure it was not just the words, but how he delivered them. I can’t remember any more details, but I do remember the instant reaction.

    (It could even have been Minister Louis Farrakhan, but I think it was Malcolm X.)

  • SteveG Post author

    The “resolution” is described in the Washington Post article Bernie Sanders leaves Seattle stage after event disrupted by Black Lives Matter protesters

    Sanders, who has emerged as the leading alternative to Hillary Rodham Clinton for the Democratic nomination, was the final speaker scheduled on a long program. Shortly after the senator from Vermont started speaking, a small group of protesters took the microphone, shared a series of local grievances with the crowd, including school disparities and gentrification in Seattle, and then asked for a period of silence to commemorate the one-year anniversary of Michael Brown being shot and killed during a confrontation with a police officer in Ferguson, Mo.

    I wonder if the organizers finally told the protesters that if they would stop screaming they could get what they wanted. If they continued to scream, it was going to be impossible to resolve the issue.

  • SteveG Post author

    Just to prime the pump of creativity, here is an idea or two that I have had.

    I have thought that there could be counter demonstrators to the disrupters that pre-empt the disrupters. They could carry signs like “Don’t let the oligarchs silence our candidate” If the counter demonstrators had large numbers of people of color, that would be even better. If organizers had to find such people and organize them, it would be good for the campaign just to have them in the campaign. These recruits to the campaign would have much better ideas on how to solve these problems than I have.

    People experienced in the civil rights movement of the 60s had to endure much worse than this. They had strategies that could be deployed, perhaps.