The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Bernie Sanders:
A Democrat Defending Big Business

Feb 1, 2016

Bernie Sanders pretends he’s an “independent.” To prove it, he doesn’t register as a Democrat.

But in his 25 years in the House and Senate, he voted with the Democrats 98% of the time. Sanders poses as an opponent of U.S. wars, but he voted to fund every one of the many wars fought for U.S. corporations over these decades. In the last two years, he voted for the budget resolution supported by Republican and Democratic leaders, budgets that imposed big cuts on public services, social programs and education. And in 1996, he voted for Clinton’s “Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act”, which criminalized large numbers of the unemployed, particularly young black men.

The danger for working people is that Sanders will misuse the trust they put in him. He will pull their energy into a long primary campaign, only to pull them back into support for the Democratic Party and its nominee. In fact, he has already said he will support the Democratic Party nominee this time. He’s done that directly or indirectly ever since 1984.

Again, the workers need their own party–not a spiffed up version of a party that knows only how to serve the big corporations, banks and wealthy class that own them.