My old friend and comrade, Nabeel Abraham, on Bernie Sanders

February 14, 2016

In News


Bernie Sanders and I have something in common. We share a personal loathing of Lloyd Blankfein, CEO of Goldman Sachs.

Let me be upfront about it —  It’s fucking personal between me and Lloyd, just as it is between Bernie and Lloyd.

Just for the record, we’ve never met in person, Lloyd and me. I can’t speak for Bernie.

I have a visceral antipathy that borders on a deep loathing toward people and institutions that rip off society and then have the temerity — the chutzpah — after getting bailed out with hundreds of billions of public money to demand that Social Security, Medicare, and other safety nets be cut or eliminated!

Here’s Bernie on the Senate floor:

“Sometimes there is no end to arrogance. … Lloyd Blankfein is the CEO of Goldman Sachs. … During the financial crisis Goldman Sachs received a total of $814 billion in virtually zero-interest loans from the Federal Reserve and a $10 billion bailout from the Treasury Department. … And now with his huge wealth he is coming here to Washington to lecture the American people on how we have got to cut Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid for tens of millions of Americans who are struggling now to keep their heads above water.”

The the cat-o’-nine-tails is out of the bag.

You have a point, Lloyd — Bernie is “dangerous.”  And, guess what?  People like me — old, young, men and women — are joining up with Bernie to take back the Treasury and maybe, just maybe put you and some of your Wall Street buddies behind bars for ripping off the country and wreaking the lives of millions of people.

By the way even though Hillary won’t reveal what she said in her audition before you, the fact you paid her $225,000 a pop for the audition and the two call backs speaks volumes not only about your contempt for democracy and but also her values as a career “public servant”.  For no one in his or her right mind believes for a New York minute that whatever Hillary Clinton has to say was worth $675,000.

No one!  Something else is going on between the two of you, and others just like you and her in boardrooms across the country.

Whatever she promised, signaled, winked or nodded in the backroom at Goldman cannot come within shouting distance to what Bernie said on the Senate floor on that faithful day.

Although I have serious reservations about Bernie’s fidelity to the defense industry, the national security state, his foreign policy outlook, I am now  supporting his campaign to take back our country from the corporate/billionaire class!

Even if the sound and fury of the campaign amounts to nothing in the end, it signals a crack in the wall of corporate ideological hegemony over the political mind of America.