“Hillary Horrifies Me”

Side glance 3Maybe so.
But Trump scares me even more.

Many of us feel as though we are caught between a rock and a hard place. And we are. We truly are.

Do I like her?  No. Not at all.
Did the DNC nominate the right candidate?  No, of course they did not.
Do I understand what Bernie told us?  Yes.

I am so disillusioned by what the DNC has done to Bernie Sanders that it is difficult to think about anything else at times. Some of you are so frightened by all of this and so angry that you are turning to Stein.

Well, my friends and fellow Berners, please stay with me while I explain to you as best I can why the movement to Stein frightens me as well.

For the last 163 years, ever since the two party system came into being and First Past The Post (FPTP, aka Single Member Plurality) has been in place, either a Republican or a Democrat has been elected as president. Is that likely to change this year or in the next twenty years? No. Not likely.
FPTP explained simply: American Electoral Politics
The two party system: Red vs Blue: How America Ended Up With A Two Party System
Related video: “How Did The U.S. End Up With A Two-Party System?

What concerns me most is that this charge to Stien could easily sway enough Democrats to vote for a candidate who (stay with me), simply because of FPTP, cannot reasonably win; and this will force the Republican candidate, Donald Trump, to emerge victorious.
Related article: “Could Jill Stein Cost Hillary Clinton the Election?

It isn’t so much that some care if Hillary Clinton loses. It’s that we do not want Trump to win. That is what Bernie has emphasized in all of his speeches. That is what he means.

I hear what you’re saying right now. “It’s not on me if she loses. That’s on her! That’s on the DNC!” And you’re right. To a degree, you are. But it is also on the voters. And it will be all of America and all of the world that suffers. All of us, and our children and grandchildren. The climate, the economy, and who knows what else.

Please re-read Bernie’s speech from the convention and absorb his words.
Link: “Sanders Prepared Remarks for the Democratic National Convention

And here’s another thing I find a bit disturbing. It is all of the posts and memes that seem to put words in Bernie’s mouth or twist what he has said. For example, this: “I will never tell you who to vote for. If I do, don’t listen to me.” Bernie never said those words.
Here are his exact words from an April Town Hall, where Senator Sanders responded to a question by David Zakubuwetz, a student casting his first vote this year.:

ZAKUBUWETZ: My question is, many of your supporters are staunchly opposed to Hillary Clinton and are considering writing you in, voting for a third party candidate or not voting at all if you don’t win the nomination.
I believe you will win the nomination and the presidency, but if you don’t, will you encourage your supporters to vote for Secretary Clinton?

SANDERS: Well, David, thanks for the question.
And let me answer it in this way.  First, I think it is, you know, we are not a movement where I can snap my fingers and say to you or to anybody else what you should do, cuz you won’t listen to me; you shouldn’t. Now, you’ll make these decisions yourself.

After insisting that Clinton herself would have to earn votes, Sanders clarified that he would not try to undermine her if she won the nomination – as seemed likely at that point. “I will do everything in my power to make sure that no Republican gets into the White House in this election cycle,” said Sanders.

This is a subtle, but significant distinction. If we are going to quote a man, let’s do it accurately, please. And why wouldn’t we, after all? There is no reason to distort the truth.
Related video: Excerpt from 04/25/16 MSNBC Town Hall with Bernie Sanders
What BS really said

The above misquote is being utilized to influence Berners to join the green party. Frankly, I find this not only less than forthright but downright disingenuous.

Besides, that Town Hall was 04/25/16. Since then Bernie himself has politely tried to dissuade his supporters from voting for a third party. Let’s face it – if Bernie Sanders thought there was a real chance of a win for a third party candidate, he would have either run as an Independent himself in the first place or he would have joined Stein on the green ticket. He had that opportunity, but he did not do either of those things. He understands politics. That is exactly why he ran as a Democrat.
Related article: 07/26/16 Sanders warns his supporters against choosing a third party

And so, my friends. We are stuck in the here and now. And what do we do?

We work to CHANGE the Democratic Party. Elect a Brand New Congress. For now and for the foreseeable future, we are stuck in the two-party system. There is, and probably will be for a very long time, power in this damned two-party system; therefore, the best way to be able to change it is from within. There is no changing the system from outside of the system. Only members of the club get a seat at the table, and on powerful committees.

That is what Bernie did. He went inside the party and changed the it from within. He knew he couldn’t make any significant change as a Third Party presidential candidate. The Democratic Platform directly reflects Bernie’s values. And I’m not willing to walk away from it or turn my back on it.
Free college? Bernie
$15 minimum wage? Bernie
Expanding Medicare? Bernie
National Health Service Corps? Bernie
And the list goes on. It’s the single most progressive platform in history.
How Bernie Sanders Delivered the Most Progressive Platform in Democratic Party History

And now, Berniecrats will enforce them, and even more Berniecrats will come into the system and create more change in our Brand New Congress. We must elect all the down-ticket Berniecrats all across the board. Run for office!

I won’t defend Clinton personally, but she will be hard pressed to back down from the most historical platform in history after all the times that Bernie Sanders has openly held her to it.
And with many Berniecrats being elected to Congress during this election cycle, but more so in 2018, her hands will be forced to make the necessary changes.
She is but a token. She will be surrounded. The general has no power when the other officers are in control.

If we let the Democratic Party remain an exclusive club, there will be no change at all, but it will remain just as powerful as it ever was – without us. And we let them win. If we infiltrate it with new blood and take over, we will metamorphosize it. That is what the revolution is about, my friends.

Remember some of the first things Bernie said in his speech, and keep this with you:
Together, my friends, we have begun a political revolution to transform America and that revolution – Our Revolution – continues. Election days come and go. But the struggle of the people to create a government which represents all of us and not just the 1 percent – a government based on the principles of economic, social, racial and environmental justice – that struggle continues. And I look forward to being part of that struggle with you…This election is about – and must be about – the needs of the American people and the kind of future we create for our children and grandchildren…
By these measures, any objective observer will conclude that – based on her ideas and her leadership – Hillary Clinton must become the next president of the United States. The choice is not even close.

Added 08/05/16:
Bernie Sanders posted an Op-Ed in the LA Times.
“Going forward and continuing the struggle is what matters. And, in that struggle, the most immediate task we face is to defeat Donald Trump.”
Story: Bernie Sanders: I support Hillary Clinton. So should everyone who voted for me

ETA: Also see my page On Jill Stein

 

Do I like HRC? No.  Not at all.
Did the DNC nominate the right candidate?  No, of course they did not.
Do I understand what Bernie told us?  Yes.

Have patience. Revolutions take time, my friends.

Long Live the Revolution!

Peace and love be with you all.
#StillSanders
#ImWithBernie
#OurRevolution

 

 

 

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