We need to take our party back

We need to take our party back. There are more of us than there are of them. We are underestimating ourselves every day.

The Democratic Party is the party of the people. These neocons don’t own it – we do.

When Bernie says, “When millions of people stand together”, or “Don’t let Trump and his friends divide us up, let’s stand together…” – I believe that means that we should be united in our effort as liberals and progressives to take over the Democratic Party again.

That’s what Our Revolution is about – getting people to run for office all over the country, getting new blood back into the party, putting the neocons out of a job.

Having been a Democrat through 12 presidential elections, I hate what is happening to my party; but rather than turn and run, I want to fight to get it back.

Citizens United is largely at fault. We CAN do something about it, but only if we stand together. Splintering has gotten us nowhere. It got us Trump. The Democratic Party can be reclaimed and rebuilt IF all liberals and progressives unite. Otherwise, the effort is futile and will never move forward.

Most of the current neocons in the party right now are either directly or indirectly part of the neocon clan and they are both intimidated by them, but enamored by them at the same time. The superdelegates who were on board with Clinton probably had a secret (or not-so-secret) hope that they would get a job with Hillary once she was elected. Shame on all of them!

“The only viable path for the left is a takeover of the Democratic party.”
A Third Party is Not Going to Replace the Democrats—The Left Needs to Fight From Within
credit: @WalkerBragman

Work in progress – let me know your thoughts.

In solidarity.
#OurRevolution

Were We Infiltrated?

Let me make one thing perfectly clear: I am all in with Bernie Sanders. I am no fan of Hillary Clinton and I never have been. But I did hold my nose and vote for her in the general election in an effort to do my part to block Trump.

Yes, the people at the DNC violated the bylaws in favor of Hillary and sabotaged Bernie. We all know that. What they did is despicable.
Debbie Wasserman-Schulz, John Podesta, Donna Brazile, and others are not forgivable but they are no longer at the DNC and we can only hope that together Tom Perez and Keith Ellison will rebuild and revamp it into a strong and progressive committee. We must move forward together if we are to regain seats. This is urgent!

The emails were real. Some people don’t care about who hacked them. In one sense, it doesn’t matter. If your partner cheats on you and then an anonymous person sends you the evidence of those cheating text messages, you don’t care who that anonymous person is – it’s the text messages that matter.

In a larger sense, however, it might matter. If there was Russian collusion to make Trump our president, then these emails could have been just a very lucky find for those Russians to help defeat Hillary.

You have you ask yourself one very important question:
Since the DNC was obviously hacked in the spring, why weren’t those emails released right away so it could have helped Bernie? (This question has been ringing in my ears since the emails were released.)

Theory: Because Bernie Sanders was the more viable candidate and Trump wanted to run against Hillary.

Why did Guccifer 2.0 prefer Trump? And how is he connected to Wikileaks? And why did he wait until July 22 to release the DNC emails?

Was it Russia?
As more evidence is being revealed that Team Trump seems very chummy with Putin, it seems possible it could have been Russians. But does it matter? And will we ever know? It’s all speculation. Let a special prosecutor or a special council work on that.

This issue is quite convoluted. It’s a lot like a three-ring circus. This might be why we have some difficulty seeing how some of it fits together. The issue at hand is whether or not social media sites that were allegedly in support of Bernie Sanders were set up by or infiltrated by people who did not support Bernie.

There were many social media sites and twitter users, that were set up solely as a ruse. They pretended to be pro-Bernie but were actually only anti-Hillary (and thereby pro-Trump).

It wasn’t Rachel Maddow who led me to this conclusion. Sorry, but I don’t watch her. In September, 2016, I discovered that one Facebook page in particular, “Bernie Sanders Lovers”, was owned by a kid in Kosovo who also owned the clickbait website Bients. That FB page was posting nothing but Hillary hate and Stein promotional posts.
FB: Bernie Sanders – Not For Sale (post)

Pause. Think. The end game for many of these pages was to funnel votes away from Hillary. Yes, Hillary and her supporters made themselves fair game throughout the election cycle.  The discussion about Hillary, her online supporters, and Correct the Record trolls could go on for days. This post isn’t about that.  But she was the only viable candidate who could defeat Trump once she was nominated.

Enter Jill Stein. Some of these sites that had initially been putting themselves out as Bernie support pages started promoting Demexit and hoisting up Jill Stein towards the end of the primaries.

AND THEN they became Stein support pages.  And this is the important part – they became “Never Hillary” pages. These pages might have helped Trump win the election with their “Never Hillary” message.
This post was written on-the-fly, is a work in progress, and is subject to updates later.

In solidarity!
#AllinWithBernie

We must move forward together

If there is ever to be any hope of taking away seats from the Republicans, the only way to do that is to unify.

We must unify, and we must do it now. Our differences of the past need to be left in the past, regardless of any pain that might still exist.

For us to continue to rehash each and every offense – real &/or perceived – is not only an effort in futility, but it is damaging to the cause and to ourselves as individuals.

Splintering has gotten us nowhere. It got us Trump. We cannot be divided any longer. We cannot discuss demexit or third parties or new parties or any other off-shoots. It’s up to us to take what already exists and pump new life into it.

The Democratic Party can be strong if all liberals and progressives unite. All other efforts are just nilly-willy and will never move forward.

Mistakes were made. Some were errors of omission, some were much more egregious. Comparing and debating them helps nobody, least of all the party. It weakens and diminishes each of us individually, and as a group that needs to be readying itself to take on the Republicans (not one another).

Playing tit-for-tat is most often only a game that is a fallacy of relative privation.

And please, let’s stop saying Bernie is not a Democrat. It is irrelevant. In his home state of Vermont, there is no party registration. He has voted with the party more often than the average Democrat (95 percent of the time opposed to 80 percent). He has held positions in Democratic committees.

By the way, the Democratic Party appointed Bernie the Chair of Outreach in November 2016.

This is a call to action. I implore you to make a personal commitment to doing all you can to help rebuild the party, to help to stop the negativism, and to sharing this message with others so we can all work together.

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“There is no more neutrality in the world.
You either have to be part of the solution,
or you’re going to be part of the problem.”

In Solidarity!
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A Third Party is Not Going to Replace the Democrats

The only viable path for the left is a takeover of the Democratic party

A Third Party is Not Going to Replace the Democrats
—The Left Needs to Fight From Within

“The idea that the Democratic Party is beyond reform, and thus a new party is necessary, is popular among disenchanted progressives, angry over the skewed primary that handed Hillary Clinton the nomination, and Donald Trump the presidency. Embodied by the hashtag #DemExit, these sentiments are understandable, but they are also misguided.”

Progressives must unite

“For those who wish to see progressive change, the only viable path right now is to take back control of the Democratic Party from the establishment. And the only way to do that by unifying.”

A Third Party is Not Going to Replace the Democrats
—The Left Needs to Fight From Within

None of this is my original work. It is a summary of the linked article.
All credit goes to Walker Bragman

Solution

How Did Donald Trump Get Elected President?

How Third Party Votes Cost America Dearly

While the end electoral count ended up at a narrow margin of 279 vs. 228, the story behind Donald Trump’s ascendancy to the highest office in the nation culminates in a story of disenfranchisement and a small group of people who inadvertently decided the election.

“The numbers don’t lie: If you voted for Gary Johnson or Jill Stein, you voted for Trump. You were told. Don’t ever tell yourself different.”
— Rachelle Lefevre (@RachelleLefevre) November 9, 2016

Does this mean that we should abolish third party voting? No. There is a fundamental right to being able to vote for whoever you want to.

But maybe the third party candidates can look at their chances to be elected with a cold and unwavering eye. And in elections such as this one, where the stakes are entirely too high, make the decision to bow out for the greater good.

How Did Donald Trump Get Elected President?

I Will Vote My Conscience (not what you might think)

ballot-voteMillions of voters support Bernie Sanders.

And then he didn’t win the primary and Stein came along, right to the Democratic National Convention, and some of them were persuaded to go along with the greens.

The thing is, the notion that voting for a third party for president is one that has been encouraged by such things as “voting your conscience”. But, one’s conscience – especially in this crucial election – might need to be re-examined. Because, at the end of that day – November 8th – if Trump is elected, it will be too late to turn back.

My conscience tells me to listen closely to Bernie Sanders. He is a brilliant politician and strategist who has fought for all of us his entire career. He did not sell out, regardless of what anyone says.

There is no armchair politician who understands politics better than he does. He is fighting the long game. I don’t like her, but I don’t have to. She’s not much more than a pawn in Bernie’s game. 

The most progressive platform in history is at stake here, as well as blocking Trump. Blocking Trump in the short game – the platform and building a Brand New Congress is the long game. Bernie and others will be pushing her so hard, she won’t have much choice but to play his game.

There is no gain in immediate gratification. Either the Democrat or the Republican candidate will be elected and every vote helps one of them.  Those votes not cast for Clinton help Trump. It is that simple. I do not want a Trump presidency on my conscience.

Millions of voters support Bernie Sanders. And yet, they question his judgement? His rationale? His clear words? Ludicrous.

“I’m the longest serving independent in the history of the U.S. Congress, but I think that before you cast a protest vote, because Clinton or Trump will be president, think hard about it.
This is not a governor’s race, it’s not a state legislative race, this is the presidency of the United States,” Sanders told the hosts of MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Friday. “And I would say to those people out there who are thinking of the protest vote, think about what the country looks like and whether you’re comfortable with four years of a Trump presidency.”
“Let us elect Hillary Clinton as president, and the day after, let us mobilize millions of people around the progressive agenda,” Sanders said.

“This is not a governor’s race, it’s not a state legislative race, this is the presidency of the United States.” Let that sink in. Please.
Bernie Sanders: Think hard about a protest vote this year


#ImWithBernie
#OurRevolution

Correct the Record

As Bernie Sanders so aptly put it, David Brock is the “scum of the earth”.  Here is the wikipedia bio summary:
David Brock (born November 2, 1962) is an American political operative, author, and commentator who founded the liberal blog Media Matters for America. He has been described by Time magazine as “one of the most influential operatives in the Democratic Party.” Brock began his career as a right-wing investigative reporter during the 1990s who wrote the book The Real Anita Hill and the Troopergate story, which led to Paula Jones filing a lawsuit against Bill Clinton. In the late 1990s he switched sides, aligning himself with the Democratic Party, and in particular with Bill and Hillary Clinton. In 2004, he founded Media Matters for America, a non-profit organization that describes itself as a “progressive research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media.” He has since also founded super PACs called American Bridge 21st Century and Correct the Record, has become a board member of the super PAC Priorities USA Action, and has been elected chairman of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW). The Nation has described Brock as a “conservative journalistic assassin turned progressive empire-builder”; National Review has called him a “right-wing assassin turned left-wing assassin”; and Politico has profiled him as a “former right-wing journalist-turned-pro-Clinton crusader.

David Brock

Let’s talk about Correct the Record (CTR), the organization created by Brock and that pays him $4500 a month. Yes, they heavily targeted Bernie supporters during the primaries. But by the first of June, they had switched their focus entirely to Trump. Entirely. This was apparent by simple observation of the CTR website.

There are no CTR Trolls who are being paid to harass anyone except Trump supporters. So, it is high time that people who are not Trump supporters stop accusing other non-Trump supporters of being CTR Trolls.

If someone chooses to follow Bernie Sanders’ lead and support Clinton rather than any other candidate in this presidential race, it is inappropriate to call that person a Correct the Record Troll, Paid Troll, Paid Shill, Bot, or any other name. Again – CTR is only targeting Trump.

Come to think of it, I could really use the money. Maybe I should sign up. Nah. Don’t have time for that.

Good reference links:
How David Brock Built an Empire to Put Hillary in the White House
Correct the Record website
What Is “Correct The Record”?
Meet The Shills

#OurRevolution
#ImWithBernie