Stop Assuming We Will Vote For Hillary

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Every four years, after one candidate from each Party manages to claw their way to the Nomination, the Parties enter an interregnum phase, commonly referred to as the “Party healing phase” when the Party mends any wounds gained by the nomination process, to coalesce around the nominee.

 

The scene is the same each year, the runner-up throws their support to the victor, the victor does their best to quell any hesitations the runner-up’s supports may have, (often by including the runner-up in the new administration), and the voters eventually fall in line and vote for the Party’s candidate in the General Election. It is standard campaign/elections 101.

 

Yet in a year that should have all Political Science professors setting their textbooks on fire, it is presumptuous at best to assume that this year’s interregnum phase is likely to follow the rules.

If the Democratic Nominee is Bernie Sanders, there is no doubt that Hillary Clinton’s supporters will stand behind him, the same cannot necessarily be said if Clinton were to win the nomination.

It is a dangerous move for the Democratic Party to bank on the fact that Bernie Sanders’ supporters will “heal” with the Party and coalesce around Clinton, should she win. What the Democratic Party and the establishment at large do not understand is that Bernie Sanders supporters ARE initiating a revolution and it is a revolution that will continue, whether Sanders gets the nomination or not.

 

For many people Bernie Sanders has helped open their eyes to the crony capitalistic and blatant corrupt system that we have. For these people the genie is out of the bottle, there is no settling for the lessor of two evils.

 

There are three types of Bernie supporters whose profiles do not lend well to Hillary Clinton.

1. The First Timers – For many people Bernie Sanders has given them a reason to vote for the first time, never having participated in the political process before. We are not just talking Millennials and high schoolers looking for a free ride to college, we are talking about fully formed adults, seniors even, that have stayed on the sidelines their entire lives through one Presidential race after another, never finding a candidate palatable enough, except for now.

2. The Independents – There are many Independents that have gravitated to Bernie Sanders who have absolutely no loyalties to the Democratic Party and might very well switch to Trump if the match up is Clinton v. Trump. We all know someone who falls into this category.

3. The Real Liberals – Then there are the lifelong Liberal Democrats, who voted along the party line because it was the lesser of the two evils, never satisfied with the Party that continuously puts corporate interests before the interests of the American people.

 

There are many reasons that these groups are less likely to get behind Hillary Clinton, too many to list. But the biggest reason that some Sanders supporters will never support Hillary Clinton is because no matter how much she tries to sound like Sanders, we know that she has benefited, as much as anyone could, from the system that we are trying to change.

 

If Hillary Clinton is the Democratic Nominee, the only chance of healing the “Party” is to ask Bernie Sanders to be her running mate. There is no way around it, Sanders can survive without Clinton, Clinton cannot survive without Sanders.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trump the Media’s Trojan Horse to Stop the Revolution?

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For a while it looked liked Americans were finally waking up to the fact that they have been loosing the class war that they didn’t even know they were in. This is because the two insurgent candidates, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump were sounding a lot alike, reflective of the fact that the far right and the far left actually agree with what is wrong with our country; we live in an oligarchy. The mainstream media is the elite’s propaganda machine, big money is ruining our political system, free trade has decimated the middle class and the military industrial complex keeps us in perpetual war and our tax dollars far from the United States.

It is time that all Americans realize that they have been snookered. You have fallen for a classic divide and conquer scheme. You have been divided up into categories, filled with propaganda about “the other” and you spend your energy fighting the wrong entity. This is a classic technique that has been used by those who want or have power for thousands of years from Julius Caesar to Napoleon. The technique’s most recent success story is in the United States.

While you were busy fighting “the other,” the corporate takeover of your country slowly occurred, right under your nose. They bought the media, they cut your pay, they raised the price of everything, they sent your job overseas, they sent your brother to war, they poisoned your children, they polluted your planet, they stole your money, they told you lies.

For once, both political parties had a candidate that was finally speaking about the oh-so taboo subject of class warfare in this country. This was evident by cross over support between Sanders and Trump supporters, but as Donald Trump’s racist dog whistle grew louder and louder he started a divide between the low class populism movements and it makes no sense.

If Trump were sincere with his pro low-class rhetoric he would not be working so hard to divide us along race lines. Make no mistake about it, we are having a revolution; it is time that people educate themselves in the art of political warfare because the opposition knows it well. The fact that Trump is using race to divide and conquer, which jinns up the left right division, which will be used by the corporate media to divert our attention from the real problem; the raging war on the lower class, leads me to believe that Trump is a Trojan horse for the corporation that has taken over the country.

 

 

This is not about Black/White, Republican/Democrat, and North/South it is about CLASS. It is about how the people who own the means of production want to keep the masses poor and enslaved, they don’t care what color you are or what Party you belong to.

For the sake of our country, let us not fall for this divide and conquer scheme at this most critical point in our history.

 

 

 

Why I Voted for Bernie Sanders

 

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I voted in my first Democratic Caucus last Sunday along with thousands of other Mainers. While I have voted for many candidates in many elections, last Sunday was different, this time it was personal.

I voted for Bernie Sanders because I lost my health coverage after moving to Maine from Massachusetts because Maine did not expand Medicaid.

I voted for Bernie Sanders because my father worked hard and played by the rules his entire life and cannot make ends meet living on social security.

I voted for Bernie Sanders because my mother lost her health insurance a year before she died of cancer.

I voted for Bernie Sanders because I know what it is like to go into debt over hospital bills.

I voted for Bernie Sanders because I know what it is like to work fulltime and live in poverty.

I voted for Bernie Sanders because I have worked overtime and not been paid for that overtime.

I voted for Bernie Sanders because I’ve lived in the rustbelt and have seen the consequences of free trade and outsourcing.

I voted for Bernie Sanders because I was an unpaid intern.

I voted for Bernie Sanders because my 401k was decimated during the 2008 crash.

I voted for Bernie Sanders because I have student loans.

I voted for Bernie Sanders because the price of everything has increased and our wages have not.

I voted for Bernie Sanders because this was the second warmest winter on record in Maine.

I voted for Bernie Sanders because my boyfriend’s best friend was killed while serving his 3rd tour of duty in Iraq.

I voted for Bernie Sanders because I have a family member with disabilities.

I voted for Bernie Sanders because I have a family member with mental health issues.

I voted for Bernie Sanders because I have friends who are undocumented.

I voted for Bernie Sanders because I know someone who has died of a drug overdose.

I voted for Bernie Sanders because I believe my story is not that different from yours.

I voted for Bernie Sanders because I believe you and I deserve better.