From One Liberal to Another

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If Donald Trump wins the Presidency in November don’t blame third parties, voter turnout, the media or the education level of voters. Instead place the blame where it belongs; at the feet of the Democratic Party.

Blame the former people’s Party that gave hundreds of billions of tax payer dollars to Wall Street banks as they systematically threw millions of Americans out of their homes.

Blame the former Party of FDR who could have given us a public option, but instead sided with their insurance company political donors over the American people.

Blame the former Party of the working-class for trying to push through the job and sovereignty grabbing corporate T.P.P trade agreement during the lame duck session.

Blame the former peace Party for allowing the Obama administration to go unchecked as it did the unimaginable, making a bad situation worse in the Middle East. Doubling down on many of the same egregious policies that they opposed under George W. Bush administration.

Blame the Party that gaslighted the weaker candidate, who was under FBI investigation, through the nomination process. All the while lying about the seriousness and validity of the accusations.

Don’t blame those of who are having a hard time distinguishing between establishment Democrats and establishment Republicans. And don’t blame those of us who cannot hold our noses in loyalty to a Party that feels no obligation to stay loyal to its constituents.

DNC Emails: Party Debated Blocking Bernie Staffer Over Social Media Posts

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The DNC email hack continues to be a thorn in the side of the Democratic Party establishment, as the discovery of a chain of emails within the Wikileaks treasure trove further demonstrate the Party’s dislike and paranoia towards the Bernie Sanders revolution and its supporters.

On May 18th a chain of emails started within the echelon of the DNC concerning a $50 donation and request to attend a June fundraising event hosted by then DNC chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz. “She’s a Bernie staffer from Tennessee with a ton of rants on facebook.. this should be interesting.” Nick Seminerio, DNC Finance Assistant wrote to the Finance Chief of Staff, beginning a multi-day debate within the DNC on what to do with this rogue request from Amanda Kruel, the East Tennessee Field Organizer for the Bernie Sanders campaign.

Emails reveal that the DNC considered denying entry and refunding the $50 donation after an internal vet of Kruel revealed that she had been exercising her freedom of speech on social media, the vet flagged Kruel for two reasons:
“(1) multiple tweets throwing shade on DWS; (2) staunch Bernie supporter and campaign staffer; was elected delegate for TN-2 at the DNC”

The Kruel emails show an overly suspicious DNC regarding how to handle dissent within the Party. “Let’s loop in Luis too. My first reaction is no, but on further thought, Kruel could turn this back on us and say she was denied attendance by the big bad establishment.” Wrote Brad Marshall the DNC CFO who is also responsible for writing the much reported email that questioned Senator Bernie Sanders’ religion.

When it seemed settled that Kruel would be given admittance to the event in order to quell bad press that denying her might bring, panic hit when Kruel bought a second ticket and conversations shifted to how to contain the rabid Sanders supporters that would be in their midst.

“She bought another ticket late last night. We could collect phones at the door. That way they couldn’t film and post any stunts they try to pull.” That was the last email concerning Kruel: perhaps due to the  lessons learned by the Clinton email scandal, the matter was settled via a phone call between Tracie Pough, Wasserman-Schultz’ Chef of Staff at the DNC and DNC Finance Chief of Staff Scott Comer.

When Amanda Kruel drove up to the gate for the June 2 fundraiser at the home of Leanne and Rusty Comer, in Knoxville Tennessee, she had no idea that her presence that night had been much debated within the DNC. By all accounts the DNC’s concerns about Kruel continued throughout the evening.

In an interview with The Tennessean, Kruel reported “A security person told her she couldn’t go into the gated community with Bernie Sanders materials in the car and she said she told him, “I always have Bernie stuff in my car.” She eventually was admitted.”

While at the event, Kruel got a feeling during her brief conversation with Wasserman-Schultz that the Congresswoman had in fact been warned about Kruel. It also appeared that she was closely watched by a security guard that evening. “I joked after the event that he seemed to have been ‘assigned’ to me, as he was never far from me. That joke may have been a fact.” Kruel said in a Washington Examiner interview.

By all accounts the Kruel emails are just another example of how the DNC was working against Senator Sanders. Yet upon closer inspection these emails illustrate the pervasive need to control any dissent or varying voices within the Democratic Party.

When the Democratic Party conspires to exclude and exact retribution on Party members, Americans, who exercise their First Amendment rights, then conspires to keep them from exercising those First Amendment rights; it is time to clean house.

It is not enough that Debbie Wasserman-Schultz left the DNC. We need to demand that ALL of the top echelon of the DNC be tossed out, starting with CFO Brad Marshall. The fact that no other heads have rolled is alarming. Regardless of whether you are going to stay with the Democrats or not we cannot let these offenses go unchecked. Our democracy demands it.

 UPDATE: On 8/2/16 The DNC announced the resignations of CEO Amy Dacey, communications director Luis Miranda and chief financial officer Brad Marshall.

 

 

The Future of the Revolution

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 The most important moment of the Sanders revolution is upon us. As we experience the stages of grief over the death of our dream of a Bernie Sanders Presidency, it will be easy to disconnect from what we have accomplished and from what our goals are. It will be easier for us to forget what we loved about our campaign and to give into the feeling that our dream, our Founding Father’s dream of a government of, by and for the people will always be out of reach.  From one griever to another, I implore you to lend an ear as we figure out where to go from here.

There are three things that must occur in order for us to move on to the next phase of the revolution, the sooner the better.

First, we must accept that short of an indictment or other such unforeseen event, Bernie Sanders will not be the Democratic nominee, nor will he run as an independent. He will endorse Clinton and ask you to vote for her. Clinton won this with the numbers, we can and should debate about how she got to requisite number of delegates, but we must accept that she did and not get mired down with useless denial. As we have much to do.

Second, we must not disengage. Don’t vow to never vote again, don’t become so disillusioned that you fall back asleep and give your political power over to those that we have been fighting against. Show up in November, show up for your local elections and primaries. Don’t drop out of the process now; this is what the establishment wants and expects.

And most importantly we must realize our power. Step back and look at what we have accomplished. We did not get Sanders elected, but was that the goal? Yes it became the goal, but was it the goal in the beginning? Did Bernie Sanders expect to win the nomination when he first announced? Or was his goal to give voice to the issues that matter, to give voice to the voiceless and get them involved in the political system?

Remember the first time you heard Bernie Sanders speak, what struck you about him? Were you so invested in him personally that first day? No, it was his message. The message that our political system needs to work for us and that we have the power to ensure that it does. Our collective goal in the beginning was to wake up, get involved and force the establishment to address the issues of the working poor and middle class. We found our political power after years of believing that we had none.

We took on the money.

We proved that politicians do not have to take money from special interest groups by putting financial skin in the game ourselves and funding Bernie Sanders’ campaign. (We incidentally outraised Hillary Clinton significantly. Her big money donors could not keep up with us.)

We now know and politicians now know, that it is unnecessary to take bribes in order to be politically competitive. This will have real consequences. We will hold our politicians accountable for where they get their money and hopefully more honest thoughtful people like Sanders will be able to run for office; now that they know that can compete financially if they stand with the people.

Look around in your local political scene, I bet you can find an example of someone who has been inspired to run by Sanders who needs your support. The fact that for the first time, the nominees for both parties were the candidates that spent the least in their respective contests proves how the old system of money influencing politics is changing.

We took on the media

We did not accept that the mainstream media was ignoring Sanders. We took to social media relaying all the latest news from our states. We started blogs and wrote letters to the editor in our local newspapers. We emailed 20-year-old videos of Sanders giving Alan Greenspan what-for on the House floor to our co-workers. We got the word out. We showed up. We filmed the rallies when the press wouldn’t. We forced the mainstream media to cover Bernie Sanders. We showed their bias. We shut off CNN and turned on TYT.

We took on the Democratic Party

Bernie Sanders could have run as an Independent but he did not. Opting instead to get as much political capital as he could by infiltrating the Democratic Party and dragging it back to its working class roots. Had we not supported Sanders surely President Obama would not be talking about expanding social security. Hillary Clinton would not have endorsed a $15 minimum wage. Nor would the country be talking about the consequences of trade deals, big money in politics and affordable college. We forced that dialogue.

We engaged in the process. We forced the DNC’s hand and got more debates when the DNC wanted to hide Sanders’ message and Clinton’s lack of one. We learned the Party rules in our state, and worked to change them for the future. We showed up at the polls and at the state conventions, forcing state Democratic parties to reflect our stances on super delegates and expanding participation. We got Cornel West on the DNC platform committee. We have a real good chance of getting Debbie Wasserman-Schultz out of office.

So where do we go from here? In order for the People’s Revolution to progress we need as a collective and as individuals to simply continue down the path that has worked for us; taking on the money, media and political process.

Continue to fight big money in our political system; push for publicly funded elections in your state. Keep donating small amounts of money to candidates that represent your values. Find or start your local chapter of Wolf-PAC, an initiative to lobby states to amend the Constitution to overturn Citizen’s United. Teach your neighbors that we can no longer turn a blind eye to our government’s system of bribery.

Continue to push against the narrative of the MSM. Seek alternative points of views, but always keep in mind whose agenda is being propagated. Keep yourself informed of the real issues and continue to inform others. Call out the MSM when they lie and fail to address our issues. Continue to write letters to the editor. Film and share the stories that they won’t.

Continue to take on the political system. Force the DNC to get rid of superdelegates. Help third parties get on the ballot. Start a third party. Take on the systematic voter suppression and fraud that you witnessed first hand. Push to do away with provisional ballots and electronic voting machines.

Find politicians like Bernie Sanders. I know you think this will be the hardest. Yet there are people in office and who want to run for office that are honest, gracious, moral and fair. I promise you they are out there. Bernie Sanders was right under your nose for the last thirty years after all.

Bernie Sanders lifted the veil and showed us the political power that we always had. That was his job. It is our job to step up, take our seat at the table and exert that power. While at the table, if you find rules that you don’t like, change them. If you find people that don’t represent you values, vote them out. Show up, speak up and continue the fight. That is what Bernie Sanders will do. That is what we will do.

 

 

Debunking 5 MSM Lies about the Democratic Nomination

 

 

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1. Hillary Clinton has 2.5 million more popular votes than Sanders – This is absolutely not true. By the mere fact that the Democratic Nomination contests are a mix of Primaries and Caucuses there is no accurate way to calculate popular vote. Comparing primaries and caucuses is like comparing apples and onions; it can’t be done. There have been 13 caucuses held thus far with Sanders winning 11 of them. In these caucus states participation is far less than in states where primaries are held. Calculating a popular vote is near impossible, something that the press, who was less than enthralled with Clinton in 2008 than today, was quick to challenge, when Clinton used this same argument against then candidate Barrack Obama. 

2. Clinton’s lead over Sanders is way more than Obama’s lead over her in 2008 – Comparing where we are today to where the race was in 2008 is again like comparing apples and onions, it doesn’t work. While the raw data is accurate, as of today April 5 prior to Wisconsin’s primary vote, the raw pledged delegate count (no superdelegates) Clinton 1264 Sanders 1040 in 2008 late March/early April Obama had 1610 to Clinton’s 1480 pledged delegates. There is one huge difference between 2008 and 2016 that does not get mentioned; the order in which the state’s voted. At this point in time in 2008 the two biggest delegate rich states California and New York had already voted, holding their primaries in February.

To further debunk the lead argument; at this point in time in 2008 there were only 566 pledged delegates on the table. Today there are 1747 pledged delegates up for grabs, not including Superdelegates. Apples and Onions.

 

3. The math isn’t in Sanders’ favor- See number 2. There are 1747 pledged delegates left to win. Again there are 1747 pledged delegates that are up for grabs. In 2008 at this point in time there were only 566 delegates left to win. 

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4. Sanders has to win 57% or 67%, or 70% (or whatever number they are saying today) of the remaining vote – Sanders does not need to win by 57% in every state to get the nomination, this is an oversimplification of numbers that are constantly in flux, changing with each state.

5. Clinton leads with Superdelegates– Not one single Superdelegate has cast a vote, not one. Superdelegates make up 15% of the total Democratic delegates and they vote at the convention in July. At this point in time they are completely irrelevant and a distraction from the real race.

We are disappointed with the President; it doesn’t mean we don’t support him

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As the 2016 Democratic contest moves to more diverse states, Hillary Clinton’s new tactic is to to hold on with all her might to President Obama’s record. Like an overprotective Abuela, Clinton fiercely defends her former rival and is attempting to shame any progressive that is anything less than 100% satisfied with the Obama administration. To her it is a sin.

As someone who voted for the President twice, I must say; I am disappointed with President Obama but it doesn’t mean that I don’t like or support him. Yes, I can have it both ways. While I am proud of the President’s accomplishments, I cannot push aside my many disappointments and it is not good for the Democratic Party to demand that I, or Bernie Sanders do so.

The reality is that President Obama did not live up to his promises. I can literally fill a page of broken promises and grievances, from ending our wars, closing Gitmo, ending Bush tax cuts, being transparent, being unable to work with Congress and deporting more immigrants and prosecuting more whistleblowers than any other President.

Now the President is not responsible for falling short on all of his promises, we all understand that he has been met with unprecedented obstruction and hatred, we don’t fault him for the huge backlash to his Presidency. And yes, I like so many other supporters failed the President, when I probably stayed home during the off-year elections making it possible for the construction of the stalemate Congress that we have been living under for 6 years. That was our bad. But the fact is that Obama made mistakes too. He is human after all and he is allowed, just as I am allowed to be disappointed.

We understand that the presidency is a complex job and that even the President of United States can’t keep every promise, we are adults like that. We also understand that it is important that we have honest discussions based on truths and facts so as to better our country; we differ from the Republicans like that.

There is something to be said about a period of truth and reconciliation, something that the Democratic Party is going to eventually have to have about the Obama Presidency, like all Presidencies. It would behoove the Democratic Party to consider speeding up the process so as to avoid making the same mistake that the Republican Party has made regarding the Presidency of George W. Bush; never coming to terms with his mistakes, which have been painfully drudged up by Donald Trump this week.

From this view, Hillary Clinton’s inability to entertain a critical word against President Obama is childish at best and just an overt ploy to gain the support of minorities at worst. Whichever one it is, it is insulting.

 

 

What Sanders has Taught the Democratic Party

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Bernie Sanders, an Independent Democratic Socialist has helped the Democratic Party more than any other candidate in recent years and all before he won a single delegate. Regardless of who gets the nomination, the Democratic Party will forever be stronger because of the candidacy of Bernie Sanders.

How many times have we heard political pundits proclaim that President Reagan could not get elected today because his politics would not be considered conservative enough for the modern Republican Party? Why is this you ask? It is in part because the Democratic Party has lost its way over the last few decades. Unable to coalesce and fight for a true liberal agenda it has allowed the Republican Party to pull the center of the country to the Right.

Now when I say Democratic Party I’m not talking about the rank and file, I’m talking the leaders, the machine, the message, think Debbie Wasserman-Schultz.

Instead of furthering a platform that includes such Democratic ideals as economic equality, social and criminal justice reform and fixing a corrupt campaign finance system its sole focus in recent years became reducing Republican damage. The Party of FDR and JFK turned its back on being a Party of bold sweeping ideas and has been complacent and satisfied for far too long with running on preserving social security and keeping a Republican appointee off the Supreme Court. That is until now.

Bernie Sanders is doing now what so many Democrats before him failed to do; he is dragging the Democratic Party (kicking and screaming) to the left. We have already seen the fruits of his labor as Clinton has quickly dropped her status quo agenda and adopted his progressive rhetoric.

While it would be impossible to list all Bernie Lessons, here are 4 specific takeaways that would behoove the Democratic Party to remember, wash and repeat.

 

  1. Have a vision – It should be big
  2. The vision must be authentic – From the heart not polls or lobbyists
  3. The vision cannot be keep the guy from the other Party out of office
  4. Vigorously defend your vision – There is a reason Republicans call Democrats flip-floppers

 

 

Clinton, Not Sanders Will Bring MORE Gridlock

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As soon as the 2012 election was over and the White House secured in the blue, I like many people who consider themselves Democrats became increasingly excited about the inevitable prospect of a 2016 Hillary Clinton Presidential run. I had in fact, preferred Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama in the 2008 contest. I did eventually fall in line and got aboard the Hope and Change bandwagon.

As President Obama’s second term unfolded however, something occurred to me, if the Democrats ran Hillary in the 2016 General election, they would lose. Or worse yet, Hillary would be the next President and the country would be damned to 4 more years of Congressional obstruction and gridlock and a deepening polarization of the American people. It was a harsh reality for this writer, who had grown up during the Clinton years, in a Clinton household, to make the realization that the democrats and the country would be better served by someone other than Hillary Clinton. This is a truth that many life-long Demos are going to have to face and fast if they want to keep the White House out of the red. (Or orange)

Why did I come to this epiphany years ago, precisely because I HAD lived through the Clinton years and I remembered them. I remembered that those years were the beginning of the political divide that has only grown since President Clinton left office in 2000. While the mainstream media likes to tout the old glory Clinton days, I remembered the daily bombardment of accusations, personal attacks, investigations, impeachment and the fact that some people no matter what seemed to hate the Clintons and passionately.

Many people may believe that enough time has past since the 1990’s ire for the Clintons. Hillary became a Senator, did important work as Secretary of State and her husband’s administration symbolized a time and government before it all came off its wheels, before terrorism, before economic ruin and the complete destruction of bipartisan political solutions in this country. Sounds like the glory days doesn’t it?

There are just two facts that Hillary and the media seem to forget:

  1. We liked Bill not necessarily Hillary, and the right has never made any bones about the fact that they have never liked her.
  2. 20 years ago there was a will to govern. Besides a couple of policy driven government shut downs, Congress put aside its distaste for the President and still managed to do it’s job of writing and passing laws. This does not happen anymore.

If the past 7 years has taught this country anything it is that Congress is willing to halt all productivity and progress at the detriment of the country if it does not like or feels it cannot work with the President. Just ask President Obama. And who does the far right hate more than President Obama? Hillary Clinton. If the 4 year $20 million Benghazi investigation doesn’t give us a preview of what is to come with a Hillary Clinton Presidency nothing will.

But for all of you Lefties imagining a Hillary Clinton Presidency being a super highbred of a President Obama and President Bill Clinton administration you are right and here is what it will look like: scandals real and fake, multimillion-tax dollar investigations, Bill’s sex scandals, nightmarish Thanksgivings with your right wing uncle, deepening political division and more importantly expansion of Presidential powers because just like President Obama, Hillary will not be able to get much of her agenda done with the help of Congress.

For whatever reason, Barrack Obama and Hillary Clinton inspire the worst in their governing counterparts, so much so, that the other side will always chose not to govern even at the expense of the country. We as Democrats could never have foreseen the overt obstructionism that came as a result of the election of President Obama. Now I am not turning on the President, I am stating a fact that he himself recognized during his last State of the Union speech. Imagine what could have been accomplished if he had not met with such opposition from Congress.

While we couldn’t foresee the obstructionism that was to be the Obama years, there is no way that ANYONE can HONESTLY say that Hillary will inspire the political Right to get on board with her liberal agenda. ANYONE can see that her administration will bring more of the same obstructionism and pure hatred from the Right.

You may realize that Bernie Sanders’ name has not been invoked in this article yet. Sanders already has your heart whether you know it or not. Hillary is working for your head and if you step back and use it, you like I, and so many others will soon realize she doesn’t make sense there either.