After a year of rigged primaries, a supposedly impartial party leadership, leaked emails which prove conspiracy and treason, the corrupt Democratic political machine nominated the Whore of Wall Street as its standard bearer.
We progressives are now expected to get in line and support Hillary. Bernie has endorsed her. The alternative is Trump! OMG! We have no choice!
If the Democrats were seriously concerned about Trump, they would have nominated Bernie, who could have easily defeated Trump.
They did not,
Why? Because Bernie would not have played the game with Wall Street and the oligarchy. He would not have sold his presidency. He would have fought the special interests that have controlled the US government under both parties for decades.
Bernie had to be defeated.
And now Donald Trump has to be defeated. Trump is as much of a problem as was Bernie. The powers that be have no hook in him. He campaigned against the same powers that have controlled the government under Clinton, Bush, and Obama.
If Trump wins, the Republican party will not return to the right wing corporatist party it has been since Richard Nixon. Trump will make it a populist, middle class, anti-Wall Street party that will no longer be a mouthpiece for the 1%.
And if Hillary wins, the establishment will have dodged the Mother of All Bullets! An outraged citizenry!
Hillary and her cohorts are scrambling to make this a contest between fascism and bigotry versus her reasoned approach to government.
The problem is that her reasoned approach to government is government for sale to the highest bidder, government that is corrupt, oppressive, and owned by multinational corporations and Wall Street banks.
A government that shovels profits into the coffers of the military-industrial complex as fast as wars can be fought and regimes overthrown. As quickly as drones can be launched and women and children killed.
Berners are not going for it. They recognize that Hillary is the enemy they have been fighting for a year. Hillary has bragged that Bernie has not changed any of her positions. And now we see just what she really is when we look at her vice presidential pick: a right wing, pro life, pro TPP Wall Street sycophant like Hillary herself.
After a year of abuse and betrayal, a convention that coronated the Whore of Wall Street, a barrage of emails proving that Hillary is as corrupt as we long suspected, a fix in with the Obama administration to avoid Hillary being indicted, and the humiliation of the DNC marginalizing Bernie delegates, we Berners have had it.
Berners are flocking to Jill Stein, the Bernie of Bust movement is in full gear, and many progressives are buying into Progressives for Trump as a way to ensure that Wall Street Democrats are defeated up and down the Democratic ticket, making way for progressives to take over the Democratic party.
Bernie has to put on his loyal Democrat face if he wants to wage his revolution from within the Democratic party. He cannot admit that the best case scenario would be for him to support Hillary and for her to then lose. His nemesis would be gone, her ability to stack the party leadership would never arise, and Bernie and his progressives would be heirs to the party machinery nationally and across the country. We would sweep the midterms against the Republicans, winning enough statehouses and legislative chambers to assure control of reapportionment in 2020. A true progressive would be nominated and elected in 2020 and the Democrats would control both houses of Congress as well as the presidency.
The alternative, with Hillary being elected, will mean we lose the 2018 midterms, lose control of reapportionment in 2020, the progressive revolution is stymied for 8 years, the Democrats lose control of Congress for another decade, and the likelihood of a Democrat winning in 2024 is virtually non-existent.
Bernie believes that the future of his political revolution is from within the Democratic party. He believes it would be easier to change the party into a democratic socialist party than it would be to grow the Greens into national contention. He knows that a significant number of rank-and-file Democrats mindlessly vote for the party. And he knows he must be perceived as having helped rather than hurt Hillary to avoid the establishment blaming Bernie if she loses. The best thing that could happen would be, of course, that Hillary is defeated, leaving Bernie and his progressives the major force in the party. But he can never admit as much.
Voting for Trump is only helpful in those states where he might be able to defeat Hillary, so called “battleground” or purple states. Purple states include or may include Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico. North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
But for Sanders voters in red sates, those carried by McCain in 2008 or Mitt Romney in 2012. there is nothing to be gained by voting for Trump, as he will carry those states against Hillary with or without Sanders voters. Same with deep blue states like California and New York. Hillary will comfortably carry such states, so a vote against her is wasted. Might as well help Jill Stein.
Sanders supporters in deep red or blue states have the opportunity to make a profound difference to the American political landscape by voting for Jill Stein of the Green party. While the likelihood is minimal that such votes would do anything to affect the outcome of races in those states, the cumulative effect of a wave of Green party votes could operate to help the party grow and possibly become a national political force.
We are not going to support Hillary. We are not going to go quietly into the night. We are not going to fall in line.
We are going to get even!
We are going to make sure Hillary is never president.
We are going to make sure that Hillary can never cheat Bernie again. That she will not be able to stack the DNC against progressives as Obama did. That Bernie and his insurgents will be the heirs of a new Democratic party, out from under the yokes of Wall street, Big Oil. Big Pharma, the insurance lobby, and the munitions manufacturers..
We are going to support the Greens in every red and blue state.
And we are going to support Trump in swing states.
We are going to prevent Hillary becoming president..
Take that, Hillary!
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