Why Falling Into Line Isn’t Playing It Safe and What We Need to Do Now #StillSanders #SeeYouInPhilly
SUPER LONG RANT: Unless you're into politics, skip it. I am also not going to engage any arguing. I am simply stating my own thoughts and feelings on my own page, which I have every right to do. I don't comment or fight when I see things I don't agree with. I keep scrolling. I won't tell YOU how to think, don't tell ME how to think. There is room in the world for more than one set of beliefs, even if mine may differ from yours, and vice-versa.
Wow. It's really sad when a person gets crucified for sticking by their convictions rather than "playing it safe", or "falling into line." I have had SO many people criticize me and even call me names because I am not jumping on the Hillary train.
There's a reason people aren't doing this...Many reasons, actually. The main reason? Well, we can't simply give up and support someone that represents everything we've been fighting against. We've done our research, as HRC herself requested, and we did not like what we have learned. I'm not talking e-mails or Benghazi or Republican rhetoric. I'm talking bad decisions, over and over, that prove not only intent, but poor judgement, time and time again. We want a leader who can be counted on to make the RIGHT decision the FIRST time, when it matters most. Not someone who has to constantly apologize for "mistakes" or "mis-speaking". Mistakes can be disastrous, especially in an increasingly global society, so there's no room for constant, costly errors.
We're taught from the time we're children to always fight for what we believe in...We're taught that good should always prevail over evil...We're taught that nothing worth having ever comes easily...That if something is worth fighting for, we should never, ever give up.
Is this no longer the case?
Should people stop fighting, stop caring, simply because the deck is stacked against them? Should hope be abandoned when it's needed the most?
David beat Goliath...Daniel went into the Lion's Den...You don't give up at the 2 minute warning. FDR walked out of a Contested Convention as the Democratic Nominee, even though he was not expected to do so. Games are changed in the last moments of the 4th quarter. Underdogs can emerge as victors in the last seconds of the game.
What if "playing it safe" isn't safe AT ALL? What if your so-called "safe" option will bring very negative things, like a no-fly zone over Syria that will likely result in military conflict with Russia....Do we REALLY need to elect someone that will guarantee more war? Who views war as a "business opportunity"? Can we really afford more wars when we have bridges and roads in disrepair, children and vets homeless and hungry, and an increasingly unstable social climate because people are lacking hope, education, and opportunity? If we can afford more interventionist wars, we can surely afford to fix our very broken system here at home, right? Oh. Wait. There's no immediate profit in this. The profit comes from war. Right. (eye roll)
What if your "safe" option will clear the way for the TPP, which will likely have devastating effects on the American people? Sure, your "safe" option claims to be against the TPP...But she hasn't always. She called it the "Gold standard" not very long ago...Now she's suddenly against it. This is lip service, folks. Please note, in the current democratic platform, they are not opposing the TPP, and there is no language that expresses an anti-TPP sentiment. None. If your "nominee" was truly against this, wouldn't that be included in the party platform? Hmm....Something to think about.
What if your "safe" option will advocate for worldwide fracking? Again, while some climate related issues were addressed in the party platform, it continues to support fracking, which has been proven to have devastating effects on the environment. Why is this? Well, follow the money. It's not hard to see who has donated to which candidate, whether as a campaign contribution, speaking fee, or a donation to a "foundation", and where this money originates from. Thanks to Citizens United, this money shapes the decisions made, and this is blatantly obvious when looking at the democratic platform that is being put into place.
What if your "safe" option has a history of saying one thing and doing something entirely different?
Saying someone supports minorities while calling them "super-predators" and supporting a for-profit prison system that targets POC isn't support...I don't care what kind of hot sauce is in your purse. Your record, words, and treatment of others says something completely different. The smug refusal to address such issues when confronted with them speaks volumes, too.
What if this "safe" option is willing to say whatever is needed to a particular audience, and then change their tune when they meet with a different demographic of voters? Whether it's talk about the tragedy in Flint, the plights of WV coal miners, or the claims of carrying hot sauce in a handbag, it's all pandering, and none of it means a damn thing.
The biggest farce, in my opinion, is this: We are told to fear Trump. Yes, Trump is an AWFUL, HORRIBLE, DESPICABLE human being. There's no argument there. He has absolutely no business holding a power position. I will NEVER vote for Trump. We can all agree on this. But is a vote for Clinton REALLY that different than a vote for Trump? I don't think so, for several reasons.
For one, and this is the most obvious reason, we are fighting against the damage that unprecedented corporate greed has done to our nation. So why then should we choose between someone who works for the corporations and someone who IS the corporation? Why should we accept this, when both of our choices serve the same master, the almighty dollar, with little regard to what happens to ordinary, working class citizens?
Not to mention, Trump and the Clintons have a LONG and friendly relationship. They have been to social functions together...Play golf together...Donald and the Clintons even share a physical address in Delaware for the sole purpose of avoiding taxes. Sure, Trump says his "Crooked Hillary" stuff, but it's all part of the game. Once this is over and done with, they'll be back to being buddy-buddy again, as they have been for decades.
Yes, Clinton claims to be LGBTQ friendly...but that's only in the past few years. Since 2013, I believe. Is that really a lifetime commitment to equality? I don't think so. As the proud parent of a gay teen, this bothers me. I'd rather stick with the guy who has fought for our LGBTQ community his entire life, not just when it became "cool" or politically expedient.
Yes, Clinton may be better for women's issues than Trump. That's not hard to do, and I suspect even my crazy neighbor who walks around his yard naked treats women better than Trump. We can do better than this, folks.
Yes, I understand that SCOTUS seats will likely be up for grabs...Do I really think Trump should have that responsibility? Nope. Of course not. Am I optimistic that Hillary will seat any true Progressives? Nope. Not at all. That would betray the interests of her corporate owners, now wouldn't it?
YES, Trump is loud, obnoxious, vocal, and spews absolute bullshit. We're afraid that Trump will lead us into more war...We're worried that Trump will treat minorities like garbage...We're worried that Trump will serve the rich while hanging the rest of us out to dry. These are legitimate fears....
But don't you see? All of the things we fear about Donald Trump are things Hillary already has quite the record of doing. She's not as loud...She's not as blatant...But her record speaks for itself. She supports war for profit, prisons for profit, and she serves her corporate donors rather than the middle class. Do your research. You'll see that this is fact. I can provide a wealth of links, if you'd like, including links to her leaked e-mails and other Ghostbin and Pastebin files you won't see in MSM.
There is a REASON the corporate owned media, in collusion with the DNC, has been shoving Clinton down our throats. There's a REASON Bernie Sanders has been attacked, and has basically been part of a media blackout. There's a REASON they hate him so....A GOOD reason...He is working for US...Not for THEM. And it scares the shit out of them.
Also, there is increasing evidence that Clinton CANNOT beat Trump. Her numbers continue to plummet, even with Bernie's "endorsement". Which let's face it, was clearly a chess move and not sincere. Otherwise, he would have conceded or suspended his campaign, which he did NOT. He's merely protecting his position at the convention, and had to do something I'm sure he was sick over.
Do I LIKE the fact that Bernie “endorsed” Clinton? No. It make me sick. Physically ill. I cried my eyes out. For about an hour, I felt betrayed. Then I thought about it...Bernie did what he HAD to do to protect US. He fell on his own sword for the sake of the PEOPLE. He did what he had to do, even though it was clear he was very uncomfortable. He had to do it to stay in the race and play by the rules. This man has no ego. It’s not about HIM, it’s about US. You simply don’t get more selfless than that.
Polls are showing Clinton either TIED with Trump, or Trump BEATING Clinton by a margin of about 5 points. These same polls still show that BERNIE can beat Trump, and beat him quite comfortably. (10+ points) This is clearly the year of "anti-establishment" politics...So why would anyone expect that we close our eyes to a corrupt and broken system and support an establishment that's been screwing us all? We're NOT going back to sleep. We won't give them the complacency they were counting on. It matters far too much.
The DNC seems so confused by this...I find it funny. Did they REALLY expect Bernie's supporters, who have done their research, to fall into line and flock to Hillary, one of the least trusted politicians in recent history? After insulting us, suppressing our votes, and committing rampant election fraud, did they really expect us to turn a blind eye and support her? ESPECIALLY when there are still multiple lawsuits and investigations taking place? No, you may not hear much about them on MSM, and that's intentional. But they are happening, and the results could be damning.
No, we're NOT flocking to Clinton. We're #StillSanders until he's officially out of the race. We believe in Bernie, and know that he's got the wisdom and foresight to play the game and make the best decisions for US. Every bad decision we've made in the past 20-30 years, there's a video somewhere showing Bernie trying to prevent it...Even when he stood alone to do so. He's not alone anymore. Bernie Sanders will NEVER be alone again.
In the meantime, some interesting things are taking place. Bernie is still playing by the rules, so he isn't at liberty to say much as far as his intentions go. But here are some interesting facts that may help us understand what's happening and where we need to go from here:
-While Bernie endorsed, he did NOT suspend or concede, and he's calling for ALL of his 1900 delegates to show up in Philly to vote for HIM. He's also encouraging people to show up in Philly en masse. He has a plan, and that plan likely depends on US. They can ignore Bernie...He's just one man...But can they ignore the collective voices of MILLIONS? I don't think so.
- Jill Stein of the Green Party has offered the top spot on the Green ticket to Bernie. Should he NOT emerge the Democratic nominee, he has an option to be on the ballot, anyway. The Green Party platform is VERY similar to Bernie's, with the exception of positions on drones and student debt. Bernie wants people to be able to refinance debt at lower rates, and Stein wants to cancel them out completely. Jill Stein has wonderful ideas, and I think a Sanders/Stein ticket could be a very successful and VIABLE one.
-Staying on the topic of Jill Stein, Sanders supporters are flocking to HER rather than Hillary. Jill's donations have increased by 1,000%+, and her social media following has exploded in just a few days. I actually donated to Stein, myself, although I am still with Bernie. People are arguing that a vote for Stein is equal to a vote for Trump....But is it really? Bernie started out in this race polling at a mere 3%. Jill Stein is above that, and continues to grow her support. Millions of disenfranchised voters are unhappy with the choices they're being given. Why choose between 2 great evils when you don't HAVE to? Both Clinton and Trump are quite hated, and this gives Stein the potential to become a VIABLE candidate, and quickly. The people are demanding better, and they're not sticking with a 2-party system that is failing us all. Jill Stein COULD actually become a threat here, and I look forward to seeing it happen.
-More about Stein. Sorry, this is relevant to Bernie, I promise! Jill Stein recently received an endorsement from Bernie's right hand man, Dr. Cornel West. This happened BEFORE the convention for a REASON. Bernie cannot speak to us plainly at the moment. Perhaps he's using his surrogates, such as Cornel West, to get a message to us about the direction we should be heading. SO many of us have given our support to Stein, and this puts pressure on the DNC and backs them into a corner during the convention. Their plan backfired. They assumed we'd support Hillary if Bernie endorsed her. Well, that's not happening. As Bernie has said himself, Hillary will need to EARN our votes...She has not done so. People are seeking out different options, and the DNC is put in a very bad spot. So please, LIKE Jill Stein...Send her a few dollars...These small actions make a HUGE statement.
-Jill Stein is arriving in Burlington, VT today, and will be staying in the state for 6 days. She has 2 events, one today, and one next Thursday. Why stay in Bernie's home state for 6 WHOLE DAYS, right before the DNC? Hmm....Maybe there are some meetings going on that we're not privy to at the moment.
- Nina Turner and Jill Stein will be participating in the same event in Philly right before the convention. Yes. You read that correctly. NINA TURNER, a STRONG Bernie supporter,and my Senator from the great state of Ohio, will be holding an event with JILL STEIN in Philly. The next day, Bernie will have his own, non-Hillary rally. Hmmm.....
Basically, folks, this is the part of the Revolution when Bernie needs US to carry him. He needs OUR voices, OUR actions, to send a clear message to the Democratic party. He needs us to show the following things:
We will NOT settle for the lesser of 2 evils.
We will NOT follow him to Hillary. It's not about party, it's about voting for what's RIGHT.
Hillary is NOT the strongest candidate to defeat Trump. She never has been, and this still rings true.
We are NOT afraid to jump ship and support a 3rd party candidate who represents US rather than corporate greed.
How can we make our voices heard in time for the DNC?
-Donate to Bernie's Delegates and make sure they can get to Philly.
-Donate to Jill Stein and "LIKE" her on social media.
-Write to/call Superdelegates and demand that they listen to our concerns. Make them understand that Bernie is their BEST chance at a Dem victory, and anything less will amount to political suicide. Also remind them that they CAN and WILL be voted out of their held offices, where applicable. This is easy, and can be done here:
-Support Progressive Tim Canova, who is running against DWS for the DNC Chair.
-Spread and share REAL info, not MSM spin, but REAL info. This is NOT over! Some good sources include:
British: BBC News (http://www.bbc.com/)
-If you're able, GO TO PHILLY AND PROTEST AT THE DNC. Keep it calm...Keep it peaceful...But Bernie needs NUMBERS, folks. Show the DNC that we have NOT abandoned Bernie!
There are plenty of resources available in regards to transportation and places to stay. Check them out here:
Most of all, don't lose hope. We're all in this together, and we can make a difference.
Bernie has stood for us for decades. NOW IT’S TIME FOR US TO STAND UP FOR HIM.
"First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you WIN."
We can do this.
#NotMeUs #StillSanders #SeeYouInPhilly
Dear Super Delegates,
My name is Brandy Nelson, and I am a resident of the great state of Ohio. I am the proud parent of 3 wonderful kids, including a gay teen. I am a blogger, an activist, and someone who is greatly concerned about the country we are shaping for future generations of Americans....No, scratch that...I am concerned about the WORLD we are leaving our children and grandchildren.
You see I, like millions around the world and in the US, am watching this election very closely. We understand that we are part of a world in great peril, both environmentally and economically. The current social and political climate leaves a lot to be desired, and we want nothing more than to improve this. We are doing our research on the choices available to us, and I have to be honest....We are horrified by the options we’re being given.
I’m sure you agree that we cannot allow a Trump presidency. To do so would not only make us the laughing-stocks of the planet, it would also set our society back by decades, and possibly even make our already dwindling Middle Class struggle more.
A Trump presidency would mean that rights would be stripped from many....Women, minorities, and even members of the LGBTQ community, like my son. As a mother, this breaks my heart.
A Trump presidency would ensure that the division we’re seeing among our citizens would only increase, leading to more senseless violence and laws that allow further discrimination against our fellow human beings.
I absolutely, 100% agree that Trump MUST be defeated this November. Our country’s future depends on it.
However, I do not think that Hillary Clinton is the best bet for defeating the Orange Fuhrer. The facts, no matter how uncomfortable they may be for someone in your important position, support my statement.
FACT: Election fraud, voter suppression, and downright trickery were rampant during the Democratic Primaries. People had their registrations changed without their knowledge, they were turned away at the polls or given Provisional ballots that were not counted, and the number of polling places was drastically reduced. Add to that the use of hackable voting machines, such as the machines that Clinton Curtis, a computer programmer, testified about in a Florida court. (See his testimony here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXy...) We feel this election was literally STOLEN from us, and there is ample evidence of this. There are lawsuits pending and being filed, lawyers are heading to the DNC, and the truth of the situation WILL come out. In the day of social media, We the People cannot be fooled when the proof is right there, on video, in front of our faces. We watched in horror and disbelief as each state cast their votes, and we saw countless videos from disenfranchised voters showing how this fraud was being blatantly and openly committed. The Primaries were RIGGED, in collusion with the DNC and DWS, and we KNOW it.
FACT: Clinton is currently under great scrutiny, and we feel she cannot be trusted. No, I am not referring to the e-mails, though they DO matter, and I am not talking about Benghazi. I am speaking about perjury, using the Clinton Foundation to orchestrate weapons deals, and general dishonesty over the course of her political career. We need a leader we can count on to make the best decisions the FIRST time, not someone who constantly needs to apologize for mistakes and mis-speaking. As POTUS, there are decisions that will need to be made rather quickly. We need a leader who has the wisdom and foresight to make the right decisions, driven by the desire to do GOOD in the world, not just line the pockets of their corporate donors. We need someone who will actually think about the unintended consequences that are far-reaching, long after the decisions have been made. I, along with millions of other Americans, do not have faith that Clinton will possess these qualities.
FACT: A vote for Clinton is a vote for inevitable war, global fracking, and disastrous trade deals. A simple look at Clinton’s voting record supports this, and it’s a chance we simply can’t afford to take. Sure, Hillary claims she’s now against the TPP, but nowhere in the current Democratic platform is this stated, and there’s absolutely no anti-TPP language. A vote for the TPP will cause absolute devastation not only to the American middle class, but also to the environment and the world. We’re also sick and tired of interventionist military actions. Clinton supported the mess in Libya, and she has stated she would enact a no-fly zone in Syria, which would lead to probable military conflict with Russia. She wants to continue to allow Palestinians to be killed. She referred to the Iraq War as a “business opportunity.” Since when is slaughtering human beings a business opportunity? Donald Trump shouldn’t have control over nuclear weapons, but neither should Hillary Clinton. Clinton’s choices have directly contributed to the horribly unstable conditions in the world, along with the rise of ISIS. The American people realize this. We’re not blind to this fact. You shouldn’t be, either.
FACT: A vote for Clinton will further oppress minorities. She likes to claim to be all for equality, but she helped put a private prison system in place that incarcerates for profit. This has led to countless people, often of color, to be jailed for minor, non-violent offenses. We have a current situation where POC are victims of police brutality, and citizens are taking it upon themselves to attack and kill Law Enforcement. Without our current failures in our Criminal Justice system, chances are, these incidences would be far less common. People are fed up. We are angry. We feel helpless. The violence MUST end, on BOTH sides of the coin. We have more people in prison than any other country in the world. Lives are being destroyed. Futures are being destroyed. All in the name of the almighty dollar? This HAS to change. We’re Incarceration Nation, and Hillary Clinton shares responsibility for this.
FACT: Even with “endorsements” from Warren and Sanders, Clinton’s numbers keep plummeting. You see, we’re not going to be fooled here. Clinton represents everything we’ve been fighting against. She’s got a long history of pandering to corporations, and accepting HUGE amounts of money in exchange for her influence. Yes, I realize that she’s not alone, and that this practice is perfectly legal, thanks to Citizens United. But does legality really make it right? Is choosing corporations over people in exchange for a hefty payout really keeping the best interests of the American people at the forefront of the agenda? I didn’t think so. Yes, Warren and Sanders have reluctantly “endorsed” Clinton. That means absolutely nothing, and isn’t enough to sway the American people. We demand better!
FACT: As Clinton’s approval rating and popularity fall, Trump’s popularity is gaining. Scary, isn’t it? In fact, several polls are showing that Trump is now BEATING Clinton in many cases by about 5 points, including in important Swing States, and is tied with her in other states. Tied. Is that a gamble you’re willing to take? These same polls, however, show Sanders defeating Trump by very comfortable margins of 10+ points. The choice should be clear if avoiding a Trump presidency is truly important to you. The uncomfortable reality is this: If you don’t want to risk Trump, you MUST nominate Sanders. There’s really no better option.
FACT: The DNC was counting on Bernie Sanders supporters to “fall into line” and “vote blue no matter who”. If the e-mails sent by the Democratic Party, desperate for donations, are any indication, this is not what is happening. The DNC seems genuinely confused about the fact that we’re not hopping on the Hillary train and showing our support. Is it really that confusing? The media has been relentlessly shoving Hillary down our throats, and we’re not biting. We have learned that we cannot rely on a corporate owned MSM for accurate news, so we have been doing our research. Our research shows us that NEITHER of the front-runners are acceptable choices. We want and deserve better than what we’re being offered. As a result, Green Party’s Jill Stein’s donations have increased by 1000+%, her social media likes have skyrocketed, and she is quickly becoming a viable candidate. This isn’t about party. It’s about POLICY. We will support a candidate that has OUR best interests in mind, not more of the same system that put us in this mess!
-FACT: Did Hillary “win”? Well, that depends on who you ask. Without the rigging, I do not think she would have won the majority of Delegates. We will allow the various lawsuits to sort that out, though. That being said, the vast majority of Hillary’s “wins” occurred in RED STATES. These states DO NOT VOTE BLUE during the General Election. Sanders did FAR better in states that are actually likely to vote blue, including swing states. This is an important fact to consider, and I hope you will.
Many Democrats have already changed their affiliation to Green or Independent. Some of us, myself included, won’t be changing until AFTER the Convention in Philly. We’re holding out hope that you will choose to do the right thing and nominate Bernie Sanders to run for POTUS.
The reasons to consider this are clear:
-Bernie Sanders has a proven track record of being consistently on the right side of history. He has fought his entire life for ALL of us, even when it hasn’t been politically expedient to do so. He never cared about how “cool” he was, or how much money he could rake in from your Corporate Gods...He cared about US. He fought for US, despite great pressures to do otherwise. Bernie stood alone for a long, long time. He will NEVER stand alone again.
-Bernie Sanders inspires people to be better. He’s inspired us to dream bigger, to be more compassionate, and to care about more than our own personal bubbles. As he has so eloquently stated, “We’re all in this together. When you hurt, I hurt.” As a result, we Bernie supporters have started becoming active in trying to better our own communities. We’re beautifying our cities, checking in on elderly neighbors, helping the sick, the homeless, the destitute. Bernie also said “The measure of a great nation isn’t how much wealth is at the top. The measure of a great nation can be found in how the most vulnerable members of society are treated.” We agree. That’s why we believe that education and health care should be basic human rights, and not privileges. A vote for Bernie Sanders is a vote to amplify what’s beautiful about humanity while squashing the things that make us ugly, such as racism, classism, xenophobia, and bigotry. A vote for Bernie is a vote for compassion and empathy. I don’t know about you, but I think that’s important.
-Bernie Sanders is met with great enthusiasm from the people. His rallies have attracted crowds in the TENS of thousands. I have been to his events, and they were truly inspiring. People of all ages, races, faiths, sexual orientations, and backgrounds come together at his rallies, and there is nothing but LOVE and HOPE. People WORLDWIDE have supported Sanders. People have come to the US from countries like India, Ireland, the UK, Denmark, Finland, and Canada to help with Bernie’s campaign. There are people phone-banking from nations like Australia. The rest of the world sees the importance of a Sanders victory....Why can’t YOU?
Does Hillary inspire people? No. Does Hillary attract such crowds? No. Does Hillary make people enthusiastic? No. Even with a half-hearted Sanders “endorsement”, we still can’t get excited about the Presumptive Nominee. This will be a great challenge come November, and one I fear the Democratic party won’t be able to overcome. Again, do you really want to risk a Trump presidency by continuing to shove Hillary down our throats? We won’t swallow that pill, and I think that deep down, you realize that.
-We the People are worried about MORE than just the election for POTUS. We are dedicated to bringing new, Progressive blood into every level of government, from the ground on up. We are running for the School Boards and City Council...We have people running for Mayor...For Congress...For the Senate. This IS a Revolution, and Revolutions start from the bottom on up. Many of you hold seats you were elected into. We’re paying attention to the choices you make now. We’re watching very, very closely. Please don’t think that if you make the wrong choices, you can’t be voted out of your office. You can be, and you WILL be. The people are ready for REAL change, and our votes from now on will hold our politicians accountable. A vote for Sanders is the best way, in my opinion, to ensure re-election.
-Again, the ONLY candidate that can beat Trump is Bernie Sanders. I know this is uncomfortable to think about, but it’s true. Poll after poll has shown this, and the voices of the people have stated this, loudly and clearly. When we said we were #StillSanders, we meant it. We’re not willing to choose between the lesser of 2 evils, because in this case, we can choose someone with a proven track record of honesty, integrity, and compassion. These are qualities that have been missing in our political system for far too long. A vote for Sanders will restore the faith of the American people...A vote for Sanders will improve the quality of life for ALL of us, not just those at the top...A vote for Sanders WILL prevent a Donald Trump presidency, and the SCOTUS seats that will come along with it.
“The problems we face, did not come down from the heavens. They are made by bad human decisions, and good human decisions can change them.”
-Senator Bernie Sanders
We, the American People, are counting on YOU to make a GOOD HUMAN DECISION at the DNC. We deserve a world and a nation that we can be proud of. Our children deserve this. A vote for Bernie ensures we’re on the right track. A vote for Clinton will surely be the suicide of the Democratic Party.
Please don’t let us down.
Thank you for your consideration.