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Stop the Corporate Democrat Lie: Progressives Must Refuse to Concede the Narrative

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Here’s the story and we’re sticking to it. Because it’s true:

The Democratic Party colluded with the Clinton campaign to elevate Clinton and to suffocate Bernie Sanders’s exploding grassroots campaign for the party’s nominee for president. And if they had not, Bernie Sanders would likely now be our president-elect instead of Donald Trump, and Democrats would likely have a majority in both the House and the Senate.

As we all reel from the shock of Trump’s election as president of the United States, we ask: How did this happen?

The Democratic Party. They did this. They did it to themselves. They did it to their country. They did it to the world.

Despite the fact that Clinton had decades of problematic baggage and was, at best, a weak candidate and that her candidacy only continued to weaken as more information came to light about her and her inner circle.

Despite the fact that Bernie Sanders polled as one of the most popular, well-liked, and trusted politicians in modern history and consistently held double-digits predicted leads over all Republican primary candidates, including Trump, far outpacing Clinton.

Despite the fact that thousands of Sanders’s supporters warned the DNC and all its establishment superdelegates that coronating Clinton would result in a Trump presidency and the loss of critical down-ballot races.

Despite all this, the Democratic Party machine closed ranks, pushed aside and silenced Sanders supporters, and elevated an unelectable candidate as their nominee when we could have had a landslide candidate.

We’d like to think that this loss will be the Democratic Party’s come-to-Jesus moment. That after they did everything in their power, including dictating the mainstream media narrative for both candidates, perhaps the Democratic Party will see the error of their ways now that, as Sanders’s supporters predicted, Trump has defeated Clinton.

But don’t count on that happening.

People in power like to stay in power. And admitting that their very occupation of that power is their—and America’s—downfall would mean that they would have to willingly, for the good of all, give up that power. And they’re not going to do that.

Instead, the Democratic Party elites will try to take control of and distort the narrative.

They will blame third-party candidates—in particular, the Green Party’s Jill Stein—for “stealing” the votes from Clinton, implying that if Stein had not been on the ticket, then all those votes would have gone to Clinton.

In fact, the New York Times’ Paul Krugman started spinning the lie immediately, tweeting, “Btw, Jill Stein managed to play Ralph Nader. Without her Florida might have been saved.” Regardless that even assuming that EVERY Green voter in Florida—people who are disgusted with the corporate oligarchy and moral equivocation that are Clinton’s hallmarks—had voted for Clinton, Stein’s 63,156 Florida votes wouldn’t have come close to closing the 131,695-vote gap between Trump and Clinton in the Sunshine State.

But let’s also remember that those voters chose third-party alternatives precisely because they’re sick and tired of dynastic politics that recycle the same myopia of policy possibilities—none of which offers the majority of Americans any real relief from the economic pressures our rigged economy puts on everyday people or seriously addresses the crises our world faces.

(By the way, the whole Nader-caused-Gore’s-loss-in-2000 narrative? That’s a myth, easily debunked here and here and here, among many other places. Do your homework before trying to rehash that one.)

Or perhaps Democratic Party loyalists will blame the media for amplifying Trump’s every move, for making him the focal point of the entire primary and general election. And they will do that while ignoring their own role in coordinating with the media to promote Clinton and dismiss Sanders during the primary. They will make the mainstream media take the downfall even as they played that same media like puppets during the primary.

Or they will blame James Comey and the FBI, the same James Comey they lionized back in July when he came under attack for absolving Clinton of any criminal charges as a result of her choice to use a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state.

They will blame the Russians. WikiLeaks. Millennials. Minorities, even (just watch, someone will do it). And, of course, they will blame Bernie Sanders.

They will blame everyone but themselves. They will refuse to take responsibility for their actions, and thus, they will continue to make decisions based on hubris and outdated perceptions of U.S. and global dynamics. And they will do so at the expense of the American people and the world.

If we let them.

So we must not let them take control of the narrative. When they engage in their roulette wheel of a blame-game, shut it down. Give the facts. Don’t let them off the hook.

We cannot take back our country, create a just economy, fight discrimination, and take aggressive steps to address climate change until we clean out the Democratic Party.

And we do that by telling the truth.

Revolution by Numbers: 4, 46, 29, 270, 101, 2020

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4

Today is four days from the 2016 election. I’m exhausted. I worked tirelessly campaigning for Bernie Sanders’s candidacy for the Democratic nomination, all the while feeling frustrated as I watched the media cycle through ignoring him, dismissing his candidacy (and, by extension, his supporters), and creating an insulting a false narrative about his supporters as either young, naïve, entitled brats or misogynistic “Bernie Bros.” I worked day in and day out with men and women from all ages and races—most of whom were older and retired—to overcome the Clinton–DNC–mainstream media machine to get our progressive issues and candidate a fair hearing.

Since the Democratic National Convention, I’ve worked for local progressive candidates while avoiding conversations about whether I will vote for Clinton. Partly because I’ve vacillated on the question; partly because no matter what I answer, I have friends who will rail against my decision; and partly because I live in New York, which will go blue and thus all its votes will go to Clinton regardless of who I vote for so it’s silly to care whether I will vote for her.

But I am so tired of this presidential election.

 

46

As we all know, Bernie Sanders didn’t win the Democratic nomination for president. But despite the monumental crony-party-corporatist forces against him and, by extension, his supporters, Bernie Sanders won 46% of the delegates. Imagine what we could have done if the DNC had actually been neutral and the media had treated Sanders like a possibly viable candidate—which, particularly after tying the first primary and taking a landslide win in the second, is what he was.

 

29

Today we are on Day 29 of the WikiLeaks Podesta email dump. I don’t care about Clinton’s damn emails. I care about Podesta’s.

Because what we knew was happening but couldn’t prove is now prove-able. It’s now painfully obvious that the DNC was not neutral—not even close. It’s now clear beyond a doubt that the Democratic establishment is corrupt, insular, and infinitely arrogant. And to me, a vote for Clinton is a vote for what they did and what they’ve become. Even if (as is possible in NY) I were to vote for Clinton on the Working Families Party line, I cannot in any way send the message that I see Clinton’s route to power as acceptable.

And before you start screaming “BUT TRUMP! BUT TRUMP!!!!”—I also want Trump to lose. And I know that Clinton is the only candidate on the ballot capable of defeating him—because that’s the way we’ve set up our electoral system and because the media largely silences parties other than the Republicans and Democrats. But even though, yes, I’d prefer a Clinton presidency over a Trump presidency, I don’t want a Clinton presidency.

Some (including people who were Sanders supporters) say we need to give Clinton a landslide victory to send the message that hate is not okay. But do we really think a landslide victory will make Trump supporters see the error of their racist, sexist ways? Really? And what’s the point of sending a message to people who aren’t in power?

We need to send a message to the people who hold the power.

So I don’t want a landslide victory for Clinton because I DON’T want her and all the DNC cronies who colluded to crush Sanders’s candidacy to think they have a mandate, to think they can do what they did again and get away with it.

 

270

I want Clinton to get 270 electoral votes—AND THAT’S IT.

I want her and the corrupt machine that put her there to know that she BARELY got that presidency and she ONLY got it because her main opponent was raping, racist, ignorant oompa loompa. (I originally wrote orangutan there, but I changed it because I actually really like orangutans.)

I want Clinton to see that this country is on the verge of tearing itself apart—and a huge reason for that is the neoliberal, corporatist policies that have ruled our nation for decades.

I want Clinton and all the corporatist Democrats to see that maintaining the status quo, that touting continued meaningless incrementalism will only make that discord worse—that our leaders need to make real, substantial changes that truly help the people of this country and, indeed, this world.

I want her and her horde of cronies to know that if they want a second term, then they need to institute the kind of progressive reform that is desperately needed, starting with getting money out of politics—and untethering herself and the other machine Democrats from their corporate benefactors.

 

101

And if in her first 100 days we don’t see evidence that she has gotten the message and is ready to follow the winds of change rather than fight against them, then on that 101st day, we—progressive activists across the country—need to start looking for an exceptional and strong candidate to primary her in 2020.

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