Thursday, July 14, 2016

By endorsing Hillary, Bernie may have positioned himself to win the Presidency

Even though he has endorsed Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders has not conceded. In a conference call with delegates after the endorsement he said, “I am still officially a candidate. I have not suspended our campaign. I’m not going to suspend our campaign.” Bernie Sanders is still in the presidential race and may be better positioned than ever. Let me explain.

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Jill Stein offered to step aside for Bernie Sanders to lead Green Party presidential run

The Green Party, which is expected to select Jill Stein at its presidential nominating convention in August, advocates aggressive environmental policies, social justice, grassroots democracy and other progressive priorities. Like the Libertarian Party on the right, Green Party leaders see an opportunity to break into the big time in this election. Both Clinton and presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump have historically high "unfavorable" ratings for major-party candidates.


"I join millions of Americans who see Hillary Clinton's campaign as the opposite of what they and Bernie Sanders have fought for. Despite her penchant for flip flopping rhetoric, Hillary Clinton has spent decades consistently serving the causes of Wall Street, war and the Walmart economy." More...

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  1. Yes, the system is rigged. Yes, it stinks. But a "symbolic" vote for Jill Stein, however good she may be, will give us Trump. Period. I have been watching the far left get conservative presidents elected since the hippies gave us Nixon. Please don't do it again!

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    1. A vote for the candidate of your choice, whether it's Jill Stein, Gary Johnson, or yes, even a Bernie Sanders write-in, should be considered as voting your conscience. If enough people started voting their conscience instead of adhering to the tired "2 Major Parties" nonsense, perhaps we'd see some real change in this country.

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    2. chuck gregory7/13/16, 1:58 PM

      Second that.

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    3. In the end men and woman are at each-others throats in America..the TV networks are always bashing men in there advertisements,in there TV shows ETC...it is disgusting and it needs to stop....as a result of the TV networks we ended up with 9/11....wake up America!!!!

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    4. Well, that's a new one...

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  2. If everyone "voted their conscience" we would have a situation similar to Weimar Germany- roughly 25 different political parties and no national consensus whatsoever. The result? Adolph Hitler! And by the way, it was the Green Party taking enough votes from Al Gore that made it easy for Bush to steal the election in 2000. I'm not defending the two-party system per se, (I believe it is responsible for many of our nation's ills) but until a VIABLE third party comes along, it's all we have.

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    1. The two parties we have now display little evidence that they are "viable". If you choose to play along with the lesser of two evils approach to the coming election, so be it. I'm not about to vote for Clinton or Trump. I don't believe for one second that voting for Jill Stein, for example,is going to win her the election but I won't feel like I sold out.

      And by the way, if Al Gore had done more to persuade those Green Party voters, he would have won. He didn't and he only had himself to blame.

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    2. Ah, the tyranny of the minority. A small group of zealots holding the rest of us hostage to their agenda. Maybe the problem is that YOU don't appeal to the rest of us!

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    3. I'd say it's the antiquated and corrupt two party system that is holding this country hostage.

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  3. chuck gregory7/15/16, 8:31 PM

    The two-party system is finally starting to fail. Political parties could always be counted on to be the bank for their candidates. Thus, when Dems started switching to the Republican Party in the 70's, insiders viewed them not as switching principles, but switching banks. In fact, Ben Lighthouse Campbell, one of the first outside Dixie to switch from Dem to Rep in '73 or so, switched back a couple years before he dropped out, as I recall, back in the late Nineties.

    The Watergate laws which mandated primaries rather than back room deals started the erosion of party power. Before Watergate, the money guys could spread a little schmeer among the power brokers and get their man at the top of the ballot. Going to a primary system meant the candidates had to get a lot of big donors. As the unfortunately named "clown car" roster of Republican candidates showed, the big donors have realized that they don't need the party. The big guys, unfortunately, frequently don't have the smarts for politics that they have for wealth accumulation, and some of their choices are ludicrously terrible. Ditto can surely be said on the Democratic side's downticket choices.

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    1. You hit that one out of the park.

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  4. The Dixiecrats joined the Republicans after the demise of George Wallace in '72. In '75, the Democrats ran screaming from organized labor after Jimmy Hoffa "disappeared," and embraced the radical feminist agenda (gay rights, abortion, gun control.) The destruction of the Unions, and their financial support, caused Democrats to feed from the same corporate trough as the Republicans. Working class Whites, tired of being marginalized by the Democrats, switched to the Republicans, and never came back. The polarization is now completed. The Democrats are now the party of radical feminists, racial minorities, and homosexuals, the Republicans are now the party of angry blue collar Whites and billionaires. The 50% of us in the middle have no representation in government whatsoever. And your solution? MORE RADICALISM? There are reasons why the Greens and the Libertarians get so little support. YOU DO NOT REPRESENT THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS! Is the two-party system bad? YES! But the reason it is bad is BECAUSE the radicals have taken over! What this country needs is a REAL CENTRIST government, and not the political schizophrenia that we have. It's good to see this country finally realizing that we've been sold out by both parties. Sadly, all we are being offered is more of the same.

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    1. Philip Caron7/17/16, 10:00 AM

      Vote the most centrist candidates. Enough numbers, enough time, maybe it would help. Unfortunately the middle between opposing crazinesses could still be crazy.

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    2. Aethelred the Unready7/17/16, 1:26 PM

      Except that a lot of the gay right lawsuits which hit the U.S. Supreme Court were actually Log Cabin Republicans (Gay Republicans). A portion of the Gay Community was going to back Trump until he name Pence as his VP Candidate. You are correct that we no longer have either party supporting labor. The neo-liberals under Bill Clinton caused the Democratic Party to forsake organized labor. The Republicans have been opposed to organized labor since before Herbert Hoover, but their welcome sign to the Southern racists dates basically from only the Reagan era.

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  5. The 'erosion of party power' was certainly obvious during the Republican primaries, but it was also obvious that 'party power' during the primaries got HC the Democratic nomination. So... was the resulting sum a wash?

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  6. chuck gregory7/17/16, 1:21 PM

    Hoffa's disappearance had nothing to do with the the Democratic abandonment of the working class. Rather, the white working class abandoned the Democratic Party for two reasons: 1) the Southern Strategy appealed to and cultivated white fears, primarily in race but also in job loss (which happened massively in the first oil crisis and then with NAFTA). 2) Newt Gingrich came to town and blew up comity, the atmosphere which had governed Congress since WWII of, "Well, we can't get everything this time, but come the next election, we'll be able to do better." Gingrich trained the Republicans to avoid any and all social contact with "the enemy," thereby ensuring hostility rather than cooperation between the parties

    When as a result of the Southern Strategy white workers crossed over to vote for Reagan (two-thirds of union members did so), the Dems copied the GOP in appealing to billionaires by launching the Democratic Leadership Council. Of course to get the billions, they had to give up most pretenses of caring about working Americans. However, since they did not increasingly encourage their donors and supporters to be fearful (which the GOP has done), the party did not develop a batsh*t base to give them the Democratic equivalent of an egotistical showbiz personality. Of course, the superdelegate feature (devised to counter the Dixiecrats) helped ensure that Clinton would be the nominee.

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    1. Why is it that you on the far left always try to blame everything on racism? I WATCHED from my UNION HOUSEHOLD as the D's abandoned the Unions in the 70's, saying things like "I cannot support organized crime." A lot of older Union workers voted for Reagan because the remembered him as a Union man who once campaigned for FDR. As with Nixon, it was a response to the CULTURAL radicalism pushed by the Left. The hippies gave us Nixon, abortion gave us Reagan, etc. Was racism a part of it? Probably for some, but for most it was the cultural direction the Democratic Party was moving in, combined with lack of support for labor, that did it. Bats**t base? YOU ARE the bats**t base! One of my college History professors once said that what passes for Liberalism today is really just the Radicalism from the 60's. He should know; he watched the Civil Rights Act of 1964 pass as a Democratic Congressional intern.

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  7. Many years ago I was exposed to some wisdom from George Washington's farewell address on political parties. I was struck by how prophetic his words were.

    "Without looking forward to an extremity of this kind (which nevertheless ought not to be entirely out of sight), the common and continual mischiefs of the spirit of party are sufficient to make it the interest and duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it.

    It serves always to distract the public councils and enfeeble the public administration. It agitates the community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms, kindles the animosity of one part against another, foments occasionally riot and insurrection. It opens the door to foreign influence and corruption, which finds a facilitated access to the government itself through the channels of party passions. Thus the policy and the will of one country are subjected to the policy and will of another."

    President George Washington's Farewell Address (1796) as retrieved from https://www.ourdocuments.gov/doc.php?doc=15&page=transcript

    You may enjoy this take over Washington's more arachic prose:
    http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/16/opinion/alexander-washington-george/

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    1. chuck gregory7/20/16, 5:21 PM

      All the more reason to join a party than suffer all of them.

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