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It’s Time To Hang It Up Bernie

 

Ever since primary season began, Bernie Sanders has been my guy. I donated time to his campaign, I voted for him in the Kentucky primary. Even though the death knell has been sounding for his campaign for weeks, I bought into the mid season momentum that he built up. I was for him taking the fight all the way to the Democratic Convention. However, after his loss in the California primary, it’s time to throw in the towel. You fought a good fight Bernie, but now it’s time to step aside and let Hillary fight Trump with the full force of the Democratic Party.

I’m not a big fan of HRC. It has nothing to do with Benghazi, or the e-mails. Those are nothing more than attack tactics, conjured up by a completely unhinged GOP. The reason I don’t care for HRC is because she’s more Republican than Democrat. She’s more conventional than unconventional. It’s also not a gender thing for me: I would love to see a woman president, just a more progressive woman such as Elizabeth Warren or Jill Stein.

Bernie is about change, Hillary is about keeping the status quo. Bernie appeals to the disenfranchised, while Hillary appeals to Wall Street. Bernie is the rumpled, comfortable sport coat, while Hillary is the expensive Armani jacket. Still, it’s time for Bernie to let go, and work toward reuniting the Democratic Party. There is much at stake this election year, and there is still a lot of work to be done if we don’t want a mad man leading our country. Unfortunately, for me at least, that’s what it has come down to: Keeping Donald Trump and his merry band of misogynistic racist whackos out of office. At worst, HRC would keep things the same. Trump will destroy this country. He won’t make America great again. He’ll make America even more rabid and dangerous on the world front than it already is. He’s Voldemort with a spray tan and bad toupee. He’s nothing more than a con artist with no decorum, and no clue. He’s the candidate of many bankruptcies, both financially and morally. He’s bad for this country, he’s bad for the world, he’s just bad-period.

There you have it: It’s all over but the shouting. It’s Hillary Rodham Clinton vs. Donald Trump. Seems more like a threat than a choice doesn’t it? Still, in the months to come, I’m lining up behind Hillary, like the good little liberal soldier I am. My heart says support Jill Stein, a third party candidate with views very much in line with Bernie Sanders. However, my head remembers what the third party run of Ross Perot did to the campaign of George H.W. Bush: He divided conservative votes, and Bill Clinton won the day. I would rather vote for the lesser of two evils, than see evil incarnate himself become our next and probably last president.

I know I sound pessimistic, but that’s where I’m at today.

But hey, at least I’m writing again, so I have that going for me 🙂

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  1. June 8, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    Congrats on writing again, I’m looking to post something today too.

    Anywho. Sigh. I totally understand and respect your logic for Bernie dropping out. But doing that for me, just further truncates the alleged “democratic” process (reallly?! Superdelagates, voter suppression, exclusion of 3rd party candidates, lost provisional ballots, and free media sponsored propaganda for corprocrat approved selections passes for a free and fair elections in the home of the “Free”?!). Is voting for the lesser of two evils where we’re at now? Choosing between the least odious and unctuous sociopath to lead us a little slower or faster down the road to extinction? Why keep pretending like this entire spectacle is even legitimate anymore? We know it’s rigged and you need a billion to even participate. Why keep pretending as if these people represent the interests of the people? We should be more honest and call it what it is. A reality show. “The American President: You Decide! (wink wink)” The most expensive and utterly pointless reality show ever produced. Brought to you by The Transnational Corporate Network. Why keep pretending that these maniacs represent the interests of anyone other than their billionaire financiers? I’ll quote Chomsky here:

    “”The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to
    strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow
    very lively debate within that spectrum – even encourage the
    more critical and dissident views. That gives people the sense
    that there’s free thinking going on, while all the time the
    presuppositions of the system are being reinforced by the
    limits put on the range of the debate.”

    Unfortunately, this is what we’re bearing witness to. And it’s horrifying. A vote for either, is a vote for continuing this charade. I wasted 4 hours on line to vote for Jill Stein last time in protest. Maybe if more of us just stopped participating and crashed the system, we’d have a place from which to create the truly radical change in all our ways of being that is necessary for a different course to be set.

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    • June 8, 2016 at 2:49 pm

      Very well said my friend. I love the way you think. I completely agree with you. Our system of elections is and has been rigged from the get go. It’s a travesty that our “choices” are limited to establishment politicians and corporate shills. Even Obama, for all of his hope and change rhetoric, is still just more of the same old same old, even though I think he has been out best president since FDR. I really wish true visionaries such as Stein, Sanders, and traveling in the way back machine, Ralph Nader, have a legitimate chance to win.

      Having said that, I can’t vote my heart in such a corrupt system, and chance Donald Trump getting elected. I can’t sit this one out because my candidate doesn’t stand a chance yet again. Our votes still count (sort of), and division of votes between Clinton and a third party candidate will lead to disaster.

      It sucks to say that, but it’s true, and that sucks too.

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      • June 8, 2016 at 3:57 pm

        Awww. Thx, you’re too kind. I hear ya Brother, I just don’t see the point of voting at this time. Bearing witness to the Obama experience has cemented my loss of faith in this ‘electoral process’. A sham is only successful as long as people participate in it. I’m of the mind disaster awaits, no matter the suit selected to manage this ecocidal system of corprocratic kleptocracy. Make no mistake, meaningful change is a fantasy, peddled with vim and vigor every 4 years…. The Kleptocrats who founded this great and powerful slave colony made sure that this “democratic process” would proceed and change at a glacial pace if left to its own devices. Expect more of the same when Billary or Donald is selected. For all their bluster, American Presidents and politricians are akin to the U.K’s royals. Figureheads with no actual power or ability to affect the untold actions of the Deep State from whom they take their orders.

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    • Sedate Me
      June 8, 2016 at 5:36 pm

      ” Maybe if more of us just stopped participating and crashed the system, we’d have a place from which to create the truly radical change in all our ways of being that is necessary for a different course to be set……. I just don’t see the point of voting at this time.” – The Old Speak

      While you’re right about nearly everything (the Deep State in particular), it’s still a bad idea to stop voting.

      1) All not voting says is “Do whatever you want, I no longer care”. It eliminates what little input you have in the system. Politicos, if only the low-ranking ones, still have a mild concern what the voter thinks. Take that away & you’ll see them at their worst. Yes, it can get worse…and probably will.

      2) Not voting has NO effect on the system whatsoever. A majority of adults don’t vote as it stands. What has that accomplished? Zero! The system hasn’t even noticed. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if you win with 300 million votes, or win 6 votes to 5, the system gives 100% of the power of the office to first place (Florida 2000 excepted) as if every single person voted for them.

      If you want to send a message, you’re far better off voting for the Greens, the Pirate Party, a write-in a vote for Hulk Hogan…or get on the ballot yourself. I’ve done it about half a dozen times. It’s really rewarding…and it gives me somebody to vote FOR.

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      • June 9, 2016 at 9:12 am

        Yeah I’m done voting. It is my intention to be an ex-pat within the next year. Don’t wanna be here for more change I can’t believe in. Trump talks crazy, Billary has actually DONE crazy. Not tryna hang around for that.

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        • Sedate Me
          June 9, 2016 at 3:46 pm

          Fleeing to Canada -eh? A very good choice! I made that decision before I was born and made sure I was born to a lucky family there.

          While I’m splitting hairs, I still stick to my position that, while almost entirely pointless, not-voting is even more pointless. Then again, voting in Canada different. It’s far from perfect, but we currently have 5 parties with a decent range of policies currently sitting in the legislature (inc the Greens & actual separatists) Three of those parties can win almost anywhere in the country. At least one of them is solidly mediocre.

          Perhaps most applicably, Canadian voting isn’t actively discouraged by politically motivated hassles & delays. Last election, it took me less than a 1/2 hour from my front steps, to the voting booth, and back again. So, while it was still mostly a waste of time, it was far less a waste of time than the morning commute I take every day. However, if I had to stand in a line for 3-4 hours, that might put me over the edge too.

          But that’s the right perspective to have. It’s like driving to work, going to the dentist, or taking a dump. It’s highly unlikely anything good will come of it, but you do it anyway. Just never get your hopes up.

          But bring a toque -eh? Canuckistan winters can get pretty cold. 😉

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          • June 23, 2016 at 12:40 pm

            Yeah I’m not going to Canada. I’m done with the cold. I’d rather die in heat near a beach than in a fuckin polar vortex.

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  2. Sedate Me
    June 8, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    Huzzah, you’re writing again!. It’s about (non-existent) God damned time!!!!!!

    Anyway, you’re right….or at least mostly right, about everything….Well, minus the sentiments in the headline…and half of what followed.

    Bernie does NOT have to quit, if only because there’s nothing to quit from. Other than DC, the Primaries are OVER. Bernie doesn’t have to do anything anymore. In fact, the only thing he should do is go to the convention and finish the so-called “democratic” process. That means, give a speech, collect his Delegate votes and get those Delegates to vote for policies he wants on the platform. (aka What the whole thing was about!) The old geezer doesn’t have too many years left. So, Bernie can’t afford to be one without even collecting his reward….Delegate votes for him & his policies.

    This is NOT “disunity”, “disloyalty”, “treason”, or whatever bullshit accusation the worthless political Mad Men will call it. They’re just eager to get rich selling the latest Democratic “bar of soap” to the hapless political consumer. Taking it to the convention is the political process as it was MEANT to work! Ideas & policies, not products & PR. Anybody not there to push their ideas as far as possible should never leave home in the first place. It’s like playing a hockey game to the final buzzer, coming up one goal short and saying “Nope, those 4 goals I scored, I don’t want those added to my stats. If I didn’t win, I don’t want my goals either.”

    And the “unity” thing is utter nonsense. People are going to vote (or more appropriately NOT vote) however they feel like anyway. Bernie & Hillary could French kiss on stage for all it matters. Look what it did for the Gores! Calls for “unity” really are just displays of dominance & grabs for absolute power. They want Bernie to drop to his knees, pledge obedience, and get humiliated/decapitated in order to send a message to anyone daring to stand against the Hillary-Tron 2016 And that’s how she’s going to rule, too. Democracy is about diversity of opinion & free choice, not obedience to a conqueror.

    And It’s not as if this 2 year marathon of bullshit is pressed for time! You still have almost as much time left before the conventions as it took Canada to hold AN ENTIRE ELECTION…its longest election EVER! So a little policy argument in an arena won’t mean shit! If anything, letting people have their full say, influence policy & vent their frustrations will HELP them cool off and prepare for the Main Event. Being heard matters more than being obedient.

    However, stopping the democratic process from following its intended course will mean shit! In an election where the establishment & the status-quo are at all-time lows and are held in contempt by a clear majority of the population…it’s a really, really, stupid idea for the establishment to alienate potential voters by gagging/marginalizing a candidate (who almost won) and preventing the democratic process from running its course. And for what? To force the ultimate status-quo candidate upon the people? Fucking genius!!!! No wonder they can’t beat the Republicans.

    Hillary was possibly the best financed, best known, most experienced Democratic candidate in forever. She was supported by the entire establishment…many of whom exploited their positions, manipulated rules and at times outright rigged outcomes. (See Nevada, Brooklyn & northern NY)

    She started with a 550+ Super Delegate lead (15-20% of what she needed to win) almost 6 months before the very first vote. And yet it took until the FINAL day of Primaries for her to beat an elderly Jew preaching “socialism” in capitalist America. That ain’t “victory” that’s a defeat. Most Delegates or not, the public doesn’t want her, but the establishment is going to ram her down everyone’s throat anyway.

    Open up for giant shit sandwich, America! It’s the #1 Most Hated Candidate of all-time vs the #2 Most Hated Candidate of all time. Don’t like it? Too bad!

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    • June 8, 2016 at 7:49 pm

      Your point about Bernie taking it to the platform and possibly actually enacting some change is well taken. I hadn’t considered that before I wrote this post, which, by the way came from a bad place after what happened in California. Bernie, doesn’t stand a chance, but he can still do some good throughout this sham of an election. So yeah, about that part where I tell Bernie to hang it up? Leave it to a Canadian to be the voice of reason. As usual, LOL.

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      • Sedate Me
        June 9, 2016 at 4:46 pm

        Yeah, and I’m a “radical” Canadian at that!

        But that’s my point. Let the process work as it was intended. It’s democracy, not a corporate boardroom. Ever since Teddy Kennedy did it, the parties have essentially shut down their own democratic processes and turned conventions into meaningless commercials, completely devoid of any substance.

        This is the kind of thinking that isolates people from the process and makes them stop caring. Having convention floor battles gets people interested & involved. That’s what the Democrats need more than anything, even though the moronic establishment just doesn’t understand. They’re so interested in control, they’d rather control the Titanic as it hits the sea floor than “look weak & divided” by calling for rescue ships.

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  3. June 8, 2016 at 7:17 pm

    Trump doesn’t want to be president, he wants to be a fascist dictator, and that is scary…

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  4. sds33333lolol
    May 24, 2017 at 7:33 am

    going to be a long 8 years of butthurt on this blog lol.

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