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Galindez writes: "I am not proposing that we should give up on winning the nomination - there is still a path. What I am saying is that it's time to start building a grassroots agenda that won't depend on winning the nomination. We may not have enough delegates to win the nomination, but there will be enough delegates to change the Democratic Party for future elections."

Bernie Sanders. (photo: Charlie Leight/Getty Images)
Senator Bernie Sanders on the ropeline after his event at the University of Houston on July 19th, 2015. (photo: Bernie2016)

Time to Build the Revolution

By Scott Galindez, Reader Supported News

20 March 16


am not proposing that we should give up on winning the nomination – there is still a path. What I am saying is that it’s time to start building a grassroots agenda that won’t depend on winning the nomination. We may not have enough delegates to win the nomination, but there will be enough delegates to change the Democratic Party for future elections. Here are just some examples.

Platform Committee

When I worked for Bill Bradley in 2000, we were dismayed at the makeup of the platform committee. It was full of corporate execs. We sent a delegation to a platform committee that included Tom Hayden, Gloria Allred, and Lila Garrett. They were completely shut out, with none of their platform planks even earning a vote by the committee. It is probably too late to influence the makeup of this year’s committee, but we should demand that the 2020 platform committee have no seats allowed to corporations. If we play our cards correctly, I think there will be labor delegates in the Clinton camp that would welcome this move. It is time to return the party to working people and progressive organizations, many of whom are in the Clinton camp and could work with us on this.

Money in Politics

As we are seeing with the Sanders campaign, it is not surrender to refuse to participate in the current campaign finance system. This will be a little tougher to implement, but we could prohibit the party from forming super PACs and go into 2020 with a Democratic Party that raises its money like Bernie did. Get ready for a big fight here. Of course the platform should call for overturning Citizens United and implementing public financing, but it usually does call for those things, while practices never change.

Electoral Reform

Get rid of the front-loaded red state nominating process. If the calendar were reversed, we might be talking about how hard it will be for Hillary Clinton to catch Bernie Sanders. How about a National Primary Day on June 7th, when everyone’s vote will count the same. I spent the year in Iowa, and I see the strengths of retail politics in the current early state process. However, especially in the caucus system, there is too much room for establishment rigging of the process. Let’s get back to one person, one vote, and let all voters choose the nominee. I have heard all the arguments for the little guy not being able to compete in a national primary, and I think it is nonsense. Bernie had the largest rallies from day one of his campaign and raised the most money. If you have the best message, you can compete. “One Person, One VOTE!” should be a chant ringing through the convention hall in Philadelphia. Letting Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Nevada, and a bunch of southern states provide the momentum needed to win the nomination needs to end.

I would also love to see Bernie’s delegates fight for an opening up of our election process to lift the restrictions on third parties. Heck, with what’s happening on the Republican side, they might be willing to make it easier to form a third, fourth, or even more parties. It is ridiculous to think that two people could represent the views of the whole country.

These are just a few things that come to mind. I started out structurally since everything else depends on unrigging the process. Keep fighting for every delegate. The job at hand would be easier with Bernie at the helm. Let’s just not put all of our hope in Bernie. He brought us together – it’s time for us to join the fight too.

Scott Galindez attended Syracuse University, where he first became politically active. The writings of El Salvador's slain archbishop Oscar Romero and the on-campus South Africa divestment movement converted him from a Reagan supporter to an activist for Peace and Justice. Over the years he has been influenced by the likes of Philip Berrigan, William Thomas, Mitch Snyder, Don White, Lisa Fithian, and Paul Wellstone. Scott met Marc Ash while organizing counterinaugural events after George W. Bush's first stolen election. Scott will be spending a year covering the presidential election from Iowa.

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+70 # PCPrincess 2016-03-20 11:05
Agreed one-hundred percent. Strangely, even though I am only 48 years old, I feel somewhat ancient. By that, I mean that I feel so strongly about this election and its importance that I wonder if I will live long enough to see another chance like this. Frankly, I can understand the frustration felt by Sanders supporters. Hillary's supporters seem to think that we are as obsessed as the tea-party or too rigid in our views or that we are 'whack'. I feel that they really just can't relate to how it feels to be shut out of the system as a true progressive year after year, election after election. It is the most frustrating thing in the world to see a candidate that actually is ethical, TRULY ethical, running for office and have to sit by and watch as propaganda combined with lots of money, corrupts the message and influences the minds of people. This truly should be an open and shut case of an easy win by a real honest politician. However, and I apologize in advance for going slightly off-track with this, but, due to the weaknesses in the human being, unless progressives are able to win election at some point and drag everyone along kicking and screaming, a majority of U.S. citizens will have no idea of just how nice America can and will be with progressive policies. I chalk this up to the 80/20 empathy split. I believe that only 20% of Americans have the requisite empathy to vote for interests outside themselves. More on this in a later post.
+39 # wantrealdemocracy 2016-03-20 14:24
I too know how it feels to be shut out of the system year after year since Bill Clinton moved the Democrats to what he called the center but was instead a strong move to the right. Now the two major political parties have nearly the same goal--to help the rich get richer.

Since both the Democrats and the Republicans are in the process of breaking into two parts, there is hope that the two party system will end. No longer will we have to try and figure out which of the two is the lesser evil. We can have a chance to vote for what we really want.

As this primary season comes to an end and Trump and Clinton are the big money candidates, we have our job set up for us. We have to seek out candidates who will heed the voice of the people and pledge to end the wars and tax the rich. We can transfer the military budget into our domestic budget and take care of our needs at home. We need to end the American Empire and strengthen our republic.
+1 # warrior woman 2016-03-20 16:43
Same party is right as the republicans move for a 3rd party candidate ensuring a Hillary win if she gets the nod. Some are supporting her over trump.
+2 # lights 2016-03-20 19:06
PCPrincess: Thank you. I heard you. And as a Hillary supporter I feel very much the same as you in many ways which I find hopeful.

I like Scott's plan. Constructive, visionary and hopeful. Not demeaning of Hillary, not accusatory or degrading of anyone. And he now speaks of people in the Clinton camp who would help.

Both candidates revolutions are meaningful as are the other critical revolutions. Many of us Hillary supporters have also been striving in our own significant, yet often marginalized revolution. The torch passed and then carried by many of us now for decades; centuries united in the perpetual concerns and progress regarding the status of women.

As you have worked, we have also worked hard. We believe in Hillary. We consider her highly qualified. We believe she cares and will achieve success on many of the issues critical to the U.S. and world. And we understand and identify with her difficult plight in the face of misogyny, sexism and the oppressive double standards; a significant element to overcome in our revolution. Yes, of course we are determined.

Compromise has often been a part of our revolution and we HAVE made progress. We understand incremental because our centuries long revolution simply hasn't happened otherwise. More often than not it has been about defense rather than offense - a clear parallel to how it often goes in society regarding the status of women.

We are ALL working hard for change AND making progress.
+2 # sayenitnow 2016-03-20 23:35
#lights: Thank you for your well written post. I would like to add that language matters, and If Bernie Sanders had begun his campaign calling for "Political Reform" rather than "Political Revolution" I believe it would have appealed to those who know very well that it will take working with a coalition of liberal/ moderates as well as liberal/ progressives to accomplish the major changes we need in this country. I hope Liberals will soon come together to support whoever the Democratic candidate is that wins the most delegates. We need to begin that candidate's campaign for major "Political Reform" of America". It is only with political reform that the goals of the "Sanders Revolution" can be accomplished.
-2 # davehaze 2016-03-21 10:37

Please point out where Clinton's actions -- not words -- has helped the status of women.
-1 # lights 2016-03-21 14:45
A short list just for you, davehaze.

Emily’s list: Hillary Clinton: “The strongest champion for women, children and families.”

"If you really want to stump a Democrat, you should ask them which of Hillary’s accomplishments is your favorite — (otherwise) there are too many to choose from." Chuck Shumer

A longer but not anywhere near all list.

Part 1.

Hillary Clinton is a life-long fighter for women’s reproductive health and rights, including the right to abortion, and vigorously supports the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v Wade. She has strongly opposed, and has repeatedly fought, Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood and restrict access to safe, legal abortion and contraception.

She supported the passage of the Violence Against Women Act and the creation of the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women. As Secretary of State, Hillary also led efforts for a UN Resolution establishing guidelines for an international response to sexual assault in conflict areas.

As a Senator, Hillary co-sponsored legislation with Senator Harry Reid to expand Medicaid eligibility for family planning services.

While in the Senate, Hillary earned from both the Planned Parenthood Action Fund and NARAL ProChoice America a 100% voting record on reproductive rights issue.

She changed the face of the legal profession by instituting a Gender Equality Report Card within the ABA
+1 # lights 2016-03-21 14:52
Part Two for DAVEHAZE


Under her leadership, especially as Secretary of State where she traveled all over the world and while attending to critical issues facing the world she also attended events in the field and met with local leaders, working for the social and economic empowerment of women. Women with small enterprises have scarce access to capital everywhere. She recognizes and works diligently for women being a part of global economic growth.

Worked to expand the “Family Medical leave Act.” Helped expand health care and family leave for military families.

As First Lady, she helped create and guide through Congress Children’s Health Insurance Program, a key program that brought health care coverage to millions of children. As a Senator, she worked across the aisle to provide full military health benefits to reservists and National Guard members.

Secretary Clinton was also an outspoken champion for women around the world. She set records for travel while leading the State Department and used every trip to empower the women of the 112 countries she visited. She made gender equality a priority of U.S. foreign policy. And she created the ambassador at large for global women’s issues, a post charged with integrating gender throughout the State Department.
0 # lights 2016-03-21 14:58
Part 3 for DAVEHAZE

Hillary worked with Ted Kennedy and Orrin Hatch to create the SCHIP program in Clinton's second term, which expanded health coverage to millions of lower-income children.

She helped secure the START treaty’s ratification, and has advanced women’s rights in countries around the globe.

Hillary introduced the Family Entertainment Protection Act, intended to protect children from inappropriate content found in video games.

Hillary helped create the Office on Violence Against Women at the Department of Justice.

Initiated and shepherded the Adoption and Safe Families Act.

She helped create Vital Voices, an international initiative to promote the participation of women in the political processes of their countries.

Instrumental in passage of the State Children's Health Insurance Program.

Co-founded Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families.

Hillary worked in the Senate to strengthen the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, introducing multiple bills allowing states to expand the program that she helped create as First Lady. The program, created in 1997, increased health coverage for children in low income and working families. Hillary also co-wrote a law compelling drug companies to conduct safety tests for products prescribed for children, and wrote a component of the No Child Left Behind Act authorizing funding for recruiting and retaining better teachers.
0 # lights 2016-03-21 15:12
Part Four:

Did I mention that Hillary Rodham Clinton championed the Lily Ledbetter Act? Equal pay for women!

As a U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton was a champion for our service members and veterans. Hillary Clinton was the first New Yorker to serve on the Senate Armed Services Committee and made veterans a main focus. She introduced the Heroes at Home Act in 2006 and 2007 to help family members care for those with Traumatic Brain Injury. She also worked to increase the military survivor benefit from $12,000 to $100,000, and cosponsored the Support for Injured Service members Act to extend benefits provided under the Family and Medical Leave Act.

As Senator, Hillary Clinton fought to pass the DREAM Act and comprehensive immigration reform, helping to cultivate awareness of the issues in Congress. She introduced the Legal Immigrant Children’s Health Improvement Act, which would give states the option to provide federally funded Medicaid and SCHIP benefits to low-income legal immigrant children and pregnant women. She also wrote the Access to Employment and English Acquisition Act to meet the growing demand for English language courses and other job skills.

Fourth Women's Conference in Beijing

Oh, I sure could go on and on and on DAVEHAZE. Shall I? And this ONLY the work she did for women, children, families.
-1 # Painter 2016-03-21 16:06
If someone could tell me how Clinton shows she is anti-war, I will be more trusting of her. Being pro-women and pro-aggression does not work for me at all.
+4 # lights 2016-03-21 19:34
-1 # Lgfoot 2016-03-21 22:49
You must not have paid attention to the bellicose foreign policy and plutocratic tendencies of your candidate. One of the best reasons for women in politics is that they are supposed to be less belligerent, and less likely to support the war-mongering of the military industrial complex. HRC's backing of the multinationals that took down Zelaya, not to mention Iraq, Libya and Ukraine, demonstrate the opposite of the softer sex.
-1 # lights 2016-03-22 22:38
maybe. but I doubt it. It doesn't prove she is a warmonger at this point. And you make it sound like it was all hers and from the start. You don't walk into any job and go poof...everyone go back to your homes and light up a fire - relax. There's just something too idealistic about your attitude and life, evolution just doesn't work that way...hey revolution doesn't even work that way. I'm going to give her a chance. lgfoot
+1 # goodsensecynic 2016-03-21 06:26
My dear PCPrincess:

I have about a quarter-century on you and I not only "feel" but "am" somewhat ancient. In any case, I haven't felt this good about US politics since Eugene McCarthy (for whom I worked in 1968).

That aside, I am not as keen as you are on the "psychologizing " of politics. I have no idea what proportion of Americans have "the requisite empathy" to promote social justice (though I suspect you're underestimating your compatriots).

I do know that plenty of well-meaning people support corrupt and incorrigible candidates because they are fed corporate propaganda in the mainstream media, are hideously ill-informed about the state of the world beyond US borders, and manipulated into turning their legitimate anger about the US political economy into pathetic displays of racism and misogyny because they simply do not understand what is going on all around them.

So, I'm not buying the "weakness in the human being" argument (a slightly secular version of "original sin"?) or awaiting a sort of collective epiphany!

Instead, I play the hand I'm dealt. So, even if you're right about an inherent lack of "niceness" in ordinary people, "rational self-interest" should be enough to make most middle-class, working-class, poor, female and racially marginalized Americans support Bernie Sanders against the candidates of the "1%".

Work on that, and save your worries about empathy ... and love, trust and pixie dust for another time.
-7 # bmiluski 2016-03-21 12:18
Princess...we feel/think that Bernie supporters are obsessed because of the rhetoric flung at Hillary on this site.
She is demeaned and, degraded. She and Bill are accused of stealing votes (by goodsensecynic) . She is called Killary, Wicked Witch, etc.
If any of us express any support for Hillary, posters like goodsensecynic. condescending posts such as this.."Work on that, and save your worries about empathy ... and love, trust and pixie dust for another time." the VERY least.

NONE of the Hillary supporters have ever come close to such demeaning name-calling of Bernie.

The fact that this site is only posting pro-Bernie and anti-Hillary articles is another proof of the Berner obsession.

I know I'll get a lot of red thumbs for this post. But, it will just prove my point.


Mainiac...bill stealing votes

JDD...Wall Street Warmonger

Blackjack 2016-03-20 13:51
No matter how much the Clintons continue to lie, cheat, and steal to win the nomination
-5 # bmiluski 2016-03-21 16:59
The fact that I got a red thumb just proved my point. Unless I fall into lock-step thinking and agree with all the anti-Hillary posters I'm "red-thumbed".
+41 # Mainiac 2016-03-20 11:35
I don’t much like this idea. We need to be fighting tooth and nail for Bernie’s nomination. According to the news coming out from the Democratic Underground. Bernie needs to put together a committee to look into how the DNC and the Clintons are stealing this election. Reports from Chicago tell us that Bill was going around to polls there in the same way he did here in Massachusetts and illegally campaigning for his wife in violating state law. Our AG received petitions from thousands of people asking her to arrest him.

But the story coming out of North Carolina accuses infiltration of the Sanders campaign offices, etc. by DNC and Clinton operatives.
0 # jdd 2016-03-21 04:53
Bernie can win, but only if he goes on the offensive and exposes the Wall Street Warmonger. The sudden discovery by the
-1 # bmiluski 2016-03-21 17:02
And yet, it has been the Berners who have done the nasty stuff i.e. hacking the Clinton site, and posing as union members so they could illegally campaign for Bernie.
+50 # grandlakeguy 2016-03-20 11:37
Yes these are very constructive points BUT absolutely we should not give up on helping Bernie catch up. We Californians have not yet had a chance to cast our votes!
The major reform, in my opinion, is to overhaul the election process itself and rid our polling places of all electronic voting and tabulating devices. It has been well documented that American elections have been seriously compromised and that an unknown number of electoral contests have been stolen with by those who have access to the software and physical control of our voting equipment.
HAVA (Help America Vote Act) was just another Bush era fraud and was designed to give the Republicans the ability to easily steal our elections. All of the European countries that purchased these devices have discontinued their use and returned to the most reliable system which is hand counted paper ballots.
The process should be absolutely transparent with all interested parties having the ability to monitor the honesty of all steps in the process. The punishment for anyone who participates in fixing elections should be so harsh as to prevent it from happening, I suggest 10 years in prison.
I have no faith that Hillary Clinton has actually "won" the delegates that she currently has. She is the establishment candidate and it is in the vested interest of those who control the election counting to see that she is the candidate.
With the loss of honest elections the American people have in fact lost our freedom.
+42 # Indie 2016-03-20 11:38
This is absolutely essential. Bernie is leading a political revolution and if it loses one battle, it can not stop. If he doesn't get the nomination, he will still be in the Senate as will Elizabeth Warren. We have to support progressives in the Senate and elect some to the House.
+56 # Marinski 2016-03-20 11:42
I agree with everything Scott says here (and I don't always!) and with PCPrincess too, only to say that I'm even much older than she and so can't stress enough what an unusual and miraculous thing it is to even have a candidate like Bernie Sanders in a world that is truly going to hell in the proverbial handbasket. And just like Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders is the coalescence and icon of our U.S. culture in this particular historical moment. The Bernie Sanders side of our human nature really really needs to win, because the alternative is tragic.
+33 # vilstef 2016-03-20 14:38
I will be 62 this year and Bernie is the candidate I've been waiting for most of my life. The really stark difference between Bernie and Trump screams our loud on how polarized our politics are.

The Parliamentary Democracies have one really big advantage over ours. They can make over a government more quickly when something is broken-and ours has been broken for decades. In the past eight years, we've gone from broken to crisis and if the obstruction doesn't stop the US is on it's way to being a great used-to-be.
+10 # CarolinMexico 2016-03-20 18:44
It is good someone is thinking ahead on these issues.
+10 # Inspired Citizen 2016-03-20 13:13
Revolt Against Plutocracy needs to start running ads on television to tell Democrats they must either #UnitedBehindBe rnie or else they will end up having Trump as the next President. If you can, please donate generously to CAP PAC.
+5 # Shades of gray matter 2016-03-20 13:40
Job 1: There will be NO "Movement," or even movement, without AAs, Latinos, Asians. Instead of patronizing non-supporters of Bernie as incapable of thinking as cleverly, and independently, as Berners, LISTEN to them. Virtually none of them are saying Hillary is great, so why bother bad mouthing her, them? Arrogance of privilege? Narcissism? LOOK at the popular vote totals so far. These are the ONLY polls that matter. THINK about the #s. Ask, what have Berners failed to understand?
"We're losing; everyone else must be stupid" IS stupid. The pot of gold you seek is at the end of a very broad rainbow COALITION.
+9 # economagic 2016-03-20 19:33
No, and it's not "bad mouthing." Ms. Clinton is a neoliberal/neoc onservative (same thing, except the neoCONS are more honest about their goals), and the difference between that/those points of view and those of the mis-leading Republican candidates is minimal in practice. Most of us are not opposed to most of the things Ms. Clinton says she favors. We are opposed to the things she DOES that she does not brag about and often tries to run away from, in particular the cynical and violent "realpolitik" of her friend and mentor Henry Kissinger.

It's OK to disagree, but I am tired of your refusal to acknowledge these serious shortcomings of Ms. Clinton, and defend her from there, and your insulting the intelligence and integrity of people who respect your right to disagree with them.
+11 # Ken Halt 2016-03-20 21:11
econo: Spot on! The posturing of HRC supporters would be comical if it weren't about a subject so grave as POTUS. You put it in a nutshell, thank you! Bernie supporters don't look at the vote totals and ask "What's possible?", they support the best candidate to come along in a lifetime and point out a systemic bias for the rich and powerful. HRC is the system candidate, the sameo sameo, and is not going to change her stripes no matter what she lip syncs to seem like Bernie. If elected she will revert to corporate control on Nov. 3, that is her long and verified history of compliance to moneyed interests. The Dem party at one time represented the interests of the common man, but the DNC has now merged with the Repub party to further the interests of the megarich. We need to step it up, not step it down, and make sure Bernie is the Dem nominee coming out of the convention. GO BERNIE!
+22 # Blackjack 2016-03-20 13:51
No matter how much the Clintons continue to lie, cheat, and steal to win the nomination, they cannot stop the Revolution that Bernie has so courageously begun. When ideas take root, strategies for implementing them grow. Bernie has supplied the ideas and has articulated them beautifully all across the country. Many of the people who vote for Clinton will simply hold their nose and do so, expecting that she will deliver little of what she promises, but will also know that when she doesn't deliver, they are prepared to push even harder for the change that Bernie is fighting for. Let's fight on for Bernie, but let's fight even harder to insure that his ideas live on until implemented.
+13 # dadhantat 2016-03-20 14:48
Scott G. is correct and I applaud his realism. Maybe he has said so else were, but needs to go further in two ways( a lot of people will probably not like this) hear goes.

1. It has taken us 40 years to get to this point. Started with Nixon who I voted for (please forgive me) excellerated with Reagan (voted twice for him, god I feel awfull about that) and cemented with Bill Clinton's (voted for) neo liberalism and climaxed with with Dubya(did not vote for): the perfector of FEAR and SMEAR. It is going to take another 40 years to get out of this mess. Three or four generations to come need to march, march, march and protest to cement any effective change. Bernie is the beginning not the end. Side note: the sins of the father will be visited on the children for three and four generations(Exo dus 20:4) sorry could not help myself.
2. The American people need to start looking inward and honestly (there is a challenge) assess their own beliefs and actions in their every day living habits and values. The religious right are a bunch hypocrites. They are not Christians in the sense of Christians of the first and second century. In my mind they are capitalist who attempt (poorly, if at all) to fit their chistian beliefs into a capitalist system. In many ways most of us are the same. Again we need to look inward and honestly assess or own beliefs, actions, priorities and values: individually and collectively.
+6 # Ken Halt 2016-03-20 21:28
dad: Bravo! Well-said! Yes, the US electorate needs to look in the mirror with honest eyes and recognize we are enabling an empire of militaristic hegemony. That a so-called Christian nation should trample the democratic aspirations of so many other countries is the height of hypocrisy, the Viet Nam war a case in point. If the US is such a powerful agent for self-determinat ion, why did S Korea labor under an autocrat for so many decades? Why is the US supporting the apartheid regime of Israel? "Priorities and values: individually and collectively." Exactly! The MIC has a global presence, slapping down nationalist movements on every continent, and is doing it in the name of the US electorate.
-8 # Robbee 2016-03-20 15:04
GOP troll demands! - Inspired Citizen 2016-03-20 13:13
"... (threaten) Democrats they must either #UnitedBehindBe rnie or else (RAP will secure) Trump as the next President."

hill worse than rump! snarls GOP troll - # Inspired Citizen 2016-03-17 15:51 "... Clinton more dangerous than Trump.”

RAP dupes thousands for GOP! - # Inspired Citizen 2016-03-05 14:41 "55,000+ thousand and counting voters have pledged to either write in Sanders or vote Green in Nov. unless he's the nominee."

citizen, note that your pledge amounts to GOP catfishing for progressive votes! - # Inspired Citizen 2016-02-23 14:27 "... Bernie or lose the general election ... is a pledge."

outing false-flag ops! - our local hill-haters have been self-identifyin g here as GOP trolls for months and months!

- citizen, at long last! thanks! outs RAP! - Republicans Against Progress - says - # Inspired Citizen 2015-12-10 18:10 "It's going to be #BerrnieOrElse the GOP. That's RAP's promise!"

- and says - # jsluka 2015-08-30 17:22 "I will not vote for Hillary Clinton ... It would be better for a Rethuglican to get elected, and bring on the revolution!"

- humbug! as says # Scott Galindez 2015-10-20 10:28 “Bernie needs enough delegates at that convention to win, not signers on a petition making an undemocratic threat.”

citizen's is false-flag attack on hill! and false-flag support for bernie! - listen to bernie! - down with RAP! - down with GOP! - go bernie!
-6 # Robbee 2016-03-20 15:06
false-flag, pt. 2

citizen wants us to throw away our vote! as notes - # Shades of gray matter 2016-03-04 00:22 "... (When RAP thugs here say take) the "never Hillary" pledge, they are saying they won't join with vulnerable people of color to resist fascism in the White House."

- citizen's is false-flag attack on fascism! and CLEARLY, false-flag attack on rump! who here on rsn is our local fascist? clue: it's not hill!
+6 # dbrize 2016-03-20 19:23
Mutant Alert!

Be aware of a spamatazoan mutation infectious to RSN.

So far it is found annoying though harmless. Advise keeping children away until time for further study.
0 # bmiluski 2016-03-21 12:21
dbrize....what exactly did you find objectionable about Robbee's posts.
Just asking.
+3 # dbrize 2016-03-21 15:19
Quoting bmiluski:
dbrize....what exactly did you find objectionable about Robbee's posts.
Just asking.

Fair question.

I find his posts exceeding repetitious. Every one contains exactly the same theme with little differentiation . Almost robotic in nature. He does not engage anyone in direct debate when questioned or critiqued, merely responds with the same cut and paste jobs.

Been participating on boards like this for a couple of decades now and these types appear every election cycle on both sides of the spectrum.

His sort are part of the equation and I guess, welcome to participate so I'm having a bit of fun with him. That's all.
+9 # DrD 2016-03-20 15:18
I propose 3 Super Tuesday primary dates (with 15-20 dissimilar states in each block) with voting set 2 -3 weeks apart, with a schedule that rotates every four years. If your state's block voted first one election, then it would vote third the next election then second the following.

If we have only one primary date then candidates might not have time to campaign in every state.

AFTER Bernie wins the nomination this year, he can initiate these changes!
+11 # Robbee 2016-03-20 15:31
Money in Politics

"As we are seeing with the Sanders campaign, it is not surrender to refuse to participate in the current campaign finance system. This will be a little tougher to implement, but we could prohibit the party from forming super PACs and go into 2020 with a Democratic Party that raises its money like Bernie did. Get ready for a big fight here. Of course the platform should call for overturning Citizens United and implementing public financing, but it usually does call for those things, while practices never change."

frankly, scott, it would be more helpful to call for a constitutional amendment that publicly funds, only, federal, state and local elections - no private money allowed! - none can spend private funds to advertise anything but non-political services they provide or products they make - this prevents monsanto and chevron from snowing referenda voters! - this outlaws/prohibi ts-as-unconstit utional, all super-pacs! not just dem super-pacs! - go bernie!
+2 # Robbee 2016-03-20 16:05
about our 2-party system, scott says -
"I would also love to see Bernie’s delegates fight for an opening up our election process to lift the restrictions on third parties. Heck, with what’s happening on the Republican side, they might be willing to make it easier to form a third, fourth, or even more parties. It is ridiculous to think that two people could represent the views of the whole country."

in your words, scott - it is ridiculous -

1. to ask any dem delegates to promote third parties;
2. to ask any repug delegates to promote third parties;
3. to expect 5 or 50 people could represent the views of the whole country!

what you are really promoting, sccott, is a parliamentary system -

we have no parliament where we get to vote for our perfect candidate, then in our behalf, our perfect candidate, if elected, can, for us, in our place, compromise and vote for some candidate acceptable, in turn, to them

- in our 2-party system we, ourselves, have to do the compromising on an imperfect candidate, no one can do it for us, to elect the least evil, the least conservative candidate

- or else we can quit fighting and throw our progressive vote away on a 3rd party candidate - there are brats here who would rather help elect the worst conservative than work to improve the dem party

bernie's 3rd party triumphs in vermont show that a 3rd party challenger can win a state-wide election, depends - but in a national campaign bernie is "in it to win it" as dem!
+5 # lfeuille 2016-03-20 17:58
Something has to be done about the way caucuses are conducted. There were reports from Boulder about people not being allowed to vote if the caucus site was not large enough to accommodate the crowd. It probably didn't effect the results in Boulder, but if similar things happened in Iowa and Nevada it very well could have.
+4 # Floe 2016-03-20 18:42
I cannot believe people are still performing in this soap opera. There is no revolution so long as you continue to pick your masters. We don't need politicians. We have the tools to represent ourselves voting on issues not on people. That will be the revolution! Love and software.
+10 # tedrey 2016-03-20 20:09
And there are more real progressives running for the House and Senate than ever. Help get them through the primaries and elections.
+4 # economagic 2016-03-20 20:15
Amen, though not, unfortunately, in my state, where the moderates toady to the thieves, the vandals, and the "religious wrong."
+4 # economagic 2016-03-20 20:14
I like Scott's writing, and there can be no serious question about the importance of the organizing he describes. Unfortunately, I believe that if Ms. Clinton becomes the president none of those goals will be achievable within the Democratic party in the foreseeable future (i.e., before the "singularity," stealing Ray Kurzweil's term to use it in a different sense). Sanders is running for President on the Democratic ticket now, near the end of his career, not because he is enamored of the standard Democratic platform but because it is the ONLY way he can have any chance of being elected, since he has chosen to spend his life running for Congress as an independent rather than building a national Democratic Socialist party. (He is actually a Social Democrat, as others have pointed out -- I'm pretty sure he knows the difference and calls himself a "socialist" as a tactical choice).

On the other hand (sorry, I'm an economist), if Ms. Clinton is nominated and loses the general election, it could spell the end of the Democratic party, which would be a step forward, as it has not had a coherent policy position for 70 years. And if the Republican stalwarts now trying to stop Trump should run a third-party candidate and win, it could pave the way for genuine multi-party democracy, possibly even for Constitutional amendments to assure that smaller parties can always be represented.
+4 # Ken Halt 2016-03-21 04:14
econo: I like your the way your mind works! "...genuine multi-party democracy..." The splintering of the parties may, as you say, lead to greater choice in the future, which would be a very good thing! I'm tired of voting tweedledum or tweedledee, that's why I'm backing a reform candidate, BERNIE SANDERS! If he doesn't win the nomination there is no other candidate a sane person could support except Jill Stein. I wish the US had a more proportional type of Congress where all perspectives might be heard.
+2 # reo100 2016-03-21 05:28
I still have faith that Bernie Sanders will become our next President!I refuse to cast my vote for any other candidate including Hillary, even if she gets or steals the nomination.If you don't care about the earth and the human race, I guess anyone will do.
+3 # goodsensecynic 2016-03-21 06:08
Not "anyone" ... consider another option - Jill Stein of the Green Party.

And don't forget that there are other contests. Progressive legislators are desperately need in the Senate and the House of Representatives as well.
0 # bmiluski 2016-03-21 12:23
Well hello, another repug troll heard from. Yeah let's not vote at all. That's what reo100 wants. Then her hero drumpf will get in.
0 # AKPatriot 2016-03-21 09:57
It is not an easy task! These people in Power do not want to give it up. Power Corrupts, and Absolute Power, Corrupts, Absolutely!
+1 # Robbee 2016-03-21 10:42
says - # Ken Halt 2016-03-21 04:14 "... I'm backing a reform candidate, BERNIE SANDERS! If he doesn't win the nomination there is no other candidate a sane person could support except Jill Stein. I wish the US had a more proportional type of Congress where all perspectives might be heard."

milk producers are gonna hate ken!

- stein is a 3rd-party candidate for national office, like nader in 2000 - the only thing a green candidate can accomplish in federal elections is to siphon progressive votes from the dem candidate!

didn't stein run in 2012? how did that work out for greens? - greens are like a guy who goes to the frig, takes out the milk, opens the top, smells it's yeck! spoiled! puts it back, and every four years takes it out again, just to see if it's fresh again!

the irony is that stein is a competent candidate - like bernie, she should run for office as mayor, do a good job, run for office as senator or governor, as bernie proved a 3rd party candidate can win, and then and only then, run for prez as a dem! - before she prances around spoiling dem prez candidacies!

the greens' mission is to ruin dem candidacies because they maintain that there is ABSOLUTELY no difference between dems and zomblicans, which only shows inability to judge, lack of critical thought - when you believe in things that you don't understand, you're gonna suffer! - stevie wonder
0 # Robbee 2016-03-21 10:44
milk producers, pt. 2

greens haven't pulled a nader yet, but they won't quit trying! - go bernie! - and, in the general election, go dem!

marge and citizen are our "here's how to" champions of progressives throwing away their votes! champions of spoiled milk!

marge and citizen's is false-flag attack on hill! and false-flag support for bernie! - listen to bernie! - down with RAP! - down with GOP! - go bernie!
0 # SOF 2016-03-21 16:05
Re next moves, in any case. Research, advocate and elect good local candidates and the best -or dems- running for State offices. What about your voting machines -are they new? Be suspicious. Remember a short-lived announcement that our machines were too old and needed to be replaced?
I liked Hillary when she was going for single payer healthcare. OK by me that she 'stood by her man'. Love is a challenge and she did make him walk behind her for a while. They are both too ambitious and corporate and hawkish. Can any president be above the infuence from puppetmasters -without exposing them and/or putting a target on their own back? Voting for Hillary cuz she's a woman is as stupid as the reverse. Remember Nancy Pelosi refused to allow Bush impeachment. HRC forever lost me when she said genetic engineering was the same as hybridization. She's too smart to believe that and she did work for Monsanto; scary lack of caution, discretion or care.
Hillary was the first to attack -over the tech glitch that allowed a Sanders worker to open her campaign emails -she could have just said thanks, since it wasn't the first time her own workers made the mistake and Sanders people informed her. Any other year I'd have to vote for her as lesser evil. Since Repugs are thinking of 3rd candidate, apparently it's not to late to have a 4th on the ticket. What are those rules? And when did 'natural born' citizen include naturalized citizen? (When Repugs tried to run Kissenger?)

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