Monday, April 4, 2016

A Card-Carrying Berniecrat

"Are you now, or have you ever been, a member of the Berniecratic Party?"

"You're damn straight I am!"

It's time for a third political party — or maybe even fourth and fifth party. The current Democratic Party and the Republican Party didn't always have a dual-chokehold on American politics. The United States has had many other different political parties before — some successful, some not so much.

But our current two parties have operated as though the American people have no other choices, using all their financial, political and government power with their ties to the media , large corporations and the big banks to keep themselves entrenched in power. They are all in cahoots together in varying degrees, hence the term "the establishment" — a term I remember from the 1960s. Some of the politicians we have today used to rail against the establishment, but are now a part of that establishment.

Some CEOs, who are against unions, used to belong to unions when they benefited from unions — when they were first working their way up the corporate latter. People like Glenn Beck belonged to a union, and now calls union members Socialists. Just like Beck, the mega-wealthy actor George Clooney probably belonged to the union SAG-AFTRA as well. But now that these guys are multimillionaires, their ideologies have changed, their morals corrupted by excess wealth. Now Clooney holds fundraisers for Hillary Clinton, maybe because he knows Bernie Sanders (with an honest Congress) would probably raise his taxes.

Boycott Cher too, because she supports Hillary Clinton, because the super-rich are circling their wagons and supporting the super-rich. She says she's rich and supports the poor, those people who made her so rich. But instead of Bernie, she supports someone who takes money from Wall Street.

Just look at the campaign finance laws and voting laws and unfairly gerrymandered congressional districts we now have ... the entire system is rigged. We've seen how the state caucuses and primaries have been so far in 2016 ... chaos and confusion in many places, when it could all be done easily, quickly and more honestly and efficiently online. First-time voters used ink-stained fingers in Iraq, and probably had a more honest election than we do. It's ironic that the U.S. promotes "democracy" all around the world (usually by starting wars and/or overthrowing regimes), when we ourselves don't practice what we preach. (Some have argued that we haven't been promoting democracy at all, but only exerting our influence to expand our military might to protect trading to benefit our largest corporations to expand trade in "emerging markets".)

Once in government power, the two major political parties have used their political monopoly to write laws and rules to sustain their political power perpetually, and use "superdelegates and "unbound" delegates to keep "political outsiders" such as Senator Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump (and whoever else who doesn't want to play by THEIR rules) out of the political process — denying THE PEOPLE a real choice in their form of government. (Even the State's allocated delegates aren't fairly proportioned to the popular vote, because the political insiders wants the power to do what THEY think is best for all of us, as though the rest of us were all naive and ignorant young children.)

These same two political parties, for decades, have rigged the tax code, and everything else, to favor the most wealthy, those who finance their political campaigns (bankers don't go to jail). Hillary Clinton claims that when people give her millions of dollars, it has no influence at all on her. Give me $20 to jump and I'll ask "How high?" So who does she think she's kidding? Bernie asks, then why do they give them so much money?

The Federalist Party (or First Hamiltonian Party) was the first American political party. It existed from the early 1790s to 1816. Today, Americans are fed up with our current crop of politicos and want other viable alternatives. The next major political party in the U.S. should be the Berniecrats — or something similar to commemorate Senator Bernie Sanders.

Obama "ran" as a Progressive Democrat in 2008, but for many people who voted for him, he turned out to be a major disappointment, being more "moderate" and "centrist" than he had presented himself on the campaign trail in his moving speeches. But in 2012, for many disfranchised Democrats, they had no other choice. It was either Obama or Mitt Romney (another choice of the least bad candidate, not the best candidate.)

Today, Hillary Clinton (meant as a jab at Bernie Sanders) is saying that she's been a life-time Democrat (even though, while in college, she was once a Barry Goldwater Republican). But is bragging to be a establishment moderate Democratic all their life REALLY something to even brag about? After all, they, just like the Republicans, have been just as guilty for rigging the political and economic system.

Too often, after a primary, presidential candidates always "move to the middle" to garner votes, rather than sticking to their core principals or beliefs — and/or too often "compromise" too much while governing as President (Obama, good example). Hillary, seeing how much support Bernie Sanders has gained, has "evolved" on many issues and "moved to the left" (or so she's behaved).

But after Americans vote for one candidate, all too often they get stuck with someone else (for at least 4 years ) who is quite different afterwards. As we've seen with Hillary Clinton, to pander for votes she's moved to the left. But it is 100% guaranteed that, after the general election (or maybe even sometime during the general election debates), if she becomes the Democratic nominee, she will move away from the left and right back to her more moderate/centrist positions. You can bet on that.

Bernie Sanders would not sell out his progressive values (or change his positions like Obama or Hillary, like on "free trade") and will not move to the mythic center. Obama campaigned like FDR and ended up being another Republican LITE. Bernie has campaigned on the values he's believed in all his life, and he won't change if he's elected as President. With him, what you see is what you get.

Hillary Clinton thinks Bernie Sanders' supporters don't do their own research — but yet, she wants their vote. She thinks that if we were "smarter", we'd vote for her instead of Bernie Sanders. I did my own research, and I'm voting for Bernie Sanders in November (whether the party machine nominates him or not).

On election day in 1948, the Dixiecrats received 1,169,021 popular votes and 39 electoral votes. The Progressive Party nominee, Henry A. Wallace (FDR's third-term VP), drew a nearly equal number of popular votes (1,157,172) from the Democrats' left wing (although he did not carry any States with electoral votes.) The split in the Democratic Party in the 1948 election had been expected to produce a win by the GOP nominee Tom Dewey, but Harry Truman defeated Dewey in an upset victory.

Since that time, the Democratic Party has been perceived by many as abandoning the White working-class, even though they claim to be the party of diversity (and need to rely on the African-American vote to win elections). The Berniecratic Party, on the other had, would be truly all inclusive. But a split in the Democratic Party could again be a real possibility in 2016, and some pundits might tell you to expect a Republican victory if that were to happen (unless the Republican Party also splits, which also looks to be the case).

But for Democrats, this doesn't have to be . . . not with the Bernie or Bust theory:

Maybe if Bernie Sanders can catch up to Hillary Clinton in the popular vote by June 24 (when the last vote is counted), we can assume he will also have more votes than the Donald Trump by that time. That would mean that, by the time of the Democratic and Republican conventions in July, Bernie wouldn't need a single superdelegate, because he wouldn't need to be nominated by (have the blessing of) the Democratic Party machine; and instead he could run as a third party Independent candidate.

He wouldn't need to depend the Democratic Party machine for financial backing to fund his campaign for a general election either, because he will still have plenty of campaign donors. And he wouldn't need to worry about splitting the Democratic vote either, because most Republicans who don't like Trump or Clinton will either vote for Sanders or they won't vote at all (especially women); whereas turnout for Bernie would be YUGE, because Independents and young people who weren't registered as Democrats or Republicans to vote in closed primaries could vote for Bernie in November.

President Harry S. Truman had said in 1952 (and he could have been speaking to Hillary Clinton today):

"I've seen it happen time after time. When the Democratic candidate allows himself to be put on the defensive and starts apologizing for the New Deal and the fair Deal, and says he really doesn't believe in them, he is sure to lose. The people don't want a phony Democrat. If it's a choice between a genuine Republican, and a Republican in Democratic clothing [a "moderate" Democrat — someone not like FDR], the people will choose the genuine article [like Bernie Sanders], every time; that is, they will take a Republican before they will a phony Democrat, and I don't want any phony Democratic candidates in this campaign. But when a Democratic candidate goes out and explains what the New Deal and fair Deal really are — when he stands up like a man [or a woman] and puts the issues before the people [like Bernie Sanders does] — then Democrats can win, even in places where they have never won before. It has been proven time and again. We are getting a lot of suggestions to the effect that we ought to water down our platform and abandon parts of our program. These, my friends, are Trojan Horse suggestions. I have been in politics for over 30 years, and I know what I am talking about, and I believe I know something about the business. One thing I am sure of: Never, never throw away a winning program. This is so elementary that I suspect the people handing out this advice are not really well-wishers of the Democratic Party."

I'd rather vote for an authentic person and an authentic progressive candidate, rather than a "moderate" Democrat or a phony progressive who relies on big corporations and big banks to finance her campaign. Hillary Clinton would just be another 8 more years of the same old cattle excrement. And I would NEVER vote for any "small government" Republican today.

Myself, I'm a card-carrying "Bernie or Bust" Berniecrat. I'm not a Democrat or a Republican, so I would have no reason at all to vote for a Republican or Hillary Clinton.

Historical parties in the United States via Wiki
Name Established Disbanded
Federalist Party 1789 1820
Democratic-Republican Party 1792 1824
Toleration Party 1816 1827
National Republican Party 1825 1833
Anti-Masonic Party 1826 1838
Nullifier Party 1830 1839
Whig Party 1833 1856
Liberty Party 1840 1848
American Republican Party 1843 1854
Free Soil Party 1848 1855
Anti-Nebraska Party 1854 1854
American Party 1854 1858
Opposition Party 1854 1858
Constitutional Union Party 1860 1860
Unconditional Union Party 1861 1866
National Union Party 1864 1868
Readjuster Party 1870 1885
People's Party of Utah 1870 1891
Liberal Party 1870 1893
Liberal Republican Party 1872 1872
Greenback Party 1874 1884
Socialist Labor Party of America 1876 2008
Anti-Monopoly Party 1884 1884
People's Party 1887 1908
Silver Party 1892 1902
National Democratic Party 1896 1900
Silver Republican Party 1896 1900
Social Democracy of America 1897 1900
Social Democratic Party 1898 1901
Home Rule Party of Hawaii 1900 1912
Socialist Party of America 1901 1972
Independence Party 1906 1914
Progressive Party 1912 1914
National Woman's Party 1913 1930
Non-Partisan League 1915 1956
Farmer-Labor Party 1918 1944
Proletarian Party of America 1920 1971
Puerto Rican Nationalist Party 1922 1965
Progressive Party 1924 1924
Communist League of America 1928 1934
American Workers Party 1933 1934
Workers Party of the United States 1934 1938
Union Party 1936 1936
American Labor Party 1936 1956
America First Party 1944 1996
States' Rights Democratic Party 1948 1948
Progressive Party 1948 1955
Vegetarian Party 1948 1964
Constitution Party 1952 1968?
American Nazi Party 1959 1967
Puerto Rican Socialist Party 1959 1993
Patriot Party 1960s 1980s
Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party 1964 1964
Black Panther Party 1966 1982
Youth International Party 1967 1967
Communist Workers Party 1969 1985
United Citizens Party 1969 2008?
The American Party 1969 2008
Raza Unida Party 1970 2012
People's Party 1971 1976
New Union Party 1974 2005?
U.S. Labor Party 1975 1979
Concerned Citizens Party 1975 1992
Citizens Party 1979 1984
New Alliance Party 1979 1992
Populist Party 1984 1994
Looking Back Party 1984 1996
Republican Moderate Party of Alaska 1986 2011
Independent Party of Utah 1988 1996
A Connecticut Party 1990 ?
New Party 1992 1998
Natural Law Party 1992 2004
New Jersey Conservative Party 1992 2009
American Falangist Party 1995 2000
Labor Party 1996 2007
Aloha Aina Party 1997 2000?
Marijuana Reform Party 1998 2002
Southern Party 1999 2003
Veterans Party 2003 2008
Christian Freedom Party 2004 2004
Personal Choice Party 2004 2006?
Populist Party of Maryland 2004 2008
Moderate Party 2005 2008
Florida Whig Party 2006 2012
Boston Tea Party 2006 2012
Connecticut for Lieberman 2006 2013
Independence Party of America 2007 2013
American Populist Party 2009 2010
Taxpayers Party of New York 2010 2011
Freedom Party of New York 2010 2011
Berniecrats 2016 ?


  1. Update on next Democratic April debate:

    The Clinton campaign had first pushed for an April 4 date (today) at Hofstra University sponsored by the local station NY 1, but Sanders aides mocked that proposal, saying it was the same date as an NCAA tournament game. “The idea that they want a debate in New York on a night of the NCAA finals—with Syracuse in the tournament no less—is ludicrous,” said Sanders campaign in a statement. (Too little exposure.)

    Then the Sanders campaign proposed April 13 as a possible debate date, but the Clinton campaign did not accept that date (without saying why) and proposed either an April 14 date or a debate on ABC’s Good Morning America on April 15.

    Sanders aides declined to hold a debate on April 14 citing a planned rally. Sanders received a difficult-to-obtain permit for a high-profile rally in a coveted Manhattan space on that evening, which has yet to be publicly announced.

    As for a debate on ABC’s Good Morning America on April 15 — George Stephanopoulos (who gave money to Hillary's campaign) was the campaign communications director, White House Communications Director and Senior Advisor for Policy and Strategy for Bill Clinton. Today he is the host for Good Morning America, who would moderate the debate (Much too biased - and a week-day morning show also offers too little exposure. Sanders would prefer prime-time airing, so more people will watch.)

    The Sanders campaign has repeatedly pushed for a debate in Brooklyn, where the Vermont Senator was born and raised, an area they see as favorable ground for him, even though Clinton’s campaign is based there. The New York City borough has a large population of liberal Democrats and young voters, many of them likely to favor Sanders, and a debate would be a symbolic homecoming for him.

    Clinton aides expressed willingness to hold a New York debate but have continued to prefer a debate upstate, instead of Brooklyn. However, the Clinton campaign was preparing behind the scenes for a potential Brooklyn debate, eyeing Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights neighborhood as a possibility.

    Sanders has now proposed a debate early on Sunday, April 17, sources said, because of another rally tentatively scheduled later that night.

    1. UPDATE:

      The DNC finally weighed in last night, saying both candidates previously agreed to hold remaining debates on weeknights – thus ruling out Sanders’s proposed date of April 10. The DNC requested “five to seven days” advance notice to advertise and notify sponsors.

  2. April 4, 2016 7:40 a.a. PT

    Former Rep. Barney Frank (a strong Clinton supporter) is on MSNBC right now spewing all sorts of cattle excrement about Bernie Sanders and his supporters. Afterwards the MSNBC host claimed they had invited a Bernie surrogate to join them, but that no one could make it. (I doubt it, because MSNBC and CNN always have on Clinton surrogates and/or pro-Hillary pundits without giving equal time to a Sanders surrogate. See my recent post about the media here:

  3. Bernie News:

    Mr. Sanders refused to attack Mrs. Clinton over her use of private email as secretary of state, which is now the focus of an F.B.I. investigation. Criticizing her email practices could have played into Democrats’ concerns about Mrs. Clinton’s honesty and trustworthiness, and some Sanders allies thought it could be a potent issue. But Mr. Sanders basically took it off the table at their October debate when he said, “The American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails.” Sanders advisers cheered that line, seeing it as a sign of their candidate’s integrity, but other Democrats said he had misjudged the issue. “The email story is not about emails,” Mr. Kerrey said. “It is about wanting to avoid the reach of citizens using FOIA” — the Freedom of Information Act — “to find out what their government is doing, and then not telling the truth about why she did.” The central complication with Bernie is that he never wanted to cross into the zone of personal attacks because it would undercut his brand,” Mr. Devine said. “Is there another candidate who could have run a tough negative campaign against her from the beginning and been effective? Sure, but it couldn’t have been Bernie. That’s just not who he is.”

  4. Clinton's campaign headquarters in New York vs. Bernie Sanders

  5. The Washington Post reports in their newsletter:

    "If Hillary Clinton is elected president, she is virtually certain to nominate someone who is both more progressive and younger than President Obama’s pick to succeed Antonin Scalia." [Bernie subject a nominee to have a litmus test to appoint someone to repeal Citizens' United, Hillary would not.]

  6. Clinton emerged from the Feb 20 Nevada caucus with a lead of 20 to 15 in statewide delegates -- but that margin has narrowed to 18 to 17 after a second round in the process, known as the county conventions. Sanders campaign manager raised the possibility that his candidate could actually come out of Nevada with more delegates than Clinton when all is said and done.

  7. The Bernie Sanders campaign is urging its supporters to stay away from a Donald Trump rally due to take place yards away, on the eve of a key Wisconsin primary. Two of the most vocal groups of activists in the 2016 presidential race will be separated by a single street in downtown Milwaukee, where a tight security presence is expected at both campaign events, which begin at about 7pm on Monday.

  8. From Bernie's newsletter...

    The political establishment hoped to have a party earlier this year. They spared no expense, either. Wall Street was going to cater the whole thing, and they even got super PACs to be bouncers at the door.

    Everything was going great ... until voters showed up. And each time they're about ready to pop the champagne, more voters show up for Bernie. So let's do it again.

    The political establishment thinks Bernie supporters are a bunch of party crashers. They don't like that we showed up to the political process, and they don't like that we are sticking around either.

    Bad news for them: we keep winning, and we intend to win the Democratic nomination.

  9. Following Bernie Sanders's lead again, Hillary Clinton linked herself to a successful effort to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour Monday, part of an effort to woo working class voters ahead of competitive Democratic primary contests in Wisconsin and New York.

    (Hillary Clinton always claimed that she wasn't running for her husband's or Obama's third term as President; that she was running (for the 2nd time) for her first term. Then, for a while, it sounded like she WAS running for Obama's third term. Now it sounds like she's running for Bernie Sanders' first term!)

  10. Just like the TPP trade deal and many other issues, Hillary Clinton’s stand on fracking, the Keystone XL pipeline and expanded offshore drilling has only recently "evolved".

    Clinton has "pledged" to end subsidies to the fossil fuel industry to pay for her ambitious climate plan, while Greenpeace analysis claims that oil and gas lobbyists directed more than $4.5 million to her campaign and to a “super PAC” supporting her.

    (She will say ANYTHING to get herslef elected!)

  11. NEWS FLASH!!! #BernieSanders & #HillaryClinton finally agreed to #democraticdebate on #CNN and #NY1 on April 14th.

  12. UPDATE!!!

    Bernie Sanders vs. Hillary Clinton in 3 Simple Charts.