If Hillary Clinton becomes the Democratic presidential nominee, I will still vote in the general election on local issues and candidates, but will leave the ballot checkbox for president blank.
I am tried of being played by the Democratic Party. Both Clinton and Obama campaigned as Populist reformers, but when in power they instituted the most damaging Neoliberal policies the Republican elite has been pushing for decades. Clinton's populism was based on John F. Kennedy and Obama on Martin Luther King. Surely, these candidates are progressives if they model their politics on these two great Progressives. Clinton and Obama divided the progressives between their economic policies and the Progressive Democrats that elected them to protect against such Neoliberal policies. We reaped the whirlwind from Clinton's financial deregulation of Wall Street. Clinton so demoralized his political base the Republicans for the first time in decades took over both the House and Senate in 1999 congressional with Newt Gringrich as leader.
And Hillary Clinton is part of the same Neoliberal Al From right-wing fractions. If you want to know the depths of the deception that the Clintons engaged in just read this article From & Friends: Failing upward at the Democratic Leadership Council with Al From that reviews the history of Clinton's fake progressivism--it was a total act to trick progressives into voting for him. Remember, this was after eight years of Reagan and four years of the George H. Bush administrations that Clinton appeared on the scene wooing a Democratic base that was sick of Reaganism. Bill Clinton just repackaged Reagan into New Deal language (New Covenant), and the Kennedy mystique.
The Populist Obama has wasted seven years with few progressive policies (Obamacare is Republican Richard Nixon's old plan), no reform of the reactionary Right Wing Federalist's court systems, no reversal of economic deregulation on Wall Street. And Obama also told his Democratic base to stand down after winning office. In the article "Bad History," Paul Street writes:
It was not really a “political mistake” for Obama to fail to mobilize and empower rank and file progressive citizens and movements. As Jon Schwarz explained on The Intercept last June:
“It’s unlikely that Obama’s demobilization of his supporters was actually a ‘mistake.’ As [early Obama strategist Marshall] Ganz put it in 2010, Obama saw his supporters ‘like a tiger you can’t control’; Ganz speculated that the president’s real goal was simply to ‘keep the machine on for the next election.’ In other words, Obama was acting in accordance with what I like to call ‘The Iron Law of Institutions’ — that is, the people in charge of institutions (as Obama was in charge of the Democratic party and his ‘movement’ in 2009) care first and foremost about their own power within the institution, rather than the power of the institution itself….So while the Democratic party itself would have been much more powerful overall if Obama had kept his grassroots mobilized and involved, Obama himself and his most important donors and supporters would have been less powerful within the Democratic party. So Obama let the enthusiasm and activism surrounding his candidacy dissipate, all his supporters stayed home in 2010 and Obama’s party suffered a catastrophic collapse….But from Obama’s perspective, so what? As Boies Penrose, an early 20th-century Republican senator from Pennsylvania, said when he was told that his slate of anti-reform candidates would lose and destroy the GOP: ‘Yes, but I’ll preside over the ruins.’”
If Hillary becomes president, she will do the same thing as Obama and tell her supporters to stand down. It is all that dirty Wall Street money that gives her away. She cannot be trusted.
Hillary Clinton has high negative ratings both nationally as well as within the party itself. She rates 51% “unfavorable” nationally as of February 7, 2016, worse than the 32% negative opinion registered in September 2011 and the 45% registered a year ago. CBS News found last October that 14% of Democratic voters declared they wouldn’t vote for her, with another 27% expressing strong “reservations” about her...
This is an unbelievable betrayal of Obama's demoralized political constituency .The progressives have kept the faith--jailed, beaten, gassed, stunned, and spied upon--it is the Democratic leadership that has neutralized their electoral wins and is the source of party division.
The DLC in all of it's disguises has to pay the price for lying to progressives for decades and the only way to do that is not fall for the same stalking horse scam that Bill Clinton, Obama pulled, and now Hillary Clinton is trying to pull off.