I understand that Bernie has said that he will support the Democratic nominee.
But Bernie has more importantly said, continuously, that we cannot fix a corrupt political system from inside that system alone. It takes a popular uprisisng, a political revolution to fix that system.
So, I am followiing Bernie's words when I say as a long-time Independent voter and relatively new Democrat (since '08), I will not support a Democratic establishment candidate. Not one who only proposes to work within the corruption of the system and who has embraced, wholeheartedly, that same corruprtion to win the nomination.
I think other Democratic supporters of Bernie should listen to his words, join the political revolution all in, and not cast your vote for the symbolic leader of a corrupt political system. If Republicans win the White House, I expect and will even demand the same sort of obstruction from the Democratic leadership in Congress that Republicans have shown in recent years. That can extend to blocking any Supreme Court and all lower court judge nominees they bring as well. Lord knows, there is precedent for that.
I am not saying this out of sour grapes or some sort of unsportsmanlike conduct. I believe this is a form of "tough love" that the Democratic leadership needs. They have to be made to understand that they are part of the problem. They are in part responsible for, and must be held accountable for the fact that the majority of American people do not believe that there is any difference between the two political parties, and that their voices and votes no longer matter.
What Clinton can say to me is "be part of our political revolution." Let's do this work together. Join me in Washington to protest on the Capital steps for "Medicare for All." If you can't make it to Washington, protest in your town and we will simulcast it in Washington. Light up the switchboards of Congress with (Bernie) dialer technology. That kind of rhetoric might turn my head. She will never say that though and we all know why.
(Note: Additionally, Hillary Clinton will not ask Elizabeth Warren to run with her and probably is not even thinking of that possibility.)
- Joe in Bronx, New York, watching FreeSpeechTV on Dish Network