Friday, July 12: Philadelphia, PA 4:15pm - At Netroots Nation
Location: PA Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA
Become a Thom Supporter- Click the Patreon button
Letter to my Congress Representative about his Superdelegate Vote.
It has come to my attention that you, Mark Takano, as my representative, have pledged support for Hillary Clinton as a superdelegate. I must strongly object to this premature commitment to the "establishment" candidate. I find it very ironic, as a member of the Progressive Caucus, that you do not support the person who founded that caucus, Bernie Sanders, who is running for president as well. I thought you were a progressive, and as a member of the Progressive Caucus, would be sympathetic to Bernie Sanders' campaign. I guess I was mistaken. Frankly, I don't even understand why the superdelegate system exists, and I do not think it should exist. All I know is that it has murky origins in the democratic party itself. That's just one of a plethora of examples of the need for political reform that the public senses.
I have been a strong supporter of yours for years, but no longer if you vote to nominate Hillary Clinton against the public's wishes. I teach in the same Riverside Community College District, where I know that you used to be a board member. I also know that you used to be a school teacher. I have known of you for quite a few years and have had a longstanding affinity with you; I was thrilled when you were elected to Congress in 2012. I lobbied and voted for you both in 2012 and 2014 in fact.
However, I have been listening to Bernie Sanders on the Thom Hartmann show, and wishing he were our president since 2008. I never thought he would run for this office, however. Now that he is, I want to do what I can to help him win as well as have a good outcome for progressive political voices in this year's election. Having Bernie be our president would be a dream come true for me. I took a couple of political positions quizzes in the past few months, and scored 100% or nearly so with Bernie's positions. I did not score as high in terms of agreement with Hillary Clinton or any other candidate. But my affinity with Bernie goes far beyond the issues covered in these quizzes. It is Bernie Sanders' sense of integrity, looking out for the greater good, being beholden only to the public -- not big monied interests -- and his emphasis on political reforms which are long past due in the United States, which makes me hold Bernie Sanders in such high esteem.
I have been active in the political blogosphere since 2008 as well. I run a large and growing community on Facebook which advocates progressive politics and allows people to present their blogs, opinions and other creative products -- The Thom Hartmann Bloggers Group. Although it is not a Bernie Sanders group explicitly, it is quite obvious that Bernie Sanders is the favored candidate of the great majority of group members. Probably 90% of people who ask to join the group are Bernie Sanders supporters. All of this is in spite of my attempts to maintain relative objectivity and neutrality. I have never seen anything like this, and I pray for Bernie Sanders to win as much of a battle against formidable forces as it may be. The last thing we need is our representatives siding with Hillary Clinton as well. We are acutely cognizant of the fact that with her name recognition and public familiarity, as well as political connections, Clinton has had a huge advantage over Sanders from the beginning.
Please reconsider your support of the Clinton campaign, at least until after the California Primary has been conducted. I can tell you that an increasing number of Californians are Feeling the Bern and support Bernie's candidacy. I believe if given a fair chance, Bernie Sanders should win California and the nomination of the Democratic Party. I plan to send similar letters as well to my two Senators, Boxer and Feinstein, who have also committed for Clinton prematurely.
Thank you for your consideration.