Still Sanders? Here's Why You Should Be

By | 7/20/2016 4 comments
Still Sanders

In  the days since Bernie Sanders gave his official backing to Clinton as the presumptive nominee for the party, there has been much soul-searching among his supporters, both in terms of interpreting the move itself and in how best to proceed from here on.

Of course, in any normal election year, one candidate endorsing another would be a relative non-story. But as we know, this is anything but a normal election year, with both the Democratic and Republican nomination races seeing their pet establishment candidates being rocked by insurgent campaigns from relative outsiders.

But in the Democratic race in particular, what we witnessed was not a contest between two sides of essentially the same coin – as if so often the case – but rather an ideological battle that pitted a self-described Democratic Socialist with a sweeping vision to reshape the political landscape of this country against a cunning political insider with deep roots and great influence within the party establishment.

Yet now we’ve arrived at a place where all those millions of voters who were galvanized and inspired by the Vermont Senator’s call for a new way of doing things are suddenly under pressure to throw that very same support behind the old way of doing things. And many – quite naturally – are feeling a little shell-shocked.

Currently there’s much speculation and hypothesizing over Sanders’ current motivations and future plans – other than those he’s already made clear such as to advance the progressive agenda at the federal, state and local levels, and in statements such as “She will be the Democratic nominee for president and I intend to do everything I can to make certain she will be the next president of the United States.” But like it or not, whatever his reasons and no matter what else he may have hidden up his political sleeve, the fact remains that his endorsement has been made.

So, lest anyone forget, let’s take a quick trip down memory lane and look at a few snapshots of the person who's now looking for your endorsement:

Moderate or Progressive?

“You know, I get accused of being kind of moderate and center,” Clinton told an audience at a ‘Women for Hillary’ event in Ohio last year. “I plead guilty.” [And feel free to insert your own joke here.]

“I'm a progressive who gets results and I will be a progressive president who gets results,” she said to an audience in New Hampshire this year.

On Free Trade Agreements:

Hillary Clinton Praises TPP (the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal) As “Gold Standard In Free Trade Agreements” [See it here]

45 times Secretary Clinton pushed the trade bill she now opposes, prompting the country’s current Secretary of Commerce to say: “I Don't Understand” Hillary Clinton's Flip Flop On TPP, It Is Still “The Gold Standard”

On Gay Marriage:

In 1996 Bill Clinton signed the Defense of Marriage Act, which described marriage as the union of a man and a woman, which was also his wife’s position on the issue.

In 2000 she said: “Marriage has got historic, religious and moral content that goes back to the beginning of time, and I think a marriage is as a marriage has always been, between a man and a woman.”

In 2004 she said: “I believe that marriage is not just a bond, but a sacred bond between a man and a woman.” [See it here]

In 2013 she said of gay marriage: “I support it personally and as a matter of policy and law.”

In 2015: Hillary Clinton gets Called Out For Gay Marriage Revisionism.

On Minimum Wage:

Hillary Clinton says she wants to return minimum wage to high of “$12 an hour in today's dollars.”

Meanwhile “Sanders rallies for $15 minimum wage.”

But then…“On a big day for minimum-wage laws, Hillary Clinton, not Bernie Sanders, grabs the spotlight.”

On Gun Control:

“Clinton and allies attack Sanders on gun control ahead of N.Y. primary”

But back in 2008 she described herself in an article in the New York Times as a “Pro-Gun Churchgoer.”

What About That Hated Wall?

In 2015, responding to a question from an audience member in New Hampshire on the topic of immigration she said: “Well look, I voted numerous times when I was a senator to spend money to build a barrier to try to prevent illegal immigrants from coming in.”

On Sanders’ Younger Supporters:

In defense of her record on climate change and accepting donations from the fossil fuel industry, she told Chuck Todd on MSNBC’s Meet the Press: “I feel sorry sometimes, for the young people who, you know, believe this — they don’t do their own research.” [See it here]

And Her Husband on Sanders’ Supporters:

At a campaign stop in East Los Angeles, in response to heckling from a group of Sanders supporters, he told the crowd: “If I were them, I’d be screaming too because they know they will be toast by election day.” [See it here]

And of course we haven’t even touched upon the numerous allegations of election fraud in which Clinton and the DNC have been accused of conspiring to defeat the Sanders campaign through various underhanded and nefarious means. Or email servers or speech transcripts for that matter.

But while the above list is far from exhaustive, it should serve as a timely reminder to those who put their political hopes and dreams – not to mention their valuable time and hard-earned money – into a movement that sought a fairer, more honest and trustworthy way of doing things of why they should stay true to that goal, no matter what happens in Philadelphia.

The upshot:

While Sanders may have endorsed Clinton, it’s important to note that he’s not suggested for a moment that anyone should vote for her.

Amid all the “Stronger Together” bluster and ballyhoo, it’s worth remembering that the historic, groundbreaking campaign that Bernie Sanders ran wasn’t about voting against something, it was about voting for something. If Clinton's expecting the many millions who walked the walk with him over the past year or more to now reverse course, abandon their ideals and vote for someone who is the embodiment of everything they were rejecting then she’s living in a dream world.

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  1. The last paragraph sums it up nicely.

  2. An Open Letter To Former Secretary of State,

    When you first announced your candidacy for President, I was quite excited that we may have a woman as our President.

    As your campaign went on I found that your address of issues that effect our lives were very different.
    I started to listen to Bernie Sanders and he brought more to light the issues that I and many others aligned with. I still continued to watch you as well.

    That's when I realized how much you were lying and contradicting facts in issues. I became less interested in you as a candidate.

    Our world is in complete chaos AND the people are hurting very badly you just don't get that nor seem to really care.

    Massive Election Fraud became extremely evident, DWS and her supposed unbiased was anything but unbiased and so apparent that she was doing everything she could to promote you and hide Bernie Sanders. Was the undoing of the DNC in the public eye. Your arrogant statement and actions before the California and remaining states " I am the Nominee, it's already done in effect". That statement appeared to be a confession of Election Fraud from of your own mouth.and a host of other bad choices you have made.

    I still tried to give you the benefit of the doubt, even the FBI investigation aside and still continued to watch and listen. Wow, the things you learn about a person when you see and hear them everyday! I'm sorry Hillary Clinton you have become a total disgrace to our country. The dislike of you by the American people is overwhelming
    and extends to people of other countries! Most people believe you put our very lives at risk.

    Election Fraud investigation has proven what we've known all along. And I think you have known yourself, you did not win this nomination and in fact Sen. Bernie Sanders is the rightful nominee to the extent that super delegates are not even needed.

    I would ask and challenge you as I know 20 million others would that you show at the very least you are honorable enough to step down and support Sen. Sanders rightful nomination.

    Barbara Cameron
    U.S. Citizen

    #HillaryClinton on video saying "the job of the Democratic Party Convention is to nominate the best candidate to defeat #DonaldTrump"... then inconvenient polls come out showing #BernieSanders crushing Trump, and Hillary even losing to him. Watch this clip of the ridiculous media from our new episode featuring Councilmember Kshama Sawant and Abby Martin.

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  3. Thank you Barbara Cameron. Your letter sums up my feelings about Hillary Clinton nicely. The Clintons count on people getting over what they did in the past and moving on in the direction they chose for us. People forget how we got there because our path was inevitable. The Clintons hold all the cards. Not this time for me. I hope Bernie prevails and Hillary is exposed once and for all for being unworthy of our trust. Just punishment would be nice too, but you can't have everything. If not Bernie, then Jill. Best regards, Chris Jonsson

  4. Trump uses bigotry and divisiveness
    Trump believes climate change is a hoax.
    Trump cares nothing about Americans (28 million of us) without health insurance.
    Trump makes his products in low wage countries abroad. He lies when he says he's interested in fixing trade.

    Hilary leaves a trail of bodies in her wake.
    Hilary is paid by Wall Street for speaking engagements, but she refused to release the contents of those speeches. Why? Maybe they never happened and she just got fat paychecks from corporations!
    FBI investigating the Clinton Foundation - FOREIGN COUNTRIES contribute to it. So Kilary is owned by corporate America and foreign countries.

    Bernie wants to unite us, not divide us.
    Bernie wants to move away from fossil fuels.
    Bernie's position on healthcare is well known.

    Every vote counts. Don't think your vote for Hilary is a vote against Trump. Don't think your vote for Trump is a vote against Hilary. Independents will decide this election - not democrats or republicans. And we need to elect Bernie.

    Lorraibe Kealey