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“Bernie or Bust” is a campaign to “revolt against Plutocracy (RAP), a government of, by and for the wealthy few” according to the movement’s website.
Now that may sound benign enough, until you get the upshot of it all. They want voters to write in Sanders’ name in the general election or to vote for Green Party candidate Jill Stein. That could be dangerous for Hillary Clinton’s chances to win the White House.
Their page describes the act as such: “A write-in campaign is designed to undermine that “destiny.”” (Clinton’s destiny to be nominated) […] We call it leverage on Democratic primary voters and insurance against corrupted super delegates “pledged,” to another candidate before one primary vote is cast.” Their strategy intends to ignite a revolution “against the wealthy few that control politics.”
Although the campaign has worked to promote a positive and peaceful movement, their website link, “HRCC” is a page dedicated to criticizing Hilary Clinton. Here is a quote from that page:
“The following videos, website and articles are offered for people to read, understand and share with their liberal friends who either back Hillary Rodham #CorporateClinton or are undecided about whom to support during the primaries in 2016. While Senator Sanders refuses to attack his opponents, Bernie has never stated nor implied that his supporters in the media should refrain from taking brass knuckle shots at the neo-liberal hawk leading in the polls by less every week.”
Following this introduction are numerous videos that focus on some of the negative interviews with Hilary Clinton throughout her political career.
This propaganda clearly establishes goals and intentions for the movement; but there are a lot of problems with the “Bernie or Bust” canvass.
This campaign speaks towards creating a new kind of government and a reformation for economic equality.
And that’s fine, but the division between Democrats driving this campaign is unproductive for this election.
In their paper, “Why Can’t We All Just Get Along”, political scientists, Alan Abramowitz and Kyle Saunders explain “that partisan polarization has increased considerably over the past several decades […] the gap between Democrats and Republicans was more than twice as large in 2004 as in 1972.” Those numbers have only gone up throughout the years.
The Washington Times wrote a piece on Clinton’s new stance on minimum wages in America. Hilary was ridiculed by Bernie supporters for using many of the lines that Sanders had been campaigning on.
However, as Yamiche Alcindor of the New York Times pointed out, that is not a bad thing, as Sanders said recently, “I am delighted that Secretary Clinton, month after month after month, seems to be adopting more and more of the positions that we have advocated. That’s good.” Genuine or not, he is right.
If Sanders’ ideals are the start of a revolution, Clinton’s new remarks that mirror those ideals should be seen as a positive.
“Bernie or Bust” dictates that if Sanders is not president, his supporters are not going to vote for anyone, or in this case, are just simply going to write his name on the ballot.
But instead of clinging to a side and solely standing behind one candidate, Sanders supporters should take his positive and influential ideas and continue to pursue them in the rest of the country’s endeavors while still voting for Clinton.
Charles M. Blow of the New York Times has it right when he says, “While there are meaningful differences between Clinton and Sanders, either would be a far better choice for president than any of the remaining Republican contenders, especially the demagogic real estate developer. Assisting or allowing his ascendance by electoral abstinence in order to force a ‘revolution’ is heretical.”
Not voting for Hilary is another vote in favor of Trump.
Writing in Sanders’ name in an effort to stand against either candidate is not an effective way to promote change. Bernie Sanders is not going to be president. So instead of throwing away ones vote, one should use it to support a candidate that has shown a willingness to reevaluate her political convictions. If anything, use that vote to prevent a xenophobic, hateful, and petulant individual from becoming president.
Many young people have been extremely supportive of Sanders, yet these individuals are least involved in politics. The only other time our generation has been this supportive of a president was in Obama’s race for the presidency in 2008. Then, young Americans became disillusioned with the President and politics in general.
Catherine Rampell of the Washington Post stated that in the 2014-midterm elections, “Just 19.9 percent of 18- to 29-year-old citizens cast ballots last fall, compared with an average of 26.6 percent for the same age range in other midterm elections over the previous 40 years.”
It would be a shame for those numbers to reappear the same or lower in these next elections just because Sanders was not nominated. Instead of divulging in campaigns like “Bernie or Bust”, Americans should use their outrage to create positive changes from Bernie Sanders’ campaign in their local communities. Some economic inequality can be changed state by state rather than nationally.
The strength of the “Bernie or Bust” campaign comes from a belief that average, American people can instill change within the government if we all band together to make it happen. This philosophy is commendable.
However, the problem with a strategy such as this one is that it relies on a people that have otherwise been pretty unreliable in politics. This is not a time to wait and see if everyone comes through for a revolutionary movement, this is a time to stop a terrible person from becoming president.
The Bernie Sanders ideology does not have to end with his presidential campaign.
His supporters can keep Trump out of office by voting for Hilary and maintain this level of dedication and involvement to bettering the country.
These two actions do not have to be independent.
Sanders said it best: “On her worst day, Hillary Clinton will be an infinitely better candidate and president than the Republican candidate on his best day.”
The “Bernie or Bust” campaign website even says, “our political revolution must be bigger–and longer lasting–than Bernie’s presidential campaign”.
Real change comes from political protestation and participation; it requires government involvement; everyone can agree that reasoning with the administration will be much harder with someone like Trump in office.
If Bernie Sanders’ ideals, or rather, if what young people want for this country are going to succeed, they need to come from a desire to work outside of and within politics.
We as a generation like the big stories.
We stood behind “Black Lives Matter” during the Michael Brown case, but as usual, a hush fell over the crowd when the campaign began focusing on smaller reform; bottom up kind of issues just like “Bernie or Bust” wants.
It is easy to stand behind someone like Bernie Sanders. It is harder to watch him lose and make a choice to carry out his ideals by voting for his competitor.
However, not voting for either candidate continues to pigeon hold young people as the fair weather political activists we are. So vote where it counts. This election is not the only important one that lies ahead, and if “Bernie or Bust” succeeds, it proves to the rest of the country that we are always willing to stand aside and let everyone else make the actual decisions about this country.
Keep your power.
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By Caroline Galloway
What just happened in America is beyond anything I could have ever imagined.
The soul of this country was torn apart at the very moment when we had a chance to rise above the hateful rhetoric we have been forced to listen to for months and to unite with a compassion for those who are different, a love for our country beyond measure and an acceptance of opinion and ideals that makes this country great….Not Great Again … GREAT!
Instead we watched a wild witch-hunt supported by a predominantly white male force incessantly run after our first female candidate as if she was the most horrendous human being alive. The emails, the emails, and the emails….must I say more.
We have allowed a man to escape the same trials beset on a woman and skate free through a remarkable path of no consequence for things that otherwise make us gasp in disbelief.
Has anyone, including the media, dared to bring out the stories of Donald Trump’s association with a convicted sexual predator who he has called “a decent man?”
Has anyone, especially the media, given any of the women who accused Donald Trump of mishandling them more than a story or two, or a conversation sparking protests and demands for the truth within their own circles?
Does anyone who voted for Donald Trump even understand how many lies he told during the campaign and how many facts he got wrong, all proven in written form by fact-checkers, historians and other leaders?
Does anyone who voted for Donald Trump really think he is going to be honest with anyone when he takes the Oval Office?
What do I tell my teenage daughter when she asks why a man who has obviously done so much wrong in his life doesn’t get held to the same standard as a woman?
In this case, one who devoted her life to public service and the betterment of the lives of children and women?
What do I tell my teenage daughter when she asks me how an election can be won by a man who has proven to be unfit?
Donald Trump fed into the weaknesses of this group just like the schoolyard bully.
He surrounded himself with people who feed negative and unfair propaganda to the masses each and every day.
He has been fed by a silver spoon all his life and has never known what it feels like to mine for coal, live in rural America on a fixed income or work all day every day for minimum wage barely making ends meet.
I do. How can anyone expect him to understand? What do I tell my daughter?
This president-elect has admittedly, and in his own words, grabbed women by their “pussy” and let’s not forget had extra-marital affairs.
A man who has bankrupted companies more than I like to count at the risk it puts such great fear in my heart for our country that I can’t even keep my head up.
A man who openly made fun of a disabled person on national television with the world watching. A man who couldn’t even bring his ego in long enough to pay respect to a four-star father who lost his son fighting for our country.
A man who has no military experience whatsoever and had the fortune of money behind him when he escaped serving our country because of a spur in his foot, a spur he cannot even remember correctly.
A man who has made clear he has no tolerance for immigrants, minorities, gay people and the like. Is this really what my America looks like? What do I tell my daughter?
I am old enough to remember several elections and while my candidate of choice didn’t always win, I don’t remember our country protesting with such fervor at the prospect of an individual not fit to run our country ever before.
How can this be? Why didn’t the majority of people who voted for this man understand this? How can a narcissistic egomaniacal liar make it to the oval office? How can bad behavior continue to be awarded in a country that was to represent “strength, power and honesty?” What do I tell my daughter?
He fed into the uneducated and the displaced, allowing them to believe he will save them. That’s what bullies do.
They find the most disenfranchised weak individual on the playground and pick on them. Does anyone not see this and how this played out for someone who has the world in dismay and our allies bewildered?
Does anyone not notice that headlines across the globe are using such words as “W.T.F” and “Are you Kidding Me?. While those headlines circulate, can we not sit here and really ask ourselves if that is OK, if it is OK for a man to allow our country to now be a joke, a misfit, a low-lying power that doesn’t take all the risks involved with letting this man through the front door seriously. What do I tell my daughter?
I worked for someone who bears the exact same traits and behavior of Donald Trump.
They don’t change my friends, but they keep on winning despite their arrogance, lies and ugly behavioral traits.
I worked for a narcissistic man who treats women horribly, depletes the human spirit as a game of fun and thrives on power he exerts to make the “little person” feel even smaller.
The day I was able to leave that horrendous work situation was the best day of my professional life.
It is because of that and why I anxiously wait for four years to fly by faster than anything imaginable.
I am ashamed our country has gotten to the point where decency didn’t outweigh ignorance.
When I woke this morning I was hopeful to feel a bit of anxiety leaving my body, a sense of “we shall overcome” and a certain bit of optimism that would take me through the next four years.
It didn’t happen.
The tears keep flowing and the idea of uncertainty and embarrassment override any sense of understanding I can possibly relate to what just happened in this country…my country.
We have an Electoral College system that I believe is flawed and antiquated.
We have a process that doesn’t allow for certain standards of conduct to be upheld for the highest office in the world.
We have people who still believe that black Americans and women have only defined places in their lives.
Yet none of that thought process, none of that diabolical way of life compares to the remarkable and unprecedented statement on humanity in which the election of Donald J. Trump leads to.
And that is the purpose of why I write today.
As of this morning Hillary Clinton continues to win the popular vote. I now know how Al Gore felt.
Our electoral college process which Donald Trump, in his own words and in his own tweet said “our electoral college process is a disaster, it is not democracy” proves once again to not honor the real power of our people.
I am hopeful that enough Americans join in to petition for this process to be reviewed, refined and changed so the people do speak in our next election and that the process is changed.
I know that I will do what I can to encourage and persuade those I come in contact with or know to support this change. “We the People” is exactly what we should be thinking!
I will close with recognizing that people wanted change. They wanted change in Washington and they wanted change in policy and for this, I can agree.
There were so many better choices for change throughout the entire election process. There were so many candidates who could have brought about change while keeping our country’s reputation alive with our allies, protected our country from the threat of all kinds of evil, changed our education, health system and environment for the good and protected our children.
But yet the hate-filled people who couldn’t get past their own simple way of thinking that someone who has billions will also make them billions have a very rude awakening coming their way.
It is hard to try to determine how change will be brought on by someone contemplating putting the same “old white men” in his cabinet and some who have questionable pasts…Giuliani, Gingrich, Christie. Is that an example of the change this country was looking for?
When the DOW drops 7,000 points in one night everyone needs to pay attention. When social media trends with #notmypresident in a democratic society, everyone needs to pay attention.
When women are asking “why have we not come any further?” everyone needs to pay attention. When immigrants who are the very fabric of our nation, and black Americans who gave more than they should have ever had to so we could build this country, ask am I safe, everyone needs to pay attention and when gays and transgender people ask if they can walk the streets and be free anymore, everyone needs to pay attention.
I simply ask “What will I tell my daughter?” And what will my daughter tell her daughter?
Open your eyes and ears America.
Be a voice stronger than you ever expected.
Please bring about change and force yourself to not tire in this fight and trying to make a difference, blocking hatred in any way or form possible. Be proud of who you are and for who will become.
Take a stand and be a force for those who need to be held up.
Don’t let this get away from you over time, don’t become complacent and don’t ever stop making sure your path to greatness is an important opportunity for all of us!
This is what you can tell your daughter.
Caroline Galloway is a PR specialist with 23 years experience in Entertainment and Consumer Brand Marketing & PR. She is based in Cleveland, Ohio and is a working mother of two, who has published numerous announcements and articles on a variety of topics.
RISE NEWS is a grassroots journalism news organization that is working to change the way young people become informed and engaged in the world. You can write for us.
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