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What Swings the Swing Voter?

by Les Leopold, Common Dreams, 2/13/19

Today, a similar common denominator unites every identity group with every economic populist: All have much to gain from policies that address rising inequality

According to conventional wisdom, the Democrats must appeal to middle-of-the-road swing voters in order to defeat Trump in 2020. Supposedly these voters want a moderate who “crosses the partisan divide,” “finds common ground with all classes and income groups,” “removes barriers to advancement,” “builds public/private partnerships,” “works for the common good against all special interests,” “avoids the extremes of the right and the left,” and “shuns costly pie-in-the-sky programs.”

Wrong.

Mounting evidence suggests that the swing voter is one who faces the stark daily realities of rising inequality and all its related issues — expensive or non-existent health care, astronomical student debt, unaffordable housing, and a generation’s worth of wage stagnation. As the New York Times recently reports (“For Democrats Aiming Taxes at the Superrich, ‘the Moment Belongs to the Bold’”)

The soak-the-rich plans — ones that were only recently considered ridiculously far-fetched or political poison — have received serious and sober treatment, even by critics, and remarkably broad encouragement from the electorate. Roughly three out of four registered voters surveyed in recent polls supported higher taxes on the wealthy. Even a majority of Republicans back higher rates on those earning more than $10 million, according to a Fox News poll conducted in mid-January….

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Bernie Sanders: Where the Democrats Go From Here

By BERNIE SANDERS, New York Times, NOV. 11, 2016

Millions of Americans registered a protest vote on Tuesday, expressing their fierce opposition to an economic and political system that puts wealthy and corporate interests over their own. I strongly supported Hillary Clinton, campaigned hard on her behalf, and believed she was the right choice on Election Day. But Donald J. Trump won the White House because his campaign rhetoric successfully tapped into a very real and justified anger, an anger that many traditional Democrats feel.

I am saddened, but not surprised, by the outcome. It is no shock to me that millions of people who voted for Mr. Trump did so because they are sick and tired of the economic, political and media status quo.

Working families watch as politicians get campaign financial support from billionaires and corporate interests — and then ignore the needs of ordinary Americans. Over the last 30 years, too many Americans were sold out by their corporate bosses. They work longer hours for lower wages as they see decent paying jobs go to China, Mexico or some other low-wage country. They are tired of having chief executives make 300 times what they do, while 52 percent of all new income goes to the top 1 percent. Many of their once beautiful rural towns have depopulated, their downtown stores are shuttered, and their kids are leaving home because there are no jobs — all while corporations suck the wealth out of their communities and stuff them into offshore accounts….

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Join Bernie Sanders and Support Keith Ellison for DNC Chair

from BernieSanders.com; sign the petition there.

You cannot be a party which on one hand says we’re in favor of working people, we’re in favor of the needs of young people but we don’t quite have the courage to take on Wall Street and the billionaire class. People do not believe that. You’ve got to decide which side you’re on. That’s why Bernie Sanders supports Rep. Keith Ellison to be the next Chair of the DNC:

“We must also do everything we can to elect Democrats in Congress in 2018, and to take back the White House in 2020. We need a Democratic National Committee led by a progressive who understands the dire need to listen to working families, not the political establishment or the billionaire class. That is why I support Keith Ellison to be the next Chair of the Democratic National Committee, and why I hope you’ll join me in advocating for him to lead the DNC.” – Bernie Sanders

Add your name to this page if you agree with Bernie. We’ll deliver your signature to members of the DNC to send a strong message about why Keith should be DNC Chair.

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DNC: abolish the superdelegate system

From Other98; sign this petition there:

Imagine a world where the candidate who earns the most votes wins the election.

This shouldn’t be a radical idea. But the DNC’s superdelegate system is making it impossible.

When one superdelegate vote has the same effect as 10,000 votes from regular folks like you and me, that ain’t democracy .

When a candidate can lose a state primary’s popular vote by a huge margin, but walk away with an equal number of delegates, that ain’t democracy.

When 712 political insiders wield more power in the nomination process than the people of Michigan, Massachusetts, Ohio, and New York combined, that ain’t democracy.

It’s time to abolish this system and replace it with some common sense: the winner of a state primary should win a proportionate amount of delegates. This ain’t rocket science.

No matter who you’re voting for in November, this should matter to you. Because in 2020, it could be your candidate on the chopping block. So let’s do this now. Add your name to tell the DNC to implement a plan to abolish superdelegates.

Sources and Further Reading:

“NHGOP says superdelegates have the power to wipe out the results of the NH Democratic primary,” Politifact

“Why Don’t Superdelegates Vote According To The Will Of Voters?” Huffington Post

“Even if Sanders wins the popular vote, Clinton could still get the nomination,” The Guardian

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