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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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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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Some brief thoughts on the political parties

by Nathaniel Smith, Politics: A View from West Chester, 9/19/15

Some Republicans are loyal to their party because their ancestors fought for the Union, others because their ancestors fought for the Confederacy.

Democrats: the coalition of groups that vote every 4 years.

The Republican big tent: rich people who want to make themselves even richer and non-rich people who plan to get rich by winning the lottery.

Democrats believe so much in helping the disadvantaged that they want the rich to have the honor of paying for it.

Both parties are against gerrymandering that’s done by someone else.

Candidates of both parties snap toothlessly at the Wall Street hand that feeds them.

Independents are so opposed to the political system that they perpetuate it by dropping out of it.

Politicians would rather stick with people who do vote than make voting easier for people who don’t.

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How the system works: who gets on the ballot?

by Nathaniel Smith, The Times of Chester County, April 13, 2015

Not a Republican or Democrat? It’s a tough road to get on the ballot

People go in to vote every November (at least, that’s what both major parties hope they do). But voters mostly can’t imagine how those names got on the ballot.

Access is basically in the hands of the Republicans and Democrats in our two-party system.

Independents can get on the ballot in 2 ways….

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