This is the first in a series of articles on Bernie or Bust, today: corruption. Next week: mistaken assumptions and policy, Clinton vs. Trump, and the next 16 years.
Seems that every week of the democratic primary there are reports of election fraud that end up favoring Hillary Clinton. Part of why Clinton’s poll numbers are so abysmal on trustworthiness is a pattern of unethical election tampering by her campaign.
Rigging the vote in Iowa to the point that even the Des Moines Register, which endorsed Clinton, calls the caucus results into question. Bill and Hillary’s ongoing tour of America’s polling places on election day dynamiting electioneering laws.
Bernie Sanders is making inroads in Nevada? Have Harry Reid lean on the culinary workers union to vote for her, her campaign pays the casinos to cover for the lost hours and check to make sure the workers caucus for Clinton. She wins Vegas and the state. Really capturing the hearts and minds of the voters.
In Arizona, a reported hack into Sanders voter files needs to be investigated, many voters saw their registration changed at the last minute.
In Washington, Clinton sent letters to voters that direct them to the wrong caucus location and at times that are only 30 minutes ahead of the vote. Which would not leave voters enough time to go to the right location. Stupid human tricks.
Dirty politics? Clinton’s campaign is a black hole. Just win baby.
Nationally the debates and the primary schedule are rigged by Clinton and her DNC Mini-Me Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Delay the debates, only hold a handful and bury them in the ratings graveyard together with awareness of Sanders. Put all the southern states in the first half of the schedule so the media can spin her as inevitable.
Wasserman Schultz overturns a past decision by President Obama and suddenly lobbyists can donate in a primary, which funnels extra millions to Clinton. Yet the DNC Chair claims there isn’t a “shred of evidence” she’s favored Clinton. Who are you kidding? Not us. Leave the lies to your boss.
Clinton is Machiavelli on steroids, any means justify the ends. Welcome to politics. In most campaigns that’s accepted by both sides as a deeply cynical reality. In this one it’s not, her opponent is known for integrity and his supporters value that highly.
The contrast is severe. Clinton supporters think if they refuse to admit to a lack of ethics then it doesn’t exist, it goes away. Others deny it but still defend it with ethics are immaterial, stop being naïve.
Sanders supporters are driven by fairness and ethics, both in their politics and their lives. It’s a deeply held belief. Their passion for fairness includes supporters upset with Sanders for not calling out Clinton fraud, giving her the green light to greater abuses.
When the two perspectives collide it’s the unethical force meets the unmovable principle. Sanders supporters are incensed by Clinton’s lack of ethics. Which manifests in Bernie or Bust and a refusal to vote for her.
Clinton supporters turn apoplectic. “How can you let your stupid principles…holier than thou…how is that more important than denying Trump!?!” Insert vitriol, invective, a reference to childish behavior, taking your ball and going home is a favorite. A volcano erupts spewing molten lava.
If I demanded that you adopt my priorities how would you react? Insert crickets. Or more lava.
Back to our story….principles cease to exist if they are abandoned. Also, note that Clinton’s abject lack of ethics is just one tree in the Bust forest though it is a towering old redwood.
An allegory on her indifference to ethics before a group that cares about it deeply. Clinton is the cocky kid yelling fire as a joke in a movie theater packed with firefighters. Imagine the seething anger, the six feet under looks, the loathing contempt. That’s how angry the ethical wing of Bernie or Bust are with Hillary Clinton and her corruption. Livid. Venomous. Every time Clinton commits fraud that vitriol intensifies. It’s not going away in November.
“Just kidding guys, you’re still going to vote for me right, vote blue, forgive and forget, we democrats have to unite, can’t elect Trump, think of the Supreme Court, can’t let the GOP win right? Right? Guys?”
The gall of demanding that we vote for her may be the ultimate arrogance. After all that Clinton and Mini-Me have done to rig the primary. That corporate media have done to block and deny Sanders at every turn. Time Warner (CNN) is one of her top donors, The Amazon Post, Comcast (MSNBC) the kid before Christmas that can’t wait to open the TPP gifts they helped write.
After the smug arrogance, condescension and denial. After surrogate bomb throwing that sentenced Sanders women to hell and McCaskill’s McCarthyism. After every member of the establishment tried to personally stuff Hillary Clinton down our throats.
After all that they didn’t count on a gag reflex called Bernie or Bust.