- Now that Americans know that we live in a banana republic where elections are not only bought, as we already knew, but are also stolen under our noses, we need to pay priority attention to the issue of elections. In the absence of democracy, as Sanders himself knows, there is no hope whatsoever to achieve the diversionary reforms he wants to store safely away in a corrupt and undemocratic Party's platform where popular policies go to die. Sanders' retreat to the cowardly safety of the platform diversion has made him irrelevant to the priority task of demanding democratic elections, for which the people will now need to organize themselves.
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Rob Hager, OpEdNews
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6/27/2016 | "[O]ur very praise of unanimity, therefore, is to be considered as a danger to liberty... if in matters of controversy, the sense of any ... party is invariably pursued, the cause of freedom is already betrayed" - Adam Ferguson (1767) p. 482-83
At least 12 million Sanders supporters have been watching to see where Bernie Sanders will invest the considerable political capital, not to mention the money which paid for it, that they have entrusted to him. John Stauber and Binoy Kampmark, among others, analyzed Sanders' opportunity to address his followers on this subject in Sanders' important post-primaries Burlington speech in order to predict his intentions. Stauber, like many, saw that speech as a clear move toward Sanders' pending capitulation to become a Clinton supporter. Sanders could have used his end-of-primaries speech to mobilize his supporters behind a competent strategy to negotiate for real concessions going forward, if not to explain an even more aggressive Convention-floor-fight strategy over DNC Rules to continue his pursuit of the nomination.
Having failed his supporters' expectations, but at least arguably left ambiguities about his ultimate intentions whether to fight or to capitulate, Sanders was soon given another opportunity by the Bezos Post to address both his supporters and the DNC in answer to the question "what does Sanders want?" That open-ended question could easily be understood as calling for a considered explanation of a very specific set of demands that would comprise a coherent Convention strategy. To either defeat or support Clinton's flawed candidacy, Sanders would need to gain important strategic concessions from the corrupt Democratic Party. Without demands there are no victories.
Rob Hager is a public-interest litigator who filed a Supreme Court amicus brief n the 2012 Montana sequel to the Citizens United case, American Tradition Partnership, Inc. v. Bullock, and has worked as an international consultant on legal development and anti-corruption issues.
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Sanders calls for supporters to back Clinton, “transform” Democratic Party, Tom Hall, World Socialist Website
- No small number of people will begin to see through Sanders’ increasingly shopworn facade and view his pivot towards an open embrace of the Clinton campaign with contempt.
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