One important note: Please stay involved in politics no matter how you vote. Your voice is too important!
I did a Twitter rant this morning on #BernieOrBust and Progressive principles. It wasn’t super long. I will try to reproduce it here or you can take a look at is on Twitter. I also want to expand on some of the ideas and provide some facts & context.
I can’t say that I’m fully on board with it. But, it is a principled stance. It’s not just a “cult of personality.” It’s +
— Michael Graham (@BLUpfront) April 20, 2016
I can’t say that I’m fully on board with it. But, it is a principled stance. It’s not just a “cult of personality.” It’s a political platform that stresses Progressive positions that many of us claimed to believe in just a year ago. I’ve watched people I thought held the same beliefs I do acquiesce to money in politics, voter suppression, bogus claims of sexism/racism, etc. All without so much as a whimper. At the same time describing overwhelmingly popular positions as “pie in the sky”, giving in to cynicism. As if the will of the people means nothing & politics should not shift to the demand of the people. You have allowed yourself to be separated from Progressivism without a fight. Says more about you than it does us.
Now people are saying
#BernieOrBust is selfish & arrogant. But, you want the votes without ceding any power or advancing elements of the most Progressive presidential platform in decades. That reveals you to be self-serving & shallow. Then you cajole using Trump/Cruz fear. That means you want the votes for free. How does that make you better than conservatives? That’s the thing about principles; they don’t change if you are real. Because you dislike Bernie or love Hillary, you have given in to the system you claimed to want to fight. You are no better. I stand on principle that people should do what THEY think is best with their vote. Save the fearful, panicked rhetoric of “not Trump or Cruz.” We fight on.
Here are Hillary’s top donors. Here is Bernie’s list of top donors. If the vote is being diluted by the party and mega-donors are paying the bills. Who’s voice do you think will be heard if the Clintons get back in the White House. Hint: It won’t be yours. But, you already know that.