My Answer to the Sanders Campaign Forever Forward Email
Here is my final response in a brief email exchange I had with the Bernie Sanders help desk following the “Forever forward" email sent out by the Sanders campaign last week. It summarizes my position on supporting Bernie as we approach the convention next week.
Help Desk Director,
Thank you for responding to my note, but your response really does not address my concerns. As a strong supporter of and volunteer for Bernie’s campaign I will continue to support initiatives like the Sanders Institute or Our Revolution, and will support individual down ballot progressive candidates that echo my positions, on an ad hoc basis.
However, please do not waste my time and insult my intelligence, by prattling on about the meaningless Democratic Party platform that Hillary will ignore as soon as she is elected to the office. Equally of no concern to me are any changes coming from the Democratic Rules committee. The Democratic party is a corrupt criminal organization of elites in the rigged system Bernie talked so much about during the campaign. It must be destroyed and a new party put in it’s place, especially after the theft of the primary that occurred in this election cycle. Bernie has spent his entire career as an Independent, and should know that the solution can not come from the Dems, because they are the problem. It is unfortunate that he has ruled out a Third Party run, which I believe he could win in a four way race, as it is shaping up to be.
From the moment that he endorsed the corrupt Clinton campaign and disingenuously claimed she would make an excellent President, Bernie lost me. I have voted Democratic for almost 45 years, but I will no longer vote the lesser of two evils. Hillary Clinton is a war mongering neoliberal, bought and paid for by WallStreet, Big Pharma, and the rest of the Corporate Oligarchy that is ruining our country and our planet. I am convinced that a Clinton White House will mean increased war and economic misery for the US and the rest of the world. She would be an absolute disaster for the 99%.
Consequently I will be devoting the majority of my resources, both volunteer time and financial contributions to the Jill 2016 campaign through November. Jill Stein is a proud progressive with a platform that I can believe in, and know she would fight for, if elected. So she will have my support, and for the first time in my life I will be voting FOR a candidate in the General Election, not against a straw man candidate like Drumpf.
I regret that Bernie will not be the candidate I can support this Fall, and understand that he must do what he must do. But I must also must do what I must do. I will support him where I can, and while my heart is with Bernie, my vote goes to Jill.