My Response to Biden's Vote Shamers
It’s looking like Bernie is getting the Democratic nomination taken from him, again. This time it was a little more surreptitious and not quite as brazenly corrupt as last time, but it’s pretty clear from where I stand that a concerted effort was made to “Stop Bernie.”
In addition to the Democratic Party holding meetings on how to prevent a candidate from winning, they tried to prop up almost every loser in succession, finally going all in behind Biden when the last of them came in a dismal 3rd place in her home state. The media was relentless in their derision of Bernie, too, and for that I have neither the patience nor the time to enumerate.
It wasn’t just Bernie, either. Tulsi Gabbard faced vehement opposition from the day she announced her campaign. Actually, it began before the announcement since she postponed it and was met with two news cycles stating that her campaign was in “disarray” and “off to a bad start.” They froze her out of the debates, and the town halls, and then changed the criteria for qualifying after she met the bar.
I don’t reward bad behavior. It seems the DNC learned nothing from Hillary’s loss in 2016. I know, I know, politics ain’t beanbag and all that. But here’s the thing. You cannot continue to disenfranchise me and my preferred candidates and then turn around and claim ownership to my vote. You cannot demand my participation. 120 million eligible voters abstained from the 2016 general election, and according to Rachel Bitecofer, the swing voter is a myth. Elections are decided by who decides to vote.
Nobody goes around and tries to individually shame the 120 million nonvoters. It’s well understood that apathy or distrust in the process is to blame.
There are plenty of single issue voters. If Joe Biden announced he was not Pro-Choice you would expect him to lose millions of solid Democratic votes, wouldn't you? And no one would have the gall to shame those voters.
So why can't I have that same liberty because he's against Medicare for All? Or because he has a track record of proposing cuts to Social Security? Or because he flat out lied about his record?
Normally we allow voters the leeway to make these decisions for themselves. Not so with people who wanted to support Bernie or Tulsi. It seems that participation in the Democratic primary means you are beholden to support the Democratic nominee. Anyone telling me I must vote for Biden can fuck right off.