Posted on- February 19, 2019 at 9:00 A.M.
(Written By Joshua Hill)
I have continuously stated the fact that I will only vote for Anti-Establishment Democrats or Justice Democrats who take no Corporate or Super PAC money & support strong Populist-Left Progressive/Liberal policy positions such as Single-Payer Medicare-For-All, Tuition-Free Public College & Universities, A Living Wage, Ending The Drug War, Ending The Foreign Wars, Ending The Disastrous Off-Shore Trade Agreements, Ending Private Prisons, Guaranteed Paid Time Off, Expanding Social Security, A Green New Deal, Comprehensive Campaign Finance Reform in the form of Publicly-Funded Free & Fair Elections, Affordable Housing, Infrastructure Building, Etc... Etc...
If neither of those types of Democrats are on my ballot I will vote for a Left leaning third party candidate because I would rather lose with someone who represents me & the American people than "win" with someone who stands against everything I believe in & exclusively represents big money donors & special interest groups. Today I am happy to say a candidate who meets that specific litmus test above all else has announced his 2020 candidacy for president of the United States of America.
Despite the rigging of the 2016 Primary, Bernie Sanders along with significant grassroots support was able to almost overcome a rigged Primary with 47%-48% of the vote. If there is anything that individuals in recent times such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have shown us, it's that even when the Democratic Establishment does everything it can to rig a primary election against a principled Populist-Left Progressive candidate, even those obstacles can be defied.
The 2016 Democratic Primary was rigged in a way that with enough overwhelming grassroots effort could be been won. It's a difficult up hill battle to overcome these obstacles, but not impossible. I've heard some people making the claim that winning a rigged primary is impossible because the Democratic Establishment just chooses their candidate & makes it so. Although the Democratic Primary wasn't rigged in a sense that the machines were hacked or that the votes were all shifted to the Establishment candidate. There was reported purging of votes, & unwanted change of party affiliation. Although that only it happened in a few select places, & even that can be overcame with overwhelming votes in one direction.
The things we know that were done to rig the Democratic Primary against Sanders (Because Of Wikileaks & Confirmed By Donna Brazile's Book) things such as the DNC propping up Trump in the Republican Primary because they believed he would be an easier candidate to run against (How Did That Work Out?). Donna Brazile gave Hillary debate questions before debates so Hillary could have the advantage of practicing & preemptively coming up with the best sounding answers ahead of time (Which Is Cheating). The DNC limited the number of Democratic Primary debates & put the few they did hold on days when people would be less likely to tune in, because as the data shows, the more people who hear Bernie's message the more people like him, & the more people who hear Hillary's "message" the more people despise her. The DNC attempted to Atheist shame Sanders in more religious areas (Despite The Fact That He Is Jewish Not Atheist, & Not That Atheism Should Be Shamed In The First Place). Also the Establishment media included the undemocratic Super Delegate polling data with the actual Delegate count as if the Super Delegates had already voted (Even Though Super Delegates Don't Actually Vote Until The End Of The Primary).
Donna Brazile spoke about how she would cuss out Bernie Supporters. Debbie Wasserman Schultz scolded the media including Morning Joe on MSNBC by basically threatening to go over their head & getting them fired for going to hard on Hillary. People in the media literally said there purpose was to "kneecap" Bernie. Despite these attempts to fight against Bernie & his message he still remains the most popular politician in the entire country. Bernie's policy platform is overwhelmingly popular with the American people, 57% want to break up the big banks, 58% want a $15 minimum wage, 60% want tuition free public colleges & universities, 64% want to legalize marijuana, 70% want Medicare-For-All, 72% want to expand Social Security, etc... etc... Also when you look at Sanders' approval rating within his own state he's at 80%, which is more than any other Senator in the entire country. In fact there was a poll that came out a while ago that showed Sanders was the most popular politician in the entire country. According to the poll, Sanders was at a higher approval rating than any politician in the entire country, at 61%. Sanders has very low disapproval rating as well, which was only 32%. Then after that poll another poll came out showing Sanders to maintain his title as the most popular politician in the country with an even higher approval rating as before, at 75%.
Those are just a few examples, but literally ever poll consistently continues to show Bernie Sanders to be the most popular politician with the overwhelming majority of the American people! Bernie Sanders is objectively the most popular politician with the majority of the entire country. It's clear who the American people support. The only polls to not have Bernie as number one (Unlike The Ones I Mentioned) are not scientifically conducted. When you look into the polls that show Joe Biden is above Bernie Sanders you find they do the poll with registered Democrats through land lines which gives them the disproportionate opinion of more Conservative elderly Democrats. Which is the Minority not the Majority.
If Independents, Millennial Democrats, etc... we're more included in these most recent polls Bernie would still be more popular. The flaws in the polling methodology is done on purpose specifically to fish for a specific outcome that heavily favors an Establishment bias. During the 2016 election, every match up poll had Sanders beating Trump by 10% - 15%, & one specific poll I remember after that came out had Sanders up by 20%. It seemed the longer the primaries went on & the more people learned about Sanders the more popular he became. Don't forget Sanders was the only candidate throughout the entire 2016 election with positive favorability ratings, while both Trump & Hillary broke records for unfavorability ratings (At Record Lows Of Between NEGATIVE 58% & 60%).
It's also worth noting that the data showed the more people who voted, the better Sanders performed in an election. That is why the DNC did everything in their power to prevent as many people from voting as possible. The number of polling places were reduced, which made it so not as many people got to vote, but who got the blamed for people not getting to vote because of reduced polling places? Well, voting official Helen Purcell had this to say about who is at fault, "The voters, for getting in line, [or] maybe us for not having as many polling places as we usually have." But then she doubled down blaming the voters stating, "They’re not to blame for standing in line, [but] they went to the polling places." You can't say you don't blame the voters & then continue on to explain how it really is their fault for showing up. The Democratic Establishment celebrated undemocratic Closed Primaries & Super Closed Primaries. The reason they celebrated Closed Primaries is because Sanders is able to easily win in Open Primaries as Independents will come out to vote (A Good Example Of This Is Michigan Where Bernie Was Behind Hillary Over 20% In The Polls, Yet Sanders Had An Upset Victory, 50% - 48%).
The hours of polling places were changed making it harder for voters to find time to get to their polling place. For example in my home state of New York the polling places that heavily supported Sanders were shortened from 6:00 A.M. - 9:00 P.M. to 12:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M. (Including My Own Polling Place) compared to the areas that supported Hillary more which kept their 6:00 A.M. - 9:00 P.M. hours. (I Was Lucky Enough At The Time That My Work Schedule Freed Me Up To Vote That Day, Many Others Were Probably Not So Lucky). I believe attempting to suppress the vote is why Bill Clinton even went as far to personally block the line at the polls, he even went into the polling place & illegally campaigned for Hillary by telling people to, "Pull The Lever For Hillary Clinton."
The fact of the matter is the Establishment Democrats would rather loose to someone like Trump than win with someone like Sanders, so let's not give them the satisfaction! The unfortunate truth is the Establishment Democrat's policy positions are far more aligned with Trump than Sanders. This is the reason why I am currently putting my support towards anti-Establishment Democrats (Like Bernie Sanders) & or Justice Democrats in order to do a hostile takeover of the Democratic Party so that we can fix the broken system (Including Implementing Ranked Choice Voting To make It Easier For Third Parties To Break Through).
I will never vote for the lesser of two evils again. If there is no anti-Establishment Democrat or Justice Democrat option on my ballot I will not hesitate to vote for a Politically Left leaning third party. For example in my home state of N.Y. I voted for Zephyr Teachout in the primaries against Andrew Cuomo for Governor. Zephyr Teachout put up a good fight, but when Andrew Cuomo unfortunately beat her in the primaries, I voted for Howie Hawkins of the Green Party in the General Election. Same for the 2016 Presidential Election, I voted for Bernie Sanders in the primary, but when Hillary Clinton & the DNC unfortunately rigged the election & stole the Nomination. I shifted my support & voted to Jill Stein in the General Election. Noting has changed, if the Democrats want my vote they have to earn it. A politician is never entitled to anybodies vote, it is not the job of a voter to fall in line & support the politicians. It is the job of the politicians to earn the vote of the voter.