Today my wife received mail from the Democratic party that was suppose to be her voting record. It was not in an envelope where anybody could read it and the information was very inaccurate. I saw on the local news (http://koin.com/2016/11/03/or-wash-residents-receive-voting-report-cards/) that this was widespread in Oregon and Washington, but I don't have any idea how far this has gone on nationally. It was sent to intimidate voters to vote for Democrats and let Americans know that they are watching them. What business is it of theirs anyway? Is this the kind of privacy invasion that we can expect from a Clinton presidency and both a Democratic House and Senate majority? They complain about being hacked but they don't have any conscious about exposing people's personal information to others. I know this is legal because it is public information, but compiling it and using it to harass people is overstepping their bounds. We are both going to look hard for alternative candidates before we vote for another Democrat.
I was really hoping to see a Sanders/Trump debate, but I figured Trump would wuss out. I wonder whether he was more afraid of Bernie Sanders or Meg Kelly?
Wake up and smell the coffee, both of our major political parties are so corrupt it's shameful. Delegates, Super Delegates, Zombie Delegates, tilted delegate counts, big money, officials spending time raising money instead of working and of course Citizens United. I applaud the idealistic young people whose eyes are open to this corruption and have the wisdom to know that it's wrong. They are looking at obvious facts and not some stupid conspiracy theories. Is it so jaded to stand by what you know is true instead of going for more of the same? Because of this, it would be unfortunate, if Bernie Sanders did not go all the way to the convention. There is much more than the Presidential race at stake.
If the DNC is going to ignore Bernie Sanders supporters, don't cry if they have no love for Clinton and refuse to support her. Is a full blown effort for campaign finance reform such a pipe dream? Any candidate who does not want to dedicate themselves to fixing this national disgrace that is so detrimental to our Democracy is part of the problem instead of being part of the solution. There is a Supreme Court position just waiting to be filled with a candidate who has brains and moral compass to know the difference between money and free speech. Why shouldn't Citizens United be challenged in the short term future? When would be a better time unless the DNC prefers things as they are? Most Democrats just whine about big money elections and give us excuses why it can't be fixed. How about making a serious effort then whine if these efforts don't succeed?
There is one issue that is paramount to me. That is campaign finance reform including revocation of Citizens United. Remember that the Republican party has been kind enough to leave a seat open in the Supreme Court, so Citizens United can be successfully contested with a judge that is smart enough to know that money is not free speech. I believe that there are well over 50% of Americans that are for this. Sadly, once again millions of dollars that could go to worthwhile programs are going to be spent on stupid attack adds that are not beneficial to anyone but the rich people that invested in them for the sake of political influence. Four more years of a gridlocked Congress that is afraid to make a decision without the affirmation of their big money contributors. I personally don't like the idea of our elected officials spending 30 hours a week or more on fund rising. They even pull officials from committee meetings to do this. To me, this is misappropriation of tax payer money and both parties should be made to pay severe penalties, if they plan to continue these practices. We are currently doomed to staying in the same rut or sinking further down, if urgent action is not taken. This is why Bernie Sanders' voice and the voices of his supporters need to heard loud and clear at the DNC. If the Democrats want to beat Donald Trump, they need get on board with what's right and what's honest, and most important what many voters from both parties want. And if DWS wants to pin her whits against the American people, she is not going to have many whits left to pin next election.
Although I find your question very pertinent, in reality about the only thing it would do is cause a vast majority of politicians go into a series of song and dance routines. That's fine if you enjoy that sort of thing, but we wouldn't get a straight answer. Dwight Eisenhower, a Republican by the way and one of our greatest generals, warned us about the Military Industrial Complex. Even with his credentials he was ignored.
Your question is like asking a politician about what causes Congressional gridlock. They all go through a elaborate song and dance, but no one will admit that it is because most of them are worried about losing campaign funding if they try to compromise on an issue.
This is no time to talk about settling for anything but the best for our Democracy. Until we have a leader that is willing to wage war against political corruption, average Americans are going to further suffer. Citizens United is just the tip of the iceberg. Even if we get rid of this law, what of true campaign finance reform? Will Democrats or Republicans push to reform their own parties, without a President who will push for these changes and reach out for the support of the people? Do you think that there are not major players in the Democratic party who are out to block a future man or woman with the principles of Bernie Sanders from ever having a chance at a successful campaign? Talk about settling for just anybody is detrimental to the reforms that are so urgently needed in our political system. There is a lot more at stake than who is going to be President the next four years.
I thought HRC's question to Bernie Sanders asking him what he has done for the Democratic party encapsulates where she stands. She is more for the power of the Democratic party and not the American people. It is not American saying that Bernie Sanders supporters should not talk about their issues with Clinton as a candidate. These are not big revelations that the Republicans don't intend on using already. Should Bernie Sanders supporters just shut up and say nothing? Do you want a primary election or a party pandering contest? An election is about people supporting candidates who they feel best represent their ideals and not a pledge of allegiance to any political party.
Excuse me if I am not willing to just jump blindly on a Clinton bandwagon in the event of a Bernie Sanders defeat. I am a victim of the disastrous trade agreements that Clinton advocated. I saw hundreds of cases first hand of Americans losing their jobs to foreign countries. Don't tell me that I should not be for a candidate who accepts donations from the people who brought this country to its knees in 2008. Their big donations bought them immunity from prosecution in the very recent past. And what about the voter fraud that has taken place in Arizona, New York and Washington DC? Should I condemn one party for interfering with voter's rights and condone it being done by the other party? My answer is no, because wrong is wrong. I will definitely not vote for Trump or Cruz, but tell me why I should vote for a candidate that I don't personally see a good reason to support and embracing a party who is currently corrupting our elections? Have we become a country of settlers like those characters portrayed in those stupid commercials? I believe that the Democratic race is going to be contested at the least and that we are not going to sway delegates by going around and preaching that we are willing to settle for HRC, the party darling. Shouldn't we stay strong for the only candidate that has a strong record for being behind the American people, Bernie Sanders?
I am not going to completely write off Bernie no matter how the Primary comes out. With a Clinton/Trump contest, there is no telling how disillusioned voters would be with both of them by the time the election comes around. I wouldn't rule out participating in a write in campaign if I felt it had enough momentum. Ask me closer to the election whether I will vote for HRC, but it certainly would not be an enthusiastic vote. It would be more of a well she's not Donald Trump or Ted Cruz vote. I can only see a Clinton Presidency as giving us the same big money political corruption and more empowerment for the rich.