Palestine as Litmus Test: If Democratic candidates like Harris, Booker, etc. sell out to AIPAC, they will also sell out to corporations as Obama and Hillary did. Bernie is the only incorruptible candidate. If the Dems continue to nominate sellout candidates, we must look past one election and work for a long-term solution to the worldwide problems of capitalism. Trump is merely the most recent manifestation of capitalism's injustice. A deeper solution must address not only Trumpism and inequality at home but also US imperialism abroad. One possibility: Join and vote for the Green Party. And practice democracy in the streets!
With out a parliament and saddled with only a two party system we need to work within the party knowing the repubs are dying and yet still maintaining power through manipulation and court stacking when they have power. As much as a Green party would be great, voting that way now will ensure more years of destruction. I'd be in favor of more destruction if I thought at some point a rebellion would rise from the ashes, but it won't.
So I have trouble understanding why you would refer to Bernie as incorruptible. That is a very strong word. He seems like a well meaning man, and a true believer in social and economic justice, but he is still a politician who has and will continue to make compromises to be effective and electable. Look at his record on gun control or environmental regulation vs job creation, he has definitely progressed in these areas, but his voting record in the past has not been perfect in my opinion. All politicians are flawed human flesh, with egos and inner psychological lives that effect their decision making. It is only through the hard work of holding them accountable, and pushing to have our voices heard that any politician can be successful in changing the massive inertia of the status quo away from human extinction. No man can bear the weight of that alone or he will succumb no matter how noble his intentions. Only together as a humanist movement for social responsibility, and sustainability can we hope for real change.
As "Democracy" is practiced in this country, a vote for a third party which can boast about 1/1000 of registered voters as members, is a wasted effort. Capitalism is an economic system, not a governmental system. Israel is its own entity, not a protectorate of the United States. Money is the thing that wins elections through votes, not idealism. There is no "Ideal" candidate because our Congress is a place where compromise is the factor which allows bills/laws to be enacted. To my mind, the last Green Party presidential candidate, although an intelligent and well-spoken American, was about 1/4 bubble out of plumb when she spoke. Bernie is an idealist and while I like some of the ideas he promotes, I'm not sure his team has included all the possible consequences of enacting his policies when they advocate them. They make great sound bites, but when dissected don't feel like there's a good foundation under them. That's my take on it.
Racists still cowardly blaming Nader for the Jeb Bush Crime families terrorizing 50 thousand black voters away from polls at GUNPOINT in over 100 Florida 2000 November counties and the insane recount in ONLY 4 COUNTIES.....GREENS are the solution to racist Democrats enabling illegal Republicans war crimes profiteering WWW.HOWIEHAWKINS.US peace through Green jobs
I met Green Party founder Petra Kelly in 79 or so and was involved for many years in trying to get enough votes to get matching funds for the next election cycle. I now view this as a trap, because the Green party candidate will pull voted from the more progressive of the corporate parties candidates. Ralph Nader, in my opinion, scuttled the Green party to get a word in edgewise. The Green party then circled wagons to insist his 70,000 Florida voters would have voted half for Bush. This lack of reflection on the pre-existing problem of structurally being a spoiler party has made the Green party the object of blame and hatred. I feel like I have watched in slow motion, powerlessly, as the party, as been misused and permanently destroyed as a possible way out of the political mess we call the "United" LOL States.
I voted for Bernie in the Virginia primary.
Nowever, in this election, a vote for any 3rd candidate is a vote for the orange blob. WE must defeat him first; then we can move forward. If pos is re-elected, we won't have any kind of democracy (we have little enough now as it is).