Protests Bigger Outside DNC After Democratic Party WalkOut

Bernie's supporters wept in the aisles at the DNC on Monday night 7/25/2016 (Photo: disneyabc/flickr/cc)

Bernie Sanders‬' final speech as a presidential candidate was like the end of a kung-fu movie, where we are called to defeat our own master as a proof of training.


 


During a televised town hall meeting in April 2016, Senator Sanders told the viewing audience that he could not snap his fingers and make his supporters vote for Hillary Clinton. He said that he should not make that decision for them. And they should not listen to him. They should make that decision for themselves... "It would be up to Hillary Clinton to appeal to my voters, to earn their votes," he said. 

In her rush to woo Republican money and Republican voters, Hillary has failed to appeal to Bernie Sanders voters. Her focus even during the DNC in Philly was on making big-money deals from the Ritz. 

During a televised town hall meeting in April 2016, Senator Sanders told viewers that he could not snap his fingers and make his supporters vote for Hillary Clinton. He said that he should not make that decision for them, and they should not listen to him about who to vote for. They should make that decision for themselves. "It would be up to Hillary Clinton to appeal to my voters, to earn their votes," he said.

In her rush to woo Republican votes -- Hillary has chosen a center-right Vice President running mate. she has failed to appeal to Bernie Sanders voters. Her focus even during the DNC in Philly was on making big-money deals from the Ritz. 

Electing Hillary Clinton could potentially be no different than electing someone like Margaret Thatcher or Indira Gandhi, so there was no reason for the “political revolution” to be silent at the convention in the face of Clinton Democrats, constantly devaluing the meaning of our struggle to reform and expand a corrupted political system. 

So, instead, hundreds of Bernie delegates and supporters staged a WalkOut. They held impromptu press conferences in the lobby and then joined the all-day protest events in the streets outside the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia... The crowds in the street, far outnumbered the convention goers inside.

Black Men for Bernie joined Dr. Cornel West to endorse Green Party Presidential Candidate Jill Stein outside the DNC in Philly, where she spoke at a Bernie Or Bust Rally that included Green Party - Black Lives Matter - and Bernie Sanders supporters. The crowd chanted "Jill Not Hill, Jill Not Hill."  ---- "We are the ones, we have been waiting for" said Dr. Stein.

   
This is what Democracy looks like! Bernie Sanders supporters wept on Monday night, during his final speech as a presidential candidate. On Tuesday, following the roll call vote, they staged a Walk Out! They walked out of the Democratic Party. The #Demexit was in protest against a national political party that had used its massive resources to discredit and defeat their movement to get money out of politics -- especially out of elections.

This year, the DNC moved in the opposite direction: Reopening the gates to allow federal lobbyists to flood the Democratic Party with lobbyist money.  


It's been a hard-fought year, of people sacrificing financially and draining themselves physically to make phone calls, knock on doors and travel to support The People's Candidate --- an honest politician, running in the Democratic Party on New Deal Democratic policy. The campaign has proven that when you honestly represent the people you do not need to be SOLD OUT to big-money donors and global corporations. That is why many of us believe that Bernie Sanders could not have been more proud of us than when we Boo'ed him, when he said, "It's time to elect Hillary Clinton."  
In June, Sanders said on ABC’s “This Week” with George Stephanopoulos, “I don’t think Hillary Clinton can lead a political revolution.” He insisted millions want to see the Democratic Party transform from a party of wealthy campaign contributors to a party of the middle class and the “47 million people living in poverty.” But Sanders has not made the case to his supporters that the Democratic Party has started any transformation, even with the energy of the “political revolution."
Sanders appears to be extremely concerned about how the Democratic Party will turn him into a pariah if he does not play by their rules and support Clinton like they demand. 
In falling in line, he is fracturing a part of the left, which he united in order to build unity with the corporate wing of the Democratic Party, which has tremendously failed the working class and sold out the poor in the past --- and given rise to this year's insurgent candidate within the Republican Party: Donald Trump.
He risks the unity his political campaign forged among disaffected people throughout the country. He threatens the solidarity among movements, which see Clinton as toxic. 
Back in 1991, Sanders said, “What we need in this country is what Jesse Jackson calls a Rainbow Coalition, but it has to be done outside the Democratic Party.” He acknowledged that most people argue the Democratic Party is where the working class and labor unions are so everyone should work within that political party. But he argued “for millions of Americans both parties are looked upon with derision, with disrespect. Polls show that half the American people don’t even know the difference between the Republican and Democratic Party.”

Sanders suggested it was better to tell the truth that both parties are controlled by “big money.” ----- The ‪#‎Berniecrats‬ will continue to work within the party with Senator Sanders, who returns to the US Congress as an elected Independent.

However ‪#‎OurRevolution‬ now moves to create that "Rainbow Coalition" outside the failed ‪#‎DemocraticParty‬. Dr. Cornel West, who worked tirelessly with Senator Sanders, has endorsed Dr. Jill Stein for President on the‪#‎GreenParty‬ ticket. The Green Party US convention is in one week ---- 100 days before Nov. 8th.

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