Apr 25, 2016

Sanders' Movement Kills Insiders, Can Realign American Politics

Not too late for Hillary Clinton to say 'bye-bye.'

Since declaring his run nearly a year ago, Bernie Sanders proclaimed his intention to build a powerful force for change in American politics and garner the nomination of the Democratic Party.

Sanders has achieved his first objective bringing in the younger voters who must turn out if the Republicans are to be defeated in the U.S. Senate and in a long shot defy the Republican-gerrymandered House.

Against this progressive movement, Nicholas Confessore notes today:

[h]undreds of the party’s 'superdelegates' have endorsed Mrs. Clinton, a signal of her broad support among the party’s power brokers. The Democratic National Committee now relies on Mrs. Clinton’s fund-raising to provide a fifth of its monthly income, an arrangement the Sanders campaign has criticized.

And Mrs. Clinton is well positioned to block any proposals she would not want to defend in a general election. In January, the party chairwoman, Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, appointed dozens of Clinton supporters and advisers to the three standing committees of the Democratic Party convention. Of 45 potential members submitted by Mr. Sanders, she appointed just three ...

Since tying Sanders in Iowa, Clinton and her surrogates have called for her coronation in a repulsive display of the very anti-democratic, moneyed interests-rule maladies that Sanders has openly denounced.

Clinton has moved dramatically towards the FDR-Ike-LBJ domestic policy consensus harnessed by Sanders, but Clinton remains a corporatist in her outlook.

"I think what divides us is the understanding on the part of millions of people who are supporting my candidacy that it really is too late for establishment politics and establishment economics. We have to deal in very substantive way with income and wealth inequality. We need to understand that we are the only major country on earth not to guarantee health care to all people, not to provide paid family and medical leave. We have to deal aggressively with a corrupt campaign finance system which allows big- money interests to buy elections. Those are areas I think of difference,” Sanders said Sunday on Meet The Press.

The argument advanced by Clinton's campaign that Sanders must now submit to the rigged Democratic Party primary is ludicrous.

To expect millions of Americans to disenfranchise their power is not only ridiculous, it is dangerous and risks a sure-thing victory of the off-the-charts Republican Party.

If come July 25-28 at the Democratic Party convention in Philadelphia and Sanders is not the nominee, Clinton will have to earn Sanders and millions of Americans' support by moving away from her neo-con and Wall Street alliances that Clinton still hides from scrutiny.

What Hillary Clinton does not get is these alliances are the problem.

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