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2016 Postmortem

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Ken Burch

(50,254 posts)
Wed Jul 27, 2016, 06:14 AM Jul 2016

My message to Sanders supporters who still can't bring themselves to endorse HRC: [View all]

(note: I'm trying to reach people here...people we need...if you just want to snipe at the people I'm trying to reach, please don't post in this thread. I'm doing this to help our nominee get elected. Please respect our nominee's interests and stay out of this thread if you can't be positive).

Yes...the emails do reveal that the DNC was biased against our candidate;

Yes...we WERE disrespected by the announcement of DWS appointment in the Clinton-Kaine campaign on the same day she resigned from the DNC in disgrace(though it's possible that DWS insisted on that timing just to stick it to HRC for telling her she had to go);

Yes...it was bullshit that the AP declared HRC the nominee the night before California voted(an annoucement that may have cost us a narrow victory there-although HRC probably would have been nominated anyway);

Yes...it was despicable that we and our candidate were falsely accused of not caring about and not wanting the votes of people of color(we could have done a better job there, but we clearly did try to get those votes and make POC a major part of the campaign and the movement);

Yes...it was painful to watch our candidate concede defeat and to have people mocking the justified and deeply-felt grief of our delegates as they watched his presidential campaign come to an end;

All of that is true...all of that is real...a lot of people have good reason to feel raw, sad, and angry;

But in the hours, days, and weeks soon to come, we must move on from that, as revolutionaries of the past moved on from far more painful moments than this.

This election is about what WE believe in...much(not all, but much) of which is incorporated into the 2016 Democratic platform. About the historic changes we have just brought to the very structures of this party, about the space for activism and mobilization we have now created inside the Democratic Party, through the historic efforts of millions of us over the last year, a year in which we support for real change in this country that had not been seen or mobilized on this scale for decades.

But it is about much more than that:

It is about our responsibilities and our duties.

We have a duty, to the candidate we supported, to the movement we created and the country and world we are fighting to save:
to make sure that Donald Trump, the most openly-fascist major party candidate in American history, never gets anywhere near the Oval Office.

We have a duty to stand now, as we have throughout this campaign, with women, working people, LGBTQ people the poor, with people of faiths and cultures new to this country, with those who struggle against all forms of bigotry and those oppressed by it, to protect their hopes, their chances, their dreams-all of which we share-from a man whose entire vision of our future is a vision of fear, of exclusion, of splendor for the few and despair for the many, a many he will seek to keep divided against itself with endless appeals to hatred, tribalism and the restoration of a golden past that never existed.

And we have a responsibility to make sure that the space for activism and political advance we have created is not forever closed by the election of a cynical tyrant who is eager to get the tools of repression and violent retribution into his tiny little hands.

Voting for the Green ticket presidentially is NOT an option this year. There were and are good reasons for a party like the Greens to exist, to raise the issues it raises, and to try and create a new kind of politics. But a presidential campaign, a campaign the Greens cannot win while the Electoral College still exists, does nothing to create a progressive future. They need to focus on winnable local races and on initiative politics, including initiatives for electoral reform.

We have just come to the end of Bernie's presidential campaign...a good end, with a magnificent speech on his part and which many achievements that all of us who took part in it can celebrate. It is natural for grief to be part of a moment like this. And anger. A lot of work was done and dreams were born in the minds of millions.

So grieve and rage for a few days if you must...rage at the next full moon if need be...work through it as quickly as you can...then join us in the work to come...the work of registering 50 million new voters, getting those voters to the polls, electing the first woman president and progressive majorities in the Senate, the House, and every legislature in the land.

We will decide this election.

We will shape the future.

To do that, we must stand now, as we have always stood, with the many and not the few.

We must elect the Clinton-Kaine ticket AND progressive Dems at every level.

It's not just about us...it's about the whole damn world.

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... NurseJackie Jul 2016 #1
This - absolutely - ONE HUNDRED PERCENT!! BlueMTexpat Jul 2016 #2
Post removed Post removed Jul 2016 #3
This message was self-deleted by its author Ken Burch Jul 2016 #5
Thank you sarae Jul 2016 #4
And you dont think that you message is a bit too self serving to get any traction at all? Jemmons Jul 2016 #6
Just trying to reach people others haven't reached. Ken Burch Jul 2016 #9
Post removed Post removed Jul 2016 #16
No - I have real friends who feel this way. My 72 year old uncle as well. Lucky Luciano Jul 2016 #17
Lucky, could you please pm me with whatever it was the "post removed" guy said? Ken Burch Jul 2016 #42
Post 28 below more or less sums it up. Lucky Luciano Jul 2016 #46
Yeah...that deserved to be removed. Ken Burch Jul 2016 #49
Message auto-removed Name removed Jul 2016 #28
Just in case you missed it in English class padfun Jul 2016 #29
Message auto-removed Name removed Jul 2016 #31
There will ALWAYS be false accusations padfun Jul 2016 #32
Message auto-removed Name removed Jul 2016 #33
While ignore works for you Jemmons Jul 2016 #39
LOVE your avatar btw. NT liberalnarb Jul 2016 #40
Great post Ken! B Calm Jul 2016 #7
a Bernie supporter Coolest Ranger Jul 2016 #8
I've been in the party for years. Thanks for the support anyway. Ken Burch Jul 2016 #11
Like I said Coolest Ranger Jul 2016 #13
I'm a third generation Democrat and my guess is I'm older than you. Bluenorthwest Jul 2016 #19
If that is true, then why dont you suggest how unity could be served a bit better? Jemmons Jul 2016 #35
Every time I have tried Coolest Ranger Jul 2016 #37
Im not sure I know what you mean by "guys like you" Jemmons Jul 2016 #38
All you've done in this thread is disrespect the people I'm trying to reach. Ken Burch Jul 2016 #48
I was a reluctant Hillary supporter, but after hearing Michelle's speech, I'm all in.... markj757 Jul 2016 #10
Thank you, Ken... JSup Jul 2016 #12
That has to be one of the most realistic assessments I have heard DFW Jul 2016 #14
She's got my vote, only because the alternatives are apocalyptic in nature. VulgarPoet Jul 2016 #15
Message auto-removed Name removed Jul 2016 #30
I don't think Trump is the problem... chwaliszewski Jul 2016 #18
Trump is a snake oil salesman. Adrahil Jul 2016 #21
I don't agree with everything you wrote there.... Adrahil Jul 2016 #20
Sorry for all the people who think this is a sporting event.... HeartoftheMidwest Jul 2016 #22
And this...... HeartoftheMidwest Jul 2016 #23
Thank you. N/t Helga Scow Stern Jul 2016 #55
Life or Death! SCVDem Jul 2016 #24
The vote may happen, the campaigning never will. Barack_America Jul 2016 #25
Message auto-removed Name removed Jul 2016 #26
Trying to avoid the cliche. Ken Burch Jul 2016 #44
Very nicely put we can do it Jul 2016 #27
I will vote for Hillary. KentuckyWoman Jul 2016 #34
Obligatory list of false grievances: check BobbyDrake Jul 2016 #36
Obligatory "we don't need them so fuck them". Check Arazi Jul 2016 #41
I didn't refight the primary and none of those grievances were false. Ken Burch Jul 2016 #43
No one is saying "get over it, losers." Please debate honestly, maybe? nt BobbyDrake Jul 2016 #45
That's the tone if not the words. Ken Burch Jul 2016 #47
I guess those people still attacking Bernie supporters must actually be John Poet Jul 2016 #50
Would NOT surprise me. n/t. Ken Burch Jul 2016 #52
You wrote a post that was half attacks on HRC and her supporters and then wrote this. WOW. BobbyDrake Jul 2016 #54
It wasn't attacks. It was just about saying "you have reasons to feel the way you feel... Ken Burch Jul 2016 #57
Well done, Ken. Great post. Reccomending! emulatorloo Jul 2016 #51
Gladly recommended. An excellent post. eom guillaumeb Jul 2016 #53
Marvelous post, Ken. Thank you. nt glennward Jul 2016 #56
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