Misguided Idealism- Bernie’s Brand Is Too Far Left To Win Elections.

#TheBlueWave-2018!

Bernie Sanders has endorsed Marie Newman in her battle to defeat Rep. Dan Lipinski, D-Ill. The Sanders boost comes as early voting has already started in Illinois. It’s possible he will visit the district to rally voters, cut commercials for her, and help her raise funds.

This came a day or so after Nancy Pelosi made it clear that Democrats will continue to stand by the representative chosen by the voters, and support Lipinski.

Just this morning, Marie Newman repaid that favor when she said she might not support House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi(D-Calif.) as the Democrats’ leader.

“I would have to see who’s running,” Marie Newman told The New York Times when asked if she would back Pelosi as Speaker if Democrats seize control of the House.

Nancy Pelosi is a national treasure who suffers the slings and arrows of half the country on a daily basis. Marie Newman is indecent in the extreme for attacking her in this manner.

Sanders knows that in backing Newman he is doing his best to start an ugly fight. And one would think he’d know that he’s bet on a losing horse again- his stepdaughter just lost her election for the mayorship of Burlington, VA– and for the same reason as always.

Bernie Sanders is too far left. Radically too far left.

The hardcore extremists who are propping up Bernie would like nothing better than to view the Newman/Lipinski contest for the 3rd Congressional District as a test of the political purity of far-left extremists against the Democrats who have always protected and stood up for them.

They point to Lipinski’s anti-abortion stance, which undoubtedly is repugnant, as a reason why attacking an elected Democrat ought to be considered acceptable.

But what about Heath Mello, early last year? He was perfectly willing to compromise on woman’s reproductive rights. Bernie took all kinds of heat for this at the time. He just didn’t care.

Bernie also refused to endorse Governor Ralph Northam’s campaign in Virginia. Again, we have to ask why?

The only answer is sour grapes. Northam easily beat his primary contender, Bernie’s man Tom Perriello. He, of course, was for Bernie last year. Perriello, however, is far from an ideal progressive. He’s another one of Bernie’s anti-abortion candidates.

It was also not so long ago that Perriello boasted of his A rating from the National Rifle Association, which was a result of his opposition to an assault weapons ban.

Let’s get real here. Bernie didn’t endorse Perriello because of his policies. He did it because Perriello is one of his cronies. Northam was not.

Dan Lipinski is also not a crony of Bernie’s, and it is the firmly held conviction of Millennial Democrats that is the only reason he has decided to stick his nose where it doesn’t belong in Chicago.

Bernie Sanders is not a Democrat. It all comes down to that. Everything he does makes perfect sense, once you’ve considered that he isn’t on our side. He has a really mean and overcompetitive side to him. That was clearly visible by last June, by which time he had ceased to resemble Mr. Rogers.

It is that unfortunate tendency that keeps him from helping real Democrats. He thought he was just going to show right up and start taking over the show. Unfortunately for Senator Sanders, we have made it quite clear to him that he and his fanatic followers are not at all going to waltz in here and take us over, regardless of the disgraced and terminated Cenk Uygur and his insolent hashtag, #WeWillReplaceYou.

Time for some real talk. Bernie is bitter about losing. He tried to hijack the Democratic party. He never intended on joining us for a second, although he lied all the way through both 2015 and 2016 and said he would. He hates Democrats and always has. He once said that JFK made him nauseous.

That is what this is about. Nothing else. It is why Bernie was so appealing to the Russians.

 A February 2016 memo to Internet Research Agency staff. The instructions given were to post political content on US social media sites and “use any opportunity to criticize Hillary and the rest (except Sanders and Trump — we support them).”
No wonder his people don’t want him to touch “the Russia thing”.
This is solid confirmation of what we have been saying all along. The specific mention of Trump and Sanders shows that the Russian government decided early on to oppose Clinton. We can guess why Bernie would not vote to sanction Russia. Half the things they did in 2016 were on his behalf!
This Bern-interference has become an all-too-familiar refrain over this past year, and particularly in this primary season. He has shown up to split the left and sow discord everywhere he goes.
So-called progressives are getting together all over the country, hijacking local chapters of the Democratic Party. They are attacking our candidates everywhere.

There has never been a set of midterms so crucial. Everyone on every side knows this. The best chance we’ve got of getting rid of Donald Trump before 2020, except maybe for the 25th Amendment, is to turn the Congress blue. The guys we’ve got in there now would never have impeached Nixon. We need Democrats in the legislative branch to impeach Trump. Period.

Our electoral road to success is an uphill battle. Twenty-five Senate Democrats are up for reelection this year, for example, as opposed to only eight of the reds. A plausible path to control of the Senate has arisen since Doug Jones’ stunning upset of the perverse Roy Moore, but it’s still going to be very hard.

In spite of all this, there’s a certain element in the party that refuses to care about any of this and instead insists on fighting their own people.

I saw a good point in an article today about progressive energy at the local level; awesome. It takes us all. Working together, and not against each other. It’s not about rejecting progressive ideas; we’re all progressives. The 2016 platform was progressive to a magnificent degree. Time to start focusing on the positives and putting the past to bed.

It’s insane to have a primary where Democrats are fighting each other in a year when every cent is needed so desperately to fight the real enemy. Anyone who is forcing us to waste time and money thus, and worsening the interparty divide in the process, should be viewed as extremely suspect.

In related news, Conor Lamb’s stunning victory in Pennsylvania this month in a district Trump won by more than 20 points sent a strong message to Republicans as to how revolted America is by their president. It was a clear and present harbinger of an overwhelming #BlueWave.

But there was also a strong message sent by his victory to us Democrats.

It means that being a calm, thoughtful and polite moderate is a winning strategy once more.

It also means that being constructive is very important to American voters after years of chaotic hatefulness on both far sides of the political divide.

The political spectrum of America is like a pendulum, swinging back and forth from right to left. It always has and it always will. However, despite all kinds of tectonic social upheavals and political reorientation, most Americans are ultimately part of a large political center.

Going too far left in primaries to appease this assumption makes the road back to that political center a long one.

There are some very noisy people in both extremist camps who get famous using vitriol, wild rhetoric, and radical views. Lamb’s victory proves that you have the better chance to win by exhibiting your intelligence self-control. We’ve had enough of screaming about a revolution.

In order for the Blue Tsunami to keep sweeping over this country in 2018 and 2020, our candidates have to understand that we cannot win unless we appeal to Independents in the national electorate and moderate Republicans in right-of-center congressional districts or states. Misguided idealism and purism is not going to help us get rid of Donald Trump.

And neither is Bernie Sanders.

 

 

The Fake Left- Justice Democrats and Other Attempted Hijackers.

Fake Democrats

Robert Mueller, the FBI special counsel, reportedly obtained a search warrant for records of the “inauthentic” accounts Facebook shut down last September, as well as the targeted ads purchased by these accounts during the 2016 election cycle.

The warrant was first disclosed by The Wall Street Journal. We were certainly glad to hear it. There was no end of Trump trolls around to make our lives harder.

But here’s what I keep waiting for.

When is he going to get around to all the inauthentic Russians who were helping out Bernie Sanders?

What about what a friend of mine refers to as the “alternate HRC-verse”?

When will he show us he’s digging equally into those on the left who sold out their country? It’s not like they’ve cut it out.

For example, we have less than 200 days until the most crucial set of midterms in American history. If we don’t retake Congress, we will not be impeaching Donald Trump. Every day that he stinks up the White House is another day that we all risk becoming a cinder.

You’d think anyone with a lick of decency or good common sense would realize we’ve got to come together behind the leaders we’ve got and do what we can to help them.

Maybe so, but not Cenk Uygur, of the so-called Justice Democrats.

“It is time for them to step aside and let us lead. If you want unity, we’re ready to lead,” Uygur said on his popular internet TV show, The Young Turks.

The sheer brazen insolence! How many Presidents have you helped get elected, Cenk? Worthless as can be. Good for nothing but hurting real Democrats.

What kind of sense does it make, to throw primary challenges at Democrats already holding office? None, of course. But that’s what they’re doing. The Justice Democrats formally came together with the Brand New Congress back in March, with the intent of getting rid of every Democratic candidate everywhere who will not line up behind Bernie.

The related organization #WeWillReplaceYou is another splintered fragment of Bernie or Bust, recollected and sharpened into a razor.

There’s also Bernie’s 501 (C) (4) social welfare group Our Revolution, the official outgrowth of the Sanders “revolution”.

Our Revolution and Bernie Sanders were the first to start howling for Al Franken’s blood. Most likely it’s because he was both smart and loyal. He voted with the Party in almost all cases, and he would never have sold out to Bernie. That’s minus one Democrat they’ve got to “replace”.

When Hillary Clinton lost a far closer and equally acrimonious primary to Barack Obama in 2008, she chose to throw all the support she had behind the freshman Illinois senator immediately. That decision to keep intact the integrity of party unity was a crucial factor in propelling him to victory over Republican John McCain.

One might have expected Bernie Sanders, friend to the little people, to do the same. He had to realize how badly we’d get hurt if the Republicans got back in the White House. But his endorsement of his opponent came nearly a month later. And when he finally did it was tepid and dishwater. He hurt us all he could.

Jill Stein and the Green Party serve the same Russian Trojan Horse function here as their analogue Die Linke does in Germany. Stein is the one member of the alt-left to be formally included in the Russiagate investigations so far, due to her attendance at the infamous gala held in Moscow with Putin, Michael Flynn, and Paul Manafort.

However, there’s also a certain Tad Devine who managed the campaign of a certain Vermont senator. He was Paul Manafort’s right-hand man in Ukraine, back in 2004 at a time when both were the property of the thug and ex-convict Viktor Yanukovych, who in turn was the property of Putin.

Turns out he worked on Al Gore’s campaign with Donna Brazile, whose recent anti-Clinton accusations received a great deal of media attention. This might have been how that whole distraction got cooked up last fall.

There’s a clear confluence between the alt-right and the alt-left regarding Vladimir Putin and the ratfucking, (to use a venerable Watergate-era term) performed by Russian hackers, trolls, and bots.

Putin spoke highly of Bernie as well.

And even 2016 Libertarian Party Presidential candidate Gary Johnson pointed out during the cycle that “Interestingly enough, the candidate I most often side with, on 73% of the issues, is Bernie Sanders”.

The name of Bernie Sanders did not appear on the ballot as a candidate for President in any state during the 2016 general election. But a large share of the blame for this disaster that is the current administration lies squarely on his shoulders.

As early as February of 2016, his campaign received a warning from the Federal Election Commission, citing problems with his campaign’s February finance report.

The evidence is clear that Sanders and Stein became the Ralph Nader of 2016. They stole just enough votes from the Democratic candidate to lose the White House for us. Instead, the presidency ended up in the insane hands of Donald Trump. They were used as Putin’s other puppets.

This strategy worked out very well for the Republicans. Trump is a slob and a fool. Even the likes of Steve Bannon are completely dismissive of him. But he was the best they could do. And they managed to push him through- even though nobody wanted him.

That is why they’re trying it again. By attacking our best leaders at the primary level, they hope to force us into a war on two fronts. If they can cause us to split our resources fighting each other, they can hope to retain their power- even though they’ve brought so much hardship to the country with their tax plan and other ruthless legislature.

Let’s not make any bones about what the stakes are.

We have a maniac in the White House, threatening other maniacs with his great big nuclear button.

We have a hostile and malicious foreign power, Russia, putting tendrils and creepers down through every crack in our system’s architecture. 

And we’ve got a domestic problem with fascism that is worsening by the day and has caused fatalities.

The only hope we have is #TheBlueWave.

Bernie, however, wouldn’t endorse any of our winning candidates in the 2017 elections. He did nothing to help whatsoever, and he refused help from the DNC in other key races that he jealously rushed in and claimed as his own, like that of Rob Quist in Montana. He is not our friend, and he is not progressive.

Going forward, our job is to raise awareness of the Libertarian wolves in our midst. Innocuous names like the Justice Democrats can make it hard to tell which is which.

We will need to learn to spot the trademarks of the organizations placing backing and support behind fake Democrats. They fit into regular patterns and these can be spotted and recognized.

For example, there’s the race to unseat Paul Ryan as Speaker of the House. The real Democrat in the race is the very qualified female candidate Cathy Myers. But she has been ignored in favour of a ridiculous man named Ironstache, who is getting his support from organizations like the Congressional Progressive Caucus PAC.

This is the kind of thing that’s going to be going on everywhere. It’s a real shame that we’ve got to waste time and energy fighting people we’d be happy to work with. But that does not change the fact. We are under attack from the left just as much as the right.

If Bernie and Company were capable of making any progress or winning any races, then we would support them. But they should have shown us something by now.

Instead, of the local races and special elections that Our Revolution has supported so far in 2017, a terrible percentage of them lost — many of whom were candidates going up against “mainstream” Democrats supported by the party, including progressive congressman Keith Ellison’s bid for Democratic National Committee chair, which he lost to former Labor Secretary Tom Perez. They are not serious candidates. They show up just to complicate things for us.

As a quick aside, Bernie vs. Trump would have been a joke. Trump has spent his life picking his teeth with guys like Bernie.

When you hear people calling themselves “progressive” all the time, that’s a sure sign of a Bernie Bot. If you see support for a certain candidate from Our Revolution or the Justice Democrats, that’s another guy who is no good.

In closing, we can keep it simple. Bernie’s endorsement is toxic and his candidates are not Democrats. We are going to learn to spot all the red flags so that we can keep the party blue.

Typical Trump Voters- What We’re Up Against.

Deplorables up to their gig

 

It’s election time again in 200 days. This is the year that #TheBlueWave washes across this country once and for all. And that means engagement with the public.

We have to reach out to the people all we can. We have to fight our hearts out for every last vote.

We’ve got to beat back hundreds of primary challenges nationwide from the so-called Justice Democrats. Without doing that we won’t make it to the real fight with a party that’s still blue. We’ve got to avoid pukey pea soup Libertarian green. And there’s only one way to do that.

We have to overwhelm the opposition with the strength and the logic of our argument.

The means by which we win this battle will be those which allow us to influence the information process the populace uses to make up their minds.

No one gets hurt or killed, and nothing is destroyed. The goal is to maintain our democracy without civil war.

We have to remain nonviolent, but prepared. The other side is crazy.

For example, one particularly pleasant fellow came onto the Millennial Democrats Facebook Page (Check us out! Join the debate) and threatened us with mass murder.

“Understand this Democrats”, he said, without using a comma, “If Trump gives the order I will kill as many of you as I can.”

When you looked at the guy, you saw a deeply unattractive and angry little guy. To say such a thing, to be focused on your own rage and desire for mayhem to that sick of an extent, you’ve got to be a very unhappy person.

One at a time, such people are pretty pitiful. But when they collect into large groups, with a wicked leader to guide them, they fill up death camps. That sort of viciousness cannot and will not be given a platform here in America.

At Millennial Democrats, we welcome dissent, and we welcome the chance to engage in a dialogue with people with every worldview, as long as they’re willing to be respectful and have an open mind.

Murdering savages will be excluded.

The foreign radicalism of the type that produced those events never took deep root here, and it’s our job to make sure it never does. Our eyes are open now.

We were defeated in the last election because nobody knew we’d be up against a foreign power.

Our message was sound, hopeful, and practical. We have only to alter a few techniques. We will adapt and strengthen ourselves so that we can do precisely that kind of thing to our enemy in the next war. If we understand them better than they understand us, we will always have the advantage.

For this reason, we’ve put some hours in, taking a look at the thinking process of the typical Trump voter.

There’s a number of serious personality dysfunctions keeping these poor people from living happy lives. 

One common trait is called authoritarian personality syndrome, a well-studied and globally-prevalent condition among radical extremists. It refers to a worldview characterized by belief in total and complete obedience to the hierarchy of social order and one’s personal authority. It is rampant like a plague throughout Trump’s base.

Fearmongering demagogues create and exploit fear in those with the syndrome. In this way, they are able to depersonalize minority groups in the eyes of their constituents.

This is how Nazis are created. This is how the bedlam at Charlottesville got started off last summer. This is why Heather Heyer is dead.

A distinct but related dysfunction is called social dominance orientation, or SDO. This refers to people who have a preference for the social hierarchy of groups, specifically with a structure in which the high-status groups have dominance over the low-status ones.

Here’s an observation- People who spend a lot of time worrying about whether or not others are inferior to them are pathetic.

Don’t worry about your place in the social hierarchy, it isn’t important. Treat others well and do your best at every task you find in front of you. That is what matters.

At any rate, a new study has shown that support for Trump is correlated with a standard scale of modern racism.

A higher level of contact with diverse groups of people has been shown to reduce prejudice.

2016 study found that “the racial and ethnic isolation of white people at the zip-code level is one of the strongest predictors of Trump support.” As such, it’s important to note that Trump’s white supporters have experienced significantly less contact with minorities than other Americans. 

This makes it much easier to fear and hate the people they consider outsiders.

Another reason to resent members outside the majority group is called relative deprivation. This refers to the discontent felt when one compares their position in life to others who they feel are equal or inferior but have unfairly had more success than them.

The old-fashioned word for it was jealousy. These days, we call it being a hater.

 

 

 

 

It’s become clear to everyone on both sides of the fence that the lines have been drawn. The age-old struggle between dictatorship and democracy is going to be fought yet again in this generation, and we have gotten good at it.

There are entire playbooks written on how to resist a tyrannical government like Trump’s is becoming. How to tell the difference between when to fight and get mad, and when to smile and hand a rose to the soldiers or police.

 

A new type of World War seems to be looming on the horizon, a sort of mass, worldwide Civil War, with populists from the right and left squaring off in numerous countries and across borders around the world.

This could be a conflict in which trenches are dug through backyards and in between houses. Nationalism has been and will be an excuse, but the struggle will transcend all ideological boundaries and sides will have to be taken.

Our nation will turn 242 on the Fourth of July. 

Reasonable people sat in Philadelphia and declared their unwillingness to remain contentedly subject to an authoritarian command. Like us, they were driven to extremity by the hideous conduct of a mentally fragile and bipolar monarch.

America is not just a country. It is an idea. The first Americans fought a war, over what Thomas Jefferson, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, called inalienable rights. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Of them all, the most important is freedom from tyranny. Not just from tyranny abroad, but also from any homegrown autocrat who might be lacking loyalty to all those who have fought and died to preserve this noble experiment. Going forward, we will have to redouble our efforts.

Trust Matters! The Betrayal of Al Franken and the Future of the Party.

Stand Up for Senator Franken

It was never about Donald Trump. It took me until this morning to realize that, but I finally did. Trump did not beat us last year. We beat ourselves.

This is why they speak of the impermanence of a house divided.

Over the last eleven months, an outsider would have come along and concluded that a Manichean struggle of epic proportions was taking place within our troubled borders. A pure, unadulterated, good vs. evil type of question.

On the one hand, you’ve got the greedy, wicked ogre-king, Donald Trump, grabbing for everything, eating up all the people. And on the other, his foes in blue stand small but brightly arrayed to do battle with him. Surely, in the end, justice and God will prevail, and the obscuring cloud will no more blot out stars.

In real life, things are never this simple.

Unfortunately, in our story, the truly terrifying one does not even live within our borders. The ogre-king proves nothing more than a defective robot- and it turns out there are Trojan Horses among the brave armies of blue.

It has been a week to try our souls, and there is no doubt about it. Once again, we find ourselves in the miserable position of being fragmented and disrupted by the enemy, while at the same time losing Senator Al Franken, one of the best guys we had in the Congress.  It’s a sickening state of affairs. They’re laughing at us.

The Democratic Party that Millennial Democrats have been fighting for has always valued due process and due diligence, rather than hasty and emotional throwing of our own to the wolves.

The great thing about being a Democrat is knowing that other Democrats can be counted on to take your back when the enemy throws a low blow at you. If we lose that, we lose everything.

This is exactly what Senator Al Franken was not able to count on recently, and everyone has seen it. As a result, there has been a massive backlash against the leaders of the party responsible. And rightly so.

Furthermore, when we take a look at that specific group of personnel, we’re seeing some familiar names on the list.

First and foremost, you guessed it, was none other than Rape Fantasy Bernie, who did not follow Franken into resignation.

“Sen. Franken has said that he will be making an announcement about his political future tomorrow. The right thing is for him to resign,” Sanders, I-Vt., who ran for president as a Democrat in the 2016 elections, said in a statement issued Wednesday afternoon. This from a guy who won’t even stand up for abortion.

At times like this, it is hard to hold one’s temper.

Other prominent figures aligned with the Sanders camp have also called for replacing the beleaguered Senator Franken with a fellow Minnesota Democrat, Rep. Keith Ellison, as support grew Friday for the senator’s resignation. Ellison, of course, was Bernie’s choice for DNC chairman last fall.

The so-called Justice Democrats, a group of former Sanders campaign staffers and other radical leftists, launched a petition asking Franken to resign following the release of a photo showing him gesturing crudely toward conservative talk show host Leeann Tweeden.

It was one of the greatest disappointments of my life to see names I respect join that list. It’s a stain on what has otherwise been a very heroic year for us.

Democrats have stood together in a bloc during this whole nightmare, and saved us from the worst of Trump’s tendencies time and again. Up until now, we have been really proud of all of them. They have represented the will of the people to the utmost extent of their considerable abilities.

Bernie Sanders has not. He wouldn’t even vote to sanction Russia, and that too was a small wonder, considering his campaign was near as tied in with them as Donald Trump’s.

Bernie Sanders has been on the wrong side of every one of the domestic problems encountered by the Democratic Party. From the day the election ended onward. He’s always got his nose into everything we do, all the while making sure everyone knows he isn’t one of us. It would be a joke if it was funny.

The 2016 DNC chairmanship election featured the eventual victor, Tom Perez, running against Bernie’s chosen man, Keith Ellison. It was a mess. It was the primary all over again. Acrimony, screaming, division.

Shortly afterwards, Bernie and Perez set out across America, on the Unity tour that spotlighted how ridiculous the very concept was. That tour did a great job showing everyone we had no Unity whatsoever.

Bernie’s supporters repeatedly booed Tom Perez. Bernie refused to say he was a Democrat. And Bernie used the opportunity to ask for money- for himself.

While he did pay his share of the bill for the Unity tour, he still has yet to raise a single dollar for the DNC’s crucial midterm races. It’s just the same as last year. During the 2016 presidential race, Sanders set up a joint fundraising committee with the DNC — but no money ever passed through it.

There’s no need to recite the whole grocery list; it’s a slow and frustrating process even thinking about it. Everyone involved already knows.

Bernie lied for all he was worth, during the 2016 election cycle. He was promising things that he knew there was no way to deliver. He swore up and down and all around, that in future elections he’ll be running as a Democrat, but has rebuffed invitations to join the Party time and again. He’ll be running as an independent in 2018.

And all the while, as he smiles and nods and plays the part of a kindly old Mr. Rogers, the splintered fragments of Bernie or Bust have been slowly recollecting into razors. #WeWillReplaceYou? Brand New Congress? Arbitrary purity standards to enforce mandatorily on Democratic candidates? Where does it end?

It has to be understood that the radical left hates Democrats far more than they hate Republicans.

Policies and plans don’t enter into the equation in the slightest regard. Even self-interest, or goodwill towards their fellow man, is not enough to change their minds. We have seen this time and time again since Ralph Nader cost us the 2000 election.

During wildfire season, you will sometimes encounter blazes so huge that no amount of water dumped can possibly hope to drench them. Because of the sheer amount of flammable material in its path, the fire will burn and burn until there is nothing left to burn.

For this reason, firefighters will sometimes employ a technique to put it out called a backfire. This term refers to a fire set intentionally to arrest the progress of an approaching fire by creating a burned area in its path, thus depriving the fire of fuel. While the two fires battle, the firefighters come in from behind and mop up from the other side.

It is the opinion of Millennial Democrats that the opposition has used the Sanders wing of the party as a backfire, in the hopes of smothering the #BlueWave that started building in November.

Once again, we are going to desperately implore these people- our ideological brethren!- to desist from the destructive course of action we have started on the road toward when we threw Al Franken under the bus, on their insistence. If all that it takes to chase Democrats- or anyone- out of the Congress is an unproven accusation, then we have embarked on a very dark course indeed.

“What you saw today was a lynch mob,” former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Wednesday on Laura Ingraham’s Fox News show after at least 35 Democratic Senators called on Franken to step aside. “Let’s not have due process. Let’s not ask anybody any questions. Let’s not have any chance to have a hearing. Let’s just lynch him, because when we get done lynching him, we’ll be so pure.”

Can we not even all agree that it’s bad when Newt Gingrich is speaking on us and making sense? Is this what we want? Has Newt Gingrich become the only voice of reason speaking for Democrats?

If the answer to these questions is yes, then God help us all.

We have something to say to the leadership of the Democratic Party in general. Our trust in you- our faith in you- is the only hope you have of success, next year or any other. It is your job to convince us that our votes will be doing something good.

Your decision to abandon Al Franken in the hopes of winning over lost causes has left your entire base feeling hopeless and left floundering. How do you trust a party that will eat its own, even when they’re really good people? Which way does that leave us to go?

We suggest that you find a way to achieve these goals satisfactorily. While the Democratic Party remains the wholesome institution we have known, we will fight for it. But we will not fight for a shell. Do not be so eager to win the new blood, that you neglect the people who have brought you to the dance. Fix your mistake, and do what it takes to convince Al Franken to stay. This is what Democrats want. And if you break faith with us, we shall not rest.

#TheBlueWave Sweeps America, In Spite of Bernie Sanders.

On Tuesday night, the Democratic Party began taking back our country. Today, you could feel it in the air. People have hope again. I could see it on their faces, as we walked down the street. Everyone was excited and happy, chattering in line at the Starbucks about it. It was the first good day we’d had in exactly 365. Democratic victories provided some much-needed vigor and relief to some people who have really deserved it. It’s huge.

The Democrats need to get back into power before things will start making sense again. We’re the only ones who’ve got the plans and skills. Trump has made people sad and tired. Many feel beat up by it all. But rather than sulk in despair, or let it sap our strength, we Democrats have been working. Day and night. Like bees building honeycombs, we have worked endlessly to strengthen bonds, build bridges, and create an infrastructure that is sleek, slick, and sexy.

Last night, things started coming back to sanity. We won. We finally have the momentum again.

Last year this evening, we were all of us devastated. Beyond all hope, beyond all reckoning. The editor of Millennial Democrats literally sat down and cried, speechless with shock. It was one of the worst days our times have ever seen. Not only because we realized how bad Trump was going to be; that was predictable. Even his voters knew it.

Fortunately, however, a combination of incompetence and our legal system protects us from a lot of Trump’s worst ideas. He doesn’t really understand how things work. He’s a very limited man. I have a neighbor from New York who’s got Alzheimer’s disease. The first time I heard Trump at a debate, I was stunned by their verbal similarity.

Another guy who sounds just like Trump is Bernie Sanders. It is hard to believe the nerve of that guy. He pretended to be so pure and holy last year. Like he had all the answers. For a holy man, though, he sure took losing badly, and so did his supporters.

I saw in the paper today that Bernie refused to endorse Phil Murphy in New Jersey. The reason why is petty in the extreme. Murphy has long been the favorite in the race, thanks to a Democratic electorate and New Jersey backing Hillary Clinton in 2016, and not him. That’s what really matters to Bernie these days, not things like progressive values or voting records.

Otherwise, why not support Murphy? The New Jersey Democrat supported markedly similar issues that Sanders touted during his 2016 presidential campaign. Murphy campaigned on a single-payer health-care system, a minimum wage hike to $15 and free tuition to public college and trade schools.

That set of goals is right out of Bernie’s playbook. He should be ecstatic to see a bright young guy picking up his ideas and winning with them! Why won’t he be happy for us? For himself? For the world? None can say exactly.

Clinton supporters, at least before last June, would have gladly voted for Bernie if he would have won. We all wanted a lot of the same things. The only difference was that Hillary Clinton could explain how she was going to do them. Bernie couldn’t. Therefore the choice as to who to support was clear.

But as I made my decision, I also realized that Bernie had touched a nerve, and I understood why.

The turn of the millennium was a very hopeful time for us elder millennials, those born closer to 1980 than 2000. From the time we were little kids on, it was all we could ever talk about. We all believed so strongly, with our little hearts, that it would be an amazing time to be alive.

When George W. Bush got into office, we saw all that ripped to pieces within a year.

We were mad. We grew up wearing Che Guevara shirts, listening to Rage Against The Machine, and listening to our parents talk about the great social struggles of the 1960’s. We knew what the word revolution meant. Remember in 2003, when they locked up Chong for selling bongs on the Internet? Operation Pipedream, John Ashcroft called it. That phrase was better applied to their whole pointless War on Drugs.

I can get how a lot of us would have gone for Bernie’s spiel back then.

Instead, they all waited until things had gotten better under Obama before they started making all that mess? It was a disaster.

Bernie also refused to endorse Governor Ralph Northam’s campaign in Virginia. Again, we have to ask why?

Tthe only answer is sour grapes. Northam easily beat his primary contender, Bernie’s man Tom Perriello. He, of course, was for Bernie last year.

Perriello, however, is far from an ideal progressive. He’s another one of Bernie’s anti-abortion candidates, like Nebraska’s Heath Mello, guys perfectly willing to compromise on woman’s reproductive rights.

A woman’s right to choose is an absolute core value of progressive ideology. Bernie’s career-long disregard of it is one of many things to make him unpalatable to me after I did my research.

It was also not so long ago that Perriello boasted of his A rating from the National Rifle Association, which was a result of his opposition to an assault weapons ban.

Let’s get real here. Bernie didn’t endorse Perriello because of his policies. He did it because Perriello is one of his cronies. Murphy and Northam were not.

Bernie Sanders has a really mean and overcompetitive side to him. That was clearly visible by last June, by which time he had ceased to resemble Mr. Rogers.

It is that unfortunate tendency that keeps him from helping real Democrats. He thought he was just going to show right up and start taking over the show. Unfortunately for Senator Sanders, we made it quite clear to him that he and his fanatic followers are not at all going to waltz in here and take us over, regardless of Cenk Uygur’s insolent hashtag, #WeWillReplaceYou.

Time for some real talk. He is bitter about losing. He tried to hijack the Democratic party. He never intended on joining us for a second, although he lied all the way through both 2015 and 2016 and said he would. He hates Democrats and always has. He once said that JFK made him nauseous.

Well, you can’t please everybody, and there’s no real sense in trying, at least past a certain point. We recently extended a formal invitation to Bernie to join us, and he laughed it off as a “distraction”. That’s too bad. Even after everything that’s happened, to both Bernie and his followers, the offer of reconciliation is open-ended. It’s on the table for life.

We know Bernie and his people are not the real enemy, even if they do insist on slandering us as such. We’ve got a counter-hashtag for Mr. Uygur, respectfully- #WeWillEmbraceYou. If you ever come around, our doors will still be open.

In the meantime, however, Bernie Sanders has proven every way he can think up that he is no friend to us and our causes. That leaves us with little choice but to exclude and ignore him. We don’t need any spoilsports moping along behind us right now. We don’t have the time for it.

After last night’s sweeping victories, Democrats are riding the crest of a gigantic Blue Wave. It is a miracle. It is pure electrical momentum. It’s going to hit the hapless and bumbling Republicans with the rush of a terrible storm next year. And 2020 is going to be a massacre like never before.

Bernie and the Justice Democrats seem determined to continue their futile flailings, but they’re just wasting their money and time. It’s too bad they won’t join forces with us, but we’re done letting it slow us down. We’ve got a lot of work to do. As Bob Dylan sang, once upon a time, “Your old road is rapidly fading. Get out of the new one, if you can’t lend your hand, for the times, they are a-changin”.

Bernie Sanders is the one leading progressive in America still sulking on the sidelines, rsentful and mad because he feels like the Democrats won instead of him. But we don’t see it that way. It could have been his victory too, had only he given the help he was begged for.

We feel this to be a victory for all of life on Earth! This is a highly significant time for us. We have got to grab this momentum we’ve built up, and run with it as far as we can. We’ve got no time for spoilsports. Bernie and the Justice Democrats can do as they please. We’ve got work to do, and anyone who’d like to lend a hand is welcome. The view from up atop this #BlueWave is truly glorious. You might just like it here.

 

 

 

#WeWillEmbraceYou- Our Answer to Far-Left Hatred.

The cause of leftist unity suffered a disappointment on Tuesday, when Senator Bernard Sanders(I-VT)  announced that contrary to earlier statements, he will not be running as a Democrat in future elections.

In November 2015, Sanders made a point of making clear that in fact he would run as a Democrat in future elections, after the subject came up during an interview.

“In future elections, potential future elections, will you also run as a Democrat?” the reporter asked Sanders as he campaigned in New Hampshire.

“Yes,” Sanders replied.

It seemed to make sense at the time. Bernie has had an on-again, off-again relationship with the DNC for decades. But he does vote with us more often than not. The DNC has hoped that he would join us for many years.

Bernie Sanders was elected to the House of Representatives in 1990. He was not long in establishing the contrary M.O. that so alienated allies and colleagues, during his first year in Congress and all the ones that followed. The first indicators of what we were in for were not to be long in coming.

Sanders introduced the “Health Care as a Right for All” bill on March 4, 1993, in the middle of Clinton’s push for health care reform, because after painstaking research she decided that his single-payer option was not feasible. It was an unfortunate diversion, at a time when we needed total focus. This plan of Bernie’s has failed many times.

As a result, when the Clinton administration-backed Health Security Act, was introduced in the House on Nov. 20, 1993, it had 103 cosponsors. Sanders was not among them. At a time when every vote was needed, he abstained for all-or nothing reasons. And so, America was to need nearly another quarter of a century to start filling this basic human need of the people.

In 2016, it was more of the same. We held out a hand to Bernie Sanders and his followers time and again, only to be rebuffed. It was tiring and it was frustrating. 1 in 10 Sanders voters ended up voting for Trump anyway. It was hard to resent the time we’d wasted trying to convince people who did not want to be convinced. This is the truth.  Rebuilding trust has to start with an acceptance of truth.

The anger and despair caused by the 2016 election opened a door. The smear job on Hillary Clinton represented a quarter- century’s work and God only knows how many millions of dollars on the part of the GOP. They had long ago ensured there was no end of mud to sling. And trusty Wikileaks was always around to make sure there was no shortage of new ammunition, straight from the Russians like Kalashnikov rifles.

The last month of the Democratic primary was a very horrible time filled with chaos and division. That acrimony caused a schism in the Democratic Party that ended up not being fixable. It cost us the election.

That schism has been terribly visible over the last few days, when many Bernie supporters regarded an invitation to Bernie to join the Democratic Party as an attempt to force him out of the Democratic Party. It is not clear how to correct these sorts of misconceptions.

This rabidity and overzealousness on the part of a dangerously high percentage of far-left supporters of Bernie Sanders made for an extremely nasty cocktail of filth for Putin and the Russians to fling about on social media, amplifying their messages through a mixture of robot armies and highly targeted advertising. The campaign was more successful than even the Russians expected. It directly paved the way for Trump’s “Crooked Hillary” attacks.

Since then, the gap between the Democratic Party and the rogue Sanders element has widened continuously. The 2017 Democratic National Committee chairmanship election between Labor Secretary Tom Perez and Representative Keith Ellison of Minnesota was the first contested DNC chair election since 1985. It gave us a solid look at the discord brewing in the party.

The Unity tour that Bernie and the DNC undertook together was a disaster as well. Many Sanders supporters even went so far as to boo and curse our party chairman, Tom Perez, while on the tour. One reporter asked at the time, if Bernie considered himself a Democrat.

“No”, said Bernie.

And as recently as this month, Bernie caused nationwide outrage by accepting an invitation to speak at the 2017 Inaugural Women’s Convention. We did not ask for much, to remedy the situation, only that he publicly state that he’ll endorse in the future only those candidates with an ironclad respect for the reproductive rights of women.

Sadly, rather than fully embrace this long-hallowed progressive moral, Bernie chose to decline the invitation.

The pattern is clear, and it is widening all the time. The natural response on the part of most Democrats, who after all have been lied to for years by Senator Sanders, is outrage. This is only to be expected, but we have to keep in mind that more fighting will get us the opposite of what we all are after.

The author of this article struggles with this personally and is honest enough to admit it. Just the same, Millennial Democrats realizes the necessity of coming together. The only thing that matters, for as long as he’s in office, is getting rid of the maniac Donald Trump. We will therefore make a sincere attempt to put that behind us and offer a handshake. That is what the situation requires. That is what the lot of us owe our country.

The Sanders camp started a number of rather insolent and aggressive political organizations in the aftermath of the country’s heartbreak over the disastrous result of last year’s election. This is inexcusable, but also understandable. Everyone was really angry at the time, and pointing fingers is always easy. Everyone makes mistakes.

But even among these heavily radicalized organizations, there is one that stands out particularly for the sheer ugly brazenness of its slogan, a hashtag called #WeWillReplaceYou. This is another supposedly liberal or progressive group looking to take out sitting Democrats from Congress in 2018.

Instead of focusing their attention on the Republicans who are ravaging our federal government, they are instead choosing to pose a threat to elected Democrats.

This kind of idea goes beyond obnoxious. It’s actively dangerous. The last hope of the nation is that most people, on both sides of the fence, will somehow come to realize this. Acrimony on the left is exactly what Donald Trump and the Koch network are really after. We have got to perceive their strike, and pull back before it is too late.

While this squabbling goes on, the Republicans are halfway to passing the most brutally corrupt tax plan in American history. We have got to come together before it’s forever too late.

Both sides have now had ample chance to air grievances and get them out on the table. It is now time for us to move past it. Honesty is the only way to meaningful unity between the Sanders camp and real Democrats. We hear you out, you hear us out, and then we all shake hands and get back to work.

It is for that reason that we’ve decided to promote a counter-hashtag, #WeWillEmbraceYou. We don’t want to fight. One way or the other, this internecine war has got to end. It does nothing but rip us all up. The discord between our two camps still amounts to a quarrel between brothers.

So when they shriek at us, “We will replace you!”, we will respond calmly and say “Well, we will embrace you.” This is easy for us, because we are Democrats. The Democratic Party is strong. And the strong are always kind. It will come naturally to be magnanimous.

What it means to be a Democrat, is to be on the side of the people. All the people. Even the ones you don’t always agree with. In order to call yourself a progressive, you have got to show you can make progress. That takes cooperation and communication. All or nothing will not suffice.

At the end of the day, our message to our natural allies to the left of us is simply this- Even if you insist on wanting to be our enemies, we are still your friends.

We will not give up, on attempting to open dialogue with you. We will always be willing to work with you. Should you ever decide to return to the fold, you will hear no I-told-you-sos or recriminations. What you will find, is a dignified welcome, and a place on the bench. Please keep this in mind.

Millennial Midterms- #SpreadTheWord.

The 2018 midterm elections are of huge and fundamental importance. There have never been such high stakes riding on anything. We have got a maniac in office. He just sabotaged our health care system. And he’s the worst possible person on the planet to be handling a nuclear crisis. There’s something we can do about it, though. We can put a Congress in power who is capable of fixing this.

The year after a presidential election is traditionally pretty quiet. Think back on 2001. Try and picture something you remember in between Bush’s inauguration and 9/11, other than My Pet Goat. Not much happening in 2009, either, except for the continuing housing market crash.

Donald Trump’s election altered terribly the usual state of things. Politics didn’t settle down for one day. It’s like the election never even ended. His incompetence and narcissistic tendencies have created a real crisis for the country, and nobody knows quite what to do. The only thing certain is the 2018 midterms, and with it the hope of a Congress that will lift this burden from the people of America.

It’s not certain Trump realizes that losing the House next year could put his presidency in peril. What is certain is that he knows most people don’t like him.

This is why he’s never stopped holding rallies– still usually referred to as “Campaign” rallies, although he’s been in office nearly a year- to keep in close touch with those who still do.

The whole thing has turned into a great big trip to Jonestown. It’s an unparallelled debacle. It is the absolute apex of disasters. It is so bad, in fact, that it has many people wondering- Does it even really matter much what Democrats do?

The answer to that question lands squarely in the affirmative. No one can afford to take anything for granted at this point. Trump has upended everything.

The key to our next moves will be to emphasize the strength of our economic message. Most everyone who can be convinced that Trump is bad for the country based on his personal characteristics already has been. He has given us all the help we could ever ask for, on that account.

We’ve had multiple wake-up calls. Everyone should be wide awake by now,” said Doug Heye, a former top aide to former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia. Personality politics will only take you so far, and our strategists know this. It’s on us to raise the confidence level of the people. That’s why we’re here.

The trick now, is to look closely at that most progressive of platforms ever assembled, the 2016 Democratic Presidential Platform, and understand that the answers have been there all along. We just have to help others see it.

Developing along these lines, Democratic strategy this year runs the way of positive persuasion and turnout. Black turnout, Latino turnout, and millennial turnout.

Turnout often drops off at midterms, even among those who voted in the presidential election, and the most important question is to how to keep our energy level high and our people united. That’s where we come in.

All this continues amid Trump’s worst decision yet. Although the president and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell sought to project unity Monday, his recent decision to stab Obamacare in the back has made that impossible.

By defaulting on federal payments that breathe life into millions, Trump has fanned the healthcare wildfires to the point where it’s becoming an inferno. Ironically, he’ll be saving the residents of blue states all kinds of money, while murdering his own core base. This has got to be the stupidest decision ever made by any human being.

In contrast to that hellish spectacle, we will be showing people a plan that isn’t breaking their backs or taking away their health care.

The Republican Party’s fall agenda and midterm elections strategy is nonexistent. Their economic policy remains what it has been since 2009- a diametric opposition to any good the Clintons and Obamas have been able to do. That gives us an opening.

Steve Bannon, who since losing his job has been doing to the Republicans what Bernie Sanders and the WeWillReplaceYou (what a brazen slogan! Ugh!) outfit has been doing to us, has made himself a volatile ingredient to the unlikely mixture of Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)

“I like Steve a lot. Steve is doing what Steve thinks is the right thing,” Trump said while standing next to McConnell. At Millennial Democrats, we think Steve is doing the right thing too, even if it’s for the wrong reasons.

All this disarray in the backyard of the GOP places them at risk of alienating further still all those people who are on the margins. People who voted for Trump, but have regrets. This is the group that will decide things for everyone, in the next few years.

No matter what, we have to make sure they do not get 60 seats in the Senate. Fortunately, on that account, we are doing well. For example, a poll just out from Virginia has former 2016 Vice Presidential candidate Tim Kaine up by 20+ percentage points over various Republican opponents.

Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight made the following statement, one that we can only pray isn’t a bit of foreshadowing taking place in our story. “Republicans aren’t going to get 60 seats — or even come close — unless there’s a Sept. 11-like event that makes Trump super popular.”

Eerie. Really eerie.