Pushing away and forcing out independents
That article is a bunch of ignorant trash, but it does a good job of fleshing out the prominent talking point from the bad ideas faction of the party. Especially this quote: “It should not be a Party which can be usurped by Independents or others with no long term allegiance to it and still aren’t willing to join it.”
I think that’s the single worst piece of shortsightedness the party suffers from right now. Sanders brought in a ton of young voters who likely would have ignored the election otherwise, and he brought in disaffected independents and even a fair number of republicans. Those were brand new democratic voters, and would have easily swung the election from Trump had Hillary’s campaign even tried to hold on to them. But instead she drove a wedge early-on and then openly snubbed Sanders’ supporters once she was the nominee. She essentially told us all that she would not bother to represent us. That was a loud and clear signal to her supporters that it was it was open season against the new democrats, all the while screaming about unity. Some went so far as to write this kind of shit, and were met with loud cheers from their cohorts and silence from party leaders.
And as the above article shows, they’re still at it even after driving this election over a cliff, yet there’s nobody in the party leadership trying to put a stop to it. Clinton herself has taken her ball and gone home, and most of the rest of the party elders are too busy yelling about Russia. Sanders is currently the only force out there steadily pushing back at Trump and the horrifying new republican agenda, and the party doesn’t even have the damn sense to join in that effort. He’s not trying to take over, he’s just having to be the minority all by himself since there’s nobody else willing and able.
Here’s my plan as an independent the party doesn’t value: on a local level, third parties are viable, so I’m supporting third parties. On a governor and national level, democrats are currently the only realistic path to opposing the republicans. So while I’ll support democrats on that level, I’m supporting pretty much anybody and everybody who primaries those idiots. And they’ll only get money from me if they finance their campaigns similar to Sanders: no PAC money. I will never formally join the party unless they clear out their third-way fools.nevereVereven, xynthee, PADemD and 13 othersXyzse, jeff47, bbgrunt, HubHeaver, Two way street, Lynetta, 3FingerBrown, HeartoftheMidwest, Mom Cat, broiles, jwirr, Downwinder, leveymg like this
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