We also know that President Obama has refused to criminally prosecute well-heeled white collar criminals; has negotiated the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement with the assistance of Corporate America and the exclusion of workers; has brought in Wall Street insiders to manage the government and the economy to their benefit; and that the Democratic Elite (including Obama and Hillary Clinton) regularly rake in campaign cash from an industry that has engaged in record-setting fraud (big financial institutions).
At the same time that they are doing these things (and at the same time that the Fortune 400 is adding tens, even hundreds of billions of dollars to their already-bloated fortunes), the Democratic Establishment has poo-poohed the ideas of universal health insurance, free public college, massive infrastructure improvements, etc., as pie-in-the-sky foolishness.
In short, the agenda of the Democratic Establishment consists of watered-down goals and a criminal protection racket that, essentially, tells the super-wealthy, "Look, as long as you keep contributing to our political machine, and as long as you're willing to pay a fine here and there, you can run your frauds on the American people. We won't prosecute."
This uninspiring and corrupt agenda has kept many Democratic voters home on election days. Others, like me, have left the Democratic Party altogether. I will not team-up with the financial institutions that have worked so very hard to make my life more difficult than it has to be, and I suspect there are many others who feel the same. (See "Democratic, Republican Identification Near Historical Lows," Gallup, January 11, 2016.)
And so now we are hearing some interesting things coming from the Democratic Establishment. Hillary Clinton's campaign manager has recently issued a statement that reads, in part, "The Sanders campaign's false attacks have gotten out of hand. As Senator Sanders faces nearly insurmountable odds, he is resorting to baseless accusations of illegal actions and poisoning the well for Democratic candidates up and down the ticket. Instead of trying to convince the next generation of progressives that the Democratic Party is corrupt, Senator Sanders should stick to the issues [as if campaign finance is not an issue] and think about what he can do to help the Party he is seeking to lead."
Yes, after the Democratic Establishment has lost 1,000 federal and state political offices through its uninspiring and corrupt agenda, they have the gall to tell Sanders, "Oh my goodness, you're going hurt the party!!"
And the talking heads are brow-beating Sanders' supporters too. In an op-ed ironically titled, "Liberals Losing Perspective," former White House policy analyst Jeff Schweitzer scolds Sanders' supporters with this amazing statement: "So fellow liberals, stop moaning about Obama and be grateful for his courage... And we must stop this ridiculous and I must say childish rant that we won’t support the Democratic nominee if he or she is not our first choice [he means Clinton]. Let idealism guide your heart and realism guide your vote."
Wow! So, if we don't support the rigged nomination process, and if we don't support a Wall Street financed candidate [Clinton]--after Wall Street has done so much to wreck our finances--and if we don't support a candidate who has voted to make bankruptcy more difficult for struggling Americans; and does not support the re-implementation of Glass-Steagall to limit bank gambling; and has hesitated on expanding Social Security--even as her corporate buddies are gutting fixed-pension plans; and has a militaristic worldview; and is keeping her statements to Goldman Sachs secret; well, we're just being "childish."
The Democratic Establishment wants us to vote out of fear - fear that if we don't vote for their candidate, a much worse Republican candidate will win the presidency. Investigative journalist Robert Parry has said, "So, if Clinton’s eventual nomination is inevitable, the Democrats will be putting up a candidate who is broadly disliked by the American people. That means a Clinton candidacy will require massive spending on negative ads to make the Republican candidate so frightening in the eyes of most Americans that they will vote for Clinton out of fear, not hope."
I say, don't give in to fear, and don't vote for someone who is backed by so many people who have worked so diligently to rig the economy, and the criminal justice system, in their favor. If that means a Republican president, so be it. As FDR said, "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself." And so, during what will be, admittedly, dark years, we should leave the Democratic Party and create a truly progressive party (and, let's be honest, for millions of us, these are already dark years - we can take a little more).
Finally, to reemphasize my main point, remember that the Democratic Establishment has lost 1,000 federal and state political offices as they've gotten in bed with Wall Street and told the rest of us to be "practical." Do you really think that's a winning strategy?