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Democrats: To Beat Trump, You Need to Buck Your Leadership

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This essay is for rank-and-file Democrats, which includes friends of mine. (Disclaimer: As many of you know, I'm not a Democrat; my politics are much further to the left. However, with this piece I am wishing you well.)

Many of you are focused on the 2020 election, which you hope Trump will lose. Of course. But you cannot trust the leadership of your party to do what it takes to make that happen.

If you are serious about putting a Democrat in the White House, you'll need to do it yourselves, through dint of will and sweat of brow. It's not impossible. In fact, it's totally doable. But you need to get on the stick now, and that means educating yourself about the reality of your challenge, which has not been well publicized.

As you know, your candidate, Hillary Clinton, won the popular vote in 2016 by nearly 3,000,000 votes. This is impressive given how unpopular she was as a personality. The good news for 2020 is that virtually anyone nominated from the Democratic fold this time around will have better numbers than her going in. Given that Trump's approval rate is stalled in the low 40s and his disapproval remains in the mid-50s, it should be no problem to meet and exceed that margin in the popular vote again.

Of course, as you don't need to be reminded, the 2016 outcome wasn't decided by the popular vote. Yes, it's a travesty that the results were decided by the electoral college - an arcane institution put into place to serve the interests of slaveowners (and whose descendants, in both blood and spirit, it is still serving)- but you're not going to make it go away before 2020 (if ever) so you'll just need to work with it.

Let's look at the numbers. Trump eked out his 304 vote victory by winning three "battleground" states: Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. Had Clinton taken them, her electoral total would have been 273 votes, rather than 227: three more than the required 270.

State : Electoral votes : Popular margin
MI : 16 : 10,704
PA : 20 : 44,292
WI : 10 : 22,748

So, Trump "won" with just 77,744 votes. That's only 0.55% of the 13,967,421 votes cast in those states.

That's nothing. If that were the whole story, then victory in 2020 would be as simple as flooding those states with volunteers to pound the pavement, knock on doors and register voters; surely the hatred for Trump is strong enough that sufficient people could be rounded up and bussed in for such a campaign. If the party's national leadership didn't bother to organize this effort (and there's certainly no guarantee they would), then party activists could do it themselves, in cooperation with county and state level officials who care about their people.

But the electoral college is not the whole story.

The whole story involves uncounted ballots, voter suppression and other dirty tricks. Nothing that can't be overcome, but you - rank-and-file Democrats - will have to face these challenges without the assistance of your national party leadership, who have shown no interest in addressing them.

Let's look at some details.

Investigative journalist Greg Palast has been a bulldog on on these issues, and I rely heavily on his work for what follows. Palast began his muckraking during the 2000 Bush v. Gore debacle in Florida where he was one of several journalists who demonstrated that Gore would have won there if all the votes had been counted by the state (which they never were). Two months before the 2016 election, Palast released his film, "The Best Democracy Money Can Buy," and predicted that Trump would win by means of a Republican-connived theft. Post-election, he jumped into the fray, pursued the story relentlessly, and uncovered numerous cases of fraud - enough to change the results. His work is very well-documented but the implication - that US elections are not as free or fair as people would like to think - is a hot potato for both the mainstream media and the political establishment, including the Democratic party leadership, so we haven't heard enough about it.

But you, Democratic rank-and-filer, can be more honest and forthright; you can educate yourself on what happened and what's going on, the better to kick out the orange menace.

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Not so much about Trump, himself (in need of psycho help and all), but about his POLICIES..echoed in the UK and elsewhere.

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What you say is true - Palast deals with suppression of the vote and does it brilliantly.

However, you do not deal with the rigging of ALL the electronic voting machines both opscams (not a typo) and touchscreens. AND some states are passing more laws now that will righack our elections in 2020 - or certainly have the capacity to do so.

Here is my book published in 2012 all about and against all the electronic voting machines lewestillhavetime.org and their rigging of our votes.

There is a link on the book site that will also get you to the Center for Hand-Counted Paper Ballots where there is more info about hacking all the electronic voting machines .handcountedpaperballots.org

I urge you to follow Susan Shamblin, Jennifer Cohn and Lulu Freisdat (sp?) on FB and twitter

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Good points all. Without a doubt Republican voter suppression was the prime reason for tRump's election. However, there are some mistakes here.

One is the claim that the DNC isn't doing anything to change this. There's no indication of that, nor is it their responsibility to do anything. Learn how elections are conducted and you will find that a key player in every county (where elections are actually conducted) is the Democratic Party County Chairman and the Democratic Party Executive Committee including precinct chairs. Important also are the State Democratic Chair and the Secretary of State who oversees the elections. Those are where efforts should be focused.

Furthermore, it's a myth that DNC/Clinton campaign conspired against Bernie. That was the Lie of the Year 2016 - based on emails stolen by the Russians, cherry-picked to give that impression and released through WikiLeaks and Russian websites. It simply did not happen and, because elections are conducted by counties overseen by the states Clinton/DNC couldn't have done it even if they wanted to and they did not want to. Clinton won the nomination by a wide margin, fair and square. Misplaced anger at DNC/Clinton by Sanders supporters also had an effect in electing Trump. Repeating the myth only continues to feed that misplaced anger and could hurt us in 2020.

The article inaccurately claims that no protest votes were involved. We now know that Trump Campaign Manager Paul Manafort gave to the Russians the states (those listed in this article) and groups to target with their influence campaign. They knew those states already had voter suppression in place and were therefore primed for the influence campaign. Black Lives Matter members were targeted with Clinton-hate messages. The Green Party's Jill Stein was already compromised by the Russians and GP members were told Clinton was going to win their state so they could go ahead and cast a protest vote. In Michigan, Stein of the GP had 58,000 votes and Clinton lost the state by only 10,000. The Russian influence campaign was real, worked beyond their wildest dreams and we need to be alert to it continuing in 2020. They will be pushing hard to continuing divisions among Democratic voters.

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"not their job"!?! -- Really?

I guess if you define the DNC as the second-rate party of the Oligarchy that it is, you would be right. Their "job" is to ensure that a true progressive isn't elected.

Which brings us to your claim that there is no evidence that Sanders was defrauded by the DNC and Clinton in 2016. There is so much evidence that if you can't find it, you have actively chosen to not find it and no matter how much evidence I show you, you'll still claim it isn't true. (Much like the WTC-7 "conspiracy").

And your last point about Russian involvement, is so ridiculous as to make me wonder about your sanity. You have read why too many of the DNC "Talkers" emails that continue to push Russiagate even though it has been shown conclusively that there is "nothing there". You have the same kind of mind-set that "Climate Change deniers" have.

I should follow Greta Thurnberg's example when asked, "What do you say to those people who deny Global Warming?" She replied, "I don't say anything to them." But then, this comment is hardly directed to you, but to those who might read what you have to say and consider it to be anything more than propaganda from a DNC hack.

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you have your head in the clouds.if you can read there have been numerous articles on the DNC working against Bernie and also many articles about our DNC working to keep progressive democrats from running against establishment republican lite Democrats.Also you say the national Democratic party can do nothing like Pelousey does (misspelling intentional).It is the job of congress to pass bills which could invalidate the corrupt voting.i have seen no efforts by moderate democrats to do so.

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Without supporting Tulsi and Marianne you are wasting your time. We are already a pubie hair from NTE and at least advocate sanity in what time remains. It ain't bs or War-neverENding.

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Agree completely.I can't,however,rid myself of the lingering belief that our presidents are selected,not elected.Some beleve that Trump was installed to preside over the death of the dollar.Crazy conspiracy theories,huh!Reality of Trump as president is even crazier though.

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As Shiela suggested, I don't think the article gives enough attention to the voting machines used. Brad Friedman has several posts about how poorly designed these machines are. Perhaps better is "Black Box Voting".

The problem is, getting the attention of local election officials is impossible. But, I think if you really wanted to make a difference, that is where you should concentrate your efforts. Show the fraud being perpetrated at the local level and insist on hand counted ballots.

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Heavens, is there no villainy Republicans are not guilty of? Is there no personal responsibility to have a means of identification? a reliable address? IDs are offered freely by the states to anyone who applies. Go get one. Being a student, poor, elderly or a minority is no excuse at all. Machiavellian disenfranchisement is a myth.


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Wells said.

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To answer your first question; nope.

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History demonstrates the contrary as to ballot stuffing, voter fraud, manipulated elections and criminality generally. At the state and local levels, Democrats have the lead. Tammany Hall's Boss Tweed ad the use of "repeaters" who got $5 and free liquor to go and vote for recently deceased voters; Mike Curly's Boston. Louisiana's "King Fish" Huey Long; Illinois's knack for electing crooked Democrats who end up in prison: Rod Balgojevich, Dan Walker and Otto Kerner. Chicago's Mayor Daley - who very likely tilted the numbers in JFK's favor; Mayor Barry of Washington, DC. Epic personalities seeped in epic villainy.

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So I suppose what you said means that republicans have not stolen or tried to steal every presidential election since 1988. I don't think so. Also, I can't find any legislation passed into law by a republican controlled congress and president since FDR that helped common Americans over banking and corporate interests. If you can name it. As a matter of fact most legislation passed by republicans is detrimental to the interests of common Americans. Example, the application of new net neutrality regulations by the republucan in charge of the FCC. Yep, the answer to your question is nope.

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It is rather useless to make claims that "the Democrats do it too" since, Of Course They Do. US history is chock full of how the Oligarchy manipulates voters to aggregate more wealth to themselves.

However, at this point in time the Republican Party is the "lead aggressor" in the Oligarchs' campaign against America. The Democrats have reason, just as when FDR was president, to start throwing a few more "bones" out to the common man. This article may just assume that point since it wasn't explicitly stated.

However, there is nothing in this article that declares "Vote Blue, no matter who!"

I certainly will not vote for Corporatist Biden or any other Corporatist. I confess that although Warren (who seems to be ahead at the moment) is sounding pretty good at the moment, I painfully recall how Barak Obama betrayed his campaign and those who voted for him. I am not anxious to repeat that mistake. If that means Trump wins reelection, so be it.

It is a mistake to place one's faith in any political party. They have to be watched very carefully. I can imagine that should the Greens ever obtain any semblance of political power, they too will end up being corrupted by the Oligarchy.

America's biggest problem is the immoral distribution of income to those who already own nearly everything. Many have suggested that Capitalism must be overthrown. I don't go that far because I'm not sure what it will be replaced with. There are plenty of promises out there, but few actual implementations.

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Please consider sharing this editorial far and wide with every establishment Democrat you know.

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i agree,every American should read this article but the sad reality is corporations control the media and the media mainstream is owned by billionaire republicans.Liberal websites only have a few thousand voters so even if every liberal website published the article the vast majority of people won't see it.If only we had a billionaire who could buy a main tv network like fox and that billionaire was really liberal.I can dream can't i

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Yes, and your comments are precisely why I suggested a grassroots approach to sharing the info. in our groupie emails, on our Facebook pages, and every other venue we have for spreading information.

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Establishment Democrats already know this. They just choose to do nothing about it because it serves their interests.

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Frankly I think that defeatist attitudes are among the stronger forces that will take us down. If we don't try, we've already lost.

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Isn't doing the same thing we did in the past (electing Democrats) is suppose to be a definition of insanity?

I'm surely not saying "give up", although I know it sounds like it because my vision is so dark, but you said:

"sharing this editorial far and wide with every establishment Democrat "

Which seems to me to be in conflict with the authors purpose and is certainly in conflict with the headline. i expect that "establishment Democrats" already know this and are working hard to suppress it. Note how they cherry-picked the polls used to establish the qualification for the September debate so they could exclude Tulsi Gabbard who is polling better in some polls than Kamala Harris. Here let Jimmy Dore explain.

And I'm sure you know that the promises made about insuring the Super Delegates won't vote until the second ballot is nothing more than window dressing. If Biden doesn't win on the first ballot, no one will.

I'm not voting for a corporatist, leaving Gabbard and Sanders and possibly Warren (who I am afraid of), but no one else.

Now is this a defeatist attitude? Is your definition of winning that a Democrat like Obama takes the White House? After those disappointing 8 years, I would not think so.

So, I'm pretty close to being "Gabbard or Bust" since she's the only one talking about the "Forever Wars" and that is the most important issue to me because it affects everything else.

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