THIS CONTENT WAS REPUBLISHED FROM AN EARLIER DATE.
To Whom It May Concern,
I am writing this letter to request that I be immediately removed as a member of the Michigan Democratic Party. I have only been an official member since April of this year, but I have identified myself as a Democratic for the past 15 years, since I became old enough to vote. Every election I have voted for Democratic candidates and genuinely believed the DNC was the People’s Party. I no longer feel that way.
As recently as last year, I supported Hillary Clinton and viewed her as an honorable politician and a strong, intelligent, capable woman. I defended her when people spoke negatively about her role in Benghazi, and I was outraged that the GOP was trying to smear her for her involvement. I believed she could be a great president. However, I was never very interested in the minutia of politics and never took the time to research all of the issues that I claimed were important to me. I was a typical American voter, absorbing all of my information from main stream media and not questioning anything.
All of that changed when I first began listening to Bernie Sanders and his supporters. It was like I had been in the dark my whole life, unaware of how the world around me actually worked (or didn’t work). Suddenly there was light, and I could see for the first time how corrupt and broken our system of governance is in this country. We claim to be global leaders, examples to the rest of the world of democracy at its best. Yet our electoral process is a farce, a façade of fairness and efficiency hiding a rampant cesspool of voter suppression, media manipulation, political favoritism, and corporate meddling. There is nothing fair or efficient about it. It is appalling that we have allowed the process to become not so much an example of democracy as a cautionary tale of what can happen when greed, ambition and privilege are put ahead of the rights of the American people and best interests of this country.
I’ve been an active and passionate Bernie Sanders supporter for the past year, but as recently as March I was still open to the idea of voting for Hillary should she win the nomination. Despite all of her past scandals, her “mistakes”, her changing stances on important issues, and my own personal distrust of her, I still felt she would be a better choice for President than Donald Trump. But that changed for me when she came to Flint, Michigan before our primary and lied to the people of my state about Bernie’s vote against the auto bailout. Despite being called out on that blatant lie, her campaign continued to run radio ads maintaining that it was the truth. She lied about a period in Michigan history that forever changed our state. Many people lost their jobs when the auto industry started to collapse, including myself. Hillary came to our state and tried to blame it on Bernie. That was the moment when she officially lost my vote forever.
Since March Hillary has lost me over and over again. When she refused to release her Wall Street transcripts, when she took credit for bringing the Flint Water crisis to light but stopped mentioning it when she lost in Michigan, when she took credit for the $15 minimum wage increase in New York, when she used the Sandy Hook tragedy to smear Bernie as being soft on guns, when she continued to lie about her private email server, when she started promoting and selling her own “Woman Card”, when she looked the other way as voter fraud and suppression occurred all over the country. My list of reasons could go on forever. The bottom line is that I’m not alone. Hillary has lost the support of millions of Americans, votes she needs in order to beat Donald Trump in November. In our eyes, she is just as dangerous a candidate as he is. She is a weaker candidate against Trump, and without us she will lose. We have tried to warn you to no avail. Our votes are not for sale, she has not earned them, we do not owe them to her or anyone.
The DNC tried to use the passion and frustration of Bernie supporters as a weapon against Bernie in attempts to discredit him and blame him for Hillary’s failings as a candidate. The DNC has ignored our progressive movement and our candidate from the beginning, but now expects us all to fall in line. They have stood against us as we fought to be heard and acknowledged, but now they claim to be on our side. This movement is bigger than one man and one election. Bernie Sanders is just the spark that lit the fire. It will continue to grow and spread and it will eventually bring the change that this country needs to survive. We will keep it burning long past this election. We are awake and we will no longer settle.
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