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‘Dear Democrats: I’m breaking up with you and here’s why’

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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.

Sincerely,

Meredith B.
@womanINtransit

 

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  1. David Osorio David Osorio

    good luck with Trump.

    • Emily Crisp Pittman Emily Crisp Pittman

      You only have the DNC to blame and yourself if you’re supporting the weaker candidate.

      • David Osorio David Osorio

        So the stronger candidate was unable to win the primary? Using outdated polls, still? I don’t get paid to try to talk sense to you delusional Bernouts. So whiny, by the way…

        • Human Human

          Keyword “whiny”! This is the talking point word of the week. If you call out voter fraud and suppression you are ‘whiny’. If you demand better from your government and an end to the corruption you are ‘whiny’. You will be seeing this word everywhere by the paid trolls and establishment abettors. I guess George Washington and all the Revolutionaries were just ‘whiny’ about paying taxes, and suffragettes were ‘whiny’ about not getting to vote, and black people ‘whiny’ about riding at the back of the bus and getting lynched.

          • DogeRangler DogeRangler

            It’s only whining because you claim that the general inadequacy of the Democratic party primaries is some sort of conspiracy to keep your guy out of office.

        • Jimmy N. Cricket Jimmy N. Cricket

          These are not outdated, David, and they’re from Real Clear Politics, a slightly right-leaning group. They would not favor Bernie over HRC at all, but here’s this.

    • Jill Collett Buschlen Jill Collett Buschlen

      That’s the best you’ve got? The lesser of two evils and the Trump bashing aren’t changing anyones mind. It’s a weak argument. The DNC should have listened and got behind the only candidate who can beat him. They didn’t and it’s on them when Trump becomes president.

      • David Osorio David Osorio

        Best I’ve got? It’s not a debate. The reality is that Clinton is the nominee. However, you, on the other hand, feel that you know better than the millions of more people who voted for Hillary. It’s quite the elitist view, isn’t it? You blame delegates and super delegates, but those were the rules before Bernie announced his candidacy. Under any scenario, Hillary would have won the nomination. But your vote should count more, because you’ve read more online blogs. I’m guessing you are also against vaccines? You’re a stereotype. No better than the Trump hillbillies, you’re the White liberal older woman who thinks that she knows better than anyone else. Let me tell you why Bernie didn’t win– minorities didn’t vote for him. But your assessment is that your vote is worth more than that of millions of minorities? The reality is that Hillary is the nominee. If you don’t vote for her, that is your choice, but any other vote will help Trump. That’s the reality. So it’s not an argument, it’s a FACT. You act as if the Bernie movement, perpetuated by White millennials and older former hippies is representative of America, but in reality it us only representative of your Facebook friends. Why would Hillary have millions of more votes? Let me guess, it’s the media’s fault (Fox news propaganda 101)? It’s the DNC and their crooked rules (even though Bernie knew rules)? The Illuminati? Freemasons? You can allege whatever you’d like, but you’re just a sore loser.

        • craig klucas craig klucas

          Troll. Are you still getting paid?

        • Jason King Jason King

          Do you enjoy “Correcting the Record?”

        • Kevin Cowan Kevin Cowan

          Your “logic” is fallacious and intellectually dishonest, at best.

          • David Osorio David Osorio

            Oh so did Bernie get the nomination then? My bad…

          • rainfade rainfade

            Is it July 26 already? Calendar Math!!
            There is no nominee.
            Say hello to David Brock for us!

          • Tom Ritchford Tom Ritchford

            Nobody got the nomination yet. The convention isn’t for another month. There are still millions of votes to be counted in California. And it is certain to be a contested convention

            What is about democracy that Americans hate so very much that they are so, so quick to bypass the actual voting and just anoint someone?

          • DogeRangler DogeRangler

            Technically it’s not a contested convention. They will have one vote and then a nominee. Contested means they have to vote multiple times. Regardless, leaving the party because your candidate lost seems like cutting off your nose to spite your face.

          • Nunya Nunya

            Nah, to most it is wanting to vote for a person with integrity and principles; both of which she lacks.

          • Adam Ward Adam Ward

            You’re right. Technically speaking it’s not a contested convention. But… it WILL be an open convention. And is there really THAT much of a difference? Also, have we heard the mainstream media describe it as such even once? No, of course we haven’t. Because that’s the DNC “dirty word.” Open. It implies the disunity that the DNC is still trying to pretend doesn’t exist.

          • David Osorio David Osorio

            Another white guy telling a Hispanic that he knows more? Typical of your ” revolution…” Your opinion doesn’t change the fact that Hillary is the nominee.

          • Jimmy N. Cricket Jimmy N. Cricket

            No one can tell you’re hispanic from your photo, @David Osorio, which is neither here nor here. Don’t make something that’s not a race issue into a race issue, because all you’re doing is trivializing situations where people really are being racist.

            It’s your ethnicity/race, so do what you want (lest you call me racist), but just know you’re being counterproductive—and you’re going after other liberals. You know, the good guys…

        • Tom Ritchford Tom Ritchford

          Pretty amazing that you have not one positive thing to say about Hillary Clinton, just a bunch of hatred.

          You might be right that “not Donald Trump” is Hillary’s biggest selling point. But that’s a pretty pathetically low bar.

          • DogeRangler DogeRangler

            I would argue that most people who are dead set against Clinton will not hear positive arguments for her.

            She has done more for civil and women’s rights than the vast majority of people currently in the US Government, including Sanders, but Sanders supporters don’t want to hear that. I could tell you that she was one of the most lefty Senators around when she was in the Senate, but that doesn’t seem to appease anyone.

            Clinton is a pretty great woman and a great advocate for progressive values, she just has a few apparent glaring flaws that cancel that all out in most Sanders supporters’ minds. Libya and Iraq, despite having fairly overwhelming popular support and a decent amount of intelligence advocating for them, both ended terribly and apparently Sanders not voting for them == Clinton is the devil on foreign policy. Some paid speeches apparently cancel out all of her advocacy and work to reign in Wall Street too. I don’t know what could be said to the #BernieOrBust crowd that could actually convince them that she isn’t evil personified. Would a highly progressive VP pick help? I’m not even sure that would do it.

          • Nunya Nunya

            Civil rights? Please give examples. I can point to “bringing them to heel” is not fighting for civil rights. I’d also like to point out that the despicable jails-for-profit industry helps keep the poor and brown behind bars. Hillary takes money from those people, she doesn’t fight against them. Her husband, whom she brags about tirelessly, gutted the social programs which kept Americans from going hungry and kept them in their homes and helped the poorest of poor provide for their children.

            Women’s rights? How about her fight to keep the garment industry workers (mostly female) in Haiti at 37 CENTS AN HOUR instead of the68 cents an hour they wanted (might be off a few pennies on both). How about her accepting millions of dollars for her campaigns and her repugnant “Foundation” from countries like Saudi Arabia where women’s right are non-existent? How about her standing up for pro-choice? How about the $12 an hour joke that she tried to push off on everyone, except when $15 an hour was approved in NY she stood on the stage as if she helped make it happen? Did she stand up for the striking Verizon workers?

            None of HRC’s actions entitle her or your claim to be pro-civil right and pro-women’s movement. Her words may, but definitely not her actions.

            So please, share with me some examples of her outstanding contributions to the poor, needy and downtrodden in the country. Now look at all of the policies she pushed which helped her rich buddies get richer. Guess who comes out ahead??

        • Nunya Nunya

          She’s not the nominee. Delegates vote July 25th. And until then, she and the press and everyone else is just blowing smoke.

  2. craig klucas craig klucas

    I’m going to make the change from within the party and dump some of these people.

    • Jimmy N. Cricket Jimmy N. Cricket

      Some of us have been doing that for decades, and we never seem to get anywhere. And today we begin to doubt Elizabeth Warren. People like us, trying to change it from the inside, will believe in Warren until the very end, but if she sells out we won’t exactly be surprised.

  3. DogeRangler DogeRangler

    Leaving the party is the most childish response you could possibly have. Advocate and change the party from within, don’t just throw a tantrum like the rest of the #BernieOrBust crowd. Trump is threatening the basic human rights of millions of people, don’t let you problems with the Democrats push you into a selfish, self-righteous decision.

    • mb2783 mb2783

      It’s not my party. We’re starting our own progressive party. DNC is a sinking ship.

      • DogeRangler DogeRangler

        Good luck with that. It takes decades to build up the kind of national presence the Democrats have, which is the reason most reasonable progressives end up voting for them, even if they dislike large chunks of the party.

        • mb2783 mb2783

          Bernie has won nearly half of the Democrats that voted this year. Many of them are done with the DNC. Only 29% of Americans identify as Democrats. If you lose half your members, not sure you’d qualify as a major party anymore.

          • DogeRangler DogeRangler

            Yes, but he did it as part of the Democratic party, using their apparati and databases to help run his campaign. Had he run independent from the start, his exposure would’ve been miniscule, and he would have very likely never had any sort of revolution to command. I agree that the two party thing kind of sucks, but it is only because of the Democratic party that Sanders had any success at all.

    • FleeTheBubble FleeTheBubble

      Feel free to go play defense with your vote. Take your fear mongering somewhere else. Some people don’t prefer a banana republic.

      • DogeRangler DogeRangler

        Jesus, the hyperbole of that statement. We live in the system we live in and throwing your vote into the trash isn’t going to do much for you.

        • Jimmy N. Cricket Jimmy N. Cricket

          Their vote, and they can do with it as they please.

    • Jimmy N. Cricket Jimmy N. Cricket

      And being condescending is the most childish response to other adults. If they want to leave our party, that’s fine. They can see how it feels when their candidates lose. But, most likely, they’ll deal with the losing for a bit and then come back to us (done it once myself). If their principles are that important, if they really care about what they say they do, they’ll stick by those losing candidates because they’re honest and true people. Sometimes I wish I had done that, because I’m tired of hoping for a real liberal Democrat to step up. But I’ll stay, and others are free to come and go as they please.

      • DogeRangler DogeRangler

        If their principles are that important, they should back the person around who has the most chance of passing them, or at least something resembling them, into policy and law. If their principles are based solely in the idea of the candidate and not in the policy and ideas he puts forward, then I would argue they don’t deserve our respect.

    • Linda Doucett Linda Doucett

      Trump would be cockblocked at every turn. Hillary fracking/war mongering and allegiance to the corporate elite threaten democracy. So no. Trump will pass but Bill Clinton will be in charge of the economy. Think on that.

      • DogeRangler DogeRangler

        You honestly believe that Trump in charge of the military, with the expanded powers that POTUS holds today, plus the power to veto, wouldn’t be worse than Clinton? Whatever you think of Clinton, you can think she ate her children and tortures babies, Trump would still be a far scarier choice.

    • Nunya Nunya

      The Democratic Party has historically been the “Party of the People” – which stood up for the average American and their family. Hillary and her neo-con cronies have proved beyond a doubt that is no longer the case. Democratic Party is now “What People? Republican LIght” and has been heading that way for years.

  4. Adrian du Plessis Adrian du Plessis

    In his speech last night in DC, Bernie Sanders stated “I’ll use my executive powers” to address inequities in immigration. He’s still planning to go all the way.

    There’s 2.5+ million votes in California that are still piled up and uncounted:

    “From the California Secretary of State, 2,586,331 ballots remain to be processed, consisting of 1,801,816 vote-by-mail ballots, 705,489 provisional ballots, and 79,026 “others,” which are described as ‘ballots that are damaged or ballots that could not be machine read and need to be remade, and ballots diverted by optical scanners for further review.’ Updates will be posted at http://vote.sos.ca.gov/unprocessed-ballots-status

  5. OneAngryDemocrat OneAngryDemocrat

    Meredith you have eloquently expressed my sentiments. I left the Democratic Party after this primary season having been a loyal, vocal, and very involved Democrat for over close to 40 years. I think of all of the long discussions my now deceased Father and I would have about politics. I loved those talks. I think he would be very disappointed with the DNC and most especially with the way they have behaved this last year. And now it is time to move on and hopefully become part of the Green Party whose platform is truly more in line with my views anyway.

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