An Open Letter To Senator Sanders

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They say you want a revolution… 

Senator, I wanted to take this time to reach out to you to help you make all of your ideas come to fruition.

I don’t need to tell you that you and your campaign have done better than anyone could have ever imagined. You went up against the ‘Clinton Machine’ and came very close.

I think you’re focusing on this presidential election is short sighted. You have awakened a sleeping giant of unsatisfied people who want change. Now is not the time to abandon them, now is the time to embrace them and move your movement forward.

You don’t have to be president to keep your movement going. There are so many things that you could accomplish to help the Democratic party and the American people.

Your bringing income inequality to the front of the line in conversation has been essential.  I agree with you that we have a deeply flawed economy that truly works only for the most well off. Your voice can be a loud and longterm one that can address and fix this issue.

But, there is so much more. If you continue your movement you can help get excited Dems to show up and vote in the midterm elections. I think congress is much more of a danger than the presidency. You have peoples’ ears, use that to get people motivated to change the congress to Democratic majorities so we can get things done that need to be done for the American people.

One area I do not agree with you is that the system is rigged. I do not think it is rigged toward helping anyone to win or lose. But, you have brought this major issue to peoples attention. Now is the time to relook at all of the ‘rules’ and make changes. For instance, getting rid of superdelegates is probably a good idea. Changing primary states to winner take all makes sense to me. The open/closed primary states I don’t know enough about to know if they can be changed or if every state must rule on the changes.

Mr. Sanders, now is your time to rise above the political fray and make a huge contribution to our country.  You have spoken about so many things that need changing, now you can have the voice to change them. Don’t let yourself go down a false road of scorched earth antics.

Know that you have the ear of many Americans who are frustrated and unsatisfied with the status quo. Know that most Americans would like single payer healthcare, higher wages and vacations. Knowing and wanting this doesn’t mean we can get it in the course of 6 months. I am sure you have noticed during the last eight years the GOP blocking everything president Obama has tried to do.

A real revolution sounds great, but it takes time. Be patient stick with your goal and it can happen.

Continue to be the leader of the movement you started. Keep it all positive and be in it for the longterm. This can really happen.

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The Way To Ensure Dem Defeat in 2016 is to Keep Up the Blue on Blue Fighting

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I was looking at a lot of tweets today, something I don’t normally get a chance to do because my timeline moves so fast. I took a long hard look at what was being tweeted and I was completely appalled.

Almost every tweet had to do with Dems attacking other Dems. Not the GOP, but the Dem party self destructing.

As we have all seen for many years the GOP is imploding, but one thing they excel at is messaging. Dems have never learned how to properly, effectively and succinctly get their message out. Do we know yet, after almost 8 years what is in ACA? No.

The tweets and re-tweets I was reading today were about 90% against Mrs. Clinton. I did not see one tweet that discussed any issues, I saw many tweets talking about GOP talking points.

One tweet that came up many times is that Hillary is a war monger and will bring our country to war. This is a baseless cowardly and inaccurate view of her experience. Yes, Hillary voted to give president Bush authorization to invade Iraq. She did not, however, authorize one of the biggest blunders in US Military history. Hillary did not conduct, oversee or plan that war. Blaming her for the unacceptable outcome is a fox news worthy view of the situation.

Is Hillary a Hawk? Would we have done better off the last four years if we had a president who clearly stated what her goals are and backed them up by taking decisive action when an enemy crossed a line set by the President of the Unites States.

No, I do not think Hillary is a war hawk. I think that she is a serious person who would take the right effort to keep our country safe. We want the word of our president to echo through the world. And, the most effective way to do that is to have a leader that will follow through on her promises.

So, Bernie-Only fanatics, Hillary is not a war monger and won’t bring us into any unnecessary conflicts.

I say Bernie-Only because I don’t see the venom and hatred towards Bernie as I do towards Hillary. To me it is absurd for infighting among Dems. We need a Dem president in 2016, and all of you anti-Hillary people are just going to make it easier for the GOP to make a caricature out of her.

Another common theme I saw today was many many tweets about voting for the Oligarchy (allegedly including Hillary) or the people (allegedly being Bernie).

This is more nonsensical than most arguments against Sec. Clinton. First off, if people knew anything about Oligarchs they have at least 10x the amount of money the Clintons do. Secondly, one must look at one of the wealthiest families in American history: The Kennedy’s.

The Kennedy’s did more for the common person than any other family in history. Whether it was Teddy, worth billions, spending every waking hour looking to get underprivileged people healthcare, tax breaks. We all know that Teddy was not faultless, but he did fight as hard as he could to help the common people.

In closing, we need the entire Dem party behind the candidate who wins the primary. All of this immature tweeting must stop. If you really think Hillary is an Oligarch who wants to start war, vote for Donald Trump.

Your pettiness in putting Hillary down will only help the GOP. Why am I focusing on the Bernie lovers that hate Hillary? Because I have seen zero evidence of any Hillary lovers that hate Bernie.

So, it’s time to grow up and decide if you want a Democrat or Republican in the White House in 2016. If you want a Dem, stop the immature conversation. It won’t help Bernie get elected, it will ensure a GOP in the White House in 2017.

It’s time to lead.