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Why Bernie Supporters Are Angry And You Should Be Too

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Why Bernie supporters are angry and you should be too.

4 takeaways at the end of the Democratic Primary

Hi there! We are Bernie supporters. You may have heard a lot about us from the media and late-night pundits that endearingly refer to us as violent, tin-foil hat wearing, cry-baby Bernie-bros. Don’t believe everything you see on TV. We are people of every gender, race, religion and sexual orientation. The majority are under 45 but many of us are older. We are the kind of people that will stop to help you when you’ve accidentally locked your keys in the car. We are a movement based on profound care for each other and our planet.

What are we so “mad” about? Why did Sanders delegates stage a walk-out of the DNC convention? Why did mass protests fill the streets of Philadelphia?

The Democratic Presidential Primary was conducted in an unethical manner during the campaign, at the polls and at the convention.

Quite simply, the Democratic Primary was not democratic.

(1) The recent WikiLeaks of DNC emails showed there was no separation between the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Hillary Clinton during primary season. Over 19,000 emails display collusion regarding the debate schedule, media control, fundraising efforts and most appallingly, tactics to be deployed against Bernie. Never mind calling latinos “taco bowls” and mocking African American names. The evidence was so damning that the DNC Chair, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz was forced to resign on the eve of the convention.

What makes this even more frustrating? The Sanders campaign and his supporters called the bias out during the primary, however, the DNC and Wasserman-Schultz reiterated publicly (many times) that they were neutral as per the party charter. Berners spent countless hours canvassing and phonebanking. Regular people donated over $200 million to the campaign, only to find out that it was never a fair contest to begin with.

Oh, but it doesn’t end there! Wasserman-Schultz was forced to resign for her unacceptable practices as head of the DNC. That very same day she accepted a high-ranking position with Hillary’s campaign. She has not apologized to the 46% of Democrats that voted for Bernie.

For the final cherry on top, the DNC and Clinton campaign claim that it was the Russians that hacked the emails. They appear more concerned with speculation rather than documented corruption within their own party.

(2) Throughout the Primary, there was strong evidence of election fraud. Election Justice USA has just released a comprehensive report detailing these shenanigans called An Electoral Process In Crisis. They report that Bernie lost up to 184 delegates due to election fraud. Yes, that is enough to push him ahead of Hillary (2,030 delegates: Bernie/2,021 delegates: Hillary).

Exit polls showed significant discrepancies from the final vote counts. Results that fall outside of the margin of error deserve careful scrutiny. This disparity was documented in 11 states, all of which favored Clinton. The same media company conducted the Republicans exit polling and it was near perfect.

Hundreds of thousands of voters across the country showed up to polling places only to find that their names had been removed from voter rolls. In Brooklyn, NY, alone, over 120,000 voters were purged. Two Brooklyn Board of Elections top officials were suspended without any public explanation. Statistics show that Bernie was disproportionately affected by these purges across the country. Those who were removed were forced to vote by affidavit ballot, which is typically not included in the final tally.

The media typically run these polls so that they can make accurate predictions and for audience infotainment. Once people started to notice the discrepancies, the media cancelled them for the remainder of the primary.

(3) If beating Donald Trump is the ultimate goal, it is counterintuitive and disturbing to see the weaker candidate pushed so far forward and propped up by the Party and the media. It is undeniable that Bernie does much better against Trump than Hillary due to his appeal to Democrats but also Independents and Republicans. Poll after poll has shown that. Hillary is now losing to Trump in key swing-states and nationally in several polls. Only 28% of the population finds her trustworthy. If 10 Americans were asked if they trusted her, 2 would say yes and one would be on the fence. It is difficult to imagine this historic, downward trend suddenly reversing. How is Hillary planning on winning the general election when…

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(4) The treatment of Sanders supporters (fellow Democrats!) at the Democratic convention has been absolutely shameful and exclusionary. The list is lengthy. Bernie signs were taken away, supporters were blocked from cameras, delegate credentials were stripped for the most undemocratic reasons and white noise machines were used. Keep in mind that many delegates paid around $600/night and travelled great distances to be in Philadelphia. Many had to crowd-fund or go into debt in order to attend. Even more insidious was the DNC prevention of Bernie’s super-surrogate, Nina Turner, from being able to nominate Bernie from the stage as previously agreed upon.

We were bullied out of our “own” convention. Those in power chose to use it in an unnecessarily aggressive fashion to silence anyone who did not agree with the DNC’s scheduled programming. All while, ironically, the calls for “unity” rang from the podium.

We are not petulant babies that are sad that we lost the election. It is the disenfranchisement of the very voters that the Democratic Party claims to hold so dear that truly makes our skin crawl. These actions are turning millions of voters away. Independents currently make up the largest voting block in the country and many more are headed that way after this week’s debacle. Our votes have to be earned not gained solely through fear.

For those demanding that we “be quiet now”, when would be the proper time to speak up against corruption, collusion, election fraud and voter suppression?

There is no reason that we cannot advocate strongly against a Trump presidency AND corruption within the Democratic Party. If we do not solve both of these problems now, we will face them again next election.


Episode 77 – Ghostbusters

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We strap on our proton packs and review one of the most controversial films of the summer: Paul Feig’s all-female reboot of Ghostbusters. Even with an all-star cast of Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon, there were many trashing the film before it had been released. What did we think? Was the criticism (aka thinly veiled sexism) warranted? Are we witnessing a rebirth of the Ghostbusters franchise, or a delayed and unnecessary ghostly whisper from the 1980s? We answer of of theses questions and chat about the gong show that was the Republican Convention, in episode 77 of The Smoking Screen Podcast. Come and join the circle!

Swiss Army Man

Episode 76 – Swiss Army Man

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We could write up some fancy pants sentences, but this one really come down to one question. Do you want to see Daniel Radcliffe playing a corpse for 85 minutes? If you answered in the affirmative, journey with us into one of the more unique and creative films we have seen in awhile, Swiss Army Man. It is co-directed by Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, and stars Daniel Radcliffe and Paul Dano (that is pretty weird). We have never seen a film quite like this before. Disgusting and beautiful, all at the same time! Join us for episode 76 of The Smoking Screen Podcast. Come and join the circle!

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Our Conscience Will Not Allow It: An Open Letter to Senator Bernie Sanders

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Our Conscience Will Not Allow It:
An Open Letter to Senator Bernie Sanders

Dear Bernie:

We are both in a tight spot.

In our shared quest to keep Donald Drumpf from winning the presidency, we understand that you may be considering endorsing Secretary Clinton in New Hampshire this Tuesday or in the near future.

We understand that the pressure to endorse Clinton from both the Democratic Establishment and the media must be overwhelming. We can only imagine the heavy weight of personal responsibility that you feel in making sure that your actions do not empower the Drumpf campaign.

We understand your most recent and successful strategy was to leverage our delegates to bring about the most progressive Democratic Party platform ever. Those efforts should be applauded. Our impact has been significant, however, it is far from perfect. We are still missing the pillars of healthcare for all, expanded social security, a ban on fracking, a carbon tax and stopping the TPP.

We understand that there are certain political advantages gained through diplomacy with the Clinton campaign. Taking an adversarial position to the majority of elected Democrats, and ultimately Secretary Clinton, could greatly reduce your ability to help bring about meaningful change in the coming years.

We think we understand the path you are following.

However, there is a fundamental issue that cannot be ignored. Hillary Clinton has shown, time and time again, to have great difficulty in telling the truth and keeping her promises. In an NBC-Wall Street Journal poll in late June, 69 percent of respondents said they were concerned that Clinton has a record or reputation as untrustworthy. A CBS News poll in June found 62 percent saying Clinton is not honest and trustworthy.

Why do so many of us feel this way?

Last week, despite finding 110 emails on her unauthorized server that contained classified information at the time they were sent or received, the FBI chose not to recommend indictment. This was shocking, given that Director Comey described her actions as “extremely careless.” Her response to receiving this free pass from the FBI? She astonishingly continues to assert that she did not receive or send classified information (when not blaming the State Department).

This past February, at Secretary Clinton’s request, you agreed to an additional debate in New Hampshire, in exchange for later debates. This included a California debate in May. When the time came and with the race still yet to be determined, she chose to break her commitment. How are we to understand the reneging of that promise? She still doesn’t have enough pledged delegates.

As a candidate in 2008 she said, “I just believe that this is the most important job in the world, it’s the toughest job in the world. You should be willing to campaign for every vote. You should be willing to debate anytime, anywhere.”

Do we believe what she said then, or her reclusive actions now?

And what about the TPP? At first she referred to it as “the gold standard.” Then during the primaries, campaigned against the agreement. Now, during the past couple of weeks, we have seen her surrogates and delegates vote against anti-TPP language in the party platform. Does that mean she is suddenly (though not surprisingly given her track record) pro-TPP again? Which is it?

We won’t even get into the fact she has not held one press conference this year, possible election fraud, her manufactured Bosnia sniper fire story or how she claimed she was named after Sir Edmund Hillary. The list goes on and on.

During the debates we watched her refuse to release the transcripts of her speeches to large financial institutions. She was paid more per speech, than most of us will make in a year (or 3 or 4). We watched her shamefully accuse you of not supporting the auto bailout in Detroit. She stuck to the lie even long after many mainstream outlets proved her wrong.

We won’t even get into the fact she has not held one press conference this year, possible election fraud, her manufactured Bosnia sniper fire story or how she claimed she was named after Sir Edmund Hillary. The list goes on and on.

All of this from someone who refers to themselves as the “most transparent public official in modern times.” The irony is almost too rich.

As the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior, we find ourselves in a tough spot. If you endorse her after getting concessions and creating a more progressive platform, do we really believe that she can be trusted to see them through?

The evidence says “no.” She will do what is convenient for her. Not us.

We will understand if you make the choice to endorse Secretary Clinton for political purposes. But please, make no mistake, we will not follow your lead. Our conscience will not allow it. The time of corrupt, self-serving politicians must come to an end. We will not help empower one of the worst of the bunch.

While we don’t want Drumpf, supporting someone with such an obscure relationship with truthfulness and honesty, is not much better. If you do not run as a 3rd party candidate (please do), we will vote for someone who is (while many others will write you in). The revolution must continue!

In solidarity,

Jay & Cybill
On Behalf of Millions

The Purge: Election Year

Episode 74 – The Purge: Election Year

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SPOILER-FREE! There are few franchises that get under our skin quite like James DeMonaco’s, The Purge. The combination of sadistic violence and mortal terror is once again on full display in the third installment, The Purge: Election Year. Well-timed, don’t you think? Can a film be more terrifying than Hillary and Trump? Does the franchise have enough votes for a fourth film? How much does Jay like Elizabeth Mitchell (lots) and is she channeling Bernie Sanders? We answer all of these questions and more in episode 75 of The Smoking Screen Podcast. Come and join the circle!