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An Open Letter to David Fields, re: Your Move On Petition

reality-checkA Gentleman by the name of David Fields has written a Move On petition titled: EMERGENCY Request for the FBI to Investigate the DNC for blatant Election Fraud. His summary paragraph reads:

We The People of The United States request an investigation into the DNC to ensure that there will not be any voter suppression or election fraud in choosing the Democratic nominee as there have been in numerous states this Primary season.

This is an open letter in response to Mr. Fields:

Dear Mr. Fields,

Believe me, I’m sorry your candidate didn’t win the 2016 Democratic nomination. That being said, claiming you represent “The People of the United States” in your petition is quite an exaggeration. The current population of the U.S. is 323,969,465; Bernie Sanders has received 12,009,562 votes, which represents less than 4% of the population. You are hardly speaking for “The People of the United States”. You write (my highlights):

“As Americans we have been promised that our votes will be counted. But during this Democratic Primary season there have been consistent reports of rampant tampering with voter registration, voter suppression, and official election results not matching the exit polls. Hundreds of thousands of voters being removed from the voter rolls; voter party affiliations are being changed without their consent so they cannot vote; polling places have been reduced significantly so voters have to wait for hours resulting in voters leaving before casting a vote.” This has been happening in key states such as Nevada, Massachusetts, Illinois, Kentucky, Arizona, New York, California, ect. In the state of Kentucky alone there were 31 reports of election fraud.”

Unfortunately, your petition shows a certain lack of knowledge regarding the election process, and… well, just about everything; allow me to address a few points:

To begin with, I suggest you educate yourself on the term election “fraud”.

In Kentucky, there were in fact 76 calls made regarding election irregularities; but, as reported by Raw Story:

… there was only one case of voter fraud and that it was in Pikeville, where, as WSAZ reported, there were procedural questions and questions about an election official reported.

… anything that is a violation of election law is considered “voter fraud.” Whether it’s keeping someone from voting, a misplaced yard sign or even electronic voting machines not working, all of them could be considered “voter fraud” under the law. Thus, any complaint is filed under “allegations of voter fraud.”

Voter Registration: Neither Republican nor Democratic National Committees control voter registration; that is a function of each state’s Election Commission, overseen by that state’s Secretary of State. The FACT is, whether No Party Preference (NPP) voters change their registration to Democrat or Republican, the state’s election officials have no way of knowing who they’ll be voting for. It would be impossible for them to “target” Sanders voters.

In California, the Wall Street Journal reported:

While state Republicans forbid …“No Party Preference” voters from participating in the GOP primary, non-affiliated voters are able to cast a ballot in the Democratic contest. In order to vote for Mrs. Clinton or Mr. Sanders on Tuesday though, these people must specifically request a second ballot that lists the Democratic presidential options. The deadline to request such a ballot for absentee voting passed last week, and there is considerable evidence that large majorities of No Party Preference voters did not request that second ballot.

As World Bulletin put it:

Sanders’ campaign was spending time talking policy at giant rallies instead of educating their voters on how to vote.

As for Bernie losing California, as the Los Angeles Times reported:

… women and Latinos — have powered the Democratic Party’s ascent here…

In the Democratic primaries that have been held so far, Clinton has tended to corral richer and more educated voters, and Sanders has triumphed by huge margins among younger and lower-income voters. In California, she’s losing voters younger than 50 by 15 points, so that deficiency remains true.

But among blue-collar voters, she’s beating Sanders by 6 points because so many of those voters here are Latinos and women, two groups with which Clinton has relationships dating to her husband’s 1992 campaign.

Polling stations: Not quite sure where you’ve been while Republicans across the country have been making it harder and harder for people to vote, something Democrats have been fighting against, as the New York Times reported:

Democrats allied with Hillary Rodham Clinton are mounting a nationwide legal battle 17 months before the 2016 presidential election, seeking to roll back Republican-enacted restrictions on voter access that Democrats say could, if unchallenged, prove decisive in a close campaign.

Couple the GOP’s new voter restrictions with a surge in new voter registrations this election cycle, and anyone could have, and should have, anticipated longer lines. That’s where early and absentee voting come in handy.

votingYou might also want to consider who’s running many voting problem states.

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The fact is, both parties and their candidates’ supporters have experienced voting problems or inconveniences in these primaries, but the burdens have fallen disproportionately on Democratic voters.  One thing neither party can be blamed for however, is “…voters leaving before casting a vote” because, (Gasp!) they had long waits.

Exit Polls: The New York Times writes:

How can the exit polls be off by so much? The biggest thing to remember is that they’re just polls! They’re usually based on a sample of a few dozen precincts or so in a state, sometimes not even including many more than 1,000 respondents. Like every other type of survey, they’re subject to a margin of error because of sampling and additional error resulting from various forms of response bias.

Finally, since you “…demand that someone be held accountable“, you might start by looking in the mirror.

I’m sorry that Democrats weren’t around to hold Bernie supporters’ hands before they:

  • Registered too late
  • Forgot to change or declare a party
  • Couldn’t be bothered to learn state voting laws, or
  • Had to deal with those pesky provisional ballots

I’m sorry Democrats weren’t there to roll out the red carpet for those Sanders voters who finally thought it was important enough to vote.

I’m sorry that you think all of this happened because “the fix was in” for Hillary Clinton; because, if that were the case, she’d have won in 2008.

Most of all, I’m sorry this country has raised so many whiny babies who would throw the entire country under the bus because they didn’t get their way. Luckily, mature Sanders voters understand the stakes and are already switching their support to Hillary. See, as it turns out, “WE THE [DEMOCRATIC] PEOPLE” actually chose Hillary Clinton.

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Bernie Sanders Could Do With Some Humility

Gone are the days of Bernie Sanders as the humble public servant whose mission was to make life better for the American working class. The “Not Me, Us” mantra was tossed away with used campaign signs somewhere along the way. Turns out Bernie Sanders was a (GASP!) politician all along.

In his latest self-important, party-be-damned statements, he rejects the politeness of internal party politics and brushes off the experience of his Democratic rival. As The Hill reports:

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Bernie Sanders shied away from agreeing to put Hillary Clinton into his hypothetical presidential Cabinet during a Wednesday interview.  

“There are other people I would probably go to before Hillary Clinton, like Elizabeth Warren, for example,” Sanders said Wednesday during an interview on The Young Turks online news show. 

Sanders also criticized Clinton’s liberal chops and trustworthiness earlier in the interview when the host argued she’s pivoting away from President Obama’s foreign policy after criticizing Sanders for not standing by the president’s positions.

“That’s been the criticism of Hillary Clinton from day one and that’s why people frankly don’t trust her.

Contrast that with Hillary Clinton’s diplomatic debate response to whether she would have Bernie Sanders as VP:

Hillary Rodham Clinton

Well, I’m certainly going to unite the party, but I’m not — I’m not getting ahead of myself. I think that would be a little bit presumptuous. If I’m so fortunate as to be the nominee, the first person I will call to talk to about where we go and how we get it done will be Sen. Sanders.

Here’s Sanders’ reply to that same debate question:

I agree with what the secretary said. We shouldn’t be getting ahead of ourselves. And as I have said many times, you know, sometimes in these campaigns, things get a little bit out of hand. I happen to respect the secretary very much, I hope it’s mutual. And on our worst days, I think it is fair to say we are 100 times better than any Republican candidate.

He just couldn’t eke out the slightest show of party diplomacy. Deference to those more knowledgeable is not a trait one sees in Sanders; it’s this type of arrogance that many Democrats find so off-putting about him. Hillary Clinton’s experience speaks for itself; on the other hand, Sanders’ lack of foreign policy chops is his biggest weakness.

It would serve Bernie Sanders well to show a little respect for his opponent and the party he has co-opted; and a little humility never hurts, either.

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WaPo’s Marcus Confuses Infidelity With Sexism

In a recent opinion piece for the Washington Post titled: “Trump is right: Bill Clinton’s sordid sexual history is fair game“, Ruth Marcus attempts to justify Donald Trump’s playing of the Bill’s Affairs card. She writes:

Bill_Hillary_ClintonWhat is the relevance of Bill Clinton’s conduct for Hillary Clinton’s campaign? Ordinarily, I would argue that the sins of the husband should not be visited on the wife. What Bill Clinton did counts against him, not her, and I would include in that her decision to stick with him. What happens inside a marriage is the couple’s business, and no one else’s…

But Hillary Clinton has made two moves that lead me, gulp, to agree with Trump on the “fair game” front. She is (smartly) using her husband as a campaign surrogate, and simultaneously (correctly) calling Trump sexist.

Marcus just gets it REALLY wrong. First of all, whatever one thinks of Bill Clinton’s extra-marital affairs, they do not make him a sexist. In the case of Monica Lewinsky, the White House intern Bill took up with while President, she was 22 at the time, and an adult. As I’ve said before, unless she’d been cloistered somewhere, she knew she was fooling around with a married man; he just happened to be the President. If Ms. Lewinski had wanted to, she could have left the situation at any time, or gone public if she felt harrassed. 

callista.cindyOn the other hand, paramours tend to get a free pass when it comes to political campaigns. In the cases of Callista Gingrich and Cindy McCain for example, they weren’t lambasted for their parts in the affairs that broke up two marriages, because it was their husbands seeking office, not them. No one thought it a liability when they did campaign events for their husbands. Much as one might condemn infidelity, it is not sexism.

trumpWhich brings me to my second point: Donald Trump IS a sexist. He simultaneously denigrates women, while treating his wives like ornaments. He has referred to women as “pieces of ass“, gold diggers, Bimbos, Dogs, and Pigs. You can call Bill Clinton a lot of things, but woman hater isn’t one of them.

Marcus’ WaPo piece is not the first time someone has tried to hold Hillary partially responsible for her husband’s behavior. She has been called his “enabler“, and accused of  ignoring his behavior to “reap the benefits of being the FLOTUS”. (Whatever the hell that means.)

Bill and Hillary

President Clinton disappointed many people by tarnishing both the office of the President, and his legacy, with the Lewinsky mess. That being said, Bill may be a lot of things, but sexist isn’t one of them.

The fact is, Hillary would be crazy not to use Bill in her campaign; he regularly polls at a 60% Favorability Rating, can speak off the cuff to any issue, and is her biggest supporter. They’re a great team.

One final point: How Hillary Clinton chooses to handle her marital issues, including her reasons for staying with Bill, is nobody’s business. Whatever their relationship, it’s obvious they love each other. The only thing that matters in the end is that she is running for President, not her husband.

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