Hillary's Superdelegate Coup Just Confirms to Millennials: The System Is Rigged

TIME TO THINK!

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by Russ Belville:

I try to imagine what life must look like to a Millennial voter. If you were are between the ages of 18-29, in your reality:

  • Marijuana has always been medical;
  • Gay people have always been positively portrayed on TV;
  • We’ve always been at war in the Middle East;
  • The economy collapsed somewhere between fifth grade and college; and
  • No one you know can afford college or you’re in mountains of debt from having attended.

So it’s no surprise that Bernie Sanders is crushing Hillary Clinton among the Millennial voters. She still thinks medical marijuana needs more research; only supported gay marriage three years ago; supported all the Mid-East wars and would engage more; takes $675,000 from the criminal banksters because “that’s what they offered”; and thinks a reasonable college affordability plan is one where students work 10 hours a week and parents pay “what they can”.

But I wonder what kind of surprise awaits the Millennial voter the more he or she sees the results of their hard work canvassing for voters to Feel the Bern.

First, in Iowa, they battle for a statistical tie, with just a quarter-percent of the vote between Hillary and Bernie. So, naturally, the delegates from Iowa are divided fairly. Bernie gets 21 delegates and Hillary gets… 29?

Next, in New Hampshire, Bernie demolishes Hillary in a 22-point landslide victory. So, naturally, the delegates from New Hampshire are divided fairly. Bernie gets 15 delegates and Hillary gets… 15?

What is this strange world where a Bernie tie is an 8-delegate loss and a Bernie landslide is a tie? That’s when our intrepid Millennials start Googling and learn all about Marvel’s Democratic Superdelegates! (Just kidding; Marvel’s heroes are better-looking.)

What they learn is that there are 4,763 delegates who pick the Democratic nominee for president. But roughly 15 percent of them are Superdelegates (712 to be exact) who are the Democratic elected officials and party bigwigs. Regular delegates are split according to popular vote, but Superdelegates can vote for anybody they wish (that’s their super power).

Hillary, being the Queen Democratic Bigwig, has amassed quite a collection of these other bigwigs pledging to vote for her (355 to be exact). With some quick Excel work, Millennials figure out that Hillary already had 14.9 percent of the votes she needed to get the nomination before the first caucus was ever tallied in Iowa.

Then they plug in a few more formulas and learn that in New Hampshire, it took convincing 60,631 voters to choose Bernie to match the choice of Gov. Maggie Hassan, Rep. Ann Kuster, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, and three Democratic National Committee cronies for Hillary.

In other words, one vote from these one-percenters for the Wall Street candidate is worth 10,105 votes from the 99-percenters for the Democratic Socialist candidate. Unfortunately, one-man-one-vote only applies to actual federal elections, not party primary processes.

The more the Millennials (and my people, Gen-X) learn about this, the more convinced they will be that the system is rigged and the current crop of establishment Democrats want to keep it that way. That leads to more popular votes and mortal delegates for Bernie and forces Superdelegates to re-evaluate whether they want to go against the people or go against the Clinton Dynasty.

So while Hillary Clinton leads right now 394-42 over Bernie Sanders in total delegates, Bernie leads Hillary 36-32 in those delegates chosen by the people. Even in that total, Hillary got 2 more delegates in the Iowa tie somehow.

The more the Millennials learn, the more they’ll Feel the Bern.

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This was her best closing statement thus far.

Sanders may be a very good single issue candidate.

But the presidency is not a single issue job.

But when once the legislator is duly elected, then indeed the style of his speech alters. The nation is sent back into passiveness, inertness, nothingness, and the legislator takes possession of omnipotence. It is for him to invent, for him to direct, for him to impel, for him to organize. Mankind has nothing to do but to submit; the hour of despotism has struck. And we must observe that this is decisive; for the people, just before so enlightened, so moral, so perfect, have no inclinations at all, or, if they have any, they all lead them downwards towards degradation.
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SIGN ROBERT REICH'S PETITION: Bernie or Hillary? Let the voters decide -- not party elites
Tell Democratic Party superdelegates to pledge to respect the will of primary voters at the convention.

“I don’t know about you, but I was surprised to learn that Bernie and Hillary walked away from New Hampshire with an equal number of delegates to the Democratic convention, even though Bernie won the New Hampshire primary by a huge margin. How did that happen? Because of what are called “Superdelegates” – Democratic elected officials and party insiders who have promised to vote for Hillary at the convention regardless of the primary vote.

Anyone who has been around politics knows about Superdelegates. All told, about 1 out of every 6 delegates to this year’s Democratic convention will be a Superdelegate. The problem occurs when and if Superdelegates tip a convention against the candidate who wins the popular vote in primaries and caucuses. It’s possible in a tight race – especially between an establishment candidate and an insurgent (many of us worried about this in 2008). The Republican Party no longer has Superdelegates; all delegates to the Republican convention will represent candidates picked by popular vote. Frankly, I see no reason why the Democratic Party should be less democratic.

This isn’t about Hillary or Bernie. It’s about our democracy.  Please join me in my petition calling on all Democratic Party Superdelegates to pledge to support the winner of the popular vote for the Democratic nomination.“

anonymous asked:

how does clinton have nearly 400 delegates if there's only been 2 primaries, Iowa and New Hampshire?

The 400~ superdelegates are there to vote for an electable candidate and whom the majority of regular delegates/voters are looking for (which has been Hillary for a while) AND to prevent a candidate who’s popular with the voter base but also seem like he or she would wreak havoc in their party.

What’s absolutely important is that they are only 

Here’s an article about it and why it’s not something to worry too much about.

This video will also help explain the what and the why about superdelegates:

democracy is fundamentally immoral. it gouges your hard-earned income; it appropriates your wealth and property; it sets up hidden masters; it profits only parasites; it forces you to live among strangers; it sends you and your neighbours to die in a constant succession of wars; and it does all this with the threat of force, without your consent, and claims that it is just.

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Today’s technology is changing pretty much every facet of our lives – even things as important as our Democracy. And especially with this being an election year here in the US, I think these changes are really worth having a conversation about, and making art about.

So, I wanna hear what you think. Record yourself (or interview someone else) on camera answering these three questions:

1. Is today’s technology good or bad for Democracy?

2. How might the technology of the future be BAD for Democracy?

3. How might the technology of the future be GOOD for Democracy?

YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE YOUR VIDEOS HERE.

Once we have lots of footage of different people answering these questions, we’ll use that footage to produce a bunch of short films. We could make a stylized documentary, we could dramatize somebody’s personal point of view, we could do animation, a song, who knows.

And now, I’m very pleased to announce that for this project, hitRECord will be partnering with the ACLU. The ACLU is a 100-year-old, non-profit, legal organization who is right at the forefront of figuring out how today’s laws should or shouldn’t adapt to today’s technology.

And, although this project isn’t about the money, as with every hitRECord production, if one of your contributions is used in one of the final short films, you will get paid. I just finished shooting a movie where I play Edward Snowden, which really got me thinking about all of this. And so I’ve decided to donate my acting fee from that movie to facilitate this conversation about technology and democracy. Some of that money will go to this production, and the rest will go to the ACLU.

That’s about it. I really look forward to hearing how you answer the three questions and seeing what kinds of short films we can make out of it.

So, thank you. God bless you. And God bless the Internet.

Thanks again <3

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Good news, everyone! Bernie Sanders won the New Hampshire caucus!
Senator Sanders got over 20% more votes than Hillary Clinton, who has a deep history with New Hampshire voters.

Together we have sent a message that will echo from Wall Street to Washington, from Maine to California,Mr. Sanders said.And that is that the government of our great country belongs to all of the people, and not just a handful of wealthy campaign contributors and their ‘super PACs.’

I mean, what more could you wish for in a presidential candidate? Our country needs a leader who will put people before everything else, because once president has people’s trust, they will be willing to work on improvement of our country too. And Bernie is the perfect candidate.

#Bernie2016

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Under Sanders, income and jobs would soar, economist says
Bernie Sanders' economic plan would create nearly 26 million jobs and increase median income by more than $22,000, according to University of Massachusetts Amherst economics professor Gerald Friedman.
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Median income up $22,000. 26 million jobs created. 3.8% unemployment rate.