The Democratic Party Needs to get it’s Act Together

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If you want people to vote for Clinton in the general, I have some suggestions.
1) No more “mistakes”, “shenangians”, “accidents” or whatever you want to call voter suppression. I don’t think Clinton needs people to keep “helping” her with this stuff and if she does then she doesn’t deserve to be president. If she can’t stop it herself, she needs to come out and vocally condemn it.
2) Sanders supporters are NOT just idealistic hipsters, they are a pretty diverse bunch and they are LEGITIMATELY ANGRY about LEGITIMATE PROBLEMS, when you are dismissive of that anger or those problems you aren’t helping the Democratic Party
3) I want to hear the positive things about Clinton, not just how she’s not Trump or how Sanders can’t win so I might as well give in. What has she done? How has she done it? What kind of person is she? What are some positive things about her? I’ll bet you anything that I can actually make a more effective list than any list anyone has given me this election because I know her record like I know the back of my hand. But that’s not my job during the primary, it’s her campaign’s job. Voters don’t have to cater to her. She has to cater to them. That’s how representative democracy works.
4) I want her to really adopt some aspects of the progressive platform that a majority of her party supports. At minimum, I want to see her push harder for a higher minimum wage, for paid leave, and for reforming some aspects of the political system and Wall Street. I also want her to explain to me how she’s going to fix the aspects that were gutted in the Voting Rights Act and how she’s going to increase Democratic voter turn out. Other people might have a different list. There are of course, other things I want, but coming out strongly in favor of these things would be a good start.
We NEED the Bernie supporters to vote this fall. We need them to stop Trump and threatening them with Trump isn’t working. Bullying them into it isn’t working. Being dismissive isn’t working. Being elitist isn’t working. What has happened with Hilary during this election is symptomatic of a larger problem with the party, which is that they’ve been out of touch with the people they serve for decades. I used to harp on this rhetoric when we were undergrads, do any of you remember the lectures you used to get when you asked me why poor white people vote Republican? There’s nothing wrong with Kansas. There is something wrong with our party and we need to fix it before the fall.
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Solutions to the Voting Problems

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I’m so unbelievably sick of arguing with people about who is responsible for the voting problems during this election season. You know who is responsible? All of us. All of the adults are responsible. I didn’t say all of the adults created the mess; I just said that all of us are responsible for standing up and fixing it. I don’t care who started it. I don’t care about how it makes you feel that people want to blame you. All I care about IS THAT OUR CITIZENS GET THE RIGHTS AFFORDED TO THEM BY THEIR CITIZENSHIP IN THE SOCIAL CONTRACT KNOWN AS THE CONSTITUTION. So there, do you feel better now? It’s not your fault. It is your responsibility and there are some things can be done about it.

 

  • Please for the love of God, report irregularities.
    1. First step to solving a problem is knowing about it. We need the data to call our the people doing this. Report them to local media and your county voting official. I would also report them to whichever campaign you support.

 

 

  • Make your congressperson restore the voting right’s act
    1. In 2013, our Supreme Court made the egregiously foolish decision to lift the oversight included in the voting right’s act for states that had a “history” of problems with trying to stop minorities from voting. Those states promptly and gleefully voted in voter ID laws. The Supreme Court was right about one thing though and that’s that congress can fix this by restoring new requirements for that oversight. I suggest maybe applying it to ALL the states. Because really none of them have a great track record on this front. Put pressure on your elected officials to fix this problem. Find your rep here: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

 

  • Help other people vote
    1. It used to be that real progressive people with resources would help other people without resources vote. You can help by educating people, providing transportation to the polls, and canvassing to get out the vote. Call on your party to do voter registration drives (neither one is really doing this) and support get out the vote organizations and groups.

 

  • Demand better voting equipment
    1. I wrote AN ENTIRE BOOK on my phone and yet, we can’t get voting machines right. It’s disturbing. And techies? Want to be really disruptive? Get. On. That. Shit.

 

  • Volunteer to work elections
    1. It’s actually a massive, human task to run these elections. If you have the means and ability, volunteer to help at elections. Not only will you be helping by putting the work in, you will also help provide the accountability when things like voter intimidation occur.