The Urgency of Re-registration

Bernie in Boston, October 2015

“When we stand together there is nothing we cannot accomplish. But when we’re divided, the big money interests will always win.”

“And now let me tell you something that no other candidate for president will tell you. And that is, no matter who is elected to be president, that person will not be able to address the enormous problems facing the working families of our country.
They will not be able to succeed, because the power of corporate America, the power of Wall Street, the power of campaign donors, is so great that no president alone can stand up to them. That is the truth. People may be uncomfortable about hearing it, but that is the reality.
And that is why what this campaign is about is saying loudly and clearly. It is not just about electing Bernie Sanders for president, it is about creating a grassroots political movement in this country.”

“Think outside the box.”

I’ve seen some posts lately on Facebook that I think show clearly that some people are not understanding what this revolution is about. The posts have these subjects which are related one to another: the mid-term elections, and re-registering to ‘other than democrat’.

Bernie has made it clear, in my view, that sending new people into the same old corrupt system will change nothing. At least I think it is very clear. In my opinion, Bernie is saying we must change the system from outside of it.

Keeping your registration as a democratic voter will change NOTHING. Changing your registration, AFTER YOU VOTE FOR BERNIE IN YOUR PRIMARY OR CAUCUS, will send a very powerful message to the establishment system. It will change things in some very strong ways.

One of those ways is that it will give Bernie tremendous bargining power at the convention. The party ‘leaders’ cannot fail to notice that a large portion of former democrats have left the party. The implication to those party ‘leaders’ will be obvious.

Bernie is an Independent and has consistently won the Independent vote by landslide margins in the primaries and caucuses. Bernie has the Independent vote and Hillary does not. Bernie polls better one-on-one against GOP opponents. Hillary can NOT defeat a republican rival without the Independent vote. It is an obvious fact that the Independent voter has no party loyalty and does not fear trump or any other republican.

Independents will never vote for Hillary because their motivation to vote is based on their stubborn insistence of moral principle — not on a desire to “win”. “Bernie or Bust” is just the tip of the iceberg. Even if the party ‘leaders’ assume that this movement is made up of just the Independents it does not bode well for a Hillary nomination.

This “Bernie or Bust” movement is causing much concern amongst the party establishment because they are well aware that Independents are THE largest voter block of all (45%). By the time the convention rolls around, they could outnumber both democrats and republicans combined!

Many party ‘leaders’ will realize that the profuse bleeding of registered democrats out of the party can’t be explained by just the Independents going back to their old party. They will realize that a large chunk of previously loyal democrats have left as well. They will have noticed the financial ills of the DNC and the enormous drop in donations. They will have noticed the immense and historical grass roots funding of Bernie who is running without a super PAC or corporate sponsorship.

The party ‘leaders’ will see that Hillary is very vunerable to republican attack and will not have the support of Bernie supporters. They will see the lack of enthusiasm she inspires. They will think of the on-going FBI investigations.

But, if the numbers of registered democrats remains relatively the same or if it drops to the level it was at previously before Independents registered as democrats, they will see it as an affirmation of their corrupt system and Hillary will have a very good chance of getting the nomination.

Changing your registration, AFTER YOU VOTE FOR BERNIE IN YOUR PRIMARY OR CAUCUS, to ‘other than democrat’ is ESSENTIAL.

I’d like to say something about the other powerful way re-registering will change things.

Not only will the DNC see the mass exodus out of the party, but candidates who will be running for mid-term elections can’t fail to notice. Already, Berniecrats are running for office all over the country. They’ve aligned themselves with Bernie and his supporters. ALL the candidates running for mid-term elections will not be able to fail to take note of these developments.

Will they begin to distance themselves from the corrupt party? Will they also realign to become Independents like Bernie? The possibilities are exciting. However, none of it will happen if there is not an exodus out of the party that at least half of registered democrats view as corrupt.

Time is of the essence. We must send a powerful message of this revolution to the corrupt political system that their day is over and they better get on board. THIS is the revolution Bernie speaks about. It is not futilely working within the system to change it. It is working from outside to change it.

Bernie often brings up the Civil Rights movement. It is his attempt to provide a clear analogy about what he means by revolution. The Civil Rights movement did not change things from within the system.

It succeeded despite who was in congress. It succeeded despite who sat on the supreme court. It succeeded despite who was president.

THAT is the revolution. We change the system from outside. Otherwise, ALL we do is in vain because the power within the system remains in power and bends it to its will. That power being corporate money and influence.