March 23, 2016

Shit Bernie Supporters Say

Me: Bernie is making a mistake by running as a Democrat

Bernie Supporter: No he isn't! It's the only way he has a chance to win!

Me: No, the DNC will fight his candidacy every step of the way. The Democratic Party is actually less democratic than the GOP, when it comes to how they nominate their presidential nominee. They've been through this before, in 1968, in the 1980s, etc. They've developed an immune response to people like Bernie. The DNC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Wall Street. The Corporate Media will collaborate with the DNC and Wall Street to squish his campaign before it becomes a threat.

Bernie Supporter: That's a bad attitude! You're the reason he won't win! We just need enough people to vote for him, and he'll win!

Me: Hey look at that, the DNC just limited the number of debates.

Bernie Supporter: ARRGHH! Damn you Debbie Wasserman Schultz!

Me: DWS is only doing her job. Anybody else who could become DNC chair would have done the same thing. Oh look at that, Howard Dean, the Governor of VT who bragged about Single Payer, is a lobbyist for the private health insurance industry now.

Bernie Supporter: We need Debbie Wasserman Schultz to resign!

Me: No, you need a new political party. Oops, looks like they just took away his access to NGP/VAN.

Bernie Supporter: ARGH! Darn you Debbie Wasserman Schultz!!!!

Me: No, seriously, it's not her. It is the DNC. They are an appendage of Wall Street. Anybody that they replace her with will do the same thing. Oh hey look, Bernie went into Iowa blind because he didn't have access to his NGP/VAN data, but he came close. Lost by some coin flips. Ooh, and now he's won in NH, but Hillary still gets the same number of delegates, because of the Superdelegate system.

Bernie Supporter: What are superdelegates?

Me: One of the reasons that I'm saying that Bernie is making a mistake by running as a Democrat. The Democratic Party instituted the system of superdelegates in the 1980s because they didn't want the unwashed masses picking the nominee of their party.

Bernie Supporter: But running as a Democrat is the only way that he can get media coverage!

Me: The media is blacking him out right now tho.

Bernie Supporter: ARGH! Darn you MSNBC! Why have you forsaken me!?

Me: Because they were never on your side. It's okay though. Just blacking him out isn't so bad. They'll eventually start running a bunch of negative stories against him to try to assassinate his char--

Bernie Supporter: ARGH! Darn you Washington Times! Why have you forsaken me!?

Me: Seriously, calm the fuck down. This is clearly your first real exposure to the way things really are. The big media companies are all owned by and run by the ruling class. The DNC is funded by and run by the ruling class. As Karl Marx said, elections are the time where the working class picks which member of the bourgeoisie will exploit them.

Bernie Supporter: Bernie should run as an independent!

Me: Bernie waited too long for that. Ballot access laws in the various states make it impossible to run as an independent candidate for President in all 50 states unless you plan to do so by mid-March. It's now too late to get on the ballot in Maine, Oklahoma...

Bernie Supporter: Can you believe what just happened in Arizona!?!?

Me: What, that the DNC is complicit in Election fraud? Like how they were complicit in election fraud in 2000 by blaming the election results on Nader -- despite Jeb Bush and Katherine Harris being the real reason -- because they illegally barred over 1 million black voters from voting with false criminal charges?

Bernie Supporter: Nader was a spoiler!

Me: No. Jeb Bush and Katherine Harris committed election fraud, and a million black people were illegally barred from voting. And the Democrats made it all about the couple thousand of votes that Nader got instead of prosecuting the election fraud.

Bernie Supporter: Well, we're going to protest the election results!

Me: Ok. So you're going to ask the ruling class nicely to do what you want them to? What is needed is a long term sustained effort over a number of years to keep the same level of activity up even when Bernie is not running for president. Which is why I'm a member of the Green Party. There are other groups you could join like Socialist Alternative or the ISO as well, which are outside the two party system.

Bernie Supporter: The Green Party is weak! We need a new party of our own!

Me: Well, Jill Stein was polling at 8% before Bernie entered the race. Bernie was polling at 3% when he entered the race. A lot can happen in a couple months. And again, it's really hard to build a political party because of the restrictive ballot access laws. The Green Party has worked for 32 years to get where it is today, and it's been a constant uphill battle in terms of organizing and legal battles.

Bernie Supporter: ARRRGHHHH! I'm going to write his name in!

Me: Well... you can do that, if you want to totally throw your vote away.  Write-in votes are generally not even counted, unless you go through an elaborate registration process.  You can thank the Democrats and Republicans for making ballot access difficult.

Bernie Supporter: Voting Green is a wasted vote!

Me: No. Writing in Bernie's name is a wasted vote, because it literally will not be counted.  Jill Stein will have a better shot at the presidency than Bernie will -- because Jill Stein will be on the ballot in enough states to win the presidency.  Bernie won't even have that.  Because he ran as a Democrat instead of as a Green or Independent.

Bernie Supporter: *gasping for air*

Me: There there. There there.