What I just sent to my representatives and governor (aka super-delegates). We MUST keep fighting.
I am deeply concerned with the direction of the Democratic Party and ask that you use whatever energy you can to reshape its direction.
Recent polls show Bernie Sanders leading Donald Trump by double digits, while Hillary Clinton is down to about four or five percentage points – numbers close to the margin of error of the polls themselves. Despite such evidence of candidate vulnerability and a stronger draw among independents and young people by Bernie Sanders, the party seems focused on nominating the most vulnerable candidate!
Although I have been a registered Democrat for many years, I cannot bring myself to support a candidate who is deeply financially and politically indebted to corporate groups that oppose the well being of the people-- not even to oppose a demagogue. This corporate indebtedness includes: international oil companies, the military-industrial complex, big banks, large pharmaceutical firms and insurance companies, private prisons and others.
I supported Bernie Sanders, not because of his glowing personality – though I deeply appreciate his integrity – but because his ideals are the ideals of the people.
I am not willing to discard these ideals in the name of party unity. I canvassed for Sanders, made hours of phone calls and donated a significant amount of money for a retired elderly female. I would gladly vote for Bernie Sanders in November, but will not even consider voting for Hillary Clinton unless there is a strong progressive platform and a strong progressive vice presidential candidate. Vice presidential candidates I consider sufficiently progressive would include: Jeff Merkley, Barbara Lee, Keith Ellison, Tulsi Gabbard and possibly Elizabeth Warren.
Since the Democratic Party seems to be ignoring the very real concerns of the people, I just volunteered to help the Green Party collect enough signatures to get on the ballot in my state. Should Bernie Sanders be the Democratic nominee, I would strongly support him, but if Democrats support the neoliberal elite status quo and ignore the will of the people, I will support third party candidates that challenge that.
Should Donald Trump become president, with all the threats to our democracy and social structure that implies, I will consider it the responsibility of the Democratic Party and its failure to listen to the people – not that of those who continued to seek their own ideals.