And This is Why the Democrats Should Have Gone With Bernie

Updated on November 9, 2016

Bernie Sanders Would Have Beaten Trump Handily

Oh, the sheer arrogance of it all! Despite all the warning signs, the Democratic Party elites and their allies in the mainstream media pulled out all the stops to ensure that Hillary Clinton, despite her myriad of liabilities, would be named presidential nominee instead of U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT). Clinton's numerous flip-flops and quasi-scandals were viewed as trivial, her lack of charisma spun as inconsequential, and any public discontent waved off as mere misogyny. No matter how eloquent our arguments, or how much evidence we brought to bear, we Berners were treated with bemusement and contempt.

We warned that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was damaged goods, but the establishment scoffed. Tragically, the efforts of the establishment to put their collective thumbs on the scale for Clinton have resulted in nothing but humiliation: Republican nominee Donald Trump, the bombastic billionaire, has won the White House. As results began to trickle in, many Berners posted social media comments and statuses snarking that, had Bernie Sanders been the Democratic nominee, the Democratic Party would have already won in a landslide. By 11:30 PM Eastern, it was no longer snark...it was horror.

Hillary Clinton has lost where Bernie Sanders would have won, and we Berners condemn those whose callous and unethical behavior put us in that position. Bernie Sanders was the rightful Democratic presidential nominee, and he would have easily triumphed over Donald Trump. The actions of many Democratic National Committee leaders, especially Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Donna Brazile, were tantamount to fraud. And, according to the exclusionary rule (Fruit of the Poisonous Tree doctrine), the "fruits" of illegal behavior should not have been allowed to stand.

Because the Democratic primaries were unethically rigged in favor of Hillary Clinton, she should not have been allowed to remain the nominee. Yet, nobody in power spoke up and condemned the DNC's violation of its oath of neutrality. Where was Barack Obama? Where was Joe Biden? Where were any of the mainstream news networks? The misbehavior of Team Clinton and its allies was never condemned, despite the Democrats frequently insisting that Republican leaders condemn the misbehavior of its own voters and activists.

Establishment leaders did not criticize the corruption among Team Clinton and the Democratic National Committee because they placed pork above principle. Hillary Clinton's nomination was influenced by profiteering - that is the only way to explain the tremendous disparity in endorsements between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Despite Sanders winning 45% of more of the popular vote in the primaries, he only received seven endorsements from members of Congress - six U.S. Representatives and one lone U.S. Senator. Hillary Clinton, by contrast, received hundreds. Even before the end of the primaries, she had picked up endorsements from the president and vice president.

Alarmingly, Hillary Clinton had received the bulk of these endorsements, including the nod from the president and vice president, while still under FBI investigation. Endorsements from Obama, Biden, and U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) all came after the State Department Inspector General criticized Clinton's private e-mail server setup in the harshest language and revealed that she had lied about not being informed of expectations regarding e-mail use. These endorsers should be ashamed of themselves. They endorsed an unfit candidate simply because they thought they could help her win...and that she would repay the favor.

Countless Democrats bellied up to the trough, exchanging their endorsements for the hope of future pork. They did not let ethics, morals, or even the sound reasoning of Bernie Sanders' supporters slow them down. In their sycophancy, they ignored the warnings that Hillary Clinton was far weaker against Donald Trump than was Bernie Sanders, and that Sanders was the candidate who was adept at picking up swing voters and, thus, swing states. No, the establishment was too busy daydreaming about pork-barrel spending, sinecures, and the Pulitzers to be won by writing gushily about the first woman leader of the free world.

Damn. Well, now there won't be all that pork-barrel spending [for Democrats], the distribution of those plum jobs, or all those magazine covers showing the beaming face of Hillary Clinton. Donald Trump won, and it is the fault of all those who put their thumbs on the scale for Hillary back in the spring. U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) would have won last night, and you know it.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Virginia Allain profile image

      Virginia Allain 

      23 months ago from Central Florida

      When I think of Bernie, I just want to cry. He would have been such a great president, the FDR of our generation. Instead, we have Trump, the Hitler of this generation.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, soapboxie.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://soapboxie.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)