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Several have declared that the Party will never unify because of the deep divide between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders supporters. I humbly disagree.
While it is true that according to polls a large portion of Bernie’s supporters may not vote for Hillary in the General Election, it is not true, that if they are true Democrats, they would vote for Donald Trump over Hillary. If a person believes in the platform of the Democrat Party, they ‘will’ vote for Hillary in the end.
We all, at some point, want something we can’t have. For example, that first new home we’ve been dreaming about. You have a picture of what the home will look like, how big it will be, the layout of the kitchen and bedrooms, how the home will look to a visitor, a picket fence, beautiful yard, etc… When you go to your realtor you tell them exactly what you want and the way it should look. They begin looking for you. They make several calls having you go look at the perfect home, they say, you need to see. Only you find out it’s not what you want at all. You look for days, weeks and even months hoping to finally run into the home of your dreams. Soon however reality sets in, you either can’t afford the home of your dreams because it’s too expensive, or the vision you had is just not out there. You end up accepting a beautiful home that isn’t exactly as you pictured it would be but it has many features you like, so you buy it.
That’s how I see every election. You pick the person you think would make a great President. You push their qualities to other voters. You get angry when your person is criticized or being treated unfairly. Even though your candidate and the other one that has similar ideas or plans, you prefer your person. Words are exchanged, facts are presented, etc… In the end your person doesn’t win. While disappointed and even angry at the results for different reasons, you come to the realization that the other candidate is still better than what the other Party is presenting. At least you get a part of what you had visioned as the best nominee, so you vote for them.
That’s what happens in almost every election. There may be a few that will settle for nothing else, but it’s a rare case.
So calm down Hillary supporters, things will end up your way and hopefully she will win in November, meanwhile, let the voters that haven’t voted tell us who ‘they’ support. Then let us pray we have a winner!
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It’s sad how the media is now using Bernie’s drop in fund raising as just one more reason for him to drop out. They fail to point out however that most candidates funds drop at this point in any primary. They also fail to mention that Bernie’s donations in April exceeded that of Hillary’s in March. Let’s wait and see what Hillary’s donations came to in April – with I might add – the help of the media and Washington establishment pushing her as the “winner”.
I sincerely hope Bernie supporters, and those that dislike the way the media controls our Democracy, will go donate ‘even more money’ than they have in the past. I know I will, just to prove them wrong!
Enough Already, Let the Voters Decide April 28, 2016Posted by Coonsey in Uncategorized.
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There are 1236 delegates still available, 3 months till the convention and nearly 6 months until the Nov general election. One story, one major event, one more scandal could change the whole ball game, yet the media and certain individuals are pushing for Bernie Sanders(D), Gov Kasich(R) and Sen Cruz(R) to drop out and basically ignore the millions still wanting to vote. I say let the voters decide, not the media or establishment of each Party. (more…)
Hillary is Winning; But It Shouldn’t it be Bernie? April 26, 2016Posted by Coonsey in Uncategorized.
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Republican Candidates Careless About Voters April 25, 2016Posted by Coonsey in Uncategorized.
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I’ve seen Republicans over the years try and even recently take away the rights of Democrat voters but they’ve gone to a new low today.
Senator Cruz and Governor Kasich, Republicans, who are running for President have ‘decided’ to help each other by ignoring their fellow Republican’s desires within specific States. Within Indiana, New Mexico and Oregon, they’ve decided they will each give up their campaigns within those States to the other. In other words, Cruz won’t campaign within New Mexico or Oregon, giving Kasich a chance to beat Donald Trump and in exchange, Kasich won’t campaign within Indiana allowing Cruz to try and beat Trump there. Their goal is to take away delegates from Donald Trump.
They are not only completely writing off the campaign crews within those States that have probably worked all year long trying to get votes for their candidate; they are telling Republican voters in those States, “Sorry, but we care more about stopping Trump then getting your support for President.
While I think it would be entirely unfair for Mr Trump to lose the nomination just because he didn’t quite make the 1237 magic number of delegates, missing the target by perhaps as much as 75 or less, and the other two candidates not getting anywhere near that number; but Donald Trump isn’t much better.
He’s admitting now that his actions in the beginning, calling other candidates names, attacking minorities, attacking the media, etc… was all just a show to get voter’s attention and votes. Like his old television show, “The Apprentice, You’re Fired”, he was performing, it was supposedly all an ‘act’ to sell a product, namely ‘him’. He had to act that way he says, to get people excited enough to vote for him.
Now he claims he will become the ‘real’ Donald Trump, very Presidential, if he wins the nomination for president for the Republican Party. He’s been fooling millions and millions (as he calls it) of voters since day one.
I sincerely hope and pray that those Republican, Independent and some Democrat voters will remember what these Republican candidates did to them when it comes to a possible contested convention, and even more important, when the General Election rolls around to their State. They were manipulated and lied to by all three candidates showing they could care less what the voters want.
Bernie, Be the Underdog They Say You Are April 21, 2016Posted by Coonsey in Uncategorized.
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For the past couple of months the media and Hillary Clinton supporters have been claiming that Senator Bernie Sanders numbers don’t add up to a win at the Democrat Convention. After the huge win in New York, they are now claiming that Bernie could hurt Hillary by discussing ‘the issues’ and where they differ. Don’t discuss her connections to Wall Street or large corporations they tell him. Don’t discuss her large speaking fees she gets from those companies. Don’t discuss her pushing for fracking, her involvement in Libya or Iraq and don’t discuss the fact that she only wanted to raise the minimum wage to $12.50 and Bernie from the beginning has pushed for $15 and hour. Just stick to the issues, they say. Say what?
They tell Bernie that after New York that he definitely cannot win the nomination, his numbers just cannot add up to the required amount needed. They say she has over 2 million more votes than he does, and several hundred more Super Delegates on her side, where they’ve been since before the Primary even really began. They say that even if he tries to contest the nomination that there is no way that those delegates will pick him. The establishment has decided, Bernie has lost and he needs to throw in the towel and start supporting Hillary Clinton for President.
So Bernie, be the loser, or better yet, the underdog as they claim you are. Instead of claiming you have a path to victory, tell voters that the path is being obstructed by the Democrat establishment leaders and Hillary’s campaign.
It’s time to give ‘warning’ to your supporters. Unless voters stand up, get registered (especially if their State is a closed Primary), gather their family and friends and get out and vote, Senator Bernie Sanders will not be the Democrat Nominee for President. This is a pure example of the need for that political ‘revolution’ Bernie’s been pushing since day one of his campaign. The People Must Decide, not the establishment leaders. (more…)
Buck Stops Here: When Convenient to Me April 15, 2016Posted by Coonsey in Uncategorized.
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Remember the famous words by former President Harry Truman, “The Buck Stops Here”? Well we have gotten few examples recently of when that phrase might ‘not’ be acceptable for former Sec. of State, Hillary Clinton to use and when she will use it if it’s helping her display her “experience” and “judgement” as being a ‘part’ of former President Bill Clinton’s administration, as Senator of New York and as Sec. of State for President Barack Obama during her campaign.
Very little has been said by the so called debate ‘experts’ about the way Hillary basically ‘passed the buck’ or ‘blame’ for Libya and Syria’s mistakes on President Obama last night during the CNN’s Democrat Debate between Sec. Hillary and Sen. Bernie Sanders. Eliza Collins wrote a column about it, thankfully. (more…)
Democrat Elected and Super Delegate System April 14, 2016Posted by Coonsey in Uncategorized.
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I looked up Democrat super delegates today. About 20 percent of the total delegates who will attend this summer’s convention are “unpledged” (super delegates) and free to vote for whichever candidate they want, regardless of who won in their state or district.
From what I read, the super delegate system was developed in 1980s as a way for party leaders to provide some “guidance to voters” (in other words, ‘decide who will run’) when it came to nominating candidates who could hold their own against Republicans in the general election. That alone is PLAIN WRONG.
The following is what I meant by them getting two votes.
Let’s say I’m a voter in Illinois. I’m also running to be a Hillary delegate. Come Election Day in March, I vote for Hillary and I win the delegate race. So far I’ve had One Vote.
Come convention time I get to vote on the first ballot for Hillary in the name of Illinois. I ‘could’ however, change my mind after seeing Bernie doing so well, change sides and vote for Bernie on the first ballot. That would be TWO votes (this would be like every citizen changing their minds months after March primary).
If nobody wins on the first ballot, there will be another vote where every delegate (elected or not) gets to Vote AGAIN. Let’s say that neither candidate is liked (Hillary or Bernie), so somebody nominates Joe Biden to be our nominee. All delegates get, once again, another vote. They get to vote for Hillary, Bernie or Joe. I as an elected delegate continue voting for Hillary throughout the process. However, all the Super delegates and the majority of other elected delegates decide they will override who the American’s voted for and they vote for Joe who didn’t even run for office (sort of like what could happen in the Republican Primary convention and COULD happen this year with Bernie).
They’ve all gotten at least two or more votes throughout the primary election process whereas Joe Blow in downstate Illinois only got ONE VOTE, that day in March.
This year, Hillary has the majority of super delegates supporting her on the first ballot but neither her or Bernie reach the number required, so another vote is taken. This time however, the super delegates and some of the elected delegates are convinced by Bernie to vote for him instead of Hillary – giving Bernie the election.
Now, I just happen to be a fan of Bernie’s so I’d be very happy about such a case. However, if the situation were reversed I’d be very upset that a stranger TOOK MY VOTE AWAY by ignoring it.
Basically, a handful of people have the power to elect whoever they want as our candidate. This is plain wrong. Even if it hasn’t happen so far, the simple fact that hundreds of super delegates “endorsing” a specific person from the day they announce they are running – can INFLUENCE other voters into believing THEIR guy/gal, hasn’t a chance of winning, so they vote for the one the super’s are supporting. This is also wrong.
In either case, those super delegates can put either Hillary or Bernie over the number required to win on the first ballot. Super delegates get TWO votes no matter what. They can vote for Hillary in March but decide that Bernie is best candidate and vote for him at convention. The rest of us can’t ‘change our minds’ later.
Why not make it simple, if you want to stick to this plan. Supers cannot ‘endorse’ who they will vote for till the convention and elected delegates MUST stick to whomever they said they would vote for.
Make it even more simple — popular vote WINs period, both in the primaries and general elections. There is no need for delegates except maybe one per state to represent their State at the convention. This could even eliminate a convention all together, saving millions of dollars. No need for Electoral College either. Those were created because travel was hard back in the old, old days. Travel is easy now.
It’s no wonder people FEEL their votes don’t count, because in some cases they could be right. Another thought for you, those super delegates (714) of the power of Illinois, Florida and California + delegates combined. That’s just not right.
Am I wrong?
What the President Should Say to the GOP Senate Leaders March 3, 2016Posted by Coonsey in Uncategorized.
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