11 Feb








Bernie or bust pledge is a declaration of war on Democratic Party establishment

The DNC and the Democratic Party establishment
have the rules of the primary season rigged against Bernie Sanders. From the debate schedule to the temporary blocking of access to the voter database to the use of establishment-oriented super delegates not even the Republicans use, they are in a civil war against insurgent revolutionary Senator Sanders. In response, Revolt Against Plutocracy declares war on the DNC and party establishment. A plutocracy is a country or societycontrolled by the wealthy few.

Chris Cillizza is the author of “The Fix,” a politics blog for the Washington Post. Reviewing the last Democratic Party debate before the primary season begins, he noted that “the Republican National Committee’s attempts to influence the debate calendar…pales in comparison to the travesty the Democratic National Committee has made of its own debates.”

Senator Sanders’ endorsements from and DFA and his current lead in the polls in IA and NH are creating acrisis of legitimacy for the Democratic Party. The political revolution “launched wittingly or unwittingly by comparatively tame “house socialist” Bernie Sanders, could be the death knell for the Democratic Party as we know it. And that’s a verygood thing.” The Party, since President Clinton, has become a tool of Wall Street, and Hillary Clinton is integral in the neo-liberal establishment.

RAP co-founder, Patrick Walker, notes in Nation of Change:

And Bernie’s danger consists precisely in has having gotten so close to Democrats—almost literally under their skin. And when the skin in question is the microfilm-thin epidermis of Debbie Wasserman-Schultz or Hillary Clinton, Bernie’s potential for lethal damage in almost endless. For their ham-handed overreaches in attempting to contain the “Sanders menace” have contributed—as virtually nothing else could—to delegitimizing today’s decidedly un-Democratic Party. And everything suggests that ham-handedness will only continue and worsen.

He adds, “in Hillary Clinton and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz [Sanders] has encountered such uncomprehending tools of the corporatist political establishment that a strong movement for revolution seems guaranteed. Revolt Against Plutocracy (RAP) has consistently sought to organize that revolutionary movement…by organizing our voter pledge to write in Bernie Sanders in case corporate tool Clinton was nominated.”

Is this fight a civil war? It is a revolution against the neo-liberal establishment which is shoving global corporate order, so-called “free-trade agreements” down our throats. Hillary said she supports these kind of international trade deals when she supposedly “opposed” the TPP. This is a revolution against militarism. Hillary is an uber-hawk and the standard-bearer of the status quo. We need a revolution now because climate change really is the most critical issue of our time. The process of global warming — with positive feedback loops in place — is under way, and it is late in the fight for sustainable energy needed to avoid a future of abandoned “old” cities under water and “Neo Seouls” around the ever-warming planet. Civilization is at a pivotal point of turning away from disaster or not. We need to pivot from “what’s good for the wealthy elite is good” to inclusive and sustainable policies. As Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton traveled the globe promoting hydro-fracking, a dangerous manner to drill for natural gas that releases significant amounts of methane, a potent greenhouse gas. No progressive, regardless of sex, should consider ever voting for her.

Bernie’s revolutionary campaign and our grassroots, innovative strategy work independently to help Senator Sanders secure the Democratic Party nomination. Writing in Op-Ed News, Benjamin Kall notes, “In a tight race, which this one will surely be, it is very likely that Bernie could win the electorate primary pledges but he could lose the nomination by way of his peers. There are 4047 total pledges to be made in the party, 794 by the super delegates.” The Bernie or bust pledge provides Bernie with insurance he’ll need at the Convention in August. It is also leverage RAP has plans to deploy during the primaries, so Bernie’s revolutionary supporters need to take the pledgenow. Please take the pledge to either write in Bernie Sanders in November or vote for the Green Party candidate* and find just two of the approximately 7 million Democrats who will not vote for Hillary Clinton in the general election to take it as well. There are probably even more Independents who would take Bernie over Hillary or Trump/Cruz. They, too, could be asked to take it with the understanding that without it,Bernie’s candidacy is doomed to failure. “The fix is in.” Don’t wait for Bernie to start losing primaries in the South; help give us leverage there by taking the pledge right away. The establishment already fears us; it is the time to amplify that fear.

The Bernie or Bust pledge is as simple as it will be effective.  It involves two easy steps, and both are vital to the success of this movement’s strategy. They are:
  1. Join thousands of voters who have filled out a simple form to pledge to write-in Bernie Sanders for President or vote Green in 2016* if he is not on the ballot.  With enough leverage, Revolt Against Plutocracy can shock the  Democratic Party establishment — in the news media and with ads — into an understanding that nominating anyone else seriously jeopardizes Democrats chances of keeping the White House.   This massive lever will apply enough pressure to deter voter support for regressive, neo-liberal, establishment candidates like Hillary Clinton or Joe Biden. Take the pledge by filling out the form here.
  2. Commit yourself to quickly finding at least just two more people to take the pledge.  14% of Democrats will not vote for Hillary, but we need your help finding them to take the pledge. Time is of the essence. Please use your email to ask people you know, friends, neighbors, relatives (but no one from work), etc. to take the Bernie or Bust pledge before or while asking people in social media and follow up until you know two people have taken the pledge. If every pledge-signer recruits just two more citizens who recruit two more every day, we’ll have over 1,000,000 pledge-takers in less than a month. That’s all you need to do to make this grassroots pressure effective: take the pledge and recruit two more citizens. (We will send pledge-takers a reminder email with suggestions for Facebook or Twitter private messaging to make it easy as possible.)
If Senator Sanders is not in the lead with elected delegates, RAP will not go to Philadelphia. This is insurance, not extortion. We will not vote for Hillary Clinton in the general election, but we won’t be outside of the Convention holding a press conference and handing out flyers to delegates either. Bernie’s money may or may not dry up in the superTuesday flood of multi-state advertising, but our strength-in-numbers can only go up over time with your help. Take the pledge and join the RAP revolution, a civil war against the establishment.

#AllLegalMeans are “weapons” RAP deploys in the civil war against the American plutocracy,  their transnational corporations and their puppets in the Democratic Party. The lesser-of-two evils is a con job! Bernie’s revolution must succeed, or we are doomed as a civilization.  #ABC candidates. #AnyoneButCorporate candidates. #BernieOrBust #BernieOrElse

  • Seven states do not allow for write-ins of candidates: Hawaii, Nevada, South Dakota, Oklahoma,  South Carolina, Mississippi and Louisiana. In order to give voters in those states the ability to fulfill their pledge to write-in Bernie Sanders for President in 2016, we have added the “or vote Green Party” to the pledge.  We chose the Green Party because their platform is similar to Bernie’s agenda.


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