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The Democratic Party Convention

In addition to being able to tap into the super computers of the NSA, this web site is able to transport forward into time. Now, we have done it once again and can report to you on the upcoming Democratic Party convention (July 25-28 in Philadelphia).

Months prior to that convention, some Sanders supporters were getting their hopes up

Bernie Sanders on "Young Turks". He said: "Are they (the Democratic Party establishment) going to weld into the Democratic Party the working class of this country and the young people, or is it going to be the upper class, the cocktail crowd and the heavy campaign contributors... If I can't make it... we want to completely revitalize the Democratic Party and make it a party of the people." When asked whether he though Hillary would "flip again" as far as the TPP (trade deal with the Asian countries), he didn't answer directly. "You know... I think what we need is to create a movement which holds elected officials accountable.... "It is imperative that they (young people and working class people) participate in the political process. And that they demand a government which represents all of us, not just the few..."

Bernie Sanders on “Young Turks”. He said:
“Are they (the Democratic Party establishment) going to weld into the Democratic Party the working class of this country and the young people, or is it going to be the upper class, the cocktail crowd and the heavy campaign contributors… If I can’t make it… we want to completely revitalize the Democratic Party and make it a party of the people.”

that he would refuse to support Clinton and break from the Democrats. They used, for example, an  interview on the “Young Turks”  to raise their hopes. (The fact that some socialists were calling on him to break from the Democrats also helped raised these hopes.)

What he’s doing in this interview is preparing to make some demands on her, and when she partially accedes to some of those demands, he’s going to say, “We won a victory. It wasn’t all that we want, but things don’t change overnight. We have to continue to build the political revolution.”

At the Convention

Because our time-transporting abilities are still very primitive, we cannot give all the happenings at the convention, but the basics are there. Both Clinton and Sanders were placed in nomination, and both gave similar, rip-roaring speeches. The same ones they’d been giving for months as they toured the country. In several interviews, Sanders was asked if he was going to campaign for Hillary.

“Well, look at who the Republicans have nominated,” he replied. “It’s a no-brainer that if they win the White House it will be a disaster. But, no, our support is not going to be for free. I said all along that what this campaign is about is not one individual, but to build the political revolution. And that’s what we’re doing. Already, we’ve been tremendously successful. We’ve gotten our candidate to oppose the TPP trade deal, for example. And we’re going to hold her accountable on that. That’s just one issue. We’re going to continue to build this political revolution until the people really make the politicians do their bidding. It won’t be easy, and it won’t happen overnight, but we’re going to win.”

Many millions of Sanders supporters reluctantly went along with him. Others didn’t, but most of them were somewhat disappointed. They shouldn’t have been. All they needed to do was look behind the curtain. Consider who Sanders staff were and gotten real. Just like a corporate CEO who depends on those below him, every politician builds a staff that they rely on. It’s not only a matter of delegating authority; it’s also a matter of their being not only the eyes and ears but also part of the brains of the politician. The have vital input into what the politician does. So it is that who Sanders staff is should have been a warning. Every last one of his top aides are Democratic Party functionaries. The one exception was a former staffer for a union, and there’s hardly a difference between them and the Democratic Party. They were not going to cut off their ties, they were not going to wreck their future careers, but helping a campaign outside of and opposed to the Democrats.

Despite what some socialists would like people to have thought was possible.

P.S. It’s even more vague, but in a year or two from now, we see President Clinton signing a revised trade deal. She claims that it is far revised from and much better than the original TPP, but one or two analysts, on looking more closely, claim that it’s even worse. Shortly after that, US Senator Bernie Sanders turns 76 and instead of running for reelection he retires and announces the formation of a new non-profit called the Foundation for the Political Revolution. Al Gore joins the board of directors.

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