PLUTOCRACY: A plutocracy is a country or society governed by the wealthy few.
To prevail in November, Jill Stein needs to have at least four million Sanders supporters take the Jill or BUST pledge to vote Green in the general election. Skeptics are right to ask, “why?” Please read at least down to “A melodramatic analogy.”
Chris Hedges, a prominent left-wing voice, said last year Sanders “has agreed that he will endorse the [Party nominee], which, unless there is some miracle, will probably be Hillary Clinton.” [emphasis added] Noam Chomsky, perhaps the best known left-wing commentator has said, “I am glad that he’s [running for President,] “But the chances of [Senator Sanders] winning at the primary, or even at the national level, are virtually nil in our system, which is not a democracy but a plutocracy.” [emphasis added]
“Some miracle.” Why would Hedges and Chomsky say those things? Clinton’s super PACs, hundreds of superdelegates supporting her before one vote was cast, election fraud, voter suppression, Sanders campaign infiltration, conspiracy to “forget” forms Bernie precinct captains needed, etc. Bernie never had a chance. Are you angry yet?
RAP is #JillOrBUST. The superdelegates could have united the Party behind Senator Sanders, but they chose to divide us. They chose Donald Trump over Bernie Sanders because they prefer him to Bernie. Trump is closer to their corporate values than Bernie is.
It is naive for Stein’s supporters to believe that she can secure the White House without leverage to breakthrough the corrupt, Clinton Tammany Hall machine. What kind of leverage? Try to imagine if four million or more American voters take the Jill or BUST pledge to vote Green in the general election. Democratic super-delegates could have supported Bernie Sanders but they divided the American liberal/progressive left and potentially put a Republican in the White House. If taken by enough citizens, the Jill or BUST pledge will give voters no choice but to support Jill Stein…or else. #SteinOrElse…Trump.
The Jill 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 vote for Jill Stein for President in 2016 no matter what. With enough leverage, Revolt Against Plutocracy can shock the voters who fear Trump — in the news media and with ads — into understanding that voting for Clinton or Johnson will put Donald Trump into the White House. This massive lever will apply enough pressure to deter voter support for a dangerous, establishment neoliberal like Hillary Clinton (Wall Street tool).
2) Pledge-takers will then reach out to friends, relatives, etc. to recruit just two more people to take the Jill or BUST pledge ASAP. This is the only way a critical mass will pool resources to maximize support by Sanders supporters for Stein as President. 14% of Democrats will not vote for Hillary in the general election, and we need your help finding them to take the pledge.
Please use email or Facebook/Twitter messaging to widen the Jill or BUST pledge movement while staying otherwise active on social media. If every pledge-signer recruits just two more citizens who recruit two more every day, we will reach 4,000,000 pledge-takers by October. That’s a big number yet it starts with just two more pledges recruited by what must be a grassroots movement. It is important that pledge-takers persist and follow-up with potential recruits until two more pledges are confirmed to you. We will follow up all pledges with an email to assist with recruitment.
A melodramatic analogy: No doubt, some skeptics will wonder if the Jill or BUST pledge is like the wildly desperate guy–aiming a loaded pistol at his own head–who declares, “if I don’t get my way, I’ll pull the trigger.” That is like the Jill or BUST pledge. You are a Stein (or angry Sanders) supporter. The threat to “pull the trigger” is the refusal to vote for a status quo Democrat even if it pushes Donald Trump in to the White House. Leverage is how a minority effectively pressures the majority to meet their demands for a new way forward, that is, for tax reform, systemic change and democratic equality: for revolution.
Senator Bernie Sanders called for a “political revolution.” Pledge-takers are taking a revolutionary step. A pledge to vote Green Party is a revolutionary innovation, and it will change how progressive, grassroots supporters will peacefully continue and compel an American revolution against oligarchy, against the corporate-state, against plutocracy, against “Wall Street capitalism”…against Wall Street-backed Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
To all pledge-takers: thank you! Our social media hashtags are: #AmericanRevolution #JillNotHill #JillOrBUST #JillOrElse #GreenIn2016 #SheepNoMore #WeAreNotAfraid
To everyone else, remember: there is a difference between a campaign for office and a political revolution. Bernie Sanders lost his campaign for the Democratic Party nomination. We are convinced only a revolutionary movement that will not take “Clinton” for an answer can secure the White House for Jill Stein. Think about it.