Attention all plutocrats, establishment Dems, and Clinton cronies. Do not dare try to blame third party voters, independents, Russian hackers, whistleblowers, #Bernie Sanders, Jill Stein, or Gary Johnson for the disastrous results of the 2016 Election. The blame for #Donald Trump's election to President of the United States rests squarely on the shoulders of the leadership of the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign.
The ultimate missed opportunity
The Democratic party had an overwhelmingly popular scandal free candidate who would have defeated Donald Trump in an historic landslide. A man who packed stadiums with 20 to 30 thousand wildly enthusiastic supporters.
His name is Bernie Sanders. According to Election Justice USA the Clinton campaign and the DNC, through massive voter suppression and election fraud, ensured the nomination of Hillary Clinton thus guaranteeing Trump's win. The mainstream media and establishment Democrats are already desperately working to rewrite this history.
The blame game
On November 9th “MSNBC's” Rachel Maddow tweeted an NBC survey which alleged that Clinton would have won key battle ground states had it not been for third party voters. Let the blame game begin. Third party voters, infuriated over the DNC's treatment of Sanders, were expected to simply fall in line behind the scandal ridden hugely unpopular Hillary Clinton. Establishment Democrats and the mainstream media's attempt to blame third party voters for Trump's win will not succeed.
Why? The evidence is overwhelming that had Sanders been the party's nominee the majority of third party voters and independents would have voted for Sanders tipping the scales in favor of the Democratic ticket. This is not the first time the plutocrats have blamed independents for such a loss.
The two party dictatorship
These same “Demopublicans” villainized independent US presidential candidate Ralph Nader in the 2000 election by blaming him for George W. Bush's victory. More serious and scientific election research later revealed this as a false accusation. Yet Nader voters were vehemently condemned for the first few years of Bush's regime. They had to be disciplined, psychologically brow beaten, because they should have fallen in line behind the Democratic Party's candidate Al Gore. Many disillusioned voters have pointed out that there is virtually no difference between the policies of the two major US political parties. It is the illusion of choice that Ralph Nader has properly characterized “the two party dictatorship.”
Indigenous influence on the US and global democracy
Many may wonder how we got here.
Isn't the United States supposed to be a Democracy? In the book “Exemplar of Liberty: Native America and the Evolution of Democracy” through exemplary scholarly research Donald A. Grinde, Jr. and Bruce E. Johansen demonstrate how the most cherished aspects of American democracy come from the influence of indigenous political thinkers on both European Enlightenment philosophers and the Framers of the US Constitution. But there was a lot the Founders left out.
Indigenous political theory is the last best hope of earth
In indigenous societies even children had a say in council, women and men enjoyed equal rights and gender equality, there was no chattel slavery, no poverty, etc. It has taken two centuries to gain similar rights under the American constitutional system. The election of Donald Trump threatens all of these rights. Indigenous peoples also enjoyed direct participatory Democracy. American plutocrats have demonized direct democracy as “mob rule” since the founding. Many have suggested the elimination of the electoral college, or the restructuring of the electoral system from a “winner take all” to a “proportional representation” system to give third party and independent voters a voice. But perhaps we should look again to indigenous political theory and ask, “What did we miss?” #Election 2016