Open Letter to 3 Top VT Pols Who Have Not Endorsed Bernie Sanders

Dear Senator Leahy, Governor Shumlin, Congressman Welch:

I urge you all to endorse Bernie Sanders for President.  It is disturbing to me that two of you have endorsed Hillary Clinton, the pro-war, pro-GMO, pro-1% candidate, against the candidate of the 99%, and Mr. Welch has so far abstained from endorsement.  I am disturbed because of Clinton’s obvious faithlessness.  I hate to see MY representatives, of MY beloved state, endorsing….. that.

On militancy, Sanders has said:  “Our response must begin with …. the reflection that failed policy decisions of the past – rushing to war, regime change in Iraq, or toppling Mossadegh in Iran in 1953, or Guatemalan President Árbenz in 1954, Brazilian President Goulart in 1964, Chilean President Allende in 1973. These are the sorts of policies do not work [and] do not make us safer.”  How long has it been since an American politician this important made a broad, useful and truthful historical reference?

In contrast, Clinton propagates endless war:  “It is time to …. intensify and broaden our efforts to smash …. ISIS …. in Iraq and Syria.  That starts with …. more allied planes, more strikes, and a broader target set.  .… [W]e may have to give our troops [in Iraq] greater freedom [of] embedding in local units and helping target airstrikes.”  No talk of history here, because our misguided wars are what gave rise to ISIS in the first place; more war is not the answer.  Clinton has also recommended a no-fly zone in Syria, which would put us in direct military opposition with Russia.  If Clinton doesn’t understand yet how this is bad, there’s no point in hoping she’ll have an epiphany.

Sanders’ rhetoric concerning wealth inequality and banking is basically sincere if more than a bit wishful, and he knows it.  Clinton, on the other hand, gives lip service to public interest while the Clinton Global Initiative promotes Monsanto, and Jerry Crawford, her top campaign advisor, is a former Monsanto lobbyist.  This is what she’s always done, and it shows in the poor reviews she gets from both left and right media on websites as diverse as Counterpunch.org and BloombergView.com.  Due to the vibrancy of Sanders’ distinctly left candidacy, potential left support for Clinton is bound to be tepid, while it is well known she energizes conservative voters who might have stayed home.  People will beat each other like Black Friday to get on buses and vote against her.  Thus, last week The Hill reported Sanders polling MUCH stronger than Clinton against Republican opponents.  Sanders is clearly the better candidate in a general election.

And it is obvious which of them would serve the country better economically.  Every major economic indicator other than the stock market is down now.  This is because Americans have no money to spend due to exportation of jobs and refusal of corporate and political elites to fund badly needed infrastructure refurbishment and sustainable energy conversion.  Privatization is also a factor, where public institutions are transferred to private corporations, which then reduce employment in search of profits, plummeting quality of service.  Who wants to spend more time on the phone not getting what they want from automated “customer service”?  The only people who don’t suffer from all of this are, you guessed it, the 1% who comprise Clinton’s true constituency, and a Clinton presidency would just give us more.

Gentlemen, I ask you, where are your hearts?  Do you REALLY want to give your neighbors and fellow Americans more bank bailouts perpetuating financial ills, austerity proven to not work on multiple continents, war and more war, which is actually NOT good for the economy?  Do you really wish stress, debt, sickness, and more stress upon us?  That is what you are in the process of giving to us by endorsing Clinton!  But it’s not too late!  While it’s not usual for prominent politicians to change an endorsement – it might be unprecedented – think of what that would say about you if you did and Mr. Welch joined you!  It would mean that you, like the vast majority of your constituents, simply could not stomach any more corporate deceit and corruption!  Think of the power such an act would have in the minds and hearts of millions of Americans, not just Vermonters.  The truck has not been built that could hold the confetti that would burst from my chest in pride, gratitude and relief.

Senator Leahy, Governor Shumlin, Congresssman Welch, please endorse Bernie Sanders for President now.

News readers, please join your voices with mine by contacting our pols now and letting them know how you feel about this issue; the primary season is about to begin.

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