Why I will Never Join the Democratic Party (2016 Edition)
In 2015, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz used her position as head of the Democratic Party to shove presidential debates onto low-viewer weekend nights after two challengers appeared to run alongside then-frontrunner Hillary Clinton. Wasserman Schultz is an open, avowed Clinton supporter.
That was then, this is now, and Bernie Sanders is winning the hearts and minds of Democratic Party voters. Now that Hillary Clinton is behind, all of a sudden Debbie Wasserman Schultz has scheduled extra debates, during well-watched weeknight prime time hours. Also, Wassermam Schultz has just announced that the DNC she leads has decided to drop its ban on accepting lobbyist dollars and corporate political action cash. This move will benefit Hillary Clinton, who has agreed to take such big money contributions from powerful political insiders, and will harm Bernie Sanders, who has pledged not to accept such funds.
One of the premises of the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign is that what we call a democracy is actually a rigged system for and by the rich. Debbie Wasserman Schultz is making his point well. Why should I ever join the Democratic Party as a member when it takes such pains to create an uneven field for democracy?