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Salamone, episode 78: Catch 2020 crossover episode with Michael Salamone's June 9, 2016 column

“There was no telling what people might find out once they felt free to ask whatever questions they wanted to.”
― Joseph Heller, Catch-22

I’ve said throughout this race that I would tell you when I no longer think that Bernie Sanders can become the Democratic nominee for President. Today is that day.

Wait. Don’t send me that nasty tweet yet. Stay with me. I actually still believe he can become President. It’s the nomination I’m casting shade upon. Yet, there’s so much more to our movement than the White House. Let me start at the beginning.

Despite what the propaganda wing of the Clinton campaign, America’s corporate media cartels, will tell you, there is no Democratic nominee. There simply won’t be until July 25th, 2016. That’s when super delegates vote. Until then, nobody has the 2,383 delegates the Democratic National Committee’s own rules dictate necessary for the nomination. Heck, if you want to get technical, nobody has any claim on the nomination at all, because even pledged delegates won’t vote until the convention. Similar is true for Trump and the Republicans. All sorts of stuff can happen in the next month and a half.

While I think the corporate media are dirty, filthy liars on how they’ve been presenting this false flag information, and are guilty of voter suppression because of how they’ve presented these lies before people finished voting, I concur with the essence of their spin. Our team, the Bernie movement, is mathematically challenged in our endeavors to win the nomination. It’s too late in the game to change that, even though the game is still very much in play, in my humble opinion.

Bernie Sanders would need an overwhelming majority of super delegates to win the Democratic nomination at the convention. Short of an indictment for her crimes against the Republic by hiding unprotected State secrets on an insecure, illegal computer network, or a come-to-Jesus moment where Democrats across this nation of ours wake up to how polls show Clinton can’t pull-off an electoral college win against any Republican, including Donald Trump; there’s no reason on the table for super delegates to back anybody but Clinton. She represents the very establishment that super delegates were put in place to protect. I personally have doubts that Clinton, who couldn’t even fill a school gymnasium during this campaign had as many supporters as the voting machines gave her votes. However, even if every voter fraud, fake social media follower and disenfranchisement theory going around the web is true, Hillary’s base is exactly what super delegates are made up of: well-to-do establishment types who want to maintain the status-quo.

Bernie is a brave man. He stuck his neck out to run on the issues a majority of Americans agree on against the very power structure who has been refusing to act on those issues. He is doing what no Democrat had the guts to do, and bringing that fight right into the belly of that beast at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Now, I don’t know Bernie Sanders. I’ve been a fan for many years. I’ve been in the same room with him but never met him. I believe he is a very intelligent, politically savvy social justice warrior. I believe his strategy pivoted some weeks ago to platform demands. I could be wrong here, but at least allow me to present my thesis.

Bernie supporters can argue all day about how certain pet issues weren’t given enough attention, or that he didn’t hit Clinton hard enough on her numerous shortcomings and scandals. I would argue that’s our job and we can’t expect the only honest candidate to adapt his character to our movement, but that’s for another day. What we can not argue is what Bernie has said all along. It will take millions of us coming together and rise up to make any real change. This isn’t Bernie Sanders’s revolution, it’s about all of us. I believe for a majority of this campaign, we have been issued a call-to-action to gather in Philadelphia the week of the Democratic National Convention and demand our platform. I hope to #SeeYouInPhilly.

Right now, today, you can start telling the Democratic Party what that platform should be. You can do so for the next week. I urge you to do so. If you’re able to, I encourage you to attend the People’s Summit and help shape a grassroots platform that the people will demand. I beg of you to do whatever it takes to join your brothers and sisters in Philadelphia at the end of July to peacefully march for the platform positions laid out by our movement throughout this past year for economic, social, racial and environmental justice. Our platform, when polled by each issue, has the majority support with the American electorate. The corporate influence over government has kept this agenda from realization. We are an oligarchy. Unless Americans start rising up peacefully in large numbers to demand reform, it will never be given to us. Bernie fighting on to the convention is a blessing to us. We are fortunate to have such a steadfast warrior as the face of our movement.

This is true for the voter fraud and election tampering, as well as the corporate media narrative we’ve had to swallow as well. We must demand change, in large numbers, or the American promise will be forever lost. Hillary Clinton, and certainly not Donald Trump, will never act on these issues. We can however make sure every politician down ballot is forced to. We need to take over our local governments and kick dirty election commissioners to the curb. From the ground up, we need to reform how elections are conducted. That means we need you to get active in localized party politics and encourage your friends and family to do so too. We have to do this all in four years, by the year 2020. We also have to seriously demand, as 85% of Americans wish, for money to be taken out of our political structure. We must change how candidates are bought and sold and the dirty election rigging that puts them in power. If we don’t, we’re stuck in a rut as the largest banana republic that the earth has ever known. Oligarchy will lead to tyranny and the American promise is lost.

“The country was in peril; he was jeopardizing his traditional rights of freedom and independence by daring to exercise them.”
― Joseph Heller, Catch-22

I must reiterate that our revolution must be peaceful. There is too much fear of totalitarianism under a Clinton or Trump presidency as well. We must not give them any fodder for furthering the police state. Our goal is to undo the police state, not grow it. If we lose at election reform, campaign finance reform, media reform AND further the police state, you will certainly see at least two terms of Trump or Clinton. I don’t put it past either becoming a dictator for life if given the chance.

“Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t after you.”
― Joseph Heller, Catch-22

Was the primary stolen from Bernie Sanders? I certainly think so. Were voters disenfranchised and machine vote tallies altered? I certainly think so. Will there be lawsuits? I certainly hope so. Will anything come of it? I’m doubtful, unless we make noise. I’m also doubtful a person of wealth and power, like Hillary Clinton, will face justice through FBI indictment before the convention. Will I hope for a contested convention through Bernie that causes a Biden floor vote? Well, yes. Yes, I will. Is it realistic? Doubtfully. Clinton, as proven through her emails on Wikileaks, controls the media narrative. She crushes her dissidents. That’s just what she does.

As for the media, we all simply have to resolve to kill our TV sets and actively fight for net neutrality. News is more accurate and honest online. You can still have your shows. I got HBO Now so I could keep up with Game of Thrones in real time. If we create the demand, other networks will have to do the same. We have to leave cable and satellite in such droves that advertisers have to start supporting online entertainment instead. We have to pressure our online news and entertainment sources to support net neutrality, especially once advertising comes their way. The truth of capitalism is that it is fueled by consumerism. We consumers have to take back our information structure. As constituents, we have to protect independent media on the internet politically by putting pressure on our Congressional representation. This is a major part of our struggle that nobody is talking about. If we lose the internet, we lose the fight forever.

For the past year I have used the internet platform my readers and podcast listeners have allowed me to beg of you all to consider running for office and to start independent media shows. I don’t care if you run for dog catcher or for Senate. I don’t care if you do a show about your love for knitting or start a news program. I care that you get active. Life is tough. You’ve got a lot on your plate. I get it. Democracy isn’t a spectator sport. It’s full contact. We need our entire team on the field for this play. This is the crossroads our movement is at. Search your soul for as much solidarity as you can give your brothers and sisters in this movement. We need a “do it yourself” mentality moving forward. Stake out what you can offer and network with others in the cause as you do so.

I believe in putting your money where your mouth is, and have begun a process to identify the right chair in public office for me to seek. I already have a show of sorts, and it gets really good listenership. So, it’s time for me to take the next step and try to use that platform to support other voices. I have been developing a podcast network co-op called Podcast Revolution. We’ve got about 10 shows in the works, with about five if you count mine close to launching. If you’ve got an idea for a show and don’t know where to start, please reach out to me. That’s what we’re building. An independent network that benefits the entire collective. We’ve got to kick the independent media revolution into over drive. We’ll launch as soon as more shows than mine are producing content. Our platform is traditional audio podcasts only to start, but show owners can do blogging and video as well. I personally believe podcasting has the most audience because so many workers can listen all day, but can’t be logged onto Facebook, YouTube, etc. If you disagree, I beg of you to prove me wrong and start a show. Frankly, I don’t care what medium you use. Start a show. That’s how the independent media revolution will take form, through flooding the marketplace.

Earlier I mentioned that I still think Bernie Sanders can be President. I believe if Bernie runs, he wins. I don’t believe that path is through the Democratic nomination anymore. I don’t have any insight of what is going on in that beautiful mind of his, but if he were to run third-party, be it on his own or accepting Jill Stein’s Green Party invitation, I believe Bernie could still pull off the biggest political upset in history of our republic. Since I’ve no information to add on that topic other than my belief, I’ll leave it at that. We don’t need to argue about the faults of the Green Party or how they’re not even on every State’s ballot or how sore loser laws would disqualify Bernie being on the ballot as an independent. Bernie’s smart. Bernie knows what he can and cannot do. He’s still in it to win it. This isn’t about Bernie. It’s about our movement.

I do believe our movement is here to stay, even if we’ve not our Presidential candidate in the oval. I do believe that in 2020 the progressive coalition of Democrats outside of the hive mind, independents and others will be the driving political force in this country. I also have quite a few fears.

Hillary Clinton has made it clear throughout this primary that she plans on censoring the internet. Her AIPAC speech was particularly dangerous to the free flow of information our movement depends on. She is also quite famous for keeping lists of her enemies. I am quite fearful of what her ascension to the White House will bring for net neutrality, especially if she supports the TPP as she is suspected to do. I don’t expect much different from Donald Trump, except perhaps less calculated and more buffoonish.

No matter which of these stooges for the status-quo were to become President, we would be entrenched in warfare. The economy will be tougher for the middle-class and the working poor. The issues that keep us in choke hold will escalate. They’ve made it clear. They both want more war and more corporate subsidies.

“[They] agreed that it was neither possible nor necessary to educate people who never questioned anything.”
― Joseph Heller, Catch-22

In some ways this will empower the true progressive revolution. Many of those in privilege who were too content with how things are to join us will wake up to the corporate power structure as well over the next four years. We need to welcome them to the revolution and educate them on our fight and why it is a peaceful one. This movement will continue to grow. We will take the oval office, as well as every down ballot office from local levels to the federal, in between. As long as we fight to keep an open internet, take back our public offices, force money out of politics and take back the media.

We need an infrastructure of open internet, corruption free government and fair, open media to restore democracy. All of our other issues can not move forward without it. Our movement can not move forward without it. That’s our Catch-22 for 2020, our Catch-2020. We have a lot of work and a lot of fight to stay on path. There is no Presidential savior, even if we get a President Bernie. This movement is from the people, for the people, and requires the work of the people. No matter if we somehow still elect Bernie, or are suffering under totalitarianism under Clinton or Trump, we must stay vigilant.

I’m still with Bernie. I will #SeeYouInPhilly. I will keep soul-searching and doing whatever I can do. I beg that you will act similarly. Our struggle moves forward. Solidarity.