BRAND SUICIDE: The Destruction of the Democratic Brand in 2016

Can anyone seriously believe the theft of the Democratic nomination went unnoticed? That it was overlooked or deemed too trivial to be reported by the national press?

line 1How could you not see it? How could anyone avoid seeing it? The political landscape was littered with telltale signs with almost every primary. Wrongly switched party registrations. Purged voter lists. Flipped electronic votes, uncounted ballots, rigged state conventions, 5-hour voting lines and, most of all, the glaringly obvious discrepancies between election results and exit polls? Discrepancies shockingly higher than the deviation allowed when the U.N. monitors Third World elections.

Whether this is a conspiracy we’re witnessing or just a confluence of coincidental interests, the corporate media has blacked out any mention of the biggest news story of 2016, the massive rigging of the Democratic primaries.

As a reasonable human being, I maintain nobody could be that ignorant or blind, unless it was intentional. If the National Press didn’t see it, THEY DIDN’T WANT TO SEE IT! The election fraud was pervasive and obvious! We all knew the fix was in—we all saw it in living color, primary night after primary night, on our wide screen TVs. It was like a thumb poked in your eye, which doesn’t kill you but certainly catches your attention.

The theft was embarrassingly obvious, wasn’t it? I don’t have to convince you. You already know. We all know! Rational, politically-unaffiliated adults would have to agree the entire election process was corrupted by forces out to ensure Secretary Clinton became the Democratic nominee. Yet most Hillary supporters whistle into the sky and pretend their candidate won the nomination fair and square.

Of course, the story is far from over, but we are nearing the final chapter for the Democratic brand as we once knew it. How self-defeating of the DNC to become an enemy to its own constituents, to suppress and steal their votes; all to benefit a woman so amoral she would steal the American presidency. And how blind not to see her deceitful behavior violated the very spirit and soul of the office she was seeking, possibly to achieve some selfish vision of American history. The Democratic Party was once proud and well-meaning. It was the party of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Harry Truman. The party of Kennedy, Johnson and Adlai Stevenson. A party of integrity.

But that was then.

line2Today, it’s become a party whose character, sadly, isn’t strong enough to resist the lure of Hillary and Bill Clinton or all that easy Citizens United money. The Democratic Party has sold its soul, its mission and, yes, its once proud brand down the river under the pungent lure of Power, Purse and Privilege.

The Democratic brand still stands of course, but it has been irrevocably changed, irrevocably sullied. Stained by the persistent recurrence of sacrificed values, sudden rightward directional shifts and abandoned constituents. This is now the Democratic Party of the wealthy and the privileged. Once it was the party of the middle class—the working stiffs, the little people, the immigrants, the elderly. Nobody interesting enough for the pages of People Magazine.

The biggest reason why Berners won’t support Hillary, even with Donald Trump looming in the background, is that every Bernie supporter felt personally robbed or affronted when, in primary after primary, Democratic Party minions acted as agents for Hillary and obstructions to Bernie. They had their thumb on the scale and wouldn’t take it off.

So, faced with a choice of two evils, don’t be surprised if Bernie’s legions go somewhere else with their vote. Maybe to Jill Stein or Gary Johnson or, even, the Donald Himself. ANYONE BUT HER!

Once there was a Democratic brand that stood for America’s working class. A brand for the people. A brand for a party committed to ensuring the wealthy and powerful didn’t trample on the rights of the middle class. That party is now dead. And it died during Hillary’s torturous climb to the nomination.line 1

Of course the Party still pretends to care about the welfare of the people. But its brand seems more Republican every day. There is no apology for this new stance. They think nobody will notice or complain as they rake in all their new millions in contributions. Money not only from supporters, but from people and corporations they once eschewed: the Monsantos, the Comcasts, the Blankfeins, while they hungrily vie for a seat at the billionaire table. A party eager to be a force for its own sake rather than for the good of the American people; motivated to perpetuate itself, if only to keep the parasites fed.

This is the brand of today’s Democratic Party. This is the image emblazoned in the brains of 13 million people who watched stupefied as this election and the nomination were stolen from their candidate. 13 million people who will not easily forget in November those who so eagerly trampled their votes and their rights during the primaries. 13 million people who know they were robbed; know with absolute certainty their candidate was treated like a bum by a cabal of establishment forces that suppressed, killed or flipped so many of his hard earned votes.line2

This is the new brand of the Democratic Party.  Self-interested. Self-important. Self-justifying. Almost criminal in its commitment to its own survival and comforts. How appropriate that Hillary Clinton is poised to be their leader.

One could easily say they deserve each other.


Read my “HILLARY CHRONICLES,” ten essays about David (Bernie) getting shafted by Goliath (Hillary) and her merry band of Philistines. The ten essays (in order of appearance): “BRAND SUICIDE, the Destruction of the Democratic Brand in 2016,” “The CDC Issues “CLINTON TOXICITY ALERT!” Warns Contact Could Prove Fatal To One’s Reputation,” “DEMOCRATS USE RUSSIANS AS SHIELD TO RE-FOCUS EMAIL STORY—PR PLOY OF THE CENTURY,”  “IS THAT YOUR IDEA OF AN APOLOGY?” AND  “DON’T BLAME ME IF I CRITICIZE HILLARY.” “Battle For The Presidency: The Gonzo Versus The Gonif,  “Sorry Bernie, We Still Can’t Trust Hillary,” “Sorry Hillary, We Can Never Forget—or Forgive—Your Stealing The Nomination,” “CONNECTING THE DOTS”, The Frightening Underbelly of the 2016 Presidential Election, “THE AUDACITY OF AUDACITY, the stealing of the American presidency 2016

To relive those glorious days of the Bernie campaign, check out mine and Bill Dahlgren’s “CHANNELING BERNIE,” ad campaign. 50 glorious ads in pursuit of the real American Dream.


6 thoughts on “BRAND SUICIDE: The Destruction of the Democratic Brand in 2016

  1. Lucy

    Excellent insights and reporting! Yes, I totally saw it and so did all millions of Bernie voters and, yes, we won’t vote for Her — she “won” with no visible support (nobody has ever seen even ONE Hillary bumper sticker, t-shirt, button, or yard sign EVER, since 2008, and everybody knew she did abysmally in online polls while Bernie consistently won every single one, always at way more than 50%), so let her “win” the general election the same way, apparently she knows how to “win” with no votes so it really doesn’t matter whom people vote for this time, your vote won’t count anyway — she has her influence-peddled racketeering connections all over the country all looking to ki$$ the queen’s butt, they will “fix it” for her. They disqualify athletes who cheat, but somehow a presidential candidate does not have to be held to such a high standard. The gall of thinking you can win a general election when you can’t even win the nomination of your own party without having to steal it (and we’re supposed to pretend that never happened, even after the Wikileaked emails validated our claims of federal crimes committed and still it’s ignored). I mean, does she really think the ~50% of voters who have hated her with the white-hot fury of a thousand suns for the past 20 years are now suddenly going to vote for her? Since Bernie voters comprise a huge bloc of the electorate (millennials alone are about 40%) and a large majority of them will be voting for Jill Stein and not Her, just who is left that will vote for her? Just to clinch the deal, she also had to rig an “opponent” “guaranteed” to bring her the votes, and it is a huge cosmic joke and just plain karma and quantum physics that it looks like this is going to backfire on Her among voters. Now we have big-name Establishment “republicans” lining up behind the “democrat”, proving blatantly that the “two party” system is a scam. It will be the happiest moment of my life when this woman’s karmic debts are called in and I’m getting more and more certain it will happen before November — oh juicy schedenfreude (and Bernie is still a nominee, he never conceded and he never released his delegates)

    1. Paul Steven Stone Post author

      Lucy: Thanks for commenting. Believe me, I share your anger and frustration. If there’s one woman in the United States who is NOT QUALIFIED to be president, it is the one who stole the nomination and most definitely plans to steal the presidency. She should be put in prison immediately! Paul

  2. Bonnie

    Exceptionally well written, Paul! My husband and I were just talking about how many wonderful, passionate people we’ve been exposed to through this ugliest election cycle ever…people like you who just get it. Thank you for writing this.

    1. Paul Steven Stone Post author

      Many thanks,Bonnie, for the feedback and for your kind words. I know what you mean about the opportunity we’ve all been given to speak, interact and share ourselves with an incredibly intelligent and well-meaning group of people. We are walking with the angels and, it seems, also fighting with the devil. Don’t let them get you discouraged about Trump. I plan to give him a chance to prove himself in the job. Obama had eight years to get it right and he seemed to fall apart this last year, signing the Monsanto Dark Act, pushing the TPP, pushing Hillary, compromising his justice and FBI agencies, virtually ignoring the Standing Rock Tribe. Big disappointment!


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