Sanders Buying Votes in Alaska   5 comments

We went to the movies last night and then to pie at Denny’s. We were joking between the three of us, enjoying some family time, when we noticed a young man wandering around the restaurant, talking to people. He seemed like a really nice guy. None of his interactions appeared negative.

After a while, we noticed that he was working with another young man and giving him money occasionally. When Brad went to pay the bill, the line was lengthy, so I went to let the dog out of the car, so I didn’t see what happened after I left, but Brad and Kyle are good reporters. One of the young man came up to them, asked  them how they were doing, “how’s your family? Your son looks like he’s in high school. Are you old enough to vote before June?”

It was then that they noticed the Bernie Sanders button on the guy’s jacket. Kyle won’t be 18 before June 26 and he won’t quite be old enough to vote in the November election, but he has been following the election so he talked with the guy for a while. He says “Typical Sanders supporter – well-meaning, but no concept of economics or liberty.”

When they got up to the cash register, one of the young men laid down $10 toward our bill. Brad wasn’t really paying attention, but Kyle thinks they were doing this with everyone, but I had thought they were targeting younger and more sporty looking and people with younger folks. Brad was wearing Birkenstocks and shorts in March when there is still snowpack on the ground. That screams avante guard and lacking in common sense – which is my experience with Sanders’ supporters. Anyway, after he laid down the $10, he said — “Hope to see you at the caucuses tomorrow.” Alaska’s Democratic caucuses are today (Saturday the 26th) and Jane Sanders was here in Alaska this week.

In other words …

Sanders supporters are literally BUYING VOTES in Alaska.

This morning on KFAR660’s Patriots Lament a man called in to share his similar experience at Denny’s last night. He noticed that the young men seemed much more interested in talking to the workers than the customers. That’s how good socialists work. I’m thinking management didn’t get any conversation or money.

I had planned to blog on the responses I received to my question about why folks support Sanders. The responses all talked about integrity and honor. I had doubts about that after the violent protests at Trump rallies, but now they’re openly buying votes and someone I know and trust watched them do it.

Sanders is expected to win the caucuses in Alaska which is a proportional state. Sanders needs to get a lot of delegates in these later contests, so it makes sense. Alaska Democratic Party also allows people to change their registration at the poll for the primaries (58% of Alaskan voters are registered non-partisan/undeclared). And if someone gave me $10, I’d feel obligated to vote like they want.

Brad, by the way, handed the $10 back to the young man and said “You can keep your money and I’ll keep my vote.”

I am under no illusions that any of the candidates might do this. Of course, they would! Generally running for election involves making promises to spend everybody’s money on certain things that candidates believe are popular with the people who would vote for them. Bernie is promising to provide “free” medical care, housing, schooling, food, energy, etc., ad infinitum, to those people who vote for him … largely at the expense of those who won’t vote for him. So it’s not a leap that his campaign is literally buying votes at the busiest restaurant in Fairbanks on the Friday night before the Democratic caucuses.

  • Does integrity say nothing when its supporters block traffic and access to venues in an attempt to shut down freedom of speech and association?
  • Is it honorable to offer $10 off a meal for  your vote?

Apparently.I wouldn’t have voted for a socialist anyway, but now I am actually opposed to Sanders entire campaign. I would expect something like this from Trump — rather suspect it, actually — but the “I’m above the politics” message clashes with buying votes the night before the caucus.

But, hey, at least he’s being consistent about buying votes.

5 responses to “Sanders Buying Votes in Alaska

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  1. This is scary! I am shocked even though I’m not voting for him, I thought and still do think that he is a good man, but does he know that this is happening?

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    • I don’t know. It used to be a common Democratic vote “encouragement” back when my Dad was a party regular. He’d seen it occur in Washington State and here in Alaska and had heard there were even better party machines in Boston, New York, and Chicago. It always bothered me, probably because my mother was completely against vote buying (Dad called it encouragement) of any sort. Just guessing from a kid’s perspective of what my dad and his friends were doing … but it doesn’t require the knowledge of the candidate, but it generally requires someone behind the glad-handers with deep pockets. But ultimately, it is really no different than other candidate forums where they ply you with food and drink in hopes that you’ll pay them back with your vote.

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  2. Oh dear. I’m not sure I believe that. There must have been some kind of misunderstanding that you interpret as buying votes. For ten dollars? Yeah, no.

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    • Of course, believe what you want. But here’s the thing. My father was an old-style Democrat in the 1940-60s. He used to talk about how they would “encourage” the vote before the primary — “whatever it takes” was the motto. I don’t think my husband or son misinterpreted anything. The only thing I am unsure about is if the Sanders campaign was directly involved or, as with the violence in Tucson and other places designed to stop people from going to Trump rallies, if it’s just supporters of his who are acting like typical radical socialists.

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    • I should also add that I wasn’t completely convinced my husband was telling the truth until a guy called into Patriot’s Lament KFAR 660 to report a similar experience that same evening. Here’s a link to their audio archives, though this Saturday’s show won’t post until later in the week. http://kfar660.com/blog/2013/02/26/audio-archives/

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