Hello dear reader(s)!
I posted a while ago about how I felt the Democrats were making a mistake in anointing Hillary Clinton as the nominee and throwing the party’s support behind her before any primaries occurred. I warned that this tactic would alienate any Sanders supporters who may be on the fence about supporting the nominee in the general election. I was concerned that it would help split the vote and hand the election to the Republicans, who I see as a far greater threat than a Clinton Presidency.
And sadly, it looks like I was right.
My social media feeds are filled with Sanders supporters who say they will never vote for Hillary Clinton. This goes beyond the people who simply have not looked into the Republicans enough to see their IS a huge difference between Hillary Clinton and the Republicans. Those people are a lost cause. They would have been a small percentage anyway. But now you have something worse. You have a large percentage of people who feel as though they have been personally attacked. That democracy has been attacked. And those people? They are right.
Beyond the ridiculous comments made by Gloria Steinem and Madeline Albright, implying that women were betraying women for choosing someone other than a woman, or choosing a candidate to chase boys…there is the backlash and indeed doubling-down on the comments by people who think that the symbolism of a female President is the end-all, be-all. There is a sort of belief that because young women are upset about being told they are stupid and are anti-woman, because they are upset that they are being told to vote against their reasoning, because they are upset about being shamed for choosing someone based on how they view their character and policies over their gender…that they are thinking with their hormones. They are tired of being told that the people who have done things for women before, should be beyond reproach. They don’t believe that there should be a pope for feminism. And they sure as hell don’t want to be blamed for misinterpreting something that is pretty clear. But that isn’t even their biggest problem.
The biggest problem the Clinton campaign faces, is that there can be no doubt they have had the party machine behind them since before Clinton announced her candidacy. The debate scheduling, the near media-blackout until New Hampshire, the endorsements of groups for which Clinton does not have anywhere near the same record of Sanders in supporting them…all these things that would normally help them, are turning people off this cycle.
Clinton will win the primaries. I am almost certain of it. But the tactics her campaign is using is going to kill her in the general election, it is going to permanently fracture the party, and it is going to lead an immigration ban, a ban on abortions, the return of healthcare to the pre-ACA system (I don’t like the ACA, but it sure as hell beats nothing), more tax breaks for the rich, more crumbling infrastructure, and a race to the bottom. The GOP candidates all have records. They need to be considered.
Make no mistake, in the opinion of this here blog-type-thinger, Clinton is evil. Her political tactics are a complete turn off. Her tendency to triangulate the popular position is disgusting. She is the Donald Trump politically of the Democrats.
But that’s her politics.
Her policies will be better than the alternative. She will not appointment anti-choice Supreme Court Justices. She will not appoint anti-marriage equality Supreme Court Justices. She has “evolved” past that. She will not make you or I wear ID badges for not meeting all their criteria. She will not claim that the need to oppress other religions is part of someone’s religious freedom. She will not ignore the Constitution for the sake of a book. No Republican front runner can say all of those things. She will not privatize Social Security and Medicare. Consider the alternatives. Go down the list of Republicans and see what they say their own words say they will do, and consider if you are willing to let that happen.
The simple fact of the matter, is that the two-party system is bullshit,, but they are too entrenched to dislodge. Trying in another election cycle might be a good idea, but there is too much at stake for a long-shot this time around. They give us our choices. We can hope that Sanders can come through it, and work to make it possible. By not voting, or voting for someone else, you are essentially giving the Republicans and their right-wing extremism a blank check. The party that attempts to obstruct voting. The party that embraced the lies of Fox News and the Tea Party. They propagate fear and misinformation, and appeal to the worst part of humanity. If they win, can you handle the consequences? Consider the alternatives. These are the people who are trying to scare people away from Sanders by calling him a communist. You really want to let them have total control of the government?
We are still early in the primaries. If you really want to stand for Sanders, you will get off your ass and out from behind your keyboards, and educate people on the difference between Democratic Socialism, Communism, and Fascism. You will get people to register. You will knock on doors. You will show people why he is the best candidate for the job, instead of threatening the nation with utter destruction if you don’t get your way. You will make it politically impossible for the delegates and super delegates to ignore the will of the people. You will make the party take notice.
BUT, if Sanders can’t make it through, (and I really hope he does), you better believe he will not run as an independent. You better believe he will endorse and throw his support behind Clinton. If you really think Bernie Sanders is good, it might be good to follow his lead on that. Bernie will consider the alternatives. Bernie is smart. Be like Bernie.