The issue? Guns!
It would be laughable except for the fact that she advances her arguments with a straight face.
What is Hillary’s position on guns? That we should close gun show loopholes on background checks, ban assault weapons, etc.
While that might reduce human gun deaths a little, what would it do to reduce the millions of animals murdered by hunters each year? Absoluely nothing.
No candidate adequately addresses gun control, for the simple reason that it is not politically possible to do so and remain a viable candidate. Americans want to be able to kill things with guns.
The Second Amendment was crafted at a time when the government and the people had access to the exact same weapons technology. At the time, it seemed a good idea to level the playing field.
The logic for such a policy today would require private citizens to have possession of nuclear devices, missiles, heavy artillary, tanks, bazookas, mortars, and grenades.
No sane person can make such a case.
The Second Amendment is an outmoded anachronism, and should be swept into the dustbin of history.
I am not impressed with any scheme that would leave guns in the hands of hunters. The murder of a school child is no more horrific than the murder of any sentient being.
Were it up to me, all guns would be banned. That Clinton is more strident about background checks than Sanders is a ridiculous distinction. Both would allow the unbridled, continuous murder of innocent wildlife to satisfy the urges of psychopathic animal serial killers.
Absent banning all guns, I would ban all guns EXCEPT assault weapons. Assault weapons could be used against the state and its thugs. They could tip the odds in favor of successful revolution.
On actually substantive issues, the differences between Clinton and Sanders are easily identified, although Clinton has been adopting a number of Sanders’ talking points in her effort to co-opt the left wing base of the party.
I adored Hillary during Bill’s first run and his first term. Her book “It Takes A Village” was brilliant. She fought for single-payer health care, she kept Bill from being a full-on Republican.
Bill signed the Defense of Marriage Act, built more prisons than any president in history, supported federal minimum sentences, incarcerated an entire generation of Black Americans, sucked up to Wall Street, and moved the Democratic Party to the right.
As a Senator, Hillary pandered to NY Jewish voters in the wake of 9/11. She voted to invade Iraq and she voted for the fascist Patriot Act. She was a hawk as Secretary of State.
It doesn’t take a clairvoyant to know the Democrats cannot win the House. Without control of both the House and Senate, a Democratic president will be stymied, just as Obama has been.
I was pleased when Hillary came out against Keystone, and then the Trans Pacific Partnership. I had predicted she would based solely upon political expediency. Sanders is forcing her to the left.
It may well be that she is sincere in these new postures.
The real test of her commitment to progressive values will be to see if she uses her weight and political influence to defeat TPP in Congress. My guess is that she will not, and that she will be pleased if it passes on Obama’s watch.
Neither Clinton nor Sanders will get anything at all accomplished in the first term, as the Republicans have a lock on the House until 2020.
So let’s consider what the affect of a Democratic presidency would be: The opportunity to appoint to the courts!
Whom would you rather be making appointments to the US Supreme Court? To the federal bench?
A president who favors a tax on Wall Street transactions or one who takes money from Monsanto and the Big Banks?
That’s our choice! Sanders or Clinton.
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