A Vote for Hillary is a Vote for Donald Trump

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The Clinton campaign is rolling out every political hack they know of to tout Hillary to the Democratic base. Blacks, Hispanics, feminists, labor union members, are all being fed the party line that Hillary is experienced and is the inevitable nominee.

To be sure, leaders in the black and Hispanic communities are throwing in with Hillary for there own personal reasons, wanting to be sure not to alienate her if she becomes president. Most political observers believe Hillary will be the nominee, and political hacks are coming out of the woodwork to jump on her bandwagon.

Here’s the problem: Hillary will lose in November.

If you are voting for Hillary instead of Bernie, you are going to get Donald Trump as the next president.

Progressives are not going to turn out for Hillary in the general election.

Progressives see no practical or discernible difference between Hillary and the Republicans on foreign policy, on military interventionism, trade agreements, on Wall Street, on corporate campaign contributions, on corporate welfare, on monetary policy, on appointing industry insiders to posts in their administrations, on drone killings of Arab women and children, on aid to Israel, etc.

Whether Hillary or the Republicans win, Wall Street wins. Only when Wall Street profits are not at stake are the candidates free to pander to their bases on social policy.

Republicans rile up their voters on immigration, abortion, border walls, and Muslims, Democrats exhort their base on tolerance, choice, and voting rights.

Wall Street always wins.

Which is why Sanders voters have had it with Hillary and the Wall Street Democrats, and wouldn’t walk across the street to pull them from a burning building.

Bottom line is that if you buy the BS being shoveled at you by Hillary’s talking heads, you are doing nothing to help your own agenda, your own interests, or your own people.

A vote for Hillary is a vote for Donald Trump.

Simple as that.

This is not some theoretical postulation. I have been a supporter if Bernie’s presidential candidacy since prior to his ever announcing, Prior to throwing my support and labors to Bernie, I was involved with the effort to convince Elizabeth Warren to run.

Since Bernie announced, I have been active in his campaign.

Apart from the power to appoint justices and judges, and to issue temporary executive orders, neither Hillary nor a Republican president can accomplish anything with a deadlocked Congress.

The Democrats are poised to retake the Senate in 2016. The Republicans are guaranteed to hold the House.

The Republican majority in the House of Representatives exists because Republicans controlled the majority of statehouses and governor’s mansions after the 2010 Census, and were able to reapportion Congressional Districts by the odious practice of gerrymandering (drawing district boundaries to ensure control by Republicans).

Congressional reapportionment occurs every ten years. The districts will not change until after the 2020 Census, which means Republicans will control the House until Hillary (or the Republican) seeks re-election for a second term.

Now imagine the political environment in which a President Hillary would lead the ticket in contests for state legislatures and governorships across the country, states that are must wins for Democrats if we are to control reapportionment.

Even a popular president has limited coattails. But an unpopular one has virtually none.

Four years of a presidency that will be as stymied as has been Obama’s second term is unlikely to be popular in 2020. And defending an unproductive and unpopular incumbent will be a burden on both the president’s re-election and winning statehouses.

Basically, both the Republicans and the Democrats would likely do better in 2020 if they are not defending an incumbent president.

The Democrats will have the additional problem of having to defend Obama’s eight years in addition to Hillary’s four, and to make a credible case why Americans should extend Democratic control of the White House to a 16 year run, the longest run since it was held by FDR and Truman from 1932 to 1952.

If the Republicans keep a majority of chambers and governors, they will be able to draw Congressional districts which will give them control of the house for another decade.

If the Democrats run against a Republican incumbent in 2020, they will likely win the White House as well as ensure enough Democratic statehouse victories to end Republican gerrymandering of the House.

But the most important by-product of Hillary losing the presidential race to the Republican would be the opportunity afforded to Democratic progressives to take over the Democratic Party.

The Democratic Party has been controlled by Wall Street since Woodrow Wilson was president. Every Democratic president since has been a Wall Street Democrat.

On economic policy and support of Wall Street and corporate America, Wall Street Democrats are indistinguishable from Republicans. They are free to differ on social policies in which Wall Street has no stake, but they are in lock-step with the capitalists who finance both parties and control the government no matter who is in office.

A threat to that system is currently sweeping in from the left wing of the Democrats with the campaign of Bernie Sanders.

If Sanders manages to win the Democratic nomination and the presidency in 2016, the entire analysis above is invalid!

Sanders would have no more success than would Hillary in the face of a Republican controlled House, but Sanders’ presidency would be spent in furthering his political revolution, substantially growing the party with new young recruits, the disenfranchised poor and working poor, and re-invigorating leftists who have been frozen out of Democratic influence for decades.

A Sanders re-election campaign would be unlike any in recent memory. And it would bring out all those new, idealistic, and enthusiastic voters in 2020.

The difference between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders could not be more stark.

Hillary is a capitalist. Bernie is not.

While Hillary’s public pronouncements sound very much like Bernie’s, their political and economic differences are profound.

When push comes to shove, Hillary will back Wall Street and the oligarchy. She is one of them. She raises millions of dollars from them. Her husband was their president. Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, George W, and every president in modern times has appointed industry lobbyists and executives to positions in their administrations which oversaw those very industries.

There is no indication that Hillary would act differently. Her record certainly suggests that she is quite comfortable with Wall Street lobbyists.

Given that she has raised millions of dollars from Wall Street lobbyists, Monsanto, Big Oil, Big Banks, etc, it is reasonable to question her allegiances.

Sanders could change the future of the Democratic Party for generations. And would have a much better chance of securing the House for Democrats in 2020.

I have no use for the Republicans, but abhorrent as they are, Hillary would be a worse choice for Democrats.

Progressives will no longer buy into the idea that they must vote for the lesser of two evils.

Voting for evil is still evil.

Wall Street’s control of the Democratic party must be ended. That cannot happen if we continue to vote for Wall Street Democrats.

You are either with us or against us.

It’s Bernie or it’s Trump.

Make your choice.

 

 

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4 thoughts on “A Vote for Hillary is a Vote for Donald Trump

  1. It’s hard to be hopeful. If Hillary is elected, it will be business as usual. If Sanders is the candidate, I suspect that Claire McCaskill will be proven right, and the hammers and sickles will be on the campaign ads. That Sanders as gotten this far with “socialism” in any of its manifestations attached to him is remarkable. A Democrat who is elected with still deal with an obstructionist Congress. The polarization of the country continues, and we are divided into multiple interest groups: generational, class, urban/rural, progressive/conservative, religious, as well as racial. Will be interesting.

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