Democrats hoping for a progressive president winning the White House this year will be sorely disappointed unless Bernie Sanders is nominated and elected.
If Hillary is nominated and elected we will not have anything close to a progressive president.
The differences between the progressive Sanders and Hillary Clinton are profound.
Merely donning the cloak of a Democrat in no way means one is a progressive.
Hillary supports a belligerent foreign policy. Bernie does not.
Hillary embraces trade agreements. Bernie does not.
Hillary accepts bribes from Wall Street. Bernie does not.
Hillary opposes universal healthcare. Bernie supports it.
Hillary supports military interventionism. Bernie does not.
Hillary supports regime change. Bernie does not.
Hillary opposes raising the cap on Social Security contributions. Bernie does not.
Hillary opposes banning corporate money from politics. Bernie does not.
Hillary supports the revolving door between industry and government. Bernie opposes it.
Should Bernie be unsuccessful in winning the Democratic nomination, he has said he would support Hillary Clinton. But he has also said that she would have to earn the votes of his supporters.
Here are some of the problems she faces in winning our votes:
Like the general public, Berners do not trust Hillary.
Berners are not persuaded that they must fall in line behind Hillary in order to keep Donald Trump out of the White House.
Most Berners do not like Trump, but he is actually closer to Bernie than is Hillary on trade, military adventurism, corporate control of government, the revolving door, and lobbyists.
If Hillary wins the White House, she will face a divided Congress and gridlock in government, just as Obama has in his second term. In all probability her negatives will continue to grow and she will be perceived as a failed president. As such, it is probable that the Republicans will sweep elections in 2018 and 2020, assuring that Democrats are unable to control reapportionment after the 2020 Census. Just as occurred in 2010, the Republicans will be able to gerrymander congressional districts in 2020, denying Democrats a majority in the House of Representatives until at least 2030.
If Trump is elected president, the exact opposite result occurs, as Democrats will be running against a failed and unpopular President Trump. They would sweep statehouse races in 2018 and win down ballot contests across the country in 2020. After the 2020 Census, Democrats would draw fair and representative districts, and would be assured of a Democratic majority in Congress for a decade.
With Trump as the Republican nominee, the choice between him and Hillary isn’t even close. Trump is the overwhelmingly better choice, on policy issues alone.
When reapportionment is factored in, Trump looks positively attractive.
But the most important consideration is what a Hillary vs Trump outcome would mean for the political revolution we have started.
If Hillary is president, Bernie’s revolution will stall at best, unravel and fail at worst. Hillary and her cohorts at the DNC will do all they can to stop insurgent Democrats from challenging Wall Street Democrats in office. With the power of the presidency at her disposal, Hillary will block Bernie at every turn. Her allies in Congress will make life hell for Bernie Sanders. And for all us progressives hoping to change the system.
If Hillary is defeated, however, Bernie will be the most influential Democrat in the party. The revolution will continue at full speed. No pesky Hillary-bots to interfere with our progress or our agenda.
The establishment is terrified of Donald Trump because they cannot control him, and have no hold over him. That panic is driving the nationwide propaganda campaign against him by politicos, media talking heads, political pundits, and lobbyists.
Hillary is using their propaganda to frighten voters. If she is not elected, that Big Bad Bogeyman Trump will win!
If it comes to her and Trump, I hope he does win.
I will certainly be working for him.
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