There are those who advocate staying home, those for supporting Jill Stein of the Greens, and those who will vote for Donald Trump. And some will abandon the revolution and vote for Hillary Clinton.
This article is directed to those who plan on voting for Hillary.
We have worked together for a year supporting Bernie. Our goal of a political revolution is the same. We all wish Bernie to be president, we all believe in the same goals of wresting the government away from the oligarchs who own it, the political hacks who are bought and paid for by Wall Street, and the lobbyists who write the laws, pay the bribes, and control the Democratic party.
Please read carefully the following analysis. Apply critical thinking as you digest the individual points presented. Frame your thoughts after a second reading, then leave your observations, criticisms, suggestions, or concerns as comments. I encourage spirited discussion!
This discussion is one of the more important to be had on the political strategy which could determine the future of Bernie’s political revolution. Bernie supporters are all over the block on how to proceed. Most of us are devastated that Bernie did not easily crush Hillary. Almost all of us see her as the enemy. We understand Bernie will likely support her in the general if he does not secure the nomination. And most of us can understand why he would do so. Bernie believes that the future of his revolution is within the Democratic party. On that score I think he is correct. It will be easier to take over the Democrats that it would be to start from scratch and build a national third party.
That said, Bernie will be better off if Hillary loses to Donald Trump. And Bernie can never admit that to be the case.
If you admire what Bernie has accomplished, and what he is trying to do for America, please carefully consider the following thoughts on how we proceed from here.
Before you buy the establishment propaganda about Trump, remember who is pushing that propaganda and why.
If you are planning on voting for Hillary over Trump have you actually familiarized yourself with both Trump’s and Hillary’s positions? Do you know where each stands on major issues?
Do you know their positions on trade? Foreign policy? Aid to Israel? Arms sales to Saudi Arabia? Intervention in Syria? LGBT rights? Universal healthcare? Legalizing marijuana? On the War on Drugs? On private prisons? Monsanto? On GMOs? Auditing the Federal Reserve? Drone strikes? Covertly supporting coups against democratically elected foreign governments? Currency manipulation? Wall Street reform? Lobbyists? The military-industrial complex?
We do know that Trump is opposed to women’s reproductive choice, and for many, that is enough to warrant voting for Hillary. But if one is a feminist and concerned about women’s issues, Hillary is far from an ideal candidate for women. She opposes all women having access to healthcare. She opposes universal healthcare in favor of a system which requires women to pay huge premiums and deductibles to receive the care that women in most countries are provided as a matter of right.
Even more troubling for progressives are her policies which kill women in the Middle East. Her support of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, her involvement in regime change in Libya, her drone strikes on civilians in Syria and Yemen, have all resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of women and children. Particularly onerous was her supplying Sarin nerve gas to Syrian rebels which was then used on innocent families for propaganda value against Assad.
Now she wants to set up a no fly zone in Syria, which Vladimir Putin said would be an act of war against Russia.
Trump, by the way, opposes regime change, coups, no-fly zones and military intervention in foreign countries.
Trade agreements allow for the loss of US jobs by US corporations using near slave labor in third world countries. The average factory worker in Viet Nam, for example, earns 55 cents per hour. To his credit, Trump has threatened to abrogate all our trade agreements, which is a primary reason that the political establishment is terrified of Trump. They do not own him, have no hooks into him, and cannot control him.
Trump is way more intelligent than he is given credit for being. He communicates in monosyllables to his incredibly unsophisticated base. He makes things simplistic on purpose. People are pissed at China and don’t like the fact that trade agreements have cost 5 million US jobs, so he beats up on China while trying to torpedo the TPP.
For me, his anti trade agreement positions alone make him the second choice to Sanders.
While I will support Trump over Hillary on the issues, in fact it is immaterial what positions either of them hold.
Neither will be able to get any controversial legislation through Congress. The Republicans will control the House and the Democrats will retake the Senate.
The real question to be answered by progressives is this:
The election of which candidate would most help the political left?
The answer is counter-intuitive.
If Hillary Clinton is elected, we can expect Bernie’s political revolution to be on hiatus until Hillary leaves office. She will be as obstructive to progressives in the Democratic party as Obama has been. Wall Street hacks and political chameleons will be placed in positions of influence and control within the party and the Clinton administration. The DNC will continue to be an arm of the Clinton Foundation. Wall Street will have carte blanche in appointments to the administration and will populate regulatory agencies and Departments. Bribery will determine cabinet positions and federal policies, just as it has for the past several decades.
If Trump is elected, Democrats will sweep in 2018 and win enough statehouses and legislative chambers to control reapportionment after the 2020 Census. If Hillary wins, Democrats will be swamped in 2018 by an even greater margin than we were in 2014. Republicans will gain in the House, Senate, governorships and state legislatures. They will retain control of enough states to control reapportionment, and will gerrymander the House as they did in 2010
Except for those lobbyists and political hacks who will get patronage positions if Hillary wins, no intelligent, reasoning Democrat, progressive or conservative, should vote for Hillary in November.
She might win, but she will destroy the Democratic party in doing so. Democrats will not control Congress and the White House until at least 2030.
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