Saturday, March 19, 2016

One-Third of Bernie Sanders Supporters Would Refuse to Vote for Hillary Clinton

I ran into a very important article, one that every Democrat, and every progressive in this country should really read.

This guy just hits the nail on the head, pointing out Hillary Clinton's duplicity - a duplicity that her former president husband was well known for throughout his political career - and that we cannot expect much better than what we had under George W. Bush if we do indeed get another Clinton presidency.

Frankly, let me say outright that I am one of those supporters of Bernie Sanders who simply will not throw away his vote to support Hillary Clinton in November, should it come to that. This is not because I am sexist or anything, because I would love to see a woman as president, and think it is long overdue for this country to have a woman in the Oval Office. Just not that particular woman.

Give me Elizabeth Warren, who truly stands up for the working class people, and stands up to the billionaire class and huge corporations. Give me somebody like that,

Do not give me another Clinton. Do not give me more of the same as what we have had for decades now. Those policies have been proven to be a failure.

That is the real problem with Democrats such as the Clintons (and I would place President Obama in this category as well). They receive loyal support from Democrats who clearly enjoyed the eight years of Democratic rule in the White House in the 1990's after 12 long years of Reagan-Bush.

However, Clinton also continued many of the same deregulation policies that did so much damage during the Reagan-Bush era, to the point that it could be said to be a continuation of those policies, and theirein lies the problem, because the two parties look far too similar. They agree with each other entirely too much.

The problem with the Democrats these last few decades is that they appear to be an alternative to deregulation, they pretend to be a champion of the people, but the policies that they too often have pursued have proven to be more of the same. That leads to this political system being a one-party system posing as a two-party system, with simply different wings of the same ideology. You can choose between a pro-corporate candidate like Hillary Clinton, or an extremely pro-corporate candidate, which the Republicans usually provide. That is the illusion of choice, because these politicians are controlled by the same moneyed sponsors who certainly appear to control the agenda.

That is why it is so crucial not to dismiss Hillary Clinton's rich donors, because they are the ones who stand to really benefit from a Clinton presidency. And yes, those are the same guys who supported a Bush presidency not all that long ago. That is why we can expect very much more of the same should Hillary come into this elected office.

Some excerpts:

Be very careful what you wish for, because most Americans have an unfavorable view of Clinton and Bernie Sanders already beats Trump by a wider margin.

In 10 out of 10 national polls regarding favorability, Hillary Clinton has negative favorability ratings nationally in all 10.

The problem with Hillary supporters is that they have no concept of hypocrisy.

Yes, Clinton supporters rely on a childish and dangerous form of moral relativism, blissfully ignoring the irony that on each topic, their candidate is worse than the morally relative comparison.

But Sanders supported the F-35!

Ok, but that was a weapons system, and Hillary Clinton is a neocon with a weapons deal scandal, voted for Iraq, and has an ongoing FBI investigation. Checkmate. End of debate.

I'm not voting for a person who won't break up Too Big to Fail Banks, or reinstate Glass Steagall, because Bernie Sanders already wants to implement these safeguards; before the next financial collapse, not after.

There are those in the media and American politics who would allow Hillary Clinton and the DNC to get away with virtually anything, without the slightest fear of how these actions might affect a general election. Thus, Debbie Wasserman Shultz, Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton and every other top Democratic leader can act with impunity, and expect The Daily Banters and Beasts of the world to defend them, regardless of whether or not Democrats morph into moderate Republicans.

It's important to have principles in life, and I'm never voting for anyone who says "I've always tried" to tell the truth. Therefore, I'm never "falling in line," or pledging allegiance to Hillary or the DNC. I'm an American first, before any party loyalty, and I'm voting my conscience. You vote your conscience, and don't forget to ask why Donald Trump donated money to Clinton's Senate campaigns.

At some point, people like Bill and Hillary Clinton must learn that their duplicity, in terms of overt leaning towards conservative policies (read Michelle Alexander's Nation piece) must come with peaceful political repercussions from a disenchanted base.

Bill Crystal and other neoconservatives would rather see Hillary Clinton in the White House than Trump, so while I'll never vote for Trump, I'll never vote for a Democrat with a neoconservative foreign policy.

33 Percent of Bernie Sanders Supporters Will Not Vote for Hillary Clinton. Here's Why by HA Goodman,  03/16/2016:

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