Of course, this is not even mentioning the horrific policies being suggested by the Republican 5th graders:
· Calling Mexicans rapists and criminals
· Banning all Muslims from entering the country
· Building a wall and supposedly somehow Mexico will pay for it
· Deportation of all undocumented immigrants
· Constant whining about how Christians are being persecuted
· Suggesting that if the Senate were to act on President Obama’s Supreme Court nomination would guarantee that the 2nd Amendment would be stripped from the Constitution and that religious rights would be stripped away from Christians
· Abrupt ending of DACA
· Permanent second class citizenship for undocumented immigrants
· Continued unlimited access to guns
I am sure there are more policies that are troubling, but these are just the ones that I could remember off the top of my head. As much as the deeply troubling policies though, are the optics of the Republican race. It’s like watching a demolition car race, except with real people.
With the Trumpster now the likely nominee he is starting the collect a few endorsements. You can tell a lot about a nominee from their endorsements actually. Rubio is now the consensus “establishment” candidate and so it has been a big deal for the media reporting on the Trumpster getting endorsements from Governor Chris Christie and Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions. As usual, the media is without any critique (I thought they were supposed to be liberal?). Endorsements normally are supposed to widen the base of the candidate and make them more appealing to new audiences. But look at Christie and Sessions. Christie made his name intimidating others and Sessions has single-handedly made it his mission to stop immigration and criminal justice reform legislation from moving forward. So, the Trumpster is widening his base by getting a bully and a bigot to endorse him? I thought he had that electoral demographic already covered.
Now, one of my political bucket list items is to one day be able to conscientiously vote for a Republican in a federal election. Right now, that item to cross off my list does not even seem like a remote possibility in the distant future. So, for this primary, I have a choice between Secretary Clinton and Senator Sanders.
I have intentionally tried to pay little attention to both the Dem’s and Republicans. Though I have watched parts of the debates, there is much I honestly haven’t watched. I do feel like the debates between Hillary and Bernie have been substantial though and thus, fascinating to watch. If the Republicans are 5th graders, the Democrats are certainly the adults in the race. Though I have been a little surprised by the rancor between some of their respective followers, which is normal for any race and of course, doesn’t come anywhere close to the Jerry Springer show on the Republican side. But still, I have to say, I do not see any enormous differences, which, to me, makes this choice one of the more difficult I can remember having in any election.
So, as I make my choice, my vote for one of these two is NOT and should not be considered a vote against the other candidate at all. With this in mind, I have decided to vote for Bernie. But I want to say immediately, that I truly respect Hillary and I believe she is one of the most remarkable leaders we will have in our lifetimes – not just remarkable women, which she is, but remarkable leaders. She has done it all in so many positions in so many areas of the government. She truly is the most qualified to be president and honestly, I fully expect her to be the Democratic nominee and for her to win in November. Her only downside to me is that she comes with Bill, whom I consider to be the best Republican President in the history of the United States. And that ain’t saying a helluva lot.
So, why Bernie? Because I truly believe we need a political revolution of new people engaged in and infused in our political processes. I do worry how he would get any of the things he is proposing done when politics is so entrenched in structural polarization and monied interests. Still, as we have finally seen from Obama in his last few months in office, the President has a bully pulpit and can at least shame the Congress when they refuse to do their jobs or are doing their jobs for the special interests like the NRA.
One more thing, I vehemently hate the process that the Democratic Party establishment takes when electing a nominee. Only the Democratic Party – the Republicans, to their credit, are much more democratic – has “super-delegates.” Super-delegates are unelected voters who have zero accountability and so this process makes political favors and corruption ripe for whoever wants to use it in that way. This was instituted in 1981 and ensures that the establishment gets to make the final pick – that the grassroots voters are taken out of the process. Super-delegates are patently unfair and so if I am voting against anything on Tuesday it is certainly NOT Hillary. I am voting against the super-delegates and for Bernie. Besides, I happen to have a soft spot for socialist Jews, whether they are 74 years old from the Northeast, or 2000 years old from the Middle East.