So what is the proper response to this piece at Salon, continuing their tradition of “If Bernie isn’t the nominee, I’m taking my ball and going home!” posts?
Democrats, you can’t vote for Hillary: The case for writing in Bernie Sanders If Hillary Clinton is the nominee
Can I be Frank? (Which is only fitting since H.A. Goodman is oh so Ernest.<sic>) This article comes very close to triggering my “Poe’s Law” alarm.
Yeah, I know it isn’t satire. I know it is an honest argument against voting for HRC, written by someone who honestly feels that electing her President would be worse for the nation than either President Trump or President Cruz, who of course would be working with majorities in both congressional bodies. I think that is nucking futs, but I understand how one could get to that belief.
Hillary Clinton as president would seamlessly merge Republicans and Democrats into one party on war and foreign policy, led by the same people who advised Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld, and even Richard Milhous Nixon.
*eyebrow raise* Really? Seamless merger into one party on foreign policy and war? Seriously? I mean, I’ll admit it, HRC is a bit to the right for my tastes. The entire Democratic party is too far to the right for me, to be perfectly honest. Yes, I believe that the trainwreck the GOP has become, sending it so far to the right it threatens to come back around, has dragged the Democrats to the right as they attempt to pick up the moderates abandoned by the Republicans. I believe progressives need to drag the party, kicking and screaming if must be, back to the left. And we are. Sure, it isn’t coming fast enough for my liking, but I didn’t think it would be easy. And yes, I think we need to do it with our votes, in addition to other resources. I just do not feel the proper time for that is during the general election. But HRC is not Cruz or Trump. Or did I miss her pledge to rip up the Iranian deal on day one?
I love Bernie Sanders as a candidate. I love his ideas, while admitting that I don’t agree with every word that drops from his mouth. (For the record, I think a national 15 dollar minimum wage isn’t currently a good idea. I really think that is too high for many areas, including the Altoona, Pennsylvania area where I reside. It needs to be higher, don’t get me wrong, and in many urban areas <and other locations as well, I’m sure> 15$ is a fair minimum, but instead maybe we should figure out a way to tie it to average housing and food costs. county by county, or some other equation? 12$ an hour would be perfectly fine right now in the Altoona area. 15$ could seriously shut places down.) But he is my candidate of choice. When the Pennsylvanian primary rolls around, I will be voting for Bernie no matter what the state of the race may be. But when the general comes around, there will be no protest vote coming from these hands. Whomever the Democrats nominate will have my presidential vote. Why? One last quote from the Salon piece.:
As for risking a Trump future, I explain why none of Trump’s plans would pass Congress during my recent appearance on CNN International with John Vause.
None of them? Hold on, let me watch his appearance quick and see what he is saying…..
Wow. I wish I wouldn’t have watched that. He seriously thinks that single payer healthcare could get through Congress, but none of Trump’s policies would? I really don’t even know what to say to that. Maybe his exact policies would run into trouble, but do you really believe he won’t be able to work out a deal on a tax cut for the rich? That the GOP will block his judicial nominees? Are we really so sure we should be underestimating Trump’s ability to get things done, when a year ago I would be laughed off the planet for predicting the current nomination battle?
I really don’t know how I should respond to these pieces. I mean, isn’t rigid political ideology the GOP’s mess, with their pledges to never raise taxes, and their threats to primary anyone who dare compromise, with their House Freedom Caucus and their, well, with Ted Cruz? Am I just missing the countless Democratic voices complaining about Dino’s at every turn?
Yes, I want the party to move to the left. Yes, I support Bernie Sanders. Yes, I think the whole political spectrum needs to move to the left. But throwing a Presidential election to either Trump or Cruz? I just don’t get it. Even if the Supreme Court is the only reason you pull the lever. Protest voting has a time and a place. During the primary.
I don’t know. Maybe its just being a voting progressive in 2000. Gore won my state, so my vote for Nader didn’t really cost anything, other than running up the popular vote tally. But if I lived in Florida and cast the same ballot, I would have been begging for the ballot back. *shrugs*