I don’t know how else to phrase this, the bottom line is that we don’t get it. We do not understand the idea of voting for a moderate. The very thought process that gets anyone to the decision that Hillary is a better candidate is mind boggling. What it comes down to is really some really wishful thinking. It’s a hope and change 2.0 with nothing to back it up, and no energy. Beyond that it appears to be hope and dreams in someone who has a long standing history of doing the wrong thing. We have the opportunity and are at a point in history when we can choose someone who is outside the system. We can choose someone who is not paid for by the system, not part of the main stream to make real change. The only argument I can ever see going for Hillary is that she is a woman. When you break down every other argument falls apart.
Before you run off and just think I am Hillary bashing realize that I know she is a better candidate than a Republican. I realize that she will do wonderful things for the economy at least for the 1%. I also understand that she will make subtle changes that might help everyone but might hurt the middle class. Even though Obama has been a great president and his policies have helped the poor, he has hurt the middle class. Since Obama took office he passed the ACA, then allowed the Bush tax cuts to expire. This has done nothing but hurt the middle class at a cost of 5-7k a year if not more. The very idea of having another moderate, middle of the road Democrat almost scares me more than a Republican. This I am afraid is the number one reason people switch parties all the time. The vast majority of people where hurting before Obama, and after all the hope and change we are worse off not better. Yes we were loosing jobs in America the market was crashed the economy was in the dump. Obama stabilized the economy, and the 1% once again have flourished. The bottom line is that the middle class has not had a raise in 20 years. Beyond that we have only seen wages shrink because the costs of healthcare, education, and taxes have all gone up. What Hillary will do here is very questionable and here are a few reasons why;
Has their ever been a trade agreement Hillary didn’t vote for? Well maybe the one thing for sure is that she voted for Nafta, Australia, Morocco, Oman, Peru, Korea free-trade and now the new TPP act which will allow Asia free trade. Nafta alone has been responsible for some 20 million American jobs. When we talk of blunders this is epic. She has talked several times on renegotiating Nafta but it has never happened. On the flip side has their ever been a trade agreement that Bernie has voted for, no. He has not voted for one. The source is here for Hillary and voting on trade agreements, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ian-fletcher/hillary-promised-to-reneg_b_8267424.html
I am sure we all remember the first round of Hillary fighting for universal healthcare. What was the outcome of that? Well she ended up with a plan which ultimately backfired amid the barrage of fire from the pharmaceutical and health insurance industries and considerably diminished her own popularity. Among that she wound up with a litigation against her and millions in donations from the pharmaceutical and health care industries. This time however she has decided to double down on ACA. This is a plan that the Republicans have voted to repeal over 60 times. I would bet that since the campaign cycle they have voted to repeal it at least 5 times and yet she is going to expand it? Sorry but the plan is a disaster, its crony capitalism and does nothing for the middle class. That doesn’t mean the ACA doesn’t have a positive its helped 20 million people. The problem is its not comprehensive enough, and the thought that you could expand it when not a single Republican has ever voted for it is crazy.
Now your probably thinking how would Bernie do any better. Well for one he is not expanding ACA. He is expanding medicare, which already has an infrastructure. Medicare already has set costs, restrictions, and is a somewhat successful program. It is the path the single payer and I can let you read why in this 2014 article here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2014/01/13/what-liberals-get-wrong-about-single-payer/. The ironic thing is that Bernie has been under fire so much he has released a budget for everything as well. This shows him creating a revenue of 9 trillion dollars over the next decade. Where does that revenue come from, well for one he would be cutting out all the adjunct systems that are no longer needed. Then you have the tax on wall street speculation. I am sure some will say but the Republicans don’t want a single payer system. That is where you would be wrong, they want a single payer system, vouchers something. This was a failure of the ACA that the Republicans where actually fighting for. Of course all this has to get through Washington, which is my next point.
Working with others:
Quite honestly this is a place where I don’t have a ton information with Hillary. I can say the entire senate and congress has been a joke. The polar view from the parties have become a laughing stock to the world. The shutdowns of government have been a straw man attempt to hijack democracy. It seems the parties are as split as ever and social media is deviding the parties even more. So why do I think Bernie would be better here? Well for one he is not a long time Democrat. He is actually one of the only senators that was elected as an independent. He is and will always be sort of the odd man out of the party affiliation because he is not enveloped into the ideals of a party. The irony here is that he worked with Rand Paul and was the only Democratic vote to audit the fed. His concern is nor has it ever been about party lines but the American people. http://observer.com/2016/01/what-bernie-sanders-vote-to-audit-the-fed-says-about-his-devotion-to-bipartisanship/
This is another place that Hillary just has not progressed really at all. She still believes in the drug war. This is and has been a failure. The disparity among black and white people convicted for crimes and the length of the sentence is very disproportionate. Once someone is in jail and has a criminal record their lives are messed up. The obvious need here for real reform is huge, and the idea of jailing victims is insanity. Rats in studies have shown not care about drugs when they have other options. People using drugs are those that feel the most helpless and are in a state of need. The other reason for use is around pain management an area that the pharmaceutical industry is very concerned with. The pharmaceutical industry has large amounts of money going into making sure the drug war remains. The irony is that clinical drugs cause more deaths around pain management than almost any other industry at a rate of over 2.5 million since 2013. Actual street drug overdose is at around 50k, and maharajah is at 0. Where does Bernie stand on this? He wants to decriminalize lower class drugs and stop the war on drugs. His position is one of reform the person, not jail them. His stance is very open and would allow for options like Colorado has to use those taxes for the people. Again a very positive position which we have heard from libertarians and green party in the past.
Race, GLBT Issues, women’s equality:
I know I lumped these together, but I did for a reason. These are about equality for all people. Ironic isn’t it, when you break it down what they are saying is they all want equal treatment. Where do the candidates sand on that? Hillary has been well was for marriage between a man and a woman. It’s all over commercials, everyone knows the reality of that. She has only recently come around on that and only has a 89% rating from the HRC which ironic enough is now endorsing her. Where is Bernie? Well he has a 100% HRC rating. He has never spoken against glbt issues and their is a meme going around with him marching at a 1972 transgender protest.
Where is Hillary on race? Well that is not all positive either. At first she couldn’t even say, “all lives matter,” but it gets worse. During the 2008 election lots of people had questions about if the Clinton’s where in fact racist. If you get a change google, “Clinton race baiting.” You’ll see many examples of them saying things like, “shucks and jives, Obama is lucky to be black or he would be losing, Obama is an Uncle Tom who was doing drugs when the Clintons were fighting for blacks, The Obama Muslim rumor” it goes on and on. Of course she talks very positive and was at the 1962 Martin Luther King speech. She has some positive things in this area, but again she is moderate at best. I could continue on this path, but her 60% rating on ACLU for voting speaks for itself. Where is Bernie? Well he was marching with Martin Luther King. His rating on ACLU is at 93%.
Then you have women’s equal rights. Yes they are both pro-choice, both for equal pay, both state things around education. So it’s cut and dry right? Well not exactly. When we break it down Hillary was accused of only paying 72 cents on a dollar for her campaign now. Of course she later “supplied” totals for everyone which makes things seem more even. The issue is more or less that she had to supply them and then there is a question of what was changed. Beyond that she takes donations from countries that have horrid women’s right violations. Then their is the fact that by pro choice she means rare, safe and legal. Again not a strong position but one that allows for more room to negotiate defunding of women’s health centers. She is moderate at best in this area where she should be the strongest. Bernie is unquestionable in this area as well. http://observer.com/2015/11/why-bernie-sanders-cares-more-about-womens-issues-than-hillary-clinton/
You just want free stuff:
Really? Has the Democratic party sunk so low that it’s now using Republican lines? I have heard this several times from all areas. Believe me when I say that a Democrat believes a healthy, educated person will have a more positive impact on society. An educated and healthy person will be able to get a better paying job, and not have to worry about their health. The idea that this hurts the economy in any way is a joke. We are 37th in healthcare and 29th in education. We are the only major industrialized country in the world without free healthcare. What makes it worse is the dates in which other countries have started universal healthcare. Most countries understand that health should not mean bankruptcy. I don’t even understand the argument when you realize the reality of what is happening in other countries. We have many examples of working systems we just need to pick one and be done with it. https://www.facebook.com/usauncut/photos/a.190167221017767.44131.186219261412563/1127945390573274/?type=3&theater
Again another area I could spend quite a long time showing the difference. The bottom line is that again Hillary is pro war when you look at the alternative. She seems to have around a 85% vote for war. Bernie on the other hand is probably somewhere around the 40% range. The bigger issue though is that we have been at war 93% of the time since 1776. That is a very staggering figure one that makes no sense at all. I am afraid even Bernie has voted for more war that I would like. We have to get out of being a police state and this is something even he has stated.
Another area that at best Hillary is a moderate. She has a long standing history of voting in between. She has stated that she would look at or consider an amendment against Citizens United. She has voted for lobbyist gifts to Congress, but she does want to move toward public election financing. With that stated she doesn’t want to ban lobbyist. This is a huge area that needs reform. I don’t really need to get into the why or how Bernie has it covered. This is an area that is at heart of our democracy along with the rotating positions of regulatory offices and their ex co workers. A recent debate on this had Bernie at odds with Obama and Bernie was very much in the right position.
I would say Hillary like her campaign is moderate at best. She is not energetic, doesn’t have a large amount of charisma, and doesn’t engage the people enough. She is a democrat that at best is very moderate and has a huge issue with trustworthiness. I will not go into this further as it really makes no difference if its all right wing staged. It doesn’t matter at this point her name is tarnished. She stated it in the debate that she thinks she is trustworthy, yet I don’t know a single Republican that feels that way. I know many Democrats feel that maybe there is something their as well. Which again when we are talking about electability this is a huge negative. We want someone that will win not someone who is close in margin. Then there is the scandals which happen over and over with the Clinton’s; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kypl1MYuKDY&feature=youtu.be
Bernie the socialist… If that is all they can drag up then bring it on! Bernie was an independent, he has shown he can reach across the line. He probably has a following that spans from Libertarian, Republican to Democrat. When we are talking about someone who is electable this is what you want. Someone who has shown they can work across the lines. Right now America is ripe for someone who is outside the lines. This is the reason I feel Trump was so popular. Trump was the 1% but was doing things with his own money and put his name out their as outside the system. If those people really look at Bernie they would realize he is what they are looking for not Trump. Bernie has come from outside the system, outside the party lines and outside the establishment. We are ripe for something like this and his convictions resonate with the people. He has been here since the 70’s and its his time.
So please stop telling me they are close or the same… I could expand on this list with every single issue out their. I would love to see a woman president, Hillary just gives me the gag reflex. Maybe the entire argument for a Hillary supporter is just emotional. There doesn’t seem to be one logical reason someone would vote for her over Bernie. I will hope that someone understands now why we don’t want a moderate, so please stop asking. No I won’t vote for her, I’d rather vote for someone who has been fighting for the middle class since the 70’s. Now for an awesome video that shows the Bernie fighting the good fight: https://www.facebook.com/matt.orfalea/videos/572645039039/