You Can Vote FOR Someone

It’s a shame that for most of this primary season the corporate media has framed the narrative as a fight to stop Trump. As worthy a goal as that is, it misses several very important realities.

  1. Trump might not be the nominee.
  2. Despite Clinton’s latest claim of being “the only candidate tough enough to stop Trump,” the polls still show Sanders doing better┬áthan Clinton against every Republican nominee, and Clinton possibly losing to Cruz, and overwhelmingly losing to Kasich (the Republican outsider).
  3. People like me (not just young voters) are tired of voting “against someone.” And why should we when we have a candidate who we trust, and who polls strongest against every other?

The superdelegate system makes it seem like the deck is stacked in Clinton’s favor, but after Sanders’ 8 primary and caucus wins in a row, the media is starting to wake up and recognize this is a movement, not just a “symbolic” candidate. We don’t want to “send a message,” no we actually do intend to elect Bernie Sanders as our next president. And uphill climb or not, we are indeed closing the gap.

This past week or so I found myself responding to a lot of crazy things in the news, but when you have a strong candidate who has been fighting for middle, working class, and poor Americans for his entire career, you really don’t need to defend his reputation. And funny isn’t it? It’s puzzling to be honest, that feeding the poor, taking care of children, the sick and the elderly, investing in jobs and education, taking back government from Wall Street and special interests, it’s just a damn shame that we live in a country where we feel these are values that need to be defended.

It’s equally sad when people who are supposed to be fighting for our interests think that we are reaching too high, dreaming too much. Be reasonable, we are told. Yet everything I want our great nation to be is both reasonable and achievable. And after so much has been accomplished, I’m not willing to settle for a slightly better country. I’m content to stop now. And I shouldn’t have to be.

So in this post and the next one, I’m just going to present some of these values to you, rather than allowing myself to feel pushed to defend them.

Sarah’s Move to Bernie

“I don’t know who in her campaign comes up with these brilliant ideas.”

Bernie Sanders (I-VT)

Bernie Sanders (I-VT) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When I started thinking about creating this blog I was imagining mostly posting my case in a very simple way with a few videos like Robert Reich’s 6 Responses to Bernie Critics, along with a bit of personal testimony about why I have chosen to support Bernie Sanders for President over Hillary Clinton. But the news has been getting so crazy this week, especially since Clinton’s campaign decided to go deeply negative after her Tuesday loss in Wisconsin, marking the 7th loss out of the last 8 contests, a fact that MSNBC personalities like Joe and Mika on Morning Joe seem to be still ignoring. See the video at the end of my last post for the announcement, in which her campaign was reported to say that their new strategy would be “disqualify him, defeat him, and . . . unify the party later.”

Does she remember how going negative worked for her in 2008 (“Shame on you Barack Obama!”)? I’ve already mentioned her “artful smear” of attacking the other candidate while trying to appear to be the victim. It seems that now she is at it again with what started as a frankly ridiculous attack on Bernie’s banking knowledge, and though she dodged Joe Scarborough’s question, and didn’t say directly that he was “unqualified,” what she did say was close enough for the Washington Post to print that Clinton lodged the claim. Sanders explains well enough for himself, so I’ll leave that to him.

Now Thursday afternoon her husband Bill Clinton made the unfathomable decision to attack Black Lives Matter. Like I said, crazy, right? It’s almost as if they don’t know that they still need votes. Bernie’s words from the link in the above paragraph seems appropriate here as well: “I don’t know who in her campaign comes up with these brilliant ideas.”

So, yes, unfortunately I feel compelled to spend some time responding to the craziness of the Clinton campaign as well as the cluelessness of the corporate media, but I’ll try to do it by quoting sources, providing links, and showing videos to keep things in context. Above all I will make a serious effort, despite the news, to try to stick to my simple message, as illustrated in the videos below: Why I am voting for Bernie Sanders.

Sarah Silverman speaks for me . . . well, mostly

Sure, she’s a comedian, but like good comedians, she’s also damned smart. And aside from the bush and cat food comments, one a joke, the other a hyperbole, she comes very close to saying exactly what I want to say about Bernie Sanders. I’ll include a second video of her being interviewed by Bill Maher, a guy I can’t say I always agree with. In the end of that video he asks Sarah about Bernie’s “problem” with the black vote. She doesn’t have an answer, but we’ll look at some videos and articles from other writers about that question coming up next.