Ever since primary season began, Bernie Sanders has been my guy. I donated time to his campaign, I voted for him in the Kentucky primary. Even though the death knell has been sounding for his campaign for weeks, I bought into the mid season momentum that he built up. I was for him taking the fight all the way to the Democratic Convention. However, after his loss in the California primary, it’s time to throw in the towel. You fought a good fight Bernie, but now it’s time to step aside and let Hillary fight Trump with the full force of the Democratic Party.
I’m not a big fan of HRC. It has nothing to do with Benghazi, or the e-mails. Those are nothing more than attack tactics, conjured up by a completely unhinged GOP. The reason I don’t care for HRC is because she’s more Republican than Democrat. She’s more conventional than unconventional. It’s also not a gender thing for me: I would love to see a woman president, just a more progressive woman such as Elizabeth Warren or Jill Stein.
Bernie is about change, Hillary is about keeping the status quo. Bernie appeals to the disenfranchised, while Hillary appeals to Wall Street. Bernie is the rumpled, comfortable sport coat, while Hillary is the expensive Armani jacket. Still, it’s time for Bernie to let go, and work toward reuniting the Democratic Party. There is much at stake this election year, and there is still a lot of work to be done if we don’t want a mad man leading our country. Unfortunately, for me at least, that’s what it has come down to: Keeping Donald Trump and his merry band of misogynistic racist whackos out of office. At worst, HRC would keep things the same. Trump will destroy this country. He won’t make America great again. He’ll make America even more rabid and dangerous on the world front than it already is. He’s Voldemort with a spray tan and bad toupee. He’s nothing more than a con artist with no decorum, and no clue. He’s the candidate of many bankruptcies, both financially and morally. He’s bad for this country, he’s bad for the world, he’s just bad-period.
There you have it: It’s all over but the shouting. It’s Hillary Rodham Clinton vs. Donald Trump. Seems more like a threat than a choice doesn’t it? Still, in the months to come, I’m lining up behind Hillary, like the good little liberal soldier I am. My heart says support Jill Stein, a third party candidate with views very much in line with Bernie Sanders. However, my head remembers what the third party run of Ross Perot did to the campaign of George H.W. Bush: He divided conservative votes, and Bill Clinton won the day. I would rather vote for the lesser of two evils, than see evil incarnate himself become our next and probably last president.
I know I sound pessimistic, but that’s where I’m at today.
But hey, at least I’m writing again, so I have that going for me 🙂
Unless you’re living under a rock. You’re remotely aware that there was a GOP candidate presidential debate on Fox News. Within that debate, Megyn Kelly peppered Donald Trump with questions concerning his record with women. You may also be aware that Trump was butt hurt over his “mistreatment”, and said some unkind, sexist remarks toward Kelly afterward. While he didn’t say what’s featured in this meme that I came across, I would imagine that someone as misogynistic and crass as Trump would gleefully bellow something along those lines in private.
In spite of the hateful, racist, stupid shit that’s spewing out of the Donald’s mouth, he seems to be more popular than ever. I don’t get it. In fact I don’t really fathom as to why anyone who belongs in the ever shrinking middle class or lower would ever support today’s teapublican candidates. All they care about is getting richer than they already are. Their stratagem is tried and true: Divide and conquer. They some how talk the huddled masses into hating each other, in order to keep them from forming a united front. This has been going on here for centuries. It’s a mystery to me why people keep buying into the very bullshit that is keeping them in the plight they are in. It’s no mystery as to why I don’t like to go out into public anymore. People who enjoy being treated like chattel simply scare the hell out of me.
Some interesting news was published by the Atlantic Monthly. According to a recent Gallup poll, 52% of Republicans questioned are in favor of a third party candidate for the 2012 election.
Not surprisingly, a full 60% of Tea Baggers also want a third party!
Most of this dissension stems from the fact that most Americans are unhappy with the direction the country is headed (duh), as well as unhappiness with the Republicans determination to screw with Medicare.
If a third party candidate such as Donald Trump or Ron Paul were to rise out of the ashes of the Republican party primaries, this would be more good news for Obama. Remember Ross Perot? He divided the Republican vote in 1992, which allowed Bill Clinton to squeak by favored incumbent George H.W. Bush.
Unfortunately, there is little opportunity for third party politicians in a presidential election. It’s a shame, because we need more viable choices than what the Democrats or Republicans throw at us every 4 years.
I voted for Obama, and I’m not happy with his work. As one blogger recently stated, “this is nothing more than Bush’s third term.” I refuse to vote for a Republican candidate, so where does that leave me, and others who feel as I do? Screwed, that’s where.
National politics is a game that only allows for 2 players in our bi-partisan presidential elections. I wish that would change; otherwise if I vote outside the party, I’m going to distinctly feel like my vote was wasted.
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- Most Americans want a strong third political party (capitolhillblue.com)
- Fake tea party candidate seeks to split republican vote (bellalu0.wordpress.com)
- Third Party Spoilers (andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com)
- GOP’s WakeUp Call: 52% of Republicans Want a 3rd Party (fellowshipofminds.wordpress.com)
- Christians Boycott: If Needed (mopspopsplace.wordpress.com)
Check out this blog post from Moe at Whatever Works. It’s another great post, as we’re all accustomed to seeing from Moe. What’s really intriguing is the thread that follows. It’s running commentary, with all of us agreeing with each other. And then the trolls converged. I responded to one commentator’s argument with simple logic, then this whack job named Jonolan chimed in with this little nugget:
If you can, in all honestly to yourself, equate the joy Americans feel over the extermination of Osama with the joy that those Muslims showed over the various deaths of American, European, and Jewish innocents then you’re little or no better than Osama and should be handled in the same manner.
Damn, the dude is a fucking psychopath. Seriously, he needs lithium and a rubber room before he goes postal somewhere. The guy is a walking, talking freak show hiding behind an avatar straight out of a Rob Zombie horror flick. If you run into this guy on the street, do not engage, call the cops and get your family to shelter. He’s as unbalanced as two kids on the same side of a see-saw.
Here’s an excerpt and link to Moe’s post; enjoy the article, and get your popcorn ready for the ensuing thread.
via Whatever Works
- Bin Laden’s Death: Stop the Party (theroot.com)
- Just inappropriate (maureenholland.wordpress.com)
- Irish government reaction: a day of hope but inappropriate to welcome death (politics.ie)
Some good stuff from Seth Meyers at the White House Correspondent’s Association dinner:
Take a look at this love-fest of an interview between Meghan McCain and Donald Trump on The Daily Beast: The last time I saw so many easy pitches served up, I was playing first base on a beer league softball team.
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- Meghan McCain’s New BFF: Donald Trump (newser.com)
- Meghan McCain to Trump: I could help you (politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com)
- Internet Cool Kids Openly Mock Meghan McCain’s Interview Of Donald Trump (mediaite.com)
- Trump to McCain: ‘You’re Hired!’ (kaystreet.wordpress.com)
- SMOOTH TALK: Trump to Meghan McCain: I like you (politico.com)
- Meghan McCain Defends Her Existence (observer.com)