Sanders v. Clinton

February 16th, 2016

It’s been a while since my last blog and since my chosen field is architectural photography, it’s always been best for me to stick to writing about what I know and love so well. But my mind is overwhelmed by what’s going on in our political world and I feel compelled by to write down some of my thoughts.

First, as an admitted liberal (now renamed progressive), and as a recently enrolled Democrat (I switched from independent to be able to vote in Florida’s primary), I’m suffering over the choice I must make, Clinton or Sanders. For me, it would have easily been Clinton but for Sanders’ entry into the fray. Although he’s a senator from a faraway state, I’ve followed him for years whenever he’s been interviewed on a current subject and I’ve always thrilled to the consistent statements that come unadulterated from the mind and heart of this very straight-forward person. How can I not like him? I even sent $3 to his campaign, a campaign he brags is funded by “average” folks like me. But, can he win in a general election? That’s what I’m thinking these days. Wouldn’t Clinton with her far-ranging experience from her White House years as closest ear to a president, then as a New York senator, and then as Secretary of State, wouldn’t she be the sensible choice for me to make?

Ahh, sensible . . .

That’s a troubling word. But it’s a truth I feel. If Trump gains that office, we’re doomed to a world of bombast and know-nothings the likes of which the we’ve seldom seen. Just imagine Trump addressing the UN, an organization he has said he doesn’t respect. Or just being in the same room as Vladimir Putin (whom he says he’ll take down a notch), or the President of Mexico (whose citizens he’s insulted verbally). I quake to think of the damage four years with that person at the helm will do to our prestige in the world, not to mention our own land. If you think climate change is a malicious threat to the world over the coming centuries, just imagine what a Trump presidency will mean within just a few short months.

So I must act to protect my country now just as I was sworn to do so when I was an Army non-com all those years ago. I now swear allegiance to the land of my birth and promise to do no harm to it if I have the power. And today, the power I have resides in my vote. It will be a vote at its heart more against something. I’m against Donald Trump, and I’ll fight for any way to make that heard. But I so fear the dilution of our voice in the splitting of our support between Sanders and Clinton that if Sanders were to prevail and become our nominee, how do you think we’d fare in the general election? That vote eventually would become support for Trump, and that cannot be allowed to happen! I believe that Hillary Clinton should face the Trump monster in November.

And if that means ignoring what my heart may tell me about Bernie Sanders, then I must ignore it and vote for Hillary.

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5 Comments on “Sanders v. Clinton”

  1. 1 Donna Shelley said at 7:10 pm on February 16th, 2016:

    Dan,
    I agree about Donald Trump. And I have to ask the question, what happens to the stock market the day that Bernie Sanders becomes the nominee for the Democratic Party? Contrary to popular opinion it isn’t just the 1% and billionaires who rely on their portfolios to survive. Those invested in the stock market are average people and their pension funds, colleges, universities, union pension funds, etc. So his attacking Wall Street as the devil is something that deeply concerns me. Free education, free healthcare? Where does the funding come from? Remember the children of rich people will be able to attend college for free and get free medical care, along with the lower and middle classes. So where does the money come from? Hillary Clinton comes to us with some baggage, but I’ll take her flaws and all compared to Mr. Chicken in every pot and a car in every garage Sanders.Both Sanders and Trump say they represent a revolution and that they want to make America great. Both are tapped into the public’s frustration, offering truly pie-in-the-sky solutions to the angry voters. Neither Trump nor Sanders will be able to get anything done, because we have three branches of government, not one. Neither has demonstrated a willingness to compromise or to play nice with others in order to reach a a consensus. That’s what is required in a leader, the ability to lead, not bluster. I’m a democrat who wants Hillary to win, but if we must have a republican, I can stomach Gov. Kasich or possibly Gov. Bush. All the others…no.

  2. 2 Pepe Paban said at 9:16 pm on February 16th, 2016:

    DS perhaps a little reading will help you understand and narrow down those broad strokes.

    https://berniesanders.com/issues/how-bernie-pays-for-his-proposals/

    In addition 170 prominent economists endorse Bernie’s plan

    http://usuncut.com/politics/170-top-economists-back-bernie-sanders-plan-to-rein-in-wall-street/

    http://usuncut.com/politics/170-top-economists-back-bernie-sanders-plan-to-rein-in-wall-street/

  3. 3 Pepe Paban said at 10:38 pm on February 16th, 2016:

    Here is Bernie’s proposal and how his his plan will be financed in an easy to read/understand chart

    https://www.facebook.com/PeopleForBernie/photos/a.1657630031123871.1073741829.1645816202305254/1757198934500313/?type=3&theater

  4. 4 Breanna Forer said at 12:21 am on February 19th, 2016:

    In my opinion you should vote for what you believe in, anything else would be cheating yourself. I believe that the people’s vote will beat the establishment but people can not loose hope and resort to the thinking that your vote won’t count. That is what the establishment wants you to believe.

    We can beat the system but it will take more than electing Bernie Sanders. There are a lot of congressional seats up this year. People need to wake up and understand that who is in congress is as important as who is President.

    I don’t feel that Hillary’s foreign policy trumps Bernie’s homeland policies.

    I didnt write the below. I think it is always good to see things from others points of view. I can understand yours but in a primary I’m voting for my beliefs and heart because this is what I want.

    If Bernie doesn’t win primary I would vote Hillary over Trump but my first vote is Sanders.

    To people wondering why millenials so strongly support U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders for President, here’s why:

    1. We are younger than you. We came of age when George W Bush was President. Probably the Gore v. Bush election was the first one we paid attention to. And seeing how the popular vote didn’t determine the winner left an impression. We also remember when we realized we could put together a coherent sentence better than the President.

    2. We LOVE that Bernie has ALWAYS been for gay marriage and LGBTQ rights…because WE have always been for gay marriage and LGBTQ rights… in fact most of us can’t even understand why/how people think it’s “wrong/a choice/sinful” to be gay. We just don’t get it.

    3. We have felt the damaging impacts of the high cost of education. We are paying our student loans. We are not buying houses/cars/having kids like other generations did because SO MUCH of our money is sucked up into student loans. We also are young enough to remember how awesome and educating college was both in and outside the classroom and think everyone should be able to experience it if they want to.

    4. We have never doubted climate change. We’re smarter than that. We remember when the hole in the Ozone layer was a big deal. We watched it on Nick News. We want to save our planet, because we fucking love it here.

    5. We ALSO felt the damaging impacts of bailing out the bankers. We were the ones who were told to “go to college so you don’t end up flipping burgers” and graduated into a world where the only job was …. flipping burgers. MAYBE. MAYBE that job was available. Then we got told to “just get any job, what are you too good to flip burgers?” So we got any job because we had to repay those student loans. And our careers and personal lives have faltered because of it. THIS is why we are buying homes and cars later in life, why we are marrying and having children older.
    Besides – what’s wrong about flipping burgers or cleaning toilets?! If society needs these jobs, and has a demand for them, people who provide this service should be paid a decent and fair wage.

    6. We watched those same bankers take private jets, throw parties on yachts, and have general disregard for the public whose money they just took. We understand that it’s NOT FAIR and that the system isn’t working for us.

    7. We then watched those same bankers and CEOs turn around and spend MILLIONS to over take our congress and local politicians to put into law policies that HURT us. We get that they’re not doing anything for us little people, and we don’t understand why their dollars should buy them more political power than us.

    8. We are not old enough to “know” that “this is what markets do, they go up, they go down, we have recessions, we recover.” Remember, we grew up in the 90s when everything was fucking awesome.

    9. We were raised that if we could dream it, we could be it. We were raised to help others. We were raised to share and be fair. We don’t see democratic socialism as some evil to be fought and defeated (remember, we also aren’t old enough to remember The Cold War). We see it as a way to make capitalism work for everyone.

    10. On that note, we’re also not old enough to remember segregation either. The idea of it seems preposterous to the vast majority of us. But we are smart enough to see how institutionalized racism has wreaked havoc on people of color and poor people. And we think it’s bullshit. The young black men and women who are being killed at the hands of police? Yeah, they are millennials. They are our peers.

    11. We don’t care if our tax dollars go to healthcare, free education, and helping poor people eat and have shelter. We DO care when our tax dollars go to the rich people that destroyed our economy, our parents investments, our friends futures. We DO care when our tax dollars go to endless wars but DON’T go to helping Veterans get all the care they deserve.

    12. We were raised being told that we could make a difference in this world. We are idealists and we WANT to make a difference. We know that experience isn’t everything. We know that it doesn’t really matter what’s on your resume… because a lot of us are capable of doing specific jobs but can’t get hired because we don’t have the “experience” because we’ve been flipping burgers since graduating because there are no jobs for us to gain the experience we need to get the better jobs.

    13. We love our parents. We really do. And we want to know that they will be cared for when they’re old, especially if we can’t afford it (you know that millennials overall earning power was drastically reduced because of the recession and the arrested development in our careers because of flipping burgers for so long), and especially if the recession wiped out their savings. We want them to have healthcare and GOOD social security benefits when they need them.

    14. We believe we can make the world a better place. We don’t believe Bernie Sanders has all the answers and is our messiah. But we do believe he is best suited to lead the charge, with us at his heels, to create a better world for the future.

    #ImNotKiddingMaddi #BernieSanders #FeeltheBern

    (I can’t take credit for writing this, but I thought it summed things up pretty well. Unfortunately, I don’t know who wrote it.)year, those are even more important in my opinion.

  5. 5 Breanna Forer said at 12:27 am on February 19th, 2016:

    In my opinion you should vote for what you believe in, anything else would be cheating yourself. I have been wanting things that Bernie wants for a long time. I’m excited at the opportunity. I believe that the people’s vote will beat the establishment but people can not loose hope and resort to the thinking that your vote won’t count. That is what the establishment wants you to believe.

    We can beat the system but it will take more than electing Bernie Sanders. There are a lot of congressional seats up this year. People need to wake up and understand that who is in congress is as important as who is President.

    I don’t feel that Hillary’s foreign policy trumps Bernie’s homeland policies.

    I didnt write the below. I think it is always good to see things from others points of view. I can understand yours but in a primary I’m voting for my beliefs and heart because this is what I want.

    If Bernie doesn’t win primary I would vote Hillary over Trump but my first vote is Sanders.

    To people wondering why millenials so strongly support U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders for President, here’s why:

    1. We are younger than you. We came of age when George W Bush was President. Probably the Gore v. Bush election was the first one we paid attention to. And seeing how the popular vote didn’t determine the winner left an impression. We also remember when we realized we could put together a coherent sentence better than the President.

    2. We LOVE that Bernie has ALWAYS been for gay marriage and LGBTQ rights…because WE have always been for gay marriage and LGBTQ rights… in fact most of us can’t even understand why/how people think it’s “wrong/a choice/sinful” to be gay. We just don’t get it.

    3. We have felt the damaging impacts of the high cost of education. We are paying our student loans. We are not buying houses/cars/having kids like other generations did because SO MUCH of our money is sucked up into student loans. We also are young enough to remember how awesome and educating college was both in and outside the classroom and think everyone should be able to experience it if they want to.

    4. We have never doubted climate change. We’re smarter than that. We remember when the hole in the Ozone layer was a big deal. We watched it on Nick News. We want to save our planet, because we fucking love it here.

    5. We ALSO felt the damaging impacts of bailing out the bankers. We were the ones who were told to “go to college so you don’t end up flipping burgers” and graduated into a world where the only job was …. flipping burgers. MAYBE. MAYBE that job was available. Then we got told to “just get any job, what are you too good to flip burgers?” So we got any job because we had to repay those student loans. And our careers and personal lives have faltered because of it. THIS is why we are buying homes and cars later in life, why we are marrying and having children older.
    Besides – what’s wrong about flipping burgers or cleaning toilets?! If society needs these jobs, and has a demand for them, people who provide this service should be paid a decent and fair wage.

    6. We watched those same bankers take private jets, throw parties on yachts, and have general disregard for the public whose money they just took. We understand that it’s NOT FAIR and that the system isn’t working for us.

    7. We then watched those same bankers and CEOs turn around and spend MILLIONS to over take our congress and local politicians to put into law policies that HURT us. We get that they’re not doing anything for us little people, and we don’t understand why their dollars should buy them more political power than us.

    8. We are not old enough to “know” that “this is what markets do, they go up, they go down, we have recessions, we recover.” Remember, we grew up in the 90s when everything was fucking awesome.

    9. We were raised that if we could dream it, we could be it. We were raised to help others. We were raised to share and be fair. We don’t see democratic socialism as some evil to be fought and defeated (remember, we also aren’t old enough to remember The Cold War). We see it as a way to make capitalism work for everyone.

    10. On that note, we’re also not old enough to remember segregation either. The idea of it seems preposterous to the vast majority of us. But we are smart enough to see how institutionalized racism has wreaked havoc on people of color and poor people. And we think it’s bullshit. The young black men and women who are being killed at the hands of police? Yeah, they are millennials. They are our peers.

    11. We don’t care if our tax dollars go to healthcare, free education, and helping poor people eat and have shelter. We DO care when our tax dollars go to the rich people that destroyed our economy, our parents investments, our friends futures. We DO care when our tax dollars go to endless wars but DON’T go to helping Veterans get all the care they deserve.

    12. We were raised being told that we could make a difference in this world. We are idealists and we WANT to make a difference. We know that experience isn’t everything. We know that it doesn’t really matter what’s on your resume… because a lot of us are capable of doing specific jobs but can’t get hired because we don’t have the “experience” because we’ve been flipping burgers since graduating because there are no jobs for us to gain the experience we need to get the better jobs.

    13. We love our parents. We really do. And we want to know that they will be cared for when they’re old, especially if we can’t afford it (you know that millennials overall earning power was drastically reduced because of the recession and the arrested development in our careers because of flipping burgers for so long), and especially if the recession wiped out their savings. We want them to have healthcare and GOOD social security benefits when they need them.

    14. We believe we can make the world a better place. We don’t believe Bernie Sanders has all the answers and is our messiah. But we do believe he is best suited to lead the charge, with us at his heels, to create a better world for the future.

    #ImNotKiddingMaddi #BernieSanders #FeeltheBern

    (I can’t take credit for writing this, but I thought it summed things up pretty well. Unfortunately, I don’t know who wrote it.)year, those are even more important in my opinion.


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