Have you been watching the Democratic National Convention?

downloadBecause I have.

I, as did Sarah Silverman, have been feeling the Bern for the last year or so, in large part because of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ attention to wealth and income inequality (and, ironically, a rigged system that didn’t work in his favor). Neither of these are conversations you got to hear much in the public realm, and they are conversations we really need to have.

I am OK if you don’t agree. This is ‘Murica, after all.

I’ve watched my fellow Bernie supporters boo at the DNC, give a thumb’s down to mentions of Hillary Clinton and I am in the unique position of feeling for everyone — both my follow Bernie supporters and for people who just want to get Hillary into the White House.

And now, after searching my heart, I’m With Her. I have some significant issues with Hillary Clinton’s political record, but I have far, far, FAR more issues with Donald Trump, both as a person and as a politician. I cannot even form my mouth around the phrase “President Tru…” Nope. Can’t do it.

I appreciate people who will vote Green, or Socialist, or you-name-it. I do. One must vote his/her conscience. I have done that, and then watched a man wholly unqualified to lead the country take the helm with disastrous results. My conscience tells me that in this particular political system, to vote Clinton.

And I will do that, with no more reservation than I have ever had when voting for a President. And I will encourage others to do the same.

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One response to “Have you been watching the Democratic National Convention?

  1. Me, too. As much as I could stomach anyway.
    The Franken/Silverman skit epitomized, for me anyway, The Democratic Party approach to this election: A little song. A little dance. A little seltzer down your pants. We’ll have to see if that strategy can keep them from getting shelled by the rogue elephant in the parade.

    It’s interesting to see Johnson and Stein showing up in the polls now. Johnson is starting to pull in some double digits. Numbers much higher than Nader ended up with in 2000. (The Nader candidacy didn’t spoil anything for Big Al. It was a horserace and Big Al lost. Looking at this analysis of that contest can get pretty eerie.)
    However, if the Libertarians and Greens can pull 15%…or more…out of the turnout, that could be significant. Depending on the turnout. The Presidency is the Clintons…and the Democrats…to lose.
    And they’re off to a great start.

    But the importance in this election cycle is not actually in a Presidential contest pitting two sides of the same coin against one another. It’s the Congressional races, (34 Senate seats and all 435 House seats), that will determine the direction the country will take after November. Control of the Senate in particular, where the future of the empty SCOTUS seat…and future empty seats…is vested, is riding on this election cycle. Then there’s budget considerations. If working people are going to have a snowball’s chance in hell to forestall the ever increasing immiseration emanating from the neoliberal status quo, it’s going to be found in the halls of Congress, (and State legislatures), not in the White House.

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