Well, in all honesty Bob, things are pretty screwy and we as a society, along with some rulings from the Supreme Court, have really buggered things.
Citizens United has assisted in destroying true democracy of the people, for the people. Anyone who thinks the US is not an oligarchy is not paying attention or has vested interests in maintaining status quo. Super Pacs and the sheer amount of money corrupting the political system is beyond the pale...
Think about the R candidates for a second: everyone of them comes out and tows the line for the corporate overlords that pay for their campaigns and their talking points; the social banter like the faux planned parenthood video,etc. appeals to folks' emotions....and when emotions are concerned, rational thinking goes off the boil...
And then there are the D candidates. Only 3 of them really, maybe for 4 if Joe runs. Joe is a lifelong politician who is so entrenched in DC, that he's not going to rock the boat in his waning years. Omalley actually seems like a smart nice guy and actually articulates policy, which when compared to most of the R's who believe using the word articulate means yer an educated elitist...is pretty cool. But like other D's, I suspect he is quite reactionary on D dog whistle issues like gun control,etc. (the R's planned parenthood if you will).
Hillary is not a true democrat, and quite honestly she's so centrist as to have no soul or passion or conviction behind the issues folks care about. Fwiw, I guided a wall street gazillionaire last season who joked he was the only D among say 10 buddies. He told me his work friends always give him shit, bit his reply is "I don't vote for social fundamentalists and retreads...and what else have you got?". He not only was a Hillary backer, but was actually hosting her at his house for a fundraiser! He'd met both Bill and Hill a few times before.
So to think Hillary isn't literally bought and paid for by the fine folks who brought you sub prime mortgages; mort. backed securities, $5 ATM fees, and buy out your made in America company and turn it into a Chinese or Mexican made piece of shit company (but hey with great profits...for me and few others!)....I know for a fact is not true. She is one of them....and you know what? So is Barry Obombs...totally bought and paid for or he would not be proposing TPP, for instance. A guaranteed loser for Americans.
That leaves us with Bernie. I know him growing up in VT, have met him, and he is in fact, e-x-a-c-t-l-y how you see him in public. He does not fuck around, he's passionate for the middle class, and as opposed to the D's and the R's....he has passion for the cause. Rural VT'ers are generally conservative; not southern moral/social conservatives....but they are for sure not libs (look at county by county voting in VT to see for yourself), except to maybe tea-jihadi type fundamentalists. It's astounding to me to see rural conservative multi-generation farmers in Vt with Bernie sings on their lawn every election cycle, but it happens all the time.
Thinks about it this way, you've got 3 choices; 2 of them Hillary and whichever clown gets nominated, likely Bush...well that proves my point about the US being an oligarchy run by plutocrats....2 families who have had their hand in the pie since 1980 or earlier (remember 1st bush was the brain for Raygun, like Cheney was W's brain.) Crazy to pick either if you want change right?
The 3rd choice is Bernie in essence. Sure, the corporate media has a vested interest in maintaining the status quo (war and strife make for great ratings, and with NBC owned by GE for instance, war and ratings are doubly good), and as such, will lambaste Bernie for being a "socialist",etc. Well, reality is many of our economic policies in the US ARE socialism policies. SS for starters...tell average americans you're taking that away. Farm subsidies = socialism. Subsidies of any sort are not free markets....there is no arguing that. Some right leaning folks hate tax redistribution concepts and blame the poors as leaches. Well, pick your poison, having some type of program for that women you (we) helped out a few winters ago who does not have a Drake crew to help her out....or giving millions in tax breaks to the agri-corp owning the corn field next door? An agri-corp that hires cheap foreign immigrants likely as well. I won't tell you what the right answer is, you see my point. That women and her family could "Milk" (in the eyes of the R's) social programs to the tune of 20k/year for 50 years. Thats one million. Now, think about that agri-corp down the road in Wisconsin/Minn. wherever....they get way more than 1million in breaks EACH year. And then some.
Both are a form of socialism. Plenty of other examples too in the US system. The NFL is a totally socialist business model! They pool revenue so teams in small markets get funding off the backs of the big markets...our "American Game" is socialist. My team, the Green Bay Packers are owned by the people, for the people. The heartland of America...a socialist team!
If you think Bernie is unelectable, or won't get anything done, all I can say is "as opposed to the shitstorm we have now?" Nothing gets done now, so go figure right? So yea, he gets elected, he's an extremely smart and pragmatic guy. VT has little gun regulation and Bernie is generally quite tolerant of guns, and personal rights, unlike D's and R's (D for guns, R for everything else), and lets face it:
Reagan raised taxes many times, and the tax rate for high earners was waaaay higher than it is now....and yet conservatives routinely wax poetic about the good ole days of Reagan. Really? Ok then, lets tax the venture capitalists, banks and 1/10 of 1%ers and get some middle class infrastructure jobs done in a country literally crumbling from within. Those are the kind of things Bernie would indeed do, and he's telling you that in the stump, and he's not going to change once in "power."
Now....can you honestly have faith in any of the others of doing the same, or even coming up with their own proposals for restoring the actual ability to live the American Dream?
Or...haha...my short answer: Bernie, cuz the world won't burn any quicker than it is already is if he's elected, and the alternatives are bidness as usual. Can't bitch and then vote for the bitches/bastards....
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