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Wednesday, April 13, 2016 12:19 pm

Why “Bernie or nothing” will kill us dead

If there’s anyone out there who seriously thinks there’s no difference between Hillary Clinton and the Republicans, just get over yourself right now.

We’re taught as kids that voting means choosing the person we think is best for the job. Unfortunately, what we’re too often faced with when we come of voting age is a choice between the lesser of two or more pretty evil evils. But you know what? That’s true in a lot of situations in life, not just electing a president. Adults deal with it and move on.

I was around in ’80 and ’00 and I saw the damage that “perfect or nothing” causes: It gave us Reagan and Bush 43, two of the three worst presidents of the postwar era. Moreover, as a result, I’ve spent my entire adult life cleaning up the messes created by people who think like you, and I’m damned tired of it. I’d like to play offense for a change — work for things, not just try to stave off, or clean up, disasters.

I voted for Bernie in the primary, but I’m going to vote for the Democratic nominee in November, no matter who it is, because ANY Republican in or currently contemplating the race would be an unqualified and unmitigated disaster. (Voting for third-party candidates like Jill Stein, nice and appealing as she is, is like voting for a Republican, too.) Hillary won’t deny anthropogenic global warming, and that difference alone could save millions of lives in coming years. Hillary will work for a saner gun policy, which also will save lives. And if nothing else, Hillary Clinton would not put a Sam Alito or a Clarence Thomas on the Supreme Court, and by God, that matters to anyone who doesn’t want to be pledging allegiance to MegaCorp or the Last Global Bank and the exploitation for which they stand.

Yes, Hillary is a huge letdown for people who believe in and voted, or plan to vote, for Bernie. But if you throw a snit fit over Hillary’s becoming the Democratic nominee, if in fact that’s what happens, your tantrum will have a body count.



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  3. One would think this didn’t really need saying…

    Comment by Blair Pethel — Thursday, April 14, 2016 1:43 am @ 1:43 am

    • One would think. But there are many, many Berniebros out there who were in diapers in 2000 and don’t realize this. Several of them set upon me on Twitter yesterday, so I figured I’d better say it anyway.

      Comment by Lex — Thursday, April 14, 2016 7:58 am @ 7:58 am

  4. Loony Left or Crazy Right, what’s in a name? Politicians are a bunch of self serving nozzles who will say and do whatever it takes to get our attention and our vote. We have them in Oz too. Still, I’m glad to live in a country where we are safe to have an opinion and free to vote. I’m hopeful that sooner or later we just might get a half way decent PM. The alternative doesn’t bear thinking about,

    Comment by marymtf — Saturday, April 16, 2016 6:33 pm @ 6:33 pm

  5. I could not agree more.

    Comment by sixfootjew — Friday, July 8, 2016 9:16 pm @ 9:16 pm

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