I’ll say it – I actually feel bad for Bernie Sanders.
I don’t agree with his politics and I think that the cult of personality that surrounds him is eerily similar to Obama in ’08. In fact I actually see his brand of politics to be in direct opposition with nearly everything I stand for with the exception of some notable human rights issues that I think most Americans agree on.
Under his policies my taxes will skyrocket and he will most likely set his sights on the Second Amendment in some absurd attempt to reduce crime. Hard working Americans will still be to blame for the lack of income equality and other myths about what will make us a “fair society” (at least in the eyes of folks like Marx and Engels) will be pushed until the safeguards that make America a separate entity from the likes of our European neighbors will be washed away.
So why do I feel bad for him? I think he’s getting cheated, and he’s going to lose to a very bad person.
That’s not me pulling for the lesser of two evils. I see his personal brand of politics as being more likely to put people into “resettlement and reeducation,” though I highly doubt something like that would happen under him. He perpetuates the concept of entitlement beyond that of which the current administration has been doing. After all this used to be a country where if you come here, apply yourself, accept your failures and learn from them that you can make something of yourself. Under Comrade Sanders people will be entitled to things simply because they want them without effort or ever really trying.
So why do I give a shit? Because I actually think he cares. In his own warped and twisted notion of what American should be like I think he actually cares about the poor and disenfranchised. He means what he says, at least to a certain degree, and I think that he’s probably riding the same absurd luck train that Trump has been on since late last year. I also think that the media, most of which in our country caters to the liberal side of things has been undermining him in order to push the Clinton campaign. We talk about campaign contributions as being the great moral evil, but nobody says anything about how the media portrays these people (or lots of other things – looking at you Katie Couric).
Clinton claims to understand what it is like to be a woman, and it’s easy to see why she’d make a statement like that: she’s a woman. I think that’s where her similarities with your average everyday American female end. This is a woman who has known some degree of power for the last 30 or more years. True power, from the governor’s mansion in Arkansas, to the White House, to the Senate, to the position of Secretary of State. Hillary Clinton has never been an average American woman. For that matter she’s never been an average American.
Just on the women’s issues she’s a fraud. This is a woman who got a rapist freed and then laughed about knowing the guilt of the man who destroyed a 12 year old girl because she was able to get evidence thrown out. I might be able to admire her in some light if she stood by her husband after a single affair. Twist my arm, even a second, but her husband has been a serial cheater and some have claimed that it’s been worse than that to the extent that her husband is in fact a sexual predator. I don’t get how people can give her a pass on that. Once is an anomaly, but three, four, five… it becomes a pattern. For her to talk about women’s rights and dignity? Please spare me.
Now understand something right here: I’m not accusing him of that, and there are plenty of bogus accusations that have been thrown at men by some pretty desperate people. He’s a man of means and a public figure which makes him a target. But I get the sense that there has been a lot of hush money paid to keep things from the light of day. Again – not your average American. Once is an anomaly, but three, four, five…
As a gun owner and NRA supporter I’m disappointed that they came out this late in the game to back Trump. Trump is anti-gun and has stated as much in the past. His facilities are “gun free” and he applauded the “assault weapon” ban the Clintons pushed in the early 90s. He isn’t my candidate and he doesn’t represent my values. He is as much a threat to the sanctity of a free America as Clinton is.
And here’s why.
Both Clinton and Trump are in the party of Clinton and Trump. They are rich, entitled elitists who care only about their own interests and what will enlarge their enormous ego and prestige. Clinton rakes in millions of dollars in speaking fees and dares to talk about income inequality, while Trump has billions and tries to talk about the middle class. Neither of them have a clue what you or I have to deal with on a paycheck to paycheck basis. Trump dares to critique Bill Clinton’s fidelity to Hillary while having had at least one affair of his own. Hillary dares to talk about women’s rights, reproductive health, and rape having been willing to turn a blind eye to what her husband has been accused of. She was also a willing participant in setting free a sexual offender and then sat smugly about how she did it.
Both of them have had grievous things to say about the LGBTQ community in the past, and while I agree that it’s a person’s right to change their opinion, I think they should own what they used to believe and an opinion should never be changed because of political expediency. Both of these nitwits have done this and yet those of you who support them are willing to give them a pass over and over again. In all point of fact I would urge the LGBTQ community to not come out in support of her because she only started caring about things that mattered to you when it became politically convenient. I don’t buy Trump’s stance on 2A, don’t buy into Clinton’s on LGBTQ issues. They’re frauds.
Sanders is someone I actually feel bad for because I think that he actually means what he says. I think he’s genuine (mostly). Most of us didn’t know his name until a year ago, but we’ve known Clinton and Trump for the last 30 years at least. His policies would be disastrous to us as a nation, but I think that his heart is in the right place. He actually believes the Marxist bullshit he pedals. That doesn’t make him right because in all reality his means to an end is un-American and takes us further and further away from where we should be as a constitutional republic. I won’t be voting for him, or supporting him in any way. He has my sympathy though because while I don’t like his politics I can say I respect him as a person.
I can’t say the same for the other two.