I have been carrying on a dialog with some Facebook “friends” about this question. Many of my FB “friends” are pro-Bernie including one of my sons. I thought I would take the opportunity to state clearly my position and concerns.
Bernie, the man versus Bernie’s ideas
Bernie’s fans want big change. So do I. We have a dysfunctional government that is not dealing with the significant problems facing the USA such as a decaying infrastructure, massive financial inequality, climate change, a broken healthcare system, too much money in politics, terrorism, aging population, automation, racial divides, and drugs just to name a few.
Yes, I too long for massive change. I support many of Bernie’s objectives although not his tactics and nor him. I don’t like the guy much either.
Big Money in Politics
Bernie is against big money in politics. Well, the person most responsible for this is Ralph Nader. Nader had no chance to become President, but that did not keep him from running to as a third party candidate to the left of Gore. The result was President Bush, who then appointed Roberts to the Supreme Court and along came Citizen’s United.
Bernie has no chance to win, but he is damaging Hilary
Bernie is running against Hilary even though he has no real chance of winning. All he is doing is weakening her as a general election candidate and causing her to waste precious time and money on a Primary when she should be able to focus on the general election.
It is clear to me the Bernie is the same kind of egotist as Nader. If I had any doubt, Bernie’s very expensive trip to the Vatican resolved that question.
Some of the Bernie folks just want to blow things up
I have a feeling that some of the Bernie fans don’t mind a demagog like Trump winning. They think it will lead to some popular uprising. Well, folks, it is the other side that has the guns. This is just crazy thinking.
The key is down-ticket
If we want to change, the left has to take back the Senate and hopefully the House. Hilary knows that is and working to make this happen. She is raising money for down-ticket candidates. Sander’s is spending his money on trips to Rome.
Don’t care much for Hil
She is not my favorite person. I voted for Obama in the 2008 primary although I now think I made a mistake because he screw things up so badly in his first two years that we got a Republican House and then eventually a Republican Senate.
So sadly, she is the only thing between us and President Trump. Yes, I know that the Bernie people think their candidate has a better chance against Trump because of some polls. Well, that is just because people don’t know much about Bernie. That wouldn’t be true after Trump got finished with him.