Update: Watching the polls, I have to give proper respect to a growing number of Democrats who are showing real character and are no longer supporting Hillary just because they were ordered to do so by the thought police. Well done to all. I mean that sincerely.
When I was a kid, my mother worked for the Democrats. My parents were FDR fans who once had the opportunity to drive his son to our hometown from the airport - big stuff for a small-town couple.
A man named Joe Burleson would come by the house a lot during election seasons. He organized the distribution of leaflets and saw to providing poll monitors (a job my mother did every election, in all weather). I'm sure Mr. Burleson did more, but I don't recall the details. He was a nice man.
I do remember that as I got older, I started to ask him questions about politics. I asked the difference in the parties, how hard it was to get elected to an office and so on. I also remember him being different from other Democrats as I understood them to be. The party was multi-faceted in those days. Everybody from local business people to early hippies to hard-nosed blue-collar types were a part of the mix and discussion was lively.
It's not that way anymore. The only "business" people on the left nowadays are looking to the government to protect them from competition. They don't really give a hoot in hell about issues. They just want to purchase a politician or two. The free-spirited hippies are now the thought Nazis running the party and everyone else is expected to fall into line lest they be labeled a hater, a liar, a scab or worse. It's a pretty lock-step affair.
And the standard-bearer is someone without scruples, who will sign on to any idea, use anyone and throw anyone under the bus in order to garner more personal power. Does she care about the "war on women"? Not on your life. But it sounds good.
I started to believe that there was nothing, and possibly no one, in Democrat politics left to respect. Then, almost out of nowhere comes Bernie Sanders. He is a brash, sometimes cranky, unapologetic Socialist. I am fairly confident that he doesn't understand how his ideology is in itself a corrupting influence. That, in a weird way, makes him more appealing to someone like me.
If Sanders were elected President, I (libertarian, fiscal conservative) would be disappointed, but would count myself as the loyal, if strident, opposition.
His chief opponent, HRC, is a complete contrivance of party and press. Real excitement for her candidacy exists only in the minds of Clinton doctrinaires, the press (often the same creature) and her staff. If you see her interviewed, you'd think the nation was on fire to see her elected and this illusion has been pushing the poles lately. Yet she still has a hard time filling even the smallest venues. That's because many already think they have to hold their noses and vote for her. More on why in a minute, but that is the reason I am most bewildered by the modern lefty.
Who the hell says you must be so damned obedient? Look at Sanders again. Look at the folks who have ventured out to listen to him - by the thousands. Observe how steadfast he is to his principles. Can you say that about Hillary?
No, of course not. The fact is she hasn't carried out a single post in government honorably or effectively. And that is not me talking. Every aspect of her political life has resulted in the need to lie, obfuscate, apologize or rationalize in order to justify her pending coronation.
I'll give you one example among hundreds. I have watched with amusement as this woman's campaign trotted out the misogynist-in-chief to stump for her. I hear pundits ominously warn the right not to go after Bill for his rapes and dalliances because he is so popular, being the first black president and all.[1. An interesting take on the term, discussing the woman who coined it] But the key to this discussion is not Bill. It's Hillary. While Bill was mindlessly slapping his meat on tables across the country from California to Arkansas and DC, Hillary took it upon herself to be the lead character assassin, directing low-life operatives to destroy the character and sometimes the lives of those Bill used or abused. [2. Details here from Hitchens, no wide-eyed conservative, he.] In the present argument, Hillary is the problem and is most deserving of scorn. This can't be spun.
In order to get past this, real liberals, honest Democrats must pretend it never happened so they can justify falling into line with the rest of the cattle and voting for this wretched political creature.
Look, Sanders is a Socialist. When she is not street-walking for big money donors, so is Hillary. While I see such politics as utterly wrong-headed, I still can't understand why so many on the left would still give their loyalty, much less their vote to someone so undeserving as Clinton.
I hope many on the other side of the political divide consider this soon. I hope so as fervently as I hope Donald Trump proves he is not just a fly in the ointment before Iowa. What are the chances of either, would you say?
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