For the first time in my adult life, I didn’t decide whom I was backing for president until just last week. I’d supported Clinton, Gore, Dean, Richardson then Clinton, and Obama for months before Iowa. But 2016s was a tough choice.
I was a pretty vocal supporter of Hillary Clinton versus Barack Obama back in 2008. I felt then that Hillary understood far better the true fight that lay ahead. She didn’t aspire to hope and change her way with Republicans that had seized dysfunction as their way of being. I believed that Hillary could and would take it to those trying to dismantle our government with skill and verve — and her 11-hour Benghazi testimony so clearly indicated that. Add to that a layer of understanding of foreign policy, and she is powerfully attractive as a candidate, one who I can see as a great president. So why am I not supporting her? Because she is just not ready to engage in the fight that matters…
It’s the fight for a true democracy in the West. Really, it’s that simple. Republican v. Democrat is a fine distraction, and gives smart people something to feel smart about. Many people are content to argue over Kodos and Kang, with the real power resting with Goldman Sachs and their ilk. Meanwhile, from France to Greece to Spain to Portugal to (just this weekend) Ireland, the real struggle is laid bare as people rush away from the cartel of those with powerful jobs working for the powerful. Because they all know the system is rotten, and choosing which face of it shows on your television screens is not enough. My favorite example: in 2013, Jack Lew was confirmed as Treasury Secretary was confirmed with 71 votes. Why? Because he was a stalwart ambassador of the powerful to those with powerful jobs. Jack Lew is a good ol’ Goldman Sachs boy.
On the other side, Donald Trump is proving what an elaborate facade the Republican Party is. It’s a shell company of the rich that has no real substance and may as well be incorporated in Panamanian mailbox. Hillary is the exemplar of the Democratic imitation to that paper corporation. She is a fine person who who do well to run things as we’ve been running them. She openly favors dismantling our economy under trade pacts (until she doesn’t), selling off public education to the most-connected bidder (unless she doesn’t), and diminishing my rights and yours because we can’t spend like a Super PAC. Hillary Clinton will gracefully help manage the decline of our democracy.
That’s not enough for me. I’m not willing to nod along with unrestrained political spending, tilting the field to the super wealthy. Sanders refuses to partake of that system — and he’s proven he doesn’t need to partake. I’m not okay with using charter schools to transfer my tax dollars to the wallets of the well-connected — and Sanders isn’t either. I’m not okay with maneuvers and fakery to disguise the system of the revolving door, absurd payouts, and money floods to those who hobnob in the right events — and Sanders isn’t either.
Hillary Clinton will be a good president of what America becomes. Sanders will be a good president of what America needs to be. And that’s why I’m voting for Senator Sanders.