April 3, 2016

Sanders supporters: Don’t sit out on the general election

Student Opinion

By Ryan Hiles–

If you’re one of my many conservative friends or acquaintances, you should probably just stop reading at the end of this paragraph. It’s truly is nothing personal. Any liberal that grew up in a red state like Kentucky will be able to tell you that we necessarily develop a more empathetic understanding of conservatism, if only for the fact that we know so many brilliant and wonderful Republicans. So please don’t think of this as me being dismissive or flippant to you and your views, but this piece simply doesn’t apply to you.

This piece, rather, is addressed to my myriad friends who have vowed their impassioned support to Senator Bernie Sanders. This is a plea for unification. First off, let me say that as far as policy goes, we’re probably pretty much in agreement. I can listen to Bernie’s stump speech and not find more than one or two statements at which I might raise an eyebrow. I don’t think of socialism as a dirty word. I believe that health care should be a human right. I too believe in a strong federal government that works for all people. But where a conflict between Sanders supporters and myself usually starts to appear is when I raise the topic of Hillary Clinton.

I’ve noticed an alarming trend in my conversations with ardent Sanders supporters, in which we’ll be in virtually total agreement, until I bring up the very likely possibility that Clinton will win the nomination. At the simple mention of the name, faces wrinkle, onomatopoetic groans are let out, and an occasional expletive is dropped.

When I spoke to senior English major Bry Roberts, she doubted whether she’d even be able to bring herself, in good conscious, to cast her vote for Hillary. “I just genuinely, deep down, don’t believe she’d be good for our country. There are a lot of reasons to dislike her, and I’m honestly still scared that she’ll get the nomination and then be indicted. I really don’t know if I could even vote.”

Roberts isn’t alone in that sentiment. In the tsunami of Bernie hysteria, it seems a fresh sense of animosity toward the Clintons has also washed ashore. It makes sense why Sanders fans would feel a little aggrieved by the Clinton name and why they militantly defend their candidate in contrast.

It’s fun to root for David to knock off Goliath, and this race really does aptly compare to the biblical story.

In one corner, we have a 74-year-old Jewish socialist senator from the political mecca that is Vermont. And in the other, we have, at least on paper, arguably the most qualified candidate for president in American history, backed up by a war chest that looks like something Scrooge McDuck would swan dive into. It’s the rebels vs. the empire. Rocky vs. Drago. It’s the kind of underdog story that inevitably ends up creating a false binary. One that paints Clinton as an evil Tom, while painting Sanders as an adorable, geriatric cartoon version of Jerry.

But I implore you, fellow Democrats, please don’t sit this one out if Clinton wins. I understand your hesitation. Hillary wouldn’t be my first choice either. But simply not voting is not a luxury we have this year. Put aside for a moment your feelings about Hillary Clinton, and consider this: Donald Trump or Ted Cruz will be our next president if we allow ourselves to fracture. And say what you will about Hillary Clinton, but I’ve never questioned her grip on reality. Trump and Cruz are another story.

2 thoughts on “Sanders supporters: Don’t sit out on the general election

  1. THEY CAN BUY WASHINGTON, SO THAT WE CAN CONTROL THE PEOPLE; EXCEPT FOR TRUMP.

    Trump supporters and voters are not interested in any excuses from the GOP establishment, that if Donald Trump is within striking distance of the required 1272 delegates then he should be the nominee for president. It isn’t going to make any difference to them whether the whole stupid, pitiful convention power play goes against Trumps campaign; millions are not going to vote for anybody then Trump. It will be a ‘self-inflicted wound’ caused by there own committees. Know this for a fact that thousands of free thinking people, who have subscribed to my Twitter account and good proportion of the American population from all areas of society will walk off. Personally, as an old soldier who came home after the war, I will just give up of any type of change and the country will go deeper into debt.

    BECAUSE I HAVE SOME RESONANCE WITH THE INCREASING NUMBER OF INDEPENDENTS AND SILENT MAJORITY VOTERS THE WEBMASTERS AT FACEBOOK AND DISQUS IN THE MEDIA KILLED MY ACCESS FOR AUTHORING POSITIVE COMMENTARY FOR DONALD TRUMP AND DISQUALIFIED ME FROM USING THESE APPLICATIONS FOR CONTACTING PEOPLE, GROUPS, MEDIA, AND TV STATIONS.

    PEOPLE ARE SICK AND TIRED OF THE STATUS QUO

    I have a exemplarily selection of Trump followers, that includes celebrities, public figure from Washington and Congress, high military brass from each branch of service, sports stars, soccer mums, senior citizens and a magnitude of business people, pastors from different religious congregations and a whole showcase of individual groups from Hispanic and minority people within the United States. If you can think of a group of people or individuals, they have made a stand against the lies of gangster Hillary Clinton and Ted Cruz. John Kasick has already been bought, so as Ted Cruz and a whole list of GOP elitists who think they are going to take the place of Trump. Do they really think they can divert their abject attention of intelligent Americans for the first time in decades and change the course of our nation?

    JOHN KASICH VOTED FOR THE TRANS PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP (TPP), TED CRUZ VOTED THEN CHANGED;THIS UNFAIR FREE TRADE AGREEMENT, WHICH WILL ONCE AGAIN CONVEY JOBS AND COMPANIES AWAY FROM THE U.S. TO ALL OVER ASIA. TRUMP SAYS IT EVEN WORSE THAN THE NAFTA MEXICAN TRADE TREATY.

    Washington has been a sewer for decades, and not just under the appalling philosophy of this extreme Liberal who sits in the Oval office now and who I actually voted for, in his first 4 years in office. Obama has all but Balkanized the American people, turning one skin color against another. Same has crime boss Madam Clinton, who is simply the ‘Sword of Damocles’ for the people, although not quite as bad as Bernie Sanders, a Marxist Socialist who is offering his faction whatever you can imagine for free. Other than Donald Trump there is an aim to control Congress and a government that will be ineffective under the Billionaire politician. Be watching vigilantly of any illegal moves by the Republicans, as time is getting short. My Twitter people are already aware that the Rino’s are stashing Cruz delegates among Donald Trumps people explicitly in the Second Delegate conference. These establishment insiders that play by their own set of rules (40B) can lie, twist the truth to favor the big wealthy corporate interests, but this time they have dragged something out of Pandora’s box and it isn’t going back in– and that’s the millions of American voters?

    When the GOP elites try to stop Donald Trumps presidential race, they are cutting out the American peoples votes; Vets, senior citizens; black citizens, white citizens, Hispanic and every ethnic minority who is a US citizen. A very putrid ‘Gotcha’ question about abortion caught Trump off guard, which said ‘Women’ should be punished’ when he actually meant illegal doctoring with unlicensed premises should be punished, but of course the Leftist media as CNN has rode it for the good of National Security risk Hillary Clinton?

    TED CRUZ, KASICH, BUSH, AND GEORGE SOROS ARE PARTNERS IN GLOBALISM. Soros Fund Management was listed as the sixth highest individual donor to Governor John Kasich campaign with $202.000 dollars so far. Marxist Socialist George Soros also donated $250.000 to Ted Cruz

    2000: Domestic Policy advisor to George W. Bush.

    2001 to 2003: Director of the Policy Planning at the Federal Trade Commission for George W. Bush.

    January 2013: Takes office as a Senator in Texas after hiding his Canadian citizenship from voters.

    July 2013: Proposes Amnesty for 11 million illegal aliens, 2x lawful immigration and 500 % increase in H1-B visas.

    October 2013: Joins Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and begins giving money from his leadership PAC to operatives.

    January 2014: Announces he will not support challengers in 14 midterms.

    March/April 2014: Supports Mitch McConnell for reelection.

    August 2014: Says he no longer supports Mitch McConnell, but stays in NRCS.

    December 2014: In post election, announces he is leaving the NRCS.

    2015: Secures the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal for the Establishment (CARTEL). This resembles the NORTH AMERICAN FREE TRADE TREATY (NAFTA) taking millions of auto jobs and manufacturing that have vanished to Mexico, costing US taxpayers $58 Billion dollars annually. China deficit is $365 Billion in 2015.

    3/23/2016: Jeb Bush GOP RINO) endorses Ted Cruz for President.

    So let’s face the real issues that affect every American, but for key risks is the Southern Border States. In the last 7 years since Obama came into power there has been one massive vacuum of enforcement from Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California as this administration has refused to stop the hordes of illegal aliens. Using his executive power to over extend his Constitutional right, the US Border Patrol is only allowed to check for criminals. Anybody else is not to be detained and is released into our nation adding to ever growing tax burden to citizens and permanent residents. Just as reckless we have little restrictions on visiting visa holders; we have a 40 % majority that legally enters then disappears.

    Just remember all but a few honest politicians have their price and that is why Washington is so corrupt and that includes all liars and propaganda politicians Senator Cruz, Governor of Ohio Kasick, and Madam Clinton, except for Sanders whose money comes from his gullible followers. Donald Trump has taken nothing in campaign contributions, so therefore no lobbyist or direct funding from a wealthy donor can influence his vote if he becomes President. He has paid for everything himself, including ads for the airwaves. I don’t trust government; this old soldier never did, but I am voting for the first time for Trump. Any dirty games including insider convention tricks and I and about 20 others will walk away.

    http://www.fairus.com
    Annual Costs of the illegal alien invasion (2009 FAIR est.) $113 Billion dollars.

    Has any citizen thought about this, that it’s possible the Republican Professional class don’t care if Villain Hillary Clinton wins the Presidency? That further not much will change as jobs will keep going overseas to Foreign nations and Mexico, were the multinationals and profiteers will still be collecting huge corporate and industrial bank accounts. That the daily plague of illegal aliens will never stop coming, as Donald Trumps wall will never see the light of Day. The corrupt visa system will just continue and with no cap on H1-B working visas will keep raising and millions of more jobs will be stolen by cheap foreign immigrants. Our military will stay decimated and all of the gray line executive orders will remain in place for Democrats and the RINO Republicans. Only the popular vote for Donald J. Trump will stop this madness, and our (19 Trillion now, but with the approval of the 2.2 deficit of the Omnibus budget) 21 Trillion dollar deficit, will continue to rise.

    Donald Trump is already recruiting some of the more famous names who are in their own right affluent, and will be there as separate professional advisors to the President. They all have unique qualifications far superior to the political hacks that run the country now.

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