To my friends who support Bernie Sanders and to my friends who support Hillary Clinton, let’s have chat, shall we? There has been a lot of talk lately on whether or not to vote for the other candidate, should your preferred candidate not win the nomination. To me, this notion is ridiculous. While I know that may seem harsh, let me explain.
First, let me clarify, I am one of those Bernie supporters that hopes he wins and I support him with whatever way I can, whether financially or with my time by volunteering. (I will do the same for Hillary, though, if she becomes the nominee.) However, I recognize that there is more to be done than just being president. So, my first point about why a Bernie supporter should absolutely support Hillary Clinton IF she happens to win the nomination is simple.
I am not going to sit here and say you are bad democrats, cause frankly, I doubt you care, and in fact, are likely more of a left leaning independent, or simply someone who is just fed-up with the status quo and looking for someone who recognizes the hardships of American life and the way the country has been skewed to primarily benefit the rich. For those folks, the ones who are not hard core democratic voters, but independents who are feverishly supporting Bernie Sanders, I ask that you hear me out.
1.) If Hillary is the nominee, Bernie Sanders will remain in the U.S. Senate, where he can still work on passing legislation that supports the ideas that he talks about in his presidential campaign. Along with him and Elizabeth Warren, and a few other progressive democrats, Hillary would remain our best chance to get that legislation through without being vetoed. Any republican presidential candidate in charge would mean that there would be NO CHANCE of anything we hope to see even remotely happening.
2.) Bernie Sanders knows what is at risk, and that is why he chose to run as a democratic candidate, instead of his usual independent self. He has been forward about this all along, and has openly said that the risk of a republican victory is too high, and that is why he will not and is not willing to split the progressive ticket. So, when you say you won’t vote for Hillary because you support him and are a true believer in what he is saying, then you are disrespecting his decision to NOT split the ticket. He is leading by example, and we should all follow that example, because, well, it’s a great one to follow, and one of the reasons I think, at least, many of us support him.
3.) While you may not like Hillary, and that’s all fine and dandy, but in the end, whoever is president will likely be replacing 2-4 Justices on the Supreme Court, and frankly, Hillary will have FAR superior choices than republicans will. This is a huge deal and something worth considering. These justices are the ones who allowed Hobby Lobby to not cover birth control under their insurance plans, and passed Citizens United, the very core of what Bernie is fighting against. Hillary, too, believes Citizens United was a disastrous decision, and the likelihood that she will bring in Justices that fight for the people is SIGNIFICANTLY higher than a republican president. Also, see number 1.
With that said, should Bernie Sanders be the nominee, it is also Continue reading