“Bernie or Bust” Will Get Trump Elected, and That’s OK.

Once again it is an election year, and once again there is
infighting aplenty within the Republican and Democratic parties. What is
different this year is that there is a schism within the Democratic party that
may hand the GOP the Presidency. That may not be a bad thing. As a Democratic
Socialist I never thought I would ever say that.
How, you say?  The
Bernie or Bust campaign.  Pledges to the
campaign promise to either write in Sanders or vote Green Party if he loses the
Democratic nomination. Clinton supporters argue that not voting for Clinton in
the election would be the same as voting for Trump.  Naturally, they assume, much like main stream
media that Clinton will get the nomination. The outlook on that in
dubious.  The GOP got rid of their royal
line, little ol’ Jeb, but many Democrats are reluctant to give up their
queen.  However, Sanders has not only
split the DNC, he also has a large, grassroots following among independentvoters who now outnumber both the Republicans and the Democrats. While the
battle rages for the post March 15th primary States, the Bernie or
Bust campaign is growing.

The reason why I say a Trump win wouldn’t be that bad is
because of Congress. 34 Senate seats and all 434 House seats are up for
election. The past few years of Republican dominance in Congress has shown the
electorate how defunct the Republican party is. They refuse to work with the
Democrats or the White House, they have shut down the Federal Government more
than once just to get their way, and now are refusing to do their job by
refusing to even hold a hearing for Obama’s SCOTUS appointee. This year most of
them will be fired. Capitol Hill will turn Blue next January when the 2017
Congress convenes, and that is why a Trump victory wouldn’t be so bad.
If Bernie wins the nomination, he is a shoe in for thePresidency. Clinton, perhaps not. Many voters, like myself, would find
themselves voting for the lesser of two evils and Trump would be the
lesser.  Clinton voted for the PatriotAct (Sanders was the in the House and voted against it), spread the racist stereotype of the “super predator,” and is in the backpocket of not only the bankers who destroyed our economy eight years ago, but
also the private prison lobby which in instrumental in lobbying for laws that
promote the school to prison pipeline. That pipeline is devastating the black
and Latino community. Yes, Trump is a bigot, and it’s working for him, but he
is blatantly a bigot. Clinton is an accomplished politician employed by some of
the biggest lobby groups in the country. Trump is not.  Hell, trump used to be a Clinton supporter. Clinton’s support for the private prison
system indicates a subtler, hidden form of institutional racism.

As an accomplished politician, Clinton knows how to get
things done. With the country in dire straits and the probable takeover of
Congress by the Democrats, Clinton will accomplish much.  For the first two years at least. A win for
Clinton is a win for the status quo which would put Congress back in the Red in
2018. With Trump in office, I think there would be sufficient outrage over his
leadership that Congress will stay Blue until at least 2020. As Trump is not an
experienced politician, he will struggle getting anything done in office.  That means he will probably be a one term
President, and he will definitely join the ranks of the Do-Nothing Presidents. Both
Trump and Clinton will keep us at war with some one or another.  However, at least Trump is against free trade
agreements that Clinton champions. You know, deals like NAFTA and the TPP.  Deals that have cost Americans jobs and
shrunk the middle class.  While Clinton says she has “reevaluated” her views on the TPP to mirror Sander’s views, anyone who thinks that she isn’t just saying that to appeal to Sanders’ supporters is delusional. The TPP will be a money maker for everyone at the top of Clinton’s donor list. You know, the people she works for.

If Sanders lands the nomination his first hundred days will
be a smaller version of FDR’s first hundred days, thanks to a Blue Congress.
With Sanders we have a chance to fix a broken political system.  Neither Clinton nor Trump will do so, they
will maintain the status quo. The difference between Clinton and Trump is that
Trump won’t be able to get anything done, good or bad, unless it originates on
Capitol Hill, and then it is just a matter of Trump staying out of the way.
Which, for most of US history, is exactly what Presidents did. With a Clinton nomination it’s four years of a Do-Nothing Trump.

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