I have decided to support Bernie Sanders campaign. I have made a contribution and ordered a t-shirt and put my blogging voice where my money’s gone with posts in support of him (and in opposition to Hillary Clinton) at several sites, including the NYT, Mother Jones, Salon, and here.
I would prefer a progressive candidate ready to put an ultimatum to Israel regarding further U.S. financial and political support. It’s time to follow the Pope’s lead and get behind a U.N resolution recognizing the state of Palestine. That won’t happen during a Sanders Presidency regrettably. And since I favor disengagement in the Middle East and strongly favor a negotiated settlement with Iran over nuclear weapons, I can’t expect my views to be voiced by Senataor Sanders as he campaigns. Still, he’s no neo-con interventionist in the mold of HRC or any Republican, so he’s the best option in matters of foreign policy, defense policy, and peace.
He’s from a rural state and is more restrained on gun control issues than I, but his NRA rating is not highly favorable. Despite these concerns, I feel he’ll give voice to standing up to, breaking up, and regulating Wall Street and the “too big to fail” banks and financial institutions. He will relentlessly articulate the real causes for the growing disparity in income distribution and oppose measures that will exacerbate this problem. He has Bill McKibben’s support as the most forceful voice addressing climate change and the fossil fuel industry that’s doing its best to preclude any meaningful policy changes.
Just the same, it’s foolish to expect Bernie Sanders to emerge as the candidate of the “Democratic” Party. I have made it known in my public posts and to party officials (who still hit me up for contributions) that if HRC is the nominee, I will vote Green. Many party loyalists then draw on their trump card arguments for supporting Clinton: First, of course, is the old “lesser of two evils” line. Not doing that any more. Then they whip out their Big Stick and point out that the next President may appoint as many as four Supreme Court justices. And to that I reply: If we don’t have a president willing and capable of standing up to Wall Street, the Fossil Fuel behemoths, and the Military Industrial Complex, it won’t matter who’s on the SCOTUS. We’re toast.
Sadly, my gut feeling is we’re toast. But I’m going to shout out on the important issues with Bernie and hope for a miracle, chastened, all the while by Chris Hedges recent admonition posted at this site that our mania for hope is a curse. I’m still too much of a political junkie not to push the rock up the hill one more time. Peace.