Democrats: Stop Supporting Bernie
It continues to amaze me that otherwise intelligent and sensible people believe Bernie Sanders can win the presidency. The idealists who believe this have upset the American political landscape since the disastrous 2016 election. Sanders’ probably ruined any chance of a woman being elected president in my lifetime and I’m mad as hell about that. I believe I’m far from the only democrat who feels this way.
Now we’re watching helplessly as Bernie is once again well on his way to ruining our chances to get Donald Trump out of office.
I’m sick of him. And I’m pretty tired of his mostly young and idealistic supporters, too, who would do well to study Politics 101.
I know a lot of people will be angered by what I say. My response is that I don’t give one didley damn how angry anyone is because I’m telling the truth. I’ve been mad at Bernie’s supporters since 2016, so they won’t be the only ones mad.
Why can’t people — especially young people — get it through their heads that anyone who calls himself a socialist of any sort cannot win the presidency of the USA?
The first thing I have against him is that he is using the Democratic Party — once again — just as he did in 2016.
I am a Democrat. He is not a Democrat. He doesn’t even pretend to be. He just runs as a Democrat, uses our party, screws up our primaries and this year, will help Trump win. He’s nothing but a spoiler. He can’t win, but he’s happy to mess up things to the point no other democrat can, either.
He is the walking, breathing, and babbling definition of a political spoiler.
If you don’t believe me, look at Trump’s infamous tweets. He is calling Bernie the democrat front-runner. News flash: Trump wants Bernie to win the democratic nomination just as much as Bernie’s supporters do.
Now why would that be? Oh yeah, it might be because Trump knows Bernie can’t win. The other side would be much happier to run against Bernie than Biden. That should tell the Bernie supporters they’re on the wrong track. But no. One cannot tell the young anything. They think they know it all, just as my 16-year-old grandson knows everything, too.
Bernie Sanders will never become President of the United States of America
Bernie cannot win the presidency. He is a self-identified “socialist democrat,” and US voters are not going to elect anyone who calls himself a socialist anything. The fact that he puts the word democrat behind socialist won’t redeem him in this country. People who well remember WWII can barely stand that he’s even running as a self-named socialist. They will not vote for him. They are horrified by the word “socialist” and will neither hear nor consider any second word such as democrat. The children of those who fought or were lost in WWII will not only refuse to vote for him, but they will rally loudly against his candidacy. The anti-Bernie vote will also be backed by millions supplied by corporate interests who hate the idea of Bernie for president.
Nominate Bernie and we will lose and Trump will remain. Is that what Bernie supporters want? Trump is supportive of Bernie as our nominee.
Trump wants Bernie to be the Democratic nominee. Let that sink in. Trump wants to run against Bernie because he can beat Bernie. Are some of the Bernie bots actually Trumpsters? It’s enough to make one wonder.
If Bernie wins the pimary, we will lose, because Bernie Sanders will never become president of the United States. It is not a possibility.
It’s a political reality. Why do people on both sides of the political spectrum so often lose their minds during an election year? One hears a candidate speak and loves what he hears; then supports the candidate and becomes convinced his candidate can win when it is apparent he cannot.
If you’ve been watching Trump or reading his tweets lately it’s pretty obvious who Trump wants to win the Democratic nomination. Bernie, of course. He knows he can beat Bernie. He also knows he cannot beat Joe Biden without a level of risky cheating unsurpassed in American political history. He possibly can’t beat Elizabeth Warren, either. But he can beat Bernie and he knows it. That’s why the Trump administration has started referring to Bernie as the front-runner.
The best reason not to vote for Bernie is that he’s unelectable. That should be enough. But there are many other reasons, too.
There are many facts which indicate Bernie Sanders is a hypocrite. While campaigning for a $15 per hour minimum wage, Bernie paid his 2015 staff interns $12 per hour. (www.snopes.com/fact-check/Sanders-interns-minimum-wage
While preaching about income inequity and complaining about wealthy people, Bernie is a millionaire with three homes. There are other instances where what Bernie says collides with what he does and how he has conducted himself.
According to the Foundation For Economic Education, Sanders has a history of blaming immigration for causing more American young people to be jobless.
It is true he was arguing against open borders, which I do not support — and probably no one does other than 1 percenters using underpaid migrants to do their most menial work— but his arguments took on a decidedly anti-immigration tone when he used the alarmist argument that Americans should fear they’ll lose their jobs to immigrants.
He voted against the Brady Bill not once, but 5 times between 1991–1993. He has since changed his stance and in recent years has mostly supported gun control legislation.(Congressional Record)
Everyone’s attitudes and positions change as we mature and adjust. But in a 1972 essay Bernie wrote that a woman “fantasizes about being raped by three men simultaneously.” [New York Post 5/29/2015] In fact, he authored and published several essays that are anything but indicative of a man who respects women as equals, including a piece dug up by Mother Jones wherein he advocated a kooky theory that females should have sex at a young age to avoid getting breast cancer. [MotherJones, July, 2015]
An essay written by Bernie when he was 30 keeps resurfacing. The essay has been jokingly called Bernie’s “50 Shades of Grey” for its graphic sentences and gender stereotypes.
Again, though, he wrote these pieces as a young man, and I would not consider these old writings alone as a reason to be against him. But they do shed light on his early attitudes and merit one asking — indeed trying to ascertain — that he has abandoned his early misogynistic attitudes toward females.
As mayor of Burlington, Vermont, he was criticized because his cabinet — or main decision makers and top staff — were all men.
So even if his self-title as a socialist won’t be enough to ensure his defeat — it is — there’s even more fodder available.
On race issues, Bernie is largely silent.
He promises the moon; free or almost free healthcare through Medicare for all, free or at least partially free college, college loan forgiveness, etc. But there are two big problems with his promises. The healthcare alone carries a 15 trillion dollar price tag.
Where will we get that money and how the hell will Bernie, who doesn’t exactly have a great reputation of popularity or getting along well with other legislators, get the votes passed to put wheels under his proposals? Even Bernie admits it will require tax increases, and not just to the wealthy. The middle-class will also incur tax increases to pay for just one of Bernie’s proposals — Medicare for all.
Remember the $15 trillion is only for his plan for Medicare for all and does not include other pricey plans such as loan forgiveness and free college. On top of the great expense (unfunded), there’s the unfortunate fact that Bernie isn’t known for being able to encourage other politicians to back his proposals.
It’s unlikely Congress would support any of his proposals, which means he could not deliver on his promises.
As a diverse party of democrats — moderates, progressives, centrists— whatever our differing positions and leanings within the party — we most need a candidate who can soundly beat Trump.
Bernie Sanders is not that candidate. If he’s nominated, we lose. And we may lose even if he’s not nominated if he chooses to continue the behavior in which he engaged in 2016.
Forget Bernie. The non-democrat opportunist with the pie-in-the-sky promises had already sucked too much potential from the Democratic Party and caused this country enough grief.
Move on. Nothing to help us beat Trump will be found in Bernie Sanders.