He doesn't want to make American "whole again" or "great again" — he just wants America to be much better than it is now.
Most surveys show that most Americans are angry, are worried about the economy and aren’t very happy with the current government (which has an historically low approval rating of Congress) — and claim they want to see real change.
But do they really? According to voters so far, that doesn't seem to ring true. As of March 15th (according to Wolf Blitzer on CNN) this is how many actual votes the leading candidates have in the primaries:
- Hillary Clinton: 8.6 million — It's being said that this might be Clinton's largest lead (her high point) over Bernie Sanders going forward, because now he has much more favorable States ahead. We will see by June 7th after the next 24 States have cast their votes.
- Donald Trump: 7.5 million
- Bernie Sanders: 6.1 million
As of March 8th, the biggest problem for Democrats is total voter turnout. Via Pew Research:
- Republicans: 17.3 million
- Democrats: 11.7 million
On one side we have Donald Trump and millions of people voting for the billionaire plutocrat because he says he’ll make America great again. Ok, I get it, people want change, so instead of voting for an establishment politician they’re voting for Trump. I might not agree with Trump. I might not like Trump. I might think Trump is a dishonest, greedy, egotistic and narcissistic a-hole ... but at the least people are putting their vote where their mouth is, and voting for real change. Those poor fools might be misguided, they might be dead wrong, and they might crazy — but at least they're trying do affect real change (albeit, with more fear and less rationality).
On the other side we have Hillary Clinton, who also uses fear and less rationality: fear that if we don't elect her, we might have Trump. Less rationality: Trusting her to break up the big banks while she takes money from the big banks. On the Democratic side we have someone who is backed by almost every single Democratic member of Congress, has been a part of the political establishment for decades, takes money from special interests, voted for a horrific war, gives speeches to bankers and won’t tell us what she said, supported trade deals that offshored jobs, and is a known liar .... but yet, those same people who aren’t happy with the economy and are dissatisfied with the current government (and say they want change) all voted for Hillary Clinton. Does that make any sense at all?
So in the end, while I don’t agree with Trump supporters, I respect them much more than Hillary supporters, because at least they’re voting for real change (even if it's bad change). But both Trump and Hillary supporters had a "once in a lifetime" opportunity to finally vote for a truly honest man who has worked hard all his life to help common Americans, rather than use his position in Congress to personally enrich and empower himself.
Bernie Sanders could have comfortably retired and spent more time with his grandchildren. But when it became apparent that Senator Elizabeth Warren wasn't going to run for President, and after Hillary Clinton announced that she would run, Bernie stepped up to plate. Not because he had some selfish ambition to be the leader of the free world and to have all the perks (and headaches) that come with the job. He ran a patriot to affect the change that so many Americans had "claimed" they wanted.
But so far, considering all the votes that Hillary and Trump have up to this point, it's seems contrary to people's expectations of change — meaning, the rich will get richer and the poor will get poorer. Of course, with Trump, the rich will get a lot more rich, and the poor, a lot more poor.
Now I’m almost ashamed to call myself an American, because so many ignorant and foolish sheeple have voted against their own best interests again by voting for either Trump or Hillary — and in the process, may bring the rest of us (i.e. Bernie supporters) down with them; and if I were ever to leave this country, I would prefer to do it on a Canadian passport, because I would not want to be associated with so many ignorant and moronic fools in my Homeland.
Of course, many (if not most) people will tell me: "If you don't like it here, move to another country." Then they'll remind me of how lucky I am to be an American and to be living here; and that most other people around the world have it much worse than we do. That might be true, but what's wrong with wanting to make this country much better than it is — and I don't mean "whole again" or "great again" — I mean just better than it already is.
We could start by getting money out of politics and electing good honest people to serve us, rather than people who only selfishly use our corrupt duopoly political system to advance their own careers and fatten their own wallets at the expense of everybody else. We have so many a-holes in Congress right now that it's no wonder the American people are angry and fed up.
Of course, that’s just my personal opinion — and many people think I'm an a-hole too, but I don't give a damn — this is my tirade, not theirs.
If Hillary Clinton becomes the Democratic nominee and loses the White House to Donald Trump, the Democrats will have no one else to blame but themselves. It would be the Democratic Party's fault for forcing Hillary upon us against our will. Of all the people, why did they settle on backing a long-known pathological liar?
If she loses the White House, the Party elites only have themselves to blame by lining up 99% of their super-delegates behind her since Day One, and then calling out their media hounds to either ignore or speak dismissively of Bernie Sanders; or for Hillary lying about Bernie and his record — and for the mean, dishonest and nasty way she and her supporters have handled their campaign.
If Hillary loses to Trump (or whoever) just because she couldn't get Bernie's supporters to carry her through the general election, then they will only have themselves (and all those slimy opportunists who wanted to jump on the Clinton gravy train) to blame for being so damn power hungry and ugly during the entire primary campaign.
I will NOT reward that kind of back-stabbing and mean behavior by giving Hillary and Bill Clinton the White House and Air Force One again for what might be another 8 more years. The Clintons had their 8 years already, and all along (and ever since then) they have been a big part of the problem.
There should be no more voting for "the better of two evils". I don't want to hear, "Sorry folks, better luck next time — now, can't we all just get along?" That's total BS. If Hillary is nominated, I hope she crashes and burns. I'll take my chances with Trump (or whoever else, but at least with somebody new — no more political dynasties).
The Clintons are mean and evil people, and they should have just disappeared (quietly retired) a long time ago, rather than sticking their ugly faces in our business again to make us more miserable than we already might be. If Trump becomes the next president and gets too crazy, Congress can always impeach him (I'm sure that even before he's elected, Congress will already have more than enough votes). But the country isn't going to crumble unless Trump becomes a dictator.
For me, it's Bernie or Bust. He offered himself to the American people to affect real change (but without the corruption), and the Hillary people just gave him a slap in the face. That was unforgivable. I would prefer Bernie Sanders or anybody else other than Hillary and her pathetic scheming husband. And the more that Hillary's supporters insult Bernie's supporters, the less of them you can count on in November. Let's see the Clintons try to steal the general election without them. Me? I'm just one less vote.
And all those moronic $hillary sheeple and all their slimy political supporters can all call me a "poor loser" if they want to, but in the end, a vote for either Hillary or Trump makes ALL Americans losers — very stupid losers.
[* Editor's note: Bernie's Sanders' campaign is in no way affiliated with the author of this post, and bears no responsibility for the content, although the Clinton campaign may attempt to use it against him as anecdotal evidence that Bernie is running a negative campaign.]
It’s entirely possible that the increasingly fascistic nature of Trump’s movement, and the hate crimes it appears to have incited, made Democratic primary voters who might have been inspired by Bernie Sanders’s compelling vision for the country’s future more risk-averse. It’s possible that some of them decided to go with the candidate they perceived as a safer bet in November. Sanders’s campaign, and many of his supporters, are certain that the senator would be a stronger general election candidate in November. They have head-to-head polling to back them up. The counterargument is that Sanders hasn’t faced the onslaught of negative attacks that he surely would in a general election campaign. Clinton’s supporters also point to a Gallup poll conducted last year that found fewer Americans saying they’d be willing to vote for a socialist than a Muslim or atheist. Exit polls show that on March 15, Clinton’s argument won the day with primary voters. Across all five states, two-thirds of them said that Clinton was the better bet to defeat Donald Trump, and Clinton won the support of 80 percent of those who said that electability and experience were the most important attribute in a candidate ... Throughout the campaign, Sanders’s unapologetically progressive agenda has inspired millions of Democratic base voters, while Clinton has run on her experience and competence. For many in the party’s increasingly liberal base, it’s been a contest pitting a candidate of the heart against a candidate of the head. As it’s become more likely that Trump will be the Republican nominee, and as his campaign has taken an increasingly ugly turn toward naked authoritarianism, it’s likely that some liberal voters decided that they’d go with the candidate that they saw as a safer bet. The good news for the progressive wing of the party is that while Sanders’s road to the nomination got a lot harder on March 15, he remains well funded and will continue to draw new people into his movement as he pushes the party to the left. Clinton may be benefiting from voters who are spooked by the nastiness surrounding Trump, but the Bernie Sanders political revolution is far from over.
The way it is now, despite all the fear-mongering by the media (rightly or wrongly) about Donald Trump if he were elected, I believe that it's "voter turnout" that should be the Democrats ONLY and BIGGEST concern. So the question becomes: Who would turn out more voters in the general election, Hillary or Bernie? Personally, I suspect more Hillary supporters would vote for Bernie if he were to become the Democratic nominee than Bernie supporters if Hillary were the nominee. Add to that, more Republicans and Independents (who otherwise don't want Trump, but can't stand Hillary either) would also vote for Bernie (IMHO).
Why are the establishment Democratic politicos so surprised that Democrats and Independents are going to Donald Trump? It's because Obama and the Democrats screwed them over.
- Obama rallied in front of Nike to promote the TPP trade deal.
- Obama agreed to chained-CPI on COLAs for people on Social Security as a "compromise" with the GOP on a budget deal (luckily, that provision was defeated).
- Obama gave up years ago on raising the federal minimum wage to a measly $10.10 an hour.
- Obama extended the Bush tax cuts for billionaires for two years, but only extended long-term unemployment benefits for one year.
- Obama ran as a "progressive" in 2008, but ended up being another Republican LITE. He went from "hope and change" in 2008 to "the better of two evils" in 2012 to "a total sellout" in 2016.
- Millions of White voters showed up to elect Obama in two elections — their payback was to get Black voters to vote against Bernie Sanders in 2016.
That's Obama's so-called "legacy" — and to honor that damn legacy, the taxpayers have to shell out $1 billion for his damn library.
What did Obama and the Democrats ever do to keep the party loyalty? Absolutely nothing! Now millions of voters are running to Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders — and the DNC's political machine is using dirty politics to keep Obama's pathetic centrist/moderate/Third Way "legacy" in tact.
I encourage all of Bernie Sanders supporters to stay home in November if Hillary Clinton is nominated, and to hell with Obama's traitorous "legacy".
Obama will go down in history as the "Divider-and-Chief" — dividing the Democratic Party. Maybe in the end, that will be a GOOD thing, and America can finally have an honest third party.