Who's REALLY the lesser of two evils?
Excerpted and edited from an email by Anatol Zinchenko, who was returning home from the 2016 Democratic convention . . .
On the train back from Philly I sat next to a Clinton supporter who happened to be a Jewish lady, maybe in her 60's.
Soon another elderly Jewish lady, but a strong Bernie supporter (maybe 80 years old — but healthy and spunky) also joined the conversation. She was a real activist all her life, and who was arrested several times.
We were trying to decide who to vote for. Later a young Jill Stein supporter also joined in. It was a very interesting discussion.
My afterthought was: us older folks have to be careful and not to crush the hopes and dreams of young folks by our assumptive and limited wisdom and experience, because all too often we are mistaken as to what is really possible.
But what I learned from the discussion was, some of the older Jewish folks (understandably) have a great fear of a Trump presidency turning into "Hitler-like" fascism. Maybe that is why even Bernie Sanders (being Jewish) pulled the FEAR TRUMP CARD on us — even though many of his supporters fear Hillary more than Trump (a funny world we live in).
Now we have Jill Stein, who is also Jewish, and in my estimation (based on her platform), is the wisest of the last 5 presidents — of all the candidates we've had after Carter. So why not be "doubly progressive" and have a first Jewish and first Lady President (not that these two criteria should be foremost); but this would certainly be a win-win opportunity.
And to win, all we need is for the message to spread to 42 million students in debt. Jill wants to cancel all student debts like we did for the Wall Street crooks with $4 trillion of quantitative easing. No other candidates have even thought of this.
Now, some brief comments about Trump and Putin . . .
The oligarchs want war with Russia. HRC has been, and is, the best war-hawk speech-promoter and actual implementer of the oligarch's agenda of overthrowing governments. At least Trump wants to talk to Putin (an extremely wise proposal), unlike all his other crazy, insane, and irresponsible talk.
However, avoiding WW III by making friends with our "enemies" would be the greatest and miraculous achievement the whole world needs. I am not suggesting voting for Trump. I'm simply saying the FEAR TRUMP argument is all HRC has now, and many people do believe she is more dangerous than Trump, and for many various reasons.
Personally, I'm voting for Dr Jill Stein ... a truly compassionate and brilliant medical doctor who wants to "heal the ills of politics". I am voting for truth and justice, not for convoluted self-deceptions based on fear.
Robert Reich's idea of a strong 3rd party for 2020 is good, but it has to be NOW ... since NOW is the deepest reality there is.
Please watch Dr. Jill Stein's interview on CSPAN.
* Editor's Note: Unless the media gives Jill Stein more exposure (which they won't, and most likely will give her much less than Bernie Sanders), she won't do well enough to compete in the (rigged) polls to give her a place in the presidential debates. And the media would probably actively work against her like they did to Sanders.
Dr. Stein offered Bernie Sanders a place on top of the ticket to run in the Green Party with her, but Bernie has dissed her offer. Instead, he chose to endorse Hillary Clinton because of his obsessive fear of Trump. Now he has returned home to Vermont, and he'll run for another Senate term as an Independent again. Bernie went bust.
This means a vote for Jill Stein (or not voting at all) could benefit either Trump or Clinton, but it doesn't help ensure Clinton's loss — if that is your intention, if you just want to vote your conscience. However, if you want to punish the Clintons and the DNC for election fraud (stealing your vote) by rigging the election to favor HRC over Bernie Sanders, then a vote for Trump will help more (if you think Trump is the lesser of two evils).
Most people want change, and either Bernie Sanders or Donald Trump can give us change. The Republicans have Trump because they DIDN'T rig their election; whereas Bernie's supporters are stuck with Hillary Clinton (or taking the option of voting for Jill Stein) because the DNC rigged their election.
But if you really want change instead of 8 more years of Obama, then take a chance, and don't be afraid -- and don't vote out of fear. If Trump wins, maybe the Democrats will finally wise up and start listening to the will of the people for a change. Since Bill Clinton was first elected, the Democrats have abandoned the working-class. And if Hillary Clinton is elected, she will most likely move back to right again.
If the Democrats were really serious about making progressive changes in their platform, why did they need Bernie's delegates to twist their arms? Once the Democrats get Bernie's supporters to vote for Clinton, they'll screw them over again like they did during the primary season. The Democrats have proven that they can not be trusted. Right now the Democrats and the media are using the same tactics on Trump that they used on Bernie.
Worse case scenario, Trump can be impeached like Bill Clinton was. He can't unilaterally launch nuclear missiles like Hillary Clinton claims. She doesn't give a crap about us, she just wants to "make history".
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