Friday, July 15, 2016
Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, and the Great Dumb Fart-In
I know many progressives wish that the Democrats had a better candidate than Hillary Clinton to confront the dangerous demagogue Donald Trump.
And like me wish that Bernie Sanders had won the nomination, and are bitterly disappointed he didn't.
But the fact is, whether we like it or not, Clinton is now the only one who can stop Trump.
The failure of many of Bernie's supporters to accept that reality is starting to resemble insanity.
And this really stinks.
A group of political activists are planning to raise a stink about Hillary Clinton’s Democratic nomination — by eating can after can of beans.
Stuffed with beans, the delegates will head to the convention at the Wells Fargo Center and when Clinton takes the stage for a speech, they’ll let her know exactly what they think of her by passing gas.
“Because we think (Clinton) stinks, we’re going to hold a fart-in,” Cheri Honkala, the event’s organizer, said. “We’re expecting this thing to be a real gas.”
It's childish, it's disrespectful, it makes all progressives look dumb.
And since Cheri Honkala, the organizer, is the vice-presidential candidate of Jill Stein's Green Party.
It also tells me two things:
One, Stein my be a decent person and a good progressive, but the Green Party is not a serious alternative, and can only help Trump win by splitting the vote.
And two, that it's time that Sanders' supporters stopped raging against reality.
Bernie Sanders ran an extraordinary race. But he lost and Hillary Clinton is the Democratic nominee. Thus we have two choices in November: Trump or Clinton. Yes, I know who Jill Stein and Gary Johnson are, but neither of them will be president. This isn’t ideal. We ought to have more than two plausible choices. But we don’t. Sanders supporters can engage with that reality or they can ignore it. In either case, we have to confront it.
Bernie has explained why progressives need to support Clinton:
“This election is about which candidate will nominate Supreme Court justices who are prepared to overturn the disastrous Citizens United decision which allows billionaires to buy elections and undermine our democracy; about who will appoint new justices on the Supreme Court who will defend a woman’s right to choose, the rights of the LGBT community, workers’ rights, the needs of minorities and immigrants, and the government’s ability to protect the environment.
While creating a grassroots movement to pressure her into doing the right thing, and still working for the political revolution that will bring real change to America.
It shouldn't be that hard to understand, and neither should this:
The brute fact remains: it’s Trump or Clinton. An experienced Democrat who aligns with liberals on most issues and will make hugely consequential SCOTUS nominations or a race-baiting TV huckster who thinks climate change is a Chinese hoax and has vowed to build walls and ban Muslims. Is that really a choice?
Hillary Clinton may not be the ideal candidate, far from it. But she is better than Trump.
Who as I pointed out yesterday could ignite a race war in America...
As well as cause a new and devastating recession, do nothing to save the planet, and lead us to the brink of nuclear destruction.
And whose values, as the Clinton campaign points out in this latest attack ad, are not ones any progressive can share...
So there really is no choice. Sometimes you just have to do what you have to do to stop the extreme right from destroying the world.
And save it for the generations who will follow us.
And right now, nothing is more important than defeating this dangerous demagogue...
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