Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Another article that should be read by all Democrats before voting

Yes, Bernie Sanders is not a Democrat — and Hillary represents the very worst of the party

Sanders has exposed just how reactionary and corrupt the Democratic Party is—while Clinton wants things to carry on

Hillary Clinton, a figure greatly admired by neoconservatives (who are overwhelmingly backing her over Trump), represents a continuation of the status quo — a status quo millions upon millions of Americans have said they refuse to tolerate anymore.

Americans are desperate for actual change, and Sanders has offered a new path. Clinton has flatly insisted that Americans cannot have basic things that much of the world takes for granted — single-payer health care, free public higher education, environmental policies that don't rely on fossil fuel corporations that destroy the planet. Sanders says otherwise....

The Clintons, the most powerful force in the Democratic Party, happen to embody everything that is wrong with it. It was under their leadership that the party took its most reactionary, and despicable, turn.

Bill and Hillary gutted welfare and passed the anti-LGBTQ Defense of Marriage Act.

Bill and Hillary advocated for neoliberal trade deals like NAFTA and the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Bill and Hillary have made millions of dollars speaking for corporations and banks.

Moreover, the Clintons are one of the most corrupt families in U.S. politics. The Clinton Foundation has been described by investigative journalist Ken Silverstein as a "so-called charitable enterprise [that] has served as a vehicle to launder money and to enrich family friends."

Unlike that of the Clintons, Sanders' record is not just consistent; it is squeaky clean. And it is consistent and squeaky clean precisely because Sanders is not an opportunist.

Sanders, a longtime independent, is not a party hack. He is a principled leftist who is only running on the Democratic ticket because he knows this, at the present political moment, is the only way he could have a chance of winning.

And he is right.