Friday, June 12, 2015

Bernie Sanders Could be the 'Different Candidate" for the post of President, but it wont be easy

The American general election is approaching and Obama having finished his two terms will be pensioned off.  Who will the make the cut for the nomination after Obama. There is firstly Hilary Clinton. She is making a bid for nomination and things do look good for her. She is the wife of the ex President Bill Clinton and was secretary of state under Obama.  But make  no mistake about it -Hillary Clinton is Republican lite. She is a mainstream, center-right politician. She is known as a supporter of big business and wall street and men like e Jamie Dimon, the CEO of J.P. Morgan Chase, absolutely adore her.

A brief look at her voting record while she was in the  Senate and the positions she has taken on the campaign trail strongly suggest that if she were elected president she would be no progressive.

She voted for the Iraq War.
She voted to bail out Wall Street.
She voted for the Patriot Act.
Until very recently she was steadfastly against gay marriage.
She voted for bankruptcy 
legislation that made it harder for struggling Americans to declare bankruptcy.
She calls Edward Snowden a traitor and calls for his prosecution.
She was in favor of repealing Glass-Steagall, which kept the banks from engaging in risky investment schemes.
She voted for the NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act) which allows the military to detain citizens indefinitely without trial.
If you are a rigid authoritarian, a control freak or a right-wing Republican, you can be assured that you will be able to be very comfortable with Hillary Clinton in the White House.

Bernie on the issues

The other candidate seeking a nomination is Bernie Sanders. Bernie's record as senator is given below
Bernie voted against the Iraq War.
He voted against bailing out Wall street.
He has always supported gay marriage.
He voted against bankruptcy legislation that made it more difficult for struggling Americans to declare bankruptcy.
He supports clemency for Edward Snowden and considers him a hero.
He supports bringing back Glass-Steagall to rein in financial sector recklessness.
He opposes internet censorship.
He voted against the NDAA.

There is a  glaringly difference between the approach of Bernie Sanders  and Hillary. The question is would Bernie be a better choice than Hilary? 

The biggest difference between them

Hillary Clinton gives speeches to Wall Street bigwigs at $400,000 dollars a pop, and she tells them everything they want to hear. In a January, 2015 speech, after being introduced by Goldman-Sachs executive Tim O'Neill, Hillary reassured the banksters and wealthy investors in her audience that a Hillary Clinton administration would not hold them responsible for the nation's economic ills.

Bernie Sanders sees things from a vastly different perspective. Bernie engages in the "bank-bashing" Hillary decries with relish and panache. To wit: "What Wall Street and credit card companies are doing is really not much different from what gangsters and loan sharks do who make predatory loans. While the bankers wear three-piece suits and don't break the knee caps of those who can't pay back, they are still destroying people's lives."

In a rousing call to action, Bernie implores us: "Let us wage moral and political war against the billionaires and corporate leaders, on Wall Street and elsewhere, whose policies and greed are destroying the middle class in America."
The choice for the US Public is tough.
One cant say if  Hillary Clinton, Lincoln Chaffee, Martin O'Malley or any of the occupants of the Republican  will change what is happening. However a  vote for Bernie, would be different, but I have a lurking feeling that he is not going to get the nomination.
Most of these views were expressed by my friend Kinsmen and I thought to include it here.