Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Democrats Have Decided







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  1. Hey, I voted for Bernie yesterday... So did my wife. I hope Hillary gets the message. I think she will. I hope Bernie keeps the pressure on, and I mean hard. Until the convention so Hillary gets it. I think Bernies people will come together for Hillary.... Don't you think? I do not think they will sit on the sidelines and let Trump take the presidency. That would not be too, too swift if you ask me.

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    1. Thanks NM. I voted for Bernie, too.

      I'm reserving judgement on your point about Trump taking the presidency. There are two things about Trump, the way I'm looking at it now. One, I don't think he can do much harm because he'll have almost the entire establishment against him and I think Hillary can because she's an insider and will have the whole establishment behind her, and her warmongering will probably result in the deaths of a lot of people who are invisible to the average American. Two, there's Trump's vulgar and racist language. That's harmful, even if he just did it to win over the knuckle dragging part of the Republican coalition. I know that his talk doesn't strike me like it strikes someone he's directing it at and I must listen to those people and take what they say seriously and as the situation progresses I may have to make a decision based on what they say, but the way I'm looking at it now, the harm done by that kind of talk, and it's not just his words it goes beyond that, it affects society and has made racism worse and it get worse still if he keeps it up, but even with that, we'll still be alive and have decent living standards and will survive, but the people who will get blown to bits by the American war machine when Clinton unleashes it on them will be dead.

      Thanks for your comment. I look forward to hearing your take on the campaign as it unfolds.

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  2. "There’s One Way Bernie Sanders Can Still Win - but It’s Not How You’re Thinking" http://theantimedia.org/bernie-sanders-can-still-win/

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    1. Thanks, A, for your comment and thanks very much for that link. If you've read more than a few words I've written you know that I'm aligned with that kind of thinking and that I think that change doesn't come from within the political system but from outside it, and for that reason I was ambivalent about Sanders from the beginning. I think he's a good thing as far as he goes, more or less.

      The question now is whether those currently in opposition -- the article mentions Sanders supporters, Black Lives Matter and Occupy, and there are more -- will coalesce into a force that can project power, and I see this article as agitation toward that end, and there's more of it going on here and there.

      My sense is that the people who are thinking in these terms are few and far between and that most Sanders supporters would be surprised and maybe even alarmed by such talk, but I may be wrong.

      There's a line of thinking, too, that uprisings of the type envisioned here can't really be organized but are the spontaneous results of certain kinds of conditions. I suppose you know what I'm talking about.

      We'll see. It's sure an interesting time. A friend on social media yesterday, who was radicalized after becoming disillusioned by Obama, predicts that Clinton will have the same effect on many people. I don't think whatever is going on is going away.

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