Sunday, February 7, 2016

Will I vote for Hillary if Bernie is not nominated?

First of all, why oh why are you asking me this question when it hasn't happened yet? Let's deal with the current contest before we move on to the next, shall we? Live in the present moment!

Secondly, if you're a Hillary supporter, will you vote for Bernie if Hillary is not nominated? I bet there's no question in your mind that you would. But, let's stop and think about why that is for a minute.

Why are Bernie's supporters unsure what they would do if Hillary is nominated, whereas, Hillary supporters are quick to answer that they would vote for Bernie when he is nominated?

Could it be because Bernie is the better choice? Or at least, a choice that you're not opposed to?

Because, the problem is that Hillary is a choice that Bernie supporters are opposed to. Whether you like it or not.

It's pretty easy to let a choice go that means just more of the same politics. It's not so easy to let go of a choice that would mean finally having someone in the oval office who's willing to toss our broken system, rather than pandering to it.

And yes, we all know it will be harder for Bernie to incorporate those changes than it will be for Hillary to give us more of the same. And yes, we all know that Hillary could work within the current system because she already does. We just don't want that. We want just the opposite, in fact. We want someone in office who will at least try to change it for the better.

And we also know that Bernie has no fear of going against the grain, whereas Hillary has pretty much shown herself to be a cog in the wheel of the current system. I guess that would be a good thing if it was a good system. But it's not a good system anymore. We all know it. We all feel it. We all are suffering because of it.

So, will I vote for Hillary as the lesser of two evils if she is nominated? I have no idea, but probably not. Because I don't do evil. I stand for what's right and moral and compassionate. I don't stand for working within the same old corrupt system we've always had. I'd rather toss it and start over. So, I'm hoping I won't have to make that choice. I know that Bernie has what it takes to win the nomination. In fact, I'm counting on it.

Someone told me the other day that I should prepare to vote for Hillary because Bernie is going to lose. I guess that person is pretty certain that corporate America is going to triumph every time. I guess that person is a defeatist.

Me? I prefer to believe that we can do this. We can take this country back to being something to be proud of. I believe in preparing for victory, not defeat. I believe that we are all connected and if we put our hearts and minds together, we can make some real changes, rather than just voting in someone who's content with business as usual.

And by the way, if you would like to see some real changes, why in the heck are you voting for Hillary in the first place? Yes, she's a woman and it would be nice to have a women in office. But as far as I know, she has no plans to revise the basic system. She's happy with the way things are. She thrives in our broken system.

But we, the people don't. And that, my friends is why I have no idea what I will do if Hillary is nominated. She stands for Monsanto, GMO's and pandering to other corporate and big banking interests. She stands for working within the system, not improving it. So why would I even consider voting for her?

And let me remind my Bernie supporters that even if Hillary wins, the nomination we do have another option. It's called the “write in.” And if enough of us do it, we could still elect Bernie. Stranger things have happened. And the way things are going now, it just might be worth the gamble.

What's the very worst that could happen? A republican holds office and everything is worse for the next 4 years? Heaven forbid, but at least it would open people's eyes to the fact that we need some drastic changes. And maybe the next Bernie that comes along would be met with less opposition.

The thing is folks that Bernie supporters are very much like Bernie himself. We believe in sticking to our convictions. We believe that most US citizens want something better. We love this country, just not our broken, corporate tainted system. We're tired of the Hillarys of the world.

We don't want more of the same. We want something better. And Hillary is more of the same, no matter how you look at it. So no, she probably won't get our vote. Because, just like most republicans, she doesn't represent what we want in a president.

So stop asking me to vote for someone who doesn't represent my beliefs about how this country should be run, democrat or not. She may be the lesser of two evils, but she's still evil in my book. And that's not something I'm willing to accept.

The write in exists for a reason.

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