DEAR DEMOCRATS: WE NEED TO STICK TOGETHER
Originally published April 18, 2016
Alright, fellow Democrats. I’m gonna level with you, and I should have done this a while ago. I don’t care which Democratic candidate you support right now. I DO care that we are creating a culture of divisiveness in our own party and sabotaging our success before the primaries are even over. How, you ask? By tearing down the other candidate.
We are doing the thing we don’t want our candidates doing. We are pointing out their flaws, their failures, their shortcomings and broadcasting those things for EVERYONE to read. Instead of sticking to highlighting the things about our candidate-of-choice that are awesome, successful, and inspiring we are spending our energy tearing down the other candidate. Why? What end goal does this serve? Why are we sabotaging ourselves?
Let’s pretend we live in a country where one of two major parties is going to secure the White House in November. Now let’s pretend that there are actually people out there who might not vote along with their party if their party’s candidate is, say, an overblown Oompa Loompa who hates women and minorities, lives in a constant state of delusional grandeur, and can’t put a coherent sentence together. Let’s just pretend those things are true.
That means that either Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders is going to be who we all have to rally behind if we want to keep Drumpf (or any of the other GOP clowns) out of the White House. Now how can you keep your credibility intact as a supporter of our candidate if you’ve spent the better part of the primaries telling everyone what a shitty President they’d be? Seriously, people. Use your damned brains.
#BernieOrBust people – and anyone on the opposite side of that (there’s no hashtag for you), you all need to get a grip. You’re honestly going to sit there and tell me that if Bernie (or Hillary) isn’t our candidate, you’re going to vote Republican? (Or Independent, which is basically throwing your vote away and making it easier for the Republican candidate to win). Are you stupid? If you honestly support the kind of Presidency Bernie Sanders would bring to this country, you cannot POSSIBLY think that any of the GOP nominees would be a better choice than Hillary Clinton. In case you missed it, I’m going to break down exactly what each of the candidates brings to the table (in a nutshell, because you won’t read it if I tell you everything).
Bernie Sanders: A fair and balanced tax system, immigration reform that humanizes the problem instead of criminalizing it, free tuition for public colleges and universities, Universal Healthcare, Universal Childcare, campaign finance reform, paid medical and family and vacation and sick leave, racial equality, gender equality, LGBT equality, policies that will move away from fossil fuels and support clean energy, criminal justice reform.
Hillary Clinton: A fair and balanced tax system, immigration reform that humanizes the problem instead of criminalizing it, free tuition for public colleges and universities, maintain and improve upon the Affordable Care Act, campaign finance reform, paid medical and family and vacation and sick leave, racial equality, gender equality, LGBT equality, gun control, policies that will move away from fossil fuels and support clean energy, criminal justice reform.
Donald Trump: A tax system that favors the wealthy, cracking down on China’s end of the trade agreement, making Mexico pay for a $30 billion wall that won’t actually keep anyone out, repealing the Affordable Care Act, strengthening 2nd amendment rights, immigration reform that continues to criminalize the problem instead of humanizing it, restricting abortion access, solving race relations by…spirit?, anti-lgbt equality.
Ted Cruz: Wants to eliminate the IRS, the Department of Education, the Department of Energy, the Department of Commerce, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. I’m going to stop there for a second because that should terrify you. Cruz would also repeal the Affordable Care Act, strengthen 2nd amendment rights, increase our reliance on fossil fuels, enact tax reform that UNBELIEVABLY favors the wealthy, end EPA regulations like the Waters of the U.S. rule and the Clean Power Plan, abolish Roe V Wade, end LGBT equality, allow Christians to discriminate in any situation under the guise of “religious liberty,” enact immigration reform that continues to criminalize the problem instead of humanizing it.
I’m sorry, that’s all I can do. I had to get the hell off of his website before I started convulsing violently. Ted Cruz would be THE WORST THING to ever happen to this country.
John Kasich: He is, in fact, still running. Weird, right? Reduce “entitlement” programs (like Medicare), tax reform that favors the wealthy and corporations, education reform that puts more power into the hands of the community (instead of educators) to set curriculum expectations, repeal the Affordable Care Act, strengthening the 2nd amendment, abolishing Roe V Wade, stricter limits for welfare recipients.
To be clear, I have not provided a comprehensive list of everything these candidates stand for, because you wouldn’t read it. I encourage you to go to their websites and use those critical thinking skills you were born with to actually evaluate each candidate.
So let’s look at these. Dem candidates seem pretty similar. GOP candidates seem pretty similar. Dem candidates look NOTHING like GOP candidates. So, if you’re going to tell me you will NEVER vote for Hillary or you will NEVER vote Bernie, get your heads out of your asses. Either Dem candidate is A THOUSAND TIMES BETTER than ANY of the GOP candidates. Period. Do you enjoy equality and want the country to continue to move in the right direction? Then you vote blue. Period.
So we come back to this candidate-bashing nonsense. If you’re tooling around on Social Media, posting anti-Hillary memes or bashing Bernie for one thing or another, you are not helping us. You are hurting us. There are moderate voters out there that WE NEED to go blue in November, and they are WATCHING US. We need to stand united and stop making our whole party look like a joke by tearing our candidates down.
In short? Effing. Stop. It.