Wednesday, May 11, 2016

#BernieOrBust? Michael Moore, Noam Chomsky and Bill Maher Have Some Advice For You


Feeling the #BernieOrBust these days? Let's talk about that for a second.

I understand the enthusiasm for Bernie because I'm equally as enthusiastic about Hillary. But holding your vote hostage if your candidate doesn't win the nomination is not an option.

Certainly not this year. Probably not any year.

And rest assured that don't exclude myself from this principle: If Sanders somehow makes the most unlikely of comebacks to defeat Clinton, I will certainly vote for him in November. Because Donald Trump is not an option.

This also held true for me in 2008, when (after healing a heart broken by Hillary's defeat) I proudly supported and voted for Barack Obama. Because McCain/Palin was not an option.

But you don't have to take just my advice, because several very influential, high-profile voices on the left have been saying the same thing.

For instance, Michael Moore loudly endorsed Bernie on the eve of Iowa caucuses and continues to have plenty of differences with Hillary. But when it comes to the general election, it's a no-brainer:
Michael Moore is an avowed Bernie Sanders supporter and has been for years. But while the outspoken filmmaker and liberal activist says he’s with Sanders till the end, he quickly notes he’ll support former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton if she’s the nominee.
“Oh absolutely. She’s better than the alternative and she will do some good," Moore said in an interview on Sunday.
Then there's this philosophical giant who uses the same a-word when it comes to his support in November:
Noam Chomsky would “absolutely” choose Hillary Clinton over the Republican nominee if he lived in a swing state, but her primary challenger, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, “doesn’t have much of a chance," the MIT professor and intellectual said in a recent interview...
“Oh absolutely…my vote would be against the Republican candidate,” Chomsky told Al Jazeera English’s Mehdi Hasan...
Chomsky cited “enormous differences” between the two major political parties. “Every Republican candidate is either a climate change denier or a skeptic who says we can’t do it,” Chomsky said. “What they are saying is, ‘Let’s destroy the world.’ Is that worth voting against? Yeah.”
Bill Maher has also repeatedly made clear that he supports Sanders for the nomination, but he can see the writing on the wall and used a different a-word regarding the choice in November.
Last week on Real Time with Bill Maher, the brazenly liberal host tore into Sanders supporters who claim they’d rather vote for Donald Trump than Hillary Clinton. After outlining key differences between a Trump and Clinton presidency, Maher proclaimed, “That’s your choice. Don’t be assholes about it.”
These are just three examples, but there's plenty more where that came from and much more on the way shortly. All you have to do is listen.

Bernie or bust? Are you sure about that? Because what it really means is that you're fine with our entire country going "bust" in every way imaginable (economically, morally, judicially...you name it) for many years to come under the disastrous rule of *shudder* President Donald J. Trump.

If you care about what Bernie Sanders has stood for his whole life and what he continues to fight for to this day, "bust" is simply not an option.

5 comments:

  1. 'bernie or bust' is my fault, I was being ironic, and didn't expect it to be picked up as a flag. Sometimes framing goes wrong.

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    1. Hopefully we won't have to hear about it much longer!

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  2. It's okay. People are always overly sensitive on the internet. Most of us get that it's just an expression.

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  3. I for one would never vote for Hillary. Your constant nagging will never change that fact. You should try running better candidates.

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  4. I try and be objective looking at all angles pertaining to a discussion. Is it not fair for a voter to be adamant about a particular candidate as their choice?

    If this was a true democracy, we would have more than two political parties in order to provide choices for all points of view.

    We do not have that yet, and the option of writing-in a candidate's name no matter who that is, is the closest option of having a third or fourth party.

    Therefore, anyone is entitled to assume the #BernieOrBust people are immature or spoiled sports, I can understand that perspective, but I can also understand that those individuals are more concerned with the nature of establishment politics in the US and how that has corrupted the political process by enabling large donors and corporations more of a say in government than any average voter.

    That's what the #BernieOrBust movement is about, not the notion that it's Sen. Sanders or else type of threat.

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