Either/Or

Here are 4 endorsements of the Democratic presidential candidates from a variety of serious-ish sources (by which I mean they are less likely to stick memes on your Facebook newsfeed, not that they are necessarily unbiased). There are 2 for Clinton and 2 for Sanders, 1 each from January and 1 each from this week.

I read all of these, mainly because I am just so overwhelmed and sick of all the hysterical Facebook posts going around on both sides about the Democratic candidates. Most of it is hyper-emotional finger pointing and very short on facts — and even shorter on any kind of perspective. So I wanted to read some opinions based on something.

NYTimes endorsement Clinton

The Nation endorsement Sanders

NYDaily News endorsement Clinton

Sen. Jeff Merkley(D-OR) endorsement Sanders

So, if you care, here’s what I got out of them. We have two worthy candidates running. They are very different in the way they go about things and their priorities, but I’m good with either one of them as President. I think they will both try to do what’s right for actual American people, and not what’s right for the wealthiest possible few or what’s right for the most insane and self-serving minorities (yeah, I’m talking about you, Republicans). I am leaning toward Sanders because of my own priorities — he is the only person I think will ever get around to doing anything about Citizens United and the disgusting spectacle of money in politics and government. But if Clinton wins the nomination, I will be happy to vote for the first woman president and then I will keep urging her to do something about campaign finance reform.

 

Irresponsible — and contagious. It’s all about the fear, Baby

The irresponsible pronouncements just keep coming. Do they all get their marching orders from the same place? Fear Fear Fear — I guess that’s the Republican platform this year.

“In a revealing interview, Trump predicts a ‘massive recession’ but intends to eliminate the national debt in 8 years”

Donald Trump said in an interview that economic conditions are so perilous that the country is headed for a “very massive recession” and that “it’s a terrible time right now” to invest in the stock market, embracing a distinctly gloomy view of the economy that counters mainstream economic forecasts.

The New York billionaire dismissed concern that his comments — which are exceedingly unusual, if not unprecedented, for a major party front-runner — could potentially affect financial markets.

“I know the Wall Street people probably better than anybody knows them,” said Trump, who has misfired on such predictions in the past. “I don’t need them.”

LePage Warns of 900 Layoffs, But Where They’ll Come From is Anyone’s Guess

“There’s a big company – it hasn’t come out yet,” he said. “I happen to know about it and I’m sworn to secrecy until they make a public announcement. But we’re talking 900 jobs. Nine-hundred jobs in the most prosperous part of our state. Down south, in northern Massachusetts.”

But LePage adds in his own special brand of nastiness too, as you can see with the disparaging label of “northern Massachusetts” applied to what he just referred to as the most prosperous part of our state. I wonder how folks in York and South Portland feel about being ejected out the state of Maine by the sneering governor? Do you think there’s anyone that Governor Giant Baby actually likes? We already know he hates poor people, black people, Democrats, women. I thought he liked wealthy people, but apparently only if they live closer to Augusta.

Un Un-Qualified

Could we all step back a little from the “You’re unqualified!” “No, you’re unqualified!” accusations? No candidate up for nomination in any party is 100% qualified for the presidency by everyone’s standard. Look at the dipshit George W. who led this country for 8 years despite his lousy qualifications.

In contrast to the Republican candidates this year, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are among the best qualified candidates around. Neither one of them should be attacking one another’s qualifications to be president and I’d like to call on their supporters to quit it too. There are plenty of issues and policy positions to talk about. Attacking one another just isn’t productive for anyone except the ultimate opponent in the general election. If you get enough Democrats to say they will never vote for Clinton, I’m sure the Republican nominee will send you a cookie. And if you insult enough Clinton supporters, I’m sure they will stay home or even jump ship if Sanders ends up on the ticket.

The real issue in this election, in my opinion, is not which Democrat is most qualified to be President — there is no lack of information on what each stands for, and each of us can decide for ourselves. The real issue is that the only possible 2 frontrunners for the Republican nomination are two sides of the same nightmare. Trump is obviously unqualified for office by his record (NONE), and he is unfit to speak in front of children, let alone to represent the U.S.A. in front of the world. His “policy positions” are based on what causes the most incendiary reaction from poorly educated and unsophisticated crowds. On the other hand, Cruz has run-of-the-mill traditional qualifications for office, but his opinions on social issues are so off in the fringes that most people actually cringe when confronted with the possibly of a Cruz presidency. He is grossly unqualified to lead a big diverse country primarily due to his lunatic religious views. Anyone who values religious tolerance, diversity, intellectual curiosity and freedom cannot support him.