For those of you who have been following me, endorsing Bernie Sanders for President may seem like it's coming from way out in left field. I’ve certainly been critical of the Progressive Movement over the past few months, but disagreeing on strategy or specific policy proposals, like Medicare for All, is not the same thing as opposing his vision for America. Bernie and I both see a systemic breakdown in our political, corporate and national culture. He wants fairness and so do I. He wants to take dramatic steps in fixing the situation and so do I. When he’s backed into a political corner, he tells the truth even when it's not in his best interest. I’ll never stop criticizing, it makes us stronger, but of all our candidates, he’s going to be my guy.
Why Bernie and not Elizabeth? Elizabeth places no value in the truth. She lied about being a Native American to dishonestly use affirmative action for her own gain. She lied about being fired from a teaching job because she was a woman. She lied about her kids going to private schools. She lied about her father being a janitor, and she lied about Bernie telling her a woman could not become president. Dishonesty is unethical, lazy and a big part of what's wrong with America today. Democracy requires honesty to function, and Elizabeth doesn't get it.
What about Joe Biden? Joe believes there is nothing wrong with the system. He’s been a major player in it for nearly half a century, why should he? He sees “absolutely nothing wrong” with the fact that his son was taking in $80,000 a month from a company in a country where he had direct foreign policy oversight. As I said in an earlier post, I doubt any laws were broken, but it was clearly an embarrassing lapse in ethical judgement. Besides all of that, it's obvious his mental capacity is not up to the job.
Forget Michael Bloomberg. He could not be more representative of what’s wrong with America, let alone be our candidate for President. I don’t have a problem with him being a billionaire, but unashamedly trying to buy the office with of his billions is so outrageous, it’s an embarrassment to the Democratic Party and the nation.
Amy Klobuchar seems like a reasonable and well grounded alternative to Joe Biden, and she presents honestly on policy. Her biggest problem is that she is not particularly likable. People who have attended her events in Iowa tend to characterize her as a “cold fish.” As a result her numbers are barely respectable, even in a state where she has such close ties. That linked with the fact, as reported in the New York Times and other papers, that she treats her staff poorly, crosses her off my list.
I like Pete Buttigieg and Andrew Yang. They’re both brilliant and talented, and each has outstanding qualities from which the presidency would benefit. But neither of them genuinely has the gravitas to do the job. Clearly, they have a bright future in the party and would make great cabinet secretaries, but they’re not ready to be the nominee.
I’m confident Bernie will put together a team to run this country like it hasn’t been run since FDR. He’ll put people of character in places of responsibility, and he’ll start making the changes that need to be made. He'll do the job and make us proud, and I can’t wait to see who he’ll choose for a running mate. It could be one of the most interesting and important selections in American history.
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