It’s Time to Move On

I have refrained from publishing my personal opinions on the election to the best of my ability. It is true that there has been the occasional tweet, Facebook post and comment in reviews,  but there has yet to be a detailed piece publicly displaying my views on this election and the candidates. As a journalist, I do not find it right to display my political leanings. Since beginning my career, I listed my beliefs as “Politically Ambiguous” and reserved my opinions to private conversation between trusted colleagues, friends and family. But it is time to share my thoughts on this year’s election. It’ll most likely be the only time I do so.

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Bernie Sanders is the president that the country needs. He understands that students who want to further their education should not be held hostage by crippling debt. He knows that it is inherently wrong that a single mother who works 40 hours a week struggles to feed her children. He knows that health care should be a human right and not a privilege. He knows what America can be.

But at this moment in time, Sanders cannot be the president.

On April 26 he lost four out of five primaries. Even as the map shifts to the west towards West Virginia, Indiana, Oregon and California, the possibility of Sanders clinching the nomination is unforeseeable.

In short, when it comes down to it, Sanders can’t play the game.

There will no doubt be a lot of talk about how the system is rigged against him, how Independents were turned away at the polls, how not all of the polling places were opened. No doubt these issues are valid and they must be addressed in future elections.

But these rules and regulations were in place when the progressives backed Barack Obama in 2008 and not once was there an uproar.

Sanders didn’t win in key states because he can’t play properly.

Though the office of President of the United States is a serious office for serious people, the process in which we choose the individuals who eventually occupy the White House is nothing more than a circus.

It’s why bozos and wingnuts are able to thrive in the primaries and caucuses. Their messages speak to the animal senses of people who don’t actually care about the welfare of the country, but instead about how personable a candidate is.

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Illustration by Roberto Parada

Hillary Clinton on the other hand knows how to play the game; she’s been around it her entire adult life. Ever since her husband ran in ’92 — one of the most organized campaigns in modern history — she has been building an apparatus for herself. In her mind, she has been president since 2000.

Clinton can play the game and she has the people to create a strategy that would last her to election day. It was going to be a rocky road ahead. She has baggage and the GOP was going to throw everything they had at her, and they did (and they’ll continue doing it).

But she has prepared for those attacks since the day she became Secretary of State. Ever since the GOP began their crusade to de-legitimize Obama’s administration, she knew that their line against her would be “4 more years of Obama.” There is no doubt in my mind that she prepared for that line.

Clinton has also prepared for the crusade to de-legitimize her if she gets into office. It’s possible that she has prepared her outfit for a dinner in 2024. The fact is that for eight years after her failed bid for the nomination, she organized every detail of her campaign slowly, quietly, softly.

The Sanders campaign lacked the organization and skills that has been the strength of “Clintonia” since ’92. He didn’t prepare the way Clinton did, he only decided to run because he saw that there were too many injustices in the world. Sanders is running for president because he’s a good man.

Clinton’s running because she knows she can win.

Clinton has been perfecting her national image for 32 years. Sanders only had one.

Clinton had the name recognition, experience in the Senate and State Department, all fueled by her ambition — viewed as both a weakness and strength.

Even with the help of the internet, Sanders was never able to gain traction because like his campaign, the internet activists are just as disorganized.

Early in the race, they were already calling foul on the super delegate system — a system they would have no issue with if super delegates evenly matched with both Clinton and Sanders.

Being a Sanders supporter was great fun. It was refreshing to support a candidate who truly believed in the issues that he campaigned on.

But now comes the healing.

With the general election inching nearer, it’s time to start looking at the big picture.

On the other side, there is a storm-a-comin’. Though the GOP is tearing itself to shreds, the real danger is in the frontrunner.

Donald Trump wants GOP voters to believe that he is this machismo bigot with blue-collar attitude who wants to build a giant wall on the border. A pharaoh who has built great big things to his own majesty and awesome.

This is all fiction. The Donald that is running for president is no more than a character he made up — a much more horrifying reality. The Donald has absolutely no idea what he’s doing; but he’s doing it, so it must be good (in his mind).

He’s nothing more than Johnny Knoxville in “The Ringer.” It’s not a dumb move to compete in a contest filled with the least qualified coterie of candidates imaginable in order to win, that doesn’t make him inherently smart.

But the GOP base has spoken, they want Jeffy Dahmor as their nominee, and though the party establishment will tear itself apart to stop that from happening, the party insiders are not smart enough to let the party die for the good of the country.

In short, the only way for the United States to preserve some form of order is if a Democratic succeeds President Obama. Whether it be Sanders or Clinton, it does not matter.

The GOP has shown in the past few cycles that they will not make the right decision.

I will support Sanders for as long as he is in the race. But it is not Bernie or bust. It was never Bernie or bust. At this time, his fight is to make sure that income inequality are pushed to the forefront of the national conversation.

The real victory is that Sanders’ progressive views defined the political attitude in the Democratic party, not Clintonia’s.

Because of Sanders, Clinton had to move to the left and she will have to support those left-leaning policies as president if she has any hopes for re-election.

This is not about whether Clinton is more qualified than Sanders to be president. They are both qualifed to serve their country as commander in chief. They are for sure more qualified than the Donald will ever be.

The Democratic Party cannot allow itself to became divided like the Republican Party. If that were to happen, it would mean victory for the Republican nominee.

The two wings of the party must stand united in order for the republic to survive. This is a fact.

So I’ll end with one final note: Hillary Clinton for president, Bernie Sanders for America.

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photo from the Associated Press

 

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