Sunday, March 13, 2016

My thoughts on the primaries:

I’m a democrat. That’s probably obvious to those of you who know me. I used to have an Obama sticker on my guitar amp (and one on my car) when I used to play in bands. For the last few years, I’ve largely stopped talking about politics in general. It’s just not my thing anymore. I still listen, watch debates (I’ve seen all of them for both parties), etc., but I just don’t talk about it publicly much.

I just think it would be fun to write out my thoughts right before the primaries here in Illinois.

Historically speaking, I realize we’re likely to have a republican president. Also, I’m not a hater. I love my republican friends. My family mostly consists of republicans. America would be a boring place if everyone agreed. Political competition is important to keeping the fire within the American spirit alive. But, I know that the republicans are likely to win this time around, barring any major screw up.

Of the Republicans, John Kasich is the obvious best choice. He’s the only candidate that admits that humans contribute to climate change (which is the most important issue of modern times, imo). He’s the only one that knows that a clean environment and green energy can be done while growing business and jobs (perhaps, he might even see green as an opportunity for the economy?). He seems like someone who will be willing to work with other parties to do positive things.

He won’t, but if he did get his party’s nomination, he would probably win. No, I wouldn’t vote for him, even after giving him praise. Remember, I’m a democrat.

Now, on the other side:

I came into this election a full-blown Hillary supporter.

I am a huge Barack Obama fan. I voted for Obama over Hillary before. Now that he’s on the out, I do feel like Hillary is the best person to continue what Obama has done.

But Bernie is the best person to build upon what Obama has done, and that’s why I changed my mind. Hillary would continue Obama’s legacy, but Bernie would build on top of it. Obama built the framework for a progressive revolution. Bernie has the vision for what should come next.

My decision was a gradual change. When I first began learning about Bernie Sanders, I didn’t want to throw in for him and be seen as just another hipster being predictable. But, hearing him out, I now believe he stands a better chance at winning the general election than Hillary. Voters want someone who isn’t bought at paid for, and Hillary’s emails could be a huge problem for her. Bernie’s path and record seems cleaner, more solid. Nobody’s going to be able to say he’s low energy or a lightweight.

Hillary is great, but in politics like in basketball, you pass the ball to the person on fire. That wasn’t meant as a bern pun, but Bernie is the candidate that is driving the passion for progressives, just as Obama did during his elections. He's simply got the best chance, in my opinion.

Now, if only Elizabeth Warren were VP…
P.S. not looking for debate or heated argument (please note that I was respectful of the other party in this post). Just wanting to record my thoughts. If you comment, be nice.