Bernie said Hillary was light years ahead of Trump as a candidate and a person. Bernie said Trump was so unfit that he must not only be defeated, but must be defeated decisively.
Organized money has indeed rigged our economic and political systems to grow ever richer at the expense of the rest of us. The middle class is shrinking and it is harder and harder to escape poverty. People get anxious and angry.
Bernie’s campaign was all about focusing on organized money so that we can make government work for We the People. Trump is a con man and a racist who is misdirecting attention away from where it should go to groups of Americans who make easier targets: Muslim Americans, Mexicans, Blacks, Native Americans. America can’t afford a racist president and his proposed tax cuts would make income inequality zoom.
He doesn’t think women should be treated equally with men.
He thinks climate change is a hoax.
He is clearly impulsive and has the potential to get us into war. Just listen to him talk about using nuclear weapons. Fear that the other side is going to strike first is exactly what could trigger a nuclear exchange.
And, then there is the Supreme Court. The next president will likely appoint several new justices. Clinton's appointees would be in the mold of Ginsburg and Sotomayor. Trump's would be like Scalia and Alito. The make up of the Supreme Court will affect the direction of our country for the next twenty or thirty years.
Either Hillary or Trump will be our next president. Even those who aren’t happy with Hillary as the nominee should consider volunteering for her in order to stop this dangerous man.
Senator Rivera is a progressive state senator who is running for re-election. He has been a staunch supporter of all the legislation we would like to see our state enact. He is being challenged in the Democratic primary by City Council Member Fernando Cabrera.
Progressive legislation is able to pass in the Democratic controlled New York Assembly, but never comes up for a vote in the Republican controlled State Senate. Given the possible effect on Democratic turnout by the presidential race there is a good chance Democratic state senators will outnumber Republican state senators after Election Day. The majority in the Senate has flipped back and forth over the last couple of years, but Republicans have been able to maintain control by making a deal with a few Democrats who have agreed to caucus with the Republicans. Cabrera is being heavily financed by hedge fund managers and would surely work for organized money instead of us. He would likely caucus with the Republicans if he were to be elected.
Cabrera was a conservative Republican who became a Democrat to run for City Council. He wants to outlaw abortion and praised the government of Uganda when they passed a law calling for lifetime imprisonment of gays.
This election is crucial if we want to see progressive legislation become law in New York. The primary is coming up on September 13th so we really have to get moving on this one.
Zephyr Teachout is running for a House seat in a district which is evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans. There is a real chance she could win. She is a real progressive champion, who as an unknown, ran against Andrew Cuomo and did so well that he has moved to the left on several issues. She would join Bernie and Elizabeth Warren as an additional articulate and forceful voice for our side in Congress if she wins in November