Why Hillary Matters
by David Todd McCarty | Tuesday, July 12, 2016
I don’t think it will come as a shock to most of you that I’ve been a big Bernie Sanders fan since day one. I wanted to see a true Progressive win the White House with the possibility of changing the course of our nation towards a direction that felt human again. I agreed with his policies of affordable education and healthcare, and end to private prisons and subsidized insurance companies. I wanted to see him fight to wrest back control of our country from billionaires and oligarchs.
More than 57.6 million people, or just 28.5% of estimated eligible voters, voted in the presidential primaries – close to but not quite at the record participation level set in 2008 for Obama’s first term. And that wasn’t enough to defeat the Democratic Party machine’s appointed nominee. For all the crowds, and Bernie captured the hearts of 18-24 year olds to the tune of 80% of voters, but he never made any in-roads with Black, which he lost to Hillary by as much as 80 percentage points in the South, and Latinos, who he lost by an average of 32 percentage points. That’s a crushing defeat in very important voter blocks for the Democratic Party. So forget all you heard about electoral math and super delegates. Bernie was never close, he was just popular with you and your friends, most of whom I’d guess are white and well-educated, or young.
So what now? I see all the posts about Never Hillary, or a campaign to write Bernie in, which are pure fantasy. If Bernie couldn’t win the popular vote in the primary, which he did not in case you’re still not clear about that, there’s no way he could win with a write-in vote in a general election. If you believe that, you clearly do not have even a small understanding of how our political system works.
But forget all that, because the candidates in the race have been decided.
Today, Bernie Sanders announced his endorsement of Hillary Clinton. He did it with his own grouchy style, and he’s not going to back away from what he’s said about what he thinks of Secretary Clinton and her ties to Wall Street now. No. But he made the strongest point he could make for why you need to vote for Hillary Clinton. Trump.
“Today,“ Bernie said, “I endorsed Hillary Clinton to be our next president. I know that some of you will be disappointed with that decision. But I believe that, at this moment, our country, our values, and our common vision for a transformed America, are best served by the defeat of Donald Trump and the election of Hillary Clinton.“
He went on to say that while he and Clinton did not agree on everything, they had agreed on fighting for free tuition at public colleges and universities for working families. They agreed on massive investments in health care for communities across this country that will increase primary care, including mental health care, dental care, and low-cost prescription drug access for an additional 25 million people including the all-important public option. And finally they agreed to fight for a $15 national minimum wage.
These are not small concessions and if it had not been for Bernie Sanders, these would not being talked about.
But that’s not the reason I think it’s critical for Hillary Clinton to beat Donald Trump this November. For that, I wish to give you three numbers and a fact:
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These are the ages of the three oldest Supreme Court Justices: Stephen Breyer, Anthony Kennedy and Ruth Bader Ginsberg. And Antonin Scalia is dead.
This means that if the next President could be in a position to nominate as many as four Supreme Court Justices to the bench, a possibility that becomes even more likely if the new President were to serve two terms.
What does that mean? It means a fundamental shift in the Supreme Court of the United States for the next 20+ years. That could alter everything from privacy, abortion, workers rights and even the overturning of Citizens United, the case that basically allowed Wall Street to buy Capitol Hill.
No amount of progressive candidates could hope to have as much impact as these upcoming Supreme Court vacancies, either for or against a progressive agenda. It’s incalculable.
The Senate still holds the balance of power in that if Democrats don’t win back enough seats, confirming liberal judges could difficult.
A lot is at stake in this election, much more than whether your guy in or not. The next 20-30 years of your life most likely.
I get almost as angry at disgruntled liberals who whine that they’re going to take their ball and go home, that Hillary is a liar and they were cheated, as I do by the conservatives who stand behind that a dishonest, egotistical blowhard, and claim Hillary is a liar.
Here’s what I say. I don’t give a fuck. There is no way you can let a man who puts his name on everything get access to the White House. There is far too much at state.
Elect a Democrat, arguably a centrist at best, right leaning at worst, but a Democrat. In the meantime, work to put together a better progressive party wing that could come to power in four years, even if they had to unseat a sitting President.
That’s why Hillary matters. She’s the only thing standing between you and the long term decline of our country.