Sunday, January 31, 2016

Primaries Time

After all the infighting and the crazy rants on the Republican side and the fight to prevail on the Democratic side, tomorrow, February 1, the first primary in the nation will take place, and the process of winnowing down the field to two contenders will begin.

It's no secret that I am a liberal and could never support the policies or politics of the GOP, but this year one can hardly argue that the Republican's choice, whoever that ends up being, would be a better President than either Democratic candidate.

In support of that statement, I present to you The New York Times's editorial that just endorsed Hillary Clinton for the Democratic ticket and clearly favors her over any Republican (emphasis mine):
For the past painful year, the Republican presidential contenders have been bombarding Americans with empty propaganda slogans and competing, bizarrely, to present themselves as the least experienced person for the most important elected job in the world. Democratic primary voters, on the other hand, after a substantive debate over real issues, have the chance to nominate one of the most broadly and deeply qualified presidential candidates in modern history. 
Hillary Clinton would be the first woman nominated by a major party. She served as a senator from a major state (New York) and as secretary of state — not to mention her experience on the national stage as first lady with her brilliant and flawed husband, President Bill Clinton. The Times editorial board has endorsed her three times for federal office — twice for Senate and once in the 2008 Democratic presidential primary — and is doing so again with confidence and enthusiasm.

Now, there will be those among you who will reply, well of course a liberal paper like the Times would endorse a Democrat! Then, here's the opinion of a staunch Republican, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates:
"The level of dialogue on national security issues would embarrass a middle schooler," Gates said of the Republican contenders at a Politico Playbook event in Washington on Monday. "People are out there making threats and promises that are totally unrealistic, totally unattainable. Either they really believe what they're saying or they're cynical and opportunistic and, in a way, you hope it's the latter, because God forbid they actually believe some of the things that they're saying."
He has more to say on that subject, and you can read that at Shakesville.

I still cannot vote in this country, but I'm rooting for Hillary, and if she doesn't get the nomination, for Bernie Sanders.

Either way, I really hope the White House doesn't fall into the hands of the Republicans again, otherwise we're all doomed, especially as far as the Supreme Court future appointments is concerned.

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