It’s no secret I voted for Bernie in the primaries this year. Eight years ago it was a no-brainer for me to choose Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton to be the Democratic nominee but here’s why I’m not just a reluctant supporter of Hillary in 2016 but an enthusiastic one. Simply put, I think she can get us closer to the more just, democratic society we aspire to be.
I can name at least half a dozen policy differences I have had with Hillary Clinton in the past but what’s more important to me is how we can make the most progress right now. I’m a practical minded person. People are suffering now. I’m not going to hold out for some perfect candidate who may never come and at the very least isn’t available this year, and who may not actually be able to get much done. This is not only because I don’t want an egotistical maniac in the White House (I don’t) but also because I want us to keep making progress and we have made a lot of progress over the past eight years. Not enough, that’s true (Obama’s drone warfare for example) but a significant amount of progress that has a direct impact on people’s lives.
Look at this chart:
That’s the work of economist Steven Stoft. The economy really does do better under Democratic presidents and we need that right now.
Needless to say we also need to not elect a xenophobic racist bigot who brags about sexually assaulting women but I shouldn’t have to tell you that, right?