This may be not something I should mention in a thread about Sanders, but it could be argued that there could be worse than Trump. Trump shoots off his big mouth all the time, but he could change his stance any time, if the wind blows from another direction. Cruz, on the other hand, is a "true believer". He's to the right of Trump, holds fast to his opinions about God, abortion, carpet bombing the Middle East - and might stand a a better chance than Trump to win against Sanders or Clinton.
Trump and Cruz both scare the Republican Party - but they scare them for different reasons. Trump scares them because he's essentially become a gigantic inadvertent whistleblower for the political process today, for all the corruption that goes on there. That said, he is basically a political know-nothing. He's avoided making any sort of major policy declarations and stuck to a very simple but also very shifting message throughout his campaign. This is actually one of the places that he gets better
than most Republicans, because most of them want to talk policy, and policy for the average listener is a gigantic turn-off.
That said, I would vote for Trump over Cruz any day. Trump's problem is he's ignorant - that
can be fixed. Cruz' problem? Keep reading.
The usual Republican rhetoric for years about small government, cutting waste, getting rid of 'moocher' programs, has largely been just that - rhetoric, things to say to the voters during an election cycle to get them back into office. It's very, very manipulative, and their promises are devoid of meaning.
But Cruz? He's demonstrated time and again that he actually believes
the crap he's spewing. Cruz thinks we should eliminate this program, or do this thing, or that, and when he says it to the camera he can say it with a straight face. Cruz and the Tea Party - or the Freedom Caucus (which is House-only) - are dangerous, because they are advocating simply ripping out huge portions of the government for no reason more than a piece of paper says in uncertain terms that they should not exist. Never mind the potential damage done to the country by it - even if there were not one single person on food stamps or welfare, you are at least eliminating all those jobs with the government: where are the people going to go?
People say 'Donald Trump could destroy America!' You're right, he could.
will, if he can. That's why the Republicans are working to figure out how to stop Trump from doing anything once he's in office
, rather than stop him at the nomination. Because the alternative terrifies them more.
Forewarning: This isn't a post of facts and statistics. I feel others have and will cover those better than I could at this point. This is just my stance and opinion on the current primary.
AND THEN A LOT OF THINGS WERE SAID (to simply paraphrase).
I believe - though crazy it may sound - that Bernie represents one of the last, best hopes for the American state to continue. And if he were to fail now, not because of a lack of support, but because the process was sabotaged by parties serving their own self-interest, then I don't think the US would last out the century. It might limp along for a while, but in the end, it will collapse like so many other states before it.
You aren't the only one, BP, in a rough situation. More and more Americans are starting to feel the crunch, the squeeze, call it whatever you will, as time goes by. It can have a thousand different names - student debt, medical bills, food stamps, mortgages - but dollars are disappearing out of the pockets of working Americans and going to places that use the dollars in a never-ending cycle to make more. (It's not a lie to say that there are business who spend more money in the government in the form of lobbying than in taxes.)
I remember Vekseid saying this once: the reason things haven't gone explodey already (okay, maybe I changed the wording a BIT) is because things aren't that
bad. Yeah, okay, money is tight, and we can't really do the things we want to do...but we still make ends meet, we can still do all the things we need
The problem, the blowup, the demolition, is going to occur when that line gets crossed. When it's not just about getting to order pizza on a Saturday night, but about being able to buy the ingredients at the market to make your own. When it's not about getting to buy the new iPhone you wanted (even though the one you have is just fine), but about having to get rid of your cell phone period
. When it's about buying medicine for your sick kid today or getting them replacements for their busted 4-year-old sneakers next week.
People will put up with not having the things they want. (Unless you're rich or in Congress, of course. Then they have
to get everything
they want. No questions asked.) But threaten their ability to secure the things they need? They will riot, they will tear down, they will do whatever they have to to ensure that that doesn't happen.
People are tired of hearing about companies like McDonald's posting billion-digit profits but moaning about having to actually pay their workers. Or worse, threatening to fire them and replace with touchscreen kiosks if they are forced to. You might have gotten away with that 15 years ago when most food workers were kids trying to get a few extra bucks in their pocket. The mean age for fast food people these days is in their mid-late 20s somewhere. Not kids. People trying to scratch out a living.
The common rejoinder to this from the right is "Well, they shouldn't be working these jobs for more than a few years. They get some skills, and then move on." Which is all and fine, but where exactly are they to move on to
? We started de-industrializing starting in the 70s and moving up through today. Manufacturing and the jobs that, for my parent's generation, you could do right out of high school are largely gone. Fast food happened to evade the drain because it's not really fast food if you have to ship it all the way from India or China after
it's been made. Throw on top of that the minimum wage hasn't increased to keep up with inflation, and you see what you have now.
Some of the critics I've heard off-E about Bernie says that he wants to establish a socialist state, which is a failed economic system and all it will do is just make people miserable, even though it could provide for their needs. And that may be the case. But as I usually point out to such critics, people are miserable now
, and their needs aren't
being met. So is it little wonder that people have stopped caring about whether or not they'll be happy and about whether or not they can live?
Things have to change. Because to stay the way they are would be masochistic. Bernie is promising that, he's giving us that. He's promising - on a larger scale - to give us back the country that was stolen (and it was a theft, because we had no say in the matter) from us.
And frankly? The Democrats and Republicans have coexisted as parties side-by-side for the last 150 years. I think the scene needs
a bit shaking up.