Another great piece by @SueinRockville. (And if you’re going to rip her or me for it, you’ll need basic facts to back you up. Just saying…)
“No man ever got very high by pulling other people down. The intelligent merchant does not knock his competitors. The sensible worker does not knock those who work with him. Don’t knock your friends. Don’t knock your enemies”. Don’t knock yourself. — Alfred Lord Tennyson
“When Debate is lost, Slander becomes the tool of the loser” -attributed to Socrates
When Bernie Sanders announced his candidacy last April I was thrilled. Here was an outspoken self-described Democratic Socialist who espoused political views and values that I hold dear. And he was Jewish too!
As his grassroots campaign grew exponentially I began to become concerned that all of his speeches sounded very similar with very little concrete specifics as to how?
Then came the so-called “BernieBros,” who attacked anyone not 100% fully committed to Sanders. Not only were the personal attacks against Hillary Clinton ugly, but they sounded very much like a Karl Rove GOP Dirty Tricks campaign. That knee-jerk hostility has turned into very personal attacks against anyone who dares to support or defend Mrs. Clinton and Sanders’ silence and seeming complicity has turned me against his candidacy.
Most importantly, Bernie has been in Congress since 1991 and his record has not been formally vetted. Truth & critical analysis can be painful things, but it’s important to keep in mind that Karl Rove & his American Crossroads SuperPAC & the Koch Brothers will invest more than a half-billion dollars to destroy Democrats. Of course, they can save their money if voters fail to give Bernie Sanders an honest appraisal:
This is me, vetting Bernie. These are the reasons he has lost my support:
Reason 1: The intellectual dishonesty of Bernie Sanders:
He has been attacking Hillary Clinton for supporting the 1994 crime bill that her husband signed when she was First Lady. She did not vote for the bill, since she did not hold any elected position at the time. She was First Lady. However, Sanders voted yea!
Reason 2: He lacks the temperament and shows a nasty, petty side when he feels slighted:
View the following clip as Bernie enters to speak at the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. While Sanders may have been totally justified to be angry with the political drama, the President of the United States must show a certain level of respect & decorum when he is a guest in an official venue and is representing our great country: He displayed zero class.
He is seemingly not in control. In just at the past week from Dr. Paul Song’s horrible name-calling, to the throwing of dollar bills at HRC’s motorcade to the last minute replacement of a rabbi on this panel, this bullying is completely unacceptable.
In addition to that, his supporters have been harassing some Super Delegates (By the way, Senator Sanders is himself one of those ) and others, and the buck stops with him. (Source)
Reason 4: He is not a Democrat:
While Hillary has been raising millions for down-ticket Democrats since she began this campaign it was only last week when questions were asked that he found 3 candidates running he put some financial backing behind. It was a calculated move to deflect criticism of the over 150 million dollars his campaign has raised thus far.
Reason 5: He is just another politician and must be judged on the entirety of his 35+ years of government experience. I find his lack of success & failure not only to reach across the aisle but also among the Democrats with whom he has caucused deeply disheartening.
Reason 6: In 1990, when he made that Faustian bargain with the NRA to finally win his Congressional seat, he lost forever any claim to the moral high ground. As I posted last week in much greater detail, all you need to know is more Americans have been KILLED in gun-related deaths since 1968 than all wars that the USA has ever fought. Senator Sanders must own that–especially as his supporters gleefully taunt HRC about her culpability for Iraq.
When Sally Kohn declares her support for him and speaks at a New York rally but is booed when she mentions that Hillary Clinton is certainly qualified, the Puritopians of the left show they are no better than the Tea Party of the Right.
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