From The Idiot Factor:
By SJ Otto
As the pundits keep saying, this is one of the dirtiest elections in
history. One candidate has a
problem convincing people she is honest. The other candidate has problems
convincing voters he is sane and rational. Of course I am writing about the two
presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. US
For those of us who may actually consider the possibility of voting. And those of us who consider ourselves left-wing and issue oriented, this campaign is a terrible mess. Both candidates have some real problems that will plague us if or when he or she wins.
Neither candidate is really that far to the left or right. Compared to most Republicans Trump is to the left of the others. That is not to say he is left-wing, rather he is a right-wing candidate compared to his far-far-far right-wing Republicans.
’s politics are
almost right of center. She is best labeled a center-wing candidate—maybe even
a right of center candidate. Clinton
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On the domestic side
will be choosing
the next Supreme Court Judge if she is elected. That is a good thing as she
will probably pick someone who will stand up for abortion rights and civil
liberties. Also if she wins the Republican Party will not be able to
consolidate their power they have massed over the last few years. They have
used clever organizing tricks and gerrymandering to take over the Senate, the
House and most state level governments in this country. With Trump in office
the agenda of the Republicans is set to take off. Nothing will stop the most
repressive political establishment party in Clinton history (at least in my
lifetime). Most important to me and others will be the end of Obama Care
(Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act/ PPACA, or
Affordable Care Act/ ACA). While it may be a disaster, as the
Republicans have claimed, for some health businesses and some middle and upper
class patients, it is the first time many lower middle class and poor workers
have been able to afford health care. The Republicans seem to want to see those
classes of people go without insurance and die. As a member of the lower middle
class workers, I resent the idea that I should die for the convenience of
wealthier workers and business people. I don’t owe them anything like that. US
’s benefits come at a price. She is
the most hawkish and pro-US imperialist candidate for office in years. So far
she has voted to go to war at every opportunity that came up when she was in
the US Congress. She voted to go to war in Clinton . She supports arming the Free
Syrian Army, a right-wing pro-imperialist pro-NATO guerrilla movement. She will
probably increase troops in the war against ISIL (the Islamic State). She may
increase involvement in Iraq .
She may make havoc for left-wing (or Bolivarian) governments in Afghanistan Latin America.
She is way more hawkish than our present leader Barack Obama.
As a member of the Peace and Social Justice Center in Wichita, Kansas and as a major activist in the anti-imperialist movement, this means we will be busy working against Clinton’s pro-war pro-military policies.
On the other hand Trump has said that NATO is obsolete. He is right about that. He has indicated he will oppose nation building, which usually means our occupation of
Iraq and . He has said he will
negotiate with Afghanistan —another
good idea. He may increase involvement against ISIL. But that would be expected
of such a Republican politician. Most of this would be a positive change over
the present foreign policies of the North Korea . US
So we have to choose between a possible positive change in foreign policy or defense of expanded health care and some working class benefits. Or not vote at all.
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