It’s said that those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. It seems like the 2016 Presidential Election may be our chance to pick which society we want to return to.
Hillary Clinton is the candidate of the society we’ve had since the Reagan Revolution of the 1980s. Corporations are her primary concern. We support them in every way imaginable. We provide the infrastructure, the roads and utilities with which they operate. We give them government subsidies, tax breaks, and lax regulatory enforcement. We let their lobbyists buy our politicians and write legislation. We fight wars for their benefit. It’s not about the economy. We do many things that hurt the economy, like negotiate pro-business trade agreements. If you like the status quo, vote for Hillary Clinton.
Bernie Sanders is more the candidate of the 1960s. He represents the lofty principles of Kennedy’s Camelot and Johnson’s Great Society. People are his primary concern. He wants everyone to have access to healthcare and a good education. He wants to expand social security, implement a humane immigration policy, and reform the justice system. He wants to hold the wealthy responsible for their fair share of taxes, reduce economic inequality, and create jobs with a living wage. He wants to reduce to influence of lobbyists by getting money out of politics. If you want to return to the peace, love, and freedom of the 1960s, vote for Bernie Sanders.
Donald Trump likens back to the era of the World Wars. He wants America to be great. He’s an isolationist; he doesn’t want interference from other countries, cultures, or races. He is against abortion and wants to defund Planned Parenthood. He favors gun ownership and is against minimum wage and the Affordable Care Act. He doesn’t believe in climate change and wants to eliminate the EPA. If you want to return to the racist, misogynistic, and jingoistic days of a century ago, vote for Donald Trump.
Ted Cruz wants to bring a Christian theocracy to America, similar to the Islamic theocracies in Iran, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen. He wants to overturn Court rulings on abortion and LGBT rights. He favors gun ownership and is against minimum wage and the Affordable Care Act. . If you want to return to the days of the Spanish Inquisition 500 years ago, vote for Ted Cruz.
Be sure to vote. If you don’t, you’ll get the society everyone else wants.