Hillary Clinton for President

There’s a very interesting distinction between the democratic and republican parties in the year 2016.  

For the GOP, there are at least three unique factions that are loosely held together mainly by their common fear or disdain for liberal ideology.  The business wing mainly supports globalization and low business taxes, with minimal government interference.  The religious faction wants to impose some degree of theocracy despite the first amendment prohibition against it.   They’re mainly against abortion and civil rights.  They don’t really care about what the business wing cares about and vice versa.   And the Tea Party thinks that government is incapable of, well, anything and that all funding for it should be cut off completely.   

Those three factions are pulling the party apart as the relative disdain amongst each towards the other two, is starting to boil over.   Long gone are the adherents to Ronald Reagan’s 11th commandment: thou shalt not speak ill of thy fellow republicans. Instead, the PUMA’s are on the prowl (Party Unity, My Ass).

The Democratic Party, on the other hand, is no longer the entity about which WC Fields once famously said “I don’t belong to an organized political party.  I’m a democrat!”  

That’s not to say that there shouldn’t be disagreement among democrats with regard to the best way to go on matters of policy.   But on the bigger pictures, there’s far more unity on the left than on the right.  

Which brings me to my personal leanings.  I like both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, and would have no problem voting for either of them as our 45th president.  If you go to isidewith.com, you can take a quiz to see which candidates are most in-line with your views, and both Clinton and Sanders place above 90% for me personally.  

There are issues where I disagree with each of them.   Clinton would do relatively little about the influence of big money in politics save to nominate judges who could pare back or overturn the Citizens United decision.  Sanders appears to be a shill for “big organic” when GMO’s are almost definitely a less expensive, more productive means of feeding the planet as global warming and overpopulation will stretch its resources too thin.  

If they agree on most other issues of policy, I’m inclined to give some weight to the organic vs GMO issue and tip the scales towards Clinton when the primaries reach my home state of Pennsylvania in about a month.  

But even with that, there’s a real reason why I’m officially saying that I will vote for Hillary.  

For months I’ve been receiving emails from Bernie Sanders’s campaign.  I honestly don’t know how he got my email address.  I certainly didn’t offer it to him or his campaign.   In the past week or so, he’s stepped up the mailing; I honestly don’t know when the last time was, that I received fewer than two such emails in one day.  And I’m tired of them.  

So I will now state unequivocally: I’m voting for Hillary.  

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A Moratorium on Godwin’s Law

Godwin’s Law is an internet concept that holds that in any disagreement in any online forum, eventually someone will end up making a reference to Hitler and, in the process, lose the debate.

I’m not the first person to argue that, in light of the current level of debate, specifically among the candidates currently seeking the Republican nomination for president this year, we need to place a moratorium on Godwin’s Law as it’s not uncommon to see rhetoric that is at least authoritarian, if not downright fascist in nature.

The candidate who seems to be the most authoritarian, the most fascist, the one who looks the most like the actual historical figure of Adolph Hitler, is Donald Trump. He has found a way to put his finger on the pulse of those who are most disaffected by changes to society today and plays to their basest fears.

This political cartoon, by syndicated cartoonist Mike Luckovich from about a week ago, illustrates this point beautifully:

Adolph drumpf

If there is any doubt that Trump and Hitler have a lot in common, I’d like to put forth a little quiz. Below are twenty quotes, some of which were said by Adolph Hitler and some of which have been said by Donald Trump. I have only amended the quotes to remove direct references to Germany or America (instead amending it to read something like “our country” or the similar).

I have to warn you about some of these quotes without regard to the correct answer: they are truly frightening.

Who said it? Hitler or Trump?

1. I think apologizing’s a great thing, but you have to be wrong. I will absolutely apologize, sometime in the hopefully distant future, if I’m ever wrong.

2. Our country is in serious trouble. We don’t have victories anymore. We used to have victories, but we don’t have them.

3. The doom of a nation can be averted only by a storm of flowing passion, but only those who are passionate themselves can arouse passion in others.

4. This struggle is one of ideologies and racial differences and will have to be conducted with unprecedented, unmerciful and unrelenting harshness.

5. Sometimes by losing a battle you find a new way to win the war.

6. Universal education is the most corroding and disintegrating poison that liberalism has ever invented for its own destruction.

7. Secular schools can never be tolerated because such a school has no religious instruction and a general moral instruction without a religious foundation is built on air consequently, all character training and religion must be derived from faith . . . We need believing people.

8. People may not always think big themselves, but they can still get very excited by those who do. That’s why a little hyperbole never hurts.

9. A single blow must destroy the enemy… without regard of losses… a gigantic all-destroying blow.

10. We need strength, we need energy, we need quickness and we need brain in this country to turn it around.

11. One of the key problems today is that politics is such a disgrace. Good people don’t go into government.

12. It’s always good to be underestimated.

13. What we have to fight for is the freedom and independence of the nation, so that our people may be enabled to fulfill the mission assigned to it by the creator.

14. Demoralize the enemy from within by surprise, terror, sabotage, assassination. This is the war of the future.

15. When an opponent declares, “I will not come over to your side,” I calmly say, “Your child belongs to us already… What are you? You will pass on. Your descendants, however, now stand in the new camp. In a short time they will know nothing else but this new community.

16. When somebody challenges you, fight back. Be brutal, be tough.

17. In life you have to rely on the past, and that’s called history.

18. If you want to shine like sun first you have to burn like it.

19. What good fortune for governments that the people do not think.

20. I don’t have to be a dictator. I say “This is a good idea” and people do it, if they’re intelligent.

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