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OpEdNews Op Eds    H2'ed 10/19/15

Why I no longer support Candidate Sanders

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ter being on Dailykos for two full presidential elections and now this one, I realized how hopeless partisan politics can be. Partisan politics is kind of like sports, you have your favorite team, you root for them no matter what, sometimes they win, sometimes they lose, but they are YOUR team and you are going to support them. That's great, when it comes to sports. But when your blind loyalties to one candidate over another can affect the quality of life and well-being of not just this nation's citizens, but also people all over the world, it starts to become a frightening spectacle of word wrangling and rationalizing that's so insane, it's surreal at times. I don't hate Hillary Clinton the person. I just don't have faith that she has the will of the people at the top of her to-do list. I don't think very many politicians do, to be honest. I think there are very few politicians who have the good of this country at the top of their list.

I decided that rather than focus on and support a particular candidate, I'm going to support specific policy positions and issues. Because ultimately, that's why we elect candidates, to carry out the will of the people. So, Sanders the candidate has lost my support, but the people's revolution that he is spearheading has a solid supporter in me.

The difference between Sanders and Clinton are light years apart. We don't simply have two good candidates. Two good candidates would be Clinton and and O'Malley. What we have is one stellar, out of the box candidate who not a running a campaign but rather serving as a catalyst for the people to take control of their government, as is their right.

On the other hand, you have Clinton standing in for the status quo of corporate rule and big money interests, and catering to those interests is simply not what's best for this country and its citizens. The fact that there are still undecideds is a bit frightening as well. I remember during the Bush v. Obama election cycle reading about "undecideds," all I could do was wonder if those who are undecided have been living under a rock. How can you be undecided? Unless you are waiting to back the "winner" of the nomination, then your politics is name-only. No conviction. Voting for D is better than R just cause.

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