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Op-ed: I’m Not With Her – A Classic Liberal’s Case Against Clinton’s Candidacy

July 28, 2016

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The leak of DNC emails prior to the start of the convention this week has led many to believe that Bernie Sanders was given a raw deal by the party.

For those living under a rock here’s a quick snippet from CNN:


“One email features DNC staffers appearing to ponder ways to undercut Sanders, an insurgent Democrat who had a bitter relationship with party leadership.

On May 5, a DNC employee asked colleagues to “get someone to ask his belief” in God and suggested that it could make a difference in Kentucky and West Virginia. Sanders’ name is not mentioned in the note.

“This could make several points difference with my peeps. My Southern Baptist peeps would draw a big difference between a Jew and an atheist,” DNC chief financial officer Brad Marshall wrote.

Stir in a number of polls that had Bernie faring better than Hillary against Donald Trump, and garnish it with disgraced former DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s appointment as honorary chair of Hill-Dawg’s 50 State Program (a very much symbolic position, but still c’mon guys) and Clinton is looking more like Joseph Mobutu than the Democratic nominee for president.

Even Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid acknowledged that Bernie got gypped.

“Debbie Wasserman Schultz, she’s always been good to me. I like her just fine,” Reid said. “I know she’s tried hard, but as some people probably know, I thought Bernie deserved somebody that was not critical to[ward] him. I knew ― everybody knew ― that this was not a fair deal. So I’m sorry she had to resign, but it was the right thing to do. She just should’ve done it sooner.”

As DNC chair, Wasserman Schultz had scheduled many of the primary debates on weekends, when viewership was likely to be lower. Without the opportunity to debate in front of large audiences, it’s difficult for an insurgent candidate to gain traction against an established rival.

“Bernie really had a movement out there, and it wasn’t right to treat him that way,” Reid said.

If a slant towards Hillary – one that apparently caused members of the party to violate a neutrality agreement — were the only red flag here a cynical voter might be able to shrug, say “elections are never 100 percent on the up and up”, and pull a lever for Clinton anyway. Unfortunately when it comes to manipulating the system these emails are just the tip of the iceberg.

In February, Gawker ran an article titled ‘This Is How Hillary Clinton Gets the Coverage She Wants

“…emails recently obtained by Gawker offer a case study in how her prodigious and sophisticated press operation manipulates reporters into amplifying her desired message—in this case, down to the very word that The Atlantic’s Marc Ambinder used to describe an important policy speech.”

You can read excerpts from the emails (seriously it’s always emails with this woman) in the Gawker article to get a feel for what the exchanges between Ambinder and Phillipe Reines were like, but a statement made by The Atlantic spoke volumes.

“Ambinder emphasized that the emails did not capture the totality of his communication with Reines, and said they were not indicative of his normal reporting techniques.” When asked if the exchange was typical of the magazine’s reporting and editing process, a spokesperson for The Atlantic told Gawker: “No, this is not typical, and it goes against our standards.”

I tend to lean in a libertarian/classic liberal direction on most issues – particularly social issues – so when it comes to things like gay marriage, trans rights, abortion, and marijuana my views aren’t too far off from the Democratic party’s platform for the 2016 election.

But as an American it is impossible for me to watch a party and a candidate manipulate a system that is supposed to reflect the will of the people. And it’s absolutely heartbreaking when I see Bernie Sanders – who united Americans of every ilk in an impressive grassroots campaign – bending the knee before Hillary.

The premature coronation of a candidate because “it’s her time” or because a vocal minority think “she’s the most qualified for the job” or because “we need a woman in office” simply isn’t American.

This is the stuff of Zimbabwe, Iran, Ukraine, Russia, Pakistan, Venezuela, and a laundry list of other countries that don’t exist on the same moral plane as the U.S.

American presidents aren’t supposed to come to power because they manipulated the press, and pulled the wool over the public’s eyes as they sodomized the electoral process and the first amendment – that’s Putin’s shtick.

Is Donald Trump a jackass? In my opinion absolutely. Is he qualified to be the next leader of the free world? In my opinion absolutely not. But the great thing about braggadocios loud mouths is that they tend to put all their chips on the table. As long as one thinks critically they can quickly burn through the veneer of horrible hair and orange body paint to see a candidate who lacks the depth, intelligence, or compassion to lead the land of the free – in other words he is transparently full of shit.

If the Dems wanted a progressive who was popular with the people they could have played fair and watched Bernie get the nom.

Maybe you like Bernie’s social agenda, but find socialism hard to swallow. No worries, Gary Johnson has brought fiscal conservancy together with a liberal social platform that most Americans will likely find quite palatable.

And if you’re a voter who just wants to see a woman in the White House, then I’m sure Jill Stein will appreciate your support (you can say a lot about her platform and personality, but her honesty is incredibly refreshing).

For the DNC this was about something else. This election was about getting Hillary into the White House come hell or high water, and they have violated the public’s trust in their attempt to do so.

It’s the stuff of dictators, and even a benevolent dictator is still a dictator.

I never thought I would end a column by quoting Ted Cruz, but here goes…

“Please don’t stay home in November…stand and speak and vote your conscience. Vote for candidates up and down the ticket who you trust to defend our freedom, and to be faithful to the constitution.”

That’s right get out there in November and “vote your conscience” but when you do be sure to avoid the candidates who clearly don’t have one.


This contributor is a Marine veteran that has served in the Middle East. Due to the sensitive nature of his current job, he has requested to remain anonymous.