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Response to wyldwolf (Reply #19)

Mon Dec 22, 2014, 01:12 AM

66. Interesting question...

Every election seems to be about the lesser of two evils and we are reminded of the importance of the SCOTUS issue and it is emphasized as the reason to vote to avoid more Scalias being appointed. Certainly a very salient point, but I don't want to vote for someone based out of fear of what the other party will do. Instead, I want to know what the candidate I vote for will do.

I suppose I am concerned about continuing to vote for excessively corporate friendly candidates over and over again while watching the Democratic Party shift further and further to the right (especially in terms of fiscal policies), and with Hilary I am also concerned about her hawkish speeches. It would be great to have a woman president, but I'm not voting on gender but on issues.

I wonder if more pro-corporate Democratic candidates keep getting the nomination and the party keeps moving right - at what point do progressives step back and say "OK, enough, let the Republicans screw it up and we can run on a much more Progressive platform in response to it next time." Many thought they were getting a progressive in Obama, but he's at best a moderate. A nice man, but a moderate. I've watched in my lifetime the Democratic policies move further and further right each election. One gets angry or one gets apathetic. Many in our party are becoming apathetic because they feel their voices are being drowned out by those strong corporate donors.

I can't say I will or will not vote for Hilary Clinton. I won't vote blindly for her just because she claims to be a Democrat. I'll be listening and watching what her and her opponents say and more importantly do in the coming two years. Only then will I decide.

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