I am breaking my oath of not wanting to write more about politics, one originally made out of self preservation, the Trump Presidency being so egregiously offensive and yet so blindly praised by his obedient, ardent followers, that it was affecting my health. It was also made out of extreme cynicism about the whole process, where Tweeting 240 characters can replace planning, thinking. I’m stunned that our country has stumbled along this far under Trump’s monarchy, but I suppose it has been conditioned to respond well to reality TV material.
But as time went on, and we got through another day, my spirits were slowly being revived knowing that before we know it, we, the American People, will have a chance to cast him off to the garbage heap of dangerous politicians and demagogues. This, in spite of the failures of Robert Mueller and the Impeachment process, both “hail Mary” passes into the end zone. Yes, the upcoming election will right all.
Until last night. In full disclosure, my degree of cynicism made me ignore all previous debates. What is the sense listening to a score of candidates blab their talking points. Now that the “race” is down to a more manageable number, perhaps this was the moment when I hoped a moderate Democrat could gather some momentum. Instead, we’re still left with Bernie Sanders, perhaps even more so.
Don’t get me wrong. I “like” Bernie in many ways, but, as unrealistic as Trump’s tax cuts were, I think Sanders’ proposals will just further drive the national debt to unsustainable levels. And he is as evangelistic in his demeanor about it as Trump has been about his border issue. Just what we need facing off in November, two “true believers,” with one being able to call the other a “socialist” or a “communist,” terms as scary to the American electorate as “atheist.”
Bloomberg’s response under the attack by Elizabeth Warren regarding non-disclosure agreements his company may have because of sexual harassment or discrimination issues surprised me. He should have immediately turned his ire on the legal system rather than trying to respond to her. In an organization the size of Bloomberg’s, and the ease with which employees can bring suits, there will always be these. Actually, it's a perfect segue to arguing for tort reform.
In any case, it makes no sense for me to analyze the fine differences between the so called “moderate” Democrats (I think all have their hearts in the right place though), but my point is the Democrats are failing to set themselves up strategically. If they think they can win with Bernie on the ticket, I anticipate a Trump reelection. My ideal ticket would be along the lines of an Amy Klobuchar for President and someone such as Cory Booker as VP. My thinking is strictly strategic and with the focus on beating DJT, nothing else. I know this sounds heedless and cynical, but given how our futures have been compromised, and the Presidency devalued by Trump, that should be the singular goal of the Democratic Party.