Sunday, March 20, 2016
American Politics - by Flavour
American politics comes in flavours - Republican, Left of Republican, and Progressive. Republican also comes in two styles - crazy (without sprinkles) and bat shit crazy (extra sprinkles). The BSC candidate is the Orange Behemoth. The merely crazy candidate is a religious nutjob, Ted Cruz.
Left of Republican (LoR) is a term that describes the establishment Democratic Party. Their candidate is Hillary Clinton. She is the establishment candidate. Hillary's most important quality in this election is her gender. America has gone too long without a woman in the White House. Too bad the first woman to have a decent shot at it is Hillary.
No matter how she pretends otherwise, Hillary is not a progressive. That's not how she rolls. Think of her as America's Rona Ambrose if Ambrose was smart - which, by the way, she isn't. Hillary is the LoR candidate.
Then there's a Progressive who is challenging LoR Hillary for the Democratic nomination. That would be Bernie Sanders. The senator for Vermont is considered a radical left winger which really just shows how far America has drifted to the radical right. It's telling that policies grounded in basic decency and fairness are denounced as radical.
I'd like to see Bernie win because I ascribe to Progressive beliefs and values. No, not the sort espoused by the Liberal Party - there's nothing progressive in selling billions of dollars of death-dealing war wagons to a blatant war criminal/state sponsor of terrorism. There's nothing progressive in backing the Tories' motion to condemn the Boycott/Divest/Sanction movement to oppose the Israeli government's flagrant abuses. There's nothing progressive in the Liberals support for bitumen export expansion. No, the Liberals aren't progressive and they keep showing us that.