Why Sanders is Better Than Warren

I have supported Bernie Sanders since early in the 2016 campaign. I have made two contributions to his 2020 campaign.

I like Elizabeth Warren. Her focus on policy is refreshing. I agree with much of what she says.

While Warren is the only candidate besides Sanders I would enjoy voting for, there are to fundamental differences between them that give Sanders a serious edge.

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We Should Use Less Plastic

Bans of plastic straws and bags has been in the news for months. Yesterday, Donald Trump gave a speech at a developing Shell factory that will someday produce a million tons of plastic each year.

Stories of dead animals washing ashore with stomachs full of plastic have become heartbreakingly familiar. Efforts to remove a fraction of the tons of plastic polluting our oceans are getting some traction.

The political disconnect between those promoting plastic and those recognizing the damage caused by too much plastic highlights the political disconnect of the time that will someday be seen as a primary reason behind earth’s decline. Currently, it doesn’t look like too many want to stand with earth.

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Trump is a symptom

Yesterday, Joe Biden gave a speech in Burlington, Iowa where he criticized Donald Trump for failing to condemn white supremacy. Biden accused Trump of “fanning the flames.” Biden’s seminal message was that Donald trump is encouraging white supremacy. All we have to do is beat Trump, and things can return to a more normal state of affairs. Biden’s too simplistic message misses the point.

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Moscow Mitch Must Lose

There is rightly tons of focus on beating Donald Trump. Democrats will beat Donald Trump. At this point, most Republicans believe Democrats will maintain the House. Winning the presidency and holding the House won’t matter as much unless Moscow Mitch no longer leads the Senate.

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Corporate Joe and the Electoral College

Transcript of Corporate Joe and the Electoral College

Welcome to Jonathan’s Verdicts. I’m Jonathan Simeone.

The title of this episode is: Corporate Joe Biden and the Electoral College.

The verdict for this episode is: Corporate Joe Biden is only a serious candidate because of the Electoral College.

Lots of people, including me, regularly, rightly accuse Republicans of supporting the Electoral College because it’s the best way a party that offends much of the electorate can win elections. But there is another part of the Electoral College story that must be told. I’m speaking about the reality that the Electoral College leads to discussions of electability that have nothing to do with the will of the people.

According to the corporate-run media and their polls, Corporate Joe Biden is the leader in the nomination battle in the Democratic Party. The story the corporate-run media is spinning is Democrats need to nominate someone who is electable in states like Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin, all important states Trump narrowly won in 2016.

The electability story centers around the idea that Democrats have to nominate someone who can win back some of the working-class white men who left the Democratic Party for Trump. This story fails to remind people that Clinton won the popular vote by roughly three million votes. If it weren’t for the Electoral College, not only would Clinton be president, but no one would be talking about the need to have an election that revolves entirely around placating thousands of working-class white men in three states.

Truthfully, the Electoral College is not only good for Republicans, it’s good for corporations and the Democrats they have bought. They can’t win the hearts and minds of a majority of the American public. They don’t want to give up some of their purchased power so we can have health care, better wages, and free college. So, they leave in place an antiquated system designed to support slavery so they can scare people into supporting someone like Corporate Joe who has a long history of supporting corporations over the working-class voters he really hopes you think he cares about.

Thank you for listening to this episode of Jonathan’s Verdicts.

Beto is an Empty Suit

Our long national nightmare is over. Thankfully, we now know, as if there was any doubt, Beto is running! What we don’t know, other than his ego, is why Beto is running. America doesn’t need an empty suit with little experience, a moderate record, and an unwillingness to take many stands. In honoring Beto’s announcement, I’m going to make a second donation to Bernie Sander’s campaign. A commitment to progressive ideals and a willingness to fight for universal health care, at least a 15-dollar minimum wage, and more is what matters.

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