Observations from the Democratic Debate

A few observations from last night’s debate. First, there was a very telling moment when Hillary Clinton said (and I paraphrase) that her plan would be to fix the problems in the country from within the existing system. As we know, Bernie comes from a point of view that there is far too much corruption in the system (campaign financing, health care debacle, economic disintegration of the middle and working classes) to fix it properly from within. In his view, we must make significant changes to the system that IS, his “political revolution.”

I think he might make that position clearer through the analogy of fixing a car (the car being the country, moving forward). Hillary wants to fix the car with parts that are known to be broken, while Bernie is calling for new parts. What is the evidence that the parts are broken? The economic disintegration of the middle and working classes is the evidence that the government is not and has not been working for ALL of us for quite a long time. The influence of billionaires on the political process is evidence as well.

I often quote Albert Einstein who once said that “problems can not be solved at the same level of awareness that created them.” Hillary (and the rest of Washington’s establishment) is content with that same level of awareness and, as a result, no progress is ever made in terms of solving our problems.

Second, we should take notice that Hillary makes many assertions that she will stand up to Wall Street, that she will strive to fix the broken health care system, that she will work to make college more affordable for our young people. But talk is cheap. She has been a figure in the public eye since the 1990’s and has had ample opportunity to actually achieve some results. I don’t see any major legislation with her name attached to it. I only see a series of political scandals following her family.

Third, I am beginning to think that the Washington establishment looks on the country as if from the walls of the Bastille, and we are the rabble attempting to break in. Their thinking is that if they throw us a bone, we’ll quiet down and they can get back to pillaging our economy from within. Hillary is a liberal, probably a moderate, doubtfully a progressive. But most significantly, she is as establishment as establishment gets, she is another broken part on the car.

Back in the 60’s, we used to say, “If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem.” She is part of the problem and her assertions that she is better qualified to lead us because of her “insider” experience of Washington, only confirms this.

Lastly, a point of difference between Hillary and Bernie with which Bernie has been hitting home, has to do with the money that Hillary has been taking in speakers fees and in contributions from Wall Street. One point he could be making is this, not only has Goldman Sachs contributed heavily to Hillary’s campaign, they are also one of Ted Cruz’s largest contributors. Think about that. If Goldman Sachs believed that Hillary was the best candidate to run our government, that same belief would exclude Ted Cruz, a very different candidate from Ms. Clinton. If they believed that Ted was the man, Hillary would not merit their contributions. The only way to understand this is that Goldman Sachs does not care who wins the election. They only care that they own a piece of that candidate. Taking large sums of money from institutions that are playing both sides against the middle, strikes me as a form of political prostitution. There is something inherently evil in this.

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