#FeelTheBern? It’s Probably Chlamydia

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The rise of Bernie Sanders brings to mind a legendary character from my childhood : The Pied Piper. He saved a town in Germany from rat infestation by playing his magical instrument. He was successful, yes. All the rats followed him until they drowned in the river. But the town refused to pay him and later on, the kids, too, got enamored by his music that they began leaving their houses as the vindictive character led them to his secret lair. He harvested their kidneys and sold them to the Nigerian prince.
I made up that part about the organs of course. But the kids were never to be seen and the town regretted not paying the piper his dues.

This whole story sounds all-too familiar once we hear of Senator Sanders popularity in white, college towns. His pie-in-the-sky proposals of free college tuition attracted naive students who are now behaving like cultists on social media. If you have a great job, it’s easy to say that you’d be comfortable with higher taxes in exchange for free education and healthcare. But what about middle-class college graduates who start with lower wages? Soon, they will refuse to pay for his 18-trillion dollar agenda (which can’t be paid by taxing billionaires alone), and it will end up negating the gains during the Obama presidency.

There’s a standard rule in politics that gets buried by an avalanche of rhetoric, which is that politicians will say whatever voters want to hear. Even Clinton and Obama do that. You wouldn’t want to talk to them about the things they’re uncomfortable with. That won’t win you the national elections.

As a strong supporter of Hillary Clinton, I started with this basic premise and analyzed both their views and ways of thinking. There have been nine Democratic debates. I’ve watched all of them and I can unequivocally say that Clinton is a far better candidate than Bernie Sanders. Even considering the hypothetical situation that Sanders also became Secretary of State, I can say that Clinton will still be leagues ahead of Sanders in terms of rationality and proper judgment.

I know Sanders no longer has the chance to be the Democratic nominee. But his supporters don’t understand math and logic and I believe I can say the same about their candidate based on his proposals. So to make it easier for them to swallow, I think rhetorical questions will suit them better.

Bernie Sanders,

1.) You have ZERO experience in foreign policy. And you have showed ZERO interest in understanding the complexity of the conflicts around the world, by diverting every foreign policy question to your vote in Iraq. This is 2016. A vote in 2002 is not a vote to defeat ISIL. How can you be an effective commander-in-chief given your non-interest in foreign affairs?

2.) You said North Korea is a far more dangerous threat even though it is Russia that invaded Ukraine, challenged NATO, supported Assad, and threatened to attack the Baltic states in the future. How can you stand up to Vladimir Putin if you can’t even see him as a top threat to the Western alliance?

3.) Why do you keep bringing up Clinton’s Iraq War vote when you yourself voted to fund that war?

4.) Why do you say you are against regime change when you supported the American intervention in Afghanistan?

5.) The Syrian people have fled their country and are threatening the economies of Turkey, Germany, Italy, etc. You do not support overthrowing Assad now because you say it will have unintended consequences. You said you want to defeat ISIS first and then throw out Assad later on. This strategy accepts the fact that millions will continue to die while Assad is in power. On the other hand Clinton’s proposal has the risk of leaving a vacuum that will invite HYPOTHETICAL terrorist organizations (assuming ISIS is gone) which might kill the Syrian people. Why do you think your incremental plan of defeating ISIS now and throwing Assad later will save more lives than Clinton’s plan of simultaneously defeating ISIS and Assad?

6.) You admitted to New York Daily News that you don’t know whether Obama is doing the right thing in Syria. Shouldn’t a presidential candidate be watchful and critical of the current administration’s foreign policy?

7.) Your supporters are one of the most hateful people on social media who will share anything that attacks Clinton despite them being lies made by the Republicans. As the Democratic nominee, how can you unite the party if you’re inspiring hatred for fellow Democrats among your base? How can you form a diverse coalition when you are so dismissive of moderates and anyone who is less liberal than yourself?

8.) You said there has to be a very rapid response to climate change, even though it would put workers in the oil and gas industry jobless. Even businesses depend on oil for their daily operations. Your plans will close down companies that cannot afford solar panels and it will create monopolies in many industries (because only large businesses can afford solar energy). Inflation will go up as a result. It’s been months since the campaigns began and you have not released any plans of dealing with them. Are you seriously going to risk collapsing the economy in exchange for your reckless activism?

9.) Caucuses are one of the most undemocratic ways of voting because they disenfranchise older voters who cannot wait for long hours standing in a gymnasium. Given that you have depended on caucuses for most of your victories, do you believe that the DNC should eliminate caucuses?

10.) Clinton won by large margins in the Deep South. Yet you dismissed them because they are ‘conservative’ and will most likely go to the Republicans. Some of your supporters said that Hillary won the Confederacy. Many of these Democratic voters in the South, however, are African-American, which was responsible for Obama’s victory in 2008. How can you win this voting bloc if you don’t value their votes? How can you win their trust if you say they’re too conservative for them?

11.) You’ve been attacking the Democrats since the ’80s. You called them ‘no different from the Republicans’, you felt ‘nauseated’ with JFK, and you called for a primary challenger to Barack Obama in 2012. You raised ZERO dollars for the DNC and you even sued them to distract attention from your robbery of Clinton’s campaign data. That’s a clear indication that you do not agree with the views of the party. Are you simply using the party as a fundraising tool or do you honestly believe that its views align with yours?

12.) When asked about your loyalty to the party, you say, in defense, that you have caucused with the Democrats since 2006. Why, then, did you run as an Independent senator in 2012? If you accuse HRC of flip-flopping on many issues, in what area did you flip-flop that made you want to join the Democratic Party now?

13.) As a democratic socialist, shouldn’t you be running for the nomination of socialist parties and not the Democratic Party?

14.) You’ve criticized Clinton for being friends with Henry Kissinger. Yet you yourself have a cozy relationship with dictators in Latin America like Fidel Castro and the leaders of the Sandinistas. You attacked the Cubans for hating Fidel Castro because they ‘forgot he gave them healthcare’ as though it was the only thing that mattered to them. You evaded the question when asked if you would revoke your previous statements. Why would the Latinos trust you if you can’t condemn the very person who oppressed their grandparents?

15.) You’ve been calling to break up the big banks since the start of your campaign. But when asked by NYDN about the details, you couldn’t answer them. Is your campaign really offering workable solutions or are you simply using your campaign for rhetoric?

16.) How can you get a Democratic Congress if you don’t even raise money for members of Congress and you dismiss them as part of the establishment?

17.) Which Senators and Congressmen who have endorsed Clinton are not part of the establishment? If Elizabeth Warren endorsed Clinton tomorrow, will she be part of the establishment too? Are Brian Schatz, Sherrod Brown, and Ron Wyden (3 of the most liberal senators) establishment Senators?

18.) You say you don’t want to eliminate Obamacare. But under your proposal, that is what would legally happen. A single-payer system must be enacted by a NEW law and not by building on the Affordable Care Act. You should know quite well that it was very difficult to convince some Democrats to vote for the ACA. How can you convince them to vote for your new system? People who work for private insurance companies will lose their jobs. Where will you transfer them?

19.) The United States has a very large influence on countries around the world, especially on its trading partners. By rejecting free trade, these countries will lose jobs and their economies will decline. Isn’t it ironic that you want rich people to pay higher taxes, but now that we’re talking of transferring wealth from the richest country to the poorer ones, suddenly you’re protective?

20.) Both you and Secretary Clinton have worked with the same people in Congress. Some of them said that you alienate your natural allies. Why would the DNC nominate a divisive legislator like you?

21.) You called Trump’s abortion comments a ‘distraction’. Why should women trust you if you don’t prioritize their right to get an abortion and make their own reproductive choices?

22.) You received money from the DNC, which partly comes from Wall Street and donations from wealthy people. You said it yourself that people who do that are corrupt. Which part of your voting record was influenced by big money? How many millions did you receive from the NRA in the 90s when you were running for congressman and when you repealed the Brady bill FIVE times?

23.) Clinton consistently points to the shadow banking industry which are not part of the big banks. You don’t have a plan to hold them accountable. How will you ensure that the next crash won’t happen if you keep ignoring the recommendations of Paul Krugman, a guy you said you would appoint to your Cabinet?

24.) Most of the states you won are white states. You lost by big margins in swing states like Ohio, Floria, Georgia, Missouri, Nevada, and Arizona, which will determine the next POTUS. Do you have a realistic strategy that can defeat Donald Trump in these states?

25.) You say you want to save the environment and that you are a friend to Latinos but you dumped nuclear waste from Vermont in a poor Latino community in Texas. How can they trust that you will fight for their rights as minorities?

26.) Why would you want Saudi Arabia and Iran to work together militarily to defeat ISIS in Syria when the presence of Iran near Israel threatens its national security and when these two countries have been responsible for the proxy wars happening in the region?

27.) You said immigrants take away jobs from citizens when you voted against H-1B visas and Comprehensive Immigration Reform in 2007. Now you’re saying that deportations will not be your policy. Is this a flip-flop or is that title reserved for your opponent?

28.) You’ve been working in Congress for more than 20 years, yet the only bill that you authored was one that renamed a post office. With that awful record, how will you work with other Democrats to enact your proposals?

29.) It’s fairly easy to get your tax returns. Why would you release only your 2014 returns? How come that you have been the poorest candidate in Congress when your wife was president of a university and you have been in Congress for 20+ years? You obviously have investments in corporations for your retirement. Which corporations are you invested in and do those companies have any issues with unions and shipping jobs overseas?

30.) You entered the Democratic race knowing that superdelegates are part of the 2384 delegates needed to clinch the nomination. Why would you run as a Democrat if you don’t agree with its nomination policies? Shouldn’t you run for DNC Chair if you want to end the superdelegate system?

31.) Lastly, you said in the Brooklyn debate that you would replace Merrick Garland with a justice who would be clear that he/she would overturn Citizens United. Except, that’s not how you evaluate justices in the Senate. You don’t ask them directly about their decision on cases. If it were, all the Republicans and Democrats could ask them about his vote on current issues and then rob him of the nomination if they don’t agree ideologically.
Sorry Senator Sanders, you are a holier-than-thou crook and liar whose popularity rests on promising free things you can’t accomplish. You’re just like any other politician, minus the anger. You don’t have a platform, you have a wish list. And you are in no way qualified to be the Democratic nominee.

(Credits to Plante, Tulsa World for the photo)

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