April 18, 2016

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | A progressive, or a “progressive”?

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To the Editor:

In the 1990s, President Bill Clinton did not roll back the Reagan Revolution — he completed it. He ushered in an era of mass incarceration, signed into law grotesque “welfare reform” legislation that wrought havoc on the American poor and stood behind insidious attacks on the rights and livelihoods of LGBTQ Americans. The U.S. has never recovered from this sharp rightward political shift, nor has the Democratic Party. But in the primaries this year, voters have a chance to salvage the Democratic Party’s status as the electoral champion of working people.

If you disavow the toxic role of money in politics, there is only one candidate who stands with you by refusing donations from massive super PACs. If you reject the international violence of the U.S. military-industrial complex, there is only one candidate who has stood up to the war-machine by opposing regime change abroad. If you are aggrieved by the collapse of American manufacturing, there is only one candidate who has stood with working people in opposition to disastrous free-trade agreements. That candidate is Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.).

Make no mistake, this Democratic primary race is not between a progressive and a “progressive who gets things done.” It is between a “New Democrat,” who champions centrism at the expense of working people and the environment, and a social democrat, who rejects the neoliberal consensus, the crony capitalism and the flawed campaign finance system underlying the modern two-party system.

While Hillary Clinton served on Wal-Mart’s board of directors, Bernie Sanders was busy — and is still busy —fighting the unjust poverty wages paid by the retail giant. While the average donation to Sanders’ campaign is a mere $27, you can attend a Clinton fundraiser for a few thousand dollars. And while Sanders has championed efforts to bring single-payer healthcare to the U.S., Clinton has attacked Sanders’ efforts to bring universal healthcare to Americans, even though, in her own words, Democrats shouldn’t attack other Democrats over universal healthcare.

On Election Day today, ask yourself: do we want a “progressive,” or do we want a progressive?

Kyle Friend ‘17

Christopher Hanna ‘18

Jevan Hutson ‘16

  • a concerned parent

    Bernie is definitely a “new Democrat.” In fact, he is not a Democrat at all. He could care less what happens up and down the ticket to Democrats. He has never run as a Democrat until this election.

    I hope Bernie wins, just so I can watch you all sputter in disbelief when the red baiting begins. Bernie is an avowed socialist; he took his wife to Moscow on their honeymoon. The Republicans will have a field day with Bernie on the ticket.

    If you want Ted Cruz or Donald Trump as your President, vote Bernie.

    • a student concerned about parents

      Or you could get out and vote for Bernie to beat back the republicans…

    • dosomeresearch

      “If you want Ted Cruz or Donald Trump as your President, vote Bernie.”

      If you want to defeat the Republicans, vote Bernie.

      If you want to lose to the Republicans, vote Hillary.

      It’s that simple. Look at the polling numbers.

  • George

    If you want America to be a mediocre country that leads the world in absolutely nothing except wasted opportunity, vote for Bernie Sanders. If you revel in your naivete and inch deep understanding of issues, vote for Bernie Sanders. If you care more about being hip than being serious, vote for Bernie Sanders. Of course, if you love corruption, you could vote for Hillary Clinton.

    • Keith

      If you want a theocracy, vote Ted Cruz.

      If you want a failed state, vote Donald Trump.

  • Christopher Burrus

    I going to state this. Donald trump state ; all i want to do is figure out why he being (treated) unfairly by a judge. you should tell donald trump remember the Central Park Five. When he took a full page ad in the daily new in 1989 in demanded the execution of the Central Park Five. let talk about it trump.