August 8, 2015
By Pamela Raintree
Civil Disputes is supposed to be about social controversies. While I think politics is the most important social controversy a democratic republic can have, the vast majority of people seem not to care. That may explain why one-third as many people read the story about Donald Trump, as read the story about Caityln Jenner. I’ve had people get angry with me for introducing the subject and/or insist that it’s boring. And those people don’t vote. I guess that’s okay, because it means that my vote carries more weight on Election Day. The truth is, I’d be tickled pink if I were the only one voting.
If I were the only one allowed to vote EVERYONE would want to get involved, because I would vote for things that no one else would agree to. I’d vote to break up the multi-national corporations, disallowing any corporation from owning another corporation. I would nationalize all common resources and ban the private ownership of them. Proceeds from their lease or usage would be divided equally among the people and paid directly to them. I would eliminate penal institutions altogether, replacing them with mental health facilities, schools, and criminal detention centers (not to punish, but to protect the public from people who are violent and cannot be rehabilitated). I would: privatize professional sports; eliminate even the acknowledge that religion exists by our government;, completely restructure tax codes; labor laws; and environmental protections; upgrade the Social Security retirement insurance to a multi-tier plan; make Medicare the universal healthcare insurance; take the banks back from private owners; offer everyone as much free education as they want; rewrite the second amendment make our nation safer; extend the vote to every adult, with automatic registration; and I would eliminate both private funding of elections and professional lobbying. You don’t even want to know what I ‘d do with the military and our foreign policy.
As it so happens, I’m not going to be on any ballots anytime soon, and I only get one vote in any given election. And it seems that other people also want to vote. Some of them want to talk politics. This week a couple of my Facebook friends want to talk about presidential candidates:
Friend 1, “I would love to see a compare/contrast [Donald Trump] with Bernie Sanders.”
Friend 2, “There’s your next story, Pamela!”
As you might guess, from the above, I’m more inclined to support Bernie Sanders than anyone else in the presidential popularity pageant. Pageant seems appropriate with the Miss USA king polling as the top contender in the Republican Party, even though he’s not really a Republican, exactly. Then again, Sanders isn’t exactly a Democrat either, although he pledged not to run as an Independent. Sanders isn’t as high in the Democratic polls as Trump is in the Republican polls, but the pundits are writing them both off. I’m not so sure, but then I’m just an artist and poet who recognizes that our very lives depend on what politicians do.
My thinking is that there are too many people, and the primaries are too far off to call this election just yet. I’ve noticed though, that whoever gets the most news coverage has a leg up, and The Donald knows how to get in the news. Bernie just doesn’t have a talent for that. He can sway a crowd, and knows how to use social media to gather a crowd, but media moguls want sensational headlines, and a pragmatic, sensible man with some common decency and human hair leaves them with too little to say. I mean – seriously, “Sanders Makes Sense” is not a headline that will sell. And Trump already has national name recognition.
Mostly, what Trump is remembered for his “reality” series, Celebrity Appentice, in which he seemed to take great pleasure in saying “You’re fired” to famous people. Some people might remember the earlier version of that show, the one where ordinary backstabbing, corporate climbers got kicked to the curb by The Donald. Others might recall Trump’s four bankruptcies, or that horrendous, misogynistic, fat-shaming rant about Rosie O’Donnell. No one seems to remember when a guy just shows up for work and does a decent job of representing constituents for twenty-five years, the way Sanders has.
To be fair, both guys are free from the influence of the corporate puppet masters that pretty much own our government. Trump can’t be bought, because he’s one of the owners. [HYPERBOLE ALERT] He might spend less campaigning for president than he would trying to buy one. If he wins, he’ll be cutting out the middleman. Sanders has pledged to turn down the corporate “contributions” with their strings. So far, he’s managed to do that, but it’s got him at a disadvantage in competing against the multi-national minions’ bankrolls.
Where these two differ the most is that Donald Trump has a track record of self-serving greed and a willingness to be disrespectful toward anyone, without regard for consequences. We used to call that an alligator mouth. It plays well among the cross-burning, gun-toting, rejects who have persistently supported their own enemies because Fox Noise told them it’s all about the Bible, but what happens when he goes off on foreign dignitaries the way he slammed Megyn Kelly? More about that here: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/08/08/donald-trump-s-gross-history-of-misogyny-from-rosie-o-donnell-to-megyn-kelly.html Bernie Sanders has a track record of fighting against people being paid by guys like Trump. You can check his record here: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/bernard_sanders/400357# You can also be pretty sure he won’t start a war smart-mouthing the Queen of England.
In case you’re not familiar with the headline references, you can learn more about those at these two sites:
Archie Bunker https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archie_Bunker
Archie Who [please don’t get any ideas that I know or care anything about football. I don’t, but I am from Mississippi, and you just can’t claim to be from there without knowing this] http://www.olemisssports.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/111309aaa.html