Illinois’ Primary Election: Why I’m voting for Hillary Clinton

Illinois’ Primary Election: Why I’m voting for Hillary Clinton
Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton

I will vote for Hillary Clinton for President.  I. Will. Vote. For. Hillary.   I’m not sure if I am saying that to you or to me.  But I will vote for Hillary in next Tuesday’s Illinois primary election.  

“Why?” is the question I find myself asking.  First, there are some other races I find important so I will pull a Democratic ballot this year.  Judicial races are important to me, including Frank Andreou in Cook County’s 12th subcircuit.  I’ll vote against Anita Alvarez—and although I still think Donna More might be the best candidate, I will likely vote for Kim Foxx.  I’m leaning that way only because I need to make a decision about voting for the best candidate that will win versus voting for the best candidate. 

Which brings me back to Hillary.

Hillary is the best candidate that can win in November.  I may not like her terribly much; I may suffer from extreme Hillary fatigue, but she is still the best—of few—options to win the White House in the fall.      

For national elections, I generally vote for Democrats.  Locally, I have voted Republican including Bruce Rauner (I regret that until I think about Pat Quinn), Bob Dold for Congress and Mark Kirk.  However, I have been repulsed by national Republicans over the last seven years. The national party has spewed hate; or at the very least have been complicit with those who have.  There have been several narratives used to undermine President Obama over the last seven years and Republicans have purposefully failed to correct those narratives, rather allowing lies to be propagated in hopes of weakening Obama.  It doesn’t matter that he was born in Hawaii (and has an American mother), let’s allow Donald Trump to spew his baseless theories to weaken the President and make us stronger.  Ask yourself why 30% of Republican voters believe President Obama is Muslim.  For seven years, Republicans have used any available narrative to separate Obama from “us.”  Their eight year narrative has been “He’s not like us” and therefore, it’s OK disrespect this president.  It’s OK to scream “LIAR!” during the State of the Union. It’s OK to question whether he loves America.  It’s OK to hope that this President—and the nation—fails miserably.   

It’s not.  None of that is OK.  It’s fine to disagree with the President on policy—and we should disagree with the President when he’s wrong.  But the GOP has failed to provide alternatives to policy this President has championed.  Remember the “Party of No?”  The Affordable Care Act is one example.  Republicans have had eight years to come up with an alternative to the ACA.  Eight years.  All they have done is waste time by voting to dismantle it without providing an alternative.

Donald Trump is payback for the GOP’s complicity in eight years of hate-filled rhetoric.  This is the bed the national GOP made and it deserves Donald Trump.  Donald Trump’s xenophobia is the reward for eight years of not doing the right thing.    

Which brings us back to 2016 and Hillary.  I can’t condone what Republicans have done—or have failed to do—over the last eight years. I won’t reward them for hate.

Do I like Hillary?  Not necessarily.  But, I ask myself why I don’t like Hillary.  Could my negative feelings have anything to do with the hate thrown her way for 25 years by the Republican Party?  For 25 years the Republican Party has called Hillary Clinton untrustworthy.  25 years. 

If you keep saying something over and over again, people start to believe it regardless of truth.  Just ask 30% of Republicans voters who believe President Obama is Muslim.  When the GOP keeps to its talking points—regardless of truth—people start to believe it. 

So is Hillary untrustworthy because it’s the truth or is she untrustworthy because that has been the narrative for 25 years?  I have to consider that as part of the basis of my opinion on her trustworthiness.     

The Supreme Court is another issue for me.  I want a Justice put on the Supreme Court that will reflect my values.  That is almost more important than who sits in the White House to me.  Republicans—who have spewed that everything Obama does is unconstitutional—have completely disregarded the Constitution with their position to not consider someone Obama puts before them.   The irony is twofold: a) this position will drive Democrats to the polls come November (will Republicans lose the Illinois Senate seat?); and b) Obama’s Supreme Court nominee will likely be more conservative than Hillary’s.

And don’t forget Donald Trump.  I kind of like Trump.  I’m drawn to him.  He’s strong, yet weak.  He’s brilliant, but flawed.  He can come across as a billionaire everyman.  But he’s not presidential.  I don’t want someone who engages in Twitter feuds with news anchors who ask appropriate questions to have access to nuclear codes. Sometimes it’s better to not engage.    

Who beats Donald Trump?  Does Bernie Sanders beat Donald Trump?  I like Bernie, but the math doesn’t add up for me.  How is he going to pay for everyone’s college education?  Things don’t just become free.  And the mantra: “Free College!!” doesn’t adequately explain the current cost of a college education and who will have to bear it in a Sanders Administration. 

And that leaves Hillary.  She may not be the best candidate.  But unfortunately, our choices are less than ideal.  When it comes down to Donald Trump, I have to vote against the candidate who built a campaign on xenophobia.   Who has the best chance of beating him?  Hillary Clinton.      

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  • Bernie is shown decimating Trump in the polls, whereas Hillary is barely eking out a victory. People have been underestimating Trump's ability to connect with large portions of the population, and Hillary is not going to be able to put up the force to stop him because she doesn't have the ability to connect in the same way. She is untrustworthy because of the number of times she has lied or "changed positions." People do not like or trust her. And more importantly, this primary season shows that they do not like or trust the establishment politics in Washington. Bernie Sanders is the antidote to that. Senator Sanders connects on issues. He is trusted by and connects with voters concerned with the economy, concerned with trade issues, concerned that their voices be heard and that changes be made. This is the same appeal Trump has. There are swaths of people that are anyone but Trump. Also swaths that are anyone but Clinton. Very few who are anyone but Sanders. Sanders inspires democrats who wouldn't otherwise vote, he sways Independents, and he reaches more of those who identify as Republican than any other democratic candidate, so how is he less electable against Trump than Hillary? Your argument is just a rehashing of why you don't like his policies, not why the vast majority of voters that will come to the polls in November would lean elsewhere. There's nothing wrong with saying you are voting for Hillary because you like her proposals better, but if you are honest in saying it's about electability -- you're voting for the wrong Democrat.

  • In reply to ChiLawyer:

    Anybody on the Dem. side beats Trump. Various commentators concur in my earlier view that 49% of 48% of the electorate doesn't add up to a majority, and probably only to 24% if the conservatives sit out or find a third-party candidate.

  • In reply to ChiLawyer:

    Bernie Sanders is a 75 year old socialist. In the United States a bad capitalist will beat a good 75 year old socialist. I'll make that bet. I don't care what the polls say today.

    now, could I be wrong...

  • I voted over the weekend, so I can't be influenced.

    However, most of the ballot was nonsensical.

    There was "vote for up to 5 delegates," but some candidates had 6.

    Not only didn't my state senator or rep not have primary opposition, no Republican was on the ballot. I guess people have finally submitted prostrate.

    Some of the vacancies in the subcircuit had 4 candidates, while others had only 1. One of the candidates (apparently an appointed judge trying to hold the seat) was electioneering in front of the voting site.

    The two candidates hashing it out for the MWRD were only for 2 year terms.

    In the few contested contests, there was a third choice, for whom I voted. Those persons may not have a chance to win, but I have a clear conscience.

  • Odd how the vote for hate means nothing when it spews from Democrat mouths. Maybe your memory is short, but GWB (and every Republican prior) was the subject of incredible "hate" by Democrats. Remember the fine Democrat who wrote a book on how to assisinate GWB? Probably not.

    It may come as a shock to you but many of us did not like Obama based on his policies and his running roughshod over the Constitution, but any disagreement was always labled as "hate". Obama Care completely destroyed my health care coverage because I am self-employed. The Republican plan of open markets for insurance companies, health savings accounts and the rest has been out there as an alternative since the 1990's. You chose not to see it.

    Trump is nothing but disguised "Hope & Change", and, god forbid he wins, you will be railing at not only the man (hate) but his policies. I don't expect you to ever cop to that though, as you seem to have really become quite intellectually dishonest in your postings and arguments.

    A vote for Hillary is a vote for either the dumbest person ever to be Sec. of State who can't tell if a message is classified or not or a vote for a flat our liar. Congratulate yourself! Not to mention her failed policies in Libya and the blood she has on her hands.

    Pull the lever for a Democrat. Oh, my, the surprise.

  • In reply to Chef Boy RD:

    One can't rant about Trump's "policies," because he doesn't have any. His policies are sort of like you making Lobster Bisque by throwing beef, Drano, and the gallon of green fluid they sell in the Hispanic markets.

    Anyway, Fox News poll confirmed that you'll be getting Hillary or Bern for 4 years, so learn to live with it.

  • In reply to Chef Boy RD:

    You have a short memory. Even the GOP wants to hide GWB.

  • In reply to Chef Boy RD:

    People are welcome to not like Obama because of his policies. There are policies I question. I am frustrated by the inability of either party to work together to move the nation forward. Wins for party-- and special interests-- are more important than wins for us.

    Ironically, that is why I like Trump. It appears he wants to make deals that will better the nation (from his perspective). He doesn't care if there is a D or R next to the person proposing the deal-- he'll look to see whether the deal is good.

    But Trump is clearly not presidential. One cannot incite and encourage violence against each other. He wants Americans to bash other Americans' heads in and he'll pay the legal bills. This man is running for the presidency-- a man that is encouraging war against people who disagree with him.

    And that's the problem you ignore: Trump will be the nominee. So where are we to turn? Trump is SO BAD that Hillary becomes a safe option. That's not my fault. I'm pulling the D lever because of what is likely going to be on the other side.

    You can't put that on me.

  • Bernie has no chance of getting enough delegates to beat Hillary. A valiant effort, but it really won't be close in the end.

    Agreed - Trump has no policies other than he will hire smart smart people to de great great things. He is this year's hope and change - all rhetoric and no policies that have a real chance of working. That said, I will vote for anyone other than Hillary or Bernie. Hillary because - where to start? - lying, cheating, incompetence, above the law, etc. Bernie because he doesn't understand history and human nature that socialism does not work. Venezuela anyone?

  • In reply to Senator Blutarski:

    It appears that the politicos are trying to get Illinois Republicans to coalesce around Kasich or Rubio, but I don't know if that is working. I hung up on another automated poll an hour ago.

  • In reply to jack:

    Neither Rubio nor Kasich have any chance of accumulating enough delegates at this point to beat Trump. Cruz might if the others drop out and the voters and delegates swing to Cruz. I think this is unlikely. Kasich looks like he's hanging around looking to be Trump's VP. He would bring political gravitas to the ticket.

    Rubio - not sure what his angle is. Hoping for a brokered convention is the only possibility, but with landing in 3rd and 4th place in most primaries, he's grasping at straws if he thinks it will break that way for him.

  • Those of you clamoring for a 27 point plan on every issue are just being dishonest.

    If you don't like a candidate because of their apparent moral perspective or because you think they will lead to an unwanted consequence then so be it, but to fool yourself and others into believing you came to your conclusion because you haven't seen the how-to-manual smells more of pride.

    Trump and Sanders have put plenty enough policy out there to know what they want to accomplish, or maybe more importantly what they want to stop. Keep going with the establishment that got us right here and the conclusions are foregone.

  • In reply to 4zen:

    As I have pointed out to you many times "what they want to stop" is NOT "what they want to accomplish." All you support is nihilism, and an inconsistent nihilist at that. You said on Berkowitz that you wanted to destroy, and destroying the Republican party is what OF is succeeding in doing.

  • Personally, I am feeling the Bern over here. Happily so, right now. I thought, if he made it to Illinois, it would be a vote I toss away, but, hmmmm, now I am feeling more hopeful.

    Regardless, come November, I will pull that lever for D and hope whichever Republican nightmare candidate is banished, along with a workable number of Dems in the House and Senate restored who will not obstruct and impede as they have with President Obama.

    My mantra is and always will be, "Choose hope." This year, more than ever.

  • In reply to Mary Tyler Mom:

    Hope is great, but basic economic principles, such as spending within your means, whether as a nation, state, county, city, and personally, always come back to the foreground. You can ignore and live off of borrowed money for awhile, but you always have to pay the piper eventually......

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    In reply to Senator Blutarski:

    I just wanted to clarify that every single one of Bernie Sanders' proposals have been cleared by 170 top economists which signed a letter saying that his plans would not put us even 1 penny more in debt. Sanders' has proposed a Robin Hood Tax, a tax on Carbon, and a tax on Wall Street Speculation, as well as closing the tax loopholes to prevent Corporations and ultra-rich people from storing trillions in off-shore tax havens. Every one of Bernie's proposals will be paid for or else they will not be enacted. Bernie Sanders may have democratic socialist views and ideologies but he is fiscally conservative when it comes to the budget. He does not believe in wasting and there is a lot of waste going on in this country today.

  • In reply to Lauran Quakenbush:

    I respectfully disagree. More government always means more taxes for everyone. I am still waiting for the $2400 for my family of 4 was supposed to save every year when the ACA took effect. My insurance premiums have risen by 22% so far and counting. Don't beleive everything someone is telling you to get elected.....

    Less government means less taxes, less corruption, and more freedom.

  • Trump is a disaster waiting to happen.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Wrong, it has happened already. Only question is how bad it gets.

  • I agree with most of your thinking here. I am a bit more positive about Hillary and Bernie than you are and a bit more negative about Trump but we come to the same conclusion.

    I particularly enjoyed the musing about why Secretary Clinton is viewed as untrustworthy. I think it is the result of a decades long smear campaign.

    Thoughtful post that I enjoyed reading.

  • I'm a life long Democrat and I'm voting for Bernie. As a retired teacher I've travelled across America and I've never seen so many homeless people Black and White taken for granted.
    So many White people, once home owners and middle class now jobless and homeless caused illegal banking and stock market activitiesp. Stock broke rs and bankers engaged in illegal activities never answer and go to jail. The Republicans don't care about poor people, Blacks, Obama, Hispanics, Latinos, and Mexicans who control nothing are given the hate and blamed for anything that goes wrong. Republicans in Congresshave been paid by the rich, the corporations, wall street, and even by foreigners to send our jobs to other countries. They only care about making themselves rich. The Republicans in Congress have even voted against helping and providing aid for the very veterans they sent to war. They even call social security which we paid into an entitlemen
    When Clinton was President Black Americans thought that they would find a chicken in every pot--we got nothing for our vote--and now his wife wants our vote. I say no to Hillary and yes to Bernie.

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