The 2016 presidential election should be between Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. It will be the clearest expression of where we are, and where we are headed: the debate that America needs to hear, all out in the open.
I do not support Trump.
He has a vicious immigration policy, and has turned nearly every Latino in America against him. His world view is disastrous for Latinos, and for the entire U.S. And yet, Donald Trump versus Bernie Sanders would be the clearest debate: the dialogue that America needs to hear.
THE CLEAREST EXPRESSION OF “DEMOCRAT” AND “REPUBLICAN”
Both of them provide the distilled essence of “Democrat” and “Republican.” They show each party’s character and convictions – their hopes and dreams for the country – with absolute clarity and purity, and a minimum of spin.
Both of them speak their minds more openly, since neither of them comes from any established party machinery.
Both of them blast their opinions at the press. They will wage a titanic battle all over the country, with entire philosophies clashing: philosophies embodied in their bones, not crafted by a poll or focus group.
Sanders demonizes Big Business, Wall Street, hedge funds, investment bankers, and the super-rich – the richest, most powerful people in the country.
Trump demonizes Latinos and immigrants who come to this country for a better life – the poorest, least powerful people in the country.
Bernie the Socialist. Donald the Capitalist.
That is what a clear choice, and a real election, should look like.
TRUMP IS A SERIOUS CANDIDATE
Despite his egotism and immigrant-bashing, or perhsaps because of it, Donald Trump is leading the GOP field by a wide and growing margin.
As of August 23, Trump is polling at 32%…more than twice that of runner-up Jeb Bush.
Here is a graphic view of Trump’s commanding lead:
BERNIE SANDERS IS A SERIOUS CANDIDATE
Bernie Sanders is now leading Hillary Clinton in the upcoming New Hampshire primary:
Recently, both the New York Times and Washington Post ran major articles about the huge crowds that Bernie is drawing, in one state after another.
If there is any doubt about Sanders as a popular figure, with growing campaign crowds, then simply view this:
That is a small portion of the crowd he recently drew in Madison, Wisconsin. Then see this:
That’s Bernie addressing 28,000 people in Portland, Oregon, just after he spoke to 27,000 in Los Angeles.
Then there is this:
Please study this photo for a few seconds. There is a high degree of engagement there. People are stirred up about this man.
Of high importance are the demographics in the photo, which are difficult to miss: men and women, young and old, and lots of white voters.
That is a key point. As the challenger to a GOP candidate, Bernie will already carry a large base of passionate white voters. If he wins the Democratic nomination, Sanders will add Latino and black voters to this already committed group of whites. He will have a broad demographic base: based on class and economics, not on race.
A SUBSTANTIVE CONTRAST
The Denver Post published a recent editorial, stating that Trump and Sanders could win the Colorado caucuses in March 1, 2016.
If Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are the major party nominees in 2016, we would have one of the most substantive political battles, that America has seen in a long time.
And of source, Bernie Sanders would win in a landslide.
He would then create a fundamental realignment in our national politics, our economy, and our conscience.
Bernie Sanders would lift the curse of “trickle-down economics” that has haunted us, and drained us, since Ronald Reagan became president.
It’s about time.
Bernie Sanders versus Donald Trump.
I love one, hate the other, and I know how it will end.
With Bernie Sanders in the White House.