FreedomFighter Wrote: Excuse me if I am not willing to just jump blindly on a Clinton bandwagon in the event of a Bernie Sanders defeat.
No one is asking you to jump blindly behind anyone. Just don't let your personal animosity towards her to become so personal that we wind up giving a far right lunatic the nuclear codes and the ability to reshape the Supreme Court for the next generation.
FreedomFighter Wrote: I am a victim of the disastrous trade agreements that Clinton advocated. I saw hundreds of cases first hand of Americans losing their jobs to foreign countries.
NAFTA was passed by her husband and a Republican Congress; not the First Lady.
Regardless, NAFTA was not responsible for every single manufacturing job being shipped overseas. Major companies began outsourcing in the mid to late 1970's and have continued to do so ever since. Most manufacturing jobs were already gone by the time Bill Clinton took office in January of 1993.
This is just a guess, but are you talking about watching people lose their jobs in the timber industry out here in Portland? If that is the case, it's a little more complicated than blaming free trade deals for those job losses. Regulations restricting companies from logging in Federal forests cost far more jobs than any trade deal ever did.
The state of Oregon also began prioritizing other professions by enticing high tech and other companies to move their headquarters to the state. No single industry can realistically expect to dominate a states economy anymore and Oregon recognized that two decades ago.
FreedomFighter Wrote: Don't tell me that I should not be for a candidate who accepts donations from the people who brought this country to its knees in 2008. Their big donations bought them immunity from prosecution in the very recent past.
No one is telling you to vote for Secretary Clinton in the Oregon primary. I'll be voting for Bernie right there with you, but if he doesn't get the nomination then I'm not going to throw a hissy fit and stay home (more so not mail in my ballot) in November.
FreedomFighter Wrote: And what about the voter fraud that has taken place in Arizona, New York and Washington DC? Should I condemn one party for interfering with voter's rights and condone it being done by the other party? My answer is no, because wrong is wrong.
New York is voting today, so I'm not sure what you're talking about there. A closed primary is an entirely different thing than voter fraud. Arizona's mess happened because they passed a strict voter id law and closed half of all precincts. That's a shitty thing to do, but it's not fraud. And the D.C. Democratic primary is on June 14th.
FreedomFighter Wrote: I will definitely not vote for Trump or Cruz, but tell me why I should vote for a candidate that I don't personally see a good reason to support and embracing a party who is currently corrupting our elections? Have we become a country of settlers like those characters portrayed in those stupid commercials? I believe that the Democratic race is going to be contested at the least and that we are not going to sway delegates by going around and preaching that we are willing to settle for HRC, the party darling. Shouldn't we stay strong for the only candidate that has a strong record for being behind the American people, Bernie Sanders?
You should vote for a candidate that you personally don't want to support because if she is the nominee and elected President then she will nominate District, Appellate, and Supreme Court judges that will have a far more center left to left view of the Constitution than anyone a Republican would nominate.
The legislative and executive branches are important, but controlling those two without a liberal judicial branch is pretty much worthless.