I was an undecided Democratic voter last week.
This week? I've decided- I'm voting for Bernie Sanders.
I recently wrote a blog post about bullying on behalf of the Clinton campaign. What I'd seen -- and what tipped me from undecided to decided -- was the offhand manner in which Clinton either dismissed or ignored what had obviously riled the same voters she's trying to win over.
Throughout this campaign, Clinton has been given opportunities to convince voters she means what she says and has the grit to back it up. Time and again, she falls flat. She does what she has always done: she compromises and gravitates towards the decision that's most centrist or less controversial. This has had disastrous results.
Clinton says she stands for black Americans, but supported legislation on welfare in the 1990s that further plunged millions of Americans into poverty. Her direct and indirect support of an omnibus crime bill later resulted in a system of mass incarceration that has devastated generations of minority families in America.
She stands for women, but played a key role in disparaging the women who accused her husband of sexual harassment. When public figures who support Clinton condescend to young women supporting Sanders, Clinton either disregards the backlash or fails to address it altogether.
She positions herself as the best candidate on foreign policy, but her record is marked by hawkish and poor decisions made on her watch: authorizing the invasion of Iraq, a failed intervention in Libya, and prolonging the desperate war in Syria.
She says she'll be tough on corporate greed, but has richly benefited from corporate relationships, donations, and fees including $675,000 from investment bank Goldman Sachs. She has declined to comment on requests to release speech transcripts that attendees have said were "pretty glowing about us [Goldman Sachs]...and so far from what she sounds like as a candidate now."
Hillary's campaign depends on positioning her as a rational leader, one who knows how to accomplish small gains rather than over promise on moon shots. But when we lowball ourselves before we even begin, we cannot expect significant change. When you expect little, you get little in return.
The Nation's editors wrote an eloquent piece on why Bernie Sanders is the better candidate, which I encourage any undecided voter to read. Given the unrelenting messaging from the Clinton campaign touting Hillary as the inevitable (read: default establishment) candidate for the Democratic Party, we can't have enough news media highlighting Sanders' qualities as the more consistent and trustworthy presidential candidate.
Whether you use your head, heart, or both, Clinton comes up empty.
I'm proud to vote for Bernie. And you?