It’s hard to remember a time when a celebrity’s throwaway line generated so much political angst:
I like Bernie. I like what he stands for. I like what he believes. I like his policies. I like him. I think he would have made a fine president.
I understand the heartbreak of his supporters. They worked hard and they came up short. And it’s now clear the game was rigged, and that sucks. What happened with the DNC can’t happen again.
I also have my problems with Hillary Clinton, and I can understand why others do as well. While her critics from the right are unhinged, there are legitimate concerns about her record and her policies.
So I can understand why Silverman’s comment generated boos. I can understand why there is such frustration at the convention. I can understand the reluctance of some to vote for Hillary Clinton.
But let’s be clear about where we stand and what’s at stake:
Donald Trump is the Republican nominee. He can never, ever be allowed access to the White House. He has shown, repeatedly, that he is unfit for high office. He is a broken human being who has no ability to regulate himself. He makes outrageous statements about women, immigrants, Muslims, Mexican-Americans, and many others. He has already alienated our NATO allies in a way that damages our national security right now — imagine the damage he could do as president.
You can disagree with Clinton about anything; however, she remains one of the most qualified people ever to seek the presidency. She will appoint Supreme Court justices who will uphold Roe v Wade, and are far more likely to overturn Citizens United. She has signed on to a college-for-all policy and raising the minimum wage. She will not embarrass us on the world stage and will have credibility in foreign affairs. She acknowledges the reality of climate change.
Hillary Clinton is fundamentally different from Donald Trump, and she is the only candidate who can beat him in November.
Dr. Jill Stein is a serious person and should be heard. But she will not win. A vote for her and not for Clinton is a vote for Trump. I have yet to hear any argument to convince me otherwise.
Some might argue that electing Trump will send this country down a path so horrible that a true progressive will finally have a chance to win in 2020. For those of you making this argument, I ask you:
How many families with immigrant members should be destroyed to clear a path for a “real” progressive? How many more feet should sea levels rise? How many women should die from back-alley abortions? How many US soldiers should die in avoidable wars?
The price of a Donald Trump presidency is simply too high.
We need more and better Democrats. We need real progressives in the statehouses and governors’ mansions and Congress. We need them in leadership positions in the party. We need to continue Bernie Sanders’ political revolution.
But we also need Hillary Clinton to beat Donald Trump in 2016. Anything else would truly be ridiculous.