As a Clinton voter, I’m certainly happy to see the results of yesterday’s PA primary come out solidly in HRC’s favor. A look at the CNN map of PA shows that everything proceeded according to form. Obama won Philly and the Philly burbs, along with H’burg; HRC won the rest.
If you’re an Obama supporter, there’s still good news in the results. Obama not only scored well in the Philly burbs; the turnout for Democrats was remarkably high. I can only hope that Dems who voted for Obama in the primary won’t make good on the threat to vote for McCain if HRC wins the Democratic nomination. I understand competitiveness, but c’mon. With the exception of some environmental tidbits (on which he’s no better than either Democrat), McCain is the same hyper-conservative pro-military, pro-corporate, pro-status-quo leader we’ve seen in Washington for the last 8 years. He’s not exactly a Bush-redux, as some Democrats claim, but he’s close enough to be unelectable. That is, what’s positive about him doesn’t even begin to outweigh what isn’t, and we CAN’T EVER FORGET THAT.
With that said, now that I’ve cast my vote for HRC in the primary, I will no longer make arguments about the differences between her and Obama; I’ve said my piece on the blog, on the sidewalks, at the coffeeshop, and in the voting booth. It’s time for me to turn my attention to McCain and to local elections. The Republican party (not individual members, necessarily, but the party writ large) has been raping the soul of this country for 40 years, and it has to stop here.
For that to happen, the Democratic party has to take up the flag that John Edwards was starting to wave while he was still a candidate. What we’re facing in this country is quite simply class warfare, and conservative rhetoric about security, family, etc is nothing but a smokescreen that keeps most of us from seeing the issues as clearly as they actually are. As long as private corporations continue to profit from warfare, health care, prisons/the legal system, and so on, making policy on behalf of actual people is shunted aside. Inventing enemies to fight; keeping people from being healthy in order to ensure a customer base; making and enforcing inequitable laws in order to ensure a steady supply of prisoners–it’s class warfare pure and simple, and the rich are already rich enough.
Nobody will look out for our collective best interests except ourselves. It’s high time, in fact way past time, for citizens to work for us. One of the most important tasks we face is to stop the current government from working in the best interests of people who already have more money and power than they deserve or need.
Or in simpler terms… Screw ’em.