My minimum requirements for voting for a Presidential candidate are the following: (1) someone who won’t start pointless wars or risk World War Three and (2) someone who would enforce the law and obey the law and the Constitution.
I won’t vote for Donald Trump because I don’t know what he would do, based on his hair-trigger temperament, lack of self-restraint and manifest contempt for law and basic human decency.
I won’t vote for Hillary Clinton because I think I know what she would do, based on her record as U.S. Senator and Secretary of State as a promoter of war and an advocate for Wall Street.
Whatever the shortcomings and limitations of Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party’s Gary Johnson and the Green Party’s Jill Stein, I don’t think either one would start a war with a country that does not threaten us nor refuse to enforce the law because the defendant headed a company that is too big to fail.
Here’s what I’ve been reading lately about the candidates.
2016 Election: Why Some of the Smartest Progressives I Know Will Vote for Trump over Hillary by Yves Smith for POLITICO. A devastating and definitive critique of Clinton’s record as U.S. Senator and Secretary of State. I strongly recommend this article to any liberal or progressive who thinks Clinton’s record is not so bad.
Trumpology: a Master Class by Susan B. Glasser and Michael Kruse. A group interview of Wayne Barrett, Gwenda Blair, Michael D’Antonio, Henry Hurt III and Timothy L. O’Brien, authors of biographies of Donald Trump. The best account of Trump’s character.
Bernie Sanders Fights On: the Rolling Stone Interview by Tim Dickinson. The longer he stays in, the more he gets his message out, and the more influence he will have over the Democratic Party future.
It’s time to look in the mirror, Bernie: Now, more than ever, Sanders needs to be criticized for his failed political theories by Amanda Marcotte for Salon. An argument that white working people don’t care about economic justice because they’re racists.
our nightmare by Fredrik deBoer. A rebuttal to Marcotte.
Would a Clinton Win Mean More Wars? by Robert Parry for Common Dreams.
Hillary Comes Out as the War Party Candidate by Diana Johnstone for Counterpunch. [Added 6/4/2016]
Donald Trump’s bar-stool foreign policy by Michael Brendan for The Week.
Trump Isn’t a Candidate of Restraint by Daniel Larison for The American Conservative.
Trump-loving comment trolls pose as Sanders and Clinton supporters to divide Democrats by Bethania Palma Markus for Raw Story.