Re: The Issue
To be honest, Trump running as an independent would be a Democratic dream scenario, at least if the House and Senate swing back to the D.
Of course, it really doesn't matter, since Bernie's losing his traction. Frankly, I have a feeling that Hillary's going to get the nomination because she's a woman, not because her stated politics are any good. She USED to be, you know, putting forth a single-party national healthcare system that would bring the U.S.A. in line with such luminaries of medical healthcare outcomes as Cuba (or, dare I say it, the rest of the First World,) but that was ~1994. Now she's sold out to Big Insurance, whereas Sanders is the guy actually saying what needs to be said - that this country needs a huge shot in the arm of democratic socialism, to try and reverse our Fuck the Poor stance.
But she's gonna get the nomination because people want to see the first female president. And you know what?
I voted for Obama (though I voted for Hillary in the primaries originally). I had high hopes in doing so, too. I wanted to see a Combo Breaker hit the White House, and I liked what he seemed to be saying.
Only instead of a liberal attack dog, what I GOT was a weak-willed centrist who reached out far, FAR too many times and got his hand bitten by the GOP at every turn. From the day he was elected, the stance of the GOP was "We're not going to cooperate with that nigger, we're not going to let him do a damn thing." And Obama?
He SQUANDERED the opportunity to strike whilst the iron was hot. There WAS at time in his Presidency when the House and Senate were both blue. He's basically let down every liberal cause, from gay rights to the right to choose to healthcare.
Admittedly, he did make SOME progress on healthcare, but I'd say "too little, too late," because A: what reforms he DID make aren't universal (some states can reject them, and they focus on forcing people to get private healthcare insurance,) and B: it helps the poor only so long as they stay absolutely poor. I don't dare get a job for fear that my income situation will rise and suddenly I'll find myself with worse healthcare coverage than I have now, and forced to pay for it, and I just cannot afford to do that with my health as precarious as it is.
And Hillary? She showed her chops when she did a 180 on universal healthcare back in the '90s, and went down - just, full-on politically fellating the for-profit healthcare insurance industry.
She may be the President we deserve, but she's not the President we need. That would be Bernie.... Though she'd still be worlds better than the Ass Trumpet, which means I'm gonna be stuck voting for her even if I don't WANT her to be the President.
I'd take European-style runoffs and voting blocks any day of the week. This one-person, one-vote, first-past-the-post bullshit is strangling my country, and the worst part is all the ignorant, poor, sick hicks who vote for the asshole who shouts the loudest and waves the flag the most and will wipe his ass with them if he gets elected, rather than the one who will ACTUALLY improve their lot in life.