Tuesday, May 31, 2016

An Open Letter to California Democrats and Independents

(A letter by California Governor Jerry Brown, with some edits by me for clarity)

On Tuesday, June 7, I have decided to cast my vote for Hillary Clinton because I believe this is the only path forward to win the presidency and stop the dangerous candidacy of Donald Trump. better the devil you know.

I have closely watched the primaries and am deeply impressed with how well Bernie Sanders has done. He has driven home the message that the top one percent has unfairly captured way too much of America’s wealth, leaving the majority of people far behind. In 1992, I attempted a similar campaign. Bernie, despite being a career politician, is scary to other career politicians.

For her part, Hillary Clinton has convincingly made the case that she knows how to get things done and has the tenacity and skill to advance the Democratic agenda. Voters have responded by giving her approximately 3 million more votes – and hundreds more delegates – than Sanders. If Clinton were to win only 10 percent of the remaining delegates – wildly improbable – she would still exceed the number needed for the nomination. In other words, Clinton’s lead is insurmountable and Democrats have shown – by millions of votes – that they want her as their nominee. Not things that are complicated, like using two different email accounts, but things like trading favors for donations.

But there is more at stake than mere numbers. The Republican nominee, Donald Trump, has called climate change a “hoax” and said he will tear up the Paris Climate Agreement. He has promised to deport millions of immigrants and ominously suggested that other countries may need the nuclear bomb. He has also pledged to pack the Supreme Court with only those who please the extreme right. might win! He's totally disrupting the crony system, how are long-time politicians supposed to pad their wallets if we have a president who doesn't follow the pay-to-play system we have now? Trump only said he wanted to deport people who were here illegally, but let's pretend he's talking about all immigrants because that gets the stupid people fired up. He also only promised to nominate a conservative justice to replace Scalia (who was conservative), he never promised to nominate "only those who please the extreme right" for any other seats that might open in the next four years.

The stakes couldn’t be higher. Our country faces an existential threat from climate change and the spread of nuclear weapons. people who don't like the U.S. existing. A new cold war is on the horizon. This is no time for Democrats to keep fighting each other. The general election has already begun. Hillary Clinton, with her long experience, especially as Secretary of State, has a firm grasp of the issues and will be prepared to lead our country on day one. of being mediocre at best at every position she's held is still eager to grasp power.

Next January, I want to be sure that it is Hillary Clinton who takes the oath of office, not Donald Trump. the Democratic Machine recognizes that I tried to support their sorry candidate and doesn't hold her loss against me.

With respect, I hope you suckers fall for this,

Jerry Brown

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