Initially I believed the 2016 presidential election was all but a lock for Democrats. Hillary Clinton was crushing pretty much any potential Republican rival they pitted her up against, and the GOP really didn’t have anyone who could even come close to challenging her.
Well, things have changed. First, whoever is running Clinton’s campaign could use some pointers. Even as one of her supporters, sometimes I feel like walking into her office and screaming, “What the hell is wrong with all of you?! Get your asses out there and campaign like you want to win not just like you’re all hoping not to lose.”
Couple that with Bernie Sanders entering the race and the continued irrational behavior of many of his followers as it relates to his actual chances of becoming president, and all that’s ultimately happening is Democrats are increasing the likelihood that Republicans win the White House next year.
The odds are that Hillary is still going to be the Democratic nominee and I’ve already seen a good number of Sanders supporters claim that they just flat-out won’t vote for her. And I’ll say here what I’ve said to every single one of those people I’ve encountered: If Republicans win in 2016, these irrational Sanders supporters are going to be the people to blame. If you like Sanders, that’s great – I like him too. If he wins the nomination, I’ll gladly support him and vote for him. But if he doesn’t, those backing him now need to put their full weight behind Clinton.
There’s simply too much at stake in 2016 to let Republicans win back the White House.
So, to put into perspective what liberals should expect to happen if Republicans win next year, I thought I’d list six things that will most definitely take place at the hands of GOP leadership. Obviously there are more than 6 terrible things that would happen, but I just felt like these should be emphasized a bit.
1. Kiss the Affordable Care Act goodbye: Either through sabotage, or a flat-out repeal, health care reform will be a thing of the past. Not only that, but you can rest assured that Republicans will do everything they can to pass some sort of legislation that makes it nearly impossible to pass any future reforms to help the millions of Americans who won’t have access to affordable health care.
2. They’re going to try to rig elections: If you think these state-level restrictive voter ID laws that target Democratic voters are bad, wait until you see what Republicans can do to rig elections once they have full control on a national level.
3. They’ll set gay rights back years: While they can’t overrule the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage, nor will they have the votes to pass a Constitutional Amendment banning gay marriage, they’ll still have enough power to find plenty of loopholes that infringe or flat-out restrict the rights of gay Americans. While they might not be able to roll the clock back to the days when homosexuals couldn’t marry or serve in the military, we’re likely looking at eight years (because incumbents almost always win re-election) where gay rights in the U.S. are either stuck in neutral or, more likely, set back quite a bit.
4. Women’s rights are going to be trampled on even worse than they already have been: Maybe you’ve been sleeping under a rock lately, but women’s rights are under attack by Republicans right now. Most recently using these heavily edited Planned Parenthood videos, Republicans are waging an all-out war on women and their Constitutional rights. It’s a “war” that will only get worse if they win the presidency.
5. Progress on climate change will be set back decades: I hope you like the idea of drilling for oil in our national parks, because that’s probably going to become a reality if Republicans win back the White House. Not only that, but you can rest assured that they’ll do everything they can to roll back the green energy initiatives that President Obama has enacted, and pass laws that make it much more difficult for any future administration that might actually have a desire to save the planet.
6. The Supreme Court will be overwhelmingly controlled by conservative justices for the next 20+ years: This is probably the most important issue of the 2016 election. With four Supreme Court Justices most likely set to retire over the next 2-10 years, our next president is likely going to select who replaces them. I don’t know about all of you, but I damn sure don’t want a Republican picking replacements for those four justices.
I could keep going on and on. I didn’t even mention the almost certain war with Iran that they would start, or the laws they’ll pass that I’m positive will be based upon extreme religious beliefs. If a Republican wins next November, it’s literally going to set this nation back decades.
As I’ve said repeatedly, I don’t really care if you’re a Clinton fan or Sanders supporter, our number one goal in 2016 needs to be to make sure no matter who the Democratic nominee for president is, they win. Because if they don’t, the alternative is going to be a complete disaster for this country.
I can promise everyone reading this that no matter what issues you might have with Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders, they pale in comparison to what you’ll deal with if a Republican becomes president.
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