By Marivir R. Montebon
The Democratic primaries on Tuesday in the Big Apple will be a political statement of corporate America and the working American. Here the conflicted interest of big businesses and ordinary workers come to a sharp contest – on whether Sen. Sanders or former Sec. Clinton will be the choice.
I feel this day will be important in defining the powers that are in New York, the world’s financial capital and home to the world’s largest labor unions and working immigrants.
Although not significant in determining the nominees’ vote counts as a state, the presence of New York’s stakeholders will speak volumes in the power dynamics of America. Almost half of New York’s population, (45.6%) could hardly make both ends meet, a Poverty Measure report of the City Mayor said. http://www.nyc.gov/html/ceo/downloads/pdf/ceo_poverty_measure_2005_2012.pdf
Clearly however, the continued emergence of Sen. Sanders as a political force is impressive because his campaign is fueled by the little money contributions of millions of Americans and immigrants. On the other hand, we see Sec. Clinton as the favored candidate, both by corporate media and big businesses.
The decent discussion of issues makes me feel like a winner already. Sen. Sanders has effectively touched issues on environment, social justice, sound economy, peace, political structures, and gender equality are brought to the limelight without apologies.
Bringing these issues to the attention of media and the public is one step towards awakening and action.
After the fierce Democratic debate yesterday, Sec. Clinton continues to suffer from mistrust by the public because of her natural ability to flip-flop and eloquently beat around an issue. But that eloquence could not hide her leaning towards big businesses and the established political elite, at least not to this writer.
Perhaps the impact of that debate was too much, that at least two of my friends told me that they have decided to vote for Sanders.
One friend noted that he could not believe how Clinton can suavely change positions on issues. The other one said he believed that government must provide affordable or subsidized college education to the youth to stabilize the future of America.
Time is running out. Americans must make up their minds because the world and America is in decline.
If I may quote an activist at the Sanders rally in Washington Square, why can we afford to send a man to the moon and not afford education for our youth?
The reason why most millennials are backing up the gray-haired Sanders is because of the education issue, as well as on gender equality and health issue.
Whether corporate America or the ordinary Americans will prevail on the primaries on Tuesday remains a billion dollar question.
I have made up my mind to vote for Sanders and do not believe that he will (or can) make America socialist. Oh please corporate media, stop fanning wrong ideas that America is becoming socialist in the theoretical definition of it, with Sanders.
Sanders, or any political leader with a like mind for that matter, could only mean to reform policies and tilt it back to the interest of the working Americans (because the economic and social disparity has reached a hurtful level) without changing the capitalist nature of the economy.