But I think he was fundamentally wrong about the Democratic Party — the party that brought us Social Security under Roosevelt; Medicare and Medicaid under Johnson; peace between Israel and Egypt under Carter; broad-based prosperity and a balanced budget under Clinton; and rescued the auto industry, passed health care reform, and imposed tough new rules on Wall Street under Obama. I am proud to be a Democrat and I wish Bernie were, too.” — Hillary Clinton, What Happened
When given a choice between a blatantly sexist, incompetent man who spewed violence at every turn and a calm, controlled woman who had steered our country through troubled waters for the better part of a decade, 46.4% of the voting populace pulled the lever for the nightmare we are currently living. The threat of nuclear war, racism in the White House, and the slow bleed out of Constitutional rights was more palatable than a woman who didn’t “smile enough” and seemed “too prepared.”
I wish I could say that my country came together to support innocent lives that were in jeopardy as Hurricane Irma marched toward South Florida. But I can’t. What I can say with confidence is that I live in a country where increased demand motivated by fear of death and destruction at the hands of a catastrophic storm is a perfectly defendable reason to hike up prices for basic necessities — leaving people who can’t pony up the cash vulnerable to suffering and even death.