No one but President Bill Clinton and Donald Trump know what was discussed on the phone call they had last year. Therefore, predicting Trump will defeat Secretary Clinton in November could be undercut by a deal Trump may have negotiated for himself to help Hillary Clinton get elected. If there is no such conspiracy, then Trump will defeat Hillary Clinton in the general election for a number of good reasons including key positions he’s taken to Clinton’s left. Fact is, Hillary Clinton is the worse candidate on three of four critical issues: money in politics which in turn renders her untrustworthy on climate change, budgeting for “national security” and so-called “free-trade agreements that will be an historically unprecedented corporate coup des lois, a sudden imposition of regulations on all American legislators that corporations wrote in secret negotiations for themselves.
Unlike Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton wants responsible hydro-fracking for natural gas. Trump seems to prefer a more dangerous policy: you will frack! If elected, either of their administrations would serve to accelerate climate change. That’s what fracking for natural gas does; it accelerates global warming. Only Senator Sanders can be trusted to lead the necessary transition from fossil fuels to sustainable energy sources. This issue is the greatest threat to our security, and it contributes to financial instability. Hurricanes cost a lot tax dollars, or they increase national debt. The costs of recovery from increasingly more frequent “natural” disasters and the cost of climate change mitigation will continue to increase. Hurricanes would remain, of course, if humankind bothers to preserve the climate roughly as it is, but they are getting and will continue to get more frequent, more intense and more expensive to recover from. Secretary Clinton’s question, “What difference does it make?,” applies to this fundamental issue of climate stability. Anyone, who understands climate science and the importance of electing candidates that are not inclined to make an unprecedented and dangerous slow motion train wreck worse, cannot support either Trump or Clinton for President. Global warming changes everything, so climate-concerned voters are not likely to vote for either Trump or Clinton in the general election. Fracking will accelerate a process humans need to slow, stop and reverse. Voting for the Green Party candidate is the better choice for many progressives, so they won’t have Secretary Clinton’s back if Trump is able to score damaging blows to Secretary in the debates. Advantage Trump.
Trump and Clinton are revolting plutocrats. Trump’s supporters are more likely to have an immediate understanding of the Clinton half of that claim, and Clinton’s supporters more likely to have an easy understanding of the Trump half. Clinton’s supporters need to understand why she’s morally revolting. The Clintons are very rich and own five mansions whereas Trump is wealthy and owns his business empire. Hillary’s ethically revolting behavior stems from her taking $250,000 out of the money campaign donors give and putting it in her own bank account. Trump’s morally revolting because he seems to be performing a one-man show. He’s an impressive Mussolini impersonator, and that seems to be working for him. Because of the TPP and Trump’s possible faking the fascistic form of “conservativism” he’s spouting as Mitt Romney claims, he could be less fascistic than he appears while Clinton could be more-so than she appears. Advantage: Green Party
Another reason Trump can defeat Secretary Clinton is on foreign policy. Trump will be able to draw away some of Clinton’s support from the anti-Clinton liberal/progressive left. Clinton wants to continue with an aggressive use of military force around the world while Trump wants to reduce the costs of national security in part by pulling out of entangling alliances, such as NATO. Reducing the strategic footprint is a reversal of expanding American “influence” which in earlier periods was called building the empire. Clinton on the other hand is the candidate of the military-industrial complex and ingrained with power expansion for cooperation with American transnational corporations. That’s the “Washington Consensus,” otherwise known as the establishment. Which is more worrisome: a mistake-prone Commander-in-Chief or one that has no experience in government? Supporters of each candidate will point to the other candidate, but anyone voting prudently would not want someone repeatedly on record as making mistakes in charge of nation security. In other words, if you’re going to vote for Secretary Clinton with her neo-conservative, foreign policy ideology, why not vote Republican? Advantage Trump.
While Trump is a corporation, the Clintons are useful tools of large, transnational American corporations. NAFTA and Wall Street deregulation under President Clinton represent the corporate-oriented, neo-liberal agenda that Hillary Clinton will support if elected. While Secretary Clinton claims to “oppose” the TPP, all but recent subscribers know better. The two characteristics of the TPP she claims as the reasons she opposes the TPP, were in place when she called the TPP the “gold standard” in free-trade agreements. The regulations imposed by the Trans-Pacific Partnership are not for citizens; they are to be put into place to regulate our representatives in government, and Hillary Clinton, like President Clinton before her, supports that process. Donald Trump calls these trade deals “stupid” and “Obamatrade.” He will be able to draw support away from Clinton’s left on the issue, and he should. The TPP would be the 9th characteristic of fascism on steroids! If this uber-fascistic regime passes Congress this year, President Clinton will not pull out of it. President Trump may not either, but President Trump would be more likely pull out of the TPP if it is passed this year unless the establishment terrifies or cons him into supporting their agenda somehow. Advantage Trump.
Tens of thousands of voters have pledged to either write in Sanders in the general election or vote Green Party if Bernie Sanders is not the Democratic Party nominee. Throw in a possible indictment of Secretary Clinton once she has the nomination potentially sewed up. If Democrats continue to nominate a vulnerable establishment candidate, who is under investigation by the FBI and not trusted by a large majority of independent voters, then the prediction that Trump will defeat Clinton in the general election becomes far more likely.
Democrats supporting Secretary Clinton are playing craps with their Party’s chances in November. Given Senator Sanders does much better against all three remaining Republicans running for the Republican nomination in recent polls, one has to wonder why they are gambling on a high-risk, fascistic-“free-trade”-supporting candidate like her. What are Democrats, who are supporting Secretary Clinton, thinking?