Thursday, January 30, 2020

Bernie Sanders vs. Elizabeth Warren: Impressions

I've gotten a lot done on the comparison spreadsheet. I got through everything on Bernie's campaign website and more, though I still need to get through some of Liz's positions because she seriously has sooooooooo many. I should at least be done with policy positions by Monday, when the first primary polls close. I also wanted to compare their actual voting records, plus I still need to organize the thing properly and maybe split them into sections. It's quite a project.

The most important thing, I think, is the impressions I've gotten from making this thing. Part of the reason I wanted to do it was to help me make a decision myself on who to support. I've been leaning pretty heavily toward Bernie and this has really solidified that position.

Bernie Sanders definitely seems to be, in general, further left than Elizabeth Warren. There are some minor areas where she seems like she could be a little more lefty than Bernie, but overall, the Bernster out-lefts Liz most of the time.

At the same time, Liz has consistently outlined more specifics into her plans and positions on the issues. Her reputation as the plan lady is well-earned. That's why many of her boxes are longer than Bernies'. This may be a point in her favor, depending on your perspective. It's also worth saying that just because a position or more information on a position isn't on Bernie's campaign website doesn't mean it doesn't exist. It might just mean that Liz's campaign team put more effort into her website than Bernie's did into his, which generally seems to be true. Liz's even has a search function, which has come in handy.

I have appreciated how both candidates have brought up how many issues specifically affect marginalized populations. Both addressed things like environmental racism, income inequality for women, people of color, and LGBTQ+ people, and spent a good amount of time specifically addressing how they will treat Native Americans. There was a lot of "this thing is bad for everyone, but worse for this oppressed group in particular." Good stuff.

I was especially impressed that Warren specifically noted the epidemic of murders of trans women of color, including a list of names.

What really decides it for me is that Warren has specifically called herself a capitalist, while Sanders, though I don't consider him to be a real socialist, at least calls himself a Democratic Socialist. I want to make the idea that socialism is actually good more mainstream and get this ridiculous country over its red scare, if possible. I don't see that happening with Warren, who has already signaled willingness to compromise some of her most leftist positions.

Anyway, I'm going to keep working on this for the benefit of those who are still on the fence and might be confused about all the contradictory information that's been pushed by avid supporters of either. I've opened the spreadsheet up to comments, so if you see something you think is incorrect, have suggestions, or want to make a request for a specific issue I might have missed, please do!

I have to admit, I'm excited to see the first results of the primaries. I really hope Joe Biden doesn't turn out to be the frontrunner. It would be amazing if it was between Bernie and Liz. And I honestly can't wait for Yang supporters to SHUT UP.

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