2016 election

I, Virginia Bergman, pledge not to vote for a male presidential candidate in 2016 just because he's male.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump?

Trump and Clinton, photo via http://www.eonline.com.
Research Professor of Education, New York University,
Diane Ravitch, and I reached voting age in the early 1960s. I'm pleased to report that both Ravitch and I plan to vote for Hillary Clinton this November. Hey, it's either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. I'm hoping no self-respecting Democrat will vote for Trump.  
To be clear, Ravitch just published her well thought out reasons why she is voting for Hillary, and I'm with Ravitch on this:

I cast my first vote in 1960, when I was 22. That was before 18-year-olds were allowed to vote. I voted for John F. Kennedy, and I worked in his campaign. I was thrilled when he visited campaign headquarters, and I got to shake his hand. He was exciting and dynamic.

At the time, critics said he was no better than Richard Nixon.

They talked about his father, his money, his privilege, his Roman Catholicism; rumors swirled about his private life but were never reported by the media. 

Public opinion was so divided about JFK, even among Democrats, that Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. felt compelled to write a short book called Kennedy or Nixon: Does It Make Any Difference? Of course, he argued that Kennedy was infinitely preferable to Nixon. Kennedy was elected by a razor-thin margin. Some people said that the corrupt Daley regime in Chicago put him over the top.

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