Monday, April 16, 2018

A Progressive Democrat Reflects on Bill Nelson

While campaigning recently in Tallahassee Senator Bill Nelson expressed his support for the U.S. Military’s missile attack in Syria  for alleged chemical attacks by the Assad regime.This before international inspectors could determine the Western Media’s supposed claims of authenticity. This should not really surprise anyone, as Senator Nelson recently voted against a resolution that would have pulled the United States support for the Saudi-led humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen.
I can only deduce that Senator Nelson likes to see human suffering and making our country less safe. He  voted for the Iraq War and the results of that egregious blunder, we’re still paying for: the destruction of the country of Iraq, the hundreds-of-thousands of Iraqi citizens dead or displaced,the rise of ISIS, all at a cost of a trillion dollars according to Nobel Prize laureate Joseph Stiglitz and Harvard Professor Linda Bilmes.
So, as a Progressive Democrat, when I look at his voting record, say, his committee vote against a Public Option during the ACA debate or his recent vote to dismantle the Dodd-Frank Act-returning the Big Banks to their  pre-recession actions or refusal to insist on DACA protections before ending the government shutdown , leaving up to 1.8 million Dreamers vulnerable to deportations, there’s not much to get excited about with Bill Nelson. What’s a Progressive Democrat to do?  One thing I won’t do is go out and tell other registered democrats what a wonderful voting record Bill Nelson has in terms
war and peace and finance.
Scott Shoup
Finally, a Progressive with the courage to speak up.

1 comment:

Dave Roberson said...

Well said sir.

However, as Progressives were still left with the tired "lesser of two evils" situation.

This is as tough a choice for us as was the 2016 POTUS election-maybe worse, but if we're getting little return from Nelson on issues that matter to the working people of this state, perhaps a third choice is th way to go.

I'm seriously considering Tamika Lyles despite her having little chance of victory...