Supporting universal health care and a living wage will get you mean tweets from the KHive. Opposing US militarism will get you smeared, targeted, marginalized and deplatformed. It takes a lot more courage to oppose America's status quo foreign policy than domestic policy.
One area of emphasis is far, far more tolerated by the oligarchic empire than the other. For this reason, the best way to learn what someone is really made of is not to look at their domestic policy, it's to look at their foreign policy.
And this dynamic of course exists because war is the glue which holds the empire together. There's a lot more power and a lot more capitalist infrastructure riding on the ability to continue US military expansionism than the ability to keep killing universal healthcare.
The oligarchs are happy to let you pretend you might get healthcare one day, but touch their war toys and they'll rip you a new one. So the extent to which someone is willing to oppose western imperialism reveals the true extent to which they are willing to stand up to power.

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