Her platform signals both deep understanding of the challenges and a plan to move us forward. When I met with her last week, it was clear that she now understands these issues well at a policy level and that she has researched the implications of the positions that she has proposed. In this meeting, she spoke both about the context of change and the concrete actions necessary to open new pathways of equity and justice.
Is it cynical of me to not trust politicians to follow through with their campaign promises or even remotely stick to their platforms? When science shows us that the United States is an oligarchy, and if Clinton has raised hundreds of millions of dollars from oligarchs over the course of this campaign, does it even matter what she says she’s going to do?
We know from history that politicians do what their oligarch backers want, not what the majority they ostensibly represent wants. Their platforms are just words to get them that majority so they can get elected and then serve their own interests, and the interests of their backers. Maybe that’s still better than Trump? If you prefer Goldman-Sachs and countless other corporate agendas to Trumpism, I guess you’d be foolish not to vote for Clinton.
If you can’t stomach either, though, you shouldn’t feel pressured to vote for either.