I think Michael Moore is right about Hillary not exciting young people the way President Obama did and does. It’s now our job to help everyone who is upset and disappointed and thinking about staying home to realize that we’re going to need every single vote we can get to defeat and utterly demolish and humiliate Donald Trump and everything he stands for.
That’s your job. My job is different. It is to convince people like you and Michael Moore that you can’t fix this system by continuing to vote for the likes of Hillary Clinton. That has to stop. The only reason this is continuing is because of a widespread lack of political will to make it change. I would say disheartening, disempowering, “vote this way or else” rhetoric like this piece aren’t helping.
I want to vote for someone with principles, who doesn’t collude with the DNC to overcome Bernie Sanders, who doesn’t call black people super predators, who doesn’t want a no-fly zone in Syria, who didn’t vote for the war in Iraq, who doesn’t want to make Wall Street bankers richer, who doesn’t want to more firmly entrench the oligarchy, who is opposed to the TPP and other unethical trade deals, who is against Keystone and other environmentally damaging practices, who didn’t use race-baiting tactics in labeling Obama supporters “Obama boys” in a previous election, who isn’t herself an oligarch with all oligarch friends, who isn’t running a foundation that takes money from oligarchs around the world and moves it to oligarch-approved causes, and, finally, someone whom the Koch Brothers don’t see as basically a wash with Donald Trump to the point that they’re not getting financially involved with the race.
So, that’s what I’ll do. Either she can change to be the candidate I want or someone else is getting my vote. That’s how it works. I’m not going to let fear push me into voting for the lesser of two evils, because I don’t fear Donald Trump anymore than I fear Hillary Clinton. Maybe you do, but I’m with Cornel West in refusing to choose between a neo-fascist catastrophe or a neo-liberal disaster. I will not have my vote going to someone who wants to enact racist public policies, and I will not have my vote going to someone who wants to increase the amount of death and destruction in Syria. It’s going to someone who actually wants to do good in the world. Both the Democratic and Republican parties are huge, epic fails that only serve the interests of the elite, that only serve to keep a structure in place that leads to systemic racism and oppression. No thanks.
If the Bernie Sanders movement is any kind of revolution, it is because it is the harbinger of change, a change that will see the end to the two-party domination of the Democrats and Republicans, where Independent and third-party voices rise above the chorus of rehearsed, practiced, curated, and staged bickering and pandering that the Democrats and Republicans have been distracting us with for far too long. That revolution starts now, with neither of those parties getting my vote or the votes of millions or others until one of them produces a candidate worth voting for, not just a candidate worth voting against. They’re all worth voting against.