Because of the alternative, not voting for Hillary is an attempted war crime and an act of sedition. That’s what Trump represents. As an anarchist and a member of the Satanic Temple, you might be ok with that, but frankly, that’s a position of privilege.
Voting is a position of privilege. A privilege all eligible Americans have. A lot of people around the world get no vote, and certainly have no say in how the outcome of this and all future American elections will affect their own nations. I will not squander that by voting for a person who voted to go to war in Iraq, if you want to talk about war crimes.
And, yes, as an anarchist and a member of the Satanic Temple, I am completely on board with not voting for one warmonger over another warmonger. I am completely on board with working to tear down systems of inequity, which the two-party system and the electoral college unequivocally are. I believe my vote is better spent that way than by voting for a major party candidate who is guaranteed to do nothing to fix the system.
You may have missed the words, “for example”. My choice of vaccinations as an issue was meant to illustrate the grounding of the respective candidates in reality. Not enough space or time to list all the issues that also illustrate that grounding. We can try if you’d like.
We can stick to this one since you brought it up. I’m curious about your own grounding in reality. Do you even know Dr. Stein’s position on vaccines? She thinks they’re a good idea and that they don’t cause autism. Maybe she’s just not into forcing people to get them. My personal opinion is that people should be better educated so that they can make the right choices for themselves and their children, but I also don’t like the idea of forcing people to do things they don’t want to. The solution isn’t to force people to do this or that thing, but to empower people by strengthening our education system.
Cornel West would be a much better choice for president than Jill Stein, but still terrible. Both would be eaten alive by the Permanent Government. Neither has a chance to win anymore than you or I. Just because Hillary is also herself objectively terrible (I don’t necessarily disagree; I voted for Bernie) doesn’t mean she isn’t far the best option.
I think you underestimate Dr. West, but that’s just a difference of opinion we have. That said, even if you are right about him, maybe I would agree with your conclusion if this were the last election we were ever going to have. My argument has always hinged on us having a future. I am more interested in lending my effort to the momentum it will take to break the two-party system of control in America — and that’s a tall order — than in caving to fear and settling for the so-called lesser evil that one of the two major parties offer up for us each election cycle.
This is a scam that has been perpetrated on us for generations, but, with the power that the Information Age has given to the voters, we finally can try to put an end to politicians manipulating us and selling us out to the oligarchy. But, to ever accomplish this, we can’t vote for them. If we keep electing them to office, we’re doomed to perpetual injustice.
Curious to know your assessment of the Obama Administration. Also curious to know your position on Gamergate, as you identify yourself as a gamer and a feminist.
On Obama, I’m with Dr. West in not approving of our “drone President.” I did not follow Gamergate closely, but I have been a longtime fan of Feminist Frequency, since before Gamergate, so I’m with Anita. I have a similar interest in the Bechdel test that she does and have written about it here at Medium.