I know some people are upset that Bernie Sanders has endorsed Hillary Clinton. I understand what it’s like to want to change things, and to change them fast. I campaigned and voted for Ralph Nader in 2000. We knew he wouldn’t win, but we wanted to get 5% of the vote nationwide, to try and start a three-party system. For better or for worse (guess which?), Bush won.
George W. Bush is a master statesman compared to Donald Trump.
To anyone considering writing in Bernie Sanders, PLEASE don’t. In most states, a candidate has to be approved as a write-in candidate to be counted. So, you would be throwing your vote away. Likewise, please don’t vote for Jill Stein or Gary Johnson. It will fracture the vote and Trump becomes our president. (P R E S I D E N T, you guys.)
I know. You want progress; you want change. And you want it now. Well, by voting for Trump out of protest, or by voting for any of the long-shot candidates, you will be complicit in UNDOING much of the progress we’ve made. (And, yes, we HAVE made some.)
This country is a mess. It’s always been an experiment in democracy. I wish we didn’t have an Electoral College, but we DO. Which means we need to come together, for once, and REPUDIATE Trump.
Hillary isn’t perfect. She’s not my ideal candidate, but I actually like her. She’s a hard-working politician who has spent most of her life in public service. She has been under enormous public scrutiny for the past 25 years, and she’s come out on the other side. She’s been assessed by Politifact as being MORE honest than most politicians, while Donald Trump has been ranked as the LEAST HONEST Presidential candidate EVER TO RUN.
So … what? We flip a table and go sulk in the corner? We let Trump win because we didn’t get the exact candidate we wanted? As Senator, Hillary voted the same as Bernie Sanders 93% of the time. She will represent your interests a thousand times better than Trump.
And, more than that, she’s proved herself willing to LISTEN to the people who are voting for her. Sure, she’s said and done some things I’m sure she regrets, even some really damning things. But, HAVEN’T WE ALL? We just didn’t have a dozen tv cameras on us when we did. I admire anyone who can admit that they made mistakes and learn from them, or cop to their character flaws and try to correct them. That is something I ESPECIALLY admire in my leaders.
Go ahead, be mad. I’ve been angry in that precise way myself. Be furious for the next three and a half months, if you want. Break a pencil angrily filling in the bubble next to her name, if it makes you feel better. But PLEASE don’t repeat the mistakes of the past.
And, when you vote? Vote DOWN THE TICKET. Read up on the candidates, and vote for state and local offices, judges, school board, dog catcher, EVERYTHING. Because the president can only do so much. But if we care about the people who are legislating things where we LIVE, we can really start to change things.