My Vote in 2016

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It’s the DNC convention.

Robert Reich, who I respect a lot, has asked us all to unite behind Hillary Clinton. He’s said that he is upset with Debbie, but he still believes that Hillary is our best chance to stop Trump.

I absolutely understand this.

Donald Trump is a racist and a sexist who would crash our economy. So he is an effective boogyman.

And yet, uniting against Trump bothers me when it is rallying behind Hillary Clinton. I just can’t do it. Yes, it’s the “lesser of two evils.” But I am sick of voting for the lesser of two evils.

So what are our options?

Sure, there is Gary Johnson, the Libertarian who is against public schools and public institutions of any kind. He’s basically the opposite of Bernie Sanders in every way, advocating less government and less help for the disenfranchised. He was governor of New Mexico when they passed a racist law to stop people from being able to speak Spanish. And, overall, he would be really bad for the United States.

And then there’s Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate who isn’t on the ballot in all 50 states yet.

So what is a voter to do?

Well, here’s my take on it:

I want to vote for someone who I believe in. That means that I am voting for Jill Stein. She’s the only one who supports policies that I believe in.

Yes, she isn’t on the ballot in all 50 states. She may not have a chance. But she is the candidate that I believe in, since Bernie Sanders isn’t an option.

I am thinking long-term. I am thinking about the next election, and the next. I am thinking about what we will have to sacrifice to get more parties taken seriously in US elections.

Yes, I wish Bernie Sanders had been the nominee and we wouldn’t have had to sacrifice anything. But the DNC has made that impossible with their sinister plotting, and so now we can’t have that.

I hate to be on a different side of this from Robert Reich, because I think he’s a great guy. But I also think that the older generation isn’t able to believe that a third party could become viable in the US. And in their time, I think that was true. As recently as 2008, less than 10% of all registered voters were Independent. Now, that number is up to 43%. Why the jump? Well, political theorists say that it is because people are frustrated with both parties. But that’s not the whole story, is it? It’s time to ask the big question:

Which people specifically are not happy with the two parties?

Well, that would be us. The new generation. The ones who just registered to vote in 2008, 2012, and now in 2016. We are the ones registering Independent in large numbers.

Some long-time Democrats and long-time Republicans are leaving too. There is no doubt about that.

However, the loin’s share of new Independents are Millennials. And as such, we have power. 43% of the electorate is more than enough to elect a President.

So my plan is to vote for Jill Stein and get everyone I know to do the same. We’ll show both parties that they aren’t liberal enough for us. We’ll show them that we are loud and have voices that carry. And then, by 2020, we will be taken very seriously.

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2 thoughts on “My Vote in 2016

  1. I accept your reasons as “reasonable”. I have a different perspective, being a senior voter. I’m also more of a lefty than the major parties, and always have been. I had a lot of friends who voted for Nader in 2000. Nader drew 99k votes in Florida, which secured the election for Bush, one of the worst presidents I’ve had to endure. I decided I’ll never vote third party again, unless they have a statistical chance of actually winning the national election. (Sometimes they DO win locally, and I’ve voted for various independents for city and county offices.)

    I have the same philosophical objections to Gary Johnson as you do, and I have nothing personally against Jill Stein. However, as a retired Medical Assistant and Imaging Tech, there’s something in the Green Party platform I just can’t live with:

    “Chronic conditions are often best cured by alternative medicine. We support the teaching, funding and practice of holistic health approaches and, as appropriate, the use of complementary and alternative therapies such as herbal medicines, homeopathy, naturopathy, traditional Chinese medicine and other healing approaches.”

    I agree with part of that statement, but part of it is dangerously unscientific. It is flat-out untrue that chronic conditions are often best cured by alternative medicine. They are sometimes, in rare instances, best cured by non-traditional medicine, and every good doctor I have worked under will try them if the regular methods fail. When herbal and other approaches are shown through experimentation to work consistently, they become part of ordinary medical practice. But homeopathy is complete bullshit, naturopaths are untrained and unregulated, and about half of TCM (such as acupuncture) relies completely upon placebo effect. I expect this was a compromise, because when I have attended Green Party events, I have encountered a ton of anti-vaccine nuts and people entranced by all kinds of “woo-woo” science. They have no medical education, and they don’t want to listen to facts. I don’t know if this represents the Greens nationally.

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    1. Oh I agree! I actually have a chronic condition myself requiring me to take replacement hormones, and I wouldn’t give them up for any Chinese herbs. But of course, I live in South Korea (for work) and no one here has asked me to switch to Chinese herbs. Even Eastern doctors recognize the superiority of Western medicine.

      I don’t support every aspect of any party. But for me, the Green party comes closest.

      And I understand why you feel the way you do after Nader in 2000. It’s just that, at that time, less than 10% of people were registered Independent or third party. There’s only so much you can do when you’re that small of a section of the population.

      However, as of 2015, 43% of all registered voters were Independent. I feel like that tells us that the time for a third and maybe even forth party is NOW. And, I am willing to use my vote to tell the two parties that.

      But look, we’re still on the same side. We still want a more liberal platform than what the major parties offer. 🙂

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