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.
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.