Well, Mark, thanks for reading my work and taking the time to reply, It’s always fun to hear from people interested in a lively dialogue.
I used to subscribe to that line of thinking you seem to be presenting. Fear-based arguments to submit to voting for a Democrat because the alternative of a Republican is going to bring about the Apocalypse.
There is some validity to that point. Richard Nixon brought us the War on Drugs. Ronald Reagan destroyed labor unions and negotiated with terrorists. George W. Bush ruined just about everything he touched.
But then I evaluate what the oligarchs got out of Democrats I chose because they were a lesser evil. Bill Clinton allowed Big Media to consolidate, destroyed labor with NAFTA, ramped up the drug war and created mass incarceration, and repealed most of the Depression-era banking laws. Barack Obama allowed torturers and banksters to go free, ramped up drone warfare and warantless spying, and gave up on universal health care in favor of a plan that forces people to be clients of a private health care industry that’s fleecing the American people.
And then I re-evaluate some of those Republicans. Richard Nixon created the EPA. Ronald Reagan granted amnesty to illegals and raised taxes. George W. Bush did more to combat AIDS in Africa than any other president.
I believe where you and I differ most is in evaluating what the greatest threat to our democracy is. I feel the oligarchic control of our political process is that number one threat, and Hillary Clinton is just the latest Democrat to be a servant of that system. She may be a preferable bribe taker to the Republican options, but when nobody in the 99% can pay any bribes, what difference does it make?
Don’t blame me if Hillary can’t beat the worst crop of GOP contenders in my lifetime. Blame the Democratic National Committee for coronating Hillary before the first votes were cast and sandbagging any sort of debate coverage. Blame the Democratic Party for nominating a neoconservative poll-watching war hawk bought and paid for by Goldman Sachs.
Seriously, make a list of Hillary’s biggest flaws — Iraq War vote, PATRIOT ACT vote, Libya, Honduras, Syrian no-fly zone, supporting DOMA, promoting fracking, pro-death penalty, just to name a few — and tell me those are things you, as a progressive, support.
Voting lesser of two evils acknowledges that both candidates are on the same team, and that evil is the corrupt nature of our politics. Giving votes to Democrats as default gives them no incentive to ever move leftward to collect my vote — they can keep behaving indisinguishably from Republicans on foreign policy and business issues so long as they’re better on women’s, LGBT, and minority issues.
Your fellow American (for now),
P.S. If you actually carry out your threat to move to Canada, please send me a self-addressed stamped envelope from your new address. While I won’t cover the moving costs of an American who abandons his citizenship, I will send you a happy housewarming card. It’s quite amusing that you’d criticize me as a petulant child who’ll “stomp my feet” but you’re ready to give up on America if you lose the election.
P.P.S. You know that Supreme Court scare got a whole lot less realistic when Obama nominated pro-government and pro-business Merrick Garland, right?
P.P.P.S. Since I love the Green Bay Packers, I’m not too concerned if the AFC goes away. It would be a problem for your San Diego Chargers, though.