In the 2000 election, Bush won Florida (and therefore the election) by only 537 votes over Gore.
The result was a shitty republican presidency and all that came with it, including, but certainly not limited to:
- a worldwide recession
- millions of Americans lost their jobs and homes
- conservative supreme court justices were nominated (all of which were against gay marriage)
- the middle east was unjustly invaded and still hasn't recovered (see also: the creation of ISIS)
- income inequality increased to atrocious levels due to tax cuts
- torturing suspected terrorists, a crime that bush admitted to “enthusiastically authorizing”
- failing to accurately respond to the Hurricane Katrina disaster, which could have prevented hundreds of people from dying
- pulling out of the Kyoto Protocol because greenhouse gas emission limits “would be bad for the economy”
- so many other things including furthering the war on drugs, ignoring the UN, profiting off of the iraq war, creating gitmo, and spying on americans.
Wow, that stuff is pretty bad huh? It could have been prevented by more people coming out to the polls and simply voting for Gore (the 2000 election had a 51% turnout rate). Many voters believed that Gore wasn’t liberal enough, so they resulted to voting for the Green party’s Nader. Nader didn’t win any states.
While Bernie Sanders has led a great campaign and brought national attention to important issues, he’s not the nominee and has no chance of being elected president. This “bernie or bust” rhetoric is ridiculous and simply ignorant of history and politics. “But if enough of us band together and vote-” you still couldn’t beat Donald Trump by winning enough states.
So to those of you who think Sanders, Stein or Johnson would make a great president, the fact is that third parties have never won a national election, and are notorious for splitting the vote and upsetting the election. A vote for a third party is a vote for Trump.
Simply abstaining to vote “to make a point” is just as absurd. What point are you trying to make? That you don’t like politics? Do you not understand that our elected officials impact our daily lives, and the only way we can control who makes the laws is by voting.
I really don’t want a fearmongering misogynistic racist xenophobic man controlling the United states, so on November 8th, I’m voting for Hillary Clinton. I’m also going to be voting democrat on the rest of the ballot because this election is also for congress, the house, and other local and statewide offices.
If you aren’t registered to vote, you can register at https://vote.usa.gov/ ! You can also google how to register in your state, and it’ll walk you through the process.
Anyway: make sure you vote, third parties are stupid and unreasonable, and I’m with Her.