Okay so I need to make a post of my own because I’m too young to vote but it’s important to me
Third party voting does not work. Fundamentally, the system is flawed.
This is because of the electoral college
For those who don’t remember government or never took it, here’s a basic summary of how the electoral college works:
Each state has a certain amount of representatives, based on population. Arizona has 11, California has 55, Texas has 38, etc.
The representatives are supposed to vote for the candidate based on the popular vote of their state (this isn’t always the case, since the system is backwards, corrupt, and needs to be abolished, but that’s beside the point).
Arizona is a red-leaning swing state. Let’s say there’s a high millennial turn out and it swings democrat in popular vote. The representatives should vote majority democrat. And they do! Great! 7 of the 11 vote Hillary, 4 vote Trump. Because of majority rule, all 11 of the votes will be in favor for Hillary.
Hillary will need 270 out of the 538 votes in order to win.
So why doesn’t this work?
First of all, it’ll be damn near impossible to get the representatives to vote 3rd party, especially with Johnson and Stein only polling at 5 and 2 percent. But let’s say, hey, Nevada, a democratic state with 6 votes, manages to swing for Gary Johnson. All 6 votes go towards him instead of Hillary.
But at only 5 percent, Johnson will never get enough electoral college votes to win. It’s not “whoever gets the most votes wins!” It’s “whoever gets 270 votes wins.” He will have to get HALF of the votes in order to win. That’s impossible. And in such a neck and neck race, do we really want to risk taking votes away from her?
“I’ll write in Bernie!” No, Bernie told you not to do this. Listen, you are literally throwing your vote away. And I know you get sick of hearing that, but READ THIS. They will treat your write-in vote of Bernie in the same way they would treat a write-in vote of Donald Duck. They will throw it away. Trash it. They won’t see it and think “hmmmm they really like Bernie maybe we should reconsider” the system will just delete it. Even if, somehow, 60 percent of the population votes Bernie, he COULD NOT WIN. LEGALLY. Listen, I was a Bernie supporter too, let him go.
“I want to vote with my conscience.” Yeah, I get it. You hate both of them. But my conscience is telling me to keep trump out of office.
And if voting Stein or Johnson is your way of voting with your conscience, watch this video https://youtu.be/k3O01EfM5fU
Because just because they aren’t Trump or Hillary, it doesn’t mean they’re so great either.
And I know choosing between “the lesser of two evils” sucks, I really do. But listen, would you rather have a watered-down version of Bernie, or the fucking anti-Bernie? Would you rather have someone who is a white feminist or an openly sexist racist xenophobe? Someone who has experience vs someone who has NONE?
If you care about any of the marginalized groups who WILL be hurt with a Trump presidency, please don’t let him get into office. If you think BLM, if you think women should have reproductive rights, DON’T LET HIM WIN.
Finally, let’s say neither Trump nor Clinton get enough votes because of 3rd party voters. Once again, it’s not who gets the most votes, it’s who gets 270. The House of Representatives then chooses based on who got the most votes. And let me tell you, there are very few republican people swaying on trump, mostly due to towing the party line, but there are a LOT of unsure left millennials. If enough people vote 3rd party to sway the election like that, I’m going to bet Hillary won’t be the one winning.
Please, GO VOTE. Do not waste your shot at doing something good.
THAT PHOTO his legs are a million miles long and need to be wrapped around Magnus STAT
I KNOW ALEC’S DEER LEGS ARE AMAZING but honestly sometimes i think about this but i also think about how awkward it’ll be??? i just love cute sweet awkwardness between couples like i keep imagining alec wrapping those legs around magnus but also just knocking shit over bc his limbs are too long. and magnus is like alexander please control your tentacles and alec is like why do you have so many goddamn VASES MAGNUS
also if they ever made out on the couch like? alec’s legs hanging over the edge. magnus on top and kissing him and alec is like ok wait my leg fell asleep though.
but also it happening the other way around bc i still laugh in that scene in 1x06 where magnus leaning over the couch to help luke but he has to grab onto his necklaces with one hand or they’d smack luke in the face. i mean i talk a lot about magnus keeping his jewelry on when they’re in bed, but realistically speaking, how many times would alec get smacked in the face with those necklaces??
alec finally being like ok enOUGH and he just snaps them off and meanwhile magnus can’t stop laughing.
Dudes you can ship what you want but you can’t deny that JD and Veronica’s relationship was in no way healthy, Our Love Is God is not a romantic song like at all and I am personally gonna blow up the school of the next person who says they need a boy like JD so maybe they’ll finally understand that he ain’t a good boyfriend!!!!!!!
-ragnor fell. ‘my little dear cabbage’ -took in raphael when he turned ‘how you’re like a son to me’ -becamesimon’s sponsor ‘…if I ever found someone in a similar situation, I’d try to make sure they didn’t have to go at it alone’ -is literally saphael’s dad ‘anyone for a martini’ -created a fire-breathin snake for camille, cause extra. ‘my baby’ -portaled to freakin india to loot from his ex, cause he can. ‘of course i recognise it, it’s mine’ -talks about camille being his rock, saving his suicidal depressed self ‘she saved me’ -but acknowledges she’s manipulative and choose his adopted downworlder family instead ‘enjoy idris’ -loves clary like his own daughter: saved her mum, her adopted dad!luke, gave her a memory of his, and great advice ‘biscuit, i’m sorry’ -talked about how his mum took her own life with a keris because she couldn’t accept her own child ‘i was nine years old when my mother realised what my cat eyes meant’ -casually keeping the downworld safe ‘he knows he’s banned from north america, indefinitely’ -senses and is worried that isabelle’s in trouble ‘isabelle, i don’t need magic to know when i’m being lied to’ -is maia’s best tipper ‘never trust a stingy warlock’
please, don’t let me stop you. do add on.
so to all y’all yapping bout how magnus doesn’t have his own storyline/ his own agency. maybe you’re the one defining him by his relationship with alec, cause the showrunners sure ain’t.
MAIA your tags in my gifset, OMG....... i need it, Magnus lifting Alec up against the counter, kissing him, and all of that in 1080 pls.... i'm dead.
ravagerjae said: I saw your tags about Magnus picking Alec up and sitting him on the counter and my mind instantly was like “What about Magnus picking him and pushing him against the wall” and I just dshudfkjkj I need this. All of this. And Alec would be so pleasantly surprised because holy shit no one has ever done this to him before and I’m screaming now
I WOULD LOVE THIS cuz yeah alec hasn’t ever been touched like that by anyone in his life. like, for alec usually if he’s being thrown or manhandled, it’d be training or sparring or roughhousing with his siblings at most.
but with magnus it’d be different, to have someone be rough with him solely out of desire and i feel like it’d blow alec’s mind a little because magnus just wants him so much in that way he’s always dreamed of but has never had until now and magnus always loves so intensely on top of that. no one has ever wanted alec so wholly before, both his heart and his body, until magnus.
also there’s magnus who i feel like is a lot like alec in that they both really need someone to be their match; magnus has always picked partners who challenge him, so i’ve always imagined alec’s supernatural strength would be perfect. like, of course they’ll be soft and gentle, too, but despite how graceful magnus is he isn’t actually delicate? so i don’t think he’d want to be handled like glass, either. plus i’ve always felt like the demon half of him really enjoys the rougher side of things and i like the idea of alec being sort of a safe partner for him to let it loose with because alec is a shadowhunter and not easily hurt. (and with alec it would be vice versa because magnus is such a powerful warlock.)
anyway, i imagine a moment where magnus’s magic sparks a bit wild when things get hot and heavy, and you see magnus kind of freeze, but alec is just like wow that much huh?, and it’s okay, alec isn’t afraid of him, and basically please just magnus and alec being comfortable with each other, with their own strengths and expressing that together physically, that’s all i want i’m so emotional.