I am honestly sincerely confused and bewildered about what the motivations are of self-proclaimed liberals/progressives and folks who claim to be “woke” of actively fighting against a Hillary Clinton presidency when the alternative is literally a fascist. I agree the two party system is garbage but if you’re just now trying to fight it in a presidential election year you’re already too late.
As someone who is old enough to remember Bush v. Gore and the Nader effect, and enough of a political junkie to know about Ross Perot and his effect on the 1992 election between Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush, it is obvious that a non-vote or a vote for anyone other than Hillary Clinton is a vote for Trump–an actual fascist.
The things I’m seeing on this website in regards to the election are downright terrifying and infuriating. People refuse to fact check, much less check for context and since so many folks on here have already decided that Hillary is the equivalent of Satan, it’s all too easy for people to see something slanderous about her or completely taken out of context and twisted and automatically believe it because “Hillary is the anti-Christ don’t ya know!” It’s gotten to the point where folks are praising President Obama and saying they’re going to miss him and in the next breath saying Hillary is a terrorist because people assume she will do things President. Obama. Is. Actually. Currently. Doing. And. Has. Been. Doing. For. Eight. Entire. Years. Not to mention constant accusations of voter suppression when the real culprit was the Supreme Court gutting the Voting Rights Act in 2013 and Republican legislatures rushing to disenfranchise minorities–the very Supreme Court that will likely have at least 2-3 vacancies that the next president will need to fill.
It’s not reasonable. It’s not fair.
I didn’t say much during the primaries because emotions were high and I know what it’s like to be caught up in the demagoguery that sweeps the nation every presidential election cycle. And while that usually turns into unflinching allegiance to one candidate and passion and fervor because you feel like voting for them will make you part of a revolution, it seems this time folks are more caught up in hating Hillary than supporting a candidate, as if destroying her will somehow be a political victory. This is not only irrational, but downright dangerous. It’s gotten so bad I’m honestly worried that even Bernie Sanders saying what he’s been saying all along–that y’all need to vote for Hillary if she’s the candidate–will just result in handwaving and folks saying “oh he has to say that.” When he actually has to say it because it’s true and in the best interest of this nation and much of the rest of the world given the potential of a Trump presidency. Some of y’all have been lucky and only really remember an Obama presidency…but eight years of George W. Bush was a nightmare that Obama spent most of his time trying to fix, and Trump will be infinitely worse.
I don’t know if people were just too caught up in the Democratic Primary to notice Donald Trump–the literal fascist–rising to power, but defeating him needs to be our collective focus as liberals, progressives, and people who claim to care about the lives of the marginalized in this country and others.
Trust me, I know it’s hard when your chosen candidate doesn’t get the nomination, especially when you put so much effort into electing them and you were so vocal and passionate about it. But at this point, Hillary Clinton is the presumptive presidential nominee of the Democratic Party. And the reality of that means that continuing to tear her down and actively campaign against her by saying things like “this country can’t afford to have her as president” is playing right into Donald Trump’s hands.
Literal lives are at stake. However terrible you think Hillary Clinton is (and I urge y’all to read her policies and get your info about her from somewhere other than the posts that cross your dash or other social media), Donald Trump is quite literally 1000x worse and more dangerous.
You can actively campaign for someone to challenge her renomination in four years as the incumbent, but the goal now needs to be preventing a Trump presidency and the ONLY way to do that is to vote for Hillary Clinton.