My “Lesser Evil” problem

11 Feb

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I have been following the 2016 Democratic Primary with much interest.  My inner rationalist thinks Clinton will win the nomination unless Bernie Sanders can amass a large delegate count heading into the convention.  The Super delegates are all prepared to throw the convention to Clinton.  But the convention is a long way off.

I have to decide how I will vote in November if Clinton is the nominee.  Here are my thoughts on the problem of voting for the “lesser evil”.

  • Our election rules are terrible.  First past the post voting (plurality) and the Electoral College are institutions that only function to maintain the status quo. And that means the 1% and their corporations rule the world.  There are perfectly good solutions to these problems, but getting them enacted is a long shot.  Check out Approval Voting sometime and Proportional Representation systems. Also read about the National Popular Vote campaign.
  • Campaign finance is an open sewer in the US.  Dark Money owns the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches at the federal and state level now.  And they are starting to go after the local level too.
  • Defensive Voting behavior has NOT improved my life.  Corporate Dems including Obama have sold out the working class and expanded our Military-Industrial-Prison Complex to new and obscene levels.
  • One Vote to Rule Them All… one vote in a presidential election is not going to decide the contest.  That pesky little anachronism called the Electoral College is lurking out there to manufacture a faux majority on election night. If the election were indeed that close, what is stopping the SCOTUS from anointing a president again?   Also, the Constitution would throw the election into the House of Representatives.
  • My Conscience tells me that I need to stop voting for Saddam Hussein because he is better than Stalin.  Albert Einstein tells me “Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” My Philosophy of Life (a witches brew of Stoicism, Pre Christian Celtic beliefs, Buddhism, and mystical/transcendent messages attributed to Jesus all tell me its time to “grow the hell up Dave, face facts, be realistic…”
  • So I will…I will vote for Jill Stein (Green Party) if Bernie does not get the nomination. You see Bernie is my “lesser evil”. And I cannot bear the thought of looking my children in the eye and proudly saying “I thought she would be better than the Rethuglican.”
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