This is true, but it’s not enough to get my vote

democraticimperfectbut notnutsimage001Hat tip to Bill Elwell

In 1991 election for Governor of Louisiana, the Democratic candidate was the corrupt Edwin Edwards and the Republican candidate was David Duke, a Nazi sympathizer and leader of the Ku Klux Klan.

I’m told that billboards read: VOTE FOR THE CROOK, NOT THE KOOK.

Now Democrats are making the same argument on a national level.  Yes, they say, the Clinton-Obama faction of the Democratic Party is in bed with Wall Street, committed to perpetual war and unable to unable to advance the interests of working people, but at least we aren’t totally disconnected from reality, like the Republicans.

That’s not a good enough argument to get my vote.  I probably would have voted for Edwards if I had been a Louisianan in 1991, but that was because this was a one-time situation.  In the long run, I’m not going to support anyone without a positive reason.

Frederick Douglass said, “Find out just what any people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them.”  If all that’s needed to get people to vote Democratic is not being a Republican, that’s all the Clinton-Obama Democrats will offer.

A common Democratic argument is that it is useless to push for significant progressive reform because the Republicans control Congress.  I am unwilling to listen to such an argument unless it is followed by the words, “And my plan for regaining control of Congress is …”

An American’s choice between candidates is not limited to Democrats and Republicans.  You can vote for a third-party candidate in most states, you can write in a candidate in some states or you can work for positive change by other means than voting in national elections.

LINKS

The Decline and Fall of Hillary Clinton by John Michael Greer for The Archdruid Report.

Meet the fossil-fuel loving hedge fund manager behind Hillary’s surge by Will Bunch for Philly.com.

 

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