An increasing number of my pro-Bernie Sanders’ friends are posting Facebook updates and memes about not voting for Hillary Clinton in the general election in November. I guess they prefer to act like temperamental 4-year-olds, take their toys, and vote Independent — or they threaten to skip voting all together. For some reason, this is preferable to pooling our progressive, liberal, diversity-loving votes to ensure that Trump or Cruz or some other GOP scumbag does not win the White House.
The problem here is the major two-party system that creates a forced-choice vote for many of us. No one candidate is going to be perfect in every way to suit our expectations and needs. Each of us must make concessions, choosing the candidate (or the party) that fulfills more of our individual requirements than not. Personally, I despise the two-party system for this very reason, but currently, we are at a disadvantage.
There are several political parties that work for various human rights, civil rights, and social and environmental issues. Then there is one party that works for white, science-denying, women-hating, LGBT-discriminating, delusional, so-called Christians. With the progressives, liberals, independents, and other free-thinkers split amongst several parties with similar social and environmental platforms, the GOP automatically looms over us as the largest and most powerful political party in the United States, with a solid base who votes as they are told.
This is another problem: Republicans vote. No matter what.
Democrats suffer from horrible apathy at the voting booth when they don’t like single issues or when their armchair activism of complaining on social media has lost its ennui. Voting Independent or another party in the 2016 Presidential election will split the progressive votes and practically guarantee a win for the GOP. Frankly, there aren’t enough foreign countries willing to accept American refugees seeking a new homeland if “President Trump” or “President Cruz” becomes a nightmarish reality.
Until the power and money of the Republican Party dies out in the next 30 years and takes their old tunnel vision with them to the grave, no one political party can surpass the Democratic Party in sufficient numbers to weaken the GOP’s money-is-speech and America-was-founded-by-Jesus crackpottery.
We are stuck with an imperfect, forced-choice two-party system. For now.
So, suck it up, buttercup, and vote Democrat in November. No matter what.