Let’s discuss the issues of third parties and voters choosing not to participate in elections. I get it. People get frustrated. We seem to have two kinds of candidates, disappointing and horrible.
It should be obvious that the most horrible are always Republicans. As I’ve repeatedly emphasized, the Republican Party is at war with representative democracy, which means they want to suppress voters and voting rights.
The more people who turn out to vote, the more Republicans lose.
The Right has made this tactic abundantly clear.
In 1980 Paul Weyrich of the conservative Heritage Foundation came out and flatly stated, “I don't want everybody to vote. Elections are not won by a majority of people, they never have been from the beginning of our country and they are not now. As a matter of fact, our leverage in the elections quite candidly goes up as the voting populace goes down.”
In 2013 Phyllis Schlafly responded to North Carolina voter suppression laws with, “The reduction in the number of days allowed for early voting is particularly important because early voting plays a major role in Obama’s ground game. The Democrats carried most states that allow many days of early voting, and Obama’s national field director admitted, shortly before last year’s election, that “early voting is giving us a solid lead in the battleground states that will decide this election.”
In 2012 Doug Preisse, the chairman of the Franklin County Republican Party, whose area includes the city of Columbus, Ohio admitted, “I guess I really actually feel we shouldn’t contort the voting process to accommodate the urban — read African-American — voter turnout machine.
Also in 2012, Republican House Leader Mike Turzai declared that a new voter identification law would “We are focused on making sure that we meet our obligations that we’ve talked about for years.. Voter ID, which is gonna allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania, done”.
Staying home is a vote for Republicans. Discouraging voting has been their strategy all along. I understand the principle of voting third party, but that often has the same effect as voting for Republicans, unless it is in certain local elections or in a true blue state.
Just as the US needed to side with Russia to stop the Nazis, I feel the same need to side with Democrats against the Republicans. It doesn't have to mean we like them, just as siding with the Soviets didn't mean we approved of Stalin.
Republicans have shown us they are clearly more dangerous to democracy, voting rights, peace, equal justice under law, public healthcare, and the environment.
Lazy and apathetic people never contribute to progress. If Trump isn't enough to motivate them, then nothing will get them off their asses to vote in primaries and produce better candidates.
But remember, AOC is proof that corpo-dems can be defeated.
The choices often suck, but shame on us for not being as active as the authoritarian fringe of our country. If the rest of us were as passionate as the worst of us, we'd never have seen the rise of Trump or the invasion of Iraq.
Remember most Democrats voted against invading Iraq. The parties are NOT the same.
Only Republicans wage war on voter rights. All Republicans gut environmental and Wall Street regulations, and cut taxes for the rich and corporations. Most Democrats did not. Only Republicans want to privatize Social Security and prisons, and the VA, along with every other public service. That should be more than enough motivation to vote against Republicans.
If not, then what would it take?
Staying home is just what the worst of us wants. The same applies to third party votes. That's just how it is.
The Right is at war with democracy, the Earth, and everything we hold dear. We need all the allies we can get. Even if they are the damn Democrats.
Democracy: Use it or lose it.