Despite the fact that most of my state’s Democrats threw all Californian children under a bus, I am still a registered Democrat. Although, that’s only because I can’t change my party affiliation online. But I am a liberal. When I take the “Which Presidential Candidate Do You Agree With?” quizzes, it’s always me and Bernie Sanders. I do tend towards the democratic socialist mold. I think we should have universal, single-payer health care à la France. I think we should have far fewer guns, à la… almost everywhere else than here. I don’t think money equals speech. I abhor our two-party system, because it puts everyone in big ol’ buckets, but those buckets aren’t really indicative of everyone in them.
This brings me to Donald Trump. Apparently, no one can figure out why he’s as popular as he is. I have a few theories, but first, allow me to explain why some parents are voting for him. As you know, California parents lost our parental rights with the passage of SB277. Trump is the only candidate who has come out against forced vaccination. All of the other candidates are very pro-vaccine, and some are openly pro-forced vaccines. Many parents in the health choice club are voting for Trump solely because of this issue. Never mind the fact that neither the President nor the federal government has the power to mandate vaccines, or that every other state that has tried to pass anything remotely resembling SB277 has seen it die quickly – parents are afraid of losing their rights.
My personal opinion on this is that we should try to educate Bernie, who has had one quote about vaccines in the media, which can be interpreted in a couple of different ways.
But I digress… The point is: I think people are voting for Trump for one of the following reasons:
- They don’t care. They think the whole thing – government, politics, elections – all of it, is either a joke or too far gone. It’s all absurd, and Trump is definitely absurd.
- They are racist, sexist, xenophobes who now finally have someone like them who has a chance at being the leader of the free world.
Neither one of these thoughts is very comforting. Especially because…
Hillary Clinton has been bought and paid for by Wall Street. I think her moral compass is governed by the highest bidder. Everything she does is motivated by a thirst for power. She’s apparently been able to buy the superdelegates, so she’s probably going to be the Democratic candidate, despite the fact that this country really needs someone like Bernie Sanders in charge.
I will not vote for Hillary Clinton.
I will not vote for Donald Trump. (I will not vote for Ted Cruz either, if it comes to that.)
If Clinton is the Dems’ candidate, I’m voting third party.
Some people say that’s a default vote for Trump, others say it’s a default vote for Clinton. Almost everyone says it’s throwing away your vote.
Thanks to the Electoral College, a third-party candidate will never have a fighting chance to win the US Presidency. I have always argued passionately against the Electoral College system. My grandfather and I used to get into debates about it every four years.
However, I don’t see voting for a third-party as throwing away my vote. I’m voting for the person whom I think is best equipped to lead this country. Is that person going to win? No. But I’ll have done my part, and fulfilled my responsibility to America.
(By the way, I didn’t come up with the line that is the title of this post. The first time I heard it, my Silicon Valley housemate, Alex, said it. I don’t know who said it first.)