“A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.” David Brinkley
If you tune into mainstream media, just reading this title is likely enough to discount anything in it. The title will then generate a response, perhaps not even a cognitive one, where you are compelled to speak out that voting Green is somehow a waste of a vote. Or even more illogically, that voting for someone is actually voting for someone else.
If I cast a vote for X, that doesn’t make a vote for Y. That’s called propaganda ladies and gentlemen. If I vote for X and you’re determined to defeat Y, sure, my efforts may not aid in your short-term goals but have you considered that your goals aren’t my goals?
My goal, politically, is to walk into an election booth or fill out my mail in ballot with the idea that anyone I vote for means I am morally and ethically culpable for their actions. If I voted for Donald Trump, which I didn’t, but if I did, I’d be culpable for his dangerous overcrowding of our internment camps on our Southern Border. Id’ be responsible for his epic COVID failure.
Since I voted for Barrack Obama, I am culpable for his drone program. I am responsible for praising a man who won the presidency, later awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, then turning around and bombing countries with more bombs than at any other time in history. That is the moral scarring I am determined not to repeat.
I have been to war. Many people say war is hell. War is far worse than hell. Hell, if it is real, is filled with people who deserve it. War hurts the innocent more than the guilty. I have seen this first hand while working in a combat support hospital (CSH) while in the Balkans and in the Middle East.
Now, in July, 2020, we have COVID-19 raging through Florida like a Karen who was asked to wear a mask at the grocery store. Forbes, just this month, reported that nearly 50 million people filed for unemployment. The very people who were told that their healthcare is fine because if they want better, they can get a new job. Except for hiring freezes during global pandemics I guess.
Given this information, the response form the Democratic party is for Bernie Sanders to no longer push for Medicare for All and for Joe Biden to say he’d veto it, as POTUS, even if it passed both chambers of congress. 50 million people who had jobs, no longer have jobs, and Joe Biden said that since his son died that it would be an insult to that same dead son for everyone to have healthcare.
Because that is what human history is all about, right? Making sure that future generations have it worse, not better, than previous ones. Oh wait, that’s not how progress works? Progress isn’t made by being obstinate? Insert Pikachu’s surprised face here ____.
Do you know who does support Medicare for All, even if Bernie has abandoned his push for it? Howie Hawkins. Yes, I know you have no idea who that is. He is the Green Party nominee for president. Strange, don’t you think, that so many of you have never heard of him? Something you may be aware of is the Democratic party still blames Ralph Nader (Green Party) for Al Gore losing to George W. Bush. They say that he cost Gore votes. Because of that they have, in effect, canceled the Green Party. Meanwhile, Michelle Obama has become besties with George W. Bush.
Strange. If the Green Party is such an existential threat, wouldn’t we hear more about it? We hear all about how Trump is an existential threat so the precedent is there to advertise these types of threats to our political system. So why no real mention of the Green Party nor Howie Hawkins? Could it be, perhaps, that the outrage over the Green Party is nothing more than propaganda?
You may not recall that people blamed Jill Stein for stealing votes from Hillary Clinton. What you don’t hear much about is that most of those people would have either stayed home instead of voting or simply left the presidential vote blank. Me being one of them so I am speaking from experience.
Coming back to the global pandemic, how can anyone say that with 50 million people now unemployed, these people no longer having access to their employer run healthcare, and 40 million people who didn’t have it anyway, how is voting for the guy who would purposefully block healthcare to every American somehow the “moral” choice? We had 40k people per year die due to lack of healthcare before COVID. How much more will this now increase due to the conditions created by the pandemic? If we vote for this system, how are we not culpable? How are we not responsible to future generations by making their living standards worse?
Even if you feel that the Green Party, or Howie Hawkins in this case, has no chance of winning, your vote means everything to them. If they get 5% of the vote, they get federal grants given to them to allow them to actually be competitive in the political arena. 15% and they get on the national debate stage so it isn’t just a Democrat saying “I’m not them” or a Republican doing the exact same thing while pointing the other direction.
If we truly value morals and ethics, the choice is simple. If politicians make it clear that they have no intention of helping my fellow Americans that I have fought, sweated, and bled for, then I have no intention of helping them. You see, I vote for policy, I don’t vote against people or personalities.
If you allow yourself the ability to understand that Donald Trump, as gross and depraved as he is, is simply a symptom of a very corrupting system, how does voting for that system defeat Donald Trump?
“How do you examine yourself? What happens when you interrogate yourself? What happens when you begin to call into question the tacit assumptions and un-articulated presuppositions, and begin then to become a different type of person?” -Cornel West