I hope you third party voters are having more fun at Hogwarts than we are back here.
Last time you turned an election, the difference was:
1. Gore would have gotten us into the climate change fight back when there was still a chance to avoid the worst of it.
2. Gore would have used the Clinton surplus to take the Social Security trust fund out of the budget calculations as a current asset–what he meant in the debate when he said “put Social Security in a lock box.” Of course, the Bush tax cuts would not have happened and so the national debt would be a lot less.
3. Gore was VP when Clinton turned down the neocon plan to go “finish the job” in Iraq, so he probably would have demurred. If he did go, he would not have gone off-budget. Another reason the national debt would be a lot less.
So, earlier in the week Trump put a climate change denier in charge of the EPA.
Today, he picked a guy to head the Labor Department who opposes any federal minimum wage and so opposes raising the one we have and who was on a jihad against Obama’s revision of the overtime rules to expand the number of employees who qualify for overtime when they work over 40 hours a week.
So, the push to raise the minimum wage is history and the argument between Clinton and Sanders about how much the raise should be is moot. And non-union workers can kiss their overtime goodbye.
And he is stacking his national security bureaucracy with people who want to expand the war on terror to make it a war on all of Islam—the Islamic State’s wet dream.
I quit the Democrats and I do not regret it because they are bought and I’m tired of the ambient sleaze. However, as an Independent I’ll vote for the best candidate who has a chance of winning.
If you don’t have the juice to take over the Democratic Party like the Tea Party did the Republican Party, then you don’t have the juice to take over the country.
This year has been even worse for pissing away your vote on a third party, because at least Ralph Nader was qualified to be POTUS. Stein is not. I thought Johnson was until I heard him try to discuss foreign affairs. He made Sarah Palin sound like Secretary of State material.
So we had a choice between two corrupt candidates. One was the most qualified candidate I’ve ever seen nominated by either party and one was the least qualified.
I’m not talking about policy disagreements. I’m talking about whether they have the skills to drive the goddam bus, not whether I agree with the destination.
But, as I set out at the beginning of this rant, Trump is pushing every policy choice in the wrong direction. He’s also promised that all of his SCOTUS nominees will be “pro-life,” which creates better than even odds that in his first term the votes will be there to reverse Roe v. Wade and the gay rights revolution will be stopped in its tracks.
And just in case you were going to just tune out of politics and light a joint, I forgot to mention that Trump has nominated an Attorney General who has been harshly critical of the failure of the Justice Department to use federal power against the states that have been decriminalizing and legalizing marijuana.
Weed is now legal for some purposes in over half the states but the federal law controls and Trump is putting somebody in charge who will use federal law to keep up the fiction that marijuana is as dangerous as methamphetamine.
That we’ve come to this pass is not the fault of third party voters alone and that’s not what I’m claiming.
I’m just saying that I don’t what to hear you telling me that there are not policy differences between the two corrupt major parties and therefore it’s OK to vote third party or stay home on election day because that choice of cancer or polio means nothing to the average person.
To that argument, I want to say STFU.