I’ve long believed the “voting for the lesser of two evils” rather than one’s conscience amounts to nothing more than a cop out and and a form of coercion.
People generally will dismiss the idea as they prefer to think of themselves as a free willed and informed voter, yet it is this very coercion that has led to what I’ve referred to as an establishment electorate.
An electorate that can be manipulated and led down the garden path while all the time believing they’ve done their civic duty and what’s best.
There are political machines in place as represented by the DNC and RNC – machines no less manipulative and coercive than Tammany Hall and Boss Tweed.
The fact that this is the 21st century and a prevailing presumption that people are so well informed, so educated as to be dupe proof lends itself to manipulations – the very idea that they as a voter could be duped is unacceptable even while commonplace.
I’ve said before I haven’t a problem with a woman president and I don’t, but not just any woman merely because she’s a woman, rather one capable of elevating the office of president.
I’ve also said Hillary Clinton ain’t the one in my opinion – Jill Stein could be but the system doesn’t operate that way and so once again this election will come down to the lesser of two evils.
It won’t matter how egregious the lies that emanate from either side nor the history of the party and convention vetted candidates.
If a candidate doesn’t have the logo of an ass or lumbering elephant affixed to their forehead the media has always dutifully gone along with party agendas – a part of that agenda is to ridicule and undermine any third party or Independent candidate, to devote the lions share of coverage to the anointed or the one with the largest war chest.
Bernie Sanders represented an opportunity to change the way political business is conducted in this country and was perceived as threat to the establishment – now it’s back to square one in the Fall and the contrived option of lesser evils.
Jill Stein offers the same opportunity as Sanders, so if it’s actually about something more than electing a woman, any woman, Stein deserves a look.
Rather than “I’m with Hillary” those whose focus is centered on electing a woman conscience should dictate “ I’m for meaningful change”.