Voting Is One Thing, but Let's Not Let Partisan Loyalties Numb Us to Injustice

It's time to change the rules of the United States' electoral process that systematically discriminates against third parties.(Photo: DonkeyHotey)

To all those whose driving motivation this election season is to stop Donald Trump at all costs, and see voting for Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine as the only means of accomplishing it, I want to say that I get it. Totally! I see Trump as a frighteningly huge threat, too!

But what I don’t get is why so many people who have decided to vote Democratic in this election as a means to stop Trump don’t simultaneously see a Clinton/Kaine administration as a tremendous threat. And every time I hear someone deny, ignore, or soft-peddle how destructive the policies and interests that Clinton and Kaine represent are, my sense of threat only intensifies, because it means that they are more likely to look the other way in the face of the coming administration’s crimes, just as so many did and continue to do, with the crimes of Obama/Biden and Clinton/Gore.

It makes me ask, as I have before, how it is that so many people seem to be able to muster intense moral outrage in the face of wrongdoing, but only when Republicans are the perpetrators. Why is it that when the Democrats are the guilty party — indeed, even when they are advancing Republican policies that liberals had vigorously denounced only a few short years before — the response is a resounding silence?

As someone who has followed politics intensely (and even got involved in electoral campaigns) since 1968 when I was nine, I desperately want to get out of this downward spiral, which is perpetuated by the same narrow debate about lesser and greater evils every four years, only to begin again from a worse starting point with the next turn in the vicious cycle.

For more original Truthout election coverage, check out our election section, “Beyond the Sound Bites: Election 2016.”

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