The Illusion of Voting Third Party
Austin Frank
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Your “mathematical” argument is wrong — due to the electoral college.

Over 80% of US voters do not live in a swing state. Their votes for R or D are completely wasted.

For a better analysis see here.

You are hardly disinterested. Your whole career has involved perpetuating the obviously broken system to the dismal point we have reached today, where we have two candidates that are widely loathed even by many in their own parties.

The lack of choice means that we simply do not even deal with the most pressing issues that face the nation today. What, exactly, will our children and grandchildren do for jobs? How can we remedy a society which has more of its own citizens incarcerated than any other?

Since both candidates favor more spending on the military (Hillary even wanted to remove the sequester on military spending) when exactly will we stop the ruinous foreign wars that have continued unbroken for seventy years now?

Will we ever hold the rich and powerful accountable for criminal acts? As an ex-Wall Streeter, I was completely shocked that almost no one went to jail for the Global Financial Crisis — HSBC alone pled guilty to thousands of counts of money laundering, a felony which should carry 7 to 14 years in jail.

On these matters, and many others, there is no light between the two parties. If any of these issues are of great importance to you, you are simply out in the cold.

And over all of this, the specter of climate change — the one issue future generations will remember this time for, something which will cost Americans in the twenty-first century far more than all the wars in the twentieth century put together.

Here we have the choice between an out-and-out denier who will actually make things worse, and someone who claims to to believe in anthropogenic global warming, but promises action which is, assuming you believe the consensus of science, at best 20% of what actually needs to be done.

Of course, I doubt we’ll even get that much.

Candidate Obama promised us, “This was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on Earth,” but later President Obama said when running for his second term, “We’ve built enough pipeline to encircle the Earth and then some.”

Had you told me in 2008 that in 2016 we’d still have thousands of Americans still fighting in Iraq; we’d still have soldiers fighting in Afghanistan; that actual action of any substance on climate change would still be a promise for the future; that we’d be starting new wars without Congressional authorization in Libya and Syria; that we’d be killing in half a dozen other countries, countries with which we are not at war, using cowardly and inhuman drone attacks; that Guantanamo Bay detention camp would still be open; that none of the criminals behind the global financial crisis would be jailed for their admitted felonies; that our most transparent president would end up being obsessed with government privacy and crushing whistleblowers; had you told me these things in 2008 watching Candidate Obama become President, I’d have laughed in your face.

And Hillary is offering us a lot less than Mr. Obama did as a candidate — and I’d be naïve to expect her to deliver a fraction of that.

We have listened to the broken advice dispensed by you and other Democrats and Republicans for thirty years now, and look where it has gotten us.

It is likely you will live to see climate change (and the absence of future jobs, and the neglect of the infrastructure, and the hundred other problems from education to incarceration to the broken social safety net that are never addressed) ravage your economy and your society. When that happens, I really do hope you don’t try to slough off the blame.

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