A cartoon of the 2016 elections

Reiteration: Don’t fall in line.

This election is not in the same playing field as previous ones. This is due to the organizing, access and sense of community online. It’s especially not the same playing field as it was sixteen years ago. Referencing Nader is useless. The spoiler myth has been debunked. Think outside of mainstream polls that most people and youth don’t even look to. They’re rigged.

The biggest voter block in America, right now is the Independent Party. While the Democrats and the Republicans are split. Therefore, majority of Americans aren’t stuck in the bipartisan binary. Bernie Sanders, being a figures guy, and the longest standing Independent US Senator, had to have known this when he decided to run. Not to mention, at his rallies, he pumped his supporters with information, leaving us to connect the dots. His style of speaking, what he chose to speak about and the integrity in what he said, was enough to wake a silent majority of people up.

This majority of us kept his campaign solid. Thanks, in big part, to our caucusing, canvassing, phone-banking, fundraising and sharing information through social media, Bernie Sanders remained a worthy political adversary to the status quo. As a majority, we refused to identify vitriol hurled at Sanders by mainstream media as anything more than smear tactics or an attempt to discourage an electorate. We collectively laughed at White feminists, political pundits and celebrocrats coming forward in droves to advertise the trendy & self-righteous #ImWithHer pseudo-progressive sentiment in solidarity with this neo-liberal nominee. We also voted.

Bernie’s campaign distracted us from the mainstream, the celebrity culture and the delusion of only one person “spearheading” a movement; Sanders said it himself, “Not me, us!”

For that reason, his most ardent supporters are people that can think for themselves. We don’t need Bernie to continue the progressive movement, we only needed him as a reminder that a country for and of the people, is possible! Most of us laugh when people try to name-drop or use an endorsement as a strategy to sway Bernie or Bust progressives into shilling to Hillary Clinton. Those people don’t get it. They never will. Bernie or Bust is a concept, not an example of die-hard fandom, contrary to what pundits and talk show hosts might project. You can’t sway us with “See! Becky, jumped off the bridge and now you should too!” Bernie or Bust includes an Or in the concept, which gives the movement options. Shills should have looked into the context of the Bust before assuming these tactics could herd us into voting for Her.

Media loves to highlight idiots, but there are enough people in our country keenly aware of and experiencing firsthand, the crisis they’re in. It doesn’t take much to understand that political corruption and crony capitalism are at the root of most of the problems average people face. Yeah pundits, it’s that bad.

Most of us also know that a Clinton presidency will not change our circumstances anymore than a Trump presidency. It comes from a place of privilege and ignorance to suggest otherwise. When you stack the two candidates together, they are merely two sides to one coin. Donald Trump says racist things, but racism existed in America long before him. That wall he proposes is already built. His threats of mass deportation are also late once you discover the record number of deportations under President Obama’s current administration.

In 1994, Hillary Clinton supported the crime bill, which resulted in historically low unemployment rates, for both black and white Americans. Mass incarceration was also a result of this bill, which targeted mostly people of color. In 1996, Hillary Clinton staunchly supported Bill Clinton ending a federal welfare system called Aid to Families With Dependent Children(AFDC). This removed the federal aid, gave a block grant to the states, placed a five-year limit on welfare assistance, included work requirements, excluded undocumented immigrants from licensed professions, and gutted $54 billion of public welfare funding. In 2008, Hillary Clinton called the removal a “success.”

Trump might be racist in his speech, but Clinton will be racist in her policies, both foreign and domestic. Not to mention a grand infrastructure of decades-long cronyism from her husband’s presidency to really prolong the crisis of income inequality, corporate fascism and traditional racism that has existed in America for far too long. For these reasons, Trump doesn’t scare us anymore than Clinton.

All of this is why we will be voting Jill Stein. The playing field is unprecedented, Americans are smarter than the powers at be want us to recognize, enough of us have been backed into a corner and we are the majority.