There’s No Such Thing As A Protest Vote
Clay Shirky
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Unfortunately, this is nothing more than another misguided attempt to justify sacrificing one’s ideals in one arena, in order give the illusion of satisfying them in another… Those willing to vote for a candidate that is not fit to serve in the office for which they are running, simply to avoid the election of what they perceive (rightly or wrongly) is a MORE unfit candidate, have no business lecturing anyone about “conscience,” as it their own egos that they are following, not their conscience… And, this applies equally to both Trump and Hillary, neither of whom is fit for the office of president, AND to their “supporters,” who, by and large (given their respective disapproval ratings among even their own voters,) are not voting FOR their candidate, but AGAINST the other.) In the above situation, the assumption is being made that THEIR choice conforms to the standard they set forth — “what keeps you from doing things that feel good to you but hurt other people.” However, in no reality does electing a candidate that exemplifies the corruption and corporate greed that has stricken our political system, or a maniac, “not hurt others,” REGARDLESS of what your view of political reality is…

I said this in 2000, and I’ll say it again… If Democrats lose the election, it will be entirely their, and the DNC’s, fault, not the fault of the voters who actually voted, but not Democrat… (Unless, of course, you somehow think that a voter’s vote belongs to someone other than themselves…) And, the same applies to Republicans….

Democrats have what should be an easy win here (just as they did in 2000…) But, given Hillary’s disapproval ratings and the fact that an ever-growing segment of the voting population is not going to vote for her, I say that the DNC should have taken that into consideration when they nominated her. And, again, the same applies to Republicans… Hillary Clinton would have been an easy win for Republicans… (Of course, this was provided they weren’t going to nominate a sexist, homophobic, religious extremist, which, given the dismal state of the Republican Party in those regards, they didn’t have…)

The fact that the DNC didn’t take any of those things into consideration, means they are COUNTING on the very thing this author says, that we have a two-party political system, and no one will listen to you if you step outside it. The corruption that is Hillary Clinton COUNTED on that very thing, and voters are noticing it… And, it is this system that third party voters are making a protest against, not just the individual candidates… (Of course, the author is obviously a supporter of the status quo, and simply doesn’t understand that, in order to change it, quite a few voters MUST vote third party…)

Donald Trump is not fit to be president… But, Hillary Clinton is not fit to be president either. I won’t go into why, we all know why. And, when this author’s “political reality” IS the problem, (having given us TWO unfit candidates, both wildly unpopular, with disapproval ratings higher than any other before them,) then voting against either of them is not a “protest vote” against them, its an attempt to fix the problem. Many Trump supporters, just like many Bernie supporters, especially the ones that won’t support Hillary, recognize it, and want it changed, too…

Hillary asked the question herself… “Why am I not 50 points ahead of Trump?” I think the answer should be crystal clear…

But, in the end, stop “beating up” voters who have chosen not to accept the corruption of Hillary, or the mania of Trump, by making thinly veiled attacks on their ideas of conscience and ideals… You’re either supporting a candidate who embodies the worst sort of corruption in politics, or a maniac… It’s not those that choose third party candidates whose conscience is questionable…

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