2016 election. We have a problem.
Right now, The Left is bitterly divided between two camps — let’s call them “Liberals” and “Radicals” as shorthand— presenting the very real danger that this split may help elect Donald Trump.
What’s going on?
The Liberals are yelling at the Radicals: “A vote for a third party is a vote for Trump! You have to wait to criticize her until after the election, but right now you have no choice but to help elect Clinton first! #ImWithHer and you better be, too!”
Meanwhile, the Radicals are shouting back: “Stop with the blackmail and shaming! We obviously don’t want Trump but if we just hand over our vote to a Wall St.-funded warmonger we surrender our only voice…because let’s be real, you Liberals are not going to do what it takes to hold her accountable afterwards.”
In this depressing state of affairs, neither side trusts the other. Momentum is suppressed and turnout may be low. The nightmare of Donald Trump being president is becoming all too real.
Luckily, there is a solution that brings everyone together!
The VOTE-4-ACTION swap!
Let’s build bridges by making this transactional!
Every Radical who is willing to reluctantly cast their vote for Clinton is paired up with a Liberal who in exchange for that vote pledges that they will put their own bodies on the line and actually protest Clinton once Trump is defeated.
(Note: To fulfill their oath, the Liberal has to actually get beaten and/or arrested while protesting so please be patient as it may take more than one try). To ensure the integrity of this agreement, the Radical gets their new Liberal BFF’s personal phone number, email and home address and is granted the full legal right to harass them until they show up in the streets.
It’s a Win Win!
But in the end, this is about more than just politics. It’s about bringing friends together. At it’s heart, the VOTE-4-ACTION swap is a buddy system. If you are a Liberal just post on social media that you are ready to get your ass kicked for justice, and then wait to get chosen by a Radical who then commits to voting for Clinton in return. Once the agreement is completed, you will have both contributed to creating a better world. And nothing creates friends like fighting for justice together!
So if you Liberals really want Radicals to join you in voting for Clinton, you need to do more than say “She’s Not Trump!” You need to put your body where your mouth is, and show you are truly dedicated to real change.
And if you Radicals are looking for some way to not throw your vote away, know that you finally have a way to get Liberals to do more than vote every 4 years.
To find your action buddy, just tweet #Vote4Action along with these hashtags.
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Gan Golan is an artist, activist and NY Times bestselling author. You can see more of his work at: www.gangolan.com