Hillary and the Greater Good (or Fuck Your Right to Vote Your Conscience)
Yes, you should vote for whoever you want until you shouldn’t.
A few months ago, the Huffington Post published a short article on Donald Trump, explaining they would not cover him in their Political section, but rather as part of their Entertainment branch. They called him a sideshow.
Nobody’s laughing now.
I live in Europe. Trump implying that he could maybe, possibly, potentially, intentionally renege on America’s NATO duties is in direct conflict with my life goal of staying alive.
I’ll come back to this in a minute.
Most people I know like to toot their own horn about how they’d want to do more, how they are woke and feel the world needs nicer people who think about the greater good and not just themselves.
It’s a beautiful sentiment really, with about as much market value as Ecuadorian digital currency.
I’ve been reading a lot of articles and posts lately about how Hillary is a criminal, a warmonger, and a danger to society. People who claim that now is the time to think about a third party candidate and to “vote your conscience”.
Also a fine sentiment. The problem is I refuse to believe the world could potentially be bombed back to the Middle Ages just because a small percentage of the Democratic voter based decided to vote their conscience.
Now is the time to think about this Greater Good I keep hearing so much about.
Hillary might be a lot of things. She might not have been who we wanted to break that glass ceiling, or who we wanted to represent the US in the world stage, but she’s in the fortunate position of being up against a candidate that’s at best a narcissist with a penchant for bad publicity (better than no publicity at all) and at worst intrinsically evil. She’s not the hero we need, but she’s the hero we got [quote left intentionally mangled].
The point is, if you vote your conscience, there’s a very real, very palpable possibility that Trump, and the rest of the trigger-happy, witch-hunty, racist, misogynist entourage of his, will be elected to the highest, most powerful office in the world.
This is not the moment for selfishness, and thinking what would be better for me as a person. This is the Greater Good. Stopping the Make America Great Again movement is the Greater Good. For the whole world even.
I strongly believe we are at the gates of what historians will write in the future as the event that plunged the world into a new World War. One we will not be coming back from easily.
We’re months away from an Archduke Franz Ferdinand event. Months away from a Reichstag fire event.
Do not vote your conscience. Vote to make sure racism, isolationism, and ultra nationalism doesn’t seize power.
You don’t have to like it.