I’ve been saying this for a number of years throughout social media, but it bears repeating yet again. By now all of you should know that both primary races have come to an end & in November Americans will cast ballots to elect either Hillary Clinton (D) or Donald Trump (R) as our next commander in chief. Some (like me) who are disgusted with this reality are choosing to either not vote at all, or as is the case with me, vote for a third party candidate. This has caused many on both sides to make it their business to tell others that they must vote for a Democrat or Republican. Of course, I don’t agree with this assessment nor the accompanying bullying that normally rides along with it. You DO NOT “have” to vote exclusively between #Democrats & #Republicans. This rhetoric often comes the mouths of the “sheeple” who keep saying this, in different manifestations of the same flawed reasoning:
“If you vote 3rd party or not at all, it’s the same as voting for your opposition,” – Folks, every election cycle both sides have members who don’t vote or don’t vote for their guy/gal. Every time. The only thing that matters is which side has the higher ratio of this. Not voting for #Trump or not voting, only means anything if #Clinton has a smaller amount of constituency who does this. If the percentage is about the same then it balances out. It’s an egregious false equivalency from unprincipled cowards.
“If you don’t vote it’s a slap in the face to those who fought for our (blacks, women) right to do so,” – its the race & gender card hurled as one. There’s a huge difference between not having a right at all or being intimidated from exercising it, and simply choosing to not to exercise it of your own volition. The right to vote doesn’t vanish into thin air because one chooses not to. In fact, when we are presented with poor choices it’s a bolder statement which says, “Neither of you are worthy of something as valuable as my vote & you will not force me to choose between two equally bad choices,” I don’t think choosing between two evils is quite what Women’s rights suffragettes and Civil Rights activists had in mind for posterity.
When people try to lay the guilt trip on you or bully you into supporting something or someone that goes against your good judgement, stand your ground & remember that you only have to answer to self.
Until next musing…