quick note for the record here.
Sanders endorsed Hillary, as expected. He’s got to go back to the Senate, that’s fine. Part of his deal for his time in the limelight was that he has to play the part of the sheepdog now. That’s ok, we don’t have to go along with it.
First of all, Bernie’s candidacy was an amazing success, given the uphill odds, the game being rigged against him, etc. Here are some of the things we learned in more detail:
Bernie got something like 45% support among Democratic primary voters, and he regularly outperformed Clinton in heads-up polling against all Republican candidates. Alternative candidates *are* absolutely viable – the line that “a non-standard candidate would be unpopular/unelectable” is now fully debunked.
We got to dig into Hillary’s qualifications as a Democrat and boy, did we find a mess of reasons why she would not be at all acceptable as a president. My top two are that Hillary is pro-war to the point of surrounding herself with NeoCon’s and acting like one herself, and Hillary is is fully pro-corporate status quo, which means economically anti-progressive. In addition to policy, there are also some troubling ethical questions with the tens (hundreds?) of millions in “donations”, blatant evasion of FOIA while she was Sec of State — in other words the trust factor is far from adequate for the job.
We found out that the mainstream media is in the pockets of the mainstream parties — so one should double check news and dig deeper to get any semblance of the truth on controversial political subjects.
We found out that the process of counting votes is… um… well there’s something funny about it. Look at the California Dem. primary election, the numbers that were reported on election night and what they really turned out to be.
And last but not least, we found out that our 2-party system gives us 2 bad choices. In my opinion, accepting either of those choices will only guarantee that you continue to receive 2 bad choices in the future. The thing to do is bite the bullet, and vote for a 3rd party regardless of the consequences. Only then will the your “usual” party, whichever one it is, have the incentive to actually represent you.
Jill Stein (Green) (my personal pick) –or– Gary Johnson (Libertarian)
In the long run, the thing to do is promote Ranked Choice Voting / Instant Runoff Voting, and Proportional Representation — these are well known technical ways to conduct democratic voting in a way that avoids locking everyone into a “2-party” black-and-white format. Read up on these and inform others when these issues arise!