Saturday, March 5, 2016

Don't You Know That You Can Count Me Out: I Ain't With Her

I voted for a female for president in 2012. I was not about to vote for the moderately conservative corporatist Barack Obama. Hell, I hadn't voted for that self proclaimed New Democrat (read corporation friendly) Bill Clinton, the president who helped eliminate Glass-Steagall putting American taxpayers on the hook for the casino capitalism of investment banks, the president who, along with Newt Gingrich, helped transform welfare making it more difficult for those who really need it to get, in 1992 or 1998. If Bernie Sanders is not the Democratic (Socialist) nominee in 2016 and if he doesn't run as a Green or a Socialist for president I will be voting for a woman again, Jill Stein, the likely Green candidate for president, the person who I voted for in 2012. Unlike the moderately conservative corporatist Clinton, Stein, at least in my opinion, cares more about the men and women of the 99% than for those few who work for Wall Street in its broadest sense, the same Wall Street Clinton has received significant amounts of money from for her presidential campaigns, the same person who spoke to Wall Street reportedly receiving thousands of dollars for doing so. While I will not vote for Clinton, I would vote for another woman who really cares about the 99%, Elizabeth Warren, if she ran for president. Hey wouldn't a Sanders-Warren ticket be awesome in 2016? Anyway, though many of my friends disagree with me about my voting logic pointing out that in a two party systems sometimes you have to hold your nose and vote strategically sometimes, I urge all of you out there in cyberland, particularly those who supported Bernie Sanders, who was undone in large part by a Democratic Party primary process rigged in favour of the establishment candidate--Clinton, of course--and the front loading of Southern states with their populations who seem to care more about symbolic politics and name recognition rather than real political change that would benefit all of the 99%, to vote for Stein. If we really want real political change we need to start just saying no to establishment corporate friendly 1% candidates like Hillary Clinton.

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