I have voted for the Green Party presidential ticket of Howie Hawkins and Angela Walker — who are just like Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, except that they’re actual progressives instead of corporate whores.
My vote-by-mail ballot is complete, in its sealed and signed envelope, and will go out in tomorrow’s mail. And my ballot will provide Green Party presidential candidate Howie Hawkins with one more vote.
I’m not fucking stupid; I know that Hawkins won’t win. I know that the third-party candidates are widely expected to do even worse this year than they did in 2016.
But I kicked myself after my vote for Barack Obama in 2008. Obama, who if he didn’t explicitly promise to be a progressive president certainly had no problem leaving you with that illusion, could have pushed through a progressive agenda when the Democrats held the White House, the Senate and the House of Representatives for the first two of his eight years in office.
Because Obama wasted his political capital trying to negotiate with the terrorists in Congress (that is, the Repugnicans, of course), he accomplished little in his first two years — a “health-care plan” first conceived of by a right-wing think tank and that the health-insurance industry rubber-stamped was not much of an “accomplishment” — and therefore the Dems lost the House of Representatives for the remaining six years of Obama’s presidency, ensuring that he’d get nothing progressive done.
In 2012 and in 2016, I voted for Green Party candidate Jill Stein; I’d first voted for the Green Party presidential candidate in 2000, when Ralph Nader ran. (In 2004 I did vote for John Kerry, as I view the also-illegitimate “President” George W. Bush in many ways having been even worse* than “President” Pussygrabber has been, and, as I noted, in 2008 I did, at the last moment, cast my vote for Obama, which I came to regret.)
Now, today, my “choice” was between the orange, infectious “President” Pussygrabber, a fascist who would be much scarier if he actually could pay attention to any one thing for more than five fucking seconds, and Hidin’ Joe Biden, a fucking center-right fossil who, as another corporate-whore “Democratic” president, will/would do even less than Obama did.
Had Biden not been an asshole, he might have garnered my vote, but the straw that broke the camel’s back was when he threw Bernie Sanders under the bus by remarking, when asked about the beyond-stupid “socialist” label (which the wingnuts always were going to apply to any Democratic presidential candidate), “I beat the socialist!”
You see, we progressives — you know, we actual Democrats — were supposed to support the Repugnican-Lite corporate whore Hidin’ Joe Biden in the name of “unity.” We all must get along, you see. But then, of course, Biden cavalierly bashed Bernie without a second thought when he perceived that he would gain politically by doing so.
Not only did Biden bash Bernie after the DINO establishment had lectured us Berners about getting on board with them, but the obsolete, Cold-War-era Biden furthered public ignorance by caving in to the moronic, right-wing (redundant) myth that “socialism” — which in actuality is about the caring about other human beings and about all human beings** — is “evil.” Socialism what Jesus Christ espoused, in black and white, in the New Testament — how about the time that Jesus, who turned over the money-changers’ tables, said that it’s easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than it is for a rich man to enter the kingdom of Heaven? — but the “Christo”fascists eschew Jesus’ anti-capitalist teachings in lieu of embracing capitalist evil (redundant).
And Hidin’ Joe Biden is more than fine with stifling the transformation of the United States into a more socioeconomically just nation as long as he perceives that by doing so, he can be president come January.
Also, of course, I have the luxury, as it were, of living in California. Right now The Economist gives Biden more than a 99-percent chance of winning California (and thus, under the anti-democratic, antiquated Electoral College system, all of California’s 55 electoral votes). I could have voted for Pussygrabber (which, admittedly, I briefly considered doing, in order to stick it to the DINOs) and it wouldn’t have made a fucking difference. (Go, Electoral College, where only about six states are expected to make the difference in this presidential election!)
Some might say that if I voted for Howie Hawkins — and I did — then I’m not taking this shit seriously.
No, quite the opposite. I take my vote quite seriously. I voted for the presidential candidate whose values, ideology and policy positions most closely match my own. That he has a snowball’s chance in hell, due to the Coke Party-Pepsi Party partisan duopoly, is not my fucking fault (or his).
On that note, by having voted for Howie Hawkins, I also voted for actually having a fucking choice in a presidential election for fucking once. A choice of two corporate whores, one perhaps a bit worse than the other, is not a choice. You can’t complain about never having a real, significant choice when you keep blindly obediently voting for either the Coke Party or the Pepsi Party (can’t tell the difference between the two corporate parties? Neither can I!).
What I would have regretted is having voted for Joe Biden, who has betrayed us actual progressives even before Election Day has come and gone. Because I know fully well what kind of president Biden is going to be: another do-nothing, corporate-ass-licking, caretaker president, just like Obama was. And our nation’s and the world’s problems are way past having another caretaker president.
My advice to you, if you haven’t voted already, would be to vote your conscience.
If you live in one of the six or so battleground states that will determine the outcome of the election and you couldn’t live with yourself knowing that you didn’t vote for Biden in order to prevent a second Pussygrabber term, then vote for Biden. I couldn’t be mad at you for that.
But if you live in a deep-blue state (like I do) — or a deep-red state — your vote for Biden won’t matter towards the Electoral College anyway, so vote for the candidate whose platform most matches yours.
We’re on track to get stuck with a do-nothing, status-quo-loving President Biden anyway. (The Economist right now gives Biden a 91-percent chance of winning the Electoral College and thus the presidency, while fivethirtyeight.com right now gives Biden an 87-percent chance of winning.)
But if you didn’t vote for Biden, at least you might feel a little bit better about his presidency, which I give about a 99-percent chance of being incredibly lackluster at best.
*The unelected and thus illegitimate “President” Pussygrabber is vile and vulgar, to be sure, and yes, he has further eroded our “democracy” by having shit and pissed all over not only our norms, but on many of our laws. (Yet according to the right wing it’s brown-skinned poor people who always are the “lawbreakers,” you see; the white elites may break law after law — causing much more damage to the populace than brown-skinned people ever could imagine doing — with complete impunity.)
While I’ll be happy to see Pussygrabber go — and go he will — under Pussygrabber’s “leadership” we haven’t seen the same level of the horrors that we saw under the “leadership” of George W. Bush, which included: from the get-go, a presidential election blatantly stolen by the U.S. Supreme Court; the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, which killed almost 3,000 Americans and which Bush had been warned about in a presidential daily briefing the month before; the bogus Vietraq War for Oil, which killed thousands upon thousands of innocent Iraqis and more than 4,000 U.S. troops; Hurricane Katrina, which killed almost 2,000 Americans despite plenty of advance notice; and the national economic meltdown that persisted from 2007 through 2009, which was the cherry on top of the dog-shit sundae that were the eight, long, long years of the unelected and thus illegitimate George W. Bush.
**I subscribe to what Bernie Sanders calls “democratic socialism,” which means that nothing happens without the approval of the majority of the voters. (And the voters, the people, not the fucking corporations, should have the political power.)
I do not subscribe to Communism as it has been practiced, or to any form of anti-democratic authoritarianism. No true progressive does. Calling us progressives/democratic socialists “Commies” is just a way to try to smear and to dismiss us at the same time.
Wingnuts can’t make the argument and so they don’t even try; being infantile, they resort to tired name-calling instead.