I am pretty passionate about my right to vote. I am a student of American history. I love, in a visceral way, the story of how those revolutionaries not only toppled the monarchy but went on to create a democratic republic.
But you know what?
I am so NOT a fan of the “two party system.” I am a progressive. A liberal. A lefty. A socialist in a lot of ways.
I don’t find my positions supported by either of the two giant political parties that now dominate every single election in this country.
I’m a Bernie voter. That means that I am now under all kinds of pressure from the Hillary crew, who want me to throw my vote to their candidate. They are becoming increasingly shrill as they yell at me about “throwing away” my vote, or “voting for Trump” just because I refuse to give my precious one vote to Mrs. Clinton.
But here’s the thing. I never signed up to vote “Blue, no matter who.” Never. I agree with John Adams, a guy who put his life on the line to overthrow tyranny. He said this:
“There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution.”
If anyone has a right to speak on the two party system, I have to believe it would be John Adams. I do NOT support a system which leaves all of the power in the hands of two small elitist groups.
I am a progressive. Hillary Clinton is a main stream Democrat. I believe, after having researched and thought deeply, that a vote for her is a vote for a continuation of the current administration.
I do NOT want to continue the drone strikes and the endless wars. I do NOT want the government to continue to rake in billions of dollars in interest on student loans. I do NOT want the government to be owned and operated by lobbyists and special interests. I do NOT want the oil/gas industry to continue to decide our energy policy.
I am a progressive.
I believe in a multi-party system. I believe in voting for the candidate who best reflects my beliefs.
I will NOT vote “blue, no matter who.”
What the hell, folks? Have we really given up our free thinking, our beliefs, our independence?
THINK HARD before you vote.
There are other alternatives.