All I’m going to say about this ridiculous election.
Hey guys! I know that I’ve been really quiet lately. I’ve been busy and overwhelmed with other social media stuff. I’ve barely said anything about this election, but since it’s tomorrow, here’s what I have to say:
Tomorrow morning I’m going to vote for Hillary Clinton. I’m not moved by the fact that she’ll be the first female president. I’m not exactly enthusiastic about her as a candidate (I voted for Bernie in the primary). I’m totally aware of the role she has played in a destructive crime bill in the ‘90s*, voting to invade Iraq, or other nefarious acts of foreign policy during her tenure as Secretary of State. She’s not an ideal candidate. I understand why folks on the left are opting to vote for Stein or are abstaining altogether. You do you, it’s your right to vote the way you want to vote. This is America, it’s one of the perks of living here.
What I won’t, however, accept is the narrative that a Clinton presidency just as bad as a Trump presidency.
The idea that Trump would be the safer option because he’s all talk stems from a basic ass misunderstanding of the GOP. Trump is a blowhard, but if you don’t think there are Republican congressmen and senators who are just as eager to make sanctuary cities for undocumented people a thing of the past, who want to repeal Obamacare, who want to make voter suppression the law of the land, who approve of national stop and frisk, who want to deny Syrian refugees entry into this country based on Islamophobic bullshit, you’re buggin. It’s no secret that the Democratic party can and has dabbled in fucked up bullshit. But how anyone on the left can be apathetic at the idea of a Republican president, house, and senate is mind blowing, especially with an empty spot on the SCOTUS and an ailing progressive (RBG) still hanging in there.
Call me a shill or a bad leftist, but I’m thinking about the fate of reproductive justice, voting rights, SCOTUS appointees, equal pay, undocumented immigrants, etc. Leaving those crucial topics, ones that disproportionately hurt marginalized people, up to a bunch of fucking Republicans is more horrific to me than having a another neoliberal (with policy that really isn’t very different than Obama’s) in the White House for four years. Activist Brittany Packnett tweeted something the other day that resonated with me. I can’t copy it all, but it included, “I can’t expect someone to fight for our liberation if they must work extra to buy asthma meds because Trump ended ACA...we operate with a lot of privilege when we demand people place our aspirations ahead of their current wage, care, or immigration status.” Things CAN get worse, for people here AND abroad, and I believe that as far as viable options go, Hillary is better. If I can do whatever I can, in my power, to prevent a bigot endorsed by white nationalists and literal klansmen, from being president, I will.
I’m not under the delusion that a Clinton presidency will be sparkling; the woman is a hawk and I’m just waiting for some fucked up foreign policy decision. But I don’t think that the best response to this unfortunate fact is to be apathetic or fetishize the notion that a Trump presidency will ignite leftist revolution, or to buy into the idea that since the system is fucked up, there’s no way to effectively work within it. Don’t underestimate the power you have. Sure, that might sound like BS if you don’t live in a swing state, but local elections are a massive deal too. Who your senator is matters, who your congressperson is matters, who is in charge of your local school board or the court system fucking matters, and you have a stake in that. Shit, if you can’t stand to vote for any presidential candidate, at least consider voting down ballot. Anyway, that’s all I have to say. Fingers crossed.