Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like
We’re getting nervous here at What The Hell. About Donald Drumpf (look it up). And since I never promised this would be a politics-free zone, permit me to riff a little on Paul Krugman’s NYT column this morning, in which he lays it out for those tempted to vote for Gary Johnson or Jill Stein. Headlines these past couple of weeks suggest that a dangerously high number of voters are leaning third-party.
I know of which I speak here because I voted for Ralph Nader — twice. I’m familiar with the idea that I can, and have the right to, make a statement with my vote, a statement that the system has failed and I’m not going to validate it by falling in line.
Krugman has the perfect response to that notion: “Nobody cares.” That’s right. Nobody cares about your statement, and in the end your statement is pointless because:
Either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton will be sworn in as president next January. It won’t be Gary Johnson and it won’t be Jill Stein.
In other words, your third-party vote is going to help or hurt Clinton or Trump. But to be okay with that, you really ought to know what kind of ideas you’re confirming.
Krugman details the Libertarian Party platform. It includes gems like eliminating public education, getting rid of all regulation, and scrapping the income tax.
Plus Gary Johnson is a pothead.
Four words: “And what is Aleppo?”
As for Jill Stein, who the hell knows what she believes in, other than a rainbow sky and My Little Pony unicorns prancing through wind farms. I’m sure the Green Party platform is full of things I’m all for, but Jill Stein is not going to be president and there’s no such thing as unicorns.
So. To recap. This election is going to set the course of the country for the next generation (in part because of the Supreme Court). If you like the idea of unpermitted concealed carry (as Missouri just made law), if you want money and time wasted on a useless, impossible wall, if you think it’s okay to round up Muslims, if you believe in trickle-down economics that benefit the 1%, if you think you can be proud of a country represented on the world stage by Donald Trump, then go ahead and make your third-party statement.
But here’s what your statement really means: “I don’t care what happens. The way I feel about myself is more important.”
Read Krugman’s piece for more necessary encouragement.