To say this has been an interesting presidential election season would be an understatement. Regardless of who is declared president after the polls close three weeks from tomorrow, this is almost certainly a tussle that historians will pick over and analyze for decades to come, if not centuries. They’re apt to do that when an election reveals deep fissures in society, as has this one.
But of course there’s more to it than that. Donald Trump’s candidacy is not just about a political outsider emerging as the champion of ostensible insiders (mostly white males) who have come to see themselves as disenchanted, frustrated outsiders amid long term changes in the national economy, culture, and demography.
Among other things, it’s also about a startlingly unqualified person taking the reigns of a major party against the wishes of that party’s leadership; an unleashing of various bigotries that have forced comfortable Americans to stop pretending racism and sexism aren’t real problems; and the dramatic erosion of lines separating entertainment and politics.
Amid this whirlwind of upheaval, Hillary Clinton now seems very likely to win. Our Lady of the Establishment looks ever more presidential, partly in contrast to Trump’s glaring ineptitude, but mostly because so many people find The Donald to be utterly contemptible.
Under more banal circumstances, her victory might have been most noteworthy for the United States electing its first female president nearly a century after the 19th Amendment guaranteed women the right to vote. under current conditions, it will now largely be seen as a moment when simple sanity held sway over startling lunacy.
Regardless of how high the stakes appear, however, there are still only two good reasons why you should vote for Hillary Clinton:
- You believe she would be a good president
- You don’t believe she would be a good president, but you live in a swing state and don’t want Donald Trump to become president
For these two reasons, tens of millions of people will vote for Hillary Clinton, and I applaud them. I really do think it’s important we avoid the wretched shambles of a Trump presidency.
However, neither of these reasons apply to me or many other millions of voters. When such is the case, we should recognize it and vote accordingly. Continue reading Throw Your Vote Away