"Why is it a leftist’s job to continue over and over to compromise their morals when they could so easily once again join that majority of people who leave the ballot blank or stay home? Why is it not the job of the candidate to convince leftists to vote for them? Isn’t that . . . the whole point of a campaign?"
... If my main concern is press freedom for whistleblowers, Donald Trump and Pete Buttigieg are indistinguishable to me. If I care about prison reform, what’s the difference between Donald Trump and Kamala Harris? The education policy of Cory Booker and Donald Trump are virtually the same. I can’t tell the difference between where Joe Biden and Donald Trump stand on foreign policy. These are the issues which truly affect the world’s most disadvantaged: the non-American, non-white, non-wealthy human beings around the globe. By “voting blue no matter who,” I am telling the Democratic Party that it does not have to worry about such issues (or such people). I am sending the message that as long as one pays lip service to my reproductive rights, puts queer people in a commercial, or says the wall wouldn’t properly keep all those horrible illegal immigrants out, they have done enough. And, as a white, upper-middle class person, despite being queer and female, my life would probably not change. It might even get better.
However, can I really then say that I care for my fellow women while I endorse a government that kills them en masse in Yemen? Can I truly argue that I fight for other queer folks when the party I signed my name for still deports them back to countries where their lives are in danger? Can I say I am an ally to Black Americans while I vote for someone whose policies will do nothing to fight their mass incarceration? Glossing over such realities and demanding that others fall in line regardless of who wins the Party’s nomination so you can rest easy with the knowledge that the pig is now wearing a thick coat of lipstick is the epitome of privilege.
As it stands, I feel there are about four or five Democrats who have earned my vote and, if they win the election, I will happily cast my ballot for them. To me, these are the compromises. None of them are perfect — I disagree with just about all of them on gun control, I worry they are ingenuine about wanting to divest from the war economy, and none of them are as strong on labor rights as I would like. On top of these disagreements, I also know that I will always have the option to cast my ballot for the Green Party candidate, someone I know I could feel proud of were they to win and who I trust unconditionally to enact an agenda I support. If I vote blue, despite all that, you can be sure that I am giving up all of the ground I can without losing my morals. So, when someone tells me to “vote blue no matter who,” they essentially say that not only are they incapable of distinguishing between the 20+ candidates currently running for president and don’t care to, but that they cannot conceive of someone who sees progressive candidates as the middle ground. The phrase itself gives away that its advocates do not have a full image of the political spectrum in their minds and, as such, can only think to criticize based on false assumptions.
In the United States, we teach folks from a young age that the political spectrum exists between right and left and that the Democratic Party is as good as it ever gets for the left side. Instead of educating each other about comprehensive ideologies, we talk about issues and emphasize those upon which Democrats and Republicans disagree. It can seem as though the spectrum is wide-ranging but in reality most folks fall outside of it — if for no other reason than most folks don’t vote. Why is it a leftist’s job to continue over and over to compromise their morals when they could so easily once again join that majority of people who leave the ballot blank or stay home? Why is it not the job of the candidate to convince leftists to vote for them? Isn’t that . . . the whole point of a campaign?
Democrats frequently talk about trying to move to the middle to catch Republicans (which doesn’t really work) because they have been deluded into believing that their base will support whoever they put up. They do things that make us unhappy because they face no consequences for doing so. We fall in line, they learn that we are expendable, and they no longer have a reason to keep us satisfied by making our lives better in the practical world. Why else would every other pundit say that farther left candidates are “risky” but moderate candidates are “safe?” ...
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