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    Trump’s Disintegration Means It’s Not Just Safe to Vote Green, It’s Mandatory

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    Trump’s Disintegration Means It’s Not Just Safe to Vote Green, It’s Mandatory
    Submitted by Bruce A. Dixon on Thu, 10/20/2016 – 00:00

    A BAR radio commentary by Bruce A. Dixon
    The election is more than two weeks away but the outcome isn’t the least bit in doubt. Hillary Clinton will be the next president of the United States. It’s high time for leftists, so-called progressives and generally sensible people to reconcile themselves to this fact.

    The Trump candidacy has shot itself in both feet again and again. Scores of high profile Republican officeholders have deserted their party’s nominee. Donald Trump has failed to rally the section of America’s ruling elite that traditionally backs Republicans seeking high office. Millions in donations one that percenters usually invest in a Republican presidential candidate are finding their way to Hillary, who has opened up a double digit lead in the polls. So many Republican voters are staying home or casting their ballots for Hillary that Democrats may carry some states like Georgia which are normally well out of their reach, and Democrats expect to gain control of the US Senate.

    The Donald is certainly a racist demagogue, a thief, liar, a hyper-entitled sexual predator and a loathsome buffoon. But he’ll never be president. Since Trump will in fact never be president, speculations on what kind of neanderthals the imaginary President Trump might appoint to the EPA or the Supreme Court, nightmares about how many millions he’d deport, how high a wall the pretend president might build, or who the imaginary President Trump would jail, drone or nuke after a 3AM Twitter fit are not frightening possibilities we need to take urgent action to avoid. They are bogeyman stories, make-believe, bad science fiction without the science.

    If there was ever a need to unite to prevent a President Trump that need is over because the make-believe President Trump has prevented himself. Trump’s definitive meltdown and the temporary or permanent near destruction of the Republican party locks down a runaway victory for Hillary Clinton. It’s a new day, an historic opportunity which opens the way for even the most cautious among us to vote our hopes, not our fears.

    Now the Henry Giroux’s of the world who claim voting for the Green Party’s Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka, the only peace, jobs and justice candidates will lead straight to President Trump and “concentration camps” can stop hyperventilating. The Angela Davis types can reconsider whether those who don’t share their fears of the imaginary President Trump are “narcissists,” and the Hillary shills who claim voting for third parties is “white privilege” can just go away.

    Since Hillary Clinton has a double digit lead in the polls, she doesn’t need the votes of so-called left and progressive activists. But those activists have their own needs. They need to build their own political home, their own political party. Right now Stein and Baraka are running at four and five percent in nationwide polls, even though restrictive ballot access laws banned Green candidates from the ballot in four states, and forced them to run as “independents” with no party affiliation in seven or eight more.

    If Stein and Baraka get five percent of the vote in November, ballot access for Greens will be a done deal in most states, and the possibility of additional federal campaign funds in presidential years opens as well. So the only ways for left and progressive activists to waste their votes is to stay home, or to give them to Hillary. The only place where your vote matters this year is with the Green Party.


    For Black Agenda Report, I’m Bruce Dixon. Find us on the web at http://www.blackagendareport.com.
    Bruce A. Dixon is managing editor at Black Agenda Report and a co-chair of the GA Green Party.

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  • daleanime (2487 posts)
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    1. Hell yes……


    When the going gets tough, the tough take care of each other
  • Hunter S (379 posts)
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    2. Unless you are in a swing state

    In a swing state, a vote for Green is a vote for HRC

    I don’t “love” Trump. I tolerate him. But I have a burning hatred for the people who fucked Bernie Sanders and I am not over it yet. http://jackpineradicals.com/boards/topic/you-really-love-that-idiot-dont-ya/
    • HawkeyeX (954 posts)
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      4. I was in a swing state, but Clinton's anti-pot stance has swung firmly to Trump

      So my vote for Jill is the right choice.


  • notesdev (1729 posts)
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    3. Trump is not disintegrating

    It’s the Clinton camp that’s disintegrating.

    The opposite message is a pure fiction invented in the Clinton camp and peddled by Her surrogates.

    • HawkeyeX (954 posts)
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      5. Correct. They're polling a bubble

      and still not getting it right. There are more than 45% of the independent voters ready to abandon the duopoly and introduce the Green Party for 2018/2020 season by giving the Green Party more than enough votes to qualify for federal funding and ballot access to all states.



    • The Crone (3157 posts)
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      10. However, at least in Calif., those

      Able to count the votes will be sure whatever votes need to get switched over to HRC will indeed offer us citizens “the predicted choice” with Hillary vs Trump by  11 points, and Stein getting only three percent.

      I assume at least thirty other states will have similar results, via the same dishonest method.

      "Let us not seek the Republican answer nor the Democratic answer but the right answer." John F. Kennedy   America is the only country that has real   lemons in its furniture polish, and artificial lemon flavoring  in its lemonade!
  • A little weird (642 posts)
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    6. I'm not sure any polls are believable at the moment

    But regardless of which camp is disintegrating, it seems to me that voting Green is the only thing that makes sense in this election.  The only thing I’m struggling with is what to do for down-ticket races.

    • Koko (4175 posts)
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      7. In my Swing State…my downticket vote will go to Democrats

      but I am voting for Stein.  She is an approved “write in” candidate and appears on the ballot.  The Dems running down ticket in my state are far better than the Repubs who took over when Tim Kaine was placed in control of the DNC and our state was abandoned to the power of the Repubs which has continued under DWS.

      I hope we will be able to have more Progressive Lefties running down ticket in the future who can win, but we have to start somewhere and voting for Stein is my break with decades of voting Dem for President and being disappointed.


  • CNW (2492 posts)
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    8. Why I voted the way I did.

    I have voted for Jill Stein for president because she believes in government trying to help and protect the people, which is it’s main function.
    It was a simple decision to make. I have for years wished for a candidate such as this. Bernie was denied the candidacy so that left the only other one that held the same values as Bernie.  I refused to be swayed to vote for anyone such as Trump or Clinton. I’m old enough to recognize psychobabble when I  hear it.

    The other candidates?  They can’t be trusted, they don’t have our interests in mind – that’s obvious. Also, they change positions when it suits them & they lie.
    They have no integrity, any promises made during this campaign can be considered worthless.

    Why in the hell would I support either of those?

    • The Crone (3157 posts)
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      9. Stein voter here as well.

      For all the reasons you so elegantly stated.

      "Let us not seek the Republican answer nor the Democratic answer but the right answer." John F. Kennedy   America is the only country that has real   lemons in its furniture polish, and artificial lemon flavoring  in its lemonade!