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A tweet from the George Takei Twitter account which states:

"A Democrat was in the White House when my family was sent to the internment camps in 1941. It was an egregious violation of our human and civil rights.

It would have been understandable if people like me said they’d never vote for a Democrat again, given what had been done to us.

But being a liberal, being a progressive, means being able to look past my own grievances and concerns and think of the greater good. It means working from within the Democratic party to make it better, even when it has betrayed its values.

I went on to campaign for Adlai Stevenson when I became an adult. I marched for civil rights and had the honor of meeting Dr. Martin Luther King. I fought for redress for my community and have spent my life ensuring that America understood that we could not betray our Constitution in such a way ever again.

Bill Clinton broke my heart when he signed DOMA into law. It was a slap in the face to the LGBTQ community. And I knew that we still had much work to do. But I voted for him again in 1996 despite my misgivings, because the alternative was far worse. And my obligation as a citizen was to help choose the best leader for it, not to check out by not voting out of anger or protest.

There is no leader who will make the decision you want her or him to make 100 percent of the time. Your vote is a tool of hope for a better world. Use it wisely, for it is precious. Use it for others, for they are in need of your support, too."

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The last paragraph I find particularly powerful and something more people really should take into account.

  • @Maalus
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    46 months ago

    Or maybe, just maybe, there is a third way? When it comes to politics, americans are as defeatist as russians are.

    • HobbitFoot
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      86 months ago

      What is defeatist about it? It is about constantly participating in the system to make sure your views are still considered.

      It means participating in primaries to make sure some of your candidates get picked even if others are going to lose. For instance, I’m going to vote in the primary because it will have a major impact on choosing a Senator of my state even if Biden is going to be the Presidential nominee.

      It means choosing candidates in the general election that you can at least try to influence with protests and other actions after the election. I’d rather have a percentage of what I want politically done than nothing.

      The alternative seems to be not to participate, which feels more defeatist.

      • @Maalus
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        -16 months ago

        Thw alternative is to choose people who would change the status quo of just having to choose between two candidates. Seriously, how is it democracy, if it’s the exact same shit going on year after year after year? One president is a democrat, one is a republican. Average that out, and it flip flops from one to the other. Neither change the status quo at all. So maybe vote in someone who will?

        • @[email protected]
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          76 months ago

          Thw alternative is to choose people who would change the status quo of just having to choose between two candidates.

          If only it were that simple.

          • @[email protected]
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            06 months ago

            It literally is, but too many people bought the “throwing your vote away” BS. Including you.

            • GormadtOP
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              36 months ago

              Here’s a great video that explains the issues with our voting system, it even explains why voting third party is throwing your vote away.

              TLDW: It’s because voting for that third party ensures that the candidate that you hate the most has an easier time winning as the candidate that is closer to their opponent (the third party) takes votes away from their opponent.

          • @Maalus
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            -26 months ago

            See, defeatism. It is that simple.

              • @Maalus
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                16 months ago

                As a start, sure.

              • @Maalus
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                16 months ago

                If nobody votes 3rd party, then they’ll never win, now will they?

                • @[email protected]
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                  06 months ago

                  Of course not – so what you’re effectively saying is that it’s “simple” to get enough people to agree on what the right changes are to the status quo, and collectively back a candidate that promises those changes for them to get enough votes to be able to make those changes.

                  Which is of course exactly what 3rd party candidates are attempting to do by campaigning in the first place. I wonder if they know how “simple” it’s supposed to be.

                  • @Maalus
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                    16 months ago

                    Yeah it is simple - when people stop buying the “a vote for third party is lost”. Go out, protest, vote for 3rd parties. But nope, it’s easier to let democracy be eroded further and further.

        • HobbitFoot
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          36 months ago

          The President isn’t a dictator; a lot of decisions are made by other politicians as I noted. Hell, we are seeing what happens when you have a divided government versus one led by one party.

          Also, there is voting in primaries. Again, the presidential candidate may be chosen, but there are other candidates as well and some may need your support and align with your interests.

          And I get that you might have an election with a candidate you may not love like Biden or you find out that a candidate is a piece of shit like Simena. However, I’d still rather show up and get a chance to affect the choosing of my leaders rather than not.

          Not voting is defeatism.

          • @Maalus
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            16 months ago

            Which again - go vote and vote for a third party.

            • GormadtOP
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              26 months ago

              Primaries are for voting with your heart, election day is for voting strategically

              • @Maalus
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                16 months ago

                Yeah I heard that repeated without a reason as to “why”. Ultimately it boils down to “we got conditioned to voting for the status quote”

    • idunnololz
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      56 months ago

      Do you want to run back 2016? Because this is how you run back 2016.

      • @EndlessApollo
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        Ah yes, it wasn’t the DNC fucking over Bernie, or Hillary being hated, or liberal orgs running ads for Trump, or Russia trying to get Trump elected, or the electoral college being shit, it was totally the 3rd party voters that got him into office. Fucking dumbass

      • @Maalus
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        -16 months ago

        Yeah, it’s better to repeat the exact same spiel that has been happening for the last hundread years, huh