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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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    -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.

            • @[email protected]
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              26 months ago

              You must have missed this part, let me copy and paste it again for you:

              “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.”

              Please explain how that’s simple to make happen.

              Right now, what you’re saying is tantamount to saying that achieving world piece is simple, all people need to do is just be kind to each other. It’s cute, but it’s completely devoid of any critical thought.