Dear Democratic Friends,
I want to start off this letter clarifying my vote. I voted for Jill Stein, it would have been Bernie if his chances were not stolen, but I’ll get to that later. I want you to know that I would vote for Stein again today if the elections were rerun. Why? Because I don’t want Hillary as president. I don’t want Trump either, but more importantly, I won’t vote against my principles.
I get it, you saw this not as a “get Hillary elected,” but a “keep Trump out of office.” Here’s the thing. If you honestly felt that way, why didn’t you support Bernie Sanders when all early polls shown him beating any republican by double digits and Clinton either losing or tied with those same opponents? Wouldn’t the best political move have been going with the candidate with the best odds?
And this is where our great divide begins and the message I’m hoping that you walk away with after you’ve calmed down. I want to emphasize this because it’s about our future. If you don’t understand what happened, the Democratic party has no chance to recover. Progressives are pissed as hell that you didn’t speak up after Podesta emails shown Hillary Clinton colluding with the DNC to invalidate Sanders. Something the DNC has rules against, at least rules for candidates other than their chosen few. The emails shown Hillary colluding with the mainstream media to tear up Sanders and prop Trump above all other Republican candidates. That last part didn’t workout so well, did it? Well, to be honest, none of the colluding as paid off very well for Clinton. The problem that we had is the Democrats basically told us to STFU and take it. This was very apparent at the Democratic convention.
But maybe that only reinforces this fantasy of a “protest vote.” The very idea that you think a non-Hillary vote was nothing more than a protest vote is a testament to the fact you don’t know anything about Progressives. We told you that we want a candidate who won’t be making backroom deals with corporations and banks. We’re tired of corporations shipping jobs overseas (see the TPP), we’re tired of regime change presidents (See Libya, Egypt, Syria, etc…), we’re tired of corporations not paying taxes, unregulated markets, and candidates that didn’t take global warming seriously. I know that last one may have shocked you a little if you’re still reading this. Not only did Hillary state that she was all for fracking and clean coal, something you could argue we need to do until we get our renewable energies up to speed, but she even denigrated environmentalist with her statement, “Environmentalist need to get a life.” Seriously, why would any progressive believe her promises of environmental protection if she’s ripping on them because of their values for the environment? It’s not what she says, but why she would say it.
Yes, yes I’m sure you can dig up some quote by her saying she “told bankers to knock it off.” lol, right. But quite honestly, I come back with quotes of her blaming the borrowers, not the banks, but we’ve been through this and it wasn’t effective before.
I do want to share one last Hillary quote that may have been the nail in the coffin. Hillary Clinton was quoted Bernie Sander supporters are a bunch of losers “living in their parent’s basement.” Sure, it’s insulting, but that isn’t the point. What it really says is that anyone who would support Bernie Sanders want things that I will not give them. Their progressive ideas are something I’ll never bring to fruition. So I ask you, why would I vote against my convictions? If you were so concerned about a Trump presidency, why would you ignore a major portion of the population?
I hope you actually consider the type of candidate you put forth and the candidate the progressives actually want. I hope you realize that if you want our vote, because you need it if your party ever takes back power, you’ll take our voices more serious. I hope in the future you won’t be so smug and arrogant about who we’re “required to vote for.” It should be clear now that we won’t be intimidated or scared into voting for whatever corporate shill you prop up. If you want our vote, you’ll have to come to our terms. Welcome back to the Left.