Monday, April 4, 2016

"Bernie or Bust": The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good people do not vote

The Democratic Club of the Santa Rita area had a table outside the Green Valley Headquarters a while back. Various folks volunteered to man the table and people get registered to vote. One woman, I am told, arrived for her shift but when she saw Democratic literature refused to work at the table saying something to the effect that she was for Bernie but would never vote for a Democrat. I guess that means that she would prefer Donald Trump - or any one of the clowns on the GOP stage.

AZBlueMeanie has a lot to say about the "Bernie or Bust" attitude and, while I support Bernie in the primary, I have repeatedly cautioned against that attitude. Here's part of what the Blue Meanie has to say - his post has a lot more.

I have posted at length about the historical development and rise of authoritarianism in the modern-day Republican Party. This is a threat to governance and constitutional democracy that is very real and not to be taken lightly, or dismissed glibly. Staying at home and not voting in November is morally reprehensible and indefensible, and an abdication of one’s civic duty as a citizen of this country.

I do not say that you must cast your vote for president, but your disappointment with the candidates for president this year are no excuse for you to not turn out to vote in November for the rest of the ballot: Senate, Congress, state legislature, corporation commission, judicial retention, ballot measures, county elected officers, etc.

These are critical election contests that bear a direct impact on your quality of life here in Arizona. My advice: stop all this whining about the presidential race and focus on working for these candidates and ballot measures in critical contests. You do not get a pass to disengage from the political process simply because you are disappointed with the choice of candidates for president this year. There are much more important contests with which to concern yourselves that bear directly on your lives.

Does anyone in the "Bernie or Bust" camp really believe that there is no difference between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump? Or Ted Cruz? Or even John Kasich?

Something to consider, “progressives.” Democrats only lose elections when Democrats do not turn out to vote. Republicans simply cannot win when Democrats turn out to vote. History will not be kind to those “progressives” who fail to vote because their preferred candidate is not at the top of the ballot. “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”

Frances Perkins | April 3, 2016 at 5:34 pm | Reply
I support Bernie. But if he does not win the nomination, a boycott of Hillary IS a vote for Trump. Hillary may be flawed vis a vis Bernie, but Trump is a complete disaster. Ideological purity votes is how we got Nixon in 1968. It is how we got Dubya in 2000. ...

To this I add: It is how we got McSally in 2014. It was just 167 votes, people!

2 comments:

  1. Too much focus on "or bust," and no idea about the "Bernie" part of the effort. Revolt Against Plutocracy is building an army of democracy commandos.

    https://citizensagainstplutocracy.wordpress.com/2016/04/08/bernie-or-bust-activists-are-working-to-help-bernie-win-caucuses-and-primaries/

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  2. Too much focus on "or bust," and no idea about the "Bernie" part of the effort. Revolt Against Plutocracy is building an army of democracy commandos.

    https://citizensagainstplutocracy.wordpress.com/2016/04/08/bernie-or-bust-activists-are-working-to-help-bernie-win-caucuses-and-primaries/

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