Friday, October 7, 2016

The Nation: Why progressives should vote for Hillary Clinton

The Nation magazine just endorsed Hillary. They defend their endorsement by highlighting Hillary's experience and qualifications and also by exposing Trump's DIS-qualifications. Their editorial is a studious piece. They admit that Hillary was moved leftward by Bernie Sanders' policies and the resulting Democratic platform and that her natural tendency would be to move back to center. Their ending point is that if progressives wish to make progress, a Clinton presidency is the only means to do so. Clinton would be responsive to pressure from progressive Democrats. Trump will never align with progressives. Here is some of The Nation's conclusion.

A Trump presidency would be a catastrophe, whereas a big win by Clinton creates an opening for change.

Clinton isn’t a perfect ally here—we worry about her inclination to triangulate and compromise—but throughout the campaign, she has proved herself a skilled politician, willing to take the measure of those movements and the pulse of her party and respond in kind. As Sanders put it recently in The Nation, “I’m not going to sit here and say to you that Hillary Clinton is going to be great on all these issues with absolute confidence…. I’m saying that on many, many issues, her views are progressive. In many areas, they are awesome. Where they’re not progressive, we’ve got to push her.”

We agree with Bernie. On almost every issue you can think of, Clinton is so much better than Trump that comparison seems like a meaningless exercise. This does not constitute a blank check or a wholesale endorsement. Clinton’s enduring ties to Wall Street and corporate CEOs mean that progressives will have to continue to push her on trade, financial regulation, taxation, and public investment. The Nation also stands ready to support Warren and others in making sure Clinton’s cabinet officials and economic advisers are subjected to a searching scrutiny.

Without question, a Trump victory would represent much more than a temporary setback. At best, it would throw movements that have made enormous strides in the past year on the defensive. At worst, that tremendous reservoir of movement energy might well dissipate—or evaporate in the heat of despair, amid recriminations about opportunities missed. And for millennial voters, many of whom were inspired by Sanders to engage electoral politics for the first time, a Trump presidency would spell a generation of ecological and economic ruin. We cannot risk that fate.

Over the past eight years, progressives have learned the hard way that voting for hope and change doesn’t always deliver hope or change. So while voting for Clinton may be necessary, it is hardly sufficient. Clinton now stands with progressives on a host of issues, from health care to climate change. On criminal justice and trade policy, she’s moved left even when that involved renouncing her husband’s legacy. On foreign policy, we still have much work to do. All the more reason, then, to stay mobilized. For progressives, a Clinton victory should be cause for organization, not celebration. Unless we stay right on top of her administration—watching, protesting, demanding—she may abandon her newfound progressive positions. What we don’t know—and won’t ever know, unless she’s elected—is how far we might push her. As Frederick Douglass noted, “Power concedes nothing without a demand.” How much might an administration that relies on our votes, but is far from certain of getting them, accomplish at our demand? There is only one result in November that will give us the chance to find out.

You might find out an opposite something by staying home or not voting or voting 3rd party. A Trump win would be disaster for progressives. Don't let that happen. Vote Clinton.

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