Mcsweet Wrote: Good post August Spies. I think Bernie Sanders is a wise man and has a basically altruistic impulse to leave something to the younger generations -- who don't even remember what a Democrat actually looked like before 1985. If HRC wins the nom I will not vote for her. I was going to, but I've decided at my ripe old age, I will no longer vote for the lesser of 2 evils.
I have often been told that if I don't vote for a candidate who can win, then I am wasting my vote. A lot of people vote that way, and it is one of many reasons why we don't have real democracy in the US. Like you, I am also done voting for the lesser of two evils. When people vote for the lesser of two evils, they aren't really voting for a candidate at all; they are only voting against one. I think most of the many social and economic problems we have today are because for decades our country was run by the lesser of two evil instead of being run by someone who is competent enough to do the job. It seems like most Americans vote out of fear.
Not voting for Hillary is the best way to express yourself politically this year (if you are a Bernie supporter). Some Bernie supporters will be voting Jill Stein with the Green party. It is not a waste of a vote; it is a political statement that will be heard loud and clear. In the general election, Hillary will be aware of the fact that many of Bernie's supporters do not think she is progressive enough. That will do two things: 1) push her further in a progressive direction, and 2) make her feel comfortable enough to implement progressive policies without fear that she is alienating too many voters.
You can give Hillary permission to be the progressive president that she ought to be by not voting for her this year. She will win either way, but she will also have 2020 on her mind, and her approval rating, and Congressional midterm elections, etc. Your ballot is your chance to let her know where you want her to stand on the political spectrum for the next four years.
Progressives generally do not have personality types that compete well in politics, and they need to learn how to be the squeaky wheel.