Friday, August 5, 2016

Write in "Franklin Roosevelt" for 2016!

Above: Franklin Roosevelt, ca. 1918-1920. I think FDR will be my write-in choice this November. Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress.

For a lot of progressives (such as myself) the presidential choices for 2016 have, one-by-one, dwindled away.

Bernie's out of the race, so I can't vote for him (except as a write-in, but there doesn't seem to be much of a movement for that).

I can't vote for Hillary Clinton because she's committed to the neoliberal agenda, and the neoliberal agenda is basically just another form of trickle-down-economics. Let's call it, "trickle-down-economics-with-a-smile."

I can't vote for Donald Trump because he's got a screw loose (no, make that "several screws loose").

I can't vote for Libertarian Gary Johnson because he says "his first major act as President will be to submit to Congress a truly balanced budget... Real reductions to bring spending in line with revenues, without tax increases. No line in the budget will be immune from scrutiny and reduction" (emphasis added). In other words: (a) continued low taxes on the wealthy, (b) continued austerity for the middle-class, (c) more shredding of the social safety net (to punish the poor), and (d) continued neglect of America's infrastructure and national parks. Um, no thanks Mr. Johnson, I'm not interested in Ayn Rand's "let's-crap-on-everyone-who-isn't-rich" agenda.

And now I can't vote for Jill Stein either, because her VP pick, Ajamu Baraka, has suggested that Bernie Sanders and his supporters--through foreign policy positions--propped up white supremacy. I find that to be a gross distortion of the Sanders movement, a gross distortion of Sanders' positions, and also very insulting to his supporters. If Baraka had said, "I still find Sanders to be too militaristic and I find his supporters to be unwilling to admit it," fine, everyone has a right to their opinion (even though Sanders' platform emphasized diplomacy over war, withdrawing troops from the Middle-East, a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict, and resisting the military-industrial complex). But to link the movement to white supremacy?? Please. Over the past year, Sanders and his supporters have been repeatedly called misogynists, racists, and pie-in-the-sky dreamers, when all we really wanted was economic fairness and social justice for all.

Given all of the above, there is only one reasonable choice left; a write-in candidate...

Franklin Roosevelt, 2016!!

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