As someone who was considering a 3rd party vote, everything changed for me Sunday night.
Bernie was not treated fairly. I’m pissed, too.
And as much of an activist as I am, I have to say, now’s not the time for protest.
As I debate apologists and right-wing fundamentalists in my radio studio, I have to pick my battles. I can’t go after every incorrect statement or offensive assertion, as much as my listeners would love for me to.
I have to be strategic. I have to be effective.
That’s the approach we ought to take as voters.
For all those who want to protest the establishment, and cast a vote against who you call “crooked Hillary,” I must ask, is it worth getting another Scalia on the Supreme Court?
Donald Trump said in his recent debate Sunday, “I’ll be looking to appoint justices like Scalia.”
If you have a short memory, or weren’t really involved in government ongoings in the last few years, let me catch you up on a few of Scalia’s positions while on the Supreme Court from 1986 – 2016:
- Don’t recognize GLBT as a constitutionally-protected class. (Dec 2003)
- Legal sodomy leads to legal incest, adultery, & bestiality. (Jun 2003)
- Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided & should be overturned. (Jun 1992)
- Coloradans entitled to be hostile toward homosexual conduct. (Aug 2005)
- Since Framers didn’t allow abortion, the issue is settled. (Sep 2008)
- State laws should not protect gay rights. (May 1996)
- Let states decide same-sex marriage; keep federal DOMA. (Jun 2013)
- Rape victims cannot sue their alleged attackers. (May 2000)
- Felons may possess guns unless state explicitly prohibits it. (Jun 1998)
- Founders engaged in explicitly religious official acts. (Nov 2010)
- States cannot ban cigarette ads near schools. (Jun 2001)
- Unconstitutional to deny scholarships to divinity students. (Feb 2004)
- Shorten time between sentencing and executions. (Apr 2000)
- Clean Water Act does not apply to wetlands. (Jun 2006)
- Corporate political spending is protected free speech. (Jan 2010)
- Government is not responsible for abuses in private prisons. (Jul 2009)
- Statistical racial sentencing disparities are inevitable. (Apr 1987)
- OK to lengthen prison sentences retroactively. (Mar 2000)
- Sentences should stand despite crack-vs.-powder rule change. (Jun 2011)
- Race-based college preference should be done, after 25 years. (Jun 2003)
- States have no authority to protect patient rights. (Jun 2002)
- Guantanamo rights cause more Americans to be killed. (Jun 2008)
“I even believe in the Devil.” [You do?] “Of course! Yeah, he’s a real person. Hey, c’mon, that’s standard Catholic doctrine! Every Catholic believes that. If you are faithful to Catholic dogma, that is certainly a large part of it.”
[Have you seen evidence of the Devil lately?] “You know, it is curious. In the Gospels, the Devil is doing all sorts of things. He’s making pigs run off cliffs, he’s possessing people and whatnot.”
This is what Trump admires? It’s certainly what he wants for our future.
The overturning of Rowe v. Wade, abortions made illegal, and the stripping of LGBT rights to protection, equality, and marriage.
This is what he’s looking for in a future justice which will make decisions for decades to come, which will affect our children, and our grand children.
I understand your anger at Bernie’s treatment. I’m angry, too.
But as rare as our social justice victories are for progress, equality, women’s rights, and religious freedom, can we really risk this over anger?
We both know that neither 3rd party candidate will take this election. Neither is experienced enough to win over the American voters. And a vote for either 3rd party, that’s not a vote for Hillary, is going to be one step closer for President Donald Trump.
So what are you willing to trade in anger? I’m not willing to trade my child’s future for a prideful anti-Hillary vote.
And if you’re thinking about skipping the vote altogether, let me remind you that Congress is up for re-election as well. We need progressives to recapture the House and the Senate in order to make the progress we need.
Every American who cares about the future of this country, and values like freedom, equality, inclusion, and knowledge, needs to cast a vote for Hillary Clinton and progressives in Congress on November 8th.
Scalia Quotes: http://www.ontheissues.org/Antonin_Scalia.htm