Publius: why I won’t be voting for ‘The Lesser of Two Evils’

The American polity is crumbling from the inside, led not just by Trump’s cultivated political irrationalism, but the active participation of the New Democrats, in sum, the utterly corrupt Clinton Coterie that has captured the Democratic Party’s political apparatus, and smothered the reformist wing of the Party led by Sanders, in 2016. Yet Sanders vision has captured the political imaginations of voters, that still animates a resurgent New Dealism,  as opposed to the sclerotic New Democrats.

Both de Blasio and Cuomo represent that Clinton Coterie, that has yet to pay a political price for the unleashing of the Neo-Liberal Swindle on America: except that Trump won the election and the Republicans control both house of congress! The catastrophic consequences of Trump’s victory in the Electoral College, that inaugurated Trump’s political irrationalism, by way of the propaganda tool of NBC’s popular Game Show that featured Trump as a viable ‘Leader’ are now the facts of history!

The political moralizing coming from the New Democrats, and their allies in Corporate Media and the American Academy, is about the search for a check on Trump and Trumpism. Allied to the hope of political advantage by capturing the House in the 2018 Mid-Terms . Why after Chancellorsville are the pipe bombs a surprise? The rage of the ‘Deplorables’, the codification of Mrs. Clinton’s elitist contempt, for the victims of the Neo-Liberal Swindle! Enacted by Bill Clinton and Larry Summers, is a political reality, that the Political Elites, in their various guises, have failed to recognize as they seek to do business as usual.

I will be casting my vote this weekend, by mail, in California. I will not be voting for ‘The Lesser of Two Evils’ as Chomsky argues, but for Greens and others that share a vision of what might just be politically possible. Instead of a casting my vote for New Democrats who refuse to reform themselves, because feeding at the trough is more rewarding than  Reform ,that will leave them unemployed. To this voter, the New Democrats’ self-presentation of there is no alternative is an expression of that unhappy amalgam of both opportunism and nihilism. My voting for actual change is not an exercise in political nihilism, nor a capitulation to Trumpism, but the exercise of the hope for actual change, rather than the political entropy of the irrationalist political present.



About stephenkmacksd

Rootless cosmopolitan,down at heels intellectual;would be writer. 'Polemic is a discourse of conflict, whose effect depends on a delicate balance between the requirements of truth and the enticements of anger, the duty to argue and the zest to inflame. Its rhetoric allows, even enforces, a certain figurative licence. Like epitaphs in Johnson’s adage, it is not under oath.'
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