It was grueling and exhausting and surreal. And it wasn’t democratic. No, the Democratic National Committee put on a Hillary-extravaganza for the ages, but any integrity the show might have had was lost the minute Wikileaks leaked, or rather poured, onto the movement. Having been caught red-handed, the Party partied on with an arrogance unseen since Adam ate an apple. And now…
We’re on the horns of a moral dilemma–and there’s no easy way out.
On the one hand, we have the despicable, reprehensible, repugnant…Lord, has anyone found just the right words for?…Donald Trump. Do I really have to say more?
On the other hand, we have Her Royal Democratness, Hillary Rodham Clinton! She of the stolen primary, the rigged election, the shove-her-down-your throat anointing that stood in for a truly democratic process and primary. Bernie tells us to vote for her; the progressive pundits tell us she’s got to be our gal; Sarah Silverman called us ridiculous.
But folks, it just ain’t that easy.
Those of us who supported Bernie did so because he is a man of principle. He pulled back the curtain and showed the world that corporate will, money, and corruption really are the way of the Washington world. The Democratic Party’s rigging of the primary in Hillary’s favor simply proved what we had suspected all along–the system is corrupt.(Election Justice USA Report)
I voted for Bernie in the primary and as a pledged delegate because I believe in democracy and that through my vote I can create a better world for myself and my children. I believe in voting as both a right and a privilege in a democratic country. I believed that my vote mattered and that my voice would be heard. My vote has been discarded, my voice silenced and the perpetrators of the fraud now expect me to fall in line because the other guy is worse.
But I have integrity and therein lies the problem: I’m not so sure I can do it. If I do vote for Hillary I will be condoning the fraudulent behavior that Bernie’s entire campaign sought to expose. I will be telling Hillary and the powers that be that they can do this, and they can and will do it again. I will be violating my own principles by voting for a corrupt politician and a corrupt system–and I am just not able to reconcile that reality with my own values.
Some of my fellow Berners have vowed never to vote for Hillary and I certainly respect that; others among us have started to embrace the idea of voting for Hillary, largely because they are so opposed to Trump, and I can respect that decision as well.
In truth, I don’t know what I’m going to do in November. Having willingly donated both time and money (that I do not have) to Bernie Sanders’ campaign, I refuse to waste one moment of my time campaigning for Hillary, and I will not donate one dime to her. I cannot vote for Trump, but I don’t know if I can vote for Hillary either. Green? Abstain? I truly don’t know.
To those who claim that NOT voting for Hillary is a vote for Trump, I say this: I did vote against Trump; I voted for Bernie, the candidate who would have destroyed Trump in the general election. But the DNC and HIllary Rodham Clinton combined campaign silenced that vote when they rigged the election. Sure, she shattered the glass ceiling, and now the shards rain down upon us and there is glass everywhere. I’m not so sure that it is my responsibility to clean up their mess. Do I compromise my morals because they have none?
It is a dilemma indeed.