Hillary vs. Trump? Cut me a frigging break!

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

Elections are always painful. In this "democratic" country, so few vote, so few actually make informed choices, so few understand what's at stake. How many people pull out their ballots at the last minute while desperately reaching for some slate card to use to fill in the boxes?

They have no clue what the issues are or what the candidates stand for. 

For many years, I watched my own Papa vote against his interests time and time again. As a registered Republican, he supported candidates who would never lift a finger to help him as a working-class man from an immigrant famiglia. Even after he lost the small gas station that he operated for decades with his brother, my uncle. It’s what ultimately killed him, I think.

At least he had a party in which he could believe.

I can’t believe in the Republicans. I can't believe in the Democrats either. I can't believe in any party in this country. None of them look out for my interests as a working-class Italian queer who doesn't want war, who doesn't support profit over people, who believes that if we were truly the great nation we claim to be, we’d at least have universal healthcare, national housing and free public education. We’d have eliminated poverty and hunger a long time ago.    

I know what the Republicans are offering in November: a monster with a mouth that could suck in the grand canyon, a right-wing lunatic racist and anti-immigrant, rich, white man. In other words, more of the same.

And the Democrats? Looks like they’ll be putting Hillary Clinton front and center. Cut me a break. 

She voted for every war in which this country is currently engaged (to the tune of trillions of dollars that could have been better spent on healthcare, housing and education, not to mention eliminating poverty). She supported the Patriot Act (which strips us of our basic rights) and its reauthorization. She supported Wall Street after it wrecked the economy and cost millions of people their homes. She supported fracking. She wasn't even a fan of LGBT rights until she realized we were a force with which she had to contend. And at one point she even wanted to make it illegal to burn a flag. The list could go on for days.

The bottom line is that Hillary doesn't support the working-class any more than Richard Nixon did when my Papa made the trip to his local polling place to cast a vote for the man who claimed he wasn’t a crook, though he certainly was. 

If it's Hillary vs. Trump in November, I will have to vote to stop the horrible little rich man and mark the box for the awful little rich woman. Which means four more years of business as usual: feeding the rich and starving the poor. Four more years of war and the erosion of our civil rights. Four more years of the rich getting richer and the poor remaining where they are.

Some choice. Some "democracy."

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Comment by Safe Bet's Amy on June 8, 2016 at 8:39am

"None of them look out for my interests as a working-class Italian queer who doesn't want war, who doesn't support profit over people, who believes that if we were truly the great nation we claim to be, we’d at least have universal healthcare, national housing and free public education."

Did you realize that your desires almost perfectly align with Jill Stein's "Power to the People" platform?

http://www.jill2016.com/platform

She is the only candidate who has consistently fought for the working class, for LGBT rights, is anti imperialistic war, is pro universal healthcare, national housing and free public education, etc. etc. etc.

If Sanders now finally realizes that nothing will changed in the totally corrupt Democratic party and joins Jill Stein (she has already offered to stand down and let him run for President) you will see MILLIONS upon MILLIONS of Democrats who are totally disgusted with their party and MILLIONS upon MILLIONS of Independents support them.

So I ask that you consider to not vote for "lesser evilism" to stop the horrible little rich man by marking the box for the awful little rich woman (not that there is one damn bit of difference between the two...  evil is evil, after all).   Instead, I ask that you vote for what is right.

Comment by JMac1949 Today on June 8, 2016 at 9:02am

Since I live and vote in California I can vote Green for Jill Stein with a clear conscience.

Comment by Zanelle on June 8, 2016 at 9:52am

You write so well of the passion you have and the history behind this election.  I wish it could be different.  Politics seems to be a game and the players this time are a little rich boy and a little rich girl.  Somehow I think the Hill will work out just fine even after all the horrible things everyone knows about her.  But I feel your pain.  It just doesnt feel right.

Comment by Safe Bet's Amy on June 8, 2016 at 11:07am

**ahem**...

Comment by Ben Sen on June 8, 2016 at 1:05pm

Get over it.  We have a two party system.  It ain't gonna change so you have to give up your illusions no matter how self-righteous they let you feel and vote for the candidate most likely to represent your interests. Of course, you could also withhold your participation, say "fuck you" to everybody else and get to feel even more self-righteous when Trump is elected.

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on June 8, 2016 at 6:25pm

Mr Sanders would run 3rd party only if he'd given up any desire to continue to be a US Sen       if someone needs to have that explained (Amy), you couldn't afford the consultation

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on June 8, 2016 at 6:33pm

...Ms Maddow reports just now that he is liked by 83% of his constituency in VT, more than any other US Senator is liked by his or her constituents in all other states  I believe it; he was a US Rep there when I lived in VT and wildly loved and for good reason    so, ask yourself the question   

Comment by Safe Bet's Amy on June 8, 2016 at 7:09pm

You DO realize that Bernie Sanders wasn't a Democrat until 2015 and before that was the longest-serving independent in history, dont'cha dumbass (which would be you WolfBoy... cuz we know you have no sense of humor worth mentioning)???

He could EASILY become one again, regardless of what Killary shills would like.

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on June 8, 2016 at 7:11pm

as i said    you couldn't afford the explanation

Comment by Safe Bet's Amy on June 8, 2016 at 8:29pm

You might be surprised, WolfBoy.  I'm not exactly living off the dole in DC subsidized housing like some people I could mention.

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