I talk about love and how to get more of it which is why I’m talking about the American Election in this post – because politics are personal and the personal is political. If I want more love, I have to make considered political choices. So fair warning, today is half love and half American politics (and 100% intentional writing!).
There are a few simple truths everyone needs to hear about the forth-coming election:
Every vote matters. If you’re registered (and I hope you are) spend time educating yourself about the options and vote on election day.
The political system in the US is broken. The parties are flawed. This is the EXACT reason why everyone needs to participate in the process.
Don’t complain. Participate.
If you don’t like something, work to change it.
You may not like the choices presented, but that’s part of what it means to be in a representative democracy.
What does all this mean?
If you value:
People of color
…you need to vote and you need to vote in a very specific way.
It is true there is no candidate running for president that is perfect. There is no one who has all the policy positions I like. But we live in a representative democracy – the odds of this happening are incredibly slim because the US is so diverse.
So how do I determine my votes? It’s very simple:
Hold an ideal vision of the future.
Ask: What is necessary to get to that future?
When it comes to the presidential race, there is only one candidate that would help me bring about the future I wish for my son. That person is Hillary Clinton. This is because she is a competent candidate, with significant experience, who responds to the desires of the electorate. Does she hold all the policy positions I like? No. She does not. That’s why it’s up to people like me to make our voices known through petitions, protests, letters, as well as voting down-ticket (congress and senate seats down to the local level) progressives who better reflect my vision of a compassionate world.
I understand some people may not like this idea. I understand some people struggle with saying “love” and “Hillary Clinton” in the same sentence. That’s why I’m going to share the line of reasoning (and feeling) I take to get there.
I dream of a world where everyone is loving and loved. In such a world, everyone’s needs are met. Everyone finds fulfillment. In order to create such a world, certain structures need to be in place. The only institution capable of creating and enforcing those structures is government. Seeing as there is no social democratic candidate available (a philosophy that creates compassionate policy) I must choose the next closest. This is Hillary Clinton. Why isn’t it a third party candidate? Because they have no possibility of winning with our current election system and a vote for them is damaging to my long term vision (potentially getting Donald Trump elected by taking votes away from Hillary Clinton).
For other offices, there are more options. In those races, there is more mobility and potential for third party candidates. As to my choices in such races, I will do the same thing as I did for the presidential race. The candidates that are most likely to further my vision for a loving world are the ones I will choose (This means candidates pushing policies that meet people’s basic needs and encourage the possibility for all Americans to actualize their humanity).
I accept that other people will make other choices – however they will be based on other guiding principles – such as fear of lack or difference or loss of status. Other people are welcome to make such choices, though let’s call them what they are rather than pretend they are in the best interests of Americans, the U.S., or world.
And that is hard. It is hard to admit that many people are scared. They’re scared of change. They’re scared of having to give something up. They’re scared of losing what they feel entitled to. They’re scared of having their identities called into question. They’re scared of gray areas.
It’s okay to feel scared. It’s good to acknowledge these fears. They are legitimate feelings, but this is not where we can stay. We can’t wallow in these feelings. We can’t let these fears direct our choices and our future, because these will not give us what we really want.
This November, let go of fear. Hold to a vision of what is possible. Vote according to that vision, and then work like hell to get there. We can do it. I believe in us.
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