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With Democracy at Stake, Leftists Must Vote Democratic

By Richard Eskow, LA Progressive.

Some say the misdeeds of Democrats are too grave for them to support them in good conscience, please read why I am going to vote Democratic anyway.

Dear Fellow Leftist:

I’m not talking to the average liberal, or to undecided voters. I’m talking to you, a fellow member of what is sometimes called “the hard left.” Before I begin, I’m tempted to recap some of the legitimate grievances you and I have against the Democratic Party, if only to show that I know where you’re coming from. But I’ll skip it, because time is short.

Instead, I’m going to tell you why I plan to vote Democratic anyway and why I think you should, too.

Leftists like us have been asked to vote Democratic before. But the party’s divisive history and its tendency to blame the left for its own shortcomings have poisoned many of these requests. Too often they resonate with an unspoken (or open) sense of judgement, as in, “Don’t be self-indulgent, or lazy, or (insert judgement here) like you were last time.”

That’s not how I see it. I see third-party voters, and many non-voters as well, as smart and ethical people who feel that the failings and misdeeds of Democrats are too grave for them to support in good conscience. Illegal drone strikes, tech censorship, neoliberalism, actions that heighten a New Cold War atmosphere … if you’re in my political camp, you know the list as well as I do.

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