Although I think a very strong affirmative case can be made for voting for Hillary Clinton, some liberals are obsessed with viewing this election as one of voting for the “lesser evil.” And in this framework, voting for the “lesser evil” is a practical, yet unexciting and impure choice. Noam Chomsky has made a clear argument for why voting for Hillary Clinton is imperative for all liberals. His An Eight Point Brief for LEV (Lesser Evil Voting) ends:
However, the left should also recognize that, should Trump win based on its failure to support Clinton, it will repeatedly face the accusation (based in fact), that it lacks concern for those sure to be most victimized by a Trump administration.
Often this charge will emanate from establishment operatives who will use it as a bad faith justification for defeating challenges to corporate hegemony either in the Democratic Party or outside of it. They will ensure that it will be widely circulated in mainstream media channels with the result that many of those who would otherwise be sympathetic to a left challenge will find it a convincing reason to maintain their ties with the political establishment rather than breaking with it, as they must.
Conclusion: by dismissing a “lesser evil” electoral logic and thereby increasing the potential for Clinton’s defeat the left will undermine what should be at the core of what it claims to be attempting to achieve.
This may be the year when we finally come face to face with ourselves; finally just lay back and say it—that we are really just a nation of 220 million used car salesmen with all the money we need to buy guns, and no qualms at all about killing anybody else in the world who tries to make us uncomfortable. The tragedy of all this is that George McGovern, for all his mistakes . . . understands what a fantastic monument to all the best instincts of the human race this country might have been, if we could have kept it out of the hands of greedy little hustlers like Richard Nixon. McGovern made some stupid mistakes, but in context they seem almost frivolous compared to the things Richard Nixon does every day of his life, on purpose as a matter of policy and a perfect expression of everything he stands for. Jesus! Where will it end? How low do you have to stoop in this country to be President?
-Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72
Some said satire was dead with Trump. George Saunders, one of the great, current satirical fiction writers, has given up that pursuit to just write nonfiction about Trump. I guess they were right.
The current political moment from a deranged commentor on the internet:
if they can get someone other than trump or hillary to run i might vote fore that person. in a nutshell trumps gone bankrupt many times and he rips people off with his fake college and stuff but hillary has a terrible history as well first of all she charges people o tona money for giving very short speeches then she does things for the people that paid her the money. there was this whitewater land that they owned and they were losing money on it so they ripped off a bank and made lotsa money but because of that the bank failed and government had to spend money than hillary and bill were selling drugs at this airport in arkansas but theyre lawyer found out about it so they killed him and made it look like he killed himself. then theres the policies that the partys want to impose democrats want to raise taxes tell people what kinda lightbulbs they can use force people to fork over theyre guns andd join a currency with canada and mexico. the republicans are like lets force our religion on people and beat up on gays and let big companies run things NO THANK YOU. so i might vote for this other guy. whatever happened to the french guy who wants to be president?
Don’t go into the comments; it’s unsafe down there.