I want to step away from my usual writing and book-related content and share some ideas for this U.S. Memorial Day.
Today, we honor the men and women of the United States armed forces who gave their lives to keep their civilians safe. And what better way to honor them than by making sure their brethren who made it home keep their rights and freedoms?
See, the United States government has gone rogue. They, by and large, no longer serve their constituency (which, in many ways, specifically includes veterans) but serve instead whatever corporate industry is paying for their third home and second mistress.
Wait, that’s not entirely fair.
There are cishet women in Congress as well. Let’s change “mistress” to the more equitable and all-encompassing “side piece.”
Okay, with that injustice rectified, we can proceed.
At the risk of making myself into a libtard who doesn’t believe the left is capable of doing anything wrong (I’m not and they are), I offer the following as we head into the 2024 election cycle:
First, statistically, if you look at everyone who can vote in this coming election and trace back as far as they could vote (so, 80 years, 20 election cycles, ish, so, people who came of voting age in or around 1945), Joe Biden has been one of if not the most productive and effective leaders any of those voters have had as an option.
I apologize for the grammatical state of that really long sentence. But basically, the news media is lying to the public, vilifying Biden, trying to make him look like a doddering old fool when the facts, if people are willing to seek them out, are overwhelmingly in his favor. Superlatives like more people are working (read also: lowest unemployment rate) than any point in American history are on his side.*
So, let the DNC have him. The odds of a party unseating their incumbent are slim to none. The incumbent has to lose their primary by a landslide or do something so egregious during their first term in office that the party’s election committee has no choice but to unseat them. And neither of those are likely to happen in 2024.
So, let the DNC have Biden. What we need to do instead is choose the opposition.
If you live in a state that allows you to vote in either party’s primary election, vote Republican. I am not asking anyone to change their voter registration to make this happen if you live in a state that only allows you to vote for your registered party and truth be told, I actually advise against changing now. I would not put it past the Republican party to “lose” voter registration of anyone who switches sides in the eleventh hour.
But, if your state allows you to choose the primary in which you cast your vote, please vote in the Republican primary. But do your research. Don’t just blindly check any box that is not Trump or DeSantis because they are the Boris Badenov and Snidely Whiplash of these proceedings, respectively. Look into voting records. Look into criminal records. Have they been divorced multiple times? Then find out why (divorce alone is not a reason to write them off; serial infidelity, however . . .). Dig up everything you can possibly find on any candidate you might vote for.
Because the Republican party has proven in the last decade that they cannot be trusted. They have turned the “blue no matter who” slogan against the voters and put ultra-conservatives on the Democratic ticket only to have them switch sides after the election. At the risk of sounding melodramatic, they have sleeper agents on the left and the only way to combat that is by overwhelming their voter pool.
If every leftist and centrist who can votes in the Republican primary in 2024, we CAN keep Trump, DeSantis, and whatever other wannabe fascist they find to run off the final ballot. We just have to flood them.
And carry that diligence into state and city elections too. If you have the option, especially on the state level, to vote for an independent (who isn’t a veiled fascist, of course—research, research, research!), stack the state governments with third-party representation. The only way to get a third-party President into office is by getting them in on the state level first.
And that brings me to the final point, which is don’t vote third-party in the Presidential race. I know it sounds like a great way to combat the two-party dumpster fire we have currently, but mathematically, it is a wasted vote when no independent party has ballot access in all 50 states and territories. Green party voters, for example, will typically vote Democrat if there is no Green Party candidate to vote for. Some people will tell you that by voting for a third-party, you are giving your vote to the opposition, but it’s more accurate to say you’re taking much needed votes away from the closest comparable party. So, if 1000 voters are split in a simple majority between Democrat and Republican, 501 to Dems and 499 to Republicans, Dems win. But if 25 of those 501 vote Green instead, then Republicans win. See the math?
In Congressional races, vote your heart. In state races, PLEASE vote third-party if it’s reasonable (again, don’t vote for ANYONE in this election just because they “aren’t the other guy”). The only way to break up the two-party system is to start at the bottom and work up. But save the grandstanding when it comes to the President.
And DO THE RESEARCH!
* If you would like to know more, check out https://www.whitehouse.gov/therecord/ or https://thesmilenews.com/2022/09/30/joe-bidens-23-greatest-achievements-as-president-of-the-united-states-so-far/
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