This is by way of observing that it is going to take a really long time--if ever--for liberal and progressive white men to grasp what is going on. If dKos is any example we are going to have to endure a whole lot of white male gnashing of teeth, sobbing, special pleading, and complaints about how dull she is, and how frumpy, and how stiff. And that's just from people who are going to support her! As for the Bernie dead enders they are even worse--I could pull up some of these comments but what would be the point? They go like this "I'm a white man who lives in a safe blue city in a safe blue state and I am personally offended by drones/climate change/rumor about Hillary/wall street and I must withold my <strikethrough>precious bodily fluid</strikethrough> from her and her minions. You people--you other people--do what you have to do but I never will. You can imagine this said either from behind the walls of a pillow fort or from atop a fainting couch.
I dislike both types--both the ones who are grudgingly giving her the vote, or acting like its just tacky to be uncool enough to vote for her wholeheartedly, and the Bernie or Buster single issue voters. These people are relying on a kind of political herd immunity. They are like people who don't get a vaccine that might save their life from an epidemic illness and who simply count on everyone else getting the vaccine to lower the danger to themselves. They know that Hillary and Bill and Obama and everyone else in the Democratic Party is going to raise the money, fight the fight, do the GOTV, and then fight to run the damned country regardless of their single vote. And they either believe that Trump getting in won't affect them, or that the rest of us will work our hearts out for Hillary and get her over the finish line and we will keep fighting for progressive causes and they can bitch from the sidelines.
Years ago, when I was considering moving my family to Canada to save my children from having to grow up complicit in Bush's war crimes, someone on a blog pointed out that doing so was abandoning everyone else in the country, who couldn't move, to their fate. That withdrawing might be possible, it might be convenient, it might be good for me and mine--but it was an abdication of my responsibility as a citizen and as a neighbor to all those who couldn't afford to move. I have never forgotten this post, and this insight has informed my political attitude ever since. I have to vote, and I have to vote in every election, not just on my own behalf, or on that of my children, but for people who are not able to vote here (non citizens in the US, the rest of the world, people in the US who are being denied their vote). And I have to vote, specifically, with their needs in mind. Because there are many of them, and they come in many kinds--my vote can never be all about any single issue. Certainly its not just going to be about the Oligarchs or the economy.
In this election season so far we have seen women and African American voters come out and vote solidly for Hillary Clinton. She is running an intersectional, progressive, campaign that puts women's issues, and LGBTQ issues, and AA issues, front and center. That is the fact of the matter. People are telling us the are experiencing existential dread--I know I am!--if Donald Trump gets in because he is going to be horrible for all the kinds of people who make up this coalition. And yet I see things like this all the time:
Democrats and progressives would be wise to listen to Tiabbi’s warning, but they won’t. The nomination of Hillary Clinton and her Wall Street coterie will only be another 4 years of paying lip service to progressive reform. Worse, it will stunt the youthful idealism that Bernie tapped into, which is the future of the party.
Rather than treating Trump’s destruction of the GOP as an opportunity to continue the status quo, the Democrats should learn a lesson from it. The old, toothless GOP is gone, and in its place is something far more formidable — a re-awakening American nationalism and an awareness that the American worker has gotten a raw deal from corporate globalism. Rather than dismissing Donald Trump with tired accusations of bigotry , why not address some of the real issues he has raised affecting national security and the economy? Bernie was trying to do this, and Clinton, for many reasons, is incapable of it. Ironically, with Bernie gone, the best outcome for progressives may be a Trump victory in November.
This guy may be a troll but there are plenty of others, including Matt Taibbi who he is riffing off of, who make essentially the same argument. I think it is because right wing has done a great job of causing people to forget 8 years of Bush. And the left wing has helped by concentrating fire on Obama and on Clinton rather than on Bush and the Republicans. Obama was castigated for not being able to fix all of Bush's mistakes, Hillary for being SOS to Obama (and thus part of the establishment cabal) and for participating in Bush's Iraq War. But everything else that happened under Bush--the economic dislocation, the racism, the war on women is ignored in this story as it is ignored as it is happening right now. We can't let the soi disant progressive left or last bastion of hipster white boy power do to Hillary Clinton what they have happily done to Barack Obama. That is: support them (whether weakly or strongly) during the campaign when it is expedient to do so and then sabotage them immediately upon election.
So I'm going to go back to this notion of herd immunity and beg people to think before they selfishly vote their ego. For herd immunity to work, for the most vulnerable parts of our body politic to be protected from disease, everyone who can get the vaccine must get the vaccine. Babies, children, old people, pregnant women, sick people--these are all people who have compromised or vulnerable immune systems. Often they can't get the vaccine. They rely on herd immunity to protect them from epidemic diseases sweeping through society. Anyone who is healthy enough to receive the vaccine owes it to everyone around them to take it. Anyone who has the freedom to vote, the ability to vote, the luxury to vote owes it to the rest of us to vote in this election, for the Democratic nominee. The health and safety of the entire country depends on it.
Cross posted at I Spy With My Little Eye