The Democrats have no principles. They will get out in the streets and march to protest a stupid and unjust war, as long it’s a Republican president leading that war. When it’s a Democrat, they’re content to wait and see. They’re unalterably opposed to kidnapping, torture and assassination by Republicans, but they fall strangely silent when a Democrat follows the same policies. They rail against political collusion in the corruption of Wall Street, as long as a Republican is the guilty party, but they have nothing to say about a Democrat’s doing the same things. They’re for LGBT rights when they can accuse a Republican of bigotry and injustice, but when a Democrat practices bigotry and injustice, they’re of the opinion that LGBTs should be content to wait — indefinitely — for equality. I don’t see any principles here at all, just political opportunism.
The Republicans, on the other hand, are deeply principled — and all their principles are bad. They’re for war, injustice, capitalist oppression, and bigotry, and they make no bones about it. I’m not saying you have to be a racist and a homophobe to be a Republican, but if you are a racist and a homophobe, your natural home is in the Republican Party. You don’t have to be a Republican to believe in bombing poor nations into “democracy,” but if you hold that kind of view, the Republican Party is where you’ll find the most people who agree with you. If you believe poor people should be left to starve, and the government should fund massive handouts for the very wealthiest people in America, the Republican Party is the party for you.
So, we’re told, we have to vote for the Democrats. They’re not ideal, but they’re the lesser of two evils.
The fact remains that the lesser of two evils is still evil, and choosing the lesser of two evils precludes any outcome but an evil one.
I refuse to make that choice. If the Democrats can offer us a truly progressive platform and evince a commitment to peace and justice, they’ll have my vote. But I don’t believe they can do it. I don’t believe they really have the slightest interest in doing it.
I maintain that fully supporting either of the two major parties is morally wrong. I maintain that we can not achieve peace by choosing the lesser warmonger, human rights by choosing the lesser trampler of human rights, or equality by choosing the lesser bigot. If liberals and progressives refuse to hold the Democratic Party to account — not just with our words, but with our votes — then all is lost, and we will be complicit in that loss.
Frederick Douglass: “Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what a people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them; and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both.”