By Amanda Evans
1. “Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are both equally bad.” There is no planet on which this is true. Even a good portion of Republicans think he would be a global catastrophe. If you think Clinton’s email scandals are bad, how do you erase away the stories that are coming forth about Trump raping 13 year old girls? Trump is racist. Trump is a misogynist. These are facts. And Clinton is not personable enough and calculated? They are not equally bad.
2. “I can’t vote for Clinton because I don’t like her.” I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but we live in a two party system, and that is not changing this election. Just like it wasn’t changing in 2000 or 1992. Let’s talk about Ross Perot or Ralph Nader. What, third party spoilers? Either vote Clinton, or support Trump. That’s not scare tactics, that’s reality.
3. “But I like a third party candidate.” No, you don’t. You think you do, but you are a reasonable, non-extremist person. Gary Johnson is a libertarian, a political party that may support legalizing weed, but they also want to abolish social security and public schools. Ayn Rand was bad at philosophy and bad at being a human being, and any movement that embraces her is probably mostly evil. Jill Stein is TERF and anti-vax friendly. And I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but nature isn’t going to save us, science is. If your party actively takes anti-science stances, you’re part of the problem. So go ahead, stamp your foot and cry, but Clinton is more experienced, smarter, and just a more reasonable choice than either Johnson or Stein. And this would be true regardless of whether or not Trump was running because Clinton is a center leftist.
4. “I am just not excited by Clinton.” For fuck’s sake. Get excited. There is a lot to be excited about in Clinton. For starter’s she’s the first woman to win a major political party nomination. Think of all the women and girls in your life who are going to be inspired and happy about this. Don’t you want to tell your daughters/nieces/granddaughters how excited you were to vote for the first woman president? Did I mention Clinton is a wonk? Have you actually read the policy she’s pumping out? It’s progressive and doable and some of it might even be Republican friendly if you just go read it. The only thing stopping you from being excited is your own misconceptions. Give Clinton an honest chance, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
5. “But Bernie!” Bernie lost. He lost for good reasons, like not having as many people vote for him. And on his way out he is doing as much damage as he can to the democratic party and his own socialist ideals. I could go on about how he mistreated pretty much every minority group that makes up the Democratic base. I could rehash the way he treated AIDS activists, the disabled, women, African Americans, Hispanics. But if you don’t believe what he said/did to them, you’re not going to believe it now. And it doesn’t matter. Clinton is the nominee. Get over it.
6. “I don’t care, I want Trump to win so things will finally get bad enough to change.” Congratulations, you are an asshole who thinks he can survive while the world burns. Guess what, a Trump presidency will hurt a lot of people the world over. Are you that much of a sociopath that you don’t care who you hurt on the off chance things will come out better on the other side? Have you read a history book? Do you have any idea how these revolutions usually work out? I’ll give you a hint, it’s not good. Get over yourself, get over your privilege.