Skip to main content

View Diary: Let’s call on Feinstein to release the unredacted CIA torture report now (25 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  Well, the problem is, of course, (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    tardis10, kharma

    You have no leverage.

    Weren't you the one who sent Sen. Feinstein a letter proclaiming that no matter what she does, no matter how criminal or corrupt, no matter how harmful it was to the country, the Democratic party, or the cause of progress, that you, Mark Lippman were going to cast your vote for her in the general election.

    No?

    •  No sir, I wrote no such letter and that's not (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      elwior, unfangus

      a position I'd ever take. I assume you're using a rhetorical device to make a point. It's a good point but sometimes excessive rhetoric can hinder, not help communication. I'm willing to hold up my end.

      I've said here before that voting is a transaction, as opposed to being strictly a moral decision. That means a voter gives something, their vote, to get something, public policy they favor. Morality counts. How could anyone trust a crooked candidate to deliver their part of the bargain? The voter's intellect and conscience calculates a best choice which is rarely going to be an ideal choice.

      The candidates have to be compared against each other, not judged alone. If one favors a free-trade agreement, the voter has to examine what the other candidates say. It makes no sense to eliminate a Democrat who favors free-trade if all the other candidates do, too. It's not the only issue.

      Understanding the issues, and their relative importance, makes the candidate comparison systematic. For me, climate change and the NSA are the two critical issues. I could end up with no one to vote for, and disenfranchising oneself is the worst offense of all.  The voter turnout for people in the top income bracket is typically double the turnout for the lowest income bracket. Turnout matters.

      It matters because of something inherent to the two party system. The difference in turnout rates among the competing parties often determines the winner. It's a statistically proven scientific fact. In a two-party race, the turnout of one party or another matters even more. If one is able to turnout at a rate much higher than the other, it determines the race.

      In practice, some people see this as choosing between bad and worse. If worse means labor can expect a jobs program with prison factories surrounded by barbed wire, I'll choose bad over that.

      Sorry about the word count.

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site