On a humanitarian level, most Democratic lawmakers on their worst days, far exceed most Republican lawmakers on their best days. Even if I don’t care for the Democratic candidate who becomes the party’s nominee, even if I can’t stand the sound of that person’s voice — I refuse to give my vote, by default, to the Republican Party.
When I hear a progressive/liberal/Democrat say they’re not voting unless their favorite candidate wins the nomination, I’m stunned. When the Left doesn’t vote, we are essentially giving our votes to the Right, which means we are helping to elect politicians from a party where racism, misogyny, homophobia and xenophobia dominate their congressional voting, lawmaking, and profit-making agendas. It’s a party that has obstructed/blocked every good bill President Obama has introduced. It’s a party that produces hate mongers like Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. Not voting is not only bad for Democrats, it’s a bad deal for all Americans. If you think your vote doesn’t count, think again. Let’s take a look behind GOP doors to see what kind of prizes we can win, Monty.
GOP Door #1
We get to watch Republicans appoint more Supreme Court justices like like Clarence Thomas, who in his spare time, presided over Rush Limbaugh’s third marriage. Clarence Thomas may have only asked one SCOTUS question in the last 10 years, but he’s been able to speak volumes over the decades with his racist, anti-LGBT, anti-women and anti-choice SCOTUS votes — on laws that may last centuries. When ABC interviewed him about his book, My Grandfather’s Son, Thomas compared liberals to the the KKK. One of his quotes from the book shocked a multitude.
"People get bent out of shape about the fact that when I was a kid, you could not drink out of certain water fountains. Well, the water was the same.“ — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas
And then there is Thomas’ sexual harassment charges via Anita Hill, during the SCOTUS nomination process. He was appointed anyway. Yes, expect more like Clarence Thomas on the highest court in the nation with a GOP win.
GOP Door #2
Given the opportunity, the GOP will continue to shred the rights of many Americans, including women, LGBT, and people of color. Since 2010, Republican lawmakers have passed 310 restrictions against women’s reproductive rights. And you can be sure they’ll attempt to overturn same-sex marriage rights, as well as further suppress the voting rights. The GOP has tried to overturn the Affordable Care Act/Obamacare several dozen times. Remember when you could be dropped by an insurance company for going over your illness limit? Remember when you couldn’t get health insurance if you had a pre-existing illnesses? If it happened to you, you remember well the fear of losing everything, and possibly your life, due to healthcare issues and costs. No one should have to live like that in America.
Also behind Door #2: Remember when gas prices hit almost $5.00 a gallon in some cities and when it cost four to five times more for fuel than now — just to drive to and from work? When we do the math on that one issue, we see how much the last Republican administration negatively affected the working people of America.
And for an added bonus behind Door #2, we can look forward to Republican corporate greed and bribery further catering to the 1%, banks, and corporations that will continue to destroy our lands, pollute our water and change our climate for the worse. All the while, the rich get richer and the poor get poorer.
GOP Door #3
By not casting a ballot, that vote will ultimately go to a warmongering party whose leaders have clearly stated they will send our troops and young people into battle to kill and be killed. I will never forget the eight years of emotional torment during the Bush/Cheney reign, losing sleep on most nights, knowing innocent and defenseless people, including babies and children, were being massacred in an unnecessary war — under the almighty anthem, “God Bless The USA.” Approximately 500,000 died of war-related deaths during the Iraq “Bush” War. I won’t contribute to the next war by not voting.
I choose Democratic Door #4
And this November,
I will vote for the rights children, women, blacks, immigrants, veterans, lgbt, minorities, the disadvantaged, the differently-abled, teachers, and unions.
I will vote for gun sense, equal pay, ERA, voting rights, healthcare, raising minimum wage, lowering student debt, and peace.
I am a Democrat. I am a Liberal. And I will vote.
Make the pledge to Vote Blue — No Matter Who.