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Ted Glick: I’m Voting for Hillary Clinton

In Democracy, Environment, Human rights, Justice, Peace, Public Health, Race, War on November 2, 2016 at 9:46 pm

I haven’t voted for a Democrat (or Republican) for President in 40
years, but I’m going to a week from now. I’m voting for Hillary.

I’ve written in the past how people in the battleground states, where
the vote looks to be close, should consider doing so, let their
conscience be their guide. New Jersey, where I live, is not such a
state; the latest poll, two weeks ago, had her ahead by 11 points. But
I’ve come to the conclusion that taking this (for me) unprecedented
step is most consistent with what I believe is the most important
thing about this election.

The most important thing is defeating Trump. Period. Full stop. I
believe this, first of all, because he is such a total, dangerous jerk
as a human being, someone who should never be anywhere close to
becoming President, which he unfortunately now is. He is a
pathological liar, in Bernie Sanders’ words, a racist, a sexual
predator, misogynist, narcissistic, and more.

As someone who has made the deepening climate crisis my primary work
for the last 13 years, I know that he is a huge threat to the planet
and all its life forms. He would do all in his power to move the US
and the world backwards with our energy policy. He has made it clear
he would try to revive a struggling coal industry and accelerate oil
and gas, especially fracked gas, production. He would reject the Paris
climate agreement. He would weaken the already-weakened EPA. Although
I am certain that the climate movement would step up and fight him
every step of the way, we would mainly be on the defensive in those
battles. Far from moving forward toward the renewable energy/energy
efficient/love the earth future we must get to as soon as possible, he
would make it very difficult to just stay where we are now.

And there are so many others issues: immigrant rights, police
brutality, pro-the-1% economic policy, decimating health care,
opposing minimum wage increases, using the Justice Department to go
after social movements and, let us not forget, appointing at least one
and maybe one-two more Supreme Court judges “like Antonin Scalia,” as
he has pledged.

I’m a Green Party member. I actually spent an afternoon two days ago
doing phone calling for a local member who is running for school board
in a nearby town. I’ve been a leader of a local GP group in northern
NJ for literally 16 years. I ran for the US Senate as a Green Party
candidate in 2002. I helped get Jill Stein on the ballot in NJ and
worked for her in 2012. For the past 20 years, going back to Ralph
Nader’s 1996 campaign for President, I’ve been actively involved—1996,
2000 and 2004—in GP Presidential campaigns or, in 2008 and 2012,
supportive of them.

However, after the 2000 Nader/LaDuke campaign, I started putting
forward a “safe states strategy.” Because of the electoral system we
have, the Green Party Presidential campaign should focus its campaign
in the non-battleground states. In the battleground states it should
say loud and clear that people should vote their conscience,
acknowledge the validity of voting for a lesser evil Democrat when the
alternative is much worse.

These ideas have gone nowhere. Instead the Jill Stein campaign has
made no distinctions between states. Up until maybe a month ago she
was saying that she had a chance of winning the Presidency. She is now
at 2% of the vote in the realclearpolitics.com average of major polls,
and she has been there or close for a month. She has taken the very
problematic position that Clinton and Trump are “equally terrible.”
She publicly twitter-attacked the 3,000-person People’s Summit led by
National Nurses United in June as “lapdogs for the duopoly.”

I thought about writing in Bernie. What was built as a result of his
Presidential campaign is, in general, the kind of organized mass
movement that we desperately need. However, given that there’s no
organized Bernie write-in campaign—Bernie would be against it—and
given that I have major problems with the strategy of the candidate of
the party I’ve worked hard locally to build for 16 years, I’m voting
for Hillary on November 8th. And then, if she wins, on November 9th,
I’ll start figuring out with other sisters and brothers how we create
the kind of issue-oriented people’s movement that she has no choice
but to take very seriously for the next four years.

Ted Glick has been a progressive activist and organizer since 1968.
For the last 13 years his primary focus of political work has been the
climate crisis. Past writings and other information can be found at
http://tedglick.com, and he can be followed on twitter at
http://twitter.com/jtglick.

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