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A tweet from the George Takei Twitter account which states:

"A Democrat was in the White House when my family was sent to the internment camps in 1941. It was an egregious violation of our human and civil rights.

It would have been understandable if people like me said they’d never vote for a Democrat again, given what had been done to us.

But being a liberal, being a progressive, means being able to look past my own grievances and concerns and think of the greater good. It means working from within the Democratic party to make it better, even when it has betrayed its values.

I went on to campaign for Adlai Stevenson when I became an adult. I marched for civil rights and had the honor of meeting Dr. Martin Luther King. I fought for redress for my community and have spent my life ensuring that America understood that we could not betray our Constitution in such a way ever again.

Bill Clinton broke my heart when he signed DOMA into law. It was a slap in the face to the LGBTQ community. And I knew that we still had much work to do. But I voted for him again in 1996 despite my misgivings, because the alternative was far worse. And my obligation as a citizen was to help choose the best leader for it, not to check out by not voting out of anger or protest.

There is no leader who will make the decision you want her or him to make 100 percent of the time. Your vote is a tool of hope for a better world. Use it wisely, for it is precious. Use it for others, for they are in need of your support, too."

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The last paragraph I find particularly powerful and something more people really should take into account.

  • GormadtOP
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    Unfortunately here in the US with our current voting system, voting for the lesser of 2 evils is the best strategy once it’s election day.

    Primaries are for voting with your heart, election day is for strategic voting.

      • darq
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        306 months ago

        The system doesn’t actually require any collaboration to eventually become a two-party race. It’s pretty much statistically assured if voters behave rationally, but with limited information.

      • @CoggyMcFee@lemmy.world
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        286 months ago

        You’re starting out with the wrong assumption in your question. The question should be “why is it that there are only two choices?” And the answer is: because the voting system laid out in the constitution makes it an inevitability.

        It’s not a coincidence that the countries in Europe with many parties have a different type of system. Statistical models demonstrate that their many parties and our two parties are a natural consequence of how our voting system works.

        It’s bad enough being stuck in the situation we are, but wrongly attributing the cause to a vast conspiracy, involving both parties working together, just leads to the wrong conclusions about what to do about it.

        In reality, voting third party instead of the party you most align with just helps the party you least align with. The GOP backs third party candidates that might attract liberal voters for a reason.

        • @Maalus@lemmy.world
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          76 months ago

          Or maybe, just maybe, there is a third way? When it comes to politics, americans are as defeatist as russians are.

          • HobbitFoot
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            116 months ago

            What is defeatist about it? It is about constantly participating in the system to make sure your views are still considered.

            It means participating in primaries to make sure some of your candidates get picked even if others are going to lose. For instance, I’m going to vote in the primary because it will have a major impact on choosing a Senator of my state even if Biden is going to be the Presidential nominee.

            It means choosing candidates in the general election that you can at least try to influence with protests and other actions after the election. I’d rather have a percentage of what I want politically done than nothing.

            The alternative seems to be not to participate, which feels more defeatist.

            • @Maalus@lemmy.world
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              26 months ago

              Thw alternative is to choose people who would change the status quo of just having to choose between two candidates. Seriously, how is it democracy, if it’s the exact same shit going on year after year after year? One president is a democrat, one is a republican. Average that out, and it flip flops from one to the other. Neither change the status quo at all. So maybe vote in someone who will?

              • @null@slrpnk.net
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                76 months ago

                Thw alternative is to choose people who would change the status quo of just having to choose between two candidates.

                If only it were that simple.

                  • GormadtOP
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                    36 months ago

                    Here’s a great video that explains the issues with our voting system, it even explains why voting third party is throwing your vote away.

                    TLDW: It’s because voting for that third party ensures that the candidate that you hate the most has an easier time winning as the candidate that is closer to their opponent (the third party) takes votes away from their opponent.

              • HobbitFoot
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                36 months ago

                The President isn’t a dictator; a lot of decisions are made by other politicians as I noted. Hell, we are seeing what happens when you have a divided government versus one led by one party.

                Also, there is voting in primaries. Again, the presidential candidate may be chosen, but there are other candidates as well and some may need your support and align with your interests.

                And I get that you might have an election with a candidate you may not love like Biden or you find out that a candidate is a piece of shit like Simena. However, I’d still rather show up and get a chance to affect the choosing of my leaders rather than not.

                Not voting is defeatism.

                  • GormadtOP
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                    26 months ago

                    Primaries are for voting with your heart, election day is for voting strategically

    • @JimboDHimbo@lemmy.ca
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      Live and served here. I’m aware of the song and dance. Just saying George isn’t providing some sort of revelation. It’s the same bullshit every 4 years

      Edit: not sure why my original comment was removed, even after scrolling through this community’s rules. But it’s cool, the other 196 is better anyway.

    • @onkyo@lemmy.dbzer0.com
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      26 months ago

      You could also organize outside the electoral system. In fact it’s the only way to keep politicians accountable

      • GormadtOP
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        Who says you can’t organize if you vote?

        Organize and get people to loudly push for some things you want in our country AND vote

        Doing both is important

        Edit: I accidentally a word