I'm going to be the reason Trump gets elected this year

Don't be mistaken: I'm not going to vote for him, but if he gets elected me and people like me will be the reason why. As Republicans quietly write off the 2016 elections as going to Hillary because she's the "inevitable" Democratic candidate and the Republican vote is being split by the traditional Republican Party purists that want Kasich, or maybe Ryan, but would settle for Cruz on a contested convention, and the Republican outsiders that want a candidate like Trump, they are missing the fact that the Democratic primary is also being split. Sanders has been coming up just short of Clinton everywhere that matters and at this point she is the likely Democratic nominee unless California pulls through for Sanders in a big way. She will obviously have the vote of her own supporters, and probably most of the traditional Democrats, but, here's the kicker: I'm not a Democrat. I don't think she will make a good President and I don't feel "obligated" by party affiliation to vote for her, so I won't. I like Sanders and his platform and I would vote for him regardless of the party he was running under. I will probably write in Sanders as a message to the Democratic Party that they've moved too far to the right, and myself and people like me won't get behind their candidate, and there might be enough of us that we might just damage her chances of a win in November, leaving the margin open enough for Trump to step in and take the election.

This would have been a great year for one of the third parties to field a strong candidate and actually have a shot, since both the major parties are split, but they sat around during the early stages of the primaries without declaring a candidate, and so they lost any groundswell they could have picked up. I'm really disappointed by that, but I'm not connected enough or political enough to have done anything to make a difference here. They needed to announce a candidate and they didn't so the media characterized the race as Trump versus Clinton, and what do you know: that's where we are.

I don't want to vote for Trump, but I won't vote for Clinton, not even to stop a Trump presidency, because I think she's more dangerous than Trump. Trump has no idea about constitutionality and doesn't realize that most of things he's proposing to do would be slapped down by the Supreme Court on constitutional grounds, so our risk of him doing long-term damage (in areas other than foreign policy) is minimal. Clinton, on the other hand, is a skilled lawyer and is very aware of when she's doing something wrong, but there are instances of her knowing something is illegal and choosing to do it anyway. She understands the laws enough to know when and how to skirt them and get away with it, mostly, and that's what makes her dangerous as a President. I'm not a Democrat, and I won't support her, and that might just be enough to get Trump elected. Sorry, but not sorry. My message to every party: run better candidates next time and learn how to market the good ones you have.

Edit: Just stumbled on this video which says more or less the same thing I just did, pay particular attention to his words at 2:43:

Published on 28 April 2016 at 18h35 by Dave, tags ,

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