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Left= always good?

In this entry I seek to critique the “left= good, right= bad” (LGRB) argument in light of the US presidential election.

To start with, the LGRB argument does have some basis in reality. The left is generally seen as more tolerant of women, racial minorities, LGBT people and other historically marginalised groups. This is true especially in the US, where the right-wing Republican Party openly targets LGBT people in particular under the guise of Christianity. Didn’t Jesus say “love thy neighbour”? The Democrats, on the other hand, tend to favour LGBT rights with Barack Obama signing the Equal Marriage Act into law in 2015.

But let us look at Hillary Clinton. Clinton is a Christian and someone who was registered as Republican until well into the 1990s. While serving as a Democrat senator in New York, she expressed anti-LGBT opinions informed by her faith, such as “I believe that marriage is not just a bond but a sacred bond, between a man and a woman”. Only when beginning her most recent presidential campaign did she go along with the party line. In a recent email leaked by Wikileaks, staffer Dan Schwerin admits that the Clintons still hold the same beliefs:

I’m just saying that she’s not going to want to say she was wrong about (gay marriage), given she and her husband believe it and have repeated it many times.

How dishonest! Of course, honesty is unfortunately not expected in the political world, but this is made worse by it being deceit against a minority group.

But it’s far from the worst thing she’s done. What about her using private email to send top secret documents? What about Benghazi and the death of the US Ambassador? Those have been covered in countless sources so I will not elaborate on them here. Just give them a search.

Hillary Clinton is living proof that the LGRB argument is flawed. The left isn’t always good. Now I’m not saying that Trump is a better option because he’s just as bad, and in fact this shows that the duopolistic nature of US politics, the deliberate ignorance of third parties, isn’t working. Liberal Americans shouldn’t be bullied into voting for someone because LGRB when there are other left-wing parties such as the Greens.

Land of the free- really?

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In which Szin finally makes a decision on who you should go and vote for tomorrow

In tomorrow’s US election I officially endorse Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka of the Green Party. This is full-well knowing that Hillary Clinton is most likely going to win. But as you probably know I cannot stand her as much as I cannot stand Donald Trump.

Stein’s beliefs, while sometimes quite radical for the US left, are the closest to Bernie Sanders of any candidate, with an obvious focus on the environment. A good showing in the general election may show the pro-fracking Clinton administration that there is strong demand for environmental justice in the US. She, like Sanders, is also strongly committed to equal treatment for racial, sexual and gender minority groups, something that the Clinton campaign is trying to do but falling flat on their face in my opinion.

Third parties could prove to be a “spoiler” in this race. Many moderate conservatives have migrated to Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party in the wake of Trump’s nomination and many Sanders supporters have gone on record as endorsing Stein rather than switching to Trump. So if you’re more concerned about Trump than Hillary but don’t want to vote Hillary, give Stein a vote. Sanders is also expected to get a high number of write-in votes. This could lead to pressure within the Clinton administration to give him a big role.

So go out there tomorrow and vote Jill Stein for President of the United States and Ajamu Baraka for Vice President.

I really don’t like Hillary Clinton OR Donald Trump

Were I American, I’d vote for Jill Stein as her platforms are closest to Bernie’s. Some may call it throwing one’s vote away or “the spoiler” (cf. Ralph Nader’s popularity in 2000 allegedly costing Al Gore the election, although some Gore voters in Florida would beg to differ), but there really is no other option. Gary Johnson seems a little too right-wing for my liking and the other parties are either too extreme or have absolutely no chance of being viable.

You could have got a decent option had the Democrats not rigged the entire primary against Bernie… I worry for you, America. If only I could muster a glimmer of hope that the Democrats come to their senses and exclude Hillary from the nomination due to all the legal baggage she’s carrying, but they probably won’t. The ship is sinking and they’re too busy going “la la la nothing’s wrong” to notice. Pretty much the only reasons they’ve given for Americans to vote for her are:

  1. She’s a woman, and;
  2. She’s not Donald Trump.

As the author of a Rational Feminist Manifesto I am not liking number one at all. They are implying that her being a woman is the main quality, which isn’t what feminism is all about. Besides, we’re heading for a genderless society where distinctions between male, female and everything inbetween will be blurred. Her gender doesn’t matter to me, especially in this western society where there are very few barriers stopping women from doing whatever the hell they want. Regarding the second point, she may not be Donald Trump but she’s still Hillary Clinton.

The Hillary nomination is going to lead to a Trump presidency. Everyone’s been saying it, but the Democrats still nominated her. As a result, half the delegates walked out and the party will remain fractured until they come to their senses and dump her. Which will be forever.