Luckily for me, living in Arizona absolves me of a moral dilemma I otherwise could face should Hillary Clinton be the Democratic nominee.
I can’t vote for Clinton in the general. Here’s why: I know to a near certainty that if elected, HRC will inflict misery and devastation on those people she considers somewhat less human than Americans. For example, she may follow through on her love letter to Haim Saban by providing cluster bombs and other ghastly industrial strength munitions for Israel to use in another murderous rampage on Gaza. Or she may continue Obama’s policy of killing innocent Yemenis with drone strikes. Or she may give regime change another go, with disastrous consequences for the unlucky people of the nation upon which she decides to impose her will.
And if I were to vote for her knowing that likely outcome?
Then I’d be complicit when the killings occur. No matter how hard I try to rationalize my vote as a “lesser of evils” choice, I’d be complicit. And, I’d be complicit even if she loses Arizona, because I’ll have contributed to her “mandate.”
So, I’m not on board. No matter how much her supporters lecture me on the subject. No matter how much they scream about the Supreme Court. No matter how much they tell me that Trump or Rubio or Cruz will start a war bigger than the one she’ll start.
Does this present a moral dilemma to me? If I lived in Ohio maybe, or even a safe blue state. But not in bright red Arizona. There’s no way my vote here could swing the election. Arizona can’t play the role Florida did in 2000 or Ohio did in 2004. If Arizona is close, the Democratic is winning nationally in a landslide. If the national race is close, Arizona is in the bag for the Republican. Either way, my vote can’t determine the outcome.
And if I and others vote for Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate, we send HRC a strong message that she better not sell out her base or 2018 will be a bloodbath, like 2010 and 2014 were.
The bottom line? The bullying from the HRC crowd is not about the Supreme Court. It’s about bullying and little else. The underlying feeling of the Democratic establishment and its acolytes, as they ram HRC down the throats of progressives, is grave concern about the risk that strategy poses for the general. So they desperately want Sanders supporters to assure them they won’t stay home. When I’ve raised the moral concern I have, they don’t even acknowledge it or try to reason it away. They just lecture me, as if I’m just not nearly as smart as they are and as if they can intimidate me with their superior intellect. Good luck with that.