DEMAND ACCOUNTABILITY, STOP ENABLING BAD BEHAVIOR!
By Max R. Weller
A much younger Dan Rather
Read Mr. Rather’s Facebook post from yesterday, copied below in its entirety:
Jeb Bush is making some news with his announcement that he won’t vote for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton for president. He’s not alone. I have heard from others, including supporters of Bernie Sanders, who say they will abstain from voting in November.
I do understand why some might be disillusioned with both candidates and not want to press the lever for either of them, or the decision to vote for a minor party candidate. But the reality is that barring some very unforeseen circumstances, either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton will be the next President of the United States. They offer drastically different visions of leadership and the direction they want to take this country. In short, the next several chapters of our national story depends on who will occupy the Oval Office. To willfully remove your vote from this historic tally strikes me as a dereliction of one’s duty as a citizen of the United States.
What are your thoughts on this topic?
Well, Dan, I’m glad you asked:
The two major parties today exist as mechanisms to raise funds for their candidates. If you think that either Republicans or Democrats in the 21st Century are interested in promoting a particular governing philosophy, as was certainly the case in the 19th Century, you need to ask yourself what will happen to the party platforms the day after the conventions this month come to an end. That’s right, the platforms will be discarded.
There is nothing about political parties in our Constitution, for damn good reason — political parties exist outside of the law, which is not to say they’re against the law, only that they are not instruments of democracy in the sense that the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches are designed to be.
Why not support a candidate like Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party or Jill Stein of the Green Party? The sooner more voters give up the ridiculous notion that a vote for anyone other than a Republicrat is wasted, the sooner we’ll all realize that it’s the candidate and not the party that matters.
BTW, whether they admit it or not, almost everybody votes a split ticket.
I’m not surprised that Dan Rather lacks insight into the corrupt process he reported on for decades; naturally, like most Big Media stars, he was corrupted himself.