Socialists can’t afford division based on presidential election choices
If you support and work for a political economy committed to serving the common good, not the material interests of few, then you and I are allies, even if I disagree with how you exercise your vote in this ugly presidential election.
Every four years, I have seen animosity between friends who share a common political vision but split, often in anger, over the tactical decision whether to vote for a mainstream Democrat for president to prevent an even worse Republican in the White House, or to vote for a third party candidate more in alignment with that vision with the caveat that the third-party candidate has no chance of winning. This is one of the unfortunate consequences of a presidential election process that no longer serves the interest of anyone but the two dominant parties and their candidates, wealthy individuals and corporations who fund the campaigns, and the mainstream media, which fattens itself on campaign advertising spending. Electing a president is important, but the sad irony is that the process in this country has become one of great impediments to healthy democracy.
From a more narrow sectarian perspective, that of a building a socialist alternative to predatory capitalism, presidential elections help to divide our ranks, which has to delight the GOP, the Democrats, and the plutocrats.
I voted for Gloria La Riva and Dennis Banks, the presidential and vice presidential candidates of the Party for Socialism and Liberation. I am not a PSL member, but I support La Riva’s 10-point program of policy positions. I hope my vote, which registers my dissatisfaction with the status quo, will encourage alternative parties and new coalitions in the near future.
If you support socialism, broadly defined, but have or will vote for Hillary Clinton, largely to prevent a Donald Trump presidency, then you and I are still allies. I don’t have to like to your voting choice and you don’t have to endorse mine, but we need to be united after Nov. 8, regardless of who wins, to carry our struggle into the future. Please don’t allow this presidential election side show to divide us.