I feel I must explain the reasons for my #DemExit, as we are seeing a lot of blame being heaped upon our fellow citizens for the “crime” of voting their conscience and choosing a third party. This blame comes whether or not your state went for Hillary. They believe that we are to blame for Trump. And they are wrong.
Many of us warned of this outcome. I know one Hillary supporter who I’ve told time and time again that her nomination would hand the presidency to Trump and she accused me of parroting propaganda. In fact, as we saw in the Podesta e-mails, Trump was seen by the Hillary camp as a “pied piper” candidate. Hillary’s team urged their contacts in the media to promote Trump, Ted Cruz and Ben Carson, as they felt that these extreme-right candidates would be easier for Hillary to beat than a more moderate, boring Republican like Jeb Bush. And they were wrong.
So, blaming Green Party voters for Trump’s victory is irrational when you consider who was to blame if Trump won the nomination in the first place. However, blaming third party voters is a nifty strategy when you want to reinforce the two-party system and make sure no new voices can rise to power.
It is the same vicious cycle that allows lackluster politicians and the two parties that run them to thrive. The fear response in this cycle is an understandable manipulation of our basic human responses. They are teaching us to not vote third party. To do this, they blame third parties for their own machinations. We saw as Al Gore refused to hear from legislators who tried to bring up voter suppression in 2000. If we want to make our state better, if we want to make our government better, we have only one thing that we are called to do.
We must resist
I am not talking a fake resistance like Keith Olbermann’s show for GQ Magazine titled “The Resistance”. This is where he shows his descent into Glenn Beck-istan, supporting his favourite warmonger. No, we need something more substantive. I am talking protests in the streets resistance. I am talking changing your voter registration from Democrat or Republican to a party that more accurately reflects your values.
This is crucial because the Democratic party has abandoned the left. They chose a warmonger who drummed up support for a war against Russia. What’s worse is the rationale: it was because her e-mails were leaked. They have left us when they refused to stand with whistleblowers like Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning. The Democratic Party is no longer the party of the left, it is the party of neoliberalism and centre-right politics. The Democratic Party is where ugly policy ideas get a pretty face.
#DemExit is the moral imperative
We will not get anywhere if we continue to reward bad behaviour. We cannot let the Democratic party get away with nominating more neoliberal candidates. As I see the gubernatorial race start to get legs, I have been checking out the field. I have seen the campaign website for a Democrat that proudly proclaims how he is a centrist. Because that worked so well for Hillary, did it not?
When I was running for the RTD Board, I saw a Democratic party working to support a candidate who was manifestly unfit to serve. A candidate who lied about her record at every chance she got and convinced others to prop up her lies. If they are willing to do this at such a low level, imagine how much worse it gets the higher up the totem pole you go!
With people like Governor Frackenlooper and Judy Lubow using their backward policies to destroy our state, #DemExit is the imperative. I implore every Colorado Democrat to seriously consider a #DemExit. We must use our votes to elect people of conscience to public office and we must think critically about our choices.
Because, as we now know, the Democratic party isn’t thinking critically about their candidates.
Dr. Véronique Bellamy