If there’s one result of this very strange election year of 2016, it is the certain bankruptcy of the Lesser of Two Evils argument.
You know, the Democratic candidate may be a guy with one screw loose — say, for one example, John Kerry in the 2004 election — but you still have to, as an honest progressive, vote for him (or her) anyway, because he (or she) is the LoTE, the Lesser of Two Evils.
We have in 2016 the choice between an avowed fascist, as I’ve repeatedly shouted aloud at the Friday at Five Anti-war Witness at Pioneer Courthouse Square (so much that my co-demonstrators have repeatedly told me not to shout, and I have deferred to these guys who initiated the anti-war witness, which I’ve only joined in the last eight years), and a war-monger.
I think we can see who the avowed fascist is: fascism defines itself as not caring much for precedent, or details, but blind faith in a Leader. That’s the Republican nominee, all right.
As for the war-monger, this is more evident than ever with the address this week of the Democratic Party nominee to the American Legion, a group founded after World War One (that is, two decades before the emergence of an unapologetic policy by the U.S. of World Policeman). I offer what a longtime progressively-oriented investigative journalist has to say, to characterize the speech.
Now comes Clinton’s speech at an American Legion convention in Cincinnati, her most bellicose to date, in which she savages Trump for failing to embrace the ultra-imperialist doctrine of “American exceptionalism.”
“My opponent in this race has said very clearly that he thinks American exceptionalism is insulting to the rest of the world,” she said Wednesday. “In fact, when Vladimir Putin, of all people, criticized American exceptionalism, my opponent agreed with him, saying, and I quote, ‘if you’re in Russia, you don’t want to hear that America is exceptional.’ Well maybe you don’t want to hear it, but that doesn’t mean it’s not true.”
Good people, she went on, do not take exception to the doctrine – only enemies do:
“When we say America is exceptional, it doesn’t mean that people from other places don’t feel deep national pride, just like we do. It means that we recognize America’s unique and unparalleled ability to be a force for peace and progress, a champion for freedom and opportunity. Our power comes with a responsibility to lead, humbly, thoughtfully, and with a fierce commitment to our values. Because, when America fails to lead, we leave a vacuum that either causes chaos or other countries or networks rush in to fill the void.”
Of course you, reader, ought to vote for something, not against. Of course you ought to vote for Jill Stein, the nominee of the Green Party. But if by chance you are still stuck into the misleading and destructive mindset of voting LoTE, then you in order to lessen the chance of even more wars initiated by the United States, ought to vote for Donald Trump.
UPDATE 7 September 2016: Indeed, if you are willing to cast your vote for a racist, fascist, infantile narcissist, on the basis of LoTE, Trump is emphasizing his peaceful credentials today.
Vowing that his foreign policy would “emphasize diplomacy, not destruction,” Donald Trump went on the offensive Wednesday against Hillary Clinton, accusing the Democratic nominee of being “trigger-happy” and “very unstable.”
Trump declared that Clinton’s legacy in Iraq, Libya and Syria “has produced only turmoil and suffering and death” during his speech to the Union League of Philadelphia, hours before he is set to appear after the former secretary of state at the Commander in Chief Forum in New York City.