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I can afford to throw away my vote.

I’m a middle-class, straight, white American Christian man.

I have a lot of margin for error. I can afford to throw away my vote.

To me personally, a Donald Trump presidency would be … moderately annoying. I’d roll my eyes at the cowboy bluster he calls “foreign policy.” I’d be irritated that rich people get more tax breaks than I do. I’d take to Facebook to denounce the right-wing justices he appoints to the Supreme Court, ultimately knowing that their decisions won’t have that much effect on me personally, since I’m a middle-class, straight white American Christian man.

I could safely join the 30 percent of young people planning to throw away their votes on the Libertarian Gary Johnson or the Green Party candidate Jill Stein.

I could say I’m not throwing away my vote. I could say that I’m taking a stand, that I refuse to vote for the lesser of two evils, that the Democratic primary was rigged, that the system is broken and this is my statement!

And then if Trump wins Wisconsin because we threw away some votes… so what? And if he wins the nation because he’s won Wisconsin … meh. I’ll be fine. Moderately annoyed, but fine. The DNC will have learned its lesson and I’ll take comfort knowing that I Took a Stand.

I won’t get deported. I won’t have members of my faith barred from entering the United States. I won’t receive “some form of punishment” just for making my own health care decisions. I won’t get waterboarded. I will be neither stopped nor frisked. I won’t ever be asked to show my papers. I won’t worry about my village being bombed because my mom’s second cousin was maybe photographed near someone who said something critical about the United States.

But what about my eldest son – a young black man about to go off to college? My wife, a Mexican American born and raised in California? My teenage daughter, who would like to earn equal pay for equal work one day? My younger children, born right here in Madison, Wisconsin, with their mother’s olive skin and dark eyes and long black hair?

The Trump Administration would be far worse than annoying for them.

Not to mention every other woman, Muslim, African American, Latino, gay man, lesbian, transgender person or … well, just about everyone except us straight American Christian white men.

We’d be fine.

No one else would.

Now, let’s be clear: if that’s what you want, by all means, own it and vote for Donald Trump. Own it – proactively decide that you think Donald Trump should be president. Just don’t throw away your vote because you can afford to, like I can.

So far we’re just talking about the actual government policies Trump has promised. Even more important

If Trump wins on November 8, then November 9 and every other day in America will feel like a Trump rally.

You know the ones – the ones where the man who would be president incited and encouraged violence against people who disagree with him.

That’s going to be every day in America under President Donald J. Trump.

In American culture, our leaders set the bar for what’s acceptable in civil society. In other words, whatever the president says becomes acceptable in everyday discourse.

“Blood coming out of her whatever.” “She gained a tremendous amount of weight.” “Drug dealers, criminals, rapists.” “You walk down the street and get shot.” “There has to be some form of punishment.”

This will become acceptable speech in everyday civil discourse.

White nationalist thugs will feel empowered to assault and berate African Americans, gays, Muslims, and anyone else not like them. Housing discrimination will run rampant. (After all, if the president can decide not to rent to minorities, so can everyone else, right?) The police will feel more empowered than ever to profile and harass people of color. Gender equity will be set back decades as fat-shaming and slut-shaming will become acceptable in everyday discourse.

Is it worth that to make a “statement?”

If you think so, I call white privilege.

We can sympathize, empathize, click our tongues, shake our heads, call in to liberal radio shows. But when we act only on our own interest — that’s white privilege.

When we decide that making a “statement” is more important than standing up for our brothers and sisters — that’s white privilege.

When we risk only moderate annoyance — and in so doing risk actual harm to other people — that’s white privilege.

When the stakes are low for us, but high for everyone else — that’s white privilege.

When we proudly declare that we will waste the fundamental right that others fought and died for, and still don’t fully have — if that’s not white privilege, I don’t know what is.

As I type this, poor, black, and brown people are being lied to about how to get a voter ID. Many of them will never get their ID, and will never vote. Others will be turned away at the polls.

If you can take your vote for granted — if you’ve never had to jump through hoops to vote, or never had an “election observer” question your citizenship, or never had to cast a provisional ballot — and you’re still proud to throw that vote away … sorry, that’s the height of white privilege.

Madison365, as a rule, doesn’t endorse presidential candidates. Personally, I urge you to vote — vote for Clinton, vote for Trump. Just don’t throw your vote away.

As a middle-aged, middle-class, straight white American Christian man, I can afford to throw away my vote.

But I won’t.

For the sake of my family and my children, for the sake of my brothers and sisters of all faiths, for my brothers and sisters in the LGBT community, for my brothers and sisters who don’t have a permanent address and can’t get the ID required to exercise their fundamental rights as Americans — I will not throw away my vote.

I hope you don’t either.

Written by Robert Chappell

Robert Chappell

Robert Chappell is associate publisher of Madison365.

184 COMMENTS

  1. So the Democratic process is now white privilege if we don’t vote for who you think will be the best for minorities. How American of you.

    • Way to completely miss the point. A third party candidate will not garner enough votes to win, period. So if you vote for a 3rd party candidate you are throwing away your vote, because it will not result in a 3rd party candidate actually being elected to office.

      • “because it will not result in a 3rd party candidate actually being elected to office.”

        So what? If I don’t vote in a way that I feel honestly represents my interests, how can I ever expect the system to reform? I should just vote for Hillary and hope she somehow reforms the system she fully supports? I don’t pretend Johnson or Weld will win, but if they can garner enough of the votes this cycle, then the Libertarian party can be on the stage next cycle.

        I’m not focused on this election, I’m taking the longer view.

        Besides, let’s be honest (something none of these Hillary hand wringers are being), who is Johnson more likely to draw voters away from, Hillary or Trump?

        • Change doesn’t come from the top, it grows from the bottom. My questions to those who support these third-party candidates and talk about dismantling the two-party system: What are you saying/doing during non-election years? Are you organizing and meeting with your third-parties to discuss strategies for getting more officials elected at the local levels? Are you donating time or money to Libertarians or Green Party candidates with their eyes on seats in the House or Senate? Because it seems like you just sprout up every 4 years, lamenting about how we’re all doing it wrong and how the system is broken, then go back into remission when the election is over. Given the current lacking of Libertarian or Green Party officials at the local, state, or federal levels, a vote for Johnson or Stein would be a waste. Even if one of them made it into office (LOL), their lack of fellow party members in government would prevent them from enacting any actual change.

          Sounds like y’all should take a sip of some truth tea, wake up, and vote for either of the two viable candidates that stand to take the presidency. If you want to see the two-party system razed to the ground, regroup over the next four years and come back with an actual plan to get your parties taken seriously, instead of running a Hail Mary for the White House every time it’s up for grabs. Until then your vote for a third-party candidate is, in fact, a horrid waste of a vote.

          • AjB is basically recirculating left talking points one can discredit by a 30 second websearch.

            Both the Greens and especially Libertarians have done these things. Libertarians are actually in every country. More: As Johnson demonstrates, they’re in all parties as well.

            That’s why the Libertarians are getting such support. The left wants you to NOT know that by conning people into not voting.

            Wait till they run the two past Democrat governors…

          • It’s obvious the reason you assume these third parties just “sprout up” every four years with a “hail Mary” for the White House is due to the fact that you only pay attention every four years. Is it possible you fail to notice because you are in fact that pesky “uninformed voter” they’re talking about? You know the one — they’ve got time to post about “wasted votes” but don’t know why there were only two people allowed into your televised debates. They have time to comment but none to consider. Time enough to ridicule but not to read. Undoubtedly confident in correctness while blinded by belligerence. Cowards, hiding behind curtains of red or blue — unaware, unwilling, undoubtedly unconscious.

            Profound is the taste of your so called “truth tea.” It’s experience is long lasting; as numbing as Novocain but more irritating than an in-law. It leaves your breath bitter, blood boiling, and a chill that cuts through your body colder than the cash it takes to keep it from the masses.

            It is easy to see why people prefer a sweet sugar coatings mixed with the smooth sound of conformity and conjured conveniently within the safety of your silky soft curtains.

            Sincerely,
            Dennis Fehr – Founder of the Peoples Party and 2014 gubernatorial candidate for governor of Wisconsin.

          • Well, first…yes, we are actively recruiting, supporting, donating to, training, etc candidates for local and state office in off years. Every year is an election year in Virginia, and the LPVA pushes to get candidates for as many offices as possible, each year.

            However the presidential election is more widely covered than a house of delegates race, thus, it gets more attention and draws more support. The hope being Johnson gets 10% (In Virginia), giving us automatic ballot access for a host of state and local candidates in 2017. Thousands of man hours better spent on campaigning than petitioning….that is enormous for LP candidates.

            Further, there are actually are around 120+ elected officials serving in local and state offices around the country that are libertarians.

            Lastly, it is my vote, and it’ll be cast for the person I deem fit. Hillary has led a political life corrupted by scandal, deceit, and broken laws. She has committed election fraud and speaks for nobody but Wall Street. She has stood opposed to the LGBT community, is on record multiple times sating so, and recent Wikileaks emails confirm that opinion has not changed. She supports the war on drugs, cronyism, and all of the misguided wars we have entered into, plus more she is currently forming.

            The Donald is a joke.

            White privilege? More like my obligation to my fellow Americans to rid Washington of the Clinton’s and those like them.

          • Dismantling the two party system? Technically this isn’t a two party system. Why not say a black woman has never been president so a vote for a black woman is a waste of a vote. Don’t bully others into thinking the way you do. I’m not a politician so no I don’t spend a tone of time on political issues but I refuse to vote for someone because the tv tells me that I am wasting my time and I am ridiculous for having a different opinion than you. Lincoln was a third party and thank god people wasted their votes on him. Don’t bully others to vote for Clinton out of fear for trump getting in trump scares the crap out of me but so too does Clinton. So you preaching that I am wasting my vote because I won’t vote for either of those two is calculating bullying!

          • The real truth tea is that voting for either dems or republican is a wasted vote. They represent the same corporate interests and do the same things. Obama=Bush=Clinton. Until you dismantle the corporate control over the fund raising cycle, you are dooming yourself to the side show of Republican vs Democrats. Magicians sought if hand so you don’t notice what is really happening. A vote for Trump or Clinton is a wasted vote

          • Well way to find a classy way to sway people to do it your way by telling people their vote is horrid waste

        • Yes! Exactly. I believe in everything Gary and Bill stand for. My vote will NOT be wasted. AND I actually do believe they can win!

        • A thousand times this. SO tired of the fear-mongers saying “next time” while they continue to rig the system against anyone they don’t control. So tired of hearing “you have to start at the local level” when that’s EXACTLY where the issues that matter will never get any serious attention. Vote the policies you believe in, vote your conscience.

        • Shane, Americans love to vote for people they know nothing about, and I don’t believe you know anything of substance about Gary Johnson. On the other hand you believe all the propaganda you’ve heard about Hillary Clinton. I also doubt if you’ve done anything at a grassroots level to change anything, and that’s where long-term change comes from.
          Gary Johnson’s tax plan, a smart junior high school student could see that it’s a joke. He’s going to get rid of all income tax and corporate tax and replace it with a national sales tax. Like I said, a junior high school student would be asking, wow exactly how much personal stuff does a billionaire buy but it make up as income tax and $100 million? There would be huge cuts to the middle class services and a huge tax increase to the middle class.
          Maybe you work in a nice warm office with lumbar support on your chair, what about the laborers who actually work hard all their life that Gary Johnson wants to raise the Social Security retirement age to 75? How about the fact he has no respect for the separation of church and state, he wants to steal my tax dollars and give it to religious radicals so they can radicalized their children in private religious schools?
          Oh that’s right he smokes pot that’s why you like him. No the reason you like him is because you don’t know anything about him, if you know all the stuff and still like them you’re a jerk sitting in your cubicle with your lumbar support.

        • I partially agree with you….I do think Johnson and the Libertarian party are on to something and it would be nice to see them garner some support and make a splash in upcoming elections. I am an independent and can’t stand the 2 party system. However, 3rd party needs to be grassroots and build from the ground up to gain any real momentum and actually have a chance. Start by running for local things, assembly, mayor etc….They can’t just show up in the final laps of the most important race after being unhappy with the current candidates and think it is a good time to jump in. It’s too little too late. They are more protesters than serious candidates right now. Their stance is seen as an annoyance to the 99% of other people out there, not turning heads and not starting to make a difference. I see your point about the longer view, but the last 8 years have been tough….we don’t need another 8 tough years, although it is still pretty likely. There are lots of problems in our own country right now that need to be addressed right now….and serious problems abroad that need to be addressed right now. Playing the long game, to me, would be making a choice between Trump and Hillary for the time being, and spending the next 4 years building a strong 3rd party candidate. If you don’t stand behind these 2 candidates, then at least stand behind your fellow American Citizens and do your part in helping with a tough decision. I don’t love either candidate, but many of us see Trump as less of a Republican establishment candidate and more of a 3rd party candidate who knew his chances were zero running with a 3rd party. Like him or hate him, and yes I know all the reasons ppl dont like him, he is not a govt insider, will shake Washington up, get out some of the corruption, rattle both parties and clear a path for 3rd party candidates down the road. Thats the longer view approach I am taking and believe is more realistic and obtainable. Better to have a 3rd party candidate dressed as a Republican, than Hillary, who is the poster child for everything wrong in our government. As far as your last question, I’d say every vote for Stein is a takeaway for Hillary, and Johnson is probably taking about half from each, maybe a few more from Trump. I see many Dems who were either Bernie supporters or just flat out despise Hillary posting and promoting Johnson simply because they know Stein really just has no clue at all.

      • YOU miss the point. If people keep voting Ds and Rs that is all they will ever get. More gridlock in D.C. More partisan politics. Sorry, you can sell your soul to one of those devils, but I won’t. Don’t think that you can use your fault logic to dictate MY vote. Your sanctimonious and unconstitutional view is short-sighted. This is bigger than just this election. This enables the breakup of the two party system. It’s happening, with or without your permission. Deal with it.

      • It’s criminally insane that your system runs on the simple majority, first past the post system. How backwards! You need preferential voting like in Australia, only then do minor parties and alternative viewpoints matter therefore taking a huge amount of corruption with it.

      • yeah, that stupid line of thinking is only true when people pressure others to not vote for a 3rd party. this year is the best example to show that if people would actually vote for a 3rd party (if they wanted to), without giving into the “wasted vote” peer pressure, then the likelihood of a 3rd party being elected would be just as high as any other candidate.

      • Democrats could have pushed to fix the spoiler issue after the 2000 election (look up Approval voting for one of MANY possible methods: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Approval_voting ). Instead, they try to shame third-party voters before every election, and complain about them after every election that doesn’t go their way. Republicans have their own mess of issues, but at least I don’t hear about how Perot spoiled the 1992 election of Bush Sr.

        Don’t like spoilers? Put your effort into fixing the election system instead of complaining about the voters, and you’ll earn my vote.

        • Until we change our Constitution and our kind of government we have a two party system we don’t have a three party system, A parliamentary system. We can have a third-party, fourth party, fifth party, six party and we do somewhere, but whatever comes out in the wash is two parties. I don’t have a problem with people voting third-party, what bothers me when people vote third-party but don’t know anything about third-party, like Bernie supporter supporting Johnson who’s an idiot and policies make no sense. I guess if you’re a privilege person working in an office with lumbar support chair the idea of getting your Social Security retirement at 75 isn’t a big deal. But an electrician or a plumber who actually labor, it’s immoral. Then of course there’s the separation of church and state that he has no respect for and stealing my tax dollars to give religious fanatics so they can indoctrinate their children in religious schools.
          I don’t trash people for voting third-party, I trash people for sporting third-party when they don’t even know what the people are for.

      • Way to not know a damn thing about how your government works. Sorry but you’re completely wrong. The electoral college chooses who will become president of the United States. Not you and not anyone else reading this. So if you do vote for a 3rd party all you’re doing is voting for a 3rd party, that’s it. The electoral college does not have to vote the way you vote. The common misconception Americans have is that they think they have a choice, you don’t. You have two presidential candidates who are selected by PRIVATE COMPANIES (The DNC and RNC are private companies) in a two party system that virtually guarantees a monopoly on the US government. Then these two parties parade their candidates before the American people for consideration and in the end it is the 270 out of 538 votes of the electoral college that decides which one of the two will become president – NOT THE PEOPLE VOTING.

        I suggest you read the US Constitution and understand it or have someone explain it to you in basic terms. Specifically the twelfth amendment in article II. Educate yourself.

      • You are telling me that 43% of the voters will NOT have their votes counted? What you are telling me is that we need to arm ourselves, forget the polls and start shooting! Because according to the only pool polling everybody, 43% will not vote for ?Trump or Clinton!

      • Voting for a third party is a way to get them federal funding for the next election cycle. It’s forward, progressive planning.

  2. Stop stop my ribs are killing me I am laughing too hard. Fat shaming will increase?! SLUT SHAMING?! LOOOOLLLL do you even let anyone else read this before they publish it? What red blooded man frets and worries about fat shaming?!

    You are a silly goose.

    • With the readership this site has? The only way they get clicks is with incredibly stupid stuff like this.

  3. So as a white male who believes in smaller government, you are inferring that by voting with my beliefs that I have racist motivations? I’m married to a latina. I hire and donate to any and all causes. I have posted and supported BLM and other minority causes. I think that the GOP and Democrats have created the mess that we currently have. They have divided us and provided 2 terribly flawed candidates. So you may consider it wasted, I consider it informed. Gary Johnson will get my vote for the second consecutive election. I urge others to strongly consider his fiscally frugal and socially liberal platform.

  4. Arguing to reinforce and continue a broken, racist, classist system is the pinnacle of white privilege. Trump talks tough racist talk, but Clinton’s actions speak louder than words. She has armed the middle east, both Israel and the Muslims, not only do companies profit off those sales, but black and brown people are dying every day while they are used on civilians. If you have values and morals you are obligated to vote for the only candidate that speaks of peace.

    • YES… Not only that, but apparently the author is completely unaware of who Ajamu Baraka is. Ya know, the African-American civil rights leader?!!! Running for Vice President??!!! Lol.

      The gaslighting has reached new proportions. I’m so sick of hearing “this isn’t the election to protest”. As if someone who earned my vote is my way of throwing a temper tantrum. I have always been a Dem. but the Hillary trolls this election are making me realize Hillary, the DNC, the bought MSM, & superdelegates, aren’t the only major issues within the Party.

      Democrats have turned into the new Republicans. Ignoring evidence of racism and corruption is no different than GOPs ignoring climate change evidence.

  5. Great piece, but saying “transgendered person” is incorrect. “Transgender person” is correct, as transgender is an adjective (not to be used as a noun, ever) and transgendered is simply not a word.

    • eferring to someone as “a transgender” can sound about as odd as saying, “Look, a gay!” It turns a descriptive adjective into a defining noun and can make the subject sound distant and foreign, like they’re something else first and a person second. This guidance is part of GLAAD’s media reference guide, under the heading “Terms to Avoid”: “Do not say, ‘Tony is a transgender,’ or ‘The parade included many transgenders.’ Instead say, ‘Tony is a transgender man,’ or ‘The parade included many transgender people.’” These key language nuances haven’t been consistently adopted by the media. For example, on Dec. 15, the Associated Press listed this story in among their “10 Things to Know For Today:”

  6. This article is just fear-mongering. It’s saying “If Trump wins, then black people will be put in slave camps, all hispanics will be deported, the streets will run with blood etc”. That if you are white you can afford to take a chance on the Apocalypse.

    I disagree with the premise that Hillary is the only choice for minorities.

    The Democratic party does not exactly have a clean record on the rights of minorities or gay people in this country.

    Hillary up until 2013 said she opposed gay marriage. She voted for a wall to keep Mexicans out in 2006. The Bill Clinton administration passed the ’94 crime bill which is largely responsible for our modern day disproportionate incarceration of black Americans (for example, it allowed for much harsher sentences for possession of crack cocaine vs powder cocaine). Hillary once called black criminals “super predators”. Bill Clinton flew back to Arkansas during his presidential bid to personally oversee the execution of a mentally incapacitated black man, Ricky Ray Rector, to prove he was tough on crime. Obama has deported an average of 32,886 people a month, far more than any other U.S. President, even George W. Bush. The Hillary campaign, while running against Obama, circulated photos of him in ethnic garb to drum up the perception that he was muslim. The Democratic party supports the war on drugs, which affects minorities far more than white people. The Clinton administration drastically reduced welfare assistance which adversely affected poor minority groups. etc etc.

    I am voting third party without shame and with a clear conscious I am voting for the best candidate, rather than who is likely to win or rather than voting against someone out of fear.

  7. This article is just fear-mongering. It’s saying “If Trump wins, then black people will be put in slave camps, all hispanics will be deported, the streets will run with blood etc”. That if you are white you can afford to take a chance on the Apocalypse.

    I disagree with the premise that Hillary is the only choice for minorities.

    The Democratic party does not exactly have a clean record on the rights of minorities or gay people in this country.

    Hillary up until 2013 said she opposed gay marriage. She voted for a wall to keep Mexicans out in 2006. The Bill Clinton administration passed the ’94 crime bill which is largely responsible for our modern day disproportionate incarceration of black Americans (for example, it allowed for much harsher sentences for possession of crack cocaine vs powder cocaine). Hillary once called black criminals “super predators”. Bill Clinton flew back to Arkansas during his presidential bid to personally oversee the execution of a mentally incapacitated black man, Ricky Ray Rector, to prove he was tough on crime. Obama has deported an average of 32,886 people a month, far more than any other U.S. President, even George W. Bush. The Hillary campaign, while running against Obama, circulated photos of him in ethnic garb to drum up the perception that he was muslim. The Democratic party supports the war on drugs, which affects minorities far more than white people. The Clinton administration drastically reduced welfare assistance which adversely affected poor minority groups. etc etc.

    I am voting third party without shame and with a clear conscious that I am voting for the best candidate, rather than who is likely to win,or rather than voting against someone out of fear.

  8. If one is a person of color, and prefers not to vote for Clinton (or Trump), what kind of “privilege” are they employing? If one votes for Clinton, might they not be displaying “imperial privilege”as supporters of the imperial consensus?

  9. Believing that the 2 party system will ever help those of us who aren’t white is the height of white privilege. Devoting all our energy and resources to increasing involvement in this ridiculous system instead of working towards real change for non white America is the height of white privilege.

  10. Wow…. You people pushing the, “Vote for Hillary or the world will end if we get Trump”, are really climbing out on that tree limb, aren’t we?

    Yes, it’s the end of civilization and all of mankind, a hundred years of darkness, seas boiling, the dead rising from the grave, cats and dogs living together, mass hysteria, nuclear Armageddon and Dancing with the Stars cancelled.

    Sorry, but after watching what amounted to holding a coronation of a political candidate while every unethical and unsavory string was pulled to insure her nomination, not to mention the total abomination the Democratic National Convention was turned into, I could give two hoots in hell if Trump gets elected… You jack wagons manufactured this mess, insulted our intelligence, belittled us, marginalized us, dismissed us… And after all that, you really think we are all just going to get in line and vote for the candidate you rammed down our throat by any means you could think of, because the world will just become this terrible, horrible, awful place for certain people if we don’t vote for her?

    Maybe next, you can lean back on that old tried and true one, “It’s for the children”…

    • “Maybe next, you can lean back on that old tried and true one, ‘It’s for the children’…”

      Pfft, the Hillary YouTube ads already got that covered.

  11. This kind of thinking is exactly why the two party system is still so ingrained, no one believes anyone else could possibly win. The whole point of a Democratic system is to be able to choose the candidate that you like the most. That’s it. There’s no such thing as a protest vote or throwing away your vote. There’s people on the ballot and you choose the one you would want to see as president. I’m also curious as to how a black guy I work with will react when I let him know his voting for Gary Johnson is an example of his white privelege

  12. These horrible options have created an inevitable climate of disenfranchisement. When actual voter turnout in many areas historically hovers WELL below 50%, we have a movement that actually has the younger generation wanting to participate in the process. How about a new term: “vote shameing”? Knock it off with these moronic hit pieces on choice.

    • I agree. When I speak against voting for Clinton, I do not say that voting for her is a shameful thing or a privilege. I say that the Clinton voter supports her wars in Libya, Syria and the wars she continued to find after finding out hat bush lied and there wasn’t any wmd’s in Iraq.

      With stein, we have all that is good with the progressive movement, and none of the big business bad.

  13. I like how this idiot thinks his white privilege can protect him from Trump’s nuclear war. Duck and cover must not work for minorities as well as it does for whites.

    Keep your head in the sand dummy, maybe they’ll turn into glass for you.

  14. The essay is based on the assumption that your individual vote really matters, somehow. It matters to you, and to you only. It does not matter to the outcome.So what if Wisconsin loses by a handful of votes? You don’t have a handful of votes; you have only one. What you do with your vote, or even if you vote or not, will not determine the outcome.

    And you are suggesting that minorities are not free and individual choosers of their vote; that they must — have a duty — to vote a particular way. Not for whom they like, but for someone they dislike second-most.

    Here’s a simple truth. If the Democratic Party wants my vote, they have to offer someone in line with my principles, or closely enough to them that I can live with myself for giving even that infinitesimal level of support to them. Neither party offers that.

    The Democratic implication that they have a right to our votes, that we owe our votes to them instead of whom we really prefer, is arrogance run amok. Democracy, it seems, is just the right to choose between two deplorables. Those who prefer to vote for a non-deplorable are the ones throwing their votes away, while those who remain committed to voting for a deplorable are the only ones using their vote wisely.

    You may have convinced yourself, but you’re so ignorant about people coming from a third-party perspective that you almost certainly have no conception of how ridiculous your argument sounds to us. This essay isn’t an exercise in persuasion–it’s just a gospel song sung to the choir about why those folks who despise the church ought to come inside.

  15. Okay unscientific poll who else is tired of these stupid new angles, vote shaming, coming from Hillary bots? Whats next if you don’t vote for Hillary you wull get cancer and die! We here this every FUCKING four years, ” we cannot afford to let blank be president”, this person is different. Heck they said that abouyt Obama. While we are on this ” white Privledge crap, what about all of the minorities and poor people that will surely be sne t off to some war that Hillary will get us into? What about all the brown childrn she will bomb since she saccepts more money from ” defense” contractors than any one. As if Hillary will be a champion for gays, and the poor and minorities, as if she ever was. I won’t vote for Hillary because I don’t vote for the GOP! Get over it.

  16. I was not born here. I don’t vote out of guilt. I guess if you run out of persuasive capacity, guilt and shame are as good as any other means. It is getting worse out there, by just about any metric I can see. Violence, anger, frustration, terrorism, debt, personal privacy infringement(s)… Hillary supports the policies that have caused this escalation, and the administration that has most fomented their growth. I don’t want more war. I don’t want more debt. I don’t want more violence and disorder. I don’t want to continue the corruption, the relentless appearance of an uncaring President that golfs all day while in Chicago kids are being mowed down. Johnson is the only choice I have, and guilt or shame to change that toward a corrupt warmonger is pathetic.

  17. My questions to those who support these third-party candidates and talk about dismantling the two-party system: What are you saying/doing during non-election years? Are you organizing and meeting with your third-parties to discuss strategies for getting more officials elected at the local levels? Are you donating time or money to Libertarians or Green Party candidates with their eyes on seats in the House or Senate? Because it seems like you just sprout up every 4 years, lamenting about how we’re all doing it wrong and how the system is broken, then go back into remission when the election is over. Given the current lacking of Libertarian or Green Party officials at the local, state, or federal levels, a vote for Johnson or Stein would be a waste. Even if one of them made it into office (LOL), their lack of fellow party members in government would prevent them from enacting any actual change.
    Sounds like y’all should take a sip of some truth tea, wake up, and vote for either of the two viable candidates that stand to take the presidency. If you want to see the two-party system razed to the ground, regroup over the next four years and come back with an actual plan to get your parties taken seriously, instead of running a Hail Mary for the White House every time it’s up for grabs. Until then your vote for a third-party candidate is, in fact, a horrid waste of a vote.

    • If you knew what you were talking about this would make some kind of sense. You don’t, it doesn’t. The political process is so heavily skewed, especially in non presidential elections us frightening. For example , where I live in Illinois it takes just 700 signatures to get on the ballot as a Republican /Democrat and over 5,000 as an Independent/ 3rd party candidate. Is it any wonder 3rd party activists get despondent? When the Two Party Dictatorship actively seeks to keep them off the Ballot? Many states have seats that are completely uncontested, is that democratic? It’s more akin to the Rotten Boroughs in England centuries ago when you had REAL white privilege, and in England now the qualification is 10 signatures and £500 and no ballot crowding. Far better to shut up and think you are right than to say something and people know you are wrong.

  18. This reminds me of the Yakov Smirnoff joke.. In America, you have so much freedom that you have 2 presidential candidates to choose from.

    Thanks for your disreputable opinion of democracy. We have horrible option A, and the cartoonish villain of a ringer to make her look like the better option, and we have no choice but to choose one of them. That’s not how it should work.

    PS- You should fire whoever researched the definition of “white privilege.” Clearly they are a drunkard with a drug problem.

  19. This “privilege” B.S. is one of the most cynical, deceitful, and hypocritical pieces of propaganda ever devised. Where were these people when Clinton/Gore were throwing millions of poor women off of AFDC, throwing hundreds of thousands more into prison, killing hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, passing the Iraq Liberation Act and thereby making regime change in Iraq official US policy and laying the groundwork for Bush’s invasion and the deaths of hundreds of thousands more, and forcing millions of Mexican peasants off their land and turning them into immigrants thanks to NAFTA? Where were they when the Obama administration deported more immigrants than any other administration in history and legitimized Trump’s less sophisticated attack on immigrants? Where were they when that administration deepened the Bush administration’s national security/surveillance apparatus, by among other things, prosecuting more whistle blowers than any in history, expanding the drone program, and accelerating the erosion of civil liberties? Where were they when the Obama administration bailed out the banks and the auto companies, but left homeowners and auto workers high and dry? And they have the gall to call someone else privileged for being outraged at all the damage those policies have caused to millions of people?

  20. An article of faith you have written here. The system is broken. Millennials understand this and as much as I appreciate your emotional, however, intellectually illogical argument, you do not. The system is broken. The system is so broken that there is no part of it that has not, either broken under the strain of other parts that are corrupt, or faulty, or rotten, or inequitable, or all four, or, are missing and rotten themselves.
    Millennials see this…they know it in their young bones in their full hearts. They want to discard the system and give rise to something completely different. Something youthful, promising, hopeful and generous in spirit thought and action.
    What they have discarded along with the system is the vain hope of salvaging the parts form that same dilapidated old, even ancient structure to bring forth something completely new and healthy. You advocate staying with the old and hope that it brings forth new life…from decaying parts. No. A phoenix must arise from the ashes and somehow I don’t think the Millennials see its image in the face of Hillary Clinton or Trump or any of these dinosaurs. There time is past…they had their scene…the play continues but with new characters…new knowledge….new adventures and for the play to be free to expand where imagination takes it….it must be free of the old reminders, the old actors. Free of me…free of you, and free of the same old deniers of humankind’s destiny. A whole new world, a universe awaits them, and they cannot enter it with all the old programming still playing between their ears. The world, the universe, is asking much more of them, those brokenhearted yet brave idealists…and they must be totally free to believe it and to live it.

  21. Please stop telling us gays how to vote. I’m still voting for Gary Johnson no matter what you “we know what’s best for you” types say.

  22. No, the epitome of privilege is taking vulnerable populations hostage to the threat of a Trump presidency, since apparently people believe only Democratic Presidents are bound by checks and balances, unless we vote for such an inferior Democratic Establishment candidate, that she’s at risk of losing to the Cheeto-Dusted Buffoon.

    If you had nominated Bernie Sanders, this discussion would be moot.

  23. Robert Chappell- Since YOU know best maybe you should call Ajamu Baraka (a human rights activist who is also a black man, and Stein’s running mate), and Cornel West (Cornel Ronald West is an American philosopher, academic, social activist, author, public intellectual, and prominent member of the Democratic Socialists of America. Wikipedia) who is also a black man who endorses Stein/Baraka, and all of the other people of color and LGBT who support someone other than Hillary and explain why YOU as a white man know what is best for them and that they cannot think for themselves. Why don’t you do that? If not please stop promoting the degradation of our freedom and democracy through your bullying scare tactics.

  24. Who made this author the arbiter of what a “throw away vote” is? And why isn’t that sort of attitude considered an example of white privilege as well?

  25. Is the white author appointing himself arbiter of what a “throw away vote” is also considered white privilege?

  26. Dear author,

    You’re scared. It’s so frickin’ obvious. That was a panic stricken rant using throwing away votes and all kinds of aggressive rhetoric to do what you progressives try to do all the time. You are trying to shame people into falling in line, into shutting up, into doing what you think they should do. Screw voting your conscience I am gonna bully you into following my agenda, you say. Well, you’re an asshole not only that but you don’t really understand what is going on here. People, like me, are voting third party because we are sick of it. Sick of lies, corruption, political elitist snobs, radical progressives, and reactionary conservatives, and we want change. We want it badly. We want a government we can trust and respect again. And guess what? WE WONT GET THAT WITH HILLARY OR TRUMP! So take your self righteous, preachy, I’m better than you, progressive shame fest and shove it up your ass till you choke. And do us all a favor and forget to go vote.

  27. Dear privileged white man with a savior complex,
    As an enrolled Native American/ Puerto Rican woman I’m going to have to insist you stop caping for people of color and other marginalized groups, we’re capable of speaking for ourselve, thanks. What “privilege” do I have by voting for Jill Stein? While Clinton’s good at lip service when it’s politically expedient she has a proven track record of policies that harm people of color here and abroad. Meanwhile Jill Stein put herself on the ground in Louisiana to help Louisiana flood victims with relief supplies and then went to the front lines of a pipeline fight outside of a reservation in North Dakota. Clinton has yet to say a word about the Dakota Access Pipeline, probably because the same banks that fund her campaign are invested in it, oh, and then there’s her campaign consultant that lobbied for the Keystone XL. I probably shouldn’t mention that coups she backed in Latin America has killed Indigenous leaders and her husbands NAFTA trade deals have taken lands away from Indigenous people all over the world, exploited their recourses and even polluted their lands/waters. Then there’s her warhawking imperialism that thinks it’s perfectly acceptable to invade Middle Eastern countries and bomb brown people defending their own country from the US, that is after she accidentally funds both sides of internal conflicts in their countries that the US helps start. Yea, no thanks, I wouldn’t vote for her in 08 because of this and I certainly won’t be voting for her now because of it.

  28. I’m desperately fed up with people shaming others into voting for the Big Two. That’s what’s happening when this kind of this comes up.

    The essence of this article and every other one like it is: If you don’t vote for Candidate X, you’re just helping Candidate Y win and that will be complete disaster for everyone, so that makes you a bad person. And these days, Bad Person = White. It’s a broad generalization that all white people just don’t understand because all they have experienced in life is a special bubble of protection that means they have always had it easier than EVERY person who is a member of some minority. It’s a very broad assumption and just as wrong as assuming that all Asians are excellent students, or that all Black people live in the inner city, or that all Native Americans live on reservations. It’s ridiculous and just as racist.

    People have the RIGHT and, in my opinion, the OBLIGATION to vote according to their conscience, regardless of whether they think their candidate will win. That’s how honest voting and, therefore, honest polling of the collective will of We The People occurs. Anything else is simply strategies for being on the winning side and erodes our system. Evidence of that is that we now are faced with an election in which the two primary choices are possibly the most abominable candidates ever put forth by the major parties. We did this to ourselves with out polarized attitudes.

    Meanwhile, this article amounts to a form of bullying. Plain and simple. I read it as, “DO what I want or I will call you names and tell you you’re bad. And I’ll tell you that our country will be forever ruined and it will be all your fault!” It’s sickening.

    Meanwhile, don’t ever presume to think you know my life or my experiences. I don’t presume to know how you lived, and I am also a straight white male. Doesn’t matter. Meanwhile, if you feel guilty about your genetics or your life, that is your problem to deal with. Not mine, and I am not going to apologize to anyone for who I am or what my life has been. For you to encourage others to feel guilt or shame about the circumstances of their birth is unacceptable.

    If you’re not black, you don’t know what it is to be black. And if you are, it doesn’t mean you know the experiences of all blacks.
    If you’re not Asian, you don’t know what it is to be Asian. And if you are, it doesn’t mean you know the experiences of all Asians.
    If you’re not Latino, you don’t know what it is to be Latino. And if you are, it doesn’t mean you know the experiences of all Latinos.
    If you’re not white, you don’t know what it is to be white. And if you are, it doesn’t mean you know the experiences of all whites.
    If you’re not homosexual, you don’t know what it is to be homosexual. And if you are, it doesn’t mean you know the experiences of all homosexuals.
    If you’re not transsexual, you don’t know what it is to be transsexual. And if you are, it doesn’t mean you know the experiences of all transsexuals.
    I hope you’re seeing a pattern here.

    “Do not judge your neighbor until you walk two moons in his moccasins.” – Cheyenne proverb

  29. Clinton scares me more than Trump. Is Trump a racist? Then Hillary is double. Is Trump a hate monger? Then Hillary is double. Will Trump start WW3? Then Hillary will sooner. She is worse in every conceivable way over him.

    At this point, I will either vote Stein or Trump depending upon how close the election is in my state. Hillary must lose at all cost.

  30. Thank you for the factual proof that the left, and liberalism is the source of perpetual racism in the USA. White priveledge argument is the dumbest, most ignorant, racist line of thought.

    If the DNC didn’t rig the election against Bernie, non sense racial fear mongering rants like this would not be necessary.

    The left, and the leftist media are the greatest threats to our democracy.

  31. I’m calling “American privilege” on this honky ass BS. American lives are not inherently more valuable than the Levantine ones that Clinton has promised to rain unholy hell upon. The simple fact is that there is no lesser evil between Trump and Clinton, they are both monstrous human beings dedicated to demolishing the rest of the world.

    This election has been a godsend to bigots everywhere, because at last they have a way of expressing their contempt for foreigners. They just need to cast a vote for one of the major party candidates. Frankly the *only* people voting against racism are the non Trump/Clinton voters. They at least understand that no matter which of these bastards wins, the world is in for four years of biblical turmoil, but if the third parties become an actual alternative, then there’s hope for the future.

    But as of now, with Weld announcing that he’s abandoning the libertarian ticket to work on electing Clinton and protecting the neoconservative/neoliberal establishment, this election will likely have no net positive result. But, one thing’s for sure, when President Clinton orders the invasion of Syria, and the regional death and displacement toll skyrockets, Mr. Chappell will own every single destroyed life. Because he *will* have endorsed the victorious evil.

  32. Over 40% of Americans are identifying as Independents this election cycle. If all 40+% of them voted for the stronger Independent candidate who had positive economic growth during both his terms as governor then we aren’t throwing anything away…… Just sayin

  33. Of course, the “If Trump wins rampaging gangs of neo-Nazis will feel free to, well, rampage,” is a bit amusing, but now they’ve taken the step we always knew they would–telling you that if you don’t vote for their candidate, you are a racist.

    And that’s one more reason not to vote for their candidate.

  34. “So yeah. I’m sure it’s nice for Hillary supporters to be able to sit at their keyboards in their comfy homes and call Jill Stein voters “privileged” for not supporting a candidate whose entire political career has been a nonstop assault on all the most vulnerable populations both foreign and domestic, oppressing and exploiting the poor and minorities to serve her corporatist donors, and helping to kill brown-skinned people in Muslim-majority nations overseas in corporatist wars. I’m sure it’s nice to have that kind of privileged situation happening for oneself. But not everyone is so fortunate, and voting for Jill Stein is the very best way we can help them and everyone else.

    Don’t listen to the Hillary shills. They don’t care about you, and they certainly don’t care about the underprivileged. Vote for someone who cares about you.”

    http://www.inquisitr.com/3564150/clinton-not-stein-is-the-candidate-of-white-privilege/

  35. Here, let me reword the the article a wee bit and you tell me if you still agree with the argument.

    “To me personally, a Hillary Clinton presidency would be … moderately annoying. I’d roll my eyes at the cowgirl bluster she calls “foreign policy.” I’d be irritated that rich people get more tax breaks than I do. I’d take to Facebook to denounce the centrist to left-wing justices she appoints to the Supreme Court, ultimately knowing that their decisions won’t have that much effect on me personally, since I’m a middle-class, straight white American Christian man.
    I could safely join the 30 percent of young people planning to throw away their votes on the Libertarian Gary Johnson or the Green Party candidate Jill Stein.
    I could say I’m not throwing away my vote. I could say that I’m taking a stand, that I refuse to vote for the lesser of two evils, that the democratic process is rigged, that the system is broken and this is my statement!

    And then if Clinton wins Wisconsin because we threw away some votes… so what? And if she wins the nation because she’s won Wisconsin … meh. I’ll be fine. Moderately annoyed, but fine. The DNC will have learned its lesson and I’ll take comfort knowing that I Took a Stand.
    I won’t get deported. I won’t have members of my faith barred from entering the United States. I won’t receive “some form of punishment” just for making my own health care decisions. I won’t get waterboarded. I will be neither stopped nor frisked. I won’t ever be asked to show my papers. I won’t worry about my village being bombed because my mom’s second cousin was maybe photographed near someone who said something critical about the United States.

    But what about my eldest son – a young black man about to go off to college? My wife, a Mexican American born and raised in California? My teenage daughter, who would like to earn equal pay for equal work one day? My younger children, born right here in Madison, Wisconsin, with their mother’s olive skin and dark eyes and long black hair?

    The Clinton Administration would be far worse than annoying for them.
    Not to mention every other woman, Muslim, African American, Latino, gay man, lesbian, transgender person or … well, just about everyone except us straight American Christian white men.

    We’d be fine.

    No one else would.

    Now, let’s be clear: if that’s what you want, by all means, own it and vote for Hillary Clinton. Own it – proactively decide that you think Hillary Clinton should be president. Just don’t throw away your vote because you can afford to, like I can.”

  36. Waaaaaa FUCKING Waaaaaa. Sorry your SJW twat is in so much pain that you hope to drive decent citizens to Vote for someone they abhor. BOTTOMLINE if any candidate can’t pass the CHARACTER test of Honesty and Humility as a Public Servant….then tuff tit said the cute kitty. WaaaaaaFUCKINGWaaaaaa !!

  37. The circular reasoning that is always applied to 3rd party candidates is obvious in this opinion piece. It is pretty obvious Jill Stein will not win. But what about Johnson? He is actually doing extremely well. He is close to leading the polls in two states (NM and Utah). He is polling over 20% in at least 2 other states, over 15% in another dozen, and over 10% in another 25 or so. That’s important because the election is decided on a state by state basis. Johnson will not win the popular vote but if he wins a handful of states, or upsets the red/blue balance, he will deny Clump the 270 electoral votes they need to win outright. If that happens the election will be decided by Congress. Johnson and Weld would have a very good chance to be the compromise candidates.

  38. Every day I find something that makes my previous day’s belief that the progressive left is bat crap crazy and pushes it beyond its limits.

    This article is that piece. You people are crazy and need your heads examined. Michael Savage is right Liberalism is a mental disorder.

  39. Gary Johnson’s vote could end the war on drugs…the number one most racist act the government actively handles. He also believes in giving immigrants fairer chances to citizenship, rather than just for the rich guys.

    Hillary and Trump are both proven racists and have not one policy that would make minority life better.

  40. If it wasn’t for third party votes we Never would of had a president Lincoln, why should I ever have to vote the way someone else trys to tell me I have to. I vote my conscience not for the lesser of 2 evils not for any evil I vote for what’s right, IT’S MY VOTE, not some party’s vote, MINE. When your 2 choices are the devil, or the anti-christ you have to try an keep some faith, an pray for a miracle, (third party win) or we’re all going to hell anyway. Every evil you mention above Hillary has supported at 1 point in her career, both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are lying, deceitful, treacherous, power hungry, hateful, representations of mankind an my vote will have nothing to do with either of them.

  41. fear-mongering, name-calling, and attempting to insult me are not effective means of convincing me to change my moral beliefs or to take your side.

  42. Let me educate you on a little thing that I like to call THE CONSTITUTION and people’s rights and freedoms contained within. We were not “granted” our freedoms, as we are born with our unalienable rights, but they are encapsulated within this document so as to limit the government from trying to place restrictions upon them.

    The two political parties, which has a stranglehold on power within our country thanks to spineless individuals such as yourself, know this and keep sheep like you perpetuating the cycle. I, unlike you, have a spine and vision for the future and how it could be. You sir are a second-rate know-nothing blogger. I refuse to call you a journalist as a journalist should at least have a smidgen of common sense, especially since your freedom to write this vomit is protected by the previously-mentioned Constitution.

    Let me educate you. If we continue to vote for only Republicans and Democrats then we will continue to get the same vile politicians that we do today. The last two Presidents have been horrible, but that is nothing new. We continuously have to choose between two worsening evils. Your recommendation, and all of those like you, is to continue the cycle? The definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over again, while expecting different results. I believe that it is also not just the definition of insanity, but of ignorance and stupidity as well. As well as cowardice.

    We have an opportunity to either break the cycle NOW, during this election… or to set the stage to do so in the future. This counter culture movement is the beginning of a revolution. Do you think that our forefathers were able to break free of England by doing the simple and easy thing? No, they chose the more difficult path and fought until they won our independence. Know that the fight for freedom is NEVER done, especially when ignorance and cowardice such as yours exists.

    Millennials, Independents and the Military all prefer Gary Johnson over Hillary and Trump. Let that sink in for a moment. The people that are actually going to run this country one day, the people who currently are the common sense middle-of-the-road people, and our patriotic men and women have the foresight to understand that the current duopoly is what is ruining this country.
    So write your stupid little story here. It makes not one bit of difference. We will “waste” our votes as we see fit. When we change the world you can look back and realize how idiotic and short-sighted your view is. We’re fighting for liberty and freedom… you can thank us later.

    #LiveFree
    #JohnsonWeld

    • Very well said Paul. The campaign of fear is alive and well it seems and people are still falling for it. I know I will not be cowed into voting for a D or R out of fear. If there is another viable choice, which there is in this election, then that choice will be getting my vote. America has been conditioned to vote for the ruling class (Democrats and Republicans) and vote for them even when neither party puts forth a candidate that is qualified to hold the position. A lady said to me the other day that it’s “just politics” that we are forced to choose the “lesser of evils”. Huh? Really? What if we applied that to cops who commit murder? Oh, that’s just police work. Or to doctors that are incompetent and kill patients? Oh, that’s just medicine. Who we trust with the presidency directly affects whether some people live or die so this is a very relevant comparison. Listen, if you believe that Trump or Clinton are the best qualified candidates for the job then that is respectful. If you are voting for one because they are not the other, which is voting out of fear, then I believe you are wasting your vote.

  43. Quick, someone should tell Monica Moorhead and Gloria La Riva to stop running because only a rich white lady can help people of color!

  44. While anyone’s rights being seriously infringed upon is a serious problem, it isn’t self-evident that any one serious problem should take precedence over others in a decision in which as many serious problems come together as in a US presidential election. One example: it’s not unreasonable for a voter to fear that a Clinton presidency would involve countless innocents dying in a number of faraway countries and to view this as a moral objection to voting for Clinton. I don’t intend to argue for or against this position here, but considering recent history, it’s at least not a completely unreasonable position to take.

    Everyone who resides in the US and is eligible to vote has ‘practically zero chance of the wedding party they are attending being attacked by a drone’-privilege, in addition to any other privilege they may have. It’s an extreme example, I know. I’m not trying to belittle the cause of the disenfranchised within the US, but to me, it doesn’t seem unreasonable to ask: how self-evident is it that the serious problem of US residents having their rights seriously infringed upon should outweigh any moral objections a voter may have to voting for Clinton? Is it self-evident that empathy for one group of victims is more called-for than empathy for another group of victims?

    Some may view voting third party as having a lower probability of moving the course of American politics in the direction in which they would want it to go, but this lower probability may also be offset by the greater positive effect of this change of course if it would occur, yielding a higher average positive effect. It’s not the only way of looking at it, but again, it’s not completely unreasonable, is it? Especially if you take the effect of your vote on future elections into account: not just as a protest vote, but also in making third party candidates more and more viable over time, in terms of public perception as well as funding. I would encourage anyone to vote their conscience.

  45. America was not founded as a two party nation-political parties have come and gone. It is entirely within the framework of our nation’s conception to have new parties arise. This is not a racial issue.

  46. As a Scandinavian-Irish-German American, I can tell you that our biggest problems have nothing to do with Donald Trump. People that feel they need to hyphenate themselves (African-Americans, Martian-Americans, Muslim-Americans, etc.), and the main stream media are the biggest problem with racism. Fear mongering articles like this just perpetuate the problem. You see, we’re all just AMERICANS. Lose the hypen, you’re not special. Insane, Ultra Liberal and century old right wing thinking have to go, as most of us reside somewhere in the middle.

    This two party system has failed us, and it’s time for an overhaul. Voting is our right and duty. My votes for Ross Perot were not a waste, and neither will be my vote this time. I will not be coerced or scared into voting for the lesser of two evils.

    Lastly, we need to get back to taking care of each other instead of worshipping the all mighty dollar. There’s no reason anyone in this country should be hungry, without proper medical care and absolutely zero reason we should be ranked 14th in the world in education for our children, our future.

  47. Reading these comments is truly depressing. So many idiots in this country. 90% of the people commenting here don’t get the point. Just because it makes no difference to YOU if you waste your vote on an unelectable candidate, that doesn’t mean the consequences of your wasted vote won’t negatively impact others.

    If one of the third-party candidates gets enough votes to keep Clinton out of the White House, I stand a good chance of losing actual civil rights. I will almost certainly lose my health insurance. My friends of color might be stopped and searched without probable cause. My Muslim friends might find themselves restricted in their rights. These are real-world consequences.

    So, for you idiots, if you are stupid enough to think it’s OK to throw people like me under the bus so you can vote for an anti-vaxxer crackpot (Stein) or a complete idiot (every Libertarian candidate ever), then you are SELFISH. Privilege is, at its core, selfishness. That’s the point of this article. You refuse to think of others; you only think about yourself. But, that’s how morons always behave.

    • ” if you are stupid enough to think it’s OK to throw people like me under the bus so you can vote for an anti-vaxxer crackpot (Stein) or a complete idiot (every Libertarian candidate ever), then you are SELFISH.”

      You speak of selfishness which slamming everyone who won’t vote your way. Ironic.

  48. Now we are tying third party voting to white privilege? This is the silliest sort of political correct nonsense. And coming from someone who lives in Madison, Wisconsin and (arguably and probably) voted for Bernie Sanders in the primary. I get that he doesn’t want Donald Trump to win. I even understand the use of a vote to deny someone an office – the lesser of two evils argument. i get that too.

    But to try and justify your vote for Hillary Clinton, a neo-con corporatist internationalist shill, backed by the billionaire class, Wall Street, the big banks, and corporate America, who backs the TPP (don’t believe her when she says she is against it), who has economic advisors like Robert Reich who won’t admit that NAFTA was a disaster, and on and on…based on the politically left guilt ridden psychosis that money allows one to be frivolous with their sacred vote. That position is ridiculous. What the writer is saying is that even though Jill Stein is closer to his philosophy that Hillary is, that he is going to vote against most if not all of his beliefs, and that if we vote for Jill Stein or Gary Johnson, it is our racist privilege that is the catalyst. But when he votes for Hillary, he isn’t giving up the ideas in his heart, just “realizing” how fortunate he is to be white, educated, and hard working, and that he will donate his vote to those poor brown disadvantaged citizens who need his vote more. But what do you expect from someone who lives in the People’s republic of Madison?

    Get this man to a mental health professional, the sooner the better.

  49. Written by a white man as I expected. As a black man these yells of privileged from the privileged just pisses me off. I won’t even read this mess.

  50. Sounds like more divisive talk. I think a more appropriate phrase might be wealthy or middle class privilege. Only rich would be okay under Trump, many poor people of all colors would suffer. Plus if one of us is being held down it really effects us all, we are connected.

  51. Highly condescending viewpoint by the writer. Almost to say “My voice matter’s more then yours, so muffle your voice to bolster my own. And do not vote 3rd party, If you do so then your a privileged white person” .. This is clearly misdirected anger towards white 3rd party supporters resulting from his fear of a Trump presidency.. IMO the writer should reflect on the fact that Abe Lincoln was a 3rd party candidate elected by white males.. One result of his presidency? The ending of slavery… So by his logic white 3rd privilege directly lead to freedom for African American’s.. Yet the writer is unaware of that. So his conclusion? We are to resign ourselves to only two choices from here until the end of time. He’s literally telling everyone dont vote Trump, and dont vote 3rd party. Hm, Rob Who is left but the left? Sorry but your voice is no greater then anyone else, get over yourself. Gary Johnson is spot on when he says “A wasted vote is a vote for someone you don’t believe in” .. Intelligent journalism is all but dead. Cant wait to ‘take a stand’ as Robert argued against. Because That’s when people with a spine do. Not coward’s like this fool.

  52. What a load of crap. The author of this is as bad as whoever writes for Fox on the right. In swing states I would suck it up and vote Clinton to keep Trump out, but in states that have zero chance of turning blue casting your vote for a third party does nothing to hurt the Democrats effort as they are destined to lose in those states anyway. What voting for someone like Johnson would do in those instances is get them the percentages they need to be part of the discussion next time. What this misguided author also fails to adress is that with the Republican party imploding the Democratic party will have a huge advantage moving forward and as the saying goes, power corrupts but absolute power corrupts absolutely. As one of the very few first world countries with only two viable political parties, one of which is in disarray, we need more choices and voices now than ever before.

  53. I’m not in a swing state. My vote actually counts more if I vote third party since Republicans are guaranteed to win my state.

  54. Let’s look at Hillary Clinton’s campaign in light of of a little recent political history. Ralph Nader DID affect the 2000 election, by running a commendable campaign, the most praiseworthy campaign that had gripped Americans’ imagination in decades. Ralph Nader did you ALL the great service of drawing attention to Bill Clinton’s sickening, self-interested, twisted lust for ultimate power. Ralph and others did their damndest to alert this faltering nation to the triangulating track record of that most mendacious corrupt, homicidal, Grand Obstructor of Justice, Bill Clinton. (Personally, I didn’t care about his little tryst, but, like Russ Feingold, I objected to Bill Clinton’s demonstrably impeachable obstruction of justice, to his lying under oath about “L’affair Monica.) I do find it regrettable whenever an opportunist like William Jefferson Clinton feels himself forced to prevaricate about sexual acts occurring in the Oval Office, but Clinton should have simply “taken the Fifth,” rather than perjuring himself. Or even better, he should have admitted to the country that he no longer was attracted to his crocodile-like wife, and preferred younger women.

    What I REALLY object to, however, was Clinton’s running roughshod over The Constitution in his zeal to keep the American Military Industrial Syndrome going strong. And Clinton DID keep the Pentagon’s wars of “I got nothing better to do, anyway” going strong, from the moment he first bombed Iraq under false pretenses in early 1993, and ending with his last day in office. Clinton DID bomb Baghdad AGAIN in December 1998, in a failed attempt to distract the nation from the legal fallout resulting from his “White Whorehouse” pecker-dillos. Clinton DID maintain the George Herbert Walker Bush regime’s vicious sanctions in force against a prostrate Iraq for eight murderous years, resulting in the death of at least 500,000 hapless Iraqi kids. Clinton DID accede, at the very least, to that job-draining trade deal known as NAFTA. I took umbrage at the Clinton administration’s punitive and scapegoating “Welfare Reform,'” as did Robert Reich, to the point where Mr. Reich felt the need to resign as Clinton’s secretary of labor.

    Who among you openly approves of such misconduct, to such immorality and illegality? Approves, to the point where you eagerly and sanctimoniously urge EVERY registered voter to fall in line, plug his/her nose, and cast a vote for the candidate of YOUR choice. Such is the wide-reaching extent of the Mainstream Dems’ palpable contempt for the democratic process.

    Well, no thanks all the same. I’ll politely demur, and vote for a candidate who has not yet had the opportunity to be co-opted by the Generals, Defense Contractors, Corporate Kingpins and those other influential Scum of the Earth. This November, let’s ALL give Jill Stein the time, the stature, the temptation, the opportunity to end up just as morally compromised as the Clintons! Because in the final analysis, it’s not the INDIVIDUAL that counts – even an individual as nasty as Bill or Hillary. It’s the SYSTEM that spoils a potentially humane and genuinely human hominid.
    For the time being though, I’m with Jill!

  55. This white privilege argument is extremely reductive and annoying. I fully admit that white privilege (as well as patriarchy, cis-privilege, etc.) exist. And we should be doing whatever we can to fight against them, both within ourselves and within wider society, but voting for a third party, is not necessarily and expression of that privilege. This is especially true for people who vote for Stein – a candidate who actually embraces reparations and other steps to dismantle such forms of privilege (Johnson is tool and I am guessing does not acknowledge that privilege even exists let alone has ideas for addressing it). To say that voting third party is the “height of white privilege” is the most despicable form of identity politics going right now. It discounts the wide variety of political opinions represented in the oppressed groups that folks making the “privilege” argument think will be protected by Clinton. Not all of them want your protection:

    https://medium.com/@discomfiting/youre-not-voting-for-hillary-to-protect-me-73754a9b189e#.c7vyrle42

    Also, as indicated in that article, the “privilege” argument frequently forgets about one of most insidious forms of privilege – American Privilege. Who has the privilege to vote for Clinton to continue bombing and killing people all throughout the middle east and greater Muslim world? Americans do. And again, Jill Stein (and in this case Johnson, too) are looking to reign in the destruction caused by the US throughout the world. Look at pictures of children that have been bombed, or drown in the ocean trying to flee their war-torn countries and then let me know who is privileged when they vote for a candidate that wants to bring an end to that hell.

    Yes, racism and privilege exist and are terrible forces in our society, but voting for the status quo is not going to do anything to address them. For that reason, I stand with any oppressed people who are looking to make some radical change for the better whether through elections or direct actions in the streets. Oppressed people don’t need the help of straight white males, they need our solidarity. And that starts with recognizing that not all oppressed people think the same things and have the same solutions to end their oppression.

  56. This is one possible analysis. However, the shaming aspect of your premise seems to hinder possible discourse, the discussion of other analyses.

    I guess, for me, I’ve been exasperated by all the anti-Hillary conspiracy theory crap (whitewater, emails, etc., even if they’re true) and anything smelling even slightly of misogyny. But legit, imperialism is the exportation of racism and capitalist interests (among other things). Hillary is the latest in a long line of Imperialist Democrats in the guise of Humanists (which is why I started voting Ralphy boy in Bill’s 2nd term). We can see the devastation 1st hand (even my cis-male white hetero ass) here at home if Trump were to take the stage. But the middle east policies the last several decades of administrations have supported essentially export the same result – poor people, particularly poor people of color, always lose.

    If I vote for Hillary, it’ll be because appointing Supreme Court justices is too steep of a price to ignore. I’m not sold on how the uncovering of American vitriol and bigotry looks drastically different under a Trump presidency, in large part because, historically, bigotry is how the elite class has played poor and working class European-Americans against other poor and working-class people. It seems like the demise of civil discourse, whether you’re talking presidential candidacy, the black lives matter movement, gender binary bias, etc., plays into that same dominant agenda of preventing collaboration.

    Blah, blah, blah. Someone convince me I’m wrong, or sway my vote. I wanna try and stay open…

  57. Dear Mr. Chappell:

    Your self-loathing is amply justified. Carry on.

    Yours truly,

    The Ghost of James Madison

  58. Wow. The perspective of this article is so profoundly arrogant! It’s just another white man telling the rest of the world what they should or should not do. As if their perspective is the best one! Just another taste of patriarchy and white privilege dictating the “shoulds” for all of who just don’t know. If you ever have the self reflection or humility to write an article about how you contribute to patriarchy and while privilege, which are essentially one in the same, I’d love to read it. Starting with the chastising nature of this perspective would be one place to begin. Until then, try listening, and I mean really listening without having a damn thing to say. I wonder if you have ever really done that?

    • Dear Mr. Chappell (I do hope that my gendered choice of personal title matches your gender identity.):

      You’ve just learned why negotiating with terrorists is folly. You made the abject effort to craft a supplicating exposition of self-flagellation; yet, the bloodlust of your tyrannical Leftist traducers remains unsated.

      If I may presume to offer unsolicited advice, I will refer you to our founding documents and the documents upon which they were based. The thoughtful (contra yours) exposition you will find therein set forth the freedoms that allowed the United States of America to blossom. In fairness to you and your comrades in the People’s Republic of Madison, the handiwork of our towering founders also allows you to freely spew your toxic formulations of irrational and divisive identity politics.

      Should you ever awaken from your naive, juvenile, and self-abnegating delusion, please join again the country into which you were born–where true diversity of opinion and un-policed free speech remain coins of the realm. The animadversions of the media and academia notwithstanding, ours is the bigger tent.

      Yours in conservation,

      The Ghost of James Madison

  59. It’s not a throw away vote. If a third party candidate recieves 5% of the vote, they will be included on things like debates in future elections. In a state that Hillary holds, regardless of my vote, I am putting my vote to use by offering that alternative possible candidates have equal footing in future elections. Indeed it would be a throw away vote if the states delegates were up for grabs between red and blue, but that is based on my values and judgements, I would never push that perspective on others and try to manipulate them emotionally into taking my position. That is also each Americans right and privilege to vote their conscience. How dare you shame people for voting how they want to by tying it to privilege and speaking for oppressed people. Jill Stein is the only one actually at the pipeline fighting for the one population that everyone still ignores and has been decimated by the blue and the red parties. It is every American’s privilege to choose how they want to vote… or not vote. This blog post is the height of white male privilege.

  60. (Corrected version, sorry, under the weather at the moment)

    Seriously I just love it when white liberals try to appropriate black/PoC issues and make them their own. Talk about WHITE PRIVILEGE.

    There is one big issue that everyone seems to be putting on a secondary burner while blathering on about what Trump will do in this country, and that is what Hillary Clinton’s state Department did in a dozen OTHER countries, and how she’s managed to get us embroiled in what is being called in every OTHER country than ours WORLD WAR THREE. Over a million dead in the Middle East thanks to the gleefully ramping up of the war in sovereign nations to overturn duely elected leaders in NATIONS WHERE WE HAVE NO BUSINESS BEING, thanks to the Clinton State Department, and somehow the issue of privatized prisons (thanks to the Clinton White House ramping those up to punish ‘SuperPredators’) and the problem of drug use (thanks to the Clinton White House criminalizing drugs to ensure longer sentences with no hope of parole to that people could earn privatized prisons LOADS more money – but wait! More of the same with foster care and ‘residential schools’! That’s the next Clinton money making project!) are worse. Let’s hear this; it’s important: KILLING A MILLION BROWN PEOPLE IN THE MIDDLE EAST OVER AN OIL AND REAL ESTATE GRAB IS NOT AS BAD AS THAT ONE TIME WHEN WHITE LIBERALS CROSSED PARTY LINES TO VOTE ‘TOUGH ON CRIME’ LEGISLATION INTO PLACE. Well that’s a lie. White women traditionally will cross party lines to vote crime bills into legislation, and the candidates who yammer on about security and safe neighborhoods for their kids, but under the Clintons, the guys joined them.

    With Clinton we can expect the US to attempt to take control of the world’s oil resources and control the world’s economy. That’s the goal, anyway, and if this writer had bothered reading any of the WikiLeaks over the last 4 months, he would know that. With a Clinton White House we can expect to go to war with Russia/China/North Korea and if you think TRUMP is crazy, wait till you getta load of Kim Jong-il’s darling little boy. He’s just ITCHING for a little land grab opportunity, God bless him. After all, he was educated in the best Western schools money could buy so he knows how we play the game.

    Something we Liberals for too long have not understood about our fellow Conservative neighbors: Sure, they’re greedy as (expletive), but they also know that the rest of us have to be able to make SOME money in order to shop, SOME money to afford a doctor and their big pharma items, SOME money in order to attempt to own over-priced homes and real estate.

    One Candidate’s been accused of rape. The other’s husband’s been accused of it several times. In case you don’t know who Jeff Epstein is, he’s the pervy friend to BOTH men who ran the airplane full of underaged hookers over international waters. Billy Boy’s been on the plane at LEAST a dozen times. No telling how many times Trump’s been on it, but we know of at least once. So in my humble and arguably unsophisticated opinion, TALKING about grabbing a woman’s genitalia isn’t anywhere NEAR as bad as forcing oneself upon a 13 year old child.

    And yet this writer continues to make it about the issue HE has determined mean more than mass murder and rape, more than institutionalized slavery through prison and foster care.
    WikiLeaks over the last 4 months, he would know that. With a Clinton White House we can expect to go to war with Russia/China/North Korea and if you think TRUMP is crazy, wait till you getta load of Kim Jong-il’s darling little boy. He’s just ITCHING for a little land grab opportunity, God bless him. After all, he was educated in the best Western schools money could buy so he knows how we play the game.

    Something we Liberals for too long have not understood about our fellow Conservative neighbors: Sure, they’re greedy as (expletive), but they also know that the rest of us have to be able to make SOME money in order to shop, SOME money to afford a doctor and their big pharma items, SOME money in order to attempt to own over-priced homes and real estate.

    One Candidate’s been accused of rape. The other’s husband’s been accused of it several times. In case you don’t know who Jeff Epstein is, he’s the pervy friend to BOTH men who ran the airplane full of underaged hookers over international waters. Billy Boy’s been on the plane at LEAST a dozen times. No telling how many times Trump’s been on it, but we know of at least once. So in my humble and arguably unsophisticated opinion, TALKING about grabbing a woman’s genitalia isn’t anywhere NEAR as bad as forcing oneself upon a 13 year old child.

    And yet this writer continues to make it about the issue HE has determined mean more than mass murder and rape, more than institutionalized slavery through prison and foster care.

    You’re a funny guy. Oh, and since you don’t really understand what white appropriation of black causes is all about, how’s about we let this guy school you. He did a brilliant job of schooling whites who were angry about Bernie stopping a rally to listen to #BLM activists. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybWbq75-mfg

    • Amen! This Black woman voting for Jill Stein is calling Bullshit on this one! Mr. Chappell is exercising his White privelege by telling us his children are more important than anybody else’s! He is also telling us that 43% of us will be blocked from voting: that is the exact number CNN, MSNBC, and CBS refuse to poll! This would be a whole lot better if you told this Black woman the truth! Then we could switch from the ballot to the billet with no guilt!

  61. How about instead of make up “white privilege” bs, you go and help the people that “don’t fully have the right to vote”. If its such a big issue why don’t you do something to help people to register to vote . But I mean why do that when you can sit behind the safety of your computer and speak instead of act

  62. Third Party voting is NOT about throwing your vote away. People who say that all have one thing in common: they don’t understand the first thing about third parties.

    Johnson knows he won’t win. Stein knows that she can’t win. But they’re not running to win. They are the standard-bearers for growing political movements and they are fighting to build parties that one day CAN WIN. We have long-term goals that transcend beyond each election, and claiming that we are just ‘throwing our vote away’ is uninformed, insulting, and outright wrong.

  63. There are far more people voting against tRump than for $hilary. t tRump cannot win. Gary Johnson can because there are a lot of tRump Voters who are just voting against $hilary. So, if you combine the people voting against tRump and the people voting against $hilary with all those millennials, military, and independents who are actually voting FOR Gary Johnson, I think he wins in a landslide.

  64. Stop referring to people by racial designations. I thought we are all just human beings? Why do the leftists continue to classify races? To be divisive. The state should remove these questions from the census and job application forms. That being said, the height of idiocy is to believe voting for Hillary the life long criminal would help move anyone’s life in a better direction. Inner city minorities – as the left refers to these human beings – are just voting slaves for the Democrat half of the one-party system.

  65. We have a two party system that we are told we need to vote for. We have a GOP candidate Donald Trump who is everything nasty, arrogant and narcissistic. Then you have the DNC Hillary Clinton who has lied and is not working for “we the people”. She is working for the Elites and is an Illumanti member, both her and Bill. Do yourself some research if you truly want to vote for the right candidate that represents you. DO RESEARCH!!!
    Third party candidates are more important in this race than in past years since Ross Perot. This is where the people say hello no to the two party system and vote 3rd party. You can congratulate Donald Trump for this!!! I was born a democrat and for the first time I was going to vote GOP until you threw this thug in the race. He is not what I would like to see representing the people of America!!!

  66. Mr. Chappell’s argument is predicated upon a false assumption.

    Third party voters do not feel like we are throwing away our vote. FINAL.

    We believe our votes are crucial to moving us towards a government that is responsive to the majority vote as opposed to special interest lobbying, nepotism and cronyism.

    To assume that third party voters are unconcerned with our political system is patently false. Why else would we want a third party!?!

  67. My thoughts on “Election 2016”

    Over the past several weeks I have had several people try to convince me to vote one way or another. In fact just today after Church Service I was advised that if I choose to vote for a third party I am throwing my vote away, as did your article.

    The gentlemen that I was chatting with were trying to convince me to vote for Trump, stating that he is the lesser of two evils and that a vote any other way would serve to put Hilary in office. Although that might be true, I do not see it that way and I do not vote for evil.

    As a God fearing Christian I am considering the examples in the Bible as I make my decision and would urge others that face this dilemma to do the same regardless of denomination or faith.

    In short, as described in the Book of Daniel, God sanctioned Nebuchadnezzar as a governing authority over the nation of Israel during their exile. Before that he allowed the Pharaohs of Egypt to rule harshly over them. Furthermore between their exodus and exile, many ungodly kings rules over His people in both Israel and in Judah. In fact the greatest percentage did evil rather than obey Gods laws.

    My point being, regardless of who wins the election in November, it will be by Gods sanctioning and authority which is beyond human reasoning. My vote is NOT going to alter Gods plan. The most likely winner will be either Trump or Clinton, it would take a miracle for Johnson or any other candidate to win, however; if God so chooses He can arrange that.

    With this knowledge I would suggest that by voting third party, I am not throwing my vote away, rather; I would be voting in such a way that I would have a clear conscience. In the end, given that God is in control anyway, I believe a clear conscience to be more important than voting for the lesser evil.

    John

  68. Oh please. White privilege is watching us bomb the shit out of Syria and caring more about some stupid old asshole misogynist who is widely known to have stupid misogynist asshole leanings. We are already a fascist police state that is inherently racist. Supporting the status quo is white privilege. If you really think bombing sovereign nations and allying with war criminals is awesome, then vote Hillary or Trump. I get 3rd party won’t win, but don’t try and tell people that their votes are racist. That’s just idiotic. Stein’s is the ONLY campaign that has the support of actual black radicals and informed radical black publications.

  69. The New Democrats have been doing a slow boil on the middle and lower classes for 40 years. They after another 8 years of this may join the growing number of DNC victims in homeless shelters. Clinton will reward her constituents: the 10% or so of people in the professional classes. The New Democrats will only stop their slow assault on the middle and lower classes when they lose elections. So a strategic vote for 3rd party is a long term play. Whether it is a wise play is another matter but the race-baiting claptrap from this author will gain no converts. As for this guy saying he’ll be fine under Trump well that shows how stupid he is. Has he seen who doesn’t do fine under dictatorships? Take a look at Turkey if he needs a refresher. One of the most ignorant garbage articles of the election, and that is saying something

  70. This is so rediculous. While I am a white male, I am neither straight nor middle-class & I am an atheist. I also am a feminist & will not deny racism, classism, or any of the other social divides that increase suffering for many in this world. But if you would still try to argue everyone in my position has is privileged enough…let me spell out just how dumb you are.

    1) You base your argument on these groups (racial, class, etc) that need help/must be protected when we go to vote next month. Yet, I can BOTH hate Trump for all those reasons & still prioritize other issues more.
    2) The ‘wasting your vote’ argument is one based on fear, which is completely subjective. But it is a fact the only way a 3rd party cadidate will ever win is if people stop thinking that way & start voting their conscience. Your arguments is doubly dumb.
    3) As alluded to above, I agree with Trump on every social issue. However, so do the other 3 in the top 4 cadidate on the ballot. Yet they all have slightly different positions in such issues, and often very different approaches they would take to achieve what they want. Again your argument is entirely based in the assumption that only the Democratic candidate can win. Which, coincidentally is a self-fulfilling prophecy in a world full sheep dumb enough to listen to people like you, or is moronic in a world full of people not afraid to think for themselves & question authority. Dumb again.

    I don’t care if anyone else reads this. I will be satisfied if you, the author, do so. Maybe you’ll even realize you’re buying into a fixed game yet you’re excited by the prospect of losing less money than your rival. Wake up. No real change comes from within the system. Specifically, nothing from one of the 2 major parties will fix the broken 2-party system that is destroying our country.

  71. 1st world, I live in a rich “democracy” priveleage, not white. Attempts to perpetually connect race to political parties….divides us like no other. Having the right to vote is priveleage, to sit at your fancy laptop in a comfortable office in Madison is priveleage, to have time and mental comfort enough to consider this idea is priveleage, to feel politically connected to a candidate that has so much foreign blood on her hands that the sink runs red when she washes…is priveleage. So you sir (author) take your high horse explanation of priveleage and vote for Killary. You don’t sit in a home in Syria that will be bombed…and your entire family killed….you sir don’t receive the shit end of the deal when Killary decides it’s time to rearrange trade agreements, you sir have never been on the receiving end of gunfire orchestrated by Hillary…..that’s priveleage. A sheep content with the disgusting lies, deceit, and blatant corruption….YOU sir support the bombs flying that Hillary will sling because “she’s gonna beat that mean ol Trump”. That’s 1st world, I live in a little bubble, where everyone is nice and educated and able to go around town and smile at each other…..priveleage.

  72. What a privilege to be a person of any race, and feel comfortable voting for a woman who’s got blood from countless wars on her hands. What a privilege to be a person of any race and sleep at night knowing you won’t have bombs murder 3 generations of your family in as much time as it take you to type “privilege” from your comfortable little bubble of safety. What a privilege it must be to feel like a champion for minorities when you publish a piece that completly and utterly highlights the IMPERIAL PRIVILEGE that everyone voting Hillary enjoys. While you vilify those of us who refuse to vote for Killary, she’s making plans to carry out the dirty work of the American Empire. Vote your conscience people. The two candidates who represent our murderous past and future are engaged in a childish and shameful struggle for power. I WILL VOTE, WITH MY NAME….for someone who doesn’t even know where Aleppo is. While you vote for someone who armed those who bomb it as I type.

  73. It is not my privilege that prevents me from voting for Hillary, it is my morality. I will not vote for someone who I know will continue our genocidal foreign policy. Telling me to vote for Hillary is telling me to vote for murder. I don’t care if it’s less murder. If you had a shred of decency you would refuse to vote for murder. Stand up for what’s right or shut up.

  74. A pathetic guilt trip attempt to garner Hillary voters. Don’t ducking tell me about white privilege when you’re a white privileged fool writing this article about white priveledge to white people with a guilt narrative instead of writing about the actual effects of white privilege or how to step away from white privilege and begin to end the cycle of systemic racism. There is no throwing away a vote. It’s a vote. Period and end of story. Any vote is correct. F*** what this guy says.

  75. You are a fear monger of the broken system. The 2 party system is broken and you know it. We the people are pawns in the game of politics. We have the right for others to be included in the debates but the 2 party broken system wont allow it. Why is that. The candidate clowns of the 2 party system represent no one.

    I cast my vote for a third party in protest thus making it quite valuable.

  76. Your argument has a fundamental flaw. As certain as you are that Hillary or Trump will win the election–which I do not dispute–in 39 states it is equally certain whether Hillary or Trump will certainly carry that state. The outcome is as certain as the premise of your article.

    In each of those 39 states, my voting for a major party affects only the other major party, whereas voting for a third party affects both major parties.

    The subtext of your thesis is that I should not vote for who I think is best, but for whomsoever you believe is best, that my opinion is less valuable than your own. I find the idea grossly offensive, and best wishes to you.

  77. This kind of article only pushes fence-sitters towards Donald Trump or their preferred 3rd party, and pushes 3rd party voters further into their convictions.
    Gary Johnson needs every vote he can get. The major parties, ESPECIALLY Hillary Clinton, will win without my vote. Why throw my vote away when I actually make an impact with Johnson? If everyone who believed they were throwing their vote away actually voted for him, he would win. Clinton is buying and bribing for the election. When voting for a less likely candidate, I get two votes for one: whoever is most likely to win and doesn’t need my support, and who I actually support who only has a chance to win if I vote for them.
    The fact that an article supporting Hillary Clinton is touting “white privilege” and announcing a bunch of arbitrary traits in the opening statement is the cherry on top the shit cake. You aren’t persuading people to vote for her by brazenly announcing your racist social justice view. Congratulations on supporting Gary Johnson.

  78. If Gary Johnson gets 5% of the votes then the libertarian party would get “minor party” status from the Federal Election Commision. This would give next year’s candidate about $10 Million or so. Considering JohnsonWeld has raised roughly $8 million and most of that has come recently, the money would be huge in terms of generating early interest and getting a libertarian candidate into the debates. It isn’t hundreds of millions of dollars like the other parties, but it is a start. So if you actually like the Libertarian platform, or if you’re dissatisfied with the two party system, you aren’t “throwing your vote away.”

  79. Under this premise of “wasting a vote” should we also not vote for a particular party if the state we live in almost entirely goes Republican or Democrat. Should we not bother to vote if our spouse or good friend has the opposite vote as ours, they would be simply cancelling each other out anyway. Where do we draw the line of what a “wasted vote” means?

  80. An interesting conversation last night led me thinking about the confusion some folks could have about who exactly is the top 1% in the United States … some people in the US think if you earn in the top 1% of income earned from work (around $500K/household) each year you are a 1%’r …. that isn’t so …. to be a 1%’r in the US you must have over $7M+ in assets (wealth as opposed to cash flow from wages) as your net worth each year. To put that in perspective a household earning $500K annually earns about 7 cents on the dollar of wealth a real 1%’r has at their disposal each year. If you earn only $50K each year … you earn 7/10ths of 1% of what a 1%’r has (your whole annual income is worth less than a penny on their dollar). And while their wealth is increasing – your spending power has decreased by 47% since 1990. What you could buy for a dollar in 1990 now costs $1.87, so that would mean if you earned $50K in 1990 you would now have to be earning $92,360 today – just to keep your head above water. This is #WhyImVoting4Jill

  81. The author of this article doesn’t even grasp the basic concept of how presidential elections work in this country. His vote being cast or thrown away does not matter. What matters is who the electoral college votes for and they will vote regardless of your decision. The electoral college is under no legal obligation to vote for a presidential candidate based on his or her popularity among American voters. In fact, a perfect example of this can be found in the election between George W. Bush and Al Gore. Gore won the popular vote among Americans and the electoral college voted for Bush to be president.

    Read the Twelfth Amendment in Article II of the US Constitution. It boggles my mind that so many Americans have no clue how their government works. The United States is not a Democracy it is a Constitutional Republic learn the difference.

    And just to be clear, voting is not a racial privilege or something to feel guilty about because of the color of your skin. I’m an upper middle-class, straight, Hispanic American, non religious, “brown” male who is married to an Asian woman and despite the author’s scare tactics I won’t be deported if the wrong person wins because well.. I am an American citizen and not all Hispanics are illegal Mexican immigrants, but the media and this white author seems to think they are. (For the record, an insult directed at Mexicans does not = an insult to all Hispanics.) My religion won’t be disparaged because I have none that I prescribe to, I wasn’t mislead on how to register to vote because I did so at the DMV like a normal human being, I’m married but not gay so my marriage is not going to be dissolved because the marriage act is repealed, I’m not going to be water boarded, I’m not going to pay higher taxes etc.. etc.. etc..

    In fact when you think about it.. White, Black, Brown, Yellow, Red.. You really won’t be affected by this election unless you’re an illegal immigrant, gay, or living off the American teet and there are people of all races and walks of life who fall in to 1 or more of those categories. The PC bullsh*t in this country needs to end. The white guilt trend needs to end. The welfare nanny state needs to end. People need to pick themselves up by their bootstraps and put in some effort.

  82. No, you know what IS white privilege? The ability to will a 3rd-party into legitimacy through sheer numbers. That’s the neat part about being a majority.

  83. “You know the ones – the ones where the man who would be president incited and encouraged violence against people who disagree with him.”
    A video came out the other day with people from the DNC admitting to collision to incite violence at Trump rallies and Hillary knew full well about it. Seems like you’re just a race baiter.

  84. I don’t know much about white privilege. It tends to be an “it” word that people throw around now a days to make themselves feel like they have a clue what other races are feeling. They have the ultimate empathy towards anything that isn’t white. Well that to me sounds like white guilt. So you can take your white guilt and your use of it to get people to vote for Hillary and go jump off a cliff. Gary Johnson isn’t a megalomaniac like Trump. Gary isn’t a lying, murdering, elitist scum who’s bought and paid for by racist George Soros, and the Saudi Arabian government, amongst other middle East countries. He’s just a construction worker who turned a 1 man business into a 1000 man business. He’ll do things like balance a budget and legalize pot. Terrible I know. He’ll fix the healthcare system. Bring more jobs back into the US. I have no problem wasting my vote on him if you wanna call it a waste. Mainstream media wants you to think he’s no where close to winning. If that’s the case than why are so many Clinton morons crying about 3rd party voters wasting there vote. Trump isn’t. Trump didn’t waste the time and money to make anti Johnson commercials. Hillary did. She’ll do anything include murder people to get anointed queen. Well screw her, and screw your article. You’re an idiot.

    • Im not going to get deep into 3rd party votes, but I will address Johnson. You and several others have commented on how good Johnson would be. Honestly, I don’t think anyone here has a clue about what he stands for. That’s a BIG problem. It makes me question where they did their research.
      “He’s just a construction worker….” on the surface one would assume he would understand the working man right? Tell me why “just a construction worker” would want to screw over the working class by RAISING retirement age & SS/Medicare eligibility age? Do you know anyone who’s done actual labor with their body? If anything they would need retirement and health care earlier because it beats the body up, often resulting in chronic pain for the rest of their life. Johnson obviously doesn’t understand his own trade.
      He’s stated this several times. Below is just 2 of the interviews-
      (Source: CNN Libertarian Town Hall: joint interview of Johnson & Weld , Jun 22, 2016) :
      Q: Do you have a plan for entitlements?
      JOHNSON: Absolutely. There are reforms to Social Security that need to take place. One would be raising the retirement age.
      Q: To 75, you’ve suggested. Do you think you could get that done?
      JOHNSON: I’m not giving a number here. This is something that Congress is going to have to come up with. Let’s remember that when Social Security was adopted, 55 was the average age of an American. And nobody was going to even live to collect it in the first place.
      (Source: Washington Post joint interview of Johnson & Weld , Jul 7, 2016 Raise retirement age to 75)
      Q: Wait, so you raise the Social Security retirement age?
      JOHNSON: I would, yes, I would make that proposal, yes.
      Q: And what would you raise it to?
      JOHNSON: Well, for starters, it needs to go up. What is the exact age? I mean this ends up to be, you know, very dollars and cents and very accounting oriented, but it seems to me that it should be at least 70 years old.
      Q: And would you similarly raise the age of eligibility for Medicare?
      JOHNSON: There is that, but there’s also who is eligible for Medicare.
      His plans for “balancing the budget” aren’t any better (for the American people). Cutting services, like SS, Healthcare, etc was one example. Another budget plan is reforming taxes. On the surface his idea probably sounds great to workers because he wants to get rid of payroll taxes… but the replacement just sounds bizarre and would most likely crush the economy. Here is a short explanation, which has stayed consistent on. (Source: Gary Johnson, “America moving again” in The Washington Times , Feb 2, 2012)
      *Replace the payroll tax with FairTax*
      “We need to get rid of payroll taxes. Look at it from the perspective of employers for a moment. When they want to hire someone, it costs more than just the wage they’re paying. They have to pay payroll taxes, including for Social Security and Medicare. That cost is about 10% of the wages they pay an employee. Remove that burden, and employers will be able to hire 10% more people. With an unemployment rate of 10%, why wouldn’t we jump at this chance? The Fair-tax replaces employment and payroll taxes.”
      The Wall Street Journal “Gary Johnson’s Budget Policy: I’ll Sign Whatever Cuts Congress Sends Me” (June 21, 2016):
      ***His preferred tax system is the “fair tax,” a FAVORITE of REPUBLICAN legislators and occasionally presidential candidates. It would replace the corporate and personal income taxes, capital gains and payroll tax with a single 28% consumption tax.
      But the tax runs into problems of distribution and efficiency. The proposal would benefit the wealthy by both lowering their top tax rate (currently 39.6%) and eliminating tax on income that’s saved, and the wealthy save much more than the poor and the middle class. The poor would be protected with a “prebate” check. But to pay for that, while also ELIMINATING THE CORPORATE AND CUTTING TAXES ON THE WEALTHY, the middle class would have to pay significantly higher taxes than they do now, absent draconian spending cuts.***
      (He’s stated that he would repeal the 16th amendment prevent income taxes coming back if abolished)

      His campaign may have appealed to people in the surface because he discussed issues people care about like less government as far as the economy, avoiding foreign wars, and even personal choices like Marijuana & other life style choices (“in the bedroom”). Principles don’t translate well to policies; many times his unfeasible for multiple reasons.
      His plan was to sign anything that cuts down spending – EVEN for grants to states to help out the people. Mr Johnson cares more about saving money and would be willing to sacrifice the American people to get there.

  85. I will vote my conscious. I will vote for the candidate that I feel better reflects my values and ideas. I will not vote for a candidate based upon fear, intimidation, shame, or insults. Voting for any of those reasons is throwing away your vote.

  86. Guys, don’t waste your breath trying to argue against the author of this garbage. Either it’s insincere click bait, or this clown believes this garbage. Either way, the author isn’t worth reasoning with, because he’s a dick. #journalistprivelege

  87. What a goddamn idiot.

    The Democratic and Republican parties are colluding to force us into generations of perpetual for-profit war, systematic erosion of our civil liberties, continued amassing of endless debt, and increasing interminable public incompetence.

    The Libertarian and Green parties honestly speak about these atrocities from separate, ideologically autonomous positions. To shun them is to shun the truth.

    You, Robert, are the problem. The two parties in power are permanently corrupt, and the only right thing to do is fire everyone representing them from our government.

    Just because these “3rd parties” are small, doesn’t mean we aren’t right. It seems here you’re pretty vocal about standing against us, and with the evil oligarchs.

  88. Lol you actually believe that your vote matters in the election in the first place.. Except voting in this country does not matter for presidential candidacy.. Think 2000 Gore v. Bush where Gore won the popular vote by a landslide and Bush still became president.. How does that work out?

    No matter who you vote for, it is up to the electoral college in the end who wins. And if they want Trump theyll get Trump, if they want Clinton, they will get Clinton. Period.

  89. This writer is an ignorant douche.

    Being non white, I am voting 3rd party. It isn’t anymore a waste voting for what I want most than the next voter. 😐 The whole, “a third party vote is a waste” mantra is propaganda designed to guilt. This is racist, sexist rhetoric veiled as “I stuck it to the rich white guy for you”. If white people need to learn 1 thing, it is the fact that not all minority, poor, women agree on how to resolve social and economic need. It is ignorant to think we do. I don’t need some white man’s guilty vote demonstrating the condescending “I know better than you”. 😐

  90. Robert, I understand comments have to be approved. Can you tell me what it is about mine that was not publishable? I hope it’s not that you just don’t allow those you don’t like.

    “I find this piece sanctimonious and bullying. Reads to me just like, “vote as I tell you or you have a moral deficiency.” But even straight white males are capable of voting conscientiously and for the common good. If I put in my research and thought time, exercise my conscience, and decide a 3rd party vote is best, I refuse to accept anyone’s judgment for it.
    I would like to know from you, Robert, if when minorities vote for a 3rd party, is that still white privilege? (It’s a fair question even if only a small number do so). Is it that non-whites have access to white privilege or that there is some white privilege available to all ethnicities? Trying to be fair, I suppose you might say that it’s voting 3rd party *with impunity* that is the white privilege part, but even then, you have to be saying that any 3rd party-voting white male just doesn’t care about women, minorities, homosexuals, etc., rather than that at least some white males do care, but simply came to a different conclusion than you about the most effective way to vote. Maybe they are looking longer term than you. If you disagree, you could engage on those terms rather than your blackmailing, shaming approach. If you’re going to do my thinking for me, I’d need a far stronger case than is made here to be convinced.
    Where the argument really falls apart is anyone who votes for Trump, or fails to vote effectively against him, presumably also doesn’t care about world peace, the world economy, and the environment (not to mention good taste and decorum). White privilege doesn’t immunize you against effects of poor government in these areas. So again, either anyone who doesn’t agree with this article is ethically irredeemable, or self-defeating, or else they reached different conclusions but in good faith.
    As it happens, if it is close in my state, I’ll probably hold my nose and do my part to avert disaster, lamenting yet again the deficiencies of our voting mechanics. I think we need instant runoff, but of course the two parties would work to block that. But perhaps you could use your pen to progress a solution to the real, lasting problem, rather than enforcing it with more “this time it’s different” hectoring.
    Last thought, maybe it doesn’t matter to you, but it seems to me anyway that your belittling, cute tone throughout the article is only going to appeal to people who already agree with you. People don’t like to be talked down to, so if you really want to change anyone’s mind (just giving you the benefit of the doubt that your have motivation in your work other than to make yourself and your allies feel good about themselves) you might want to modify that part of your approach.”

  91. I’m voting third party and I’m a black male, but go ahead keep voting for more of the same expecting things to change

  92. How much did the Republicrats pay you to write this idiocy?

    It’s hilarious how the Two Party System has suckered SJWs into stumping for their fraud of a system. What a pathetic tool.

  93. You’ve got a lot of ballz. Hillary made sure that the moron Trump got the Republican nomination so that she could use him as a weapon against the rest of us and guilt us into voting for her. But anybody who would use that tactic is worse than Trump. I’ll be voting for #GaryJohnson. Go hang yourself.

  94. You are wrong and unfortunately a lot of people are giving you credit for being right. A lot of people are voting 3rd party who would otherwise not vote. And guess what? Then they vote for local level positions which are honestly more important than the presidency at this point. So don’t tell people their vote is wasted. Quit discouraging them from being a part of the process. And if you are going to post articles like this — just say it straight that you are basically against anyone who doesn’t agree with you.

  95. Nonsense. A lot of people are registered as independents. Some are registered Green – a lot where I live in fact. Most of what I read news-wise are from libertarian and probably what people would call left-wing sources but you know what, both are far more informative that the junk Democrats and Republicans get their news from. The country is headed down the toilet. If you don’t think so, you are not paying attention. This lesser of evil is not working. It’s just getting worse. Placing all your bets on one election is short-sighted. Build something for the future. The Democrats can’t win. They will be doing great if they win 51% of the time. Clinton may win – Congress as it historically does will then go GOP i 2018 – and if she is a disaster as President as I expect you will get another Trump in 2020. One election is short-sighted.

  96. Terms like “throwing away your vote”, “spoiler” and “protest vote” are the height of ignorance and arrogance. Democracy means people are entitled to vote how they see fit, without the pejorative judgments of others.

  97. This is easily the dumbest thing I’ve read in a while. To tell people that it’s white-privilege to vote for a candidate they believe it, despite what they’re chances are of winning, is stupid. The argument is flawed anyway! Obviously this is Hillary Clinton supporters foaming at the mouth because they think voting for someone who believes in LGBT rights and rights of Latino citizens is wasting my vote, and would be better equipped to vote a man who is claimed to be racist, sexist, homophobic idiot? Really? Did you not think when you wrote this? VOTING IS AN AMERICAN RIGHT! It is the least “white-privileged” thing to do!
    I feel like an eighth grader wrote this. Please? No way someone with a high school diploma, at least..

  98. I understand the frustration and the desire to cast a 3rd party (or no voting) but this is not “just” a there are implications that reach much further than the person who may or may not become POTUS. There are many good (progressive) people on the local elections, local propositions, etc. Please consider going to the polls and making your voice count… despite the system. For comedic relief, check out my son’s skit below…https://www.facebook.com/NathanBlaiwesActor/videos/1236015743135243/

  99. Speaking as a black man who will not support Hillary or Donald, being able to write a candid piece about white privilege where elections are concerned is the height of white privilege. The rest of us folks are just out here trying to make sure that our votes actually count.

  100. No, third-party voting is the height of Middle Eastern people who don’t want to vote between two candidates who promise to drop bombs on us. Go fuck yourself.

  101. Robert,
    I know you tried to help those that chose not to vote for Trump. I got it.
    Judging by some of the above a lot didn’t. I hope you are not exonerated for your views as this would mean our worst fears have come true.

  102. Dude, you really need to get a life. Obviously, you don’t have a clue about the ID requirements to vote. In the State of North Carolina, you don’t need an ID to vote…the liberal courts made sure of that. BUT, you still have to prove RESIDENCY. You know, utility bills, rent agreements, things of that sort. You have to PROVE that you LIVE in the precinct you are voting in. You liberals are all alike…you think because someone is gay or black that they don’t need to follow any rules. They should just be able to do whatever they want. It must be a heavy burden to be a guilty white liberal.

  103. Privelage is having years to do research to decide who best represents you and to come up with an alternative to what you see as an existential threat and then getting to lay the blame at the feet of third party voters. Privelage is knowing little about the history and policies of a candidate while having everyone assure you of your moral high ground. Privelage is getting to label anyone who didn’t vote for YOUR CANDIDATE, even if they didn’t vote for the antithesis, a judgemental bigot. Privelage is feeling entitled to someone else’s votes even though their ideals were ignored by both major parties.

  104. What a bunch of CRAP! We each get one vote to do with as we please. You get one vote to do with as you please. I served my country proudly, for very crappy pay, to help protect our freedoms. How dare you tell people who they should, or shouldn’t, vote for. Don’t be blaming third-party candidates for anything when a full 9% of democrats (10% of liberals) voted for a republican candidate in this election.

  105. “I won’t get deported,” the author says making his first lame attempt to shame Stein / Johnson voters. This author is what white privilege looks and sounds like: a white man blithely unaware of the fact that the fearful future he images under a Trump administration is currently the reality under our sitting president. He is unaware that more deportations have happened under Obama than under any other president, unaware that we’re currently engaged in seven wars, unaware that the police-state has blossomed under Democratic and Republican leadership, unaware that whistle-blower persecutions were a unique hallmark of the Obama administration, unaware that Obama supports TPP (NAFTA on steroids), and unaware that the wealth gap has widened under Obama. I could go on but you get the point.

    White privilege is a form of magical thinking that operates on a magical timetable. Apparently the next Democrat will be the one to change everything. You just have to believe; then wait!

    Spare me. This propaganda about white privilege simply encouraged coastal whites to shamelessly, even piously, vote for Clinton as though it were a kindness to black and brown people everywhere. It’s the spinelessness and moral blindness of men like this which perpetuates and emboldens the death of our democracy.

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