An important aspect of Democratic Party leadership in 2016 is ensuring that, if they absolutely must vote, Republicans should vote symbolically. This is why the media have given #NeverTrump such positive coverage all year.
We know better than to think we can convince a large number of conservatives to just go out and vote for Hillary Clinton. But convincing them not to vote for Donald Trump is just as good. A symbolic vote is a vote cast into the ether. It’s a ballot placed in a bottle and tossed into the sea.
We can’t actually claim credit for the largest share of symbolic voting. That trophy goes to #NeverTrump, who collectively have laid out an entire code of Hammurabi of reasons one ought not vote for Donald Trump but rather should seek a higher ideal. Only respected Republicans could have credibly made the argument that Republicans should vote symbolically.
The modern Hammurabi himself, of course, is the bald-headed Mormon they call Evan, whose mission seems to be to go medieval on anyone who appears poised to nudge a voter toward Donald Trump:
Here’s the thing about symbolic votes though. Much as we appreciate Republicans who urge other Republicans not to vote for Donald Trump, thus clearing the way for Hillary Clinton to rule the nation for the next 8 years, we do need these soft-headed voters, eventually, to “get it” as the kids say.
As we’ve stated many times, America’s future is a one-party future, and that party will be the Democratic Party. Republicans should vote symbolically next month, by all means. But these voters will have to be persuaded to cast meaningful votes at some point in the future for candidates we Democrats want in office.
This means the voters will need to understand how elections really work.
For a very long time in America, we have promoted an emotion-laden concept of voting, especially in presidential elections. The vote is not simply a choice between people, but rather it is a statement of wishes, dreams, and philosophies. When we vote it is like falling in love with an idea, donning a tribal vest, becoming a groupie.
Thus, there is a lot of mythological bullcrap we Americans attach to our voting process.
The harsh reality is that voting is simply a choice between people. One of them is going to take a public office that controls your life, and the result of that will be about as far from myth as you can get. When it is an election like 2016, the one who wins will literally determine your safety, your freedom, your financial prospects, the fiscal health of the nation you live in, and your own personal health. Principles are great, but when you get sick and can’t afford a doctor, or your family cannot feel safe anymore, that is brass tacks right there.
It’s like if you decided to raise your cultural game, and go into a fast food restaurant and ask for a nice, fresh Béarnaise to go with your burger. Your self image and aspirations may be about delicate flavors, but your lunch is going to be about ketchup or industrial-quality barbecue sauce, without fail.
By the same token, someone may think they’re making a statement by voting for the truest conservative, or the wildest libertarian, or the sincerest vegan, but the only choices for president are Trump or Clinton, and one of those two will rule over your family and future. Period.
There are some silly progressives planning to waste their vote on either the Greens or Libertarians this year, and we hate that, of course. It’s the Republicans, however, who truly have taken the cake for throwing their votes down the toilet in record numbers.
There’s this maxim that “Liberals think conservatives are evil; conservatives think liberals are stupid.” Yeah, well, right back at you, Pointexters. And enjoy the barbecue sauce.