There are a few people out there that are refusing to vote on Tuesday because their favorite candidate is not on the ballot. Some are planning on writing in a vote for Bernie Sanders in protest, or Mickey Mouse, or even themselves.
I understand the frustration from some of my fellow Bernie Sanders supporters. Even now, I still wish that he was on the ballot instead of Hillary Clinton, but the primaries have come and gone, and we now have to choose between Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump.
No, Gary Johnson or Jill Stein are not options to me, so please stop trying to convince me that a candidate who doesn’t know what Aleppo is or a Green Party prop who panders to the anti-science community are viable alternatives. As much as I welcome the idea of multiple parties in our government, 2016 has once again proven they have a long way to go in order to be taken seriously.
In 2000, I campaigned and voted for Ralph Nader in Virginia. In 2004, I voted for John Kerry in Georgia. In 2008, I voted for President Obama in Florida, and I pressed the button for him again in 2012 in Louisiana. This year, I voted for Bernie Sanders in the primaries, but I will be voting for Hillary Clinton on Tuesday because I know there is too much at stake for me not to cast a ballot.
Every single time, I did not fear for the future of our country if the Republican candidate won as much as I do now in 2016. In 2008, I almost voted for John McCain before he chose Sarah Palin as his VP. Mitt Romney in 2012 didn’t have a chance against Barack Obama, but the idea of him as president did not terrify me as much Donald Trump now in 2016.
If elected, The Donald will almost certainly throw our country into chaos. Even Wall Street which usually welcomes a Republican president, is in turmoil over the possibility that the alleged billionaire could be the next leader of the free world.
Our country is at a turning point in history, depending on who gets out the vote. We have the option of moving forward under a Clinton presidency, or becoming the laughing-stock of the planet if The Donald is elected.
My job and my retirement are based on a strong American economy. The same goes for the vast majority of Americans who work for a living. This is no time to refuse to vote, and if you do not, you can blame yourself when our country swirls the bowl under a Trump administration.