An analysis by FiveThirtyEight and Nate Silver found that there are two dramatically different outcomes in the current presidential race depending on whether only women or men vote.
According to the New York Times: “Donald Trump Jr. — a close political adviser to his father, Donald J. Trump, the Republican nominee for president — posted on Twitter on Monday night an image of a white bowl full of rainbow-colored Skittles. The image came with this text: ‘If I had a bowl of skittles and I told you just three would kill you. Would you take a handful? That’s our Syrian refugee problem.'”
I’m a Bernie fan myself and voted for him in the primary. But I also understand how the political process of elections works and has worked for some time. None of the info brought to light by the WikiLeaks is news to me. I completely agree that the process must change and that money’s influence in US politics is rampant and runs counter to the basic premise of democracy.
However, making these necessary changes cannot happen in one election. Bernie Sanders has, for quite some time, been a lone voice in the election-reform woods. He’s not alone anymore. This is how things change. He has had a profound affect on the DNC platform. He has run an enviable, dynamic, engaging and even courageous campaign that will affect further change for years to come. Hopefully we’ll see important changes to the primary procedures and efforts to minimize the influence of money in elections before we vote again. I believe this can and should be done. And I believe it’s achievable thanks in large part to him.
But first, there’s November. Continue reading “Why Voting for a Third Party Candidate Never Has Its Intended Result”