No ticket splitting


I know most of you aren’t going to vote for any Republicans, but you probably know some people who are thinking about it. Read this article, then use what you’ve learned to persuade them. This is important:

But as he has in so many ways, Donald Trump takes every ugly impulse Republicans have and turns it up to 11, and just about the entire party follows him down. So now they are making it very clear that from literally the day Hillary Clinton is inaugurated, they will wage total war on her. There will be no rule or norm or standard of decency they won’t flout if it gets them a step closer to destroying her, no matter what the collateral damage.

It’s important to understand that strong institutions are what separate strong democracies from weak ones. In a strong democracy, one party can’t come into power and just lock up its opponents. It can’t turn the country’s law enforcement agencies into a partisan tool to destroy the other party. It can’t say that the courts will function only at its pleasure. We have the world’s most stable system not just because there aren’t tanks in the streets on election day, but because we have institutions that are strong enough to restrain the venality of individual men and women. And now, Republicans are not even pretending that those institutions should be impartial and transcend partisanship. They’re saying, if we can use them to destroy our opponents, we will. Something is seriously breaking down.

And please, spare me any explanations for this phenomenon that rely on how “divided” Americans are. Are we divided? Sure. But there’s only one party that is so vigorously undermining core democratic institutions in this way. You may not like what Democrats stand for, but they aren’t engaging in widespread official vote suppression, chanting that should their candidate win her opponent should be tossed in jail, promising to prevent any Republican president from filling vacancies on the Supreme Court, suggesting that they’ll try to impeach their opponent as soon as he takes office, cheering when a hostile foreign power hacks into American electronic systems, and trying to use the FBI to win the election.

2 thoughts on “No ticket splitting

  1. “You may not like what Democrats stand for, but they aren’t … chanting that should their candidate win her opponent should be tossed in jail”

    The sad thing? They chanted it first, wrongly, so we can’t chant it now and rightly. I mean, a very short list of criminal acts: sexual assault, fraud, non-payment of bills, tax fraud, stock fraud, etc., etc., etc. And I can just see it coming. He’ll get off scot-free because in democracies we “don’t jail the opponent.” The rich getting off after committing crimes also weakens respect for the law. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t. My head hurts.

  2. The national Democratic leadership deserves everything they get, from the top down. They never fought back, always insisted on Kumbaya bipartisanship, appointed Republicans to cabinet level seats on down, compromised wherever and whenever they could, and generally encouraged the Republicans to step up the attacks. Unless and until they stiffen their backbones and take the fight to the opposition, they’re going to lose, and lose, and lose some more. For all his flaws, LBJ would never have stood for this bullshit.

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