Step One: FEAR MONGERING
Inspiring dread in voters to win them to your side is the heart and soul of lesser-evilism. If you don’t vote for the Howling Hagbag, the Marmalade Moron will triumph and then WE WILL ALL DIE! Even after the last FUBAR of an election, the Dems don’t seem to grasp that “We’re Not Those Guys!” is not an acceptable party platform to most American voters.
Those damnable “purist” voters expect a political party to take a stand on the issues regular Americans find concerning. How silly for these impossibly persnickety folks to want a candidate that has direction, a clear plan, a moral compass.
The nerve of them.
Not everyone is willing to join the world’s biggest “We Hate Trump” fan club without receiving a few perks. Universal Healthcare and Campaign Finance Reform would be a good jumping-off point. Banking on Trump antipathy will only get you so far. The People demand action.
Unfortunately for the Democratic Party, most thinking people realize that the country didn’t just suddenly go to the dogs on Twitter’s Inauguration Day. It’s pretty obvious that his presidency isn’t the result, but rather a symptom, of a much larger, more pervasive problem. Many of these problems the Dems caused by their own policies, and by aiding and abetting the GOP in Congress by voting WITH them.
That’s resisting? Well, resistance IS passive and reactionary. I’d rather be actively revolting. Yes, I know how that sounds. Fear masquerading as progressivism is an epidemic. A laughable, yet still deadly, epidemic. It’s a full-time job calling out supposed Progressives as the Neo-liberals they really are. But it must be done.
Step Two: VOTE SHAMING
Did you dare support a candidate not affiliated with either major party? Then YOU are the reason the Marmalade Moron is sitting in the Oval Office. You and your purist protest vote!
OK, let’s make one thing very clear. There is no such thing as a protest vote, there are only people who dared to vote against your preferred candidate. Fact. If this upsets or offends you, go cry into your “I’m With Her” t-shirts and die mad about it.
It’s perplexing that even though HRC supporters were so adamant they didn’t need our Independent votes to get her elected, they still blame them and third party voters for their loss. But no matter how badly we treat you or insult your intelligence:
You MUST vote Blue because:
- Because of TRUMP.
- Because of RUSSIA.
- Because WE SAY SO.
Do they really think we’re buying this crap? Their refusal to address the corruption in their party is why the only Blue Wave we got is millions of dissatisfied voters waving goodbye to the Democratic Party.
Step Three: GUILT TRIPS
We’re all in this together…
We need to put aside our (valid) differences to defeat Trump…
If you don’t join the Blue cult, you’re dooming babies and puppies and Starbucks baristas to the Apocalypse and will quite possibly make us all miss Brunch and/or Hot Yoga.
And remember ladies –If you don’t vote for Democratic candidates with vaginas, you’ll rot in hell, and pink-hatted demons wearing Rachel Maddow masks will poke at you with safety pins for eternity.
No, Just—no. Stop and listen closely Democratic Party. If you insist on thrusting another corporate candidate whose breath reeks of nonsense at us, the EXACT same thing that happened in 2016 will happen again. And again …Until you realize that the problem wasn’t just with HRC herself. It’s everything she stands for — neo-liberal right-of-center politics funded and ruled by Big Business.
The Dems thought “Bernie or Bust” was just a catchphrase. But the cries of “No More Corporate Dems!” should be a very clear message to the DNC. None of the old tactics flew in 2016, and they never will again.
Will they heed it?