Yunzer, I respect you a lot, and your viewpoints. You are certainly entitled to them, and you do make cogent arguments in support of your views. However, there is a growing segment of the population that is fed up with lesser evilism and see that constantly voting for the less worst candidate is just not going to cut it anymore. I and a few others here on CD being part of that segment. So you can continue to argue why voting for Clinton in the last election would have been “better” than having to deal with the Trump nightmare we have today, but you won’t convince most of that growing segment that you are right. For those of us who want real, progressive change - instead of the ever-rightward-shifting terrain that the Duopoly brings us (slowly rightwards under D’s, rapidly rightwards under R’s) - we are not fooled by the LOTE arguments any longer.
Just as I respect you and your viewpoints, you need to respect the fact that we simply don’t see it the way you do. The whole premise of LOTE is “it’s better than the alternative.” That simply isn’t good enough anymore. Real progressive change means no more compromising, no more triangulating, no more settling for mealy-mouthed establishment whores who only answer to their corporate paymasters and constantly capitulate to or compromise with the other side of the Duopoly, forever slowly moving the goalposts further and further to the right while NEVER furthering any truly progressive ideals.
The MAJORITY of American citizens want single-payer. The MAJORITY want marijuana legalization. A woman’s right to choose. Equal rights for LGBTQ people. Higher taxes on the rich. Less military intervention abroad and a reduction in the military budget. More environmental and corporate regulations. Stricter gun control laws. Etc,etc, etc. And NONE of those things are enacted, even when the D’s are in power. This is NOT a democracy. We need strong, truly progressive leaders in power, and voting D’s has proven over and over and over and over again to be a complete waste of time.
Yes, we get uber right-wing Rethuglicans instead. But NOT because we won’t vote D - but because you DO.