Why Voting Green is Just Plain Irresponsible


Sam Bisno and Daevan Mangalmurti

Anyone planning to vote Green Party this year should reconsider. Why? Because while we’re debating between Hillary Clinton and Jill Stein, Donald Trump is on his way to the White House. You’re skeptical, but history has proven that a few votes can swing an election.

Just look back at 2000 and the infamous Bush v. Gore/Nader showdown. Nader amassed enough votes in what turned out to be the critical battleground state of Florida that Bush was able to win. The reason for this was voters equating Gore and Bush, and deciding that either of their terms would be essentially the same. But were they correct? Likely not, as evidenced by Iraq and Gore’s subsequent climate campaigning. And now political analysts are telling us that Pennsylvania is 2016’s Florida. So, are Trump and Clinton really equal? Not even close. On one side is an imperfect but eminently qualified centrist Democrat who, thanks to the progressive movement of Bernie Sanders, has moved significantly leftward. On the other is a racist, sexist, narcissistic, temperamentally unfit bully.

Those who choose to ignore this fact and stubbornly vote their “principles” in the face of someone who winks at David Duke, advocates a Muslim ban, and calls Mexican immigrants rapists, besides promoting violence and making countless misogynist remarks, will have a lot of explaining to do come November. You may tell yourself that your conscience simply will not allow you to vote for either major party candidate, but what will your conscience have to say when Trump is in office? We see that Hillary has overwhelming support from minorities, and it is no coincidence. After all, minorities are the ones who will most suffer the consequences of a Trump administration, something that many white people fail to consider when casting their ballot.

While Hillary is by no means the ideal candidate, recent polls have shown her up by as little as two points, and the fact of the matter is that this is an election, not a revolution, and it is downright irresponsible to throw away your vote at such a high-stakes moment. The chance for reform is in the period between elections, not when it comes time to check the box. One’s vote should be, but is sadly not always, perfectly reflective of values – it’s just about who gets to run our country for the next four years. And while it may often feel like choosing the lesser of two evils, it is our responsibility as progressives to come together and stop the tyrant that is Donald Trump, and not to show weakness and division amongst ourselves. We fundamentally cannot afford the luxury of throwing our votes towards a futile cause at a time like this. Face it: third party candidates have no chance of being elected this year, and it is incredibly misguided to vote as if they do. We need to rebuke Donald Trump, and resoundingly at that. In the words of Bernie Sanders, “Let us elect Hillary Clinton as president and that day after let us mobilize millions of people around the progressive agenda.”