To begin with, I have repeatedly and publicly said that I won’t vote for Bernie Sanders due to his stances on Israel, immigration, and guns. Despite this, I am daily asked to answer for the conduct of Bernie Sanders supporters. It’s pretty strange.
It’s also strange that our political class continues to think that the way people argue on social media is still more important, substantively and politically, than the economy, foreign policy, social issues, or the environment. That is really, really strange.
It’s also strange that I am represented in this piece as among those who minimizes the degree to which Hillary Clinton has been the victim of sexism. Clinton has been a victim of sexism her entire political career. Not just any sexism, either, but a particularly virulent, nasty, personal, and unfair strain of sexism. It’s gross and it sucks and I hate it. I just don’t think hating that sexism means I should support a woman whose record and values are totally contrary to my beliefs. You’d think Rebecca Traister would know that, because I said so a couple weeks ago. To Rebecca Traister. I can’t open up the contents of my psyche to prove to anyone that I believe that Clinton has suffered from consistent, powerful, and ugly anti-woman bias. I can only tell you that I believe it and you’ll have to decide for yourself if you think I’m telling the truth.
What’s not strange is that, as a socialist, I would not support Hillary Clinton, who is to the right of Richard Nixon. That’s about the opposite of strange. I’m anti-war; Clinton not only supported and voted for the Iraq war, she has been among the most hawkish politicians in American politics in the last decade. I oppose the influence of the financial sector on our political system; Hillary was the Senator from Wall Street during her tenure and remains a favorite of the ruling class. I’m a critic of Israel and its occupation of Palestine; Clinton just wrote a love letter to Benjamin Netanyahu. I think the mass imprisonment of the past several decades has been an incredible moral crisis for this country; Clinton called the 1994 crime bill that accelerated this trend “a very well thought out crime bill that is both smart and tough.” I oppose the welfare reform bill that cast millions into deeper poverty; Clinton defended that bill for years and years after its passage, and referred to welfare recipients as “deadbeats.” I’m in favor of universal socially redistributive policies like free college tuition for all; Clinton prefers means testing, which I see as inherently regressive. Trust me: I could go on.
And, seriously, you guys: this is Primary Hillary Clinton. This is Hillary Clinton defending her left flank. Do you think that this is who she’s still going to be, when she’s fighting off Marco Rubio in Ohio? You think she’s going to go to Florida and shout “Black Lives Matter” when she’s trying to get a bunch of retiree senior citizens to help her wrap up those electoral votes? Is that what you guys think?
So, you know, my not voting for Hillary Clinton doesn’t seem so weird to me. Having to constantly insist that I don’t support her because of her clear record of believing and doing things that are totally contrary to my beliefs, that seems pretty weird.