Tuesday, 21 January 2020

In a break from tradition, I am endorsing all 12 Democratic candidates

quote [ One of two things is wrong with America: Either the entire system is broken or is on the verge of breaking, and we need someone to bring about radical, structural change, or — we don’t need that at all! Which is it? Who can say? Certainly not me, and that is why I am telling you now which candidate to vote for. ]

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Iowa Democratic debate | Flourish

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In 2020, American voters must choose among several visions of the future. There is a serious debate going on in the Democratic Party about what is wrong with the country and what needs to be done to fix it.

And I, for one, am not going to take a stance on that debate.

Should we be realists? Should we be radicals? Should we be neither radical nor realistic? Yes, yes and yes!

Put it this way: America is being attacked by a bear, and depending on what type of a bear it is, we either must play dead immediately or should NOT play dead at any cost — in fact, playing dead is the worst thing we could do. So I would advise America: Either play dead, or don’t! This building is either on fire or not, and consequently, I advise people either to rush out of the building with their children and valuables, or take a nap! Good luck!

One of these 12 possible cups contains the antidote to the poison that has been coursing through America’s system. I would advise America: Definitely drink from one of these cups!

One of two things is wrong with America: Either the entire system is broken or is on the verge of breaking, and we need someone to bring about radical, structural change, or — we don’t need that at all! Which is it? Who can say? Certainly not me, and that is why I am telling you now which candidate to vote for.

We stand at an immense crossroads, a decision that will have enormous consequences. Some paths lead to destruction, and others to potential destruction, and others might lead to renewal. And my advice to you is: You had certainly better choose a path.

If there were ever a time to be open to ideas, it is now. But if there were ever a time to seal off our minds from ideas, lest they contaminate and confuse us, it is also now. If there were ever a time to have principles and state them, now is surely that time. But, then again, if there were ever a time to cast principles aside and choose a candidate for sheer pragmatism, now is also that time.

If there were ever a time to vote for a candidate who was polling well, now might be that time, more than ever. But if there were ever a time to question the entire concept of polls as an institution, might it not also be now, also more than ever?

If there were ever a time to have a single opinion about something, and try to convince people by arguing for that opinion, it might be now. But then again, if there were a time to pick literally every possible opinion and try to have it at once, it might also be now.

Maybe I should have come to a little bit more of a decision before writing this! No, I think this is good. I’m going to continue.

If there were a time to advise people what candidate to select, it might be now, in this, my official endorsement. But if there were a time to not advise people what candidate to select, it might equally be now, in this, my official endorsement.

On the one hand, every individual candidate has some flaw. On the other hand, in the aggregate, the candidates are pretty exciting. On a third hand, why limit yourself to two hands?

Yes, in an ideal world, I would only endorse a single candidate. But this election has made it all too clear that we do not live in an ideal world. Therefore, I am endorsing one candidate for each reality: one for what I have dubbed an ideal reality (Warren), one for a “pragmatic” reality (Klobuchar) and 10 others for slightly different versions of reality, in one of which America and Canada are a single entity, and in another one of which, everyone has crab claws for hands! (Pete Buttigieg, John Delaney.) Also, I am endorsing Donald Trump, in the reality where he is a completely different man whom everyone would describe as “very not-racist.”

I am glad I do not have to go to the voting booth and choose a single candidate. I will be voting 12 times, and I urge everyone else to do so, too. I hope this endorsement has been useful.
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[by steele@2:36amGMT]

Comments

steele said @ 4:12am GMT on 21st Jan
ComposerNate said @ 11:34am GMT on 21st Jan
So Sanders would need not only overcome Fox/Russia but also ABC/CBS/NBC?
steele said[1] @ 2:58pm GMT on 21st Jan [Score:1 Underrated]
Since day one. And don't forget the billionaires, the democratic establishment, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, the polling companies, NYT, WaPo, other media corps, the police and private prison industries, the healthcare industry, the fossil fuel industries, the military industrial complex, the pundits, and of course the "progressives" who think that a politician being gay or a woman is equivalent to a social and economic justice based platform.
ComposerNate said @ 10:11pm GMT on 21st Jan
Joe Rogan says he’s voting for Bernie Sanders
steele said @ 1:14am GMT on 22nd Jan
lol, yeah I saw. Shame I'm not on facebook anymore, number of people I would've liked to have seen the reactions to the news.

Meanwhile...
#ILikeBernie Trends After Hillary Clinton Says 'Nobody Likes' Bernie Sanders
Can't wait to see how much money this raises.
steele said @ 2:10pm GMT on 22nd Jan
ComposerNate said @ 2:58pm GMT on 22nd Jan
If only Sanders could clear 10pts over Biden, he might actually be considered viable
steele said @ 6:12pm GMT on 22nd Jan
lmao. Don't worry, I'm sure after Sanders over performs the polling in Iowa the media will be unable to ignore the numbers and... lol, kidding they'll fudge the numbers just like they've been doing.

The only demographic keeping Biden towards the top right now is the 40+ vote, so we'll see what happens now that the gloves are coming off in regards to Biden's yearning for Social Security and Medicare cuts.

steele said @ 7:54pm GMT on 22nd Jan
Seeing as how Sanders is currently polling in the lead in California, they must've gotten quite the backlash for them to actually do this. Still some bullshit tho.
ComposerNate said @ 9:04pm GMT on 22nd Jan
The realization that a news org should not be hosting crap online polls was snarky, but refreshingly self-aware
steele said @ 10:25pm GMT on 22nd Jan
I'd be surprised if they weren't aware of that beforehand.💁‍♂️😜
backSLIDER said @ 1:11am GMT on 22nd Jan
I'll hold my nose and vote for any of them except Bloomberg. I'm voting for Bernie or Pete depending on Iowa.
steele said @ 1:15am GMT on 22nd Jan
quote [ One of two things is wrong with America: Either the entire system is broken or is on the verge of breaking, and we need someone to bring about radical, structural change, or — we don’t need that at all! Which is it? Who can say? Certainly not me, and that is why I am telling you now which candidate to vote for. ]
zarathustra said @ 6:56am GMT on 22nd Jan
In any other election, Bloomberg is the only one that could keep me from voting a straight ticket. In this one, even if he is a racist piece of shit who doesn't give a crap about the Constitution he is at least not an idiot with the same qualities.
backSLIDER said @ 5:45pm GMT on 22nd Jan
If it came down to Bloomberg or Trump i would vote third party.

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