25 Reasons I Won't Vote for Hillary Because I Don't Vote for Republicans
By Russ Belville / huffingtonpost.com

I've voted Democrat all my life because I hold progressive positions on civil rights, health care, foreign policy, criminal justice and the environment. That gives me plenty of reasons to not vote Republican.

1) I don't vote Republican because I don't want to see more US soldiers dying in the Middle East for regime change.

2) I don't vote Republican because they'll put the same megabanks in charge of Treasury that destroyed our economy the last time they were in charge of Treasury.

3) I don't vote Republican because I've always supported gay people's civil liberties and the Republicans who've barely come around to supporting gay marriage this decade are doing so only because the polling now supports it.

4) I don't vote Republican because they keep telling me they "need more research" to believe cannabis is a medicine.

5) I don't vote Republican because they institute terrible "free trade" deals that destroy jobs and wages.

6) I don't vote Republican because they support the increase of fracking worldwide, an environmentally disastrous policy.

7) I don't vote Republican because they don't believe America can be like every other modern democracy and provide universal health care coverage.

8) I don't vote Republican because they enjoy and exploit the campaign finance shenanigans made legal by Citizens United.

9) I don't vote Republican because they think a $15 minimum wage is too high and at best it ought to only be $12.

10) I don't vote Republican because they endorse and approve of NSA's warrantless spying on American citizens.

11) I don't vote Republican because they created and supported the USA PATRIOT ACT that is used far more against drug "crimes" than terrorism.

12) I don't vote Republican because they believe that "the era of big government is over" and work to destroy welfare.

13) I don't vote Republican because they believe in being "tough on crime" to the point of supporting mass incarceration of mostly black and brown people.

14) I don't vote Republican because they use racist dog whistles like calling black kids "superpredators... that [we have to] bring to heel."

15) I don't vote Republican because they opposed closing Gitmo.

16) I don't vote Republican because they want to cut Social Security, or at the very least, refuse to consider lifting the income cap on contributions to make rich people pay their fair share.

17) I don't vote Republican because people with net worth that requires two or three commas to print don't understand what people like me go through living paycheck to paycheck.

18) I don't vote Republican because I can't stand privatized prisons and they take lots of campaign donations from them.

19) I don't vote Republican because if we're not going to have socialism for the poor, why should I support those who voted to bail out the big banks and refuse to break them up?

20) I don't vote Republican because they supported the bankruptcy bill that made it harder for poor working people to discharge debt, while their hyper-rich friends make use of bankruptcy restructuring all the time.

21) I don't vote Republican because they oppose reinstating the Glass-Steagall Act that would separate investment and commercial banking.

22) I don't vote Republican because they support the death penalty.

23) I don't vote Republican because they vote for stupid things like a border fence with Mexico.

24) I don't vote Republican because they get most of their campaign donations from the big banks, instead of typical Democratic sources like unions.

25) I don't vote Republican because they would lock up Edward Snowden and throw away the key.

Those are 25 pretty good reasons why we Democrats don't vote for Republicans, don't you think?

So why would we vote for Hillary Clinton, the Rockefeller Republican who exemplifies every one of those 25 statements?

If Donald Trump wins the presidency over Hillary Clinton, it's not the fault of people like me who won't vote for Republicans. It's the fault of the Democratic Party for nominating a Republican. For me, the horror of a four-year Trump term is less frightening than cementing in the Far Right / Center Right corporate duopoly in American politics created since Hillary's husband sold out Democratic principles on welfare, crime, race, labor, trade, drugs, and media.

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25 Reasons I Won't Vote for Hillary Because I Don't Vote for Republicans