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Ted Rall: Seven Reasons I Won’t Vote for Hillary Clinton

To my many friends and readers who plan to vote for Hillary Clinton: please stop bullying me.

Also please lay off other people, progressives and liberals and traditional Democrats and socialists and communists, citizens who identify with the political left, who plan to vote for Dr. Jill Stein or stay home.

I'm not going to vote for Donald Trump. I agree with the mainstream liberal consensus that he should never hold political power, much less control over nuclear launch codes. He's dangerous and scary. But that doesn't mean I have to vote for Hillary Clinton.

So I won't.

1) The main reason that I'm not going to vote for Hillary Clinton is the same exact main reason that I'm not going to vote for Donald Trump: I don't vote Republican.

Being age 53, Richard Nixon was the first president I remember. Hillary Clinton's politics (and her paranoia and insularity) remind me of Nixon's.

I can't bring myself to think of a Democrat as someone who solicits millions of dollars from Wall Street or votes with crazy Republicans (like George W. Bush, whose stupid wars she aggressively supported) to invade foreign countries just for fun. She plays a Democrat on TV, but we know the truth: she's a Republican.

2) I'm anti-political dynasty. There should be a constitutional amendment banning anyone related by blood or marriage to a former president from running for the presidency.

3) There's a big difference between an impressive resume and a list of accomplishments. Clinton has the former, not the latter.

I hold her resume against her: she has held tremendous power, yet has never reached out to grab the brass ring. As senator, her record was undistinguished. As Secretary of State, she barely lifted a finger on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, contributed to the expansion of the Syrian civil war, and is more responsible than almost anyone else for destroying Libya.

What she did well she did small; when she went big she performed badly.

4) #MuslimLivesMatter. More than a million people died in Iraq. She voted for that. So she isn't, as the current Clinton campaign meme goes, merely a "flawed" candidate.

Voting for the violent deaths of over a million people, and the maiming of God knows how many more — when there was no reason whatsoever to think Iraq had WMDs — is not an "oops, my bad" screw-up. Those were real people, real human beings, and they're dead because of her.

You don't get to soak your hands in that much blood and just walk away, much less into the White House.

5) She still hasn't made an affirmative case for herself. By clinging to President Barack Obama, she's running as his third term.

The standard way to pull this off is to present yourself as new and improved: the old product was great, the new one will be even better. Her campaign boils down to "I'm not Donald Trump." No matter how bad he is, and he is awful, that's not enough.

Watching her in the first presidential debate, at the beginning when Trump was besting her over trade, I kept asking myself: why doesn't she admit that the recovery is good but has left too many Americans behind? Why hasn't she proposed a welfare and retraining program for people who lose their jobs to globalization?

A week later, the only answer I can come up with is that she has no imagination, no vision thing.

6) She has made no significant concessions to the political left. Frankly, this makes me wonder about her intelligence.

Current polling shows the biggest threat to Clinton's candidacy is losing millennial, working-class and Bernie Sanders supporters to the Green Party's Jill Stein and Libertarian Gary Johnson. She would not have this problem if she'd picked Sanders as her vice-presidential running mate.

Even now, she could bag the millennial vote by promising the Vermont senator a cabinet post. Why doesn't she? For the same reason that she won't embrace the $15-an-hour minimum wage (she gets $225,000 for an hour-long speech but wants you to settle for $12).

She's a creature of the corporations and therefore the political right. She's not one of us. She doesn't care about us.

7) My vote is worth no less than the vote of someone who supports a major party nominee. So what if the polls say Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump will be elected president? Why, based on those polls, should I strategically vote for someone whose politics and personality I deplore?

By that logic, why shouldn't they change their votes to conform to mine? I have my vote, you have your vote.

I don't have a problem with you if you plan to vote for Clinton. This year is the best argument ever for lesser evilism. But the fact that we are selecting between two equally unpopular major-party presidential standard-bearers indicates the two-party system is in crisis, if not broken.

We need and deserve more and better options. The only way to get them is to start building viable third parties — voting for them, contributing money to them. What better time to start than now?

Anyway, there's absolutely no way that my refusal to vote for Clinton will put Donald Trump into the White House.

How do I know? Arithmetic. The closest state margin in an American presidential election was four, in Maryland in 1832. Like you, I only get one vote. Whatever I do can't and won't change the result.

Ted Rall is the author of Bernie, a biography written with the cooperation of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. His next book, the graphic biography Trump, comes out July 19 and is now available for pre-order. Click here to contact him, and follow him on Twitter: @TedRall. Click here for previous columns. The opinions expressed are his own.

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