Vote your heart in the primaries, folks

Early voting is opening here in Illinois, and in many other states — this is a reminder to vote your heart in the primaries, folks. Strategic voting in the general is a question for another day.

I’ll be voting for Warren; I have the most confidence that she’ll be able to accomplish the things she’s setting out to do.

I’m actually somewhat more in sympathy with Sanders in terms of overall policy, and think he has done SO MUCH to move the Overton window leftwards in America; I will be forever grateful to him and his campaigns for that (and to the Occupy movement as well).

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all [people] are created equal, that they are endowed…with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

There is no reason, in the world as it is now, that Americans shouldn’t have a baseline decent level of healthcare, education, food, and housing — all of which are essential to really being able to pursue life, liberty, and happiness. We can afford it, we really can. Taxing the billionaires would be a very good start.

In the end, I care a lot about effective action, and at this point, I have more trust that Liz will be able to actually enact some of the reforms they’re both pushing for. I love a girl with a plan, and the research to back it up. Data-based governance, please.

I’ll be thrilled if she gets the nomination; I’ll also be very happy if Sanders does. I am way less enthusiastic about the other nominees, and Bloomberg is a trash fire.

Go vote.


[photo courtesy Boston Globe]

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