Here's a post about the bloggers at Naked Capitalism blog who wanted to take the chance on Trump... he's barely mentioned on their site these days... and these are wealthy libs who aren't taking much of a chance... as a matter of fact, they got a big fat tax cut while Laura got diddly.
"Pretty words. But here's the problem with these kinds of arguments: only certain sets of people can afford to make them.
The "smartest progressives" that Smith referred to, for instance, are, demographically, a small segment of the broad center-left coalition of forces currently supporting one or the other of the Democratic candidates. They're an even tinier portion of the American population as a whole.
But those who denounce Clinton and urge a vote for Trump are consigning others to be the first to run at the Right's machine guns. They can take this position because the future that is on the line, for the most part, isn't theirs. They aren't the ones who will suffer first or disproportionately when a Trump presidency begins."
But in politics especially for people who should be paying attention to the bigger questions of long-term strategy and are serious about making change purity of principle isn't enough. It can't be. It is necessary to mix in a little more pragmatism with our ideological fervor. Our votes and our activism cannot hinge solely on the supposedly "principled" concern of which candidate "deserves" our support.
"Do poor people deserve the cuts that will come their way under a Trump presidency? Do people of color deserve to be on the receiving end of a spike of racism and violence that will be legitimated by the rhetoric spewing from a Trump White House?
Do immigrants deserve to face the prospects of permanent family separation and deportation? Do women deserve to be "punished" when they seek out reproductive health services? Do young people deserve to see their future continuously mortgaged by an every-increasing burden of debt?