It is that time of year where idealistic voters and pragmatic voters fight about who's destroying the country

Gonna do a thread about it
The idealistic voter sees their vote as an expression of their convictions. A chance to give the system feedback

An idealistic voter may vote for a third party candidate who closely aligns with their views, or not vote at all as a way to express their disapproval
A pragmatic voters sees their vote as a weapon to be used for larger ends. They may vote for a candidate they despise because they think the other one is worse, or because they think that candidate will move America closer to wherever they think it ought to go
Viewed through a pragmatic lens, idealistic voting is bad because it doesn't get results

But the ideological voter either believes their method will change things long-term, or isn't concerned about results so much as not actively facilitating a revolting candidate/system
Viewed through an ideological lens, pragmatic voting is bad because it empowers genuinely bad people and denotes hypocrisy: "You say you're a leftist and yet you've voted for this de facto Republican"

But the pragmatic voter doesn't vote for a candidate. They vote for results
I'm a pragmatic voter because, like many leftists, I think we don't fix this shit by voting alone

Voting is one tool in a much larger toolbox

I use my vote to create as much space as possible for those other tools. It's not some expression of who I am as a person
In a few days I'm gonna get real drunk and vote for people I don't care for because I'm a single-issue voter this year and the issue is: which options minimize the likelihood that my friends and I will die in a camp or get extrajudicially murdered?
If that's not you--if you're an ideological voter--that's your prerogative and you have every right to do whatever you want with YOUR vote. It isn't a vote for Trump or Wheeler or whatever. I get it

There are no good options

We'll all just do our best

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Heading down now
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He tells me they found molotov cocktails and needles, and says he'll send proof

I'll keep you posted on that
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The incidents that don't make it onto police press releases

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