No, voting for Hillary Clinton is not the same as voting for Donald Trump

Posted by ON in Dear Diary

(Spoiler warning: this is oriented toward lefty folks who somehow think voting for Hillary Clinton is the same as voting for Donald Drumpf.)

Here’s the thing:

My personal politics lean in the direction of democratic socialism, (and tip a bit into some parts of social anarchism.) I have a long history that led me to where I am politically, just as you no-doubt have a history that led you to yours.

In recent years I came to the shocking realization that my politics are all fine and good in my head, but are worthless applied to the real world unless I make an effort to educate myself on the intersectional experiences of people who are … not me.

I can scream all day about my pet issues, but if I’m not listening to people with different life experiences from mine, if I don’t consider how my “ideal” solutions effect people who didn’t win the white-guy lottery, well, then I’m not promoting democratic socialism, social anarchism, or hippie let’s-all-just-love-each-other-ism.

If I do that then all I’m proposing is Works-for-Middle-Class-White-Guy politics.

So, yes, I supported Bernie Sanders with both time and money. I like his message and I liked how he held himself in the primaries.

But, to make sure I knew what I was talking about, I looked up his voting record and his speeches. He and I don’t agree on everything, and I don’t like every choice he’s made, but generally he seems great.

That said, when Senator Sanders lost the primary to former Secretary of State Clinton, to make sure I wasn’t talking out of my ass, I did the same research on her voting record and speeches.

She and I don’t agree on everything, and I don’t like every choice she’s made, but guess what?

She’s a liberal-leaning moderate, one who has put incredible work into causes and social changes I very much agree with.

For a succinct history of her voting record, I’d suggest this short read:

It’s fine if you’re put off by the scandals, but maybe you should make sure you’re informed on what actually happened.

A short synopsis:

If you’re concerned that Clinton is “in the pocket” of corporate interests, I’d suggest you look how she stacks up against other politicians you like:

If your reaction to Hillary Clinton is based on yelling you’ve heard on the internet, maybe you should do a little more research.

While you’re at it, maybe look at your reactions to Hillary Clinton, maybe ask yourself, “Would I be this worked up if this was a man?”

So, whatever, decide what you’re going to decide and do what you’re going to do. But I truly hope you’re thinking about how your choices will effect people of various social identities, as race, gender, sexuality, and class. If you’re in a political snit because you didn’t get the exact person you wanted this one time, maybe it’s time to start thinking more long term, and for the benefit of a more diverse group of people.

As a democratic socialist/social anarchist, I have plenty of concerns about america’s voting system, capitalism, corporate personhood, on and on and on.

But as much as I’d love to always get my way every election, I’m not compromising when I vote for Hillary Clinton. I’m not holding my nose when I vote for a liberal-moderate with a ton of experience, good ideas, and a decent voting record. I’m voting for the best available person for the job … and then I’m getting back to work, trying to influence positive social change (and hopefully continuing to educate myself on intersectional solutions.)

If you’re a lefty-oriented person who somehow thinks voting for Hillary Clinton is the same as voting for Donald Drumpf, please consider the effort it will take to mobilize and influence a liberal-moderate who you probably disagree with on some issues.

Versus what it would take to influence this guy:

Conversations I have with my cat – Part 8

ME: *holding a pile of clothes* Let’s stay out of the bedroom, K is sleeping.

CAT: Bedroom? What’s in the bedroom???

ME: *trying to latch the door* No, hon. We’re staying out of the bedroom.

CAT: What’s in there? Is it a mouse?? Is it toys???

ME: No, stop. *standing on one foot, holding off cat with other foot* Dammit, I wish this door actually latched.


My 2015 Orycon schedule

Hey y’all, come see me be a goofus on panels or hear me read from my work.

Check me out at Orycon!

At the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront (1401 SW Naito Parkway Portland, Oregon 97201)


Fri Nov 20

2:00 pmDouglas Fir roomEndings
You’ve just blown your reader’s mind with your story’s climax. Make sure they’ll come back for more–give them a good denouement!

David D. Levine, Erica L. Satifka, Anna Sheehan, Ann Gimpel, Grá Linnaea


5:00 pmMeadowlark roomWotF Reading
Writers of the Future winners read their work.

Lori Ann White, Stoney Compton, Peter Wacks, Sharon Joss, Grá Linnaea


Sat Nov 21

3:00 pmSalon GEthics, Morals, and Amorals
Irene Radford, (*)Grá Linnaea, Esther Jones, Tanya Huff, Cat Rambo


5:00 pmSunstone roomPiracy: Fight It or Embrace It?
Piracy is everywhere, and creators hate it. Except when they don’t. HBO, for instance, says pirating of “Game of Thrones” is the best free advertising ever. Should creators learn to embrace the Jolly Roger, or fight it?

Erik Wecks, Shawna Reppert, (*)Joyce Reynolds-Ward, Sharon Joss, Grá Linnaea


7:30 pm – Hawthorne room – Grá Linnaea Reading
Grá Linnaea reads from his Edwardian magical thriller, “Text Empire.”


Sun Nov 22

12:00 pmDouglas Fir roomStructurally Speaking
Stories have rhythm. Is there One True Pattern, or can we mess with it? Are we really bound to the Hero’s Journey, or are there other models?

Doug Odell, Leslie What, Grá Linnaea, Erica L. Satifka, Anna Sheehan

My Sasquan Worldcon 2015 Schedule

Hey y’all,

I’ll be panelling and reading at this year’s Worldcon. Here’s my schedule!

Steampunk: Aesthetics vs. Content

Thursday 15:00 – 15:45, 302AB (CC)

Steampunk is known for being pretty, but what about real content? Is it that dramatically different from other genres? Or are most steampunk stories like one genre with a veneer of steampunk?

Writing Diverse Characters

Thursday 16:00 – 16:45, Spokane Falls Suite A/B (Doubletree)

There was a time when most science fiction writers were geeky white guys with military experience, so most of their characters tended to be geeky, white guys with military experience…including often the aliens. What are some of the tricks to creating diverse charcters? What are some better examples of fiction with diverse, well-written characters?

Reading – Grá Linnaea

Friday 14:30 – 15:00, 301 (CC)

Come hear me read, yo!

What Prose Writers Can Learn From Comics

Friday 15:00 – 15:45, Spokane Falls Suite A/B (Doubletree)

Prose and comic writing are different. How a prose writer can apply some of the techniques from comics to help them become a better writer.