Here’s Hillary Clinton’s strategy to woo voters who are most likely to go third-party on Election Day: Bullying.
With Clinton suffering from the worst unfavorable ratings in her career, and Trump offering an unprecedented view of the Oval Office as his personal honky-tonk to strike “deals,” it is not really surprising that many American voters are increasingly inclined toward voting for third-party candidates, such as Jill Stein and Gary Johnson. Yes, it is true that the former does not have much experience in holding public office, while the latter keeps messing up with names of foreign leaders and places. However, despite their well-documented flaws, Stein and Johnson have appealed to a section of voters tired of American political system’s growing camaraderie with Wall Street and the almost inexcusable affinity towards launching drones in almost every other country on the face of the earth.
In fact, polls show that many Americans are beginning to get majorly disillusioned with the two-party system and the choice of presidents they have to offer. With the Democrats giving progressives a heady kick in the back with the nomination of Clinton and Republicans twisting conservatism into meaning everything that Trump stands for, it is hardly surprising that sane Americans are having a hard time subscribing to either of the political parties. Gallup polls over the years show support for libertarian ideology has grown from 18 percent of voters in 2000 to 27 percent in 2015, while the sheer number of votes that the insurgent progressive candidate Bernie Sanders managed to receive (13 million!) during the primary season speaks volumes about the need for an alternative and humane restructuring of the American political system.
To cut it short, come November 2016, third-party candidates are poised to receive more votes than ever, and the oligarchs are concerned that it might somehow mess with their own ambitions to reach the White House. And therefore, the oligarch-in-chief, Hillary Clinton, is looking at ways to woo these third-party voters into somehow voting for her. Not that Hillary is really concerned about the issues that drive these voters towards Stein and Johnson, but she needs to make absolutely sure that third-party voters do not end up being the reason that she loses the election to — you guessed it right — megalomaniac supreme Donald Trump.
So what does Hillary do? Knowing that a majority of these disillusioned voters are progressives, libertarians, and comprise mostly of young people, the right way of approaching them would have been to listen to their concerns and address them in a legitimate manner. The strategy should have been to convince millennials that she is not in the pockets of Wall Street, that she knows the pressures of college debt, and that she does not want America to intervene militarily in foreign lands every time the opportunity arose. Instead, as the Miami Herald put it, Hillary’s way is “to scold them, patronize them and ask just who the hell they think are to imagine they can vote their own values rather than hers.”
This approach has been made abundantly clear by the fact that Clinton has set up a super PAC task force to unleash a tidal wave of spending, millions of dollars between them, to trash Stein and Johnson, something that Justin Barasky, a strategist for Priorities USA, conceded recently to the New York Times.
“We’ll be launching a multimillion-dollar digital campaign that talks about what’s at stake and how a vote for a third-party candidate is a vote for Donald Trump, who is against everything these voters stand for.”
Hillary’s ways to approach millennials are as perfunctory. A week before the debate, Clinton delivered what was later called the “millennial” speech at Temple University in Philadelphia in hopes to lure young voters, while two days after the debate, in a move intended to shore up her standing among these very same voters, Clinton appeared alongside Senator Bernie Sanders at the University of New Hampshire in Durham. But despite deploying these methods, what Hillary Clinton perhaps failed to realize was that the message of Bernie’s campaign was to think beyond the individual and focus on the collective. Just bringing the Vermont senator to the podium will not somehow transform Clinton — the essentially warmongering, corrupt, and Wall Street darling Clinton — into everything that Sanders stood for.
“The harsh reality is that we have two principal choices,” Clinton’s new surrogate and former VP Al Gore pointed out recently, effectively saying that voters have no other option but to vote for Hillary Clinton if they want to avoid the disaster that is Donald Trump.
But as anyone who does not subscribe to the multiple truths being fabricated by Clinton and Trump on a daily basis would know, there are four candidates in the field, and those who are voting for the third-party candidates are not swinging their vote because of the fear of Trump.
At least not because of bullying.
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