POLITICS (National): 2016 presidential election, progressive voters? lesser of two evils?: Commentary (Op-Ed: Henry Weinstein)< "In the Nixon-Humphrey election, I refused to vote for the 'lesser of two evils.' That was a mistake" ....
* Los Angeles Times (Op-Ed: Henry Weinstein): "In the Nixon-Humphrey election, I refused to vote for the 'lesser of two evils.' That was a mistake" - From the LAT:
When I stepped into the polling booth on Nov. 5, 1968, to cast my first vote for president, I was an angry Berkeley law student active in a variety of causes, including the civil rights movement, the antiwar movement and endeavors to enable California farmworkers to unionize.
I did not like either of the major candidates. Richard Nixon and his running mate, Spiro Agnew, promised to bring an unholy version of “law and order” to our country, just as Republican candidate Donald Trump is hawking now. I also had no enthusiasm for Democratic candidate Hubert H. Humphrey. Until he became vice president under Lyndon Johnson, I admired Humphrey, the Minnesota senator who had championed civil rights. But Triple H morphed into Johnson's surrogate, supporting an unwise, immoral war in Vietnam.
So, what to do on Nov. 5? Be practical, settle for half a loaf with Humphrey? Or “take a stand on principle,” not succumb to voting for “the lesser of two evils” and declare, in effect, “it really doesn't make a difference?”
My emotions prevailed. I wrote in . . . . . . . .
Those of us who helped Nixon win by failing to support the better candidate naively acted as if voting in a presidential election was a simple matter of morality that overshadowed practical consequences. I made a bad decision in 1968 because I failed to acknowledge: . .. . . . . .
Staunch supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders, whose views are much closer to mine than Hillary Clinton's, seem to feel like I did years ago: “The system is rotten; I will vote for a third party candidate or sit it out.” But history shows progressives that it is folly to vote for a sure loser such as Gary Johnson or Jill Stein.
It’s tragic that people who even remotely consider themselves progressives would do anything that could help Trump win. Voting for Stein or Johnson will.