The last appeal to my fellow Bernie supporters who are thinking of voting third party.

Okay, this is my last appeal to my fellow Bernie supporters who are thinking of voting third party. I get that you feel like the primary was rigged, that the DNC was stacked against him and that Bernie would have been a far better candidate. And in many ways, I agree.

But here’s the thing. This election isn’t just about the Presidency. On Tuesday, we have the chance to make Bernie Sanders the Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee. If people turn out in droves to elect Democrats, then Bernie will be in charge of creating the nation’s budget.

We are not going back to a bigoted society. We’re not going to allow Donald Trump or anyone else to divide us up.

More importantly, Hillary Clinton won’t be writing the laws for our nation, she will be signing them. Do you really think four years of a Republican Congress and President Donald Trump are going to bring us closer to Bernie’s progressive goals? Quite the contrary. Trump and the GOP will dismantle EVERYTHING they can get their grubby little hands on, and that’s not even considering the damage President Trump would do on the global stage.

Listen, I get that it’s appealing to make a protest vote. You want to send a message that you’re tired of voting for the lesser of two evils. But doing so will not change the system. I cast a protest vote in 2004 against Bush and Kerry for the same reasons, but NOTHING happened as a result. Bush got elected and his second term was an unmitigated disaster.

If we lived in a parliamentary system where the loser’s total went toward representatives in Congress, that would be one thing. But a protest vote in America is you literally throwing your hands in the air and saying, “I don’t care if it’s Trump or Hillary.” And if you’re a Bernie supporter, then you know that there is a clear and substantial difference between what Trump stands for and what Hillary stands for. And yes, Hillary will bring her self-serving drama with her to the White House, and no, she’s not going to be the same Voice of the People that Bernie is. But our nation’s progress is not determined by any single President. It’s determined by the momentum of our people. And if Donald Trump is elected he will bring to a screeching halt all the momentum created by President Obama.

So please, please, please, Bernie supporters, consider voting for Hillary and sending her to Washington with a strong Senate majority, ESPECIALLY if you are in one of the battleground states like North Carolina, Florida, Nevada or New Hampshire.

By 2024, the demographics will be such that a NEW Bernie Sanders will take the stage and will WIN. Until then, if you want to make a real difference in politics, start local and find the Bernie Sanders in your community who can make a difference. Or, better yet, become the Bernie Sanders in your community. But please don’t leave this election up to chance by voting third party. America is counting on every vote and I hope you cast yours wisely.

STRONGER TOGETHER

Thank you.
Shannon Russell

Originally posted as a comment on Bernie Sanders FB Page — Nov. 4th, 2016

We are not going back to a bigoted society. We’re not going to allow Donald Trump or anyone else to divide us up

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