That's a nice, thoughtful paragraph, and you've done an excellent job of reframing the discussion into your preferred avenues... For the purposes of commenting here, would you be willing to directly answer the initial list of questions? I hope the irony won't be lost on you that your responses have been taken from the playbook of Karl Rove, in that you've avoiding answering the questions put to you and instead fired back a long paragraph that changed the subject to something more to your liking.I'm not, as you put it in your earlier charges, "fine" with ANY of the many atrocities you have pornographically elaborated to spark my inferior conscience with shame at its criminal complicities for encouraging my voting for a President every four years. I know I have put off my confession for far too long, but you will be shocked, shocked! to hear that I disapprove of war crimes and child rape, even though I expect to be voting next year for Hillary Clinton.
Once again, voting is not an endorsement of all the crimes and catastrophes abetted or combated over the course of the political life of a candidate one votes for because they were the better candidate actually on offer.
Once again, there are many ways beyond but including voting to educate, agitate, organize politically to resist injustice, to bring crimes to justice, and to prevent injustice from happening.
Once again, voting for more, and better, Democratic candidates is one small part of the way one engages in such a struggle, not because no Democrats abet injustice but because they are better than Republicans in this particular debased and deranged moment in the life of the GOP.
Once again, not voting for anybody because you don't want to sully your beautiful mind with real world compromises doesn't actually accomplish anything at all in the service of the outcomes you claim to care about, although it could ensure that people who are worse than the available alternatives do greater damage in your name.
As I have said before, I will say once again, that I do hope you do other kinds of real organizational work to support actual struggles toward better political outcomes as a penance for your failure to help by voting.
But, once again, voting is usually insufficient to achieve justice, but it remains an indispensable part of that struggle nonetheless.
I actually have answered all your questions. Your insinuation that I must celebrate the US military-industrial complex and our Empire of Bases and our undeclared wars and extrajudicial killings and so on is frankly stupid. I actually have already explicitly condemned some of the atrocities on your laundry list over the course of our longer exchange but my repeated emphasis that I am anti-militarist should have given you a clue where I stand -- and, again, delving into my archive would provide you a rich record of years and years of my criticisms of our wars and war-crimes.
You seem to think that the President will cease to exist simply if you pretend they don't by not voting for anybody. Your refusal to assume your responsibility as a citizen in one of the richest, most capacious, most influential, most violent, most wasteful, most irresponsible nations in world history to vote for the best candidate on offer to occupy existing positions that will proceed to act in your name contributes nothing at all to the address or redress of the evil things that some of them will do from that position.
You will please spare me the continuing idiotic and insulting suggestions that voting for Hillary Clinton over whatever killer clown will oppose her for the White House indicates my endorsement of child rape or reveals that I would have lacked the character to notice the Nazis were bad. I'm sorry if walking and chewing gum at the same time hurts your head, and that you cannot distinguish the pragmatic politics of a green anti-racist anti-militarist democratic socialist feminist queer from the lies and frauds of Karl Rove. That is certainly your deficiency, not mine.
Although you have not learned anything by our conversation, I am glad you are at any rate edified by the beauty of my apologiae for tyranny.