Harm Reduction Voting
By Lee Hemen
November 5, 2018
I recently read a short rant about voting not because you believe in a candidate but voting because you believe in “harm reduction”. At first I was a bit offended but then I realized that is exactly what I did when I held my nose and voted against Hillary Clinton. She was the perfect example of an out of touch Democrat who would say or do anything in order to get elected. In many ways worse than Barrack Obama who was the quintessential elitist. However much to my surprise the person I voted for turned out to be a pretty good choice in spite of his self. Why, because we are now enjoying one of the best economies in the history of the United States.
The liberal view of floating everyone’s boat has worked under the present administration. Every economic, racial, age group and sexual orientation has enjoyed the economic boom: Lowest unemployment for women, men, Blacks, Hispanics, and College Students. Even socialists have enjoyed the outcome of what has occurred. Labor and industry has grown leaps and bounds. More people have enrolled in governmental healthcare in the first two years of this administration, higher Social Security benefits, ability to give more to your own retirement income, and more women and minorities are working in higher positions in this administration than the past one.
If one thinks that this is a capitalist, corrupt, racist, patriarchal nation, ruled by an oligarchy then that is fine by me. But the corruption that these folks have longed to see uncovered has been only found in their ranks. In the process of trying to nail the current President we have discovered that it was the Clintons who colluded with the Russians, it was the Democrats who worked to tank Bernie Sanders, and the hopes that they pinned on 30 year old sexual misconduct to thwart a Supreme Court nominee turns out to be one huge lie that has been investigated and might result in Federal charges against those who lied. If you think we’re ruled by an oligarchy look no further than Nancy Pelosi, Maxine Waters, Harry Reid, or Patty Murray; fossils who suffer from Alzheimer’s, dementia, and narrow-mindedness.
The political plantation where liberals have enslaved millions of voters is finely being seen for what it truly is. The angry mob mentality has not won the hearts and minds of most of Americans. Sure it may result in throwing out the bums in power this time, but it will not work in the long run. What happens when you win and things go south because of your inability to produce anything of substance for those you have lied to and enslaved for decades?
If one truly thinks things are so bad in this country there is always a great solution: move. Frankly I see a better America than most Socialists do; and my Daddy told me that if you keep looking to and fretting about the past that is where you will remain. Thankfully most of those I know who moved here from other countries do so because they believe wholeheartedly in the American dream that you can be whatever you want to be if you work hard enough. I would rather rely on these than the tired old failures of Socialism that has not worked wherever it has been fully tired.
This brings me back to voting for “harm reduction”, which I often do in order to make sure that the status quo doesn’t remain so for long. I always remind myself that there is always next time because those who often win now that I disagree with show their true colors, blow it big time, and are rejected later by most Americans. Harm reduction. I will remember.