“Politics is not the art of the possible.  It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable.” (John Kenneth Galbraith, Ambassador’s Journal, 1969)

“Opposition may become sweet to a man when he has christened it persecution.” (George Eliot, Janet’s Repentance)

As early voting for the U.S.A. president begins, I try not to panic about who our next president will be.  I still hear people say that they will not vote at all because they do not like the Republican or Democratic candidate. Not to be dismissed is the fact that the U.S.A. is no stranger to misogyny (dislike, hatred or mistrust of women).

   Some people say they support the platforms of third party candidates but will not vote for them because these candidates do not stand a chance of winning.  Some people say they will not vote for a third party candidate because their vote might take away votes from one of the two major presidential candidates.  Why then would these people at least vote for the lesser-of-the-two-evil major political candidates?  Sigh.  I am confused and almost dumbfounded.  “Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all – the apathy of human beings.”  (Helen Keller, My Religion)

   The Daily Northwestern newspaper (Sept. 20, 2016) has an article by Weinberg sophomore Jose Trejos titled “Don’t take third-party candidates seriously in November.”  The article is worth reading.  Last week, WBEZ/NPR radio aired a discussion titled “Challenging America’s Two Party System,” and as you probably know, the Chicago Tribune endorsed third party Libertarian Candidate Gary Johnson.  There are those people who say they will vote for a third party candidate.  In an ad supporting Candidate Hilary Clinton, President Obama suggests that voting for a third party candidate will help Trump.  That may be. 

   I cannot tell you for whom to vote, but I know for whom I will not vote in order to feel that I will not lose my rights as an American citizen.  My vote will not be based on allegiance to a particular party, but will be based on the fact that I never vote for a candidate in any election who feels it is okay to make insulting, discriminatory or threatening statements against people based on their religion, ethnicity, nationality, disability or gender.  Unfortunately, there are many voters/citizens that will support prejudicial statements. 

“A fool always finds a bigger fool to admire him.”  (Nicholas Boileau, L’Art Poetique)  

“Everyone believes very easily whatever he fears or desires.”  (Jean De La Fontaine, Fables) 

“A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.” (William James)

“Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Strength to Love)

   I again remind voters that the right to vote is a right for which many people suffered or died.  Please vote as an informed voter.  Take into consideration what our country’s future may be under the leadership of each presidential candidate. 

“Those who are serious in ridiculous matters will be ridiculous in serious matters.”  (Cato The Elder in Plutarch’s Moralia: Sayings of Kings and Commanders) 

Vote for the candidate who is invested in upholding the Constitution of the United States of America and endorsing The Declaration of Independence which states: “…We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness…”  Do not forget: The rest of the world is watching.

Peggy Tarr

Peggy Tarr has been a columnist for the Evanston RoundTable since its founding in 1998. Born in Bruce Springsteen's hometown of Freehold, New Jersey, she graduated from Rutgers University with a degree...