Just to clarify on some opinions. First and foremost, I will always respect the opinions and standings of others, but I expect to receive the same treatment. Secondly, I am proud to be an American, but I also accept the fact that I am blessed and have far more opportunities than others.
To start, I am an independent that leans Democrat. I refuse to vote for a candidate out of pure party loyalty. The candidate who reflects my values is the candidate who will get my vote, regardless of their party identification.
If I were to identify with anything, it would be a Social Democrat. Not a Democrat, a Socialist, a Communist or a Liberal.
Social democracy is a political, social and economic ideology that supports economic and social interventions to promote social justice within the framework of a capitalist economy, as well as a policy regime involving a commitment to representative democracy, measures for income redistribution, and regulation of the economy in the general interest and welfare state provisions.Social democracy thus aims to create the conditions for capitalism to lead to greater democratic, egalitarian and solidaristic outcomes; and is often associated with the set of socioeconomic policies that became prominent in Northern and Western Europe—particularly the Nordic model in the Nordic countries—during the latter half of the 20th century.
Further, I did not support Hillary Clinton, nor did I support Donald Trump. From the beginning I supported and volunteered for Bernie Sanders. For his campaign I represented him and his supporters as a Washington State Delegate, and through this opportunity I cannot deny how much I learned. For the Presidential Election I voted for Jill Stein, for two reasons I will highlight below:
- I am a strong advocate for protecting our planet, including acknowledging climate change and policy proposals.
- Jill Stein more closely represented Bernie Sanders’ political agenda.
I voted third party because I believe we need to eliminate the two-party system. The bipartisanship is alienating many voters and ignoring the issues that should be on the policy agenda. Third parties should be able to debate and participate in the presidential elections, therefore my vote was in direct support of this.