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Land Shark

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Electability is the Root of all Ugliness

Through the concept of "electability" we project onto the electorate degrees of all the social ills we oppose: racism, sexism, homophobia, anti-young, anti-progressivism, and so on. Through the concept of electability we systematically discard everything we say we support: we discard racial minority candidates, women, gay candidates, young candidates and now have two older white men left, one of them Jewish and progressive and the conventional wisdom is that he will be discarded leaving us with the oldest white male with the least diversity politically or in terms of personal identity.

If electability were a person, it would be the most despicable person I know: racist, sexist, the whole parade of horribles.

But wait! Electability raises its ugly head in a time when we have in fact elected Muslim, African American, LGBT, women, and young candidates like AOC all of whom would be considered unelectable.... And we have also had a black President for 8 years. Why keep projecting this ugliness onto the entire electorate when IT IS ONLY A MINORITY VIEW?

Electability is the enemy, the root of most election ugliness. People should vote for what they believe in and stop killing what they believe in on grounds of "electability." How ironic is it that just when society, through elections, has achieved the momentum to make society better, we abort that mission on grounds of electability, even though diverse candidates statistically are winning at all levels at higher rates than non-progressive white males??
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