10/08/20: Progressive Americans Have Another Option This November – Redbrick

The following is an excerpt:

If you watched Wednesday’s debate between Biden and Trump, it may have depressed you. Watching two old men interrupt each other and act like children for ninety minutes is difficult enough, let alone when they want to be the leader of the free world. Biden told the President to ‘shut-up’, whilst Trump implied Biden was dumb and refused to condemn white supremacists (yeah, really.) It all seems rather dystopian. It may make you relieved that you do not have to choose between these two candidates.

The one saving grace for Americans is that Biden and Trump are not the only choices. In particular, there is one candidate who is more likely to appeal to the progressive left of America. This is the Green Party’s nominee Howie Hawkins. Prior to getting involved in political races, Hawkins was a trade unionist, environmental activist and even a UPS worker, setting him apart from the disgraced businessman currently residing in the White House. He has been involved with the green political movement since the 1980s and in the 1990s he was part of a group that founded the Green Party of the United States.

He wants Medicare for All, and much like Bernie Sanders, he sees health care as a human right. He also supports the Green New Deal whilst also campaigning for a $20 minimum wage. So, you can see many parallels between his platform, and that of which Sanders was running on. Hawkins has told Sanders voters – who may still be feeling down after watching their candidate have the Democratic primary snatched away from him – that they can still vote for these progressive policies that Sanders was running on.

Reluctantly voting for Biden feels like the safe choice for progressives, as he is the candidate with the most realistic chance of beating Trump. However I would suggest that you should vote for what you believe in, and not be overly political with your vote. No one should feel pressured into voting for someone they do not really want to vote for just as a means to an end.


Link: https://www.redbrick.me/who-is-howie-hawkins-progressives-americans-have-another-option-this-november/



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October 8, 2020

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