The GOP is out of control. They are openly rejecting democracy, while hosting a fascist, racist dictator at CPAC. They are promoting elected officials who are promising to not certify elections if Democrats win. They want authoritarianism. They want 10-year-olds who are raped to be forced to carry the rapist’s baby. They are openly talking about getting rid of interracial marriage and contraception. They literally tried to justify children getting killed in schools. They voted against wounded veterans for no other reason than to “own the libs.” They cannot be allowed to return to power.
Andrew Yang, in a complete vanity project, is making it easier for them to take power. He is teaming up with has-been Republicans and taking money from mega-GOP donors to try to siphon votes away from Democrats. The reality is, America has and will always have a two-party system if we continue to have the “first past the post” system. There are plenty of things to do to fix this, including ranked-choice voting, alternative voting, and mixed-member proportional representation voting to name a few. But until then, we are stuck with two. The most successful modern third-party was Ross Perot’s bid, because he pulled support from both parties in 1992 to get 19% of the vote—but didn’t get a single electoral vote. Yang’s vanity project won’t come close to that.
What it might do is siphon idealistic Democrats to possibly swing some races to the Republicans, which is again, why Republican editorials are supporting his effort and why all his big donors are conservative. Some of you may not remember Ralph Nader. He was the spoiler in the 2000 race. What I remember about him was the fact that his team gave up early on trying to get signatures, money and support from left-leaning places and instead went straight to GOP rallies, who were happy to help. With George W. Bush, besides the Iraq War, the Patriot Act, and the attack on the working class, we got Samuel Alito—the author of the Dobbs decision to strip away women’s rights.
None of that comes close to the monsters the GOP is supporting now at all levels of government. If you support Yang, you are hurting the Democrats at the most perilous time in our nation’s history. After 2020, we saw how far the GOP will go now. I’ve never before had to worry about losing democracy if we lose the next election.
I noticed a lot of my friends were following Andrew Yang on Twitter, most likely a hold over from when he ran for office two years ago. I pointed that out and they stopped. Now I’m asking you, please stop. Turn him off and tune him out. Thank you.