Reprinted from Counterpunch
Hillary Clinton's coronation at the Democratic national convention is likely but not a foregone conclusion. Since the superdelegates won't vote until July, and neither she nor Bernie Sanders will arrive in Philadelphia with the requisite number of pledged delegates to clinch the nomination, there is still the possibility that the party bosses will see sense, internalize the polls that show she's weaker than him against Trump, and push the superdelegates to support the populist senator from Vermont.
But sense is in short supply in American politics, especially this year. So I'm preparing for the worst: Hillary versus Trump.
It's one hell of a choice. The more I delve into Donald Trump and his past (to research my biography, which comes out in June), the more scared I get. Nevertheless, there is no way I'll vote for Hillary. I won't vote for her if she stops shaking down rich right-wing Republicans for donations. I won't vote for her if she adopts Bernie's platform. I won't vote for her if she names Bernie her vice president. I won't even vote for her if Bernie invites me to spend the summer with him and Jane in Vermont.
#NeverHillary. That's me.
There are millions of us.
Many progressives are baffled by this stance. Trump is a threat to democracy, decency, peace and the economy. He acts and talks like a nut. Why not suck it up and vote for Hillary? She's experienced, steady and presentable.
Unlike Trump, she understands the issues. Plus: first woman president! That's 225 years overdue!
Here is my reasoning.
First, a vote is an endorsement. A vote tells a candidate: "I mostly agree with what you have done."
I agree with nothing she has done. Most egregiously, she voted to invade Iraq. At the time, everyone knew there were no WMDs. She knew. More than a million Iraqis are dead because of that war of choice, a war no one but especially no Democrat should have supported. I will not, cannot, betray those dead. Casting a vote for Hillary says: "I love that a million Iraqis got murdered." Or, at minimum it says: "I'm cool with it." Well, I'm not.
For me, that's enough. What she did was monstrous. She should be in prison for life.
Do you need more? Really?
OK. Here's more:
Running a close second behind Iraq are Hillary's vote to invade Afghanistan (another mistake, unjustified, illegal fiasco that left hundreds of thousands of innocents maimed or dead), and encouraging Obama, as secretary of state, to arm and fund crazy Islamist insurgencies in Libya and Syria, reducing two modern countries to failed states. I can't let those go.
Voting for a politician also tells them: "I agree with what you promise to do." There is no indication -- none, zero, nada -- that Hillary wouldn't continue her every-war-a-good-war philosophy were she to become president. Unlike Trump, she has never questioned the usefulness, legality or ethics of use of force as America's go-to approach to foreign policy.