Nobody Has The Luxury Of A Protest Vote

What have I been saying, people:

Less than 24 hours after the United Kingdom voted to “Brexit,” those who supported the referendum are already voicing their regret, saying they didn’t think their vote would matter.

The decision, which will remove the UK from the European Union, has already sent shockwaves through the British economy. Just this morning, the value of the British pound hit a 30-year low.

In an interview on BBC’s Victoria Live, one man who voted “Leave” said, “I didn’t think my vote was going to matter too much because I thought we were just going to remain.”

The man, who was introduced as Adam, said he is now “worried” because he assumed “Remain” would win. He added, “I think the period of uncertainty that we’re going to have for the next couple of months — that’s just been magnified now. So yeah, quite worried.”

And check out this News5 video:

Just a quickie sampling here. Mostly what I’m hearing from the “Regrexit” crowd is that they didn’t think their vote mattered, it was a foregone conclusion that Remain would win, they wanted to lodge a protest vote, yada yada.

The lesson learned here? You do not have a the luxury of a protest vote. Ever.

Every fucking vote matters, people. Always.

I hope the “Bernie or Busters” are listening.

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7 responses to “Nobody Has The Luxury Of A Protest Vote

  1. Joe

    When I read that the Leave had won, I was filled with dread at the thought that somehow Trump could possibly win in November. It’s imperative that we work harder than ever to see that it doesn’t happen. But the very fact that the GOP will be nominating him means he has a chance, no matter how slim and for that, I resent the Republican Party’s recklessness, their constant drumbeat of disdain for governing all the while professing a love for this country they’re bending over backwards to destroy.

  2. Joseph Stans

    All too often people will vote their pique just to register their displeasure. Demonstrably that is dangerous and ignores two things, First, most people don’t care that you’re are cranky and second, you best be ready for the result.

    • Yes, I’ve been following the platform brouhaha with great amusement. First of all, platforms have always been non-binding, so they’re basically PR. The idea that Bernie has gotten his true believers all worked up over something that is basically meaningless is hilarious. I guess he’s trying to keep his fundraising operation alive.

      Second of all, for the first time, the Dem platform explicitly calls for repealing the Hyde Amendment. It explicitly calls for ending mass incarceration and the school-to-prison pipeline. It explicitly call for addressing systemic racism. It has included a lot of shit that Bernie doesn’t care about because it’s not of concern to the white male Bros who are his base. His white male privilege has become tiresome.

      Bernie can just fuck off, as far as I’m concerned. He did get his imprint on the platform, but he didn’t get EVERYTHING he wanted so he’s going to keep pouting. Bernie in defeat is a perfect illustration of why he would make a lousy president.

      I have no time for anyone stupid enough to be peddling that bullshit.

    • Spot on, Bob. I heard Nina Turner on Joy Reid say that Sanders would keep up the pressure to “force” the committee to adopt their policies. If Sanders wants to do everything possible to stop Trump from being elected, when will he start? I’m not holding my breath.