My ballot options in the contested races are mostly competing Clinton supporters backed by often self serving identity based advocacy groups that exist in good part for the benefit of their leadership more so than the rank and file, and unions who long ago gave up the idea of broad advocacy for workers rights in exchange for accommodation with a mainstream Democratic Party that time and time again sells out working people.
But still, I vote because there are differences between the two major parties. We have five million people in Harris County and it matters how law enforcement is conducted and who collects the taxes.
Republicans bash everybody who is not one them. The modern Republican Party seems actively interested in willingly harming people simply for the sake of hate. So I go and vote.
At the same time, as a Sanders voter, I know I'm voting to negate my own influence and the influence of people who share my views.
When the reliably terrible turnout numbers come out for 2016 Harris County Democratic Party primary voting, the insiders will say that is bad and that we've got to do something about that-- but in fact they'll be relieved that they don't have to make an effort to represent anybody beyond their narrow band of buddies and donors just looking for the next gig or the next appointment to a board or the next contract. This is a process mirrored in local Democratic Party structures across the nation.
Go vote and protect yourself from the Republicans. But understand that the work of freedom is up to each of as individuals and collectively. We will move forward with the hope that a better day is ahead.
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