Lesser of Two Evils

While I digest the awesome emptiness of Mitt Romney’s major address on his foreign “policy” this morning, let me pass on the useful, inspiring, timeless insights of Rebecca Solnit:

“This statement that gets aired every four years: that in presidential elections we are asked to choose the lesser of two evils. Now, this is not an analysis or an insight; it is a cliché, and a very tired one, and it often comes in the same package as the insistence that there is no difference between the candidates. You can reframe it, however, by saying: we get a choice, and not choosing at all can be tantamount in its consequences to choosing the greater of two evils.

“But having marriage rights or discrimination protection or access to health care is not the lesser of two evils. If I vote for a Democrat, I do so in the hopes that fewer people will suffer, not in the belief that that option will eliminate suffering or bring us to anywhere near my goals or represent my values perfectly. Yet people are willing to use this ‘evils’ slogan to wrap up all the infinite complexity of the fate of the Earth and everything living on it and throw it away.”

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