How bad would a Republican have to be for you to consider the lesser evil? We’re not talking about some standard empty suit GOP politician here. If Hillary Clinton were running against Mussolini, would you still be saying, “Well sure, one’s a bloodthirsty tyrant, but the other isn’t quite as progressive as I’d like in an ideal situation, so whatever,” or would you do everything in your power to keep the tyrannical madman away from the executive office?
If one candidate is inevitably going to result in significantly more needless suffering, more chipping away at democracy, more empowerment of racists and conspiracy theorists, etc., and you still can’t be bothered, can you really call yourself someone with progressive values? Is moral absolutism worth the consequences?
I understand if you’re a struggling parent working multiple jobs just to keep food on the table, but if not, I don’t have much sympathy for the “it’s too much of a hassle” excuse. It seems to say “I’m not so concerned about the wellbeing of others that I’ll sacrifice 15 minutes of my day.” You seem like a person who genuinely does care about the wellbeing of others, which is precisely why I find it so baffling.