Do Not Be Intimidated
So let’s dissect that statement for a minute: Is it irresponsible of you to use your vote “selfishly” for a candidate you truly believe in, even if that candidate has little or no chance of winning? In order to answer this question, we need to apply such a statement to another situation:
Let’s say 2 criminals are each holding a child hostage. One has kidnapped a Mexican child and the other an Arabic child. They are both demanding that you send them money or they will kill the child they have. You only have enough money to satisfy one of them, and you have to choose which one to support. Meanwhile, a 3rd person quietly gets a message to you that they are launching a rescue mission to try and save both children, and they want you to send your money to them instead.
None of your friends believe this 3rd person can actually save either child, and they believe that you should give your money to at least save one child. Time is running out, but you are working to research this 3rd person despite the guilt and insults from your friends. Which option would you choose?
Personally, I would choose giving my money to the person who wants to save both children. Even if that person failed, I would know that I supported the person working for the most good instead of just the least bad. I could weigh up in my mind whether I prefer Arabs or Mexicans all I want, but in the end, I don’t want to support anyone who I feel is destructive. Instead, I feel I have an obligation to support those who are taking the hard road and attempting to truly do good in such a messed up world.
So that’s my two cents on who I would vote for. Your choice is truly up to you, so don’t let anyone try to guilt you into choosing one way or another. You’re not responsible for the choices laid before you. Your only responsibility is to not give in to fear and intimidation.
I wish you success!