I have received a number of messages -- some in comments on this blog, some as e-mails -- that consist of lengthy itemizations of all the bad things Hillary Clinton has done or has advocated for. I am not sure why these folks feel the need to say these things to me. Perhaps it is because they think I don't know them, perhaps it simply makes them feel good to say them, but the subtext, as they say in the Lit Crit game, is that I am somehow morally or politically reprehensible for supposedly failing to take account of them. So let me just take a moment to make something clear.
I began fighting publicly and vigorously against America's destructive imperial foreign policy in the early Fall of 1958, some fifty-eight years ago. Not too long thereafter, I began as well to argue against the evils of capitalism. In the intervening years, I have marched, protested, spoken on Television and Radio, debated Herman Kahn and Eugene Rostow in public, chaired protest meetings, written books and articles, donated money, been arrested, and in general struggled.
Now, any one is free to conclude that I have been on the wrong side in these struggles, but not that I have been absent from them or have failed to be mindful of the underlying issues. If I say that Clinton is preferable to Trump in the general election, it is not because I am in the tank for her imperialist , hawkish, pro-Wall Street policies, but because I think Trump is a seriously greater danger.
You may be made uncomfortable by being presented with such a choice in the forthcoming election. No kidding. Just don't take your discomfort out on me. I have enough troubles. And since I am probably older than you are, I have less reason to hope that things will get better during my lifetime.