It is now clear that half of the voting adults in the United States, give or take a percent or two, are prepared to vote for Donald Trump. That says something so terrible about those people that I find it difficult to contemplate. I consider Trump a genuine threat to such democracy as we have in America, and hence a threat to any hope at all of positive progressive change. Hillary Clinton is not that sort of threat. If elected, she will continue the foreign and domestic policies of the past three quarters of a century, worse than some presidents, not as bad as others. And the opportunity for real progressive change will remain, dependent as it always has been on the willingness of millions of supposed progressives to put their time, energy, and money where their ideals are. Whether such democracy as we have can survive Trump is, for me at least, an open question.
If you agree with me, then right now is when you need to commit time and money to the effort to elect Clinton, which is the only way to defeat Trump. Vote for Jill Stein or Gary Johnson or write in Karl Marx if you live in a safely blue state, like New York or Massachusetts or California. It doesn't matter, and if it makes you feel good, go for it. But if you live, as I do, in a so-called swing state, then you have an obligation to volunteer for the get-out-the-vote effort in your state.
The one thing we have going for us is Clinton's well-funded high quality on-the-ground political machine, which can make as much as 1-3% difference in the vote. That is enough to switch a handful of swing states, which is all we need.
The day after the election, if Clinton wins, I will be the first one to start talking about a national movement to bring pressure on her from the left. I have already donated so much money to Bernie Sanders that he has started sending it back -- $300, since I exceeded the legal limit. And I just got back from several hours in downtown Chapel Hill registering voters.
It is up to you to do your part.