Let’s make democracy great again

This November, voters will be asked to decide which of the two most unpopular presidential candidates in history should become president.

Be it Donald Trump’s gratuitous “nativism” or Hillary Clinton’s apparent lack of scruples, this election is looking particularly bleak.

Sure there are those that vote obediently for their party’s chosen political candidate, eschewing any pesky questions about quality or integrity, but for the rest of us things are … more complicated.

But it doesn’t have to be this way.

For voters feeling stuck between a “really big wall” and an uninspiring hard place, there are alternatives.

Namely the Green Party’s Jill Stein. Whether you are planning on voting for Hillary to dispel charges of misogyny or because if you don’t you’ll get Trump, you can avoid the blackmail entirely by voting for Jill Stein.

She is a true progressive who isn’t afraid to address the nation’s problems with bold, but reasoned, solutions.

At the end of the day, no one should feel bullied into voting for a candidate.

Research any of the alternative candidates, make an informed decision and ignore naysayers who claim you are throwing your vote away.

It really can be a true democracy in this country, rather than the façade of democracy played out by a two-party duopoly.

So, I implore you, resist pressure from others and cast your ballot according to your beliefs. That is how we make democracy great again.

Zach Herard Harlingen