Look at me. Look me in the eye. On November the 8th, 2016, one of two things will happen: Hillary Clinton will become president, or Donald Trump will become president. These are the only two possibilities. The superdelegates aren’t going to switch. An indictment isn’t coming. There is no third possibility. There is no space between the spaces where you can hide. Every vote for Donald Trump requires two Hilary Clinton votes to overcome. A Hillary Clinton vote can only be overcome by two Donald Trump votes. If you stay home, a Donald Trump vote doubles its power. This is the real, actual reality of the situation. There is not one other option.
And there’s no ctrl-alt-del for the election. Read up on 2000 if you doubt this.
And to those of us who supported Bernie, he WANTS you to vote for Hillary. If you believe in him and his mission you will follow his advice. He knows that writing his name in, or voting for anyone else besides Clinton, is effectively voting for Trump.
Refusing to vote for Hillary is a vote for Trump, no matter how much you scream and say how it’s not. And if you’re standing by to do nothing in regards to taking down Trump, then you ARE grouped along with the rest of the people in this country that ruin things for everybody else.
No, seriously, go read about the presidential election in 2000.
If you weren’t old enough to remember and/or understand the ramifications of the 2000 election, I WILL TELL YOU.
Do not let Trump win. Please. I beg you. I went to grad school with people who voted for Nader in 2000 and my FB feed is full of them begging others not to make the same mistake they did. Bernie has his priorities straight, and the priority is stopping Trump.
And if that doesn’t do it for you, this is the Republican platform 2016. It calls for:
- Conversion therapy for queer kids. Let me repeat that. CONVERSION THERAPY FOR QUEER KIDS. Some members of the RNC even wanted to endorse it more explicitly than they did.
- Zealous opposition to same-sex marriage. Here’s the quote:
“Our laws and our government’s regulations should recognize marriage as the union of one man and one woman and actively promote married family life as the basis of a stable and prosperous society. For that reason, as explained elsewhere In this platform, we do not accept the Supreme Court’s redefinition of marriage and we urge its reversal, whether through judicial reconsideration or a constitutional amendment returning control over marriage to the States.”
- Reversing the Obama administration’s order to grant trans students access to restrooms, locker rooms, etc. The Republicans feel that such things should be based on biological gender, not gender identity.
- Treating internet porn as “a public health crisis.” Quote: “Pornography, with his harmful effects, especially on children, has become a public health crisis that is destroying the life of millions. We encourage states to continue to fight this public menace and pledge our commitment to children’s safety and wellbeing[.]”
- Gender discrimination. To quote Time magazine: “[T]he platform committee voted against including the word “gender” in a list of types of discrimination that should be opposed.
On Tuesday, one member described the attempt to add that word to a list including qualities like race, sex and creed as a “sneak attack.”
- Repeal of the Johnson Amendment. The Johnson Amendment currently prevents churches and other tax-exempt organizations from organizing politically, endorsing political candidates, etc. Repealing it would throw separation of church and state out the window…not to mention that it would give evangelical churches and televangelist organizations much more power, driving the country further to the right.
If you vote for Trump, these are some of the planks of the platform you’re voting for.
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I was 17 in 2000 so I couldn’t vote for Gore against Bush, but I didn’t realize at the time what a bad idea voting for Nader would have been. When Bush was elected I was so surprised–surely the level-headed, sort of boring but at least apparently more intelligent Gore had to have beat him, right? If only the people who’d voted Nader had voted for him, he could have.
Then in 2004, I was again shocked, and this time heartbroken, when Bush won again. And I wondered, how could this BE? But I soon realized, it was because people just didn’t care about John Kerry enough to vote for him. The GOP, especially the right-most parts, come out to vote. But the Democrats are the ones who tend not to. All the college kids who were of age but didn’t get absentee ballots, all the older people who just didn’t like Kerry enough to be bothered… And we got four more years of Bush.
The people with the most hatred in their hearts will be out en masse to vote for their candidate. Like they always, always are. They don’t view him as a meme or a joke. They believe in what he says. They believe certain people are barely even people at all. And they have the motivation to get to the polls and vote, because they believe so very hard that their values and culture are threatened by these others somehow.
Please, we have to believe just as hard, that they’re wrong. Even if you can’t bring yourself to like Clinton, a vote for her is a vote against this evil. You don’t have to believe in her, but don’t you believe in your, and your fellow Americans’, basic human dignity enough to take a stand? Trump’s supporters believe THEY are taking one…
They want to wage war on human rights? We have to work together and give them a fight!