If you intend to cast a vote for the next President of the United States and are still “undecided” about which candidates you’ll vote for on November 8, I commend to you John Oliver’s funny and thoughtful “Last Week Tonight” analysis of “Third Party” candidates from Sunday, October 16.
For those of you who are still desperately clinging to the “lesser of two evils” excuse for casting a vote for Donald Trump, please consider the following.
If you are:
You KNOW why you don’t want that man in YOUR house, much less the White House. You know him, and those like him, from a lifetime of all too unpleasant, demeaning, and sometimes dangerous experiences.
You wouldn’t tolerate either Trump’s language or behavior in your presence, much less the presence of someone you know, love or respect.
You wouldn’t legitimize the man now condemned by every living Republican of stature, and one who threatens to destroy not only your party but everything good it ever stood for.
One word: Paul Ryan. See also “Republican” above.
Trump and his minions think shaming and punishing women would solve part of the “problem” and banning abortions entirely would do the rest. Medically and ethically he would send us back to the era of back-alleys and coat hangers.
See Pro Choice. And, pro-lifers, you KNOW Trump is really pro choice.
NOT afraid of people from Mexico, or Muslims, or “foreigners” in general
You don’t want to legitimize his ranting about their being criminals, rapists, and disease bearers, here to take the jobs your children really wanted. You don’t want to see him rounding up millions for deportation, especially if you know, respect and work with many of them every day.
Suffering from Parkinson’s, or love, admire and support someone who is
You don’t want to elect a President who mocks those hit by the disease, or one who attracts followers who think he’s funny when he does so.
A believer in the essential decency and competence of our Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard
You don’t want a “Commander in Chief” who calls them “losers,” thinks they’re incapable, and threatens to (illegally) purge their officer corps.
Nor do you want a President who brags that he would not only torture people but “go beyond” current forms, in open violation of our own Uniform Code of Military Justice, the Geneva Conventions and other treaties to which we are parties and which are the law of the land
Not in favor of Authoritarianism or worse
You don’t want a President who brags that, as President, he IS the law, and he that his generals and others would and should “do what they were ordered to do” if he were in office.
In favor of health care for all Americans at least as good as that in Canada, Europe and Japan
You don’t want a President who wants to repeal what little protection we currently offer our sick and elderly: Medicare, Medicaid, The ACA, and other programs.
In favor of fewer nukes, not more Trump’s made himself clear. The more the merrier. Bombs away.
A believer in free public Education
You don’t want the founder and namesake of scandal-ridden Trump “University” and its sibling, Trump “Institute” in the White House.
NOT a racist
You don’t want a President who systematically excluded people of color from renting from him, even if they could afford the rent, much less someone who led the fight to “prove” the twice-elected President was a Kenyan-born, Muslim, Communist who hates America. You probably don’t care for the kind of folks he attracts either.
A believer in American democracy
You don’t want to put a man in the White who threatens, if elected, to jail his opponent and preaches that the election itself is rigged, even before he loses it.
The German philosopher Georg Hegel believed history was cyclical and that “all great world-historic facts and personages appear . . . twice.”
“True,” a young Karl Marx noted: “the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce.”
My fear is that, with Trump and Trumpism, we may well be moving from Hegelian tragedy . . . to farce . . . to farce-driven tragedy, on a scale heretofore unimaginable.
Your vote may well be the only thing standing in the way.
Don’t waste it.