Why vote? Trump.

Voting in November matters because it is possibly the last chance we get to stop Trump.

Make no mistake about it. If the Trump Party and the Republican Party remains in control of the House of Representatives and the Senate, it is highly unlikely that Trump will be defeated in 2020.

The Trump Party and the Republican Party have demonstrated that most of their members are willing to accomodate indecency and divisiveness at the top (Trump) and seismic shifts in historic American values (insulting the press, shattering diplomatic traditions, etc.) to achieve certain pragmatic policy goals; i.e.: stacking the courts with conservatives, appointing their choice to the Supreme Court, and deregulating certain parts of government requirements and changing the tax code to expedite short term corporate profits.

If you are o.k. with the direction Trump is taking this country with these policy shifts and can tolerate his demeanor and approach to leadership, there is no argument that will cause you to consider voting against him. But, if you are uneasy about his leadership style, and confused with his erratic approach to diplomacy and economic policy, I hope you will consider stopping his march to a new America where decit rules, Presidential power goes unchecked, and resulting totalitarianism becomes inevitable.

And, if you are disgusted with this man’s behaviour – present and past – and are weary of his ability to do right for most Americans, then please vote.

Know that you will be tempted not to vote. Many will tell you it is not worth it. You will hear that the system is rigged. Some will argue that Democrats are no better than – and are as corrupt as – Republicans. Plus, “Trump is not on the ballot anyway”, they will say… And you may feel tempted to feel comfortably numb seeing certain economic indicators improving – a few even for yourself… So, why vote?

If you give in to these temptations not to vote, it will be a sad day in America. If you will be one of nearly 1/2 of registered voters that chooses to stay home and not vote, let it be on your conscience.

We’ve had recent election so close that literally had a handful of additional folks voted it could have changed the result. We are talking less than 1% difference between winner and loser… The old adage that ‘every vote counts’ has never been more true. Every vote counts.

One last plea. Making the personal commitment to vote is only a first step. Getting others to do the same is just as important. Your own family; your friends; your acquaintances; your coworker. They need to hear that you will be voting.

You do not need to be like the preacher standing at the corner yelling that you must be saved. (Though that is not a bad idea!) But, certainly you have personal influence on certain folks that care about you and will be impressed with your decision. Don’t assume for a minute you don’t! People care about others. People care about you… Good friends don’t let voters stay home!

#RESIST

The President just called a woman a dog – and that’s ok with his supporters

The President of the United States called a woman a dog last week – and it is already old news. And, his supporters did not flinch, did not care, they gave it no importance.

The President of the United States revoked the security clearance of a past high U.S. government official last week for the simple reason that the ex-official was voicing opposition to the President.

The President of the United States last week renewed his attack on the media, again calling the media “the enemy of the State.”

These three lowlights are indicative of the new world in which we live in these United States. We have us a President who is not only perceptually different in behavior from past Presidents, having introduced a level of lewdness, crassness, and right out insulting and lying that we had simply never seen; but also taking unilateral measures to silence his individual detractors and destabilize institutions that may oppose him.

No surprise coming from a man who for years advanced the false narrative that a recent President was not a U.S. citizen, called Mexicans rapists, insulted Muslims, degraded Black football players and so much more.

We now know this man. We know what he is like. We know what he stands for. He is simply a selfish, self-centered individual who to ensure his personal riches is willing to destabilize this Nation, degrade the Office of the Presidency, and create division and chaos among Americans.

He has created a cult of personality bought into by a sizeable portion of voters that will be with him regardless of what he does. These voters simply do not care about his insults and degradation of others, nor do they care where his destabilizing of the government may lead, and they are o.k. with him realigning the world order to have the U.S. and Russia become allies – indeed, many are o.k. with Russian having helped get him elected… They are hearing what they want to hear; they are seeing what they want to see. They are all saying: “So what if we are on the road to an authoritarian State or the world does not like us? Our 401(k)s are doing just fine; unemployment is down; and we are sticking it to the them with tariffs and such. We are winning!”

Such are his followers. Such are the good Americans that are so gullible as to believe this bad reality t.v. character of a President.

While we certainly need to push for bringing him down through legal and procedural means – be it the Mueller investigation or impeachment – the most effective and efficient way to bring him down is to political handicap him. And, politically handicapping this President can be done only one way. And only the American people can do it. It is called VOTING. If this coming November there is a true ‘blue wave’ of Democrats elected to the House and Senate, we can stop this madness. Nothing else will do it. No investigation, no court can guarantee the dismantling of this President’s craziness. Only having the House of Representatives and the Senate in the hands of the opposition will put a lid on his warped policies for two years until we vote him out of office directly.

If this sounds like I am ‘preaching to the choir’, I am. I am not expecting to change the minds of his foot-soldiers nor stop his State Media from spewing propaganda.

I am simply imploring everyone who is sick of this man to get out and vote. To get others to vote. To volunteer to go door-knocking. To get your old aunt and young nephew to register in time to be eligible to vote this November. To talk to your faith community to make sure we have buses to take people to the polls. To do what it takes to #RESIST and #VOTE.

If not you, then who? If not now, then when?

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