Monday, November 7, 2016

Last Call For Undecideds

You Maniacs! You blew it up! Ah, damn you! God damn you all to hell!  -- Planet of the Apes
Here's a thought experiment for all you undecideds, Hillary-haters and Bernie-or-Busters out there.  The Trump campaign just floated the possibility of a Trump Administration that would include Rudy Giuliani as Attorney General and Newt Gingrich as Secretary of State.  Let that sink in for a minute. 

Then think about a Supreme Court that, as a New York Times editorial aptly summarized in an editorial this morning:  "would promote a worldview where fewer people have rights, where women do not have reproductive choices, where lawmakers can make it harder for minorities to vote, where religious people are free to disregard laws protecting people they don’t like. Such a court could use a severe interpretation of the Constitution to ensure that American politics can be flooded with unlimited money, that reasonable gun restrictions are struck down, that corporate interests prevail over those of consumers, and that basic environmental regulations are turned back."

Then think about the end of any attempt to combat climate change and the pursuit of policies that would actually exacerbate global warming.

Then think about having a president who is a hero to the alt-right, consolidating racist, nativist and anti-Semitic furor, a president with no understanding of history, of policy or of the Constitution, and  president who will be unfettered by checks or balances either because he will blithely ignore them or his Party will control Congress.

Now, imagine this has all transpired and write a letter to your children, your grandchildren, and/or other loved ones from the depths of Trumpland explaining why you didn't vote or why you voted for Jill Stein or Gary Johnson. How would that go?

See also The Folly Of Voting For A Third-Party Candidate When One Of The Other Two Is Donald Trump


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