A commentary from the political desk of Ribbie’s Weblog
Trump could win. No, seriously. If you don’t want Trump to become the next President of the United States, here’s what NOT to do.
Don’t stay home on election day. Not a good idea. If you think your vote doesn’t matter, you’re wrong. It does. Even if you live in a solidly blue or red state. In this Orwellian election cycle, red is blue; purple, pink; blue is red; up, down; fact is fiction. Hey, my state of Massachusetts is as blue as it gets, but it has elected a Republican governor in 5 out of the last 6 elections since 1991. It will likely go for Hillary Clinton in the general, but only because there is a strong HRC campaign organization in the area. In other traditionally blue states like PA and OH, Trump and Clinton are running neck and neck in the polling. And for you Texans reading this, despite the fact that there are significantly more registered GOP voters than Dems in your Lonestar state, don’t think that your vote doesn’t matter – that Trump’ll win anyway. Not necessarily. Cruz won your state as did HRC. And if you are a Cruz supporter, don’t forget that the Trump campaign has treated him with utter contempt and disrespect. They invited him to speak at the convention to embarrass him. Don’t believe for a minute that it was a courtesy to offer him a primetime speaking slot. They knew he was not going to endorse in his speech and they also knew that he would be booed off the stage, which happened for the most part. His wife actually had to be escorted out of the building for fear the crowd would turn on her. For the record, I don’t like him much, but I admire his courage to speak in front of a hostile crowd AND for giving you, if you supported him, the license to vote your conscience. So vote your conscience and might I suggest the libertarian candidate? That would be the ticket of former Republican governors, Johnson and Weld.
Don’t vote for Trump because you are a Republican and he’s the nominee. First of all, he’s no more a Republican than Bernie is a Democrat. He is a reality star, out to boost his brand and business, not make America great. Do you really want to give a billionaire a hand and your vote? Ok, so you hate Hillary, fine, don’t vote for her BUT don’t vote for him either, especially if you feel in your heart of hearts that the man is a little off his rocker. Here’s what you can do instead, vote for the Libertarian ticket, and that would be the aforementioned Johnson and Weld. Don’t waste a vote on Dr. Jill Stein, who would like to play the role of spoiler and is doing all she can to disunify the Democratic Party, which has a big top big enough for moderates, progressives, and greens. Or you could go to the other side and join me in voting for HRC. No one will ever know. You can tell your friends and family that you did what you had to do and leave it at that. Alternatively, and not recommended, but you could find an excuse not to vote. Car trouble. Had to work early or late, or whatever. If in Texas or some other voter suppressed state, you could conveniently lose your voter ID and gun permit. I’m sorry. I’m being rude, I know and what’s more, I know not to mess with the great state of Texas having lived there and with family and many friends there.
If you are a Democrat, regardless of who you supported in the primary, or an Independent voter on the fence, vote HRC, if for no other reason than the next president could get 4 supreme court picks. Folks, these are lifetime appointments. They’ll be ruling on immigration, gun laws, affirmative action, union issues, marriage equality, reproductive rights, health care, climate change to name a few for years to come. Truly, the balance of the court is at stake. Will it lean left or tilt right? Your vote could make the difference.
Dems, it’s time to unify. Put aside your special interests in the interest of defeating Trump. Don’t let Trump’s rhetoric about HRC fool you. She’s not a criminal. She should not be locked up. She is not a compulsive liar. On the contrary, practically everything Trump has said over the course of his year-long campaign has been fact checked as untruthful.
Finally, consider this:
In a poll, all of these words were used to describe Trump: ignorant, stupid, idiot, jerk, dangerous, demagogic, bombastic, arrogant, horrible, racist, asshole.
In the same poll, these words were used to describe Clinton: qualified, experienced, good, smart, intelligent, nice, strong, determined, great, Presidential.
Ok, I left out the crooked Hillary mentions and that some feel she’s untrustworthy and dishonest and a criminal – which of course she is not. And I left out some of Trump’s positives like that he is “honest”, even though fact checks suggest otherwise, and that he is great, bold and outspoken. But I also left out that people find him to be a loudmouth liar, so there. Now for you, who’s it going to be, T or C?
The choice between the two is a no-brainer for me. Think.