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Nov. 8th, 2016 01:41 am
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Today the country faces the biggest threat to American democracy of my lifetime, and I am by no means convinced we will make the right decision.

The dog whistles Republicans have been using for years have finally called in their quarry, in the form of a man who started his campaign by calling Mexicans rapists and criminals, and advocates banning people from country based on their religion. The KKK has naturally endorsed him, and he has brought to light the racist underbelly of the internet - the swastika-wielding, Pepe the Frog misusing, Trump-loving bigots that divide their time between sites like Breitbart and Stormfront.

The man himself is a worthy leader for his supporters. Donald Trump started by using his rich dad's money to become a mediocre businessman with an undeservedly huge ego. He's made money, but not nearly as much as if he had just invested that money in an index fund. (And he could have avoided all those bankruptcies that cost people jobs, too.) He used his money to subsequently start his "charitable" foundation, to get him access to places he wanted to be (like beauty pageant contestants' dressing rooms where he would walk in unannounced so he could see them naked), get him stuff he wanted (like when he used charity funds to buy himself a Tim Tebow autograph, and ridiculous portraits of himself), and inflate his cult of personality. Trump stopped contributing to his Foundation - he hasn't given it a cent since 2008 - but he uses other people's money to MAKE MONEY FROM THE CHARITY. He contributed $150,000 of other people's money to the Palm Beach Police Foundation, in exchange for which he gets to host their annual gala honoring him at Mar-A-Lago, for which he is paid over $200,000. The Police Foundation gives HIM more money than his Foundation gives them.

When he gets into trouble, he makes sure he never takes the fall. Building construction didn't go as planned? Don't pay the contractors, and use high-powered lawyers to exhaust their funding and force them to abandon their claim on their hard-earned money. Lost nearly a billion dollars in a single year on stupid business deals? Send the bill to the federal government. The Florida Attorney General is deciding whether to investigate the university you created to scam desperate students out of their remaining money? Bribe her with a campaign donation, and it all goes away!

Wait, did a journalist figure out what a huge pile of human excrement you've been? Well sue them! Did a comedian say that because you've indulged in a racist quest to discredit President Obama that you should have to show your birth certificate to prove your father wasn't an orangutan? Sue him too! Sue everybody, call libel and slander, and wipe your orange ass with the First Amendment.

And that's not even mentioning the way this guy treats women. That's not just the sexual assault accusers (12 by my last count, could be more by now!) He has a rich history of demeaning, insulting, horribly sexist behavior towards women. He's cheated on all three of his wives, brags about sexual assault, calls women pigs and dogs and disgusting, and then expects the female half of the country to shut up and take it.

But wait, there's more. Trump never released his tax returns, breaking 40 years of accepted bipartisan behavior by a presidential candidate, and there's reason to believe there are MANY things on those returns that would disqualify him from serving by themselves. This guy is so in bed with Russia he can see Sarah Palin from his bedroom. Putin has endorsed Trump. Kim Jong Un has endorsed Trump. ISIS is rooting for Donald Trump. They want America to be a weak, chaotic nation that has no leadership and continues to drive itself into destitution and decline.

When he talks about HOW he's supposedly going to "make America great again", he speaks in platitudes and generalities, assuring you things will be "terrific" and "tremendous." He avoids questions where he'd have to demonstrate any real knowledge of the subject, usually instead going on the attack. Did I mention that this guy has never held an elected office in his LIFE? Remember how there was such an argument about how Barack Obama couldn't possibly have enough EXPERIENCE to run the nation? There are babies being born right now that have EXACTLY THE SAME amount of government experience as Donald Trump.

On the other side we have Hillary Clinton. And yes, she's not perfect. But unlike Trump, she doesn't pretend to be. She's a sane, competent leader with plenty of experience as a Secretary of State and Senator, and a unique view on the real demands of the nation's highest office. She may not have been your choice in the primaries (she wasn't mine either.) She may not agree with you 100% on your pet project. But she will capably run this country, she will deal with our allies and enemies from a place of strength and knowledge, she will build and expand on the good things President Obama was able to accomplish, she will defend Americans' rights and liberties, and she will maintain America's place in the world.

A vote for Jill Stein is a vote for Donald Trump. A vote for Gary Johnson is a vote for Donald Trump. Not voting is a vote for Donald Trump. And a vote for Donald Trump is a vote for the end of America as we know it.

Date: 2016-11-09 04:54 pm (UTC)
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To be fair, a lot of the people that voted for Johnson would have voted Republican anyway.

On another note, apparently 52% of white women voted for Trump. What does that tell you, other than the typical societal "contempt for a fellow female." He also grabbed a good portion of the Latino vote, despite the build-a-wall, Mexicans-are-racist comments. Makes me wonder how many other minorities voted for him, and what were their reasons? Also, what happened to the electoral map that put Obama in office twice?

I have a lot of questions, and theories, but there are dark times ahead.

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