Friday, November 10, 2017

Vote Against Mr. Trump and Governor Pence

I suppose 
Old Man Trump knows
Just how much
Racial Hate
he stirred up
In the bloodpot of human hearts.

The above lyrics are from discovered work by folk singer Woodie Guthrie, who more than half a century ago wrote of his contempt of Fred Trump, one of two Trumps sued by the Justice Department in the 1970s for racist housing practices. Guthrie signed a lease in an apartment complex in Brooklyn and observed Fred Trump stirring up racist hate and profiting from it. The other Trump involved in those profits was Donald J. Trump, the current occupant of the White House. The apple does not fall far from the tree.

I wrote an article urging readers to vote for Barack Obama in October 2012, about a month before that election. My article praising Hillary Clinton and attacking Trump was written in the summer of 2016, still a few months away from judgment day, when Hillay beat him by 2,865,075 votes but he got to become president anyway. Then, I was alarmed by what I was seeing and thought (unlike virtually everyone I knew) that he had a real chance of getting to the White House. Now, it's only been one year since the 2016 election, and the vast majority of us in this country have Trump fatigue. I need to write this article now, not later. He needs to be impeached, but if that doesn't, then we better work like hell to get him out in 2020. Please, please vote against him and Governor Mike Pence of Indiana.

Never before have we had a someone quite like Trump. Before January, he was simply a man who stoked White Amercia's fear of black and brown people, made up claims about immigrants, had zero qualifications to be president, invited Russia to hack our election, and led the racist Birther movement, to say nothing of his claiming that a judge of Mexican heritage could not preside over his lawsuit because he would be biased against him, bragging about his genitals on stage during a GOP debate, and settling a multi-million-dollar lawsuit just before the inauguration. If Obama had five children from three different wives, bragged about supposedly knowing more about ISIS than the generals, announced that his genitals were not inadequate, and was caught bragging about sexually assaulting women and then sued by a dozen for sexual assault, how much racist garabage, explicit or not, would we be hearing from the right?

It wasn't supposed to be like this. For the second time in two decades, the Republican Party has received the ultimate participation trophy: the White House (due to the Electoral College). The Republicans have lost the popular vote in every election since 1992 except for 2004 (a year they barely won), yet because the founding slave owners created a bizarre rule that is beyond archaic and anti-democratic, and because of redistricting, ubiquitous money in politics, voter suppression, and apparent Russian hacking, the Republicans are able to hang on to power. When they did it in 1876 after Democrat Samuel Tilden was the clear winner, the resulting crisis led to the end of Reconstruction and the beginning of Jim Crow. When they did it in 2000 under almost equally nefarious circumstances, the result was illegal invasions and occupations of two foreign countries (one of which we are still in), a city flooded, and an economic meltdown. And when the Republicans and their buddies in the Russian government and Wikileaks did it yet again in 2016, the result has been whatever clusterfuck historians are going to call this. The U.S. is not a democracy, and if it continues to be like this, we will continue to have despots like Trump.

The list of the egregious aspects of this man and his vile soul are endless: the Muslim ban, the transgender ban, his disrespect of soldiers, his fetish for taking away people's healthcare, his inaction on gun violence, his forgetting which country he has bombed, and making us literally the only country in the world not involved in the Paris Climate Accord because Trump believes global warming is a hoax created by the Chinese to hurt American businesses. Since then, he's continued to show us that he is a man who takes great comfort criticizing people of color he perceives to be against him yet cowers when it is time to condemn Nazis all the while thinking that it might be cute to go to war again with North Korea. This nightmare cannot end soon enough.

Fortunately, this week showed us that people are capable of fighting back. Folks need to say enough is enough and channel their inner-this week and make his time in the White House last no more than four years. Defeat Trump, and work hard to continue to defeat Trumpism.

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