I am once more being asked by local friends to support certain Republicans for local races. I do not do that any more, even when I know these people.
If you’re still a Republican after all this — after the concentration camps, the ICE raids, the racism, the sexism, the outright hatred and the criminal activities of the leaders of the party — then I have to assume you support all this, especially if you have been silent about it all.
Sure, the position you’re running for doesn’t make political decisions, but if I vote for a Republican Dog Catcher, am I thus supporting someone who believes in white supremacy? That thinks my wife is a lesser person who can’t make her own decisions? Who has no sympathy for refugee children running from war and death? Who supports Russia over our own country? Who has no problem with corruption in the White House?
This is no longer just about whether we should fund the Environmental Protection Agency or what our tax structure should be. This is no longer about right and left — it’s about right and wrong.
Also, why should I help that party at all? Every lower office run by a Republican helps the party raise money for the bigger offices.
No, anyone who can see what the Republican party stands for these days and yet remains in that party has disqualified themselves from ever being considered by me.
When someone gets mad at you for being political on social media, do not back down.
Now is not the time to be complacent. When our government is looking more like a dictatorship than a democracy, you need to stand up and fight back at every opportunity. You need to say no.
Every time we give in, act peaceful, and don’t confront evil at every opportunity, they win. They have the money and the power, but we have the numbers — but if we don’t use our advantage, they will use theirs, and they will win.
And I’m serious about calling this evil. This is no longer about left and right, liberal and conservative. This is about allowing harm to come to innocent people. It’s about looking the other way when crimes are being committed. It’s about ignoring treason, racism, sexism, homophobia. It’s about not being selfish.
Don’t back down.
This is Pence observing the Trump Concentration Camps. You know those scenes in old WWII movies where the Aryan nazi observes the prisoners with disgust? Tell me Pence doesn’t look like that guy.
Apparently, some Ventrella somewhere got into the Urban Dictionary and entered this definition. I promise it was not me!
I have given up on predicting what people want. The experts all said we’d never elect a black man and we got two terms of Obama. The experts all said we’d never elect a racist asshole and we got Trump. And in the past, when we chose who we thought would probably win instead of who we really wanted (Kerry, Dukakis, Gore) we lost.
Vote for who you want. Support who you want. You may be surprised at how well you do.
Mind you, as a Political Science grad who worked on political campaigns and runs a political blog and taught political science at the college level, you could consider me an “expert” — and I’m one of those experts who has been proven wrong.
I now think what is most important when people vote is personality and charisma, which can overcome any negatives a candidate may have. “Do they look like a President?” should be the main question.
I’d love to see a Warren / Harris ticket, but people are saying they can’t win. I think that the kind of person who would refuse to vote for two women on the ticket probably isn’t going to vote for a Democrat anyway. I think we can win by getting our base excited and actually coming out to vote, like they did for Obama. There are more of us than them, and when we vote, we win.