I saw several people I know post one of those “Copy and paste, I did” things about why they’re voting for Donald Trump. Sad to say, I’m not surprised by it. To the people who are voting for him: You say you aren’t just voting for him, you’re voting for this laundry list of things that are important. I’ve quoted it below, for reference:
“To answer those who say “I can’t believe you would vote for Trump.” Listen up folks – I’m not just voting for him. I’m voting for the second Amendment. I’m voting for the next supreme court justice. I’m voting for the electoral college and the Republic we live in. I’m voting for the Police and for law and order. I’m voting for the military and the veterans who fought for and died for this Country. I’m voting for the Flag, which is always missing from the Democratic background. I’m voting for the right to speak my opinion and not be censored. I’m voting for secure borders. I’m voting for the right to praise my God without fear. I’m voting for every unborn soul the Democrats want to murder. I’m voting for freedom and the American Dream. I’m voting for good and against evil. I’m not just voting for one person – I’m voting for the future of my Country! What are you voting for?”
Let’s take it point by point.
1. “I’m voting for the second amendment.”
Well, the second amendment isn’t going anywhere. This is bullshit fear-mongering from the NRA and politicians on the Right who want you to think that Democrats want your guns. Here’s some real talk: The leadership of the NRA doesn’t give two shits about you or your rights, they only want gun manufacturers to make as much money as possible. Apparently, they also want to be able to steal as much money from their membership as possible. But if you believe that allowing a 17-year-old to have an AR-15, well, I guess Donald Trump is your guy. (I suppose we forgot about that “well-regulated” part of the second amendment, huh?)
2. “I’m voting for the next Supreme Court Justice”
Yeah, well, so are we, and we don’t like the idea that a conservative court has allowed this “corporations have no limits on donations because they’re people” shit to go through. We don’t like the idea that men are trying to legislate what women can do with their bodies, that businesses can decide what health care their employees can get. What nonsense.
3. “I’m voting for the electoral college and the Republic we live in.”
Right, because the electoral college has given us two of the worst presidents in the last century. Gotcha. FYI, the founders didn’t think you were smart or well informed-enough to make a decision. It’s a relic from when the slave states wanted to make sure that they could influence who the president was and it needs to go. Here’s a great explanation of why the electoral college was created: https://www.history.com/news/electoral-college-founding-fathers-constitutional-convention. That second part is Ben Shapiro brain droppings. The Republic itself is only in danger because Donald Trump keeps chipping away at the rule of law. Look at his “only the best” team. They’ve gotten in more trouble with the law than the late 1990’s Portland Trailblazers.
4. “I’m voting for the Police and for law and order.”
You do know that even if someone is guilty of a crime, it’s still not a cop’s job to shoot them, right? Seems like Law and Order only applies when it’s a BLM protest, not a group of heavily armed white people storming the State Capital somewhere. When people say “defund the police” they aren’t saying “get rid of all police” they’re saying take some of that funding and use it for other services that benefit the community, like outreach, mental health, and thing of that nature, right? Law and Order as a voting point is and always has been a vague racist dog whistle that says “make sure we can arm our police enough to keep the black man where he belongs.”
5. “I’m voting for the military and the veterans who fought for and died for this Country. I’m voting for the Flag, which is always missing from the Democratic background.”
It’s funny, the current administration has done a terrible job in taking care of veterans, both with the VA and with Coronavirus. And please don’t conflate the “Flag” with “Veterans” because that’s just bullshit. The flag is a piece of cloth, a symbol, of our country, and just because people want to call attention to the injustice to one group by taking a knee does not mean that they do not honor the other group. And let’s be further clear: if you joined the military so that people would thank you for your service and kiss your ass for being a veteran, you joined for the wrong reasons.
6. “I’m voting for the right to speak my opinion and not be censored. / I’m voting for the right to praise my God without fear.”
I’m amused to no end that a guy who threatens lawsuits and throws tantrums anytime anyone criticizes him is someone you’d hold up a bastion of first amendment rights. Speaking of holding someone’s virtue up, maybe we should also consider that the man who is a practicing Catholic and church-goer is probably a better example of praising God than the man who had peaceful protesters tear-gassed at a church so that he could have a photo op there with a bible that he’s never opened.
7. “I’m voting for secure borders.”
Well, we don’t have to worry about that, thanks to the ambitiously incompetent response to COVID-19, both Mexico and Canada have basically closed their borders to us. You could always donate to one of those wall-building GoFundMe pages. I’m sure that money will go right where you intend it to.
8. “I’m voting for every unborn soul the Democrats want to murder.”
Are you sure? Even though as soon as they’re born, there’s no health care, no food, no money for school, housing, or anything else? Just make sure they come out alive? (Seriously though, I haven’t harvested any souls in quite some time. I missed my quota of murdered babies last month.) This is asinine.
9. “I’m voting for freedom and the American Dream. I’m voting for good and against evil.”
Then you should probably take a long, hard, look at the man you’re voting for, because there’s never been a worse president, a worse man, or a worse American to hold that office.
10. “I’m not just voting for one person – I’m voting for the future of my Country! What are you voting for?”
I’m voting for the same thing. We just have a very different idea of what that is.
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Same things. I like my guns, I hate tyrants, especially the petty type.
Regardless of who is on the Supreme Court, there may be NO LAW limiting my free exercise of rational skepticism.
It’s too bad the electoral college failed, twice. We could have done better without the Burning One and the Orange Buffoon. It was supposed to be a fire-wall against uninformed voters.
After all, a republic is just a representative democracy, and we have a population that is largely unworthy of such. Our voters are uninformed, by choice. They use their instincts instead of intellect, and we end up with the worst representatives.
The Police need to be disarmed and defunded, they have been infiltrated by racists and authoritarian thugs. Many more reforms are necessary to try and establish a competent and ethical security force, but the system is too broken to be saved, more efficient to start over from the beginning.
The military has devolved into a bloated, malignant weapon, instead of a defensive security organization. They waste a trillion dollars each year destroying dirt farmers and stealing their resources for our corporations, and NOW they are being used on our own citizens! Did you realize that the largest authoritarian Socialist organization in the world is the U.S. Military (free everything: training, jobs, monthly pay, housing, transportation, food, universal medical care for life, pensions, home-loans, they even get free weapons!) We would be safer spending half as much, and using the surplus funds to feed and house the homeless Americans (many of whom are vets!).
I don’t know who is trying to prevent you from presenting your opinion, but although I disapprove of what you say, I will defend to the death your right to say it. So, if you find the bugger, let me know.
I know that true Americans don’t do “under gods”. We don’t have state sponsored religions, we have a CONSTITUTION, remember that ‘order and law’ stuff? We have NO ESTABLISHED RELIGION, so no one is actually preventing you from “praising your god”. Any fear you have is in you head. We are a SECULAR PLURALISTIC DEMOCRACY and I’m an ATHEIST, so I protect the RIGHT to reject your ‘god’, without fear, even if you have fear about praising it.
The Press has been bought by five corporations. This is why it’s more important that you protect the “freedom of speech” than just your individual opinions. Which means protecting speech you don’t understand or agree with.
You see, those veterans, they KILLED for that freedom, and AMERICA is the ONLY Nation that has this kind of freedom. My entire family, every male (save for myself, rejected on medical grounds) have served in that giant socialist organization, and they earned their liberty, by protecting mine, and yours. Each new generation must pay that price, vigilance is the true cost of liberty.
Now all governments are corruptions, I suspect, ours is not perfect, and I could go all day criticising our black-box secret agencies, but I have the feeling you’re using some kind of code, a dog-whistle I hear, when you go after “intelligence agencies”. When you say it I hear “russiagate” or “#tRump Tax Records”, and see martyrs sacrificed to the Swamp-King along with ethics and justice, not to mention rule of law. Perhaps radical transparency wouldn’t hurt, and we could start with everyone’s IRS records.
Some people make jingoist public statements to try to claim the high-ground in some debate or argument, but I’ll ceed the high-ground. It’s lonely up there. I just need a real America, one which still has a dream, where young black boys and white girls can go to the same school, and reinvent their identities, as is their right. This is how I imagine my country.
My Country has a future, unlike any theocracy or fascist dictatorship.
And if you know of any ‘child trafficking’, or any other injustice for that matter, you should document it with evidence and inform the proper authorities, unless you have fears. In that case, just inform me, and I’ll take all the risks for which your courage leaves you outside.
Speaking of EVIL:
#tRump is corruption incarnate, he is the agent of chaos, an insestious child molesester, a bully, a sexist, womanizing megalomaniac, a malignant narcissist, and PEOPLE LIKE YOU put him in a position of such power as to destroy the world. EVIL, objectively defined, is knowingly harming sentient beings. That definition is #tRump’s method of operation, and those who support him are sheep to slaughter.
So, if you freely choose to keep him there, on that golden throne, as a threat to the survival of every species on the planet, and you cultists somehow win the upcoming election, we will have no options left. At that point, it is no longer a farce, not some experiment of democracy, or test of the U.S. Constitution, at that point it becomes a matter of self-defence. You choose #tRump, you choose war. It’s not just a game anymore. It becomes an extinction event.
I’m not just voting, I am taking action, participating in my democracy for the future of all life in the universe. It’s bigger than just America, but no one loves America more than me.