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.