Parents are having a difficult time putting Trump’s Presidency in perspective. I’m a father to a student at University, and this is what I sent.
Post election fatherly words of wisdom, trying to make some sense of it all…
On social issues: There will be some people that will feel that their intolerant views have been given a safe haven because of the example Trump sets. Don’t get pulled down into the pit, including being intolerant of the intolerant. You should continue to be the person you want to see in the world.
Remember that the intolerant are either mentally ill, less educated, or brainwashed. In all of those instances, they warrant our help. And since some are mentally ill, always remember that some will be unreachable. It becomes more important than before to stand up for discriminated groups. Continue the work you started on, white men have a lot of power when speaking up for all other shades.
On the economy: many things will become different than the last 8 years. Some good, some bad. Learn to adapt to the changes in the world, as the world will always be changing. Continue your school grind, it will assure your future success. You may have foreign friends that express fear to the changes, especially in regards to your sector… continue to be as compassionate as always. Those friends may give you a great job and help you relocate to their country someday.
On Earth: Further expand your knowledge on climate change. Trump’s policies will set us back on carbon emission reductions. Understand this issue well, understand the timeline of our future. I don’t want to alarm you, but be alarmed. I know you don’t plan on having kids, but if we don’t make big changes here, it’ll soon become immoral to do so. Your education on this issue gives you a chance to do the right thing for you, but also possibly to help solve it for others.
On the Presidency: Think freely. Allow yourself the chance to be pleasantly surprised by his 4 years as President, but don’t expect it. The good news on multiple fronts is that the last few days have shown he’s not as extreme as his white nationalist fans wanted him to be. If he let’s them down, he won’t be re-elected and society wins bigly.
There are some that believe the next 4 years will prove that going forward we’ll all want a more progressive government. If that’s true, we may be better off in the long run.
The glass has some water in it, not sure about halfway, but there’s some water there.
I love you, I’ll always have your back, and with you kicking ass at school, you control your destiny as much as possible on this beautiful rock we get to inhabit.
I’m disheartened by admins of the groups “Bernie or Bust” and “Bernie is going to win.” They censor and ban instantly anyone that makes any type of argument in favor of Hillary. In both groups I posted a very civil message with a polite argument about how I dislike HRC but feel I have to vote for her… in both cases I was banned instantly.
As a forum administrator I pride myself on allowing open communication. I’ve had a few great people in my life argue against censorship and for the free exchange of ideas, and I’ve never banned a person making a civil argument contrary to my belief.
It’s sad to see that at least two admins in two different Bernie groups don’t appreciate an open civil discussion of ideas that can improve the country. It doesn’t seem to embrace a Bernie Sanders type of spirit.
This post on facebook here.
This post was difficult to write however I felt I needed to open up for the benefit of third-party voters. The primary aim of this post is to show #BernieOrBust, #JillNotHill, and other folks not voting for Hillary just how disgusted I was recently with Hillary. I have overcome some of my pain because I know a vote for Hillary will save society from even worse scenarios. I’ve been engaged in discussions with third-party voters on twitter and have found that a post like this was necessary for reasons that will become clear as you read on…
On March 6th, 2016 I said that Hillary is a “fucking lying scumbag.”
Hillary, you fucking lying scumbag.
I still have those feelings however I have learned a special trick to suppressing them: Donald Trump. I agree with “Art of the Deal” author Tony Schwartz when he explained why he believes Donald Trump is a sociopath. Donald doesn’t care at all about Americans, in fact he’s incapable of it. He’s an unintelligent, under-informed, bigoted, compulsive lying, egotistical hypocritical bully, sexually abusive, selfish, uncharitable, anti-science, anti-woman, anti-black, anti-immigrant, anti-peace, anti-constitutional (anti-american), anti-paying his fair share, psychopathic, fox news believing idiot, that has no idea how to run a business or a country… and he stiffs the people he hires. He is one of the worst people in the world. He’s not what he wants people to believe he is, nor does he have as much money.
“I genuinely believe that if Trump wins and gets the nuclear codes there is an excellent possibility it will lead to the end of civilization.” – Tony Schwartz author of the 2nd best book of all time besides the Bible, Art of the Deal
If Donald Trump becomes President, it will instantly become the worst day of your life, whether you know it yet or not. It may be the last time you ever get to vote as it could be the last election ever held in America, or what was previously known as America. It certainly would assure that humans 30 years from now (if there are any left) will be fighting each other for food and the remaining land. Trump is a scientific moron. He’s said climate change is a Chinese hoax and that if it’s cold outside Earth must not be getting warmer. You know who understands climate change and vows to fight it? Hillary.
“Hillary Clinton will make solving the climate crisis a top national priority. Her opponent, based on the ideas he has presented, would take us toward a climate catastrophe.” – Al Gore
Climate change is the single most important issue of our time and it’s imperative that our next President continue the fight that Obama has started. Will that third-party vote feel as morally decent if it leads to a Trump Presidency and drives the final nail into the coffin of Mother Earth? Will your vote for Jill Stein feel good enough to get you through living in a Mad Max Thunder dome hellish planet?
You may be too young to have seen the effect of third party voting on Al Gore. Had he been elected we’d have already made big inroads on climate change, and of course wouldn’t have fought a war on lies and allowed ISIS to form. I get it though, there are so many problems with our system. You want to make a big change, send a statement, and feel better about the person you’re voting for but this is not the election to throw your vote away. I know, apparently they say that in every election. This time it’s the case.
You may not know my history, however I’ve always hoped I could help get a third-party candidate elected. I maintain a large community with a mailing list of over 20,000 readers that I hope to mobilize one day towards a candidate that will buck the system, close the income gap, not engage in cronyism or accept lobbyist money, embrace the Constitution, all Americans, and be honest! Sometimes we get a few of those traits in our leaders, but it’s very rare to get all of them. My point is that I’ve said many times that I want to elect a third-party candidate, I believe our two-party system is hurting us, and that we’ve got to fight it. A word of advice, the best way to help third-party candidates for President is to get them elected in lower positions first!
“I have always had the thought in the back of my head that someday the Rational Response Squad site would be in a position to help affect the outcome of an election where a third-party candidate had a chance. I’d vote third-party if I really felt the 2 parties were almost the same, and the third-party candidate had 5-10% of the vote possibilities.” – Brian Sapient From Nov 6, 2012
This year I believed Bernie was the closest thing we’ve had to the perfect candidate in a long time, possibly even the best candidate to ever run for office. During the primary I campaigned hard for Bernie. I despised Hillary, and Trump warrants whatever hate we have towards Hillary magnified by thousands. I believe that both Hillary and Trump are the nominees of their party due in large part because we live in a society where name recognition goes further than research. Most people don’t research political candidates as deeply as they should. The same can be said of many third-party voters as well. I’ve discussed the third-party candidates with quite a few third-party voters that didn’t know their candidates views that well and in some cases weren’t even willing to mention who their candidate was. The best news I can give you is that Bernie is already pushing ahead with the ideas that he had worked into the democratic platform. He’s going to start pushing the Senate to deliver democratic platform bills to Hillary that she’s stated she’ll sign off on.
This is not the election to play games. It is vital that we elect Hillary Clinton and live another day.
Assume for a moment the almost baseless conspiracy theories about Hillary are true. Let’s say she murdered a bunch of people and received money from people who hate women for her foundation. Let’s assume she laughed at someone who was raped, and let’s assume that she is mostly telling us only what we want to hear. Let’s also assume she slept through Benghazi because she just doesn’t care, and that she used a personal email server because she doesn’t care about National security. As I write this, I realize how stupid the sum of it sounds, however my point is that it would still be mandatory that we don’t have a Trump presidency. That’s how bad he is. He’s hundreds of times worse than that. It isn’t even close. And if you don’t vote for Hillary, you are voting for the worst person to ever run for the Presidency.
For a while my biggest gripe with Hillary was that she says whatever is politically expedient. She changed her position on gay marriage only after the majority of Americans did. She also adopted many of Bernie’s positions only after she saw how popular Bernie was. And she’s left us to wonder if she’s just paying lip service. What I’m about to say is a stretch. I’m saying it because I know as a decent person that cares about others I have to vote for Hillary or the end of civilization may be on my hands. However… isn’t it a good thing that she’ll actually take the time to find out what we want to hear? She actually takes the time to prepare for things, as opposed to her counterpart who comes up with bigoted moronic shit without any contemplation or deep thought at every turn. Hillary studies. If her aim is power and she’s prepared to govern based on what the majority of Americans want, isn’t that what we should want?
The impetus for this post was initially contrived because I was discussing my necessary vote for Hillary on twitter and a few third-party voters stated I was a Hillbot. I thought, how funny, you don’t know anything about me, and can’t defend your viewpoint, so you’ll refer to me as a blind Hillary supporter. The truth is the opposite. I have to work hard to seek out the reasons that make me content about my superhero duties. It’s up to me to save the planet from Donald Drumpf and unfortunately I have to pull the lever for someone I have said many nasty things about and you might not know that. This might sound like what I would say if I was a Hillbot. And since I mentioned how we have a difficult time researching (something Hillary does not) I’ve decided to do the research for you and provide a chronological timeline of some of the things I’ve said about Hillary in the last 7 months.
Hillary was pretending to adopt Bernie’s positions as a political ploy
Trump is the worst candidate ever, we’re forced to vote for Hillary. (if you want to save us from World War 3)
It’ll be a painful day voting for Hillary
Begging HRC voters to research her further.
Hopefully #BernieOrBust folks will change their mind by election day
(It’s imperative they change their mind)
Worst voting experience of my life
… yet we have to vote for Hillary to keep out Drumpf.
I really was literally sick thinking I’d have to vote for HRC
… and I’ll do so because it’s my duty as a decent person.
It was hard to tell the difference between HRC and Trump. Now it’s easy.
William Hamby says he’ll believe Bernie has integrity only after Convention
On what will #BernieOrBust people do after Bernie endorses HRC
Our victory is that the Democratic platform has a lot of Bernie in it.
Did you read it? Here is the Democratic platform due in large part to Bernie.
A friend goes through the same painful progression.
Now that you see how much I’ve hated Hillary, please understand it’s imperative that I suppress those feelings in order to ensure that a loose cannon bigoted idiotic asshole never becomes President. Just tell yourself she’s the most qualified candidate ever (true) and that she studies. You’re not voting for Hillary, you’re voting to get the chance at voting in the future. You’re voting to live another day and give the change you want a chance to happen. And for you Bernie fans, you’re voting for Bernie to control the Senate and push Hillary to enact all of his policies!
As of November 1st ABC/Wash Post Tracking polls prove that any third party vote is a vote for Trump. Be the bigger person, don’t destroy civilization, vote Hillary.
Clinton losing votes to Johnson and Stein may cost her the election… and all of us, our way of life.
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1 in 6 women and 1 in 33 men will become a victim of sexual assault. Recent developments in the 2016 election have rekindled the problem of sexual abuse in a National conversation. We’ve seen the video of Trump bragging about sexually abusing women, and we’ve since heard from many of the women he’s sexually abused. Donald Trump has referred to his sex crimes as “locker room talk.” Sadly this has added insult to injury to men that were already disgusted by Trump.
Trump has now led women to believe that other men actually talk like this in the “locker room.” This bothers me and all the good men in America. I’ve been in locker rooms all my life and I’ve never heard another man brag about sexually assaulting a woman. I’ve played well over a thousand rounds of golf, and visited the locker room. I’ve played basketball and soccer and have been in the locker room another 100 times with athletes playing those sports, and I’ve never heard a man brag about kissing a woman when he sees her, and not waiting for her consent. I’ve been in a health club locker room over 300 times and I’ve never heard a man talk about grabbing a woman in a way that would put him in jail if he was recorded doing what he was saying (grab her by the p***y).
On top of all of this, there was even an article from another man that claimed “many men talk like Donald Trump in private. And only other men can stop them.” There is so much wrong with this statement. Absolutely not! Many men don’t talk like Trump. As we’ve heard from a great many professional athletes this week, none of them relate to the notion that locker rooms sound like this. And let’s just get this straight… locker room is code for “men in private.” “Many men” don’t brag about sexually abusing women in private, locker room or not. The author of this piece believes that only other men can stop “it.” And that’s just not the case, everyone in society plays a role. In fact, women play just as much of a role if not even more of a role.
I believe the author of the above piece may have unfortunately conflated objectification of women and sexual predation. Objectification of women is rampant, that is certain. However objectification of women is nothing like rape. Both issues should be addressed, but Trump’s actions are criminal and objectification of the opposite sex isn’t. Yes, we should all work to value people for more than just sex, but that’s not anywhere in the realm of using your power to sexually abuse someone else. And let’s leave objectifying others there for now.
Back to the issue that Donald Trump brings up (sexual assault and evil towards women). Trump is a misogynist, he calls women names simply because she exposes his disgusting views(Alicia Machado) or his moronic thoughts(Rosie O’Donnell). He thinks he can do whatever he wants to women and get away with it.
Thankfully almost none of you have ever heard a man talk like Donald Trump did on that tape when he admitted to sexual crimes. But we can all do something about this. Let’s agree to speak out much like this, let’s agree to make statements against his form of megalomaniac abuse. Let’s agree that on that first day of your life that you’re unlucky enough to be in the presence of an asshole that admits to sexual abuse, you say something to that jackass and make sure he/she knows just how strongly you feel about how small of a person they are.
How else can you send a message?
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Now for a moment, let’s go back to objectification of the opposing sex. Both women and men are guilty of it, and although I don’t have a poll I would assume that men are guilty of it more than women. The article I referenced above incorrectly posited that only men can do something about it. It’s important for women to know that while some men play a role in the reduction of objectification, most men learn about the harm of objectifying women from other women. We often learn from hearing other women speak (youtube, tv, radio, etc…) or we learn from them telling us directly. We learn from women that it hurts to be objectified and that they feel gross when we treat them like they are simply sex objects. So women… keep it up. Let men know how it makes you feel, we’re listening and learning.
“You can not be President if you call someone a piggy.” – A 6 year old (as told to us by Michelle Obama)