Like many humans on earth, I am absolutely terrified. Will we wake up weds morning to a fascist American govt? How did it get to this? Why are so many Americans filled with so much hatred? I posted months ago to throw my support behind Bernie Sanders. After the primary was over, I was so disappointed. He did not get a fair playing field and the DNC – completely rigged the entire election in her favour. It left a bad taste in my mouth – and I did not know what I was going to do. I thought I would wait and see what Bernie said. If he was going to veer off to a third party – I was going to be right there to support him as always. But when he came out and threw his support behind Hillary – it stung – BAD…
When this whole farce began – I was in the camp of “Trump is a false flag candidate/ reality star working with Hillary and the powers that be” – “he is so awful he’ll make her look better!” – “He’s prob on her payroll!” And I too repeated that mantra that many others do “He is an idiot – but she is REALLY EVIL!” But after much time and research – I know that a Trump win will be a planetary disaster.
There is so much hatred in the air. When I was pushing for Bernie, I joined a lot of Pro Bernie groups on Facebook. Much information was shared and posted – but once Bernie lost, I began to see that the hatred for Hillary overtook the entire progressive cause. The groups went from sharing fact based proper journalism, to right wing/ click bait/ fake news stories. Their hatred blinded them from the cause and fueled their movement. One by one, I began to unfollow them. Several left wing friends let the hate overcome their purpose, and they began to share the same fake right wing garbage, so I had to hide them as well – for my state of mind. Then I started to hide all news sites, until my feed was just a series of cat memes. I dont want anything to do with news at the mo, it just depresses me – I absorbed enough bad information – I want to take it out of my head – not put more in…
A friend shared this stores advert pullout from my home towns local paper. An ammo election sale! “Exercise YOUR Right!” It exclaims in bold letters, accentuated with stars and stripes, next to a machine gun. Advertising death as if it were the same as Home depot. Most people I know were horrified to see this, but my hometown and pro second amendment friends were completely desensitized – same old, same old. “No different than a store selling lawn mowers” a friend commented…
It’s weird because I know several Trump supporters. I am related to them or know them from my home town. None have lost their jobs or suffered any hardships under Obama. Contrary to what the rest of the world believes – they do not live in trailer parks or look like extras off a Deliverance remake. None are poor, white collar workers. In fact, from my vantage point – they all have it pretty darn good. So why the anger? Why the hatred? The only answer I can come up with is they have drunk the koolaid dolled out by fox news that the black people and Isis are out to get them in suburbia. Their main concern is the right to bear arms and welfare queens getting free stuff! Not even realising that the truth of the matter is that they are more likely to be killed by a crazy, white spree killer than an African American or Isis; and that the real welfare queens are corporations being subsidized and not having to pay tax just like Donald Trump!
Seriously! They honestly believe that people on welfare are using their food stamps to buy lobster and caviar! It’s mind boggling! But in a way, I think they like them being there in a tough situation, as that is a group they can direct their hatred towards and feel better about themselves whilst doing it.
To the white racist – no black person is above them – and that is why they have hated Obama so. He is everything they will never be – classy, eloquent, intelligent – and because they are not fully cooked eggs, this makes them feel inferior. Instead they should strive to be those things.
Recently I unfriended a relative. We had never met. A distant, elderly cousin in Northern California. Looking at her photos with her grand children, you could picture her baking cookies and knitting quilts all day long. But a glance at her feed told a completely different story. Memes with pictures of Hitler comparing him to Obama, and lots of pro Trump propaganda. I tried to engage her a bit hoping I might sway her. But she was completely crazy and her entire mantra was “They (Obama and Hillary) want to take my guns away!!!” This little sweet, 80 something year old granny!
I have a brother who is also a supporter of Trump. Most of the time I keep him hidden, I don’t want to see the hate. But was curious the other day and stumbled upon this meme. I couldn’t hold back and left a comment – “Really? Where on earth do you get this nonsense? He has screwed over and stiffed his workers systematically his entire career! You are a fool to believe this!” I shouldnt have called him fool, but where is any proof Trump cares about anyone but himself? He is one of the people who outsourced jobs to China, who let his casino go into bankruptcy, leaving thousands unemployed and their pension plans drained. His record shows another story – he does not care about people who work for him. But his supporters do not care about the facts…
I have seen other ridiculous memes and fallen out with several friends and family members. As has my mother, who is usually super diplomatic when it comes to politics. It’s just something you don’t speak about. But, unfortch – this race is unlike any we have ever witnessed. It’s not just the repubs and dems, small govt vs big govt – this is about human rights, civil rights and the state of the planet!
Nobody thought Brexit would happen here in the UK. Even I thought “The powers that be will not allow it.” And I like many others, was shocked the next morning when I awoke to hear the news the Britain would be exiting the EU. The win of the Brexiters legitimised the cause of the racists and soon beatings spread like wildfire around the country. Hate crime violence spiked off the chart, people were even killed. When they started to go after Polish people, even I got scared for my own safety. It was then that I made my decision, as I knew a Trump win would be a green light to the racists to celebrate with lynching sprees. I could not let that happen.
As stupid and ignorant I believe Trump is, he is stocking his cabinet with a truly evil team. In 2013 his VP – Mike Pence signed a bill to jail same-sex couples for applying for a marriage license! That was just 3 years ago. And sadly one of many anti-gay legal actions he has pushed for. As someone who has gay relatives and friends – their rights and safety are important to me!
What we have all witnessed over the past years with police brutality against black Americans is beyond horrific and the militarized US Police Force seems to have morphed into a gestapo type organization. The Police Union has backed Trump and again, I fear that a Trump win will just create more funerals in the black community.
Trump has vowed to overturn Roe VS Wade – a woman’s right to choose. That can not happen. And if it does, many women will die in botched abortions. He has made himself loud and clear about the way he thinks of women and it is disgusting! How can anyone, esp women and parents of daughters, want such a disgusting pig to represent them?
What he has openly said about Mexicans and Muslims is disgusting! It’s Un American! Our country is a melting pot of all races, colours, religions and must stay that way.
But to me one of the scariest things I have heard is that he believes Climate Change is a hoax created by China. He plans to leave the Paris Agreement. Defund alternative energy sources and subsidize more oil and coal! What kind of world does tomorrow hold for your grandchildren? It is not a hoax! It is real and we as a society must be vigilant in weaning ourselves off of oil and gas and accepting cleaner options! Time is seriously running out – it is no joke people!
So those are my reasons for voting for Hillary. Human Rights, Civil Rights and The Planet. Because those things are truly at risk. I beg my fellow Bernie supporters, not to throw your votes away! Writing his name in is a waste and so is voting for Jill Stein (sorry it’s too late and she is out of her depth). It makes me so frustrated, because if you truly back Bernie and were a supporter of his cause, you would follow his lead to fight fascism! Because if Trump wins, it won’t be 4 more years, it could be decades of authoritarianism. America will no longer be the land of the free and brave, it will be at the end of the cue, taking orders from Putin. And to my left leaning Putin lovers who think the west has painted an unfair portrait of him, 3 things – Ukraine, Gay Rights, and Pussy Riot. He is evil, no matter how you try and spin it.
As an American living in the UK, I am on the outside looking in. The terrifying thing with Trump and his supporters, is that they are blind to the rest of the world. America is the only country on the planet to them. But that is not true. Their hatred has blinded them to see America is part of a community. And most all countries and their leaders do not care for Trump. Electing him will only change America’s standing in the world and there will be dire consequences…
Every side in this experience has left me deflated. The way the republican party sunk so low with their main candidate discussing his penis size in primary debates, the way the republican and far alt right got away with spreading lie after lie with fake clickbait sites, the way the DNC completely ignored the will of the people to anoint their chosen leader – squeezing Bernie and his message of truth out as far as possible, the smugness of her die hard supporters, the far left’s blinding hatred of her – helping spread the far right’s lies; and the corporate media for creating this frankensteins monster and helping to build his cause and grow his fascist army – all the while capitalizing on hate! One big headache! And if I am honest – even if she wins, I still have fear – fear of the militias coming out to avenge their loss – as Trump is alluding to this…
Do I like her, not particularly, is she flawed – most definitely! But I do believe she does have good qualities too and has worked to help the poor. I also believe that money and power has corrupted her and she is too hawkish. But the things I care most about are much more protected under her. Bernie did not get a payoff to support her (as several clickbait right wing sites have alleged) he knows how the system works. And as someone who has worked tirelessly for decades beyond partisan lines, knows better than to burn bridges if he wants to continue to make a difference. If the dems take the senate – he will get Paul Ryan’s job and be able to accomplish so much more for the American people – perhaps more than he would as president! So to my fellow Bernie bros and sistas – let’s get behind him! And save the USA from becoming a fascist state.
I know this is a long winded rant, and wish I had written it sooner. A lot of people are sure she has this in the bag, but as we learned with Brexit – nothing is a sure thing. The world now waits on pins and needles – hoping and praying that America makes the right choice and does not thrust itself and the rest of the world down into the abyss… Dear America – please don’t undo years of progress. I beg you… GD