Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Privilege is what allows Sander Supporters to say they'll "never" vote for Clinton**

"Let’s think practically about the election in November.

If Donald Trump gets elected, how many vulnerable people will be hurt, how many programs cut, how bad will the the economy get under conservative policies? How much damage will be done if Trump, an open racist and misogynist, is empowered to commander military, veto bills, and nominate people to the Supreme Court, impacting life in the US for decades to come?

Trump exhorts his followers to attack protestors at his rallies (“The next time we see him, we might have to kill him,” a follower said after punching a black protestor at a rally.) Trump excuses his followers who attack a homeless Hispanic man on the street, claims that Mexican immigrants are rapists, refused to distance himself from the Ku Klux Klan, supports banning Muslims from entering the US, advocates killing the families of terrorists, and is openly sexist. Trump is the worst America has to offer.

How privileged do you need to be to imagine that it’s a good idea to risk the actual lives of vulnerable Americans because you “hate” Clinton so much that you vow to stay home if Sanders doesn’t get the nomination? How protected from the consequences of a Trump presidency do you need to be to think your hatred of Clinton constitutes, as I saw someone say earlier this week, an “inviolable principle,” meaning that it’s more important than the lives of vulnerable Americans? That all applies equally to any Clinton supporters saying the same about Sanders. 

Vote for whoever you like in the primary. But let’s step away from vicious attacks and hatred...and whoever becomes the Democratic nominee, the stakes are far, far too high for us to selfishly stay home because we didn’t get our first choice. I will happily, proudly vote for either Clinton or Sanders, and I hope you will do the right thing and join me."

While my posts on this blog do carry political connotations, they are never outright political. This post reflects the growing consensus of the Republican party in the United States to say Trump will be the face of the GOP. In doing so, they are losing touch with the intellectual framework thats guided their party in the previous century. Embracing Trump reveals their true colors and proves that they remain political and morally bankrupt. Power over principle is a very dangerous thing. Let's work to make sure Trump doesn't come close to the White House.