We now know without a doubt that a vote for Hillary Clinton on Nov. 8, 2016, would have made a positive difference in so many people’s lives. We would not be staring at the demise of our democracy and a return to the 1950s on social issues with a new Supreme Court Justice. Time to stop blaming Hillary for how she campaigned and place the blame where it belongs, on the disgusting pig in the White House and those who put him there either by staying home, voting for a third party, or casting a vote for Trump. Shame on those who listened to the likes of elitist white privileged Susan Sarandon who said Clinton was the same as Trump or even worse.
But here we are and now we need to face the future together no matter how dim it may look. Every person with an ounce of decency must do everything they can to stop Trump and his right-wing Republican Congress. Never thought I would agree with George Will but I urge you to listen when even he says, “Don’t vote for the GOP in November.”
We must put a stop to the downhill slide of our nation and stop a president who is having us turn our backs on our friends while he cozies up to our enemies. We need to take back the House of Representatives and the Senate if we are to stop the insane person occupying the White House before he does any more damage. I am more convinced than ever that Vladimir Putin is blackmailing him. If he isn’t then Trump is even more disgusting than I thought, which is hard to fathom.
With the retirement of Justice Kennedy, we will face a more hostile majority on the Supreme Court. It can only be hoped there are two or three Republicans with enough decency to reject a nominee committed to turning back the clock and overturning Roe v. Wade allowing states to once again make abortion illegal; and Obergefell v. Hodges once again making same-sex marriage illegal.
In order to move forward we must elect every Democrat on the general election ballot on Nov. 6. Every one of them, from those running for school board and county council, to those running for state legislature, governor and Congress. If we do that we can put a halt to the downward spiral this president and this Congress have us on. With our vote we can say, “We won’t take it anymore.”
We can say to this president we see through your lies and deceit when you say your tax cut helped the middle class when it was just a big giveaway to the rich. We can say to him your tariffs are hurting us and because of them union workers in Wisconsin are losing their jobs and farmers in Iowa are hurting because they can’t sell their crops. We can tell the president that cozying up to Putin and Kim Jong-un while chastising Justin Trudeau, Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron is total insanity and a threat to world peace.
We have the chance with our votes this November to say our country is going to defend the rights of immigrants and redeem ourselves and live up to the words on the Statue of Liberty: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” With a united voice we must say we will not let women go back to the times when getting an abortion meant doing it in a dirty back room with a coat hanger. We will not go back to the time when those in the LGBTQ community stayed in the closet to protect themselves and their families. We will not go back to a time in our country when it was legal to discriminate based on the color of one’s skin. And we will say with our votes we will not accept a president who thinks it’s OK to support candidates who accept the support of white supremacists and Nazis such as Corey Stuart in Virginia.
The majority of the people in our country are decent. Nearly three million more of them voted for Hillary than for Trump. In the last six out of seven presidential elections the Democratic candidate for president got more votes than the Republican. The majority of the people understood the difference it would make even if our Electoral College system didn’t allow the majority to win.
This November we must vote in overwhelming numbers to show the world not only are the majority of the American people decent and caring, but we will not stand by while the despot currently occupying the White House and his lackeys in the Congress endanger not only our nation but the world.
Peter Rosenstein is a longtime LGBT rights and Democratic Party activist. He writes regularly for the Blade.