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To Those, Especially Liberals, Who Are Voting Trump Because They Think He Will Upset the Status Quo

I am confused by anyone who is even semi-liberal, or progressive, who is even considering Trump over Clinton. Don’t get me wrong, I think Clinton comes with a huge number of issues, the email scandal among others, but to even consider Trump because they think he’ll upset the status quo is misguided.

Many seem to say, we can do it again in four years, and that most of his extreme policy proposals will be moderated by congress. However, that ignores several key issues.

Firstly, there is the Supreme Court. This is why many on the right will vote for him not matter what he says, what he stands for, or what he does. The next candidate will likely appoint three candidates to the Supreme Court. They will replace a conservative justice and two of the three liberal justices. If Trump wins, and the Senate remains in Republican hands, which is virtually guaranteed if he wins, he gets to appoint three very conservative justices to the Supreme Court. Odds are that they’ll then go after older conservative justices like Thomas and try to get them to step down so they can have lots of young, very conservative justices on the Supreme Court for a very long time, remember there is no term limit. This will set back women’s rights, worker rights, minority rights, voter rights and more. Most importantly for those thinking Trump will upset the status quo, this far right Supreme Court will just further affirm cases like Citizens United which will put more and more power in the powerful elite and away from the individuals of this nation. This can’t be stressed enough. A vote for Trump is a vote to secure the status quo even more, because of the far lasting changes he and the Republican Congress will push through to the Supreme Court.

Let’s also look at the danger of the great number of increased lone wolf attacks that groups like ISIS and Al-Qaeda will be able to claim responsibility for, without having to do the actual recruitment work on. A Trump presidency is radicalized Jihadist groups wet dream. His stated policies, even if not fully implemented, his desire to wage war and kill them and their children (he directly said he’ll kill their families, which means he’s targeting their children), to violate international laws and bring back torture far worse than water boarding, his desire to restrict travel, will make self radicalization far more likely. They have publicly stated they want us to war against them, because it pushes the “us vs them” narrative. Many Muslims already feel they are the most persecuted religion in the world. This persecution just proves to many that it is the one true faith, because the enemy (read the Devil) is working so hard to put the faith down. This results in self radicalization, and people will fight for the cause because they see the world turning against their faith, by people like Trump equating the whole faith to the actions of very few… they dissociate their involvement with those very few, but make mistake, the number of self radicalized people will greatly increase due to a Trump Presidency… of course Republicans want this greatly increased attacks on American Citizens as it increases American’s call for war and destruction, which the party (which oddly calls itself pro-life, while being pro death penalty, pro stand your ground and murder somebody for trying to steal your TV, and very very pro war) loves. Republican war profiteering will go into overdrive because of the increase in self radicalization… which means even more of the status quo.

Finally, let’s keep in mind that while Congress might moderate some of Trump’s most radical policies, there is no Congress between him and the button. He’s stated he might not protect our NATO allies if they are attacked if they haven’t paid. He’s stated he’d order our troops to shoot and kill people for making gestures at US forces (in regards to Iranian ships running around US military ships and making gestures at the US forces while doing so)… something that could start a war… and most scary of all, has publicly stated he would not rule out the use of nuclear weapons (as an offensive weapon) be it against a nation in the Middle East or Europe. He reportedly even asked his military advisers “if we have them, why don’t we use them”? Keep in mind how often he blows his top and says outrageous things… he’ll be like the Philippine President, Rodrigo Dutert, or North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, but of a major power. The fact he doesn’t seem to understand the concept of Mutually Assured Destruction should scare anyone, even conservatives (unless they are voting for him just to bring about the end of the world). It doesn’t matter if we launch against somebody who doesn’t have the ability to launch back, the moment one missile flies, they all fly, and that ends the world.

I could go on and on about a large number of other issues, but anyone who is even mildly liberal or progressive can not even think about voting for Trump. You want to wait four years to undue something, undue Clinton in four years. The damage that Trump will do is too vast, and will give the status quo even more power than Clinton will.

Damn them All to Hell, FISA Ammendments Pass

There were a few who voted against it strongly, Clinton, surprisingly among them, Ron Paul would have had he been able to be there (they added it to the calendar at the last minute and he had another appointment), Kucinich did also. Unfortunately, Obama did vote for it, and I may reconsider my vote for him just on this issue alone. Unfortunately I don’t feel I can vote for Bob Barr (Libertarian candidate) since he has conveniently flipped his positions before joining the Libertarian party to be more in line with them (he was one of the leaders of the Drug War, voted for the Iraq war, one of the leaders of the Defense of Marriage Act, voted for the Patriot Act… all of which he has come out publicly apologized for of came out against, too little too late I say, and I haven’t heard anything about him taking back his position to have the Pentagon bar the practice of Wicca in the military, and after all religious freedom is one of the main things that caused people to come here for and why the Constitution protects it).
What is important to note is that FISA itself worked fine, and WASN’T going to expire. The only thing this was for, essentially was to provide retroactive protection for the telcos (which technically violates the Constitution and I am sure we’ll see it challenged on that grounds very soon), and to expand the reasons they can now wiretap you without a warrant. Among the reasons they can wiretap you without a warrant is if they suspect you are trading files on the Internet.
I am just appalled at how many people still believe the Bush administration’s lies… Meanwhile I read a headline that Obama is trying to overcome the image that some Christians have that he matches the Bible’s description of the Anti-Christ, which is beyond odd since Bush matches it exactly. Bush is the one pushing to force people to be implanted with RFIDs, which Christians say is the Mark of the Beast.

Texas and Ohio Voters are Idiots and Paul Still in the Race

Clinton won both Ohio and Texas. To be fair, she was expected to win both by a large margin, and her margin in Texas wasn’t much and the caucus isn’t counted far enough yet to see how delegates are distributed. None of the news organizations seem to agree on exactly how the counts are distributed, but even after the sad results of Texas and Ohio, Obama still has a sizable delegate lead.
Meanwhile, the mainstream media is ignoring that Ron Paul is still in the race and that McCain doesn’t have the race locked up as he doesn’t have the required number of pledged delegates. Ohio apparently is all unpledged. However, I truly think it is time for Ron Paul to move to the Libertarian party for his Presidential bid now that he won his Congressional seat back, and McCain is as good as the nominee. While he probably wouldn’t win the election on the Libertarian ticket, he would get them enough votes that they would be in the debates 4 years from now and there is a slim chance they may include Paul in the debates that way, though they probably wouldn’t.
If Clinton wins the nomination… well it is time to start looking more seriously at Vancouver or Nelson. Vancouver is closer, and Sara seems excited about it and Toronto. She isn’t sold on Nelson for some reason, perhaps due to it being so far, though it is in the foothills of the Southern Alps, has 4 seasons, is far sunnier than most places here save the South… Not that we can afford to move to either one for a long time anyhow. 🙁

Department of She’s Plum Lost Her Mind

I saw a comment from the Clinton camp the other day that if Obama doesn’t sweep all four states on the 4th by a large margin, than he in fact lost. Odd spin on the facts since prior to her statement, I was under the impression that Texas and Ohio were guaranteed wins for her, and the only question was how much her winning margin would be. Now Obama has closed the gap in Texas, and is close to a tie in Ohio, and how she’s saying that he has to win by a large margin to actually win. It sounds to me like even if he wins most of the states, she’ll stick in and continue to divide their party short of him doing it in such a large margin that he wins all the delegates he needs that day.

Onto Texas and Ohio

Ron Paul did respectably well Tuesday, however, due to the asinine way the Republican’s assign the winner take all delegates, his delegate count didn’t go up. I really don’t understand why anyone votes for McCain. Even Republican’s hate Bush, and McCain is basically another Bush, perhaps even worse. My shit could win the general election against McCain. I could see the election now, “I have the choice between a piece of shit and McCain. Easy! The piece of shit.” The news reports would be all about how a piece of shit beat McCain by a landslide… Lucky for us there is a chance it won’t be a piece of shit running against McCain (though that depends on who the Democrats pick of the two).
Meanwhile, voters in Wisconsin and Hawaii were smart enough to vote for Obama over Clinton. Obama is also doing better in Texas with him ahead even on some polls I have seen, but most report a statistical dead heat. For some god forsaken reason, Clinton still has a fairly strong lead in Ohio, but there is nearly two weeks until the primaries, so hopefully things will change and the gap narrows. They are still predicting it will come to the superdelegates, all in a party who for the general election believes that the popular vote is all that should matter, but for the primaries they think is worthless.

I Think it is Telling

I think it is telling when the “better educated” people, as the media polls call them, favor Obama and the “less educated” people prefer Clinton. That should speak volumes as to whom the Democrats should elect. Obviously the “educated” people know who is the better choice.
If we get Obama vs McCain, I will vote for Obama, if it is McCain vs Clinton I think about moving out of the country but in the meantime vote 3rd party. If it is Obama vs Huckabee… well, that is likely not to happen, I’ll decide in the booth between 3rd party and Obama, unless of course that 3rd party choice is Ron Paul where Ron Paul is the clear choice…
Here is my current run down:
Ron Paul
Anybody but Clinton or McCain
Obama
The Libertarian choice if it isn’t Ron Paul…
Huckabee
I think that keeps care of everyone. 🙂
As far as moving out of the country, it would likely be Vancouver, though I would really prefer New Zealand, and of course I already covered the city choices there in other posts.
Meanwhile, what the flip is up with Washington state stopping their counts and declaring McCain the winner before they were done counting? The vote count was close enough, with enough votes left uncounted that the whole thing stinks. If I were a Washington voter, I would be highly pissed. Did the vote counters look at the uncounted ballots and see that Huckabee or Paul were going to win and decided to leave them uncounted? It is one thing for a network to declare a winner before the counts are done and the polls are closed (unlike 2000 where they declared a winner long before even the East coast polls were closed), but is another thing for the officials to declare a winner before they are done counting and then stop counting.
Anyhow, I officially support Obama, after Ron Paul.

Wanting Their Cake and Eat it Too

I find it amusing that the Democrats, at least the big state ones, pushed to change the Federal elections from Electoral College to a pure Popular Vote, and yet for their primaries, they have Superdelegates to avoid having to end up with the popular vote, or as they say to balance it out. As I write this CNN is reporting that Clinton has 1,148 delegates, and Obama has 1,121, giving her a 27 delegate lead. However, if we look at the break down, it is Clinton with 924 delegates given to her by the people, Obama meanwhile has 986, meaning that Obama has a 62 delegate lead based on the popular vote, which they seemed to think was all that should count when Gore lost the electoral vote. Obama is expected to when the Patomic this Tuesday, taking VA, DC and MD. The next big contest after that is Ohio and Texas, both of which currently favor Clinton for some God forsaken reason, especially Ohio where Clinton holds a 2 to 1 lead over the far superior Obama. (Texas is showing Clinton with 48% and Obama with 38% last I saw, and given her lead with the Spanish community, this is to be expected, we’ll see how the final results end up.)
Anyhow, if the Democrats value the popular vote so much, then why don’t they dump the Superdelegates?

Ron Paul, Second in Nevada

Ron Paul came in a strong second in Nevada and beat Giuliani in South Carolina… though Paul beating Giuliani is nothing new, the only time he hasn’t was in New Hampshire. Nevada and South Carolina proves a certain point about the Ron Paul base. Despite the fact he gets lower scores in polls, his real world results are much better then the polls predict. For example, in South Carolina, Ron Paul was polling at 1%, well behind Giuliani’s 4% and even Keyes’ 2%. The polls are flawed not only as a result of what they ask, but perhaps more importantly whom they ask.
Thompson is expected to drop out, and likely will endorse McCain, which if that results in a McCain win in Florida (who already leads), will be an effective end to Giuliani’s run, especially if Giuliani falls past second there after all the time and money he has spent on Florida.
On the Democrat side, Clinton won Nevada (their South Carolina primary isn’t until later), but Obama gets more delegates from there, making his delegate lead stronger.