Election, 2016

I originally posted this to Facebook on November 9, 2016, and I meant every word of it:

I have spent most of the day trying to NOT think about this, and I was largely successful because it was busy at work, and I was training a new guy. Then my shift ended, and the thoughts happened....
I am afraid. I hope to be proven wrong about why, but I am afraid.

Yesterday was the election for President, and several "down-ticket" House and Senate seats. With the Senate and House controlled by the Republicans, it is somewhat amazing that President Barak Obama was able to get as much done to progress this country as he has against the blatant obstructionism of the Republican party.

Yesterday, we as a nation had the chance to elect, if not the best candidate, at least one that would work to continue the path of progress, and flip the Senate and House to a Democrat majority. This did not happen.

Instead, the worst possible candidate was elected President, Donald Trump. The man is a proven liar, swindler, and admitted sexual predator. And we as a nation elected him. The man has shown himself to be a man of no character. He insults everyone who disagrees with him, often vulgarly. He has shown he has no self control, no decorum, and no decency. He is currently under investigation for tax fraud personally, professionally, and his alleged charity. Contrary to the law, he has used his "charitable foundation" that is supposed to help others to pay off his own personal legal bills and buy himself expensive knick-knacks. He is about to go on trial for fraud for swindling hundreds if not thousands of victims of his "Trump University" where people paid him thousands of dollars to learn how to do… nothing. The trial for that is supposed to start this month.

He is the subject of many, many lawsuits from small businesses that he has outright cheated out of contractually agreed on feeds for services rendered, from construction to grounds keeping, to, well, whatever. When sued for rightful money owed, he instead threatens to bury his victims in legal bills unless they agree to a pennies-on-the-dollar settlement, both of which have driven many small businesses out of business.

He had declared business bankruptcy at least four times in the past 20 years and has many more failed high profile businesses.

The Donald has admitted, on tape, to being a sexual predator, saying that he can do it and get away with it because he is rich. He is also accused by more than a dozen women of rape, including one who was 13 at the time of the claimed rape. Last I heard, there is a civil suit Discovery on that scheduled for December.

He had campaigned on an unabashed platform of hate. "Mexico only sends us rapists and murderers". "I will deny all Muslims entry to this country (except for my friends the rich Saudis)". He has openly mocked and insulted a handicapped reporter, body shamed any and every woman who is not anorexically thin. He has called his own daughter a "piece of ass" and stated, publicly, that if she were not his daughter he'd try to have sex with her.

He stands against everything this country was founded to stand for. His campaigning has included stands against a woman's right to choose, against a woman's right to any reproductive health. Against the inalienable equal rights of all people regardless of ethnicity, gender, or sexual preference. Against curbing greenhouse gas emissions. Against financial industry oversight and regulation. Against anything to curb or reign in corporate greed at the expense of the very people the Government is supposed to serve and protect and instead for corporate greed and helping the rich at the expense of the poor or merely not-rich.

The man is blatantly and demonstrably unqualified and unfit to hold any position of any type of power. And we, as a nation, elected him.

I am afraid.

I am afraid that he, with the still-Republican controlled Congress, will roll back all the progress that has been made over the last 50~60 years. Including equal rights for everyone and the progress we have started to make in combating Climate Change. In starting the process to curb the corporate greed that has led to half the problems we were facing before yesterday.
I am afraid for the future. Not only of this once-great country, but of the whole freaking PLANET. All of Humanity will be dealing with the problems this will bring for decades, at the least. Even if he turns out to be a one-term president. Even the Democrats can take control of Congress in two years. Even if he gets removed from office before his term is up (his VP Pence isn't much better).
The way I see it, the only hope to curb what I fear, and I don't think it'll happen, is that enough of the Republican leadership who had previously expressed distaste or disdain of Trump will, out of their own fears, obstruct Trump.

Voter fraud? What voter fraud? Ohhh… The fraud that you are committing

Technically old news by now, but it never hit the mainstream media, so far as I know.

According to Salon.com, a group fronted by the Republicsn ultra-Right Wing faction "The Tea Party", in an attempt to combat the non-existsnt voter fraud in Democratic leaning minority neighborhoods has, in fact, committed voter fraud by forging signatures on forms requesting the service of their "observers".

Here's the article:  Anti-voter fraud group barred for possible fraud - Salon.com.

Romney staffers stranded when campaign killed credit cards on election night | The Raw Story

Romney staffers stranded when campaign killed credit cards on election night | The Raw Story.

Interesting proof that Mitt Romney apparently does not care one whit about people who are of no direct service to himself.  But then again, we already knew that when he made that comment about not caring about 47% of Americans.

These people were people that believed in him and his candidacy, who were actively helping him in the election.  The article doesn't say, but it's likely that many of them were otherwise volunteers, not paid staffers.  And when Romney lost the election, they were discarded like used toilet paper, now forced to pay out of their own pockets expenses that Romney's campaign should have paid for.  I'm not usually one to applaud lawsuits, but I think this deserves one.

Go out and vote!

Tomorrow is election day in the United States.  There are a lot of people who do not vote even if they are registered voters for various reasons.  If you know me, you probably know who I'm going to vote for, but in this post I am not going to urge you to vote for or against a specific candidate or issue, either we agree on those or we don't and if we don't, I will not be able to change your mind, as anything I care enough about is a polarizing issue.

Rather, I just want to urge you to go out and vote.  Regardless of who or what you are voting for or against.  Why?  For a number of reasons.

If you don't vote, you have no legitimate basis to complain that the wrong person got elected, or that your preferred person is screwing up.

If you don't vote, you have no legitimate basis to complain that a yes/no issue went in the other direction.

If you are not voting because you think they both suck or are bad choices, vote for the least bad.  Or better yet, get involved earlier in the process to try to get someone who is actually good elected!

While some may say that our Democracy has been bought by greedy businessmen (and to some extent "they" may be right, do not forget that your right to vote at all was bought and paid for by the sweat and blood of true patriots, many of which paid with their lives, at various times going all the way back to the 1700s.  So go out and vote!