From Mary Paramore:
My oldest son turned 18 just in time to vote in the primaries. He was a Bernie fan. Proud mama snuck a photo of him casting his first vote, one shaped by social media and youthful idealism.
Fired up about his first adult act (Okay, second. Legally buying cigarettes was first on his birthday list…), he was vocal about the vision Mr. Sanders laid out for America under his leadership.
I’m a lifelong Democrat, born in the deep south when virtually all elections were settled in primary elections. Back then, being a Democrat was a matter of practicality. Now, it’ a matter of heart. I think Abraham Lincoln had it right when he said “Government of the people, by the people, for the people.”
My son and I discussed his first vote, with cursory discussion of the issues as we understand them. With the general election looming, we’ve actually quit talking much about the upcoming election. It’s hard to formulate words with your jaw on the floor.
Hillary has always had my vote, but based on what I knew of his business acumen, I viewed Mr. Trump as an equally, albeit differently qualified candidate. Now, I cannot fathom how anyone could cast a vote for him. For the first time in my middle-aged life, the possible election of a Republican candidate — this Republican — actually scares me.
Here’s my punch list of issues:
When the Access Hollywood tape came out a week ago, the man who wants to lead this country failed to acknowledge sexual assault as an important national issue before addressing his own guilt or innocence.
A distraction from real issues. That’s what he called the country’s interest in a presidential candidate admitting to forcing himself on women as a privilege of celebrity.
Does Mr. Trump really lack the basic political acumen to know he should at least give a nod of validation to something important to a block of voters that, according to the last census, comprise slightly more that 50 percent of the country’s population? Fifty-three percent of the National electorate?
Better yet, shouldn’t a man who wants to be president of a world power that serves as a role model for democracy, freedom and equality for all actually think the abuse of women is worth talking about?
It’s not admitting to it when you admit that IT is, Mr. Trump.
I don’t think Trump would have gotten as far as he has not having been schooled in suck up 101. I think he is so self-centered he cannot put himself aside, even when it would be in his own self-interest. Can you imagine that type of personality in the White House?
When accusers began coming forward — nine so far this week — Mr. Trump channeled the adolescents I live with: It’s not true. Who are you going to believe? Me or those (insert insult here)? And even if it was true, he did it, too.”
Yep. That’s Presidential. So was what he said about his first, and at 74, oldest accuser. “Believe me. She would not be my first choice…”
Neither was what he said about his opponent. “I was standing at my podium and she walks in front of me. Believe me, I wasn’t impressed.”
Am I to believe Trump is a changed man, not a misogynist and not a serial sexual abuser, by the behavior he’s demonstrated, not ten years ago but in the last two weeks?
I’m not stupid. And I’m not impressed.
Why can’t Trump supporters see and hear what is obvious to me: there’s no substance, it’s all narcissistic bravado and negativity.
All I can see in his vision of a great America is rich white men getting back to the good ole boy system where everyone who wasn’t a white man wasn’t gonna get rich. Keep Hispanics, Blacks, Muslims and women in their place. In Trump’s America, “Of the people,” eerily resembles the legally registered voters in Lincoln’s day.
I’ll play Captain Obvious for Mr. Trump’s supporters who ask why these nine women chose to come out now, weeks before the election, to share their “Trump Tales.” Because Trump himself claimed he was just joking around when he bragged to a reporter about sexually assaulting women. Trump’s own lie moved these women to action. You can choose which lie, based on your own opinion: he was either lying that he commits sexual assault or he was lying when he says he doesn’t.
I’ll tell my readers what I told my son about his next vote. It’s not about Democrat vs. Republican. It’s not a race between two equal candidates. To me, it’s down to sane vs. crazy.
Our country cannot risk a split vote. Every vote counts. We cannot squander votes on longshots, marginal party candidates and write-ins. A vote for Mrs. Clinton is not only a vote for the best qualified candidate, it’s a vote for the preservation of the dignity of the office of the American presidency.
Voting to put the first woman into the Oval Office is one hell of a vote against misogyny, to boot.