Democracy, if you want to take part in the process, if you want to have a right to voice dissent or support, then you need to be involved and vote: vote early, absentee, on election day, whatever. The point is that this is probably one of the most important presidential elections in US history. In Hillary Clinton, we have a seasoned politician who has dedicated her life to public service. In Donald Trump, we have a misogynistic, bigoted demagogue. All the way back in December, long before Trump had the Republican nomination wrapped up, The Atlantic ran a great story about him called “What We Talk about When We Talk about ‘Demagogues.'” The biggest takeaway from the article came from this simple sentence:
“Demagogues undermine the stability of a ‘by the people’ form of government particularly by turning ‘the people’ against each other.”
Not much sums up Trump’s rhetoric better. And we are well beyond the point of his words presenting a clear and present danger. Trump is a threat to the safety and security of this country from outside forces, but he is also a threat to the safety of large portions of the US population because he has emboldened Alt-Right extremists and hate groups. Like it or not, either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump will be the next president of the United States of America. How can any of us bear the thought of future generations suffering because our “conscience” or our indifference unleashed the horror that is Donald Trump onto this great nation. We cannot choose not to vote. And for the love of all that is holy stop saying Hillary Clinton is just as bad as Trump. No one should need to explain to you the special kind of hell a Trump presidency would bring to this country. The only way to secure our country’s future, our children’s future, our democracy (OK, republic), is to get out and vote. What happens if you don’t vote? What happens if you do vote and choose to “vote your conscience” and go third party? Well, the residents of Maine can tell you. Their bigoted, right-wing-extremist governor was elected in 2010 with the following percentages: LePage (R) 37.6%, Cutler (I) 35.9%, Mitchell (D) 18.8%, Moody (I) 5%. He was reelected in 2014 with the following percentages: LePage (R) 48.2%, Michaud (D) 43.4%, Cutler (I) 8.4%.