Election advice: vote for survival

Behind the Curve – 2016 Presidential Election

So here we are. The almost two-year long hate-f**k that is the 2016 presidential election is now lurching towards the finish line. We’ve all had a good time. We’ve laughed and we’ve cried, often simultaneously. We’ve gotten into Facebook arguments that made us reassess our friends and family. Lots of fun all around.

But now the bar is closing and it’s time to go home with someone. I know that the decision isn’t ideal. But unappealing is not the same thing as difficult. The choice in this election should be easy for anybody whose brain still functions. But if I have to spell it out for you:

Please vote for Hillary Clinton.

Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton

I know, I know. You probably don’t like her. I’m not a huge fan myself. But this election isn’t about picking a candidate you like. This election is about picking a candidate you can live with. It’s about survival. Clinton isn’t the best person for the job, but she is the only candidate who can actually do the job.

Look at her opponent, Donald Trump. A man who doesn’t seem to understand how government works. A man who has re-tweeted white supremacists and advocated war crimes. A man who, according to Politifact, lies 70% of the time! Compare that to Clinton’s 26%, which is pretty good for a politician.

Trump is a man who is alleged to have sexually assaulted almost a dozen women (allegations which I fully believe, since it fits with his personality and he basically corroborated their story in the notorious Access Hollywood tape). And then there was that tasty little nugget he dropped in the last presidential debate: Trump might not accept the election results if he loses. He said he would “keep us in suspense.” Oh yes. I can’t wait to find out if the egomaniacal demagogue leading an army of violent, angry white people tries to destroy American democracy. So suspenseful. Donald Trump displays the kind of malice, delusion and arrogance rarely seen outside comic book super-villains.

Donald Trump, Picture from Businessinsider.com
Donald Trump, Picture from Businessinsider.com

Vote for Hillary Clinton. I know she has a few skeletons in her closet, but Trump owns a mother-f**king skeleton warehouse.

Don’t do anything stupid like staying home. Or voting third party. This election is too damn important to waste your vote like that. I know the polls are showing Clinton far ahead, but that’s not a foregone conclusion. Polls don’t mean crap. Polls also showed the people of the U.K. opposing Brexit, and we remember how that turned out. Donald Trump could still win this election, so don’t be stupid.

Don’t throw away your vote on Gary Johnson or Jill Stein. This isn’t because I think they’re bad choices (Gary Johnson is, but that’s not the point). In any other election, I would tell you to vote your conscience, even if that means voting third party. I’ve always said that America’s two-party system is terrible. But now’s not the time to fix that. In this election voting third party, or voting for a write-in candidate, is simply too risky. The possibility of a Trump presidency is too real and present a danger to afford splitting the vote.

I’m not saying this because I’m a liberal. Clinton is a terrible liberal. I would have preferred Bernie Sanders. No, I’m saying this because I’m an American. I don’t see this as a partisan stance. I see it as a patriotic one. We need to reject Trump’s bigotry in a big way. We need Clinton to carry 90% of the states. The entire world is watching us. We need to show them that Trump does not speak for the United States.

And we need to do this even if we don’t like Hillary Clinton. Even if we disagree with her on every issue. P.J. O’Rourke, a conservative author, endorsed Clinton a few months back and said this about her:

“She’s wrong about absolutely everything, but she’s wrong within normal parameters.”

America has never elected a man like Trump. America can never elect a man like Trump. He is simply too dangerous.

Please vote for Hillary Clinton. Please vote for survival.


Coming up:

  • Movie: No Country for Old Men (2007) – Monday, November 7
  • Game: Silent Hill 2 (Konami, 2001) – Monday, November 14
  • Documentary: Best of Enemies (2015) – Monday, November 21
  • Book: 1984 (George Orwell, 1949) – Monday, November 28
  • Wild Card! – Monday, January 30

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