Sam Smith – Politics is not a religion. It is not a test of your virtue. It is a sloppy, corrupt, inadequate way of moving a few steps forward or back. Other than making you feel smugly better, treating it as a personal moral act is a waste of time that also doesn’t help get the best practical solution.
Elections do not create change. They reflect change. They are the scorecard of which way we’re headed and how effective our efforts have been. The candidates in such an election are rarely the leaders of these efforts, only beneficiaries.
And no matter who wins we will have to produce even more change before the next election.
So consider yourself choosing the best battlefield rather than the best religion. In this case, Joe Biden.
Note: Sam Smith is the editor and publisher of the Progressive Review
I quit the Democratic Party when the Clinton’s and their cohort swarmed the Oval Office in 1993, and I’ve been a political independent ever since. I can understand the frustration and disgust with the political establishment that led people to vote for Donald Trump in 2016. But that was then — and this is now — and now it is clear that Donald Trump is a wanna-be dictator, who is attacking American democracy, the rule of law, and the country’s social and political institutions in an effort to stay in power indefinitely.
He has stated he could postpone the election, he has threatened to send police to polling stations, He has sent secret federal agents into cities to attack peaceful protesters, and the tried to sabotage the post office to suppress the vote. And, he is now claiming — without any objective evidence what-so-ever — that mail-in ballots are rife with fraud
He has also indicated that he has no intention of leaving office peacefully. And it is likely that he will declare that an election he does not win is illegitimate, thus setting the stage for on-going strife that will weaken our country and embolden our enemies.
This election isn’t business as usual between Republicans and Democrats. It’s not another “lesser of two evils” situation, There is no middle ground folks, a vote for Donald Trump is a vote to turn our country into a Trump-run dictatorship.
“There’s a term for a person who views other humans purely as instruments for his own advancement, and is unable to conceive of the idea of caring about them independent of his own self-interest: sociopath. The United States has had some terrible presidents before, but probably never a sociopathic one. When his own aides warn the public that he does not care if the people he is tasked with helping live or die, we should take their warnings with the utmost seriousness.” – Olivia Troye, former aide to Vice President Pence
Trump 2020 — No More Bullshit, proclaims the banner touting the re-election of a man whose entire presidency is strewn with Bull Shit!
On July 9, 2020, Donald Trump crossed the 20,000 mark for false and misleading claims, according to The Washington Post’s Fact Checker Tally — and there is speculation that he will exceed 25,000 by Election Day.
Given the above, it comes as no surprise that Trump’s followers often refer to him as “the greatest president this country has ever seen, the only president to work for no money, who takes his paycheck and donates it.” Which is Bullshit! President’s John Kennedy and Herbert Hoover donated their entire salaries — and they didn’t stick U.S. tax-payers with a golf tab soon to exceed $133.8 million.
And, lest we forget, Trump’s frequent trips to his Florida resort of Mar-a-Lago each cost U.S. tax-payers about $3.4 million per visit. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to reckon that Trump 2020 means More Bullshit than ever.
“Republicans chose as their leader the single most loathsome figure in American public life, a man possessed of not a single human virtue. He would inevitably call them to descend to the moral void where he resides. And when they did — enthusiastically — they showed us not just who he is, but who they are as well.” — Washington Post Columnist Paul Waldman
The above was posted on April 24, 2019. One year later, the Republicans are still following a leader who recently suggested treating Coronavirus by injecting disinfectant into the body.