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51 Statements: #NeverTrump

 

 

 

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#NEVERTRUMP

 

 

"History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people." --Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

#1

March 1, 2016

To my friends who plan to vote for Trump. I wish I could respect your choice. I really do. I’ve even read up about Trump (in addition to checking the news daily in the hope that he has self-destructed and will no longer be a problem). I honestly can’t find enough about what the man really believes to be anything less than frightened of him. So, I ask you. What does Trump believe that makes you want to vote for him? But before you answer, check out my responses to the five most popular answers I’ve heard from Trump supporters:

1. He’s going to make America great again. How? He comes off as a bully and a tyrant. If America needs a dictator to make it great “again”, we need to rethink our direction.

2. He doesn’t take any guff. How does that make him presidential material? Does it really make you feel good to know that the man with the nuclear codes won’t “take any guff”? Because it scares the hell out of me.

3. He’s not a Washington insider. Why does that matter? Maybe we need a Washington insider. Someone who knows their way around and won’t need a tour or a learning curve. Isn’t that what you’re supposed to look for in an employee? Someone who can hit the ground running?

4. He tells it like it is. No. He tells it like HE sees it. And from what I’ve heard and seen, how the Donald sees it isn’t the way I see it. I don’t think the freedom of the press needs to be limited. I don’t think the KKK should be given any amount of credibility AT ALL. I don’t think anyone should be banned from entering our country based only on their religion.

5. He speaks for the little people. Oh hell no, he doesn’t. He’s using the little people! He actively makes fun of them. He “loves the under-educated” (his words, not mine). He belittles the less fortunate. He’s not going to have anything to do with “the little people” once he’s elected. Trust me.

Go ahead, then. Convince me. Please. Because right now, I’m scared to death. I am used to having a choice when I go to the polls in November. Even when McCain idiotically chose Palin as his VP running mate, thereby clinching my Obama vote, I knew I COULD vote McCain. If Republicans choose Trump as the presidential candidate, I have no other choice but a vote against him.

 

 

#2

March 3, 2016

I know some people have been a little disturbed by my political posts. (Yes, I do know, even if you haven’t actually confronted ME about it.) If my posts bother you, feel free to ignore them. Believe me, I did not lightly make the decision to post politically. In fact, I have written many posts I have deleted. However, I feel it is my responsibility to speak out when I see something wrong happening. And Donald Trump is just wrong. I’m sorry, but it’s what I believe. And my voice may fall on deaf ears, and it may lose me some friends (or at least make them look at me differently), but I’ve made the resolution to speak out now before something irrevocable happens. And if even ONE person out there listens and thinks about what I say, then it’ll be worth all of it.

 

#3

March 4, 2016

Why has the Republican party not disavowed TRUMP yet? Just because he keeps turning on a dime doesn’t mean it’s okay. He said LAST NIGHT that U.S. military would commit war crimes if he told them to. And this statement he’s issued today sounds so half-hearted. A sort of “Yes, I understand that just because I’m president doesn’t mean I’m above the law…blad-de-blah-blah-blah.” I maintain that the only way to preserve our national security is to vote for anyone but Trump. If you’re heading to the polls this weekend, please take that into consideration.

 

#4

March 5, 2016

If you’re headed to the polls today, good for you! But please remember this:

1. Trump has advocated for war crimes. He back-pedaled recently, but he did say he would order them and the U.S. military would carry out his orders. I sincerely doubt this is true, but it shows he thinks his election will make him a god, not president.

2. Trump has repeatedly belittled John McCain, a war hero. 

3. Trump only disavowed the KKK when forced to do it. 

4. Trump admires Vladimir Putin.

5. Trump has said he will limit First Amendment freedoms. It’s the First Amendment for a reason! 

He’s not the right choice, people. America is already great. Vote for somebody else. Anybody else. I’m a registered Democrat and I truly believe Hillary Clinton will be our nominee, and she would squash Trump, but…just in case…I’d like to know whoever she’s up against isn’t Trump.

Edited to add: I continue to post about Trump because I’m afraid he’s going to subtly change his spots as he approaches the nomination. I don’t want anyone to forget that he has said and done things that are not presidential in any way and are not what I personally believe should represent America.

 

#5

March 6, 2016

Donald Trump has breathed life into some of the slimiest, worst parts of our society—fragments of our past we thought we’d seen the last of like KKK and neo-Nazis, but turns out they’d just crawled into a hole to wait for someone to invite them back out again. After yesterday, there is hope. It is probably true that the best thing Marco Rubio could do now to save his career would be to drop out of the race. I’m hoping he chooses not to do that. I’m hoping it’s important enough to him to defeat Donald Trump to stay in and take as many votes away from Trump as possible. I’m not happy with Cruz as an alternative to Trump. I like Kasich at least a little bit, and he’s still getting some important endorsements. But they all need to stay in there and fight to keep Donald Trump from getting the nomination.

If you don’t believe Trump is scary, watch the video of him asking people at a rally in Orlando, Fla., to take an oath to vote for him and telling them “bad things” will happen to them if they don’t follow through. Yes, he did that. If you don’t think he’s vulgar, watch the first ten minutes of the last Republican debate in which he brings up the size of his penis. If you think he’s a man of his word, watch him promise to “broaden” the laws regarding torture—less than 24 hours after issuing a statement promising to follow international laws governing that very thing. America is a great nation that has always striven to be a leader in human rights. Donald Trump will ruin that and he’ll do it with the backing of the KKK and neo-Nazis. If you’re a Republican who loves this nation, join the #NeverTrump movement now.

 

#6

March 7, 2016

Speaking as a registered Democrat, the #NeverTrump movement struck me as one of the bravest and most patriotic things I’ve ever seen. It gave me hope. If a group of Republicans could band together and resolve that ANYONE, even someone from the opposing party, was better than a candidate they saw as evil and destructive, our country truly is still great.

If you’re early voting today, think about what Trump has advocated for: decreasing first amendment freedoms, increasing human rights violations, breaking international laws…and that’s just the beginning. He won’t stop there. Join with the Republicans who’ve put their names so bravely out there in opposition to evil. #NeverTrump

 

#7

March 9, 2016

Fun playtime is now over. I’m publishing all anti-Trump messages from here on out publicly in the hopes that they will get to more people. Again, these are not political posts. I’m not posting as a Republican or a Democrat, and I don’t care how you vote in the general election if we can just get Donald Trump out of it.

So here it goes:

1. Donald Trump on the First Amendment: He wants to “open up” libel laws. “We’re going to have people sue you like you never got sued before.”

2. Donald Trump on murdering families of terrorists: “With the terrorists, you have to take out their families.”

3. Donald Trump on torture: “Torture works, okay, folks? I think we should go much stronger than waterboarding, that’s the way I feel.” He later said he understood that the U.S. is bound by international laws and treaties…and the next day proclaimed he would work to “broaden” those laws. 

4. Donald Trump on Hispanics and African Americans: “Sadly, the overwhelming amount of violent crime in our major cities is committed by blacks and hispanics-a tough subject-must be discussed.” (from his Twitter feed)

If you’re heading to the polls in the days ahead, please consider whether or not these statements reflect what you believe the United States is about. Personally, I find the First Amendment statements the most horrifying. Because while it may be okay to write this now…if Trump becomes president, I may end up in jail for criticizing him.  #NeverTrump 

 

#8

March 10, 2016

Don’t vote for Donald Trump. Here’s why:

Yesterday I wrote a post using direct quotes from Trump. He has said he is for killing (“going after”) terrorist families and using torture. He has said that Mexico sends their rapists and killers to the United States on purpose. He has said that he wants to limit the First Amendment by “opening up” libel laws. These are words from his mouth. Despite the fact that I used direct quotes, someone posted a comment saying that I shouldn’t believe everything I read in the media.

My first reaction to the comment on yesterday’s post was confusion. Then I got angry. I wrote a sharp retort and suggested that such comments be kept to the person’s own page.

And then I read this article about a third grader’s letter to Donald Trump (http://wnct.com/2016/03/09/nc-third-grader-writes-letter-to-donald-trump-you-have-been-very-rude/) and I deleted my comment. I realized the target of my posts is someone very different from that person, so their comment is immaterial.

My target with these posts is not the man I saw on the news trying to angrily hit a protestor at a Donald Trump rally. It’s the wife sitting beside him and looking uncomfortable with the violence she sees in the eyes of the man she loves.

My target is not the Trump supporter who believes that there is a conspiracy in the uppermost levels of our government that is trying to destroy our country by allowing gays to marry and scientists to declare global warming exists. It’s the voter who believes violence is wrong no matter which side of the aisle it comes from.

My target is not the closet KKK member. My target is the Republican who thinks maybe he should vote for Trump just because he seems to be the front-runner in this election.

I hope that my posts will help unify the Republicans who were brave enough to declare “#NeverTrump”, and encourage others—Democrats and Republicans, maybe, to join them. I hope if my words make sense to anyone out there, you’ll pass them along to someone else. Because most of us are not members of the KKK. Most of us are not conspiracy theorists. Most of us are not Islamaphobes or racists. But everyone who votes in the election is American and a believer in the American way of life.

#NeverTrump

 

#9

March 11, 2016

If you’re heading to the polls today or in the coming days, I beg you to rethink voting for Donald Trump. In last night’s debate, he refused to back down from his positions that terrorist families should be targeted and torture laws should be broadened. These are basic human rights violations, and that is something that America has never stood for. Please, consider this when you’re voting. America is a leader in human rights. Let’s keep it that way.

 

#10

March 13, 2016

I know many of you have made up your mind who to vote for on Tuesday. I know many of you have already voted. But I’ve sworn to keep this up until Donald Trump is no longer in the race, and I hope more of you will join me. Spread the word. Donald Trump is wrong for America!

Please don’t vote for Donald Trump. Here’s why:

1. He wants to limit First Amendment freedoms.

2. He wants to murder terrorists’ families.

3. He wants to broaden torture laws.

4. He has made racist statements about Muslims, African Americans and Latinos, among others.

5. When a woman reporter was grabbed and shoved out of the way by his campaign manager—hard enough to leave bruises on her arm—Trump said she made it up. The issue here isn’t that she was assaulted. The issue is that he dismissed it out of hand. She said he did it, he said he didn’t, so instead of investigating, Trump said she made it up. As a woman, I cannot stand for that.

6. He incites violence at his rallies and blames the result on everyone else.

NOTE: I write these posts every day until Donald Trump is no longer a threat to our country. This is not a political post. I am a registered Democrat and I think either of the Democratic candidates could beat Trump in a general election. I just don’t think someone like Trump should get any closer to the presidency of our nation. Please, if you believe he is a threat to human rights and the liberty that America has always stood for, pass this on to your friends. #NeverTrump

 

#11

March 14, 2016

Every day, I check the news, half hoping, half fearing what I’ll see. The media is now warning that someone will most likely be killed at a Donald Trump rally. I believe them.

How sad is it that it’s gotten to this point? Where the media is actually warning people that they could be killed if they go to a political rally. And Trump and his supporters are blaming everyone from Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton to President Obama when it’s been shown that it is Trump’s own rhetoric that has raised the pressure of both sides. Trump says Mexicans are killers and rapists, and his supporters get angry and Mexicans get angry because—guess what?—they’re NOT killers and rapists. And Trump sits back and watches the “fun” from his podium.

And so, as usual, I leave you with the main reasons I don’t think anyone with a conscience should vote for Donald Trump.

1. He wants to limit First Amendment freedoms.

2. He wants to murder terrorists’ families.

3. He wants to broaden torture laws.

4. He has made racist statements about Muslims, African Americans and Latinos, among others.

5. When a woman reporter was grabbed and shoved out of the way by his campaign manager—hard enough to leave bruises on her arm—Trump said she made it up. Without investigating the claim.

6. He incites violence at his rallies and blames the result on everyone else. 

7. He’s a pathological liar.

NOTE: I write these posts every day until Donald Trump is no longer a threat to our country. This is not a political post. I am a registered Democrat and I think either of the Democratic candidates could beat Trump in a general election. I just don’t think someone like Trump should get any closer to the presidency of our nation. Please, if you believe he is a threat to human rights and the liberty that America has always stood for, pass this on to your friends. #NeverTrump

 

#12

March 15, 2016

Today’s the day for many of us. It may be the last day to send a message to Donald Trump. If you are a Republican, please consider NOT voting for him. Here’s why:

1. He wants to limit First Amendment freedoms.

2. He wants to murder terrorists’ families.

3. He wants to broaden torture laws.

4. He has made racist statements about Muslims, African Americans and Latinos, among others.

5. When a woman reporter was grabbed and shoved out of the way by his campaign manager—hard enough to leave bruises on her arm—Trump said she made it up. Without investigating the claim.

6. He incites violence at his rallies and blames the result on everyone else. 

7. He’s a pathological liar.

NOTE: I write these posts every day until Donald Trump is no longer a threat to our country. This is not a political post. I am a registered Democrat and I think either of the Democratic candidates could beat Trump in a general election. I just don’t think someone like Trump should get any closer to the presidency of our nation. Please, if you believe he is a threat to human rights and the liberty that America has always stood for, pass this on to your friends. #NeverTrump

 

#13

March 16, 2016

I’m not even sure what to say this morning. With Rubio out, my hopes that the true Republicans could hold Trump at bay long enough to allow them to choose someone else at the convention now hang on Kasich staying in the race…and gaining momentum… It still baffles me how my friends and neighbors and people I grew up with DON’T understand that Trump is a bad person. So, as usual, I will post the reasons you should not vote for Donald Trump. Ever.

1. He wants to limit First Amendment freedoms.

2. He wants to murder terrorists’ families.

3. He wants to broaden torture laws.

4. He has made racist statements about Muslims, African Americans and Latinos, among others.

5. When a woman reporter was grabbed and shoved out of the way by his campaign manager—hard enough to leave bruises on her arm—Trump said she made it up. Without investigating the claim.

6. He incites violence at his rallies and blames the result on everyone else. 

7. He’s a pathological liar.

Note: I am not posting this politically. I don’t care which party you vote for. I am a registered Democrat and believe Hillary will make mincemeat of Donald Trump in the general election. And then bake a pie in the White House kitchen. I post against Donald Trump on a daily basis because it is my moral obligation to do so. Please do not tell me you think other candidates (Republican or Democrat) are just as bad because they’re not. #NeverTrump

 

#14

March 17, 2016

Daily anti-Trump post.

Trump is a narcissistic, racist liar who thinks violence is “fun”, advocates for torture and murder, and wants to limit first amendment rights.

He wants to be the President of the greatest nation in the world.

There’s only one way to stop him. If you have a conscience, don’t vote for him. NO ONE currently running for president is as bad as Donald Trump.

#NeverTrump

Note: I do not post these statements politically. If Trump is removed from the equation, I will shut up. But until he no longer threatens my country, I will use social media as my platform to speak out against him. I encourage others to do the same. It is our moral obligation.

 

#15

March 18, 2016

I have read article after article blaming different people or groups for the Donald Trump phenomenon. Obama is to blame for being president. The GOP is to blame for courting the lowest common denominator of our society, which, from what I can gather, is poor whites. Democrats are to blame for shifting too far left and forcing the Republicans to shift further right. Hillary Clinton is to blame. Sarah Palin is to blame. Oh, and Obama is definitely to blame for being born.

My point here is, there’s only one person who really should be held responsible. You/Me. There’s too much divisiveness in our country to go on this way. We’re all guilty of it. Democrats are too certain Republicans are wrong to listen to sound economic policies. Republicans have become so certain Democrats are wrong, they question science and statistics, even when there’s no way the numbers are wrong.

In case you’re wondering, this is still my anti-Trump post of the day. You see, Trump is a narcissistic, racist liar who thinks violence is “fun”, advocates for torture and murder, and wants to limit first amendment rights. If elected, I fear he will have us at war with all Islamic countries, our closest allies will not be interested in helping us, civil rights and women’s rights will be severely set back and many freedoms we take for granted (press and religion, for instance) will be in danger.

And the solution to the Trump problem? It’s a thin line of linked hands of voters and citizens of the United States standing between Donald Trump and the Oval Office. I’m praying we’ll be enough. I’m praying our line won’t break, but I see signs of it wavering every day. Leaders of the GOP saying they can make Trump work, Republicans and even Democrats who say other candidates are even worse, Republican candidates adopting the same anti-Islamic attitudes Trump has… Everyone seems to be toppling headlong into an abyss of hatred and despair, when all it takes is declaring “#NeverTrump” to see the light again.

 

#16

March 19, 2016

Today’s #NeverTrump post is short and to the point.

Trump is a narcissistic, misogynistic, racist liar who thinks violence is “fun”, advocates for torture and murder, and wants to limit first amendment rights. If elected, I fear he will have us at war with all Islamic countries, our closest allies will not be interested in helping us, civil rights and women’s rights will be severely set back and many freedoms we take for granted (press and religion, for instance) will be in danger.

The very fact that people have been blaming each other for Trump’s rise indicates that many recognize what a fearful problem he is.

I pray more and more people will open their eyes and realize that whoever is to blame for the Trump phenomenon, we have a solution. It’s a thin line of linked hands of voters and citizens of the United States standing between Donald Trump and the Oval Office.

I believe a vote against Trump is a vote for justice and equality and right. It’s a vote for hope.

 

#17

March 20, 2016

Donald Trump continues to show himself to be a narcissistic, misogynistic, racist liar who thinks violence is “fun”, advocates for torture and murder, and wants to limit first amendment rights.

If elected, I fear for our relationships with both Islamic countries and our closest allies. I fear civil rights and women’s rights will be severely set back. And I fear many freedoms we take for granted (press and religion, for instance) will be in danger.

In spite of this, I believe that we still have hope, and that hope stems from our democratic system. I believe a vote against Trump is a vote for justice and equality and right. It’s a vote for hope. Seize that hope. #NeverTrump

Please share. This post or your own. You never know who might listen.

 

 

#18

March 21, 2016

Once again this morning, I post a plea to anyone who has yet to vote: Don’t vote for Donald Trump. I ask you this as a friend, a fellow American and a human being.

Trump isn’t “anti-establishment”. He isn’t independent or non-partisan, and he certainly isn’t a “unifier”.

What Trump is is a liar and a cheat. He is lying to us all and trying to cheat his way into the White House. He plays on fears and hidden hates, making it seem like it’s okay to bring this hatred back out into the light of day. It’s not.

If there’s one thing I have learned because of Donald Trump, it’s that racial hate and fear of people who are different really does still exist in this country. I’ve tried to deny it. I love my country. I like to believe that it is progressive enough to embrace differences, and it saddens me to find out I’m wrong.

I don’t thank Donald Trump for that.

Please, please, please—and I’m asking you this with love in my heart—use your vote to send a message to Donald Trump. Tell him we don’t want the hate and fear. We want hope and justice. #NeverTrump

 

#19

March 22, 2016

It’s another day and another chance to not vote for Trump. A vote against Donald Trump is a vote that affirms your belief in:

1. The importance of human rights.

2. Freedom of Religion.

3. Freedom of the Press.

4. The importance of our relationships with the rest of the world. We are not alone on this planet.

5. The equality of all humankind. 

6. Truth.

It is not too late. Speak out now. I do not think speaking out against someone who advocates for torture, murder and violence is political. It’s a moral obligation.

Don’t wait. #NeverTrump

 

#20

March 23, 2016

I read some articles this morning. News. About Belgium, about the presidential candidates’ reaction to Belgium, about Obama’s foreign policy that everyone hates so much. And one about Donald Trump and how he told us this was going to happen.

It’s not a hard thing to predict that terror attacks are going to happen. It’s not even hard to predict that terror attacks will happen in places where refugees are given shelter. We know there are evil people in the world who hate us and those like us enough to kill. Religious fanatics on both sides of the Christian divide have been guilty of murder.

Confucius and Emerson both said it better than I can, but I’m going to try anyway.

We are looking for a leader who will help fix the world. In order to find that leader, we need to look into our own hearts and decide, what do we want that leader to believe in? Do we believe in torture, murder, division and closed borders? Or do we prefer to believe that open hearts and minds will eventually…not immediately, not even in four to eight years, but eventually…help to bring the world together?

Terror attacks will happen. They will continue, probably throughout my lifetime and my children’s. But if we do our best to lead the world in human rights and freedom, terrorists will lose their power over us and over all who join us.

Let’s put our house in order so we’re ready to lead. #NeverTrump

 

#21

March 24, 2016

My #NeverTrump posts have been a sort of journey of self-discovery for me. After this year, I have a more decisive view of what I want from a leader. And it’s not—you guessed it—Donald Trump.

Why is it not Donald Trump? Here we go:

1. Donald Trump is a liar.

2. He is probably mentally unsound.

3. His ideas about torture and murdering the families of terrorists are definite violations of human rights.

4. He is sexist and misogynistic.

5. He is a bigot and a racist.

6. He does not support freedom of the press.

So what do I want from a leader? Yesterday, Paul Ryan (yes, I know, he’s disliked among Republicans AND Democrats), gave a tremendous speech. He talked about what politics should be. He admitted to being part of the problem even as he vowed to become part of the solution. Here’s the part of his speech that resonated with me:

“All of us as leaders can hold ourselves to the highest standards of integrity and decency. Instead of playing to your anxieties, we can appeal to your aspirations.” (http://www.speaker.gov/press-release/full-text-speaker-ryan-state-american-politics)

That’s what I want from a leader. We may not get it in this election or even from my generation. But if Donald Trump gets the Republican nomination for president, we will be taking a giant leap in the wrong direction.

Don’t vote for Donald Trump. Let your friends know you don’t support Donald Trump. Tell the world. #NeverTrump

 

#22

March 28, 2016

So I return to the real world of news and politics today because, even after the renewal of Easter, Trump remains a threat. This was a difficult weekend, too. Christians killed in Pakistan, the passage of a controversial law in my own home state and another in Georgia—all of these things are signs of turmoil and hatred that should not be.

Donald Trump did not cause this hate, but I maintain that he uses it. And if that is not evil, I don’t know what is. If you are voting in the days to come, please consider this. I believe a vote against Trump is a vote in support of:

1. Human rights.

2. Freedom of Religion.
3. Freedom of the Press.
4. Equality of all humankind. 
5. Truth.

The face of America is not Donald Trump. It is not hate and cowardice. It is strength and love and justice. America is a light of hope in this world.

Spread the word: #NeverTrump

 

#23

 

March 29, 2016

Is anyone else beginning to see cracks in the Trump foundation? Or is it wishful thinking on my part? I’m not going to waste much time on my #NeverTrump post today. You know how I feel. Don’t vote for Trump. Vote FOR:

1. Human rights.

2. Freedom of Religion.

3. Freedom of the Press.

4. Equality of all humankind. 

5. Truth.

In other words, vote for what America is and what makes this the greatest of all countries.

 

#24

March 30, 2016

Remember not to vote for Donald Trump today or any other. Somehow he manages to twist every situation in his favor, but please look past that. We are smarter and better than what he represents. America is better than that.

Vote against Trump. Vote FOR:

1. Human rights.

2. Freedom of Religion.

3. Freedom of the Press.

4. Equality of all humankind. 

5. Truth.

The last is the most important. Remember, Trump lies EVERY time the truth doesn’t fit his purposes. Feed the right wolf. #NeverTrump

#25

March 30, 2016

TODAY ALONE, Trump has said:

1. Women who get abortions should be punished—if abortions are made illegal. 

2. The Geneva Conventions are a “problem” for the U.S. Military.

3. His campaign manager “may” have touched a reporter, but it was her fault, and anyway, he didn’t actually knock her down.

Can you honestly tell me he’s not DESPERATELY trying to lose this election?

sigh #NeverTrump

 

#26

March 31, 2016

#NeverTrump post:

After yesterday’s craziness, how can ANYONE doubt that Donald Trump is not fit for the presidency? Especially women. How could a woman vote for Donald Trump NOW? If his verbal attacks on Michelle Fields, the reporter who charged his campaign manager with assault, weren’t enough, he ALSO said women who had illegal abortions should be punished. No mention of men (it takes two to make a pregnancy last I knew). And to top it all off, he said the Geneva Conventions were a “problem” for the U.S. military.

In barely twelve hours, Donald Trump has reinforced my certainty that he would be the WORST thing to happen to both women’s rights and human rights. If you are voting at any point in the days ahead, don’t vote for Donald Trump.

 

#27

April 1, 2016

I’ve been posting #NeverTrump posts for a month now. After Super Tuesday, I even started making them public. I’m hoping the Donald has reached his ceiling as far as voters go, but he’s still leading the polls in too many states, and there’s no sign he’s going to call a press conference and declare the whole thing an April Fool’s joke today, so, here are the reasons you should NOT vote for Donald Trump:

1. Donald Trump is a liar.

2. He is probably mentally unsound.

3. His ideas about torture and murdering the families of terrorists are definite violations of human rights.

4. He is sexist and misogynistic.

5. He is a bigot and a racist.

6. He does not support freedom of the press.

 

#27

April 2, 2016

Reasons not to vote for Donald Trump:

1. He wants to limit First Amendment freedoms.

2. He wants to murder terrorists’ families.

3. He wants to broaden torture laws.

4. He has made racist statements about Muslims, African Americans and Latinos, among others.

5. His reaction to a claim by a female that his male campaign manager was overly violent with her was first to claim she “made it up” and later after evidence emerged that she was right, that she probably deserved it.

6. He incites violence at his rallies and blames the result on everyone else. 

7. He lies. A lot and all the time.

I’m not mentioning his recent remarks on abortion because I don’t think even he understands the issue. First he says women who have illegal abortion should be punished (but not the men), then that the doctors who perform the abortion should be punished, then that abortion isn’t illegal anyway and later that he’ll make them illegal. It’s a mixed up soup of conflicting opinions and stances.

Remember, I do not post this politically. But our president should represent our best since he/she is the face we put on to the rest of the world. I don’t think that face should be Donald Trump.

 

#28

April 5, 2016

Another day, another primary, another chance to make your voice heard. But, don’t vote for Donald Trump. Here’s why:

1. He wants to limit First Amendment freedoms.

2. He wants to murder terrorists’ families.

3. He wants to broaden torture laws.

4. He has made racist statements about Muslims, African Americans and Latinos, among others.

5. His reaction to a claim by a female that his male campaign manager was overly violent with her was first to say she “made it up” and later after evidence emerged that she was right, that she probably deserved it.

6. He incites violence at his rallies and blames the result on everyone else. 

7. He lies. A lot and all the time.

 

#29

April 6, 2016

Yesterday was a victory for those who fear a Donald Trump presidency. But with big contests coming up later this month, I feel I must go on. Please don’t vote for Donald Trump. A vote against Donald Trump affirms your belief in:

1. Human rights.

2. Freedom of Religion.

3. Freedom of the Press.

4. Equality of all humankind. 

5. Truth.

In other words, vote for what America is and what makes this the greatest of all countries.

 

#30

April 9, 2016

The New York primary looms and I’m afraid it’ll renew Donald Trump’s confidence. If you live in the state of New York, please consider not voting for Trump. Vote for Cruz, vote for Kasich, write in Paul Ryan or Donald Duck, I don’t really care.

I started these posts after I heard Trump say we should “go after” the families of terrorists. That’s what sparked them, really, and why I do not believe that any of the other candidates are as bad as Trump. Please don’t post here that Hillary sucks or Cruz sucks or Bernie is a madman. That may all be true, but in my eyes, Trump is way worse.

Here’s a list of a few reasons why:

1. He doesn’t support First Amendment rights. 

2. He is a bigot and a racist.

3. He is clueless about foreign policy. 

4. He is a narcissist.

5. He is clueless about domestic policy.

6. He has made sexist comments about women all his life.

7. He has advocated for torture and murder.

 

#31

April 11, 2016

Over the weekend, I saw two news stories that gave me hope that there are intelligent people still out there. First, The Boston Globe printed a mockup of a front page of what Donald Trump’s presidency could be like along with an editorial stating the GOP must stop Trump. Second, CIA Director John Brennan said flat out the CIA won’t waterboard prisoners. Period. (http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/director-brennan-cia-won-t-waterboard-again-even-if-ordered-n553756)

I wanted to cheer because it means others in the world see the same thing I do. I started these posts after I heard Trump say we should “go after” the families of terrorists. Until then, I didn’t really think he was any worse than anyone else running for president. (Although his “wall” idea was pretty stupid, but hey, there’s a fence there, anyway.)

Please don’t post here that Hillary sucks or Cruz sucks or Bernie is a madman. That may all be true, but in my eyes, Trump is way worse.

Here’s a list of a few reasons why you should never vote for him:

1. He doesn’t support First Amendment rights. 

2. He is a bigot and a racist.

3. He is clueless about foreign policy. 

4. He is a narcissist.

5. He is clueless about domestic policy.

6. He has made sexist comments about women all his life.

7. He has advocated for torture and murder.

 

#32

April 12, 2016

Every day I hope maybe today will be the last #NeverTrump post I have to put on Facebook. At this point, I think the only hope I have of not having to post these all the way through November is for him to withdraw from the race. And I’m not even certain that’s the best outcome of the whole thing.

Still, I have to keep pointing out the reasons you shouldn’t vote for Donald Trump. I started these posts after I heard Trump say we should “go after” the families of terrorists. Until then, I didn’t really think he was any worse than anyone else running for president, even if his wall idea was one of the dumbest ones I’d ever heard. But after he said innocent families of terrorists should be murdered, I had to wonder how anyone with a conscience could vote for him.

This is not a political post. It’s a moral one. Please don’t post here that Hillary lies or Cruz sucks or Bernie is a madman. That may all be true, but Donald Trump is the only candidate I’ve heard say he would murder the families of terrorists. And yet he still leads the GOP.

Here’s a list of a few reasons why you should never vote for him:

1. He doesn’t support First Amendment rights. 

2. He is a bigot and a racist.

3. He is clueless about foreign policy. 

4. He is a narcissist.

5. He is clueless about domestic policy.

6. He has made sexist comments about women all his life.

7. He has advocated for torture and murder.

 

#33

April 13, 2016

I had hoped to be looking at Donald Trump in the rearview mirror before this.

I started these posts after I heard Trump say we should “go after” the families of terrorists. Until then, I didn’t really think he was any worse than anyone else running for president, even if his wall idea was one of the dumbest ones I’d ever heard. After that, I had to wonder how anyone with a conscience could vote for him.

This is not a political post. It’s a moral one. Please don’t post here that Hillary lies or Cruz sucks or Bernie is a madman. That may all be true, but Donald Trump is the only candidate I’ve heard say he would murder the families of terrorists. And yet he still leads the GOP.

Here’s a list of a few reasons why you should never vote for him:

1. He doesn’t support First Amendment rights. 

2. He is a bigot and a racist.

3. He is clueless about foreign policy. 

4. He is a narcissist.

5. He is clueless about domestic policy.

6. He has made sexist comments about women all his life.

7. He has advocated for torture and murder.

 

#34

April 16, 2016

I’ve been mostly away from Facebook for the past couple days, doing, to be honest, much more pleasant things than posting about Donald Trump. However, I promised to keep this up until the end, so I’m back.

Mostly in these posts, I repeat myself. I do this to remind you why Donald Trump is objectionable as a presidential candidate. Have you ever noticed how, if an idea persists—even if you know it is wrong—you start to wonder why it seemed so wrong in the first place? Why is this? If someone stuck a pin in you every day for a thousand days, would you stop protesting the pin-sticking at some point?

Trump is working on this. He’s just as objectionable today as he was at the beginning of the campaign, but if we’re not careful, we’ll forget why. So that’s where I come in.

Here’s a list of a few reasons why you should never vote for him:

1. He doesn’t support First Amendment rights. 

2. He is a bigot and a racist.

3. He is clueless about foreign policy. 

4. He is a narcissist.

5. He is clueless about domestic policy.

6. He has made sexist comments about women all his life.

7. He has advocated for torture and murder.

I started these posts after I heard Trump say we should “go after” the families of terrorists.

This is not a political post. It’s a moral one. Please don’t post here that Hillary lies or Cruz sucks or Bernie is a madman. That may all be true, but Donald Trump is the only candidate I’ve heard say he would murder the families of terrorists. And yet he still leads the GOP.

 

#35

April 18, 2016

Tomorrow’s contest in New York promises to be a doozy, and I’m trying not to lose all hope, but it’s hard. If you’re voting in the Republican primary tomorrow, please consider not voting for Donald Trump.

I started these posts after I heard Trump say we should “go after” the families of terrorists, and I have done my best to continue them because I fear people will forget about the horrible things Trump has said and promised to do if elected.

Here’s a list of a few reasons why you should never vote for him:

1. He doesn’t support First Amendment rights. 

2. He is a bigot and a racist.

3. He is clueless about foreign policy. 

4. He is a narcissist.

5. He is clueless about domestic policy.

6. He has made sexist comments about women all his life.

7. He has advocated for torture and murder.

This is not a political post. It’s a moral one. Please don’t post here that Hillary lies or Cruz sucks or Bernie is a madman. That may all be true, but Donald Trump is the only candidate I’ve heard say he would murder the families of terrorists. And yet he still leads the GOP.

 

#36

April 19, 2016

Donald Trump has said things during this primary that make me wonder how any sane, feeling person could ever vote for him. He’s said things that have made me wonder if he really wants to be president, or if he’s just trying to get out of a situation he got himself into. I can’t begin to fathom why he’s still the Republican frontrunner.

And yet he is. In spite of stating publicly that he’s against many of the liberties and rights we as Americans hold dear (press and religion), he’s the Republican frontrunner for president. In spite of stating that he is in favor of torture and murder, he’s still the Republican frontrunner for president. In spite of showing, time and again, that he has no clue how to run a country, he’s still the Republican frontrunner for president of the greatest nation in the world.

WHY?!?

Here’s a list of a few of the reasons why you should never vote for Donald Trump:

1. He doesn’t support First Amendment rights. 

2. He is a bigot and a racist.

3. He is clueless about foreign policy. 

4. He is a narcissist.

5. He is clueless about domestic policy.

6. He has made sexist comments about women all his life.

7. He has advocated for torture and murder.

This is not a political post. It’s a moral one. Please don’t post here that Hillary lies or Cruz sucks or Bernie is a madman. That may all be true, but Donald Trump is the only candidate I’ve heard say he would murder the families of terrorists. And yet he still leads the GOP.

 

#37

April 20, 2016

I’ve resigned myself to Donald Trump being the Republican nominee, which just means I get to write these posts as many times as possible between now and November. (Oh, yay.) Because no matter how Donald Trump changes his tune, I’m not going to fall for it, and I’m going to keep reminding you not to fall for it either.

Henry Ford once said, “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” So let’s begin again, by examining why people are voting for Donald Trump.

The number one reason I hear from people about why to vote for Donald Trump is “He tells it like it is.” I can counter this one just by pointing to things he has said that horrify me. He’s called Mexicans murderers and rapists, has claimed that most Muslims are out to get us, has declared that we must bring back waterboarding and “worse” and “go after” the families of terrorists.

If these are the things Donald Trump has on his mind, do we want him as president?

 

#38

April 21, 2016

If you’re thinking about voting for Donald Trump, please read this.

I’ve said all along that Donald Trump would chill out once he got closer to the nomination. He’s used fiery, abusive, controversial rhetoric to get to where he is, but now he’s got to look presidential. I bet it’s tough for him. What’s going to be tougher is to remember that he is the same man who said these things:

1. “The other thing with the terrorists is you have to take out their families, when you get these terrorists, you have to take out their families. They care about their lives, don’t kid yourself. When they say they don’t care about their lives, you have to take out their families.” This will always be the number one most offensive thing Trump has ever said on my list. I can’t imagine him saying anything worse than he would kill the spouses and children of terrorists.

2. “I would bring back waterboarding and I’d bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding.” Some say that because of the atrocities the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL, whatever) commits, this is justified. It is not. Those very atrocities should encourage the U.S. to lead the world in a united move to stop war crimes, not begin committing them ourselves.

3. Mexicans who come to the United States are “bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.” I love the way he tacked on that last sentence. Like it’s going to make up for the first part of his statement.

4. John McCain is not a war hero. Bet you didn’t know that. I’m a Democrat and McCain is still a hero in my book. But according to Trump: “He is a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”

5. “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot people and I wouldn’t lose voters.” I mention this one because it proves his narcissism. Apparently, he was right, but he’s still a narcissist.

Trust me, he’s said many, many more offensive things, and we MUST remember this and keep reminding people of it. Anyone who would say these things is not fit to be our president. I don’t care how you spin it, these words came out of his mouth.

 

#39

April 25, 2016

On Friday I felt a little demoralized and even wondered if I was doing the right thing posting so often against Donald Trump. This weekend, however, he said something else that chilled me. He said being presidential would be “easy”. In other words, Donald Trump can “act” like a president. Which brings to mind other questions.

1. Was it an act when he said we should kill terrorists’ families?

2. Was it an act when he said we should torture terrorists?

3. Was it an act when he said Mexicans who come to the U.S. are murderers and rapists?

4. Was it an act when he said we should not allow Muslims into the U.S.?

5. If he’s just going to act like a president, shouldn’t he set his sights on Hollywood, not Washington?

Some think I am blind to the drawbacks of other candidates or to the mess of the U.S. political machine or to the fact that Trump getting the Republican nomination would certainly guarantee us Democrats a victory in November. I’m not blind to any of those things. I’ve done some serious thinking and reading and I know who I will most likely vote for in November, but I’m not trying to be political in these posts.

AlI I will say is that Donald Trump should not be considered. No matter how presidential he “acts”, he is not fit to lead our country.

 

#40

April 26, 2016

God Help Us, I don’t know how we let ourselves get to this point. How is Trump at 50 percent in the polls? Seriously? A man who says he’ll order our military to do unconscionable things? To the point where the director of the CIA says he won’t carry out those orders, a Never Trump letter gathered 100 signatures from the top military minds in our country, and servicemen and women from generals on down are considering resigning their commissions rather than risk being given orders they can’t legally and morally carry out.

If you won’t listen to me, listen to Michael Breen, the president of the Truman National Security Project and a decorated former Army officer: “If you take the man at his word, we have a presidential candidate who seems to have committed himself to triggering what would probably be the greatest crisis in civil-military relations since the American Civil War.” (http://highline.huffingtonpost.com/articles/en/trump-at-war/)

Don’t vote for Donald Trump. Ever. Please.

 

#41

April 27, 2016

Is everyone else crazy or am I? How do Donald Trump’s words “resonate” with anyone? How is he getting so much support? And of course he accused Hillary Clinton of playing the “woman” card. It’s one he definitely cannot claim. This is the same man who:

1. Dismissed without investigation the claim by a female reporter that his male campaign manager had assaulted her. He said she probably “made it up”.

2. Said about Carly Fiorina: “Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that?”

3. Said women who have abortions (if they are made illegal) should be punished.

4. Insulted Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly to the point where Fox News (Fox News!!!) actually issued a statement calling his obsession with her “sick”, “crude” and “sexist”. (I didn’t mention his “blood” remark about Kelly because I’ve always thought that could have been a misunderstanding brought on by Trump’s inability to speak coherently.)

5. Toward the beginning of his campaign said about Hillary something to the effect that if she couldn’t satisfy her husband, she wouldn’t be able to satisfy America. Because that’s what women are for: satisfying needs.

Trump has called women losers, fat pigs, bimbos, dogs, slobs…and probably worse. He has no credibility left among intelligent women, so Hillary, you play that woman card. I got dealt one, too.

 

#42

April 29, 2016

With some big primaries still to come on the Republican side, we need to remember the things Donald Trump has done in this election cycle that are unconscionable.

I covered his denigrating remarks about women in my last post. Suffice it to say, no woman should EVER consider voting for Donald Trump. I’ve mentioned his horrible promises to bring back torture and to murder the innocent families of terrorists. I attached an article from Huffington Post about the demoralizing effect this is having on our military to my post.

Today I ran across this article (http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/04/2016-media-issue-donald-trump-press-pen-campaign-reporters-campaign-lewandowski-schreckinger-213824) and it reminded me of one of the most frightening things about Donald Trump: He doesn’t like a press he can’t control. He’s known for putting reporters in “pens” at his rally, bullying and insulting those who don’t write what he wants them to write and he’s said he wants to “open up libel laws” to make it easier to sue journalists. He’s earned a reputation for being anti-First Amendment.

Why is this important? Think about it. The First Amendment is first for a reason. When the press/media is controlled by the government, we only know what the government WANTS us to know. Thomas Jefferson said, “Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.”

At the moment, most of our press is controlled by the almighty dollar, which is bad enough, but if the government steps in—or if the media can’t write the truth for fear of libel lawsuits—you’ll never know the truth. And the truth is out there.

 

#43

May 2, 2016

This #NeverTrump post comes on the day before the Indiana primary. Of all the make or break competitions, this may be the big one at last.

On Saturday, I watched the White House Correspondents’ Dinner as President Barack Obama informed the assembled media, politicians and celebrities: “The end of the Republic has never looked better.”

Et tu, Barack?

Is all hope lost? Is Donald Trump really going to be put into a position where he COULD become president of the United States, the country that has always at least TRIED to be the leader of the free world?

If you are in a position to not vote for Donald Trump, I beg you to consider doing so. I believe his campaign is gaining steam not because more people believe he’s a better choice but because more people are losing hope that he can be stopped. They’re either staying home or bowing to the inevitable.

We can’t do that. We can’t give up. Maybe we won’t be rescued by a white knight, but if you have any interest whatsoever in preserving the Democratic process, you MUST vote. The stakes are too high. And here’s what they are:

1. Free Press. Donald Trump has threatened to “open up” libel laws. This is a slippery slope that we do not want to start down. If you think our press is bad now, imagine what it would be like if President Trump could sue every newspaper, blogger or media outlet that prints something disagreeable about him.

2. Human rights. Trump wants to torture terrorists and murder their innocent families. He’s said it. NO WAY is this okay for America to take part in. I don’t care what terrorists are doing, America should not join them.

3. Women’s rights. No thinking woman could possibly believe Trump’s bragging that he’s better on women’s issues than other candidates. Not when he can say Hillary Clinton only has a “woman card” going for her. Not when he can dismiss a woman’s claims that a man assaulted her by saying she “made it up”. Not when he says a woman who has an illegal abortion should be punished.

4. Racial/religious equality. He’s called Mexicans “rapists” and “murderers”, said Muslims should not be allowed in the U.S., said most of Islam is out to get us.

5. Foreign relations. He’s a proponent of “America First”, which would isolate our nation from the rest of the world at a time when we should be reaching out, not in. He doesn’t believe in NATO and he thinks Japan and South Korea should have their own nuclear weapons, an idea that particularly horrifies Japan, the only country on which nuclear weapons have ever been used. Also his trade policies are bound to make trouble with other countries, particularly China.

I know it seems like I’m saying the same thing over and over. I am. It bears repeating, though, because as we get closer and closer to November and Trump remains a threat to the U.S., we must remember what he stands for. We can’t lose heart, and we can’t elect him president.

 

#44

May 3, 2016

And here we go again. Another primary, possibly a make or break one for Cruz and/or Kasich. Please, people of Indiana, don’t vote for Donald Trump. Don’t resign yourself to the seeming inevitable.

For anyone who thinks I do this for fun, keep this in mind. I should be writing. I should be promoting my new book. I should be posting cheerfully about my new book trailer (it is awesome). But I’m too worried about the state of politics in our nation to do just that, even though I’m certain these posts are diminishing my message about my writing.

Still, I keep hoping I or someone else will get the right message out there at the right time to strike a chord with American voters.

New polls show Donald Trump gaining on Hillary Clinton. I’m sorry, what?!? This among news articles speculating about Trump’s mental health, his mostly abusive relationship with reporters (Happy World Press Freedom Day, everyone!), and multiple GOP heavyweights refusing to back Trump (including Charles Koch who recently said Hillary Clinton might be better for the nation than Trump).

So why do the American people want to back a man who doesn’t believe in Freedom of the Press (a cornerstone of what our Founding Fathers built this country on); who is dismissive of human rights, racial equality and women; who shows symptoms of dementia and early onset Alzheimer’s; and whose stance on foreign relations has alarmed the ENTIRE WORLD?

It is not inevitable. We the voters have the ability to stop him. And either now or in the general election, Donald Trump MUST be stopped.

 

 

 

#45

May 5, 2016

Please read my post in its entirety before commenting. I don’t do this to defend Hillary Clinton. I’ve said it before. If Cruz or Rubio or Kasich had won the Republican nomination, I WOULD have shut up. I am not writing these posts because I want to be political. This election is not a political one in my mind. It’s a fight for the very soul of our country.

Here (once again) is why I think that Donald Trump would be the worst possible choice for our country:

1. Donald Trump has no respect for human rights or international law. He’s said that we should murder the innocent families of terrorists and bring back waterboarding and worse forms of torture. Military and intelligence officials have said they won’t do it. They’ve said they won’t follow his orders if he is their commander-in-chief. What does this tell you?

2. Donald Trump does not believe in a free press. He wants to control it. He’s refused to allow journalists into campaign events. At “press” conferences, he puts his friends and supporters in the front of the room and relegates the press to the back. He’s threatened to “open up” libel laws, making it possible to sue the media for libel without proving malicious intent. And this is from the man who gets a good portion of his news from the National Enquirer.

3. Donald Trump does not respect women. You can look at his personal relationships or just listen to the comments that come out of his mouth and know this. He’s dismissed Hillary Clinton as only having the “woman card” to play. Without even investigating, he said that a female journalist “made up” a claim that his male campaign manager assaulted her. (FYI, police investigated this claim and said it did happen, although they will not prosecute.) His fascination with a FOX news anchor was called sick, crude and sexist by the network. He’s a misogynist.

4. Donald Trump’s attitudes about Mexicans, Muslims and others are racist. He’s earned the support of David Duke and other white supremacists and pretended ignorance when confronted about them. He’s called Mexicans rapists and murderers and he’s said most of Islam is out to get America. He’s a xenophobe and a racist.

5. Donald Trump lies. All the time. He quotes internet urban legends as truth. He relies on the National Enquirer for news. He makes stuff up. The statistics he uses in his speeches are often wrong. He has no regard for the truth and he doesn't care if he's misinforming the public. According to Politifact, only 9% of Trump's statements are true whereas 61% are false or "pants on fire". He's a liar.

This is not partisan politics here. I am not saying vote for Hillary. I am pleading for everyone, regardless of their political affiliation, to join me in NOT voting for Donald Trump. Vote for a third party, write in Mickey Mouse, do what you have to do, but don’t vote for Donald Trump. He does not deserve to represent the Republican party, and he cannot be allowed to be president.

 

#46

 

May 6, 2016

Friends have been sending me articles to help me get through the #NeverTrump slog to the November finish line. (Keep them coming, please!) They do this because they know this is a hard thing for me to do, but I’m stubborn and I’m going to keep going no matter what. Because I believe that much that Donald Trump would not be a good president.

I hope you read that last sentence. I don’t hate Trump. I dislike what he stands for. I don’t believe he has what it would take to be a good president. I worry about the values he displays and I worry because the country I love has embraced those values. But I don’t hate Donald Trump. The things he has said have made me feel negatively toward him at times. I’ve been disgusted, horrified, angry and even darkly amused, but my feelings have never ranged into hate. Strong dislike, but not hate.

Yesterday two of my favorite Republican politicians refused to say they would back Donald Trump. Senator Jeff Flake from Arizona, a quietly competent statesman type said this in spite of the fact that John McCain, his fellow AZ senator, actually said he would. (I didn’t expect that. Of all Republicans, McCain should be firmly in the #NeverTrump camp, but, worried about being re-elected, McCain sold out.) So, Flake still has my respect and McCain has forever lost it.

Meanwhile, Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House, said he’s “not there yet.” Okay, this statement was not nearly as strong as I’d like to hear from him. Basically, he was coyly telling Trump to show he can behave himself and he’d have Ryan’s backing. But still, I didn’t hope to hear even that much from Ryan, and the fact that he’d go there at all gave me a little hope. Hope that there are Republicans out there with principles. Hope that just because he’s the nominee of their party, not all Republicans will give up those principles.

 

#49

May 9, 2016

Yesterday (Mother’s Day), I didn’t post, but I spent some time thinking about why I write #NeverTrump posts. I know why. It’s because of my kids. I have teenagers who may come of age during the next presidency but can’t vote now, so who I vote for has more effect on them than ever before. Because they’ll be sending the government tax dollars, they’ll be affected by laws that have never been a worry before, they’ll be struggling to find jobs and make their way in the world, and (God forbid) they may even be fighting the wars the next president chooses.

Donald Trump is not the one I want in charge of our country when my children turn eighteen. He is not the Commander-in-Chief I want for them. He is not the one I want signing bills into laws. So everyone stop and think about that for a minute. Imagine the world we’ll be shaping with our next vote.

What if your son or daughter is (please, God, no) drafted to fight in a war? What if he or she is ordered to kill the innocent families of a terrorist? Or torture someone? Would he or she be able to carry out those orders? Would you want them to?

How safe will your daughter be in a country with Donald Trump as president? He’s said women who have illegal abortions should be punished. He’s called women horrible names and made no secret that he judges them by their looks. Of course, he’s just one man, but don’t you think the rest of the country is going to take their cues from him if he’s our leader?

And what about the racism and xenophobia? These are ugly things we shove to the back of our country’s darkest closet most of the time, but Trump has shown a remarkable knack for pulling racial hatred and religious discrimination back out. We’ve seen violence at his rallies. We’ve heard him call for religious tests and databases of Muslims. We’ve heard him say “Islam hates us.” These thing are not going to make our country more safe. They’re going to make us all LESS safe.

Finally, how often do you need to hear Trump walk back a statement or outright contradict himself at a later date to realize he doesn’t have good judgment? Yes, he says he changes his mind because he learns and grows, and I can’t deny I do the same. I, however, am not running for President of the United States. Our President needs to have the ability and intelligence to weigh and judge every remark and decision he (or she) makes BEFORE he makes it. Because some things can’t be taken back.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#50

May 10, 2016

I have so missed Jon Stewart this election cycle. How about you? From his live recording of The Axe Files yesterday: “So the exit polls say ‘this is what people think’, so the press needs to come out and say, ‘Wow, then, people must be a—holes, because that’s not okay to think.’”

As soon as I heard that, I cheered. Even his whole man-baby schtick, amusing as it was, did not strike as close to the heart of the problem as him saying it’s NOT okay to think things like this:

1. It’s a good idea to kill innocent families if they’re unfortunate enough to have a father/brother/son/daughter/sister/mother who is a terrorist. That’s just not okay, and it’s not okay that Donald Trump said it, and it’s not okay that the press hasn’t harped on it until he had to take it back. Because to the best of my knowledge, he never has.

2. Torture of any sort (even very “minimal” torture like waterboarding) is okay. Our military and intelligence agents say it is NOT. They say they won’t do it. They say it hurts morale within the military and within intelligence agencies. The only people whose morale isn’t hurt by performing torture are psychopaths.

3. Islam hates us. Islam is a religion. Islam does not hate. Some (a small percentage) of the people who follow Islam, do hate Christians and Americans by extension. However, this is a small percentage. An even smaller percentage of those engage in Jihad or “holy war”. But it isn’t Islam as a religion. It is SOME Muslims.

4. Mexico is “sending” rapists, drug lords and murderers to America for us to deal with. Mexico isn’t “sending” anyone. Mexico is working on building a country so their people won’t WANT to leave to go to the land of opportunity (ahem, America). If Trump is elected, we may well wish we could join the tide of Hispanics wanting to return to their home country.

5. Holding a “woman’s card” is in any way a bad thing. Nope. No. And you can’t call us “fat pigs” or accuse us of being on our period because we don’t like you, either. At least not without us striking back. Hard.

You can find the entire Jon Stewart recording here: (http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/09/politics/jon-stewart-david-axelrod-trump-clinton-axe-files/index.html). I have watched most of it and the above quote was one of the most valuable things I found in it. Because I’ve been wondering the same thing myself. WHY is it okay to say these things? This is the twenty-first century! I’m not going to call you names if you vote for Trump. I’m just begging you to THINK about it. Besides, Jon Stewart already called you an a—hole for me.

 

 

 

#51

May 13, 2016

I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around many of the responses I get from Republicans who say they will vote for Trump in November—even though they don’t like him or the things he says—because he can win.

So the end justifies the means, then? It’s okay to elect a man who does not know anything about foreign or domestic policies, whose ideas about these matters would probably be economically, socially and diplomatically devastating to the U.S., and who has proven time and again that he is unreliable at best and dishonest at worst?

No. That’s not okay.

Trump is already saying his proposed ban on Muslims entering the U.S. was “just a suggestion”. Was it also just a suggestion that we murder the families of terrorists? Was it also just a suggestion that we return to the good ol’ days of torture “and a lot worse”?

What might Donald Trump suggest when he is president?

How will it affect you and your family?

How much will a Donald Trump presidency damage the U.S.?

 

A final word…

I’ve come to a conclusion after much soul-searching in this election cycle: It is a bad (very bad, probably dangerous) idea to fall in love with a political candidate. I’ve especially seen the fallacy of this in my own (Democratic) party. Bernie lovers vs. Hillary lovers. As I am somewhat neutral between these two (a slight lean AWAY from Bernie has put me on the fringes of the Hillary camp), I’ve been able to watch this process from a safe-ish distance.

It’s bizarre.

Truly.

I have a message for you all. Cut it out! We don’t have to love the people we vote for. We need someone who’s going to get us through the next four years, hopefully improving some stuff along the way. Hopefully not plunging the world into nuclear warfare. Hopefully leaving the room a little better than they found it.

Friends, if you’re still reading this and haven’t hit the unfriend button already, we need to take a step back and seriously give some consideration to what’s going on. Maybe your mind is made up, but if you don’t listen to what other people are saying, you won’t ever be able to understand what their concerns are and why they feel the way they do. Hell, I’ve even listened to Trump supporters, and we all know how difficult THAT is for me. I’ve snapped at them once or twice and had to apologize (it was sincere), but I’ve tried to listen. It’s not easy, but it is necessary.

So take a step back and look at the rest of this election cycle as a job interview and you’re the boss. These people are interviewing for the most important job we have, and they haven’t done a damn thing to deserve our love yet. Make them earn it.

 


51 Statements: #NeverTrump

  • ISBN: 9781310653469
  • Author: Michelle Garren Flye
  • Published: 2016-05-16 19:50:16
  • Words: 11987
51 Statements: #NeverTrump 51 Statements: #NeverTrump