This was written the day before the US election took place.
To all American citizens, please go vote. This is not the time to say your vote doesn’t count. If 20,000 people say that and don’t vote, they’re giving away the votes that would have otherwise made a difference. It’s completely and objectively illogical to not realise that your vote adds up. It goes against all reason, it close mindedly looks as your vote alone instead of realising that your vote isn’t alone. If one million people each think their vote doesn’t count then the vote becomes inaccurate. You’re not the only person who thinks a single vote doesn’t matter, theres a ton of you, and you’re all wrong.
Whatever your issues with the system or the government, you have a choice between something bad and something potentially far, far worse. Don’t let this raging, incompetent, sociopathic , jingoistic populist get his way. He’s already emboldened the racists to speak out, don’t give them the delusion that they deserve to be in power.
Don’t think that it’ll be fine. Don’t assume that people can’t be stupid enough to vote for Trump. Don’t assume it’s obvious that Trump is a bad candidate for president. There are enough racists and people who believe Fox News to vote for him. Don’t let this be Brexit. If we’re complacent and let this happen, the old racist people will vote because they think they’ll get rid of the immigrants and that all their problems will be solved. We must act.
I don’t know what Trump will do, if this was all just a farce to get in power and then reveal he’s actually a liberal. This man has lied far too much to be given a shred of political power (that he’s never wielded before and that we have no reason to believe he will not abuse). Don’t take the risk. He might upset the balance and power, and maybe good will come of that, but this is not the revolution he promises. True peace should not come from deception and populism. Don’t trust someone who explains nothing and asks you to trust them.
I wouldn’t have said this about any other election, and maybe I’m overreacting, but the fact is that we don’t know, and the potential for massively inhumane and uncivilised things to happen, officially through the office of the United States president is far too great to simply roll the dice on. The risk isn’t worth it. I’d rather have the standard corruption we’re used to for four to eight more years than to risk Trump alienating every other sovereign nation, dismantling affordable healthcare, and setting the US back several decades in terms of quality of life. I don’t know what he’ll do, but I know he’s a populist. He abuses the fears of the poor to turn them against his opponents. Anyone who abuses power and misleads the masses like that is either an altruistic revolutionary, or a callous despot. The gamble is not worth it.
Maybe he can’t introduce fascism, maybe he won’t, but we’ve seen US presidents start unjust wars, benefit large companies at the expense of the average citizen, and spread corruption for their own political and personal gain. This man cannot be trusted with nukes, he can’t be trusted to admit what we have evidence of. We have seen him say and do things that he shamelessly and blatant denies. Don’t be fooled by his empty promises.
I’m not going to tell you to vote for Clinton, although that would be the wisest tactical choice to ensure that someone other than Trump wins. If you really hate Clinton, and I can understand why, vote for another party. But be warned, the fact that you are able to vote means you inherently have the moral responsibility to do so, especially given the threat I’ve tried to justify here. If you are capable of helping and choose not to, you necessarily allow something bad to happen. You can’t escape the fact that if you’re able, you -have- to make a choice. In such cases with limited options, doing nothing is one of those choices, and it can be the wrong choice.
This post probably won’t reach many people, but I’m not able to vote. I wish I were. This cheesy, poorly written late night message might not inspire you but at least give it the minimum thought. If this can get even one person to vote against Trump then I have the moral responsibility to try. So I’m doing what I can, within what I know I’m capable of doing. Please, if you choose to ignore the civil duty, the moral duty, the practicality of voting for someone who will at least try to do things that benefit you, at least do it for someone else who might suffer because of your choice to surrender your future to the whim of others.
I dare to tell you who to vote for because I want you to consider this point of view and decide on your own. Trump doesn’t promote differences of opinion. He openly opposes scientific method, which is the basis of truth. He promotes lies and misinformation, he wants your blind trust and devotion. That’s how scammers work. It’s called a “con-man” because they gain your -con-fidence to abuse it. Never let someone else control you. Not me, and especially not the guy who explicitly asks for it.
You are a human being, you have free will, exert your agency and decide your own future. Thank you.