Election Day 2017

Election Day 2017

Unfortunately this is an off year for elections, with substantially less news and things at stake than mid-term or presidential elections, but it still is a good time to re-evaluate where our society stands and contemplate what has happened over the last year.

Regardless of anyone’s polarizing political opinions, it’s important to remember that despite Hillary Clinton’s warranted unpopularity, she still won the Presidential vote in the last election. The piece of crap dumpster fire that is now in office was simply a worse case scenario in a dysfunctional political system in great need of reform. If Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders had been running in place of Clinton none of this would have happened. Sure, we have been reminded that a disappointing percentage of the U.S. populace still supports the fear, ignorance, racism, and sexism that Trump represents, it still wouldn’t be enough to win the electoral vote if the election was held again today, thanks to Trump’s complete failure as a leader and human being now revealed in the harsh light of public office.

Assuming Trump continues to stay in office for his entire term (and that is far from certain) he will almost certainly be severely rebuked on every election day of each of his four years. Progressives will slowly start reclaiming lost ground until they have a majority, and any chances for a Trump second term will be dashed in embarrassing fashion, almost regardless of who runs against him.  Only time will tell, but in the meantime respect for this country continues to fall, faith dwindles, and hope fades. Some things feel irreparably damaged.

There are certainly things about the current Democratic Party that are not to like, however, if you vote for the Republican Party as it exists right now, you are voting for more environmental damage, and ultimately worse health and a deteriorated way of life in the long run. You can choose to be ignorant, but science, history, and the voting record is not debatable. If you want more options at the voting booth, get rid of this godforsaken two-party in power system. You cannot escape environmental or historical reality. Ignoring it for a blind idolization of money and all those freedoms to be an asshole that you are enjoying is only mortgaging your family’s future.