Why Staying Home is a Vote for Trump
Staying home today is a vote for Donald J. Trump.
All American voters have a choice today. The correct choice is to vote.
We can also choose to stay home, convinced that our vote doesn't count or that both viable candidates are undeserving of our support.
Or, we can vote third party, which doesn't do much to stop Trump, but is still a noble exercise of the crucial right to vote.
Some wonder what the big deal is. Why can't people leave them alone in their failure to vote?!
Here's the big deal. Donald Trump is not only uniquely unqualified, he's dangerous. Staying home and not casting a vote against him, is a vote for Donald Trump.
Donald Trump is either a bigot and racist or a tolerant candidate who knowingly traffics in racism and bigotry. The latter is actually worse. If you stay home, you are casting a vote for racism and bigotry.
Donald Trump has been endorsed by the Ku Klux Klan. Let that sink in. This is 2016. If you stay home, you are choosing not to try to stop a potential president who was endorsed by the Ku Klux Klan in 2016.
Donald Trump said that an Indiana-born federal judge with Mexican parents, couldn't preside over his Trump University fraud cause, because his parents were Mexican and Trump wants to build a wall. Failing to vote against Trump is a failure to try to stop a candidate who spews literal racism. A person can't do their job because of their race?
Donald Trump has insulted the disabled, womens' faces, mens' faces, prisoners of war, Gold Star families, Republican and Democratic Presidents, the Pope, and many more. Staying home is a vote for a candidate who has shirked the last vestiges of decency that we had in our national politics.
Donald Trump has been recorded bragging about sexual assault, minimizing it as "locker room talk." Staying home means you aren't trying to stop the candidate who is on tape describing the sexual assault that at least a dozen women have now accused him of committing.
Finally, Donald Trump spent years pushing the racist "Birther" lie, convincing millions of gullible Americans that our first black president was not born in America, effectively delegitimizing Barack Obama's historic achievement. This was Trump's original sin and it is unforgivable. Failing to cast a ballot against Donald Trump is offering forgiveness for his original "Birther" sin and a slap in the face to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our civil rights.
You don't have to vote for Hillary Clinton. But you MUST vote against Donald Trump. If you need to focus on down-ballot races to get yourself out to the polls, do it. BUT, failing to vote in this election, with this Republican nominee, is a selfish, self-centered, self-absorbed decision. Don't try to rationalize it. Don't be defensive. Just go vote.