I Never Thought I’d Live to See this day: Donald Trump

Electors do the right thing.

Electors do the right thing.

I was a child of the 60’s. I vaguely remember President Dwight Eisenhower talking to the nation on TV. I watched the Vietnam War on the evening news for years and years. I grieved the assassinations of both Kennedy brothers. I never thought I’d live to see this day. 

I remember Martin Luther King, alive and later dead. I watched in dismay as people demonstrated in this country, peacefully and violently. I never thought I’d live to see this day. 

Most of all, I remember Richard Nixon, forcing to resign from office because of covering up a robbery at the Watergate, I never thought I’d live to see this day.

But Watergate is nothing compared with the corruption, lies, and deceit of this man taking office. He has not one redeeming quality. Not one ounce of goodness. The only emotion he seems to express is revenge.

I also watched with real hope when Barack Obama was elected for the first time.

I thought, our country has overcome prejudice. Now, things will change for the better. I never thought I’d live to see this day. 

At first I laughed when I watched Fox news and heard Rush Limbaugh on the radio. I thought, nobody can take these people seriously. I never thought I’d live to see this day.

I dubiously watched Donald Trump on TV. I cringed when he imitated a person with disabilities, I found his rallies reminiscent of films I’d seen of Adolph Hitler. (Having distant relatives who perished in the Holocaust, I’ve read diaries and stories from that time. I’ve listened to people who were living witnesses to that time. He also had victory rallies.)

There are too many similarities. People thought Hitler was a silly fool who couldn’t possibly last. He suppressed the press, and targeted groups of people: Jews, Gypsies, Homosexuals, mentally and physically disabled, and those brave enough to resist him. They never thought they’d  live to see that day.

Too many perished because they were bystanders.

Why do people like this man? He preys on people’s fears. They are afraid that “Isis” is coming to their shores, and they think this narcissistic dictator is going to keep them out. They think they will get rich like him. And who really knows how rich he is? No tax return, and he can’t discern between the truth and a lie.

People think him promoting “Merry Christmas” instead of “Happy Holiday shows he’s a good Christian. This man stands for the total opposite of any religion.

Now, I understand how evil people get in power. They masquerade as something they’re not, and work on people’s fears. They suppress the free press. They promise revenge on anyone who opposes them. They tell people they lied to them and they laugh at them. Those followers are so confused they still don’t acknowledge his shallow soul.

Most of all they tell lies, and after a while the lies start to make sense. Say 2+2=5 long enough and people will start to believe you. Read “1984” by George Orwell. It’s all there.

If somehow, any elector read this post, do the right thing.

Ohio Buckeyes : Register to vote and win some points for democracy

Doing my civic duty, I decided to help register people to vote. As creepy as this election has gotten, I decided I had to do something to stop  a very dangerous candidate from winning the election.

Even if you’re not excited about either candidate there are other issues and people to be voting for. I’m sorry to say, I am not as familiar with those things as I should be, but after attending a registration training talk, I am going to be very familiar with the ballot before I get there.

I found out how dead set against voting some people were when I canvassed a neighborhood registering people to vote. People wearing Ohio State University garb were enthusiastic about football, but did not see why it was important to vote for issues, senators, judges, etc. “We don’t vote,” they said with conviction. I’m sure if I’d asked them the score of the game between Indiana and OSU yesterday they would’ve known which players made the touchdowns. I’m sure they know who Urban Meyers is, but do they know who is running for the senate?

Maybe they  don’t stop to think that the popular vote influences how many electoral votes the presidential candidate gets. Maybe they don’t stop to think that the congressman and senators they vote for effect  environmental, insurance decisions, education, and all aspects of their lives.

Some people were enthusiastic, smiling, and saying “yes, I vote.”.An elderly man wearing his church clothes, asked how he could help get out the vote. A great-grandfather said, “Damn right I vote.”  This is not surprising since a good percentage of elderly people vote. We did convince a 19-year-old it wasn’t a big deal to fill out the paperwork.

How to make a field goal

If you’re not registered to vote: https://www.register2.rockthevote.com

Encourage every member of your family to register and vote.

Check out your polling places. Know that the voting places are open from 6:30 a.m. To 7:30 p.m. Voting is Tuesday, November 8.

If someone can’t get there, offer to take them there.

Make sure people have an ID when they vote. It can be a state ID license, birth certificate, bank statement, social security card.

Know that your vote determines the outcome!

Vote and make a Touchdown!!!

Remember: you can’t win the game if you don’t play!