…And whose vote for Gary Johnson could possibly get Donald J. Trump elected to the Presidency of this country.
Johnson, a man who had never heard of Aleppo – he said he thought it was “an acronym” – and who couldn’t name a single world leader he admired, oh, wait – he did manage to sputter; “The former president of Mexico,” he said, “I’m having a brain freeze,” is also a member of a party that advocates eliminating public schools in favor of private education or home schooling, abolishing Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, elimination of virtually all kinds of environmental regulation, from governing air pollution and global warming to guarding against dangerous chemicals in drinking water and then leave it to corporate polluters, land owners and environmentalists to slug out their differences in court, and, pulling back from NATO and other global alliances and ending military and economic aid to Israel and scores of other U.S. allies. That Libertarian Party!
Had enough? And yet these millennials who spend untold hours taking selfies and staring trance-like into their smartphones, which are plainly far smarter than they are, and who, therefore are bombarded by information all day and night, have managed to either be blissfully unaware of any of this, or just don’t give a shit – and, you know, anything but (gasp) Hillary – because they are dumb enough to believe the constant Republican smear machine. Oh – and they obviously like the sound of the word “Libertarian” because hey, it sounds just like liberty, and liberty is great duh – ain’t it?
The fact that for 35 years Hillary Clinton has worked tirelessly for children, families, the poor and disadvantaged, and who has been an effective Senator and America’s Secretary of State doesn’t seem to impress these people. Nor does the fact that their wasted vote might put Donald Trump in the White House seem to matter to them.
I am talking about the Millennials who cannot connect the dots. Who cannot read, write, add, or spell because the computers they are chained to do it all for them at the press of a button. Who say that they just can’t seem to decide who to vote for this November between the two main candidates – and, who therefore will waste their vote on Gary Johnson, who has less than zero chance of winning but has a great chance of putting Donald J. Trump in the oval office.
The Millennials who cannot see the clear choice between a woman who has dealt with foreign leaders all over the globe, who has successfully worked across the aisle in The Senate, a woman who has been in the war room while crucial decisions have been deliberated, or a man who is being sued by thousands of people for fraud, and who is a proven serial liar, a racist, misogynistic, xenophobic, infantile, insulting, amoral, thin-skinned narcissistic con man.
And, after their vote for Mr. Johnson puts this fraud Trump into our White House and he packs the Supreme Court with Right-wing ideologue judges who will rule the court for the next three decades or more, what will they tell their female children and grandchildren who will have lost the right to their own reproductive choice, and what will they tell all their children when the mass shootings get worse due to all the guns still on the street?
And, what will you Millennials tell your children and grandchildren when an education becomes impossible to attain – unless one is very, very well off? When Social Security is privatized? When the plan to give them access to affordable healthcare is gone? When the immigration law that Trump has suggested, has cost the federal government from $400 billion to $600 billion and shrunk the labor force by 11 million workers and your children can’t find work – will you tell them that your vote made all this a reality?
And what will you tell them when our independent press is silenced – because Donald Trump has vowed to constrict the independent press. Will you admit that it was your vote that helped bring this first step to fascism about?
You Millennials need to seriously re-think your desire to cast your ballot for Gary Johnson – or Jill Stein, who I admire and, who in another time, a time without a monster in the race with a chance to use siphoned votes to win an election is not running. But, in this time there is such a monster in the race and no vote can be wasted – conscience or no conscience.
It is no secret that I do not like Republicans in general, but there would be no pressing need for me to write this piece were the Republican candidate in this race any regular garden variety Republican. However, this candidate is a man completely devoid of morals. A man so unfit for the office as to make its nightmarish possibility surreal. A carnival barker who stands one step away from the nuclear codes. Surely, this must be a Kafkaesque charade playing out before our very suddenly wide opened eyes.
We beseech you undecided Millennials to at the very least google Gary Johnson and the platform of The Libertarian Party and read for yourself what this man and The Libertarian Party advocates. Our country’s future could be in your hands. Don’t make a mistake you will never ever be able to rationalize to your children.
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