I said it: I don’t care about the Presidency.
Not in the manner you’d think, anyway.
Donald Trump is a morally bankrupt, uneducated, misogynistic bigot who will run the economy and foreign relations into the ground. Hillary is the most qualified (wo)man for the job. I’ve never been shy to tell people in the past, and less than three weeks from Election Day, I certainly won’t be now. I wholeheartedly believe that come January, America will inaugurate its first female President. I back Hillary 100%.
But for me, this election isn’t entirely about the Presidency.
The only reason I care about this election as deeply as I do is because I care about the state of the Supreme Court.
The winner of this election will make two, maybe three Supreme Court nominations (whether the Senate will actually hold hearings is another thing all together. I mean, it is controlled by the party that shut down the entire federal government once because it didn’t get invited to play tetherball on the playground). You put the wrong person into office who nominates the wrong people, you’re looking at undoing a century of law. As a lawyer, that scares the pants off of me. I haven’t always agreed with SCOTUS decisions (looking at you, Burwell v. Hobby Lobby), but I’ve always had respect for their opinions.
Bird of a feather flock together, and nepotism is alive and thriving. If you give this power, the power to nominate those who ultimately interpret the laws of America, to a man who openly states that he doesn’t respect women, he will nominate, to the highest court of this country, others that don’t respect women. If you give this power to a man who openly states that he has no regard for the rights of the LGBTQ community, he will nominate, to the highest court of this country, others who have no regard for the rights of the LGBTQ community. If you give this power to a man who openly states that he doesn’t respect religions besides Christianity, he will nominate, to the highest court of this country, others that don’t respect religions besides Christianity.
I fear that religion has gotten far too involved in the American political process. Nominees brazenly campaign about their upbringings in the church, as though its a platform on which he should be elected. The Founders knew that religion could become an issue. That’s why it was written into the Constitution, in that first piece, the part that people like to ignore, before the gun stuff. Religion and God(s) have no place in the State. Call me crazy, but if you love God so much, maybe you shouldn’t use Him as a pawn, a means to your political end, to get your way, in the same way a shitty parent uses his/her child against the other during a nasty divorce.
The term “pawn” itself is telling. “Pawn” indicates that the player believes it’s a game. The Nation is not a game. This is our future. These are our laws and this is our Court, and I have no intention of letting either idly fall into the hands of a man who won’t respect their power.
For the sake of transparency, let me tell you what I support:
- I support the Second Amendment.
- I also support reasonable gun control, including universal background checks.
- I support the LGBTQ community and their rights to be treated as equals in this country.
- I also support adding the LGBTQ community as a suspect class for discrimination purposes, in order to hold lawmakers and citizens accountable.
- I support choice in whatever form it comes. Not my body, not my decision, but if it was, the decision is mine, and mine alone, to make.
- I support the ideals of my America, that we are indeed a melting pot of cultures and a refuge for those in need of liberty and freedom, and that (to quote Clueless), “it does not say RSVP on the Statue of Liberty.”
- I support a tweaking of the Affordable Care Act, though I will never support its repeal.
- I support opening our arms, our homes, and our country’s doors to Syrian refugees.
- I support forgiving federal student loan debt, with the hope that all those who have been slaves to the loan game will take the money they had been paying and sink it into local businesses.
- I support immigration reform, making it easier for law-abiding people to become tax-paying citizens.
- I support the legalization and taxation of cannabis.
- I support taxing churches if they choose to become involved in commerce and politics.
- I support, as a middle-class woman, a tax increase, so long as it is a progressive tax increase, loophole-free, across the board.
- I support a death penalty reform, if not a complete ban.
- And many, many others. If you have any questions about an issue I haven’t mentioned, please ask.
So yes, I suppose I do care about the Presidency, but only because of the ensuing butterfly effect it will cause. The Office of the President is not necessarily the problem, but the fallout is. And of all of the things I support, the Supreme Court has/will have a lot to do with them.
Never, ever forget that we elect these people. They work for us. We are their bosses. Keep that in mind when you go to the polls. Think if it as a traditional interview: you go to hire someone and you end up with two candidates. You may not find the perfect fit for your position, but you take the one that is most qualified, not the one that sexually harrasses your female employees and shits on the floor. You take the one who will not dismantle your hard-built company once he gets in the door.
You never take the one that will destroy your business from the inside out.
And that is exactly what Trump will do.