Let me start with a very important statement. I condemn white supremacy. And not just because I am among people that white supremacists tend to go after. The color of your skin does not make you in any way, shape, or form superior to anyone else.
The current President of the United States is one of the most entitled, self-righteous, narcissistic, arrogant people in the world. He is the embodiment of everything that is wrong with this country. The exact opposite of what the President is supposed to be.
We are a nation of diversity. Though never perfect, we have witnessed fights to create inclusivity for women, blacks and other people of color, LGBTQA+, all religions, and any other label you can think of.
Trump not only refused to condemn white supremacy — he called on a known group of white supremacists to ready themselves. He has made it abundantly clear he will lie, cheat, steal, and do anything he can to stay in office.
This may be the most important election of our lifetimes. Because it is for the heart and soul of the nation. Trump represents the worst we can be. Biden may be imperfect — but he is a compassionate, caring human being. I’m pretty sure you can’t say that about Donald Trump.
And I get it. The system is broken. But a third-party vote in the presidential election IS a vote for Trump.
Be mindful of the labels
I have never been quiet about my political leanings. I am a liberal in that I want to see people given every opportunity to improve. Open doors go to more places than walls.
Labels are tools of division. Certain people love to use them to stoke the fires and stir trouble. This is where you get into shouting matches and extreme comparisons between “liberals” and “conservatives”, “Republicans” and “Democrats”, “us” and “them”, and so on.
There are four ways to approach these things.
· The first is to reach out and bridge the gaps to empower many.
· The second is to widen the gaps to empower a select few.
· The third is to stand to the side and see which way the wind blows — empowering nobody.
· The fourth is to play both sides against the middle — creating false empowerment.
That’s not to say you cannot use combinations of these ideas. Trump and his cronies love to widen the gaps and play both sides against the middle. He knows calling a white supremacist group to action will motivate the “liberals” to react. That, he likely hopes, will evoke more general fear to muddy the waters further.
Trump — or whoever is the real power behind Trump — wants this chaos. A nation once at the forefront of world power is becoming increasingly laughable. The President of the United States was accepted for over 50 years as the “leader of the free world.” That is not applied by ANYONE to Trump.
Maybe it is time to not be that leader. But becoming a laughing-stock and pitiable is certainly not the way to do that.
Look through the chaos
The people we need to convince to act are the people who never do.
When I turned 18 in 1990, I was thrilled to be able to vote. Hell, there was a major election that year — and I was super excited to cast my ballot. I registered as an Independent — because I didn’t care to affiliate with a party.
After careful study of the various candidates’ viewpoints, I voted for a Democrat Senator and a Republican Governor. For a decade my vote was for the best candidate, never a single party.
That changed over the years. As the Republicans fell increasingly under the sway of the right-wing and went from conservative to reactionary, I couldn’t stomach voting for people who had such backward thinking.
Let me state this for the record. And I am going to shout here.
THE PAST IS PASSED. YOU CANNOT UNDO IT. YOU CANNOT GO BACK TO IT. THE ONLY DIRECTION YOU CAN GO IS FORWARD.
The Republican notions of “family values” and “conservative” values have increasingly turned to an idyllic picture of husband and wife, together to create a family, worshiping the Christian way.
Yet somehow, this has devolved to the point where a man who has been divorced multiple times, only waves around a bible as a photo op, and is blatantly corrupt is the head of that party. And despite all the awfulness he represents — they go on supporting him.
Trump is a force of chaos. Everything he does is meant to pull our attention to him. Then, when he is being bold, brash, and ridiculous — an executive order or another conservative judge is created.
This is not normal.
Vote like your life depends on it
This may be all too true.
White supremacists are a minority. Though they were hiding for decades, Trump emboldens them. In addition to that, he has gone out of his way to remove the language of inclusivity, protections for anyone “other,” and a host of other unsavory, utterly backward ideas.
Look, I get it. You’re scared of losing your way of life. You think that Trump is a regular guy — not some fast-talking politician charlatan. You think he’ll keep you safe.
I suspect Trump would turn on his own family members if it served him. He is a bigger snake oil salesman than any politician before him. He doesn’t “talk plainly” or “speak the truth” about anything. He is bombastic, self-righteous, and doing everything in his power to divide and conquer.
Here’s the thing. Either Trump truly is a genius, mastermind strategist — or — someone else is pulling the strings. Sure, I admit he may play this surreal caricature of a human being to divert us from his true “stable genius.” But that seems highly improbable.
But it makes sense that someone else is pulling the strings. Why? Because this is how our enemies take us down.
The former Soviet Union — and then terrorist states — failed over and over again to destroy this country from without. It’s not too hard to imagine that one of them determined it was better to destroy it from within.
Because that is the core concern of this election. If you don’t think another Trump term is the end of American democracy — you’re either not paying attention, naïve or otherwise in denial.
Consider your friends and family
Unless you come from a truly isolated area of the country — you have a friend or family member in danger.
Maybe they rely on health insurance they will lose without the Affordable Care Act — and more specifically its preexisting conditions protections. Your black friend could be shot by a cop for driving their car or going to a store because they are black — and the police will not be held accountable. Your gay friend may not be able to find work because they’re gay — and potential employers are being allowed to discriminate for “religious” reasons. A cousin might get sick from COVID-19 and die because the government is doing nothing to deal with this pandemic.
This is where we are at. Whether you have been impacted by the increasingly distressing government directly, indirectly, or not-at-all — someone you know has been. Or will be.
And so might you.
On the surface, I’m a white, middle-aged male. Safe!
BUT — I am Jewish. Maybe I don’t practice my religion — but I am proud of my heritage and still call myself Jewish. I am also an artist, and a liberal thinker — in case this article leaves that in any doubt.
The Nazis went after people like me. I expect nothing less if Trump and his “Proud Boys” and similar white supremacy groups remain in power.
NOBODY should be in that danger. I have every right to exist, to share my thoughts, and to be who I am. As does everyone else in this nation — no matter race, creed, skin color, gender, religion, sexual preference, or what-have-you.
Everyone will be impacted
That is what this election is about. The people you know who will have their lives destroyed by this man and his handlers. Whether or not Trump IS in charge — or someone else is pulling the strings — that is what we are facing right now.
Trump wants to scare his followers into believing Biden and the Democrats will raise their taxes, take away their guns, step on their rights, and allow foreigners and immigrants to overrun the infrastructure. He uses fear of the “other” — be it liberals, immigrants, Democrats, women, etc. — to gain his followers. Either he or the person pulling the strings recognizes the psychology of such people — and plays them.
This is why it is more important than ever to get non-voters out to vote. We need to help them realize what we are up against — and that while this may not have impacted them yet — it will. Directly or indirectly — the reelection of Trump is the end of the nation as we know it.
While we’re at it — the Republican senators and congresspeople supporting him need to be removed from office, too. They continue to make it abundantly clear that they care about nobody but themselves and their so-called power.
This is not normal — and we need to act NOW to stop normalizing it. This election is for the heart and soul of the nation. Please get everyone you know to see why this matters so much — and why voting is so very important.
Thank you for reading. I am MJ Blehart. I write about mindfulness, conscious reality creation, positivity, (sometimes politics), and similar life lessons.
Get my Five Easy Steps to Change the World for the Better Here