Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

Location: Delhi, N.Y., United States

The author and his webmaster, summer of 1965.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Own It

In 2000, Florida decide the presidential election in favor of George W. Bush.  If Ralph Nader hadn’t campaigned in that state, and won 92,000 votes; Al Gore would have won both the popular vote, and the Electoral College votes.
In 2016, third-party candidates again made the difference.  Donald Trump won Florida’s 29 electoral votes, Pennsylvania’s 20 votes, Michigan’s 16 votes, and Wisconsin’s 10 votes.  That is a total of 75 electoral votes.
In every one of those states, the number of people who voted for third-party candidate Gary Johnson exceeded the difference between Trump and Clinton.  Those 4 states saw Clinton losing to Trump by far less than the number of vote that went to Johnson, a candidate who had no real chance of winning.
People have a right vote for their choice, but it seems to me that it’s unreasonable to vote for a third-party candidate, who has no chance of winning.  If they want to affect the final outcome of a presidential election, they should simply vote for the person they want to be president.  Doing so would prevent our country from picking a president through unintended consequences.  It’s not the way to elect the leader of the free world.  If  Donald Trump’s presidency becomes a total disaster will they then boast that they didn’t vote for Trump.
I’ve been told of a couple, who prayed to God to help them make the decision of who to vote for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton.  They ended up voting for Trump.  If things don’t turn out the way that they had expected, do you think they’ll blame God for giving them bad advice.
Unsophisticated voters aren’t taking responsibility for their vote.  They and people who didn’t vote have enabled Trump to become their president.  Own it!


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