Susan Sarandon has been giving interviews where she talks about breaking up with Hillary Clinton, despite a friendship going back many years. Sarandon cites corruption during Hillary’s tenure as Secretary of State as the reason for the “breakup.” The video above, available on the YouTubes by way of the Internets, is worth your valuable time. Sarandon can be painful to listen to sometimes, because she’s pretty far-Left in some of her beliefs (which center a lot on the Global Warming Apocalypse Cult)…but her ability to talk openly about not supporting the Democrats’ candidate for president is admirable.
At some point in life, I think that everyone has to think for themselves and stop lockstep, blind, party-voting. We should all look at the issues that truly matter to us and decide if the person running for office can be expected to do anything at all to affect the positive changes that we want.
Yesterday, early voting began in Chicago. I showed up bright and early, meeting a good friend downtown and heading over to the Board of Elections offices. I felt positively deplorable.
We were two of the very first people to cast our ballots in Chicago. The election staff were all chipper and happy, with this being just the first day. I actually always have a good experience voting in Chicago at the Board of Elections. Everyone is always pleasant and professional and it’s an orderly process. Normally, there’s a 20 to 30 minute wait, but going the first day was so very smart because we walked right in and were voting in minutes.
Chicago uses an electronic machine. You’re handed a little credit card-sized piece of plastic that you walk over to a terminal. (Your ID is never checked, by the way, they just ask you for your name and your address…so, really, anyone could come down and vote as you if they know your name and your address.) Insert that card and then the voting begins.
I’ve never said who I voted for before. I think it’s usually obvious who I voted for, based on what I write about politics. But this time I think it’s important to be candid about this vote, because it was such a milestone for me. I did not vote for Hillary Clinton to be President of the United States, despite dedicating a year of my life back in 2007-2008 to her presidential campaign. One of the happiest days ever was when I got to vote for Hillary in the 2008 primary. Finally being able to vote for her for something was a big deal to me back then…especially when she was in the fight of her life against Obama and the Democrat machine in that primary race. Here, I had my first opportunity ever to vote for her to actually be President…but I just couldn’t in good conscience do that.
I stared at the screen for a few minutes before pushing the button for Trump/Pence. I voted straight Republican in all the other races where the GOP bothered to field a candidate here in Chicago (as many local races are uncontested, with no Republican option for many judges and other officials). I then voted NO! when it came to retaining various other officials. I always vote a straight NO! on those, because I feel that turnover in powerful positions is the only real antidote to corruption when there are no real term limits for most of these people.
I could have left the presidential choice blank, out of my remaining loyalty to Hillary Clinton and the friendships I made on that 2008 campaign. In Illinois, if you leave anything blank on a ballot, there’s a good chance that election officials will fill it in for you down the line somehow, so that’s not really a good option. If you leave a space blank, someone will cast a vote for a Democrat for you.
I don’t love Donald Trump and he doesn’t inspire me on a personal level. I think he is garish and gaudy. I admire his candor though, and his bravery. He is the only person in my adult life who I’ve ever seen speak unpopular or politically incorrect truths, apart from Andrew Breitbart. Trump is fearless and the Establishment hates him. That alone makes the man worthy of your votes.
As I stood there, waiting to turn to the next screen and continue voting, solidifying my vote for Trump over Hillary, it occurred to me that it’s actually pretty easy to list why this is the right choice to make. I invite you to make a list of your own, but here are my reasons why I simply could not in good conscience cast a vote for Hillary Clinton:
1.) I am an openly gay man and Hillary Clinton openly advocates for importing Muslims into this country, when every country with a Muslim majority is a place that executes gays. In Iran, gay men are forced to undergo sex changes. In Syria, Libya, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and other hellholes, gays are stoned and thrown off buildings. Gay men are beheaded, dragged through the streets, and tortured to death wherever Muslims have power. It really is cultural suicide for gays to vote for anyone who wants to bring more Muslims into the West, since Muslims have proven for decades that they do not assimilate and they do not abandon their toxic, homophobic culture when they immigrate to the West. Muslims colonize wherever they settle and expect their new land to transform into a colony of the horrible place that they left. How can a gay man vote for someone who wants to see the United States become like France and Germany?
2.) That “Basket of Deplorables” line of Hillary’s was worse than Barack Obama’s “bitter clingers” insult back in 2008 (when he referred to Pennsylvanians as people who bitterly cling to guns and religion…which is why they were not voting for him in the primary that year). Hillary Clinton should be deeply ashamed of herself for saying that. She owes Americans an apology. A candidate for President should be asking Americans for their votes…not demeaning and insulting people who do not want to vote for her. Saying that people who do not support her belong in a “Basket of Deplorables” was just stupid. A few years ago, my friend Megan Fox and I were investigating a library board out in the Chicago suburbs that we caught misusing public funds and hiding up crimes that happened in the library. Some of the board members and people on staff there would call me a “fag” and a “fruit,” amongst other terrible things they did to try to scare Megan and me off the case. I really don’t know what an idiot is thinking when she uses a pejorative like “fag” or “fruit” and hurls that at a gay man in 2016. Maybe 40 or 50 years ago, if you called a guy a “fag” or a “fruit” he would crumple to the ground in the fetal position and would be unable to function. Who knows: perhaps if you call one of the Millennial special snowflakes a “fag” or a “fruit” they will burst into flames, as sensitive as they are. I’m a Gen-Xer and name-calling doesn’t effect me…aside from making me more determined to defeat whoever is calling me names. Megan and I wrote a whole book about how we busted the people who called me a “fag” and a “fruit” at that library and made them accountable for all their terrible actions. Yesterday, I held Hillary Clinton accountable for her “Deplorables” pejorative by voting against her.
3.) There was a great Breitbart article a few days ago, where the writer made an observation that Democrats have now formed a kind of Soros-Sharpton Coalition of niche groups that really do want to destroy America. The Soros part is comprised of incredibly wealthy people like George Soros who have bought and paid for Hillary Clinton through the years. She owes them and will do whatever they tell her to do. It’s not just George Soros, but it’s all sorts of crackpots and even whole foreign governments. They have her millions and they want a lot more than just nights in the Lincoln Bedroom in return. The Sharpton part comes into play with all the Social Justice groups and grievance-mongers who own Hillary, as she struggles to keep the Bernie Sanders radicals in the Democrats’ tent. Hillary Clinton will have to do a lot of terrible things to America as president if she’s elected, because the Al Sharptons of the world will demand that payback for helping to drag her across the finish line. I don’t believe that either the Soros or the Sharpton crowd loves America or wants to see it prosper. Their agenda is to destroy this country and they openly state that Hillary Clinton is their candidate. How on earth can you in good conscience vote for her if you love this country?
4.) Hillary Clinton openly stated that she wants to destroy the coal industry and is against America’s drilling for oil in our bid for energy independence. I believe in oil, goal, natural gas, and other fossil fuels as the only dependable source of energy that is realistic at the present. I also want to see more nuclear plants be built, but Democrats are rabidly against that and part of the Soros lobby includes the Green Cult that will stop any more nuclear plants from being built. I want a giant oil pipeline, but Hillary has made it clear she will block that. Hillary just the other day doubled down on the bizarre belief that wind and solar power can replace everything else, when in Illinois all over our state we have failed wind and solar projects that were all started with big fanfare…but that fell apart because the technology is just not there for them to be practical. We really can’t have another President who lives in a fantasyland when it comes to energy.
5.) I am angry with Hillary Clinton for lying about her medical problems. I feel that she needs to be honest with us about that. I’ve never been angry with her for lying about her martial problems or her husband’s affairs…and I think she has a right to lie about whatever the truth is when it comes to her bizarre personal relationship with Huma Abedin (and why Huma really has so much influence over Hillary, despite Huma clearly being a Saudi Arabian agent). But her lying about her health is whole other thing when she’s seeking the highest political office in the land. That van she rides around in, that she jokingly calls “Scooby,” has medical equipment and a wheelchair ramp in it. Her health is so poor that the team around her treats collapsing in public as just another day at the office. There is a mysterious and large black man who hovers around her, holding some kind of device in his hand, waiting to stab her with it if she loses focus and starts staring blankly into a crowd (or if she starts shaking uncontrollably). None of this is normal. All of it needs to be explained and dealt with. It’s not okay to run for president and tell this many lies about your health.
As I checked the box for Trump/Pence, I thought about whether or not I would ever like to work for Donald Trump at one of his businesses. I feel that he is someone who would demand excellence every day and that if you work for him you had better show up every day with the ability to be great at whatever it is he hired you to do. I don’t think you can be a special snowflake and last long working for Donald Trump. I think you need a thick skin and have the ability to produce results…or you will be fired.
One of my first jobs in Chicago was working for a famous chef with a legendary temper and reputation for outright cruelty. He was a charming monster who demanded excellence and enjoyed busting people on mistakes. Getting dressed for work every day meant looking perfect before I left the apartment. He expected his staff to wear the best clothes they could afford, to have the best haircuts they could get, to have the whitest and most perfect smiles possible, and to be busy nonstop from the second they walked into his place of business until the moment they left at night, leaving nothing in reserve and being so tired at the end of the day that they’d collapse in bed as soon as they got home. That man was brutal, but he was a star in his field. I am reminded all the time how much I learned working for him. It is an accomplishment to have worked for him and to have lasted as long as I did. Few people can ever say that. He was not a nice man. He was not a good man. But damn if he wasn’t great at what he did and he demanded that you be great at what you did too.
I look at Donald Trump in that way: he’s not someone who I like on a personal level, but if I ever had the chance to work for him I would consider it a huge honor and the opportunity of a lifetime. Working for him would require excellence and hard work. It would not be easy. It would be challenging. No one on staff would ever be safe and could be fired at any moment. I’m sure the tension is high because no one knows what he will do. Staying on edge like that takes a lot of mental energy and stamina…but I also think it produces great results.
After all the horrible things that the idiots in the Establishment have done to our country, I think we need everyone in government to be on edge. I think we need everyone in the public sector to fear being fired by a President Trump.
If you are someone who would like to see the Department of Education eliminated, or other government agencies like the IRS wiped clean, then Donald Trump is the only person who would do that. Hillary Clinton is part of the Establishment and is never going to make any of the changes that are needed. If you want changes, then Hillary is just not the person who can deliver them.
Last night, I slept just fine having voted for Trump over Hillary. I thought I would feel badly about it, but I didn’t. Like Susan Sarandon said in one of her interviews, it’s okay not to vote for Hillary. Even if you really want a woman to be president, it’s okay to say that this particular woman has turned out to be not the right woman for the job. It is okay for all of us to say that Hillary’s horrible judgment in recent years means that we are all allowed to break up with her and abandon our old loyalties (if you are someone who ever felt such loyalty towards her).
America will have a female president in our lifetime, but I don’t think it will be Hillary Clinton.
I am okay with it not being Hillary Clinton.
And I am certain that Donald Trump will shake things up in Washington, which is a city that desperately needs to be shaken up. That means I am happy and comfortable with the vote I cast yesterday. I am proud of it.
This means that I’m one of the Deplorables that Hillary Clinton mocked and maligned. I’m just a deplorable, fag, fruit I guess…who slept really well last night and today knows he did the right thing by voting for Trump.
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