The obsession with who a person is voting for has always been a foreign one to me. I was raised with the understanding that who I cast my vote for is nobody else’s business, but my own. It’s private, which is the reason why you vote anonymously in a booth or partition. Now, this being said—I have not tried to hide my political viewpoints, nor have I shied away from the political post on social media, but I haven’t come out and said who I was voting for. Not happy with any candidate, I could be voting for myself, you don’t know, because I haven’t told you.

I’ve also found it interesting that when one points out a fault in a particular candidate, their supporters defend that fault, by pointing out the faults in the other candidate. As if one thing had anything to do with the other. I tend to support all of my claims with articles and factual information. But not everyone needs facts or truth to make a decision when it comes to voting. We vote from our hearts. We vote from our passions.

So, no, I’m not going to tell you who I’m voting for. But I will tell you why I will not be voting for Donald J. Trump.

Feel free to follow the links provided here, if you wish to see my supporting information, as I like to provide such things.

Here are the main two reasons I won’t be voting for Trump:

  1. He is a selfish, racist, bigoted, misogynistic, hate monger, who only cares about the wealthy, and more specifically, himself, and he cannot be trusted.Honestly, the office of President of the United States is the most important “job” on the planet (in my opinion), and with that lofty position comes the responsibility of representing all of American society.  Vulgarity, impatience, and a history of bullying are not qualities the President should have.

    (Each one of those words is a separate link.)

  2. His running mate.  Mike Pence’s track record with RFRA, his opposition to the Hate Crimes Prevention Act, and the transgendered bathroom policy in our schools–to name a few–would make the United States in his image: where the LGBT community, including transgendered men, and women would, simply, not be allowed the same rights, protection, and dignity that the rest of us enjoy.  America is the land of the free. The place where anyone can be accepted no matter their race, religion, nationality, age, gender, gender identity, or sexual preference. They are welcome. We are the melting pot.On a personal note: If Pence had his way, my sister, a transgendered woman, would be ostracized and singled out as unwanted by the federal government.  And this, I could never willingly allow.  I love my sister, and she has the right to exist as the gender she identifies with.

I have more reasons why I’m not voting for him, but these, for me, are enough.  And I understand that not everyone is going to agree with me, and that’s okay.  We’re citizens of the United States of America and we have the right to disagree, civilly, and openly.

If you disagree, I welcome your arguments; however, I challenge you to do so without mentioning any other candidate.  Defend Trump without pointing the finger at Clinton, Johnson, or Stein. Defend him on his merits, not on the qualities of his opponents.  And then, back it up with research.

https://ballotpedia.org is a great site for the facts if you need help.

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11 thoughts on “On Voting…

  1. I will say that you make valid points about Mr. Trump and you are wise to precursor comments about his major opponent as books could be written about she. What I will say is that I am not happy with our country’s present situation domestically and globally. Things on those fronts have deteriorated in the last 8 years and the present Democratic Party’s stance and support of the Obama agenda is not likely to change. Both Republican and Democrat congressmen/women are running scared because what Mr. Trump does offer is a chance at change. We are a small part of the global population and we can not longer take care of the rest of the world. To think that opening our doors to another 500,000 middle east population with the own-ness of supporting them falling on the already stressed American taxpayers is unthinkable. To continue to bow down to corporate special interests while our jobs disappear to other countries and our Congressmen/women become millionaires. China now owns a major part of our country’s debt. We were at one time a respected and feared power in the world, but no more and the outlook for our dwindled military and equipment doesn’t bode well for our future. So while neither candidate is a pure and completely honorable person, for me a chance at bringing CHANGES to our present situation is why I AM VOTING FOR DONALD TRUMP! Along, of course, for many other reasons if I were permitted to speak to HRC. There are not perfect candidates so what we must base our decisions on is what we want for our country: more of the same or a chance for change!

    • Thanks for responding, Dad.

      • Where did you get the 500,000 more refugee number? I haven’t been able to find it anywhere.

      • Corporate Special Interests–Completely agree with you that “Citizens United” needs to be repealed, and corporate personhood should be eliminated.

      • What changes are you specifically referring to? I agree that change needs to occur, but what changes does he represent to the average American?

      • Tom is there a limit to how many words used in a reply. I get just so far and then I can no longer scroll down to continue responding. My words that I type fall into the black border and I cannot scroll down any further. Both times I entered about 500-800 words and then I was bumped out to word press and my reply wiped out. Per naps I should email u my response and you can copy it to your blog. Sorry to be such a bother. Perhaps I should reply in segments so as to get all my thoughts onto your blog.

  2. Let me first say that while you offer your biased opinion, that is what Trump has been facing since day one. The Democratic newspaper and major network news media are proven to be very biased in their reporting and perhaps the reason you aren’t privy to statements about the intentions of HRC to increase the influx of Syrian refugees. To be fair give the FOX news channel and its many programs a good listen to. In regards to what changes you asked? Are you serious, really. All the things HRC now claims she would do is only the tip of the ice berg. My question would be what has the present administration and HRC been doing the last 8 years. Our unskilled labor fills our unemployment and welfare rolls because our industry has been farmed out to overseas by our corporate powers. Our infrastructure is in terrible shape with roads, bridges and railways in shambles (another way to put people to work). Our country is owned by foreign entities such as China and our debt will continue to grow as our country blindly funds the likes of Iran with money it borrows. We, the American tax payers, are paying to support the influx of refugees and illegals but can’t afford to increase the social security checks for our elders as they struggle to keep up with the cost of living. Our credibility globally has greatly deteriorated and our nation is no longer viewed as a world power to be respected. Our present Democratic President bows to other sovereign leaders and even apologizes to them—-give me a break! Our military has been decimated, its members poorly compensated and returning vets needing medical/mental health care, housing and employment opportunities are doing without. Our military equipment is in dire need for overhaul. Are we now at risk because of this, are we ripe for the picking? While we were not wise eight years ago and again four years ago to elect a one term inexperienced and incompetent Senator as our president-just because he was an African American, are we about to make the same mistake just because HRC is a woman. I won’t get into all the other factors of why she is a bad choice because of the limitations you have put in replying on your blog (sort of like the biased news media)—so no transparency as boasted by the present administration and the Democratic candidate. Let us talk about race relations in this country. With an African American as our president you would think there would have been some advancement in race relations but the opposite has occurred. No attention given to the plight of our urban minorities in terms of “real” education and employment opportunities. The BLM should have been admonished by the present administration when supporters turned violent, looted and put to fire their own neighborhoods. So where does the blame go? Right here with us because we continue to allow our congress to fill their pockets with special interest monies and vote themselves perks above and beyond what our elected PUBLIC SERVANTS deserve and need. Why do you think both Democrat and Republican politician have been trying to tank Trump? I am not saying he is the answer to all our problems but he is a catalyst for change–and a change is what we sorely need. Through all this overbearing and long lasting Presidential campaign (campaigning should be restricted to January 1st of the election year–we lost all of 2015 because of it) and under attack as he has been, Trump has shown the perseverance and strength needed for the office of the President of the United States. And just an aside: Trump is what the people (not political parties, not congress–but the people) want as he amassed the most primary votes in the history of American primaries. We the people want a change, need a change!

  3. Let me first say that while you offer your biased opinion, that is just what Trump has been faced with since day one; a very biased and Democratic supporting newspaper media and major network news media (NBX, CBS, ABC & even CNN)that only reports positively about HRC and negatively about Trump. Perhaps the reason you aren’t privy to statements about the intentions of HR to increase the influx of Syrian refugees. TO BE FAIR: Give the Fox news channel and its many programs a good listen to and get the other side of things that aren’t reported by the above noted sources. What changes you ask? Are you serious? So you are happy with the status quo and the Obama agenda which will surely continue under a new Democratic president. All the things HRC claim she would do begs the question, what has she and the current administration done about these things the last 8 years? Changes:
    This country’s unskilled labor fills our unemployment and welfare rolls because our industry has been farmed out to overseas locations by our corporate powers apparently with the blessings of our Congress who has done nothing to prevent or penalize those entities.
    Our infrastructure is in terrible shape with roads, bridges and railways in shambles (another way to put people to work).
    USA is owned by foreign powers such as China (20 trillion national debt) for a number of reasons including trade deficits, and the debt will continue to grow as we blindly fund countries like Iran with money we borrow.
    We, the American taxpayers, are paying to support the influx of refugees and illegals but can’t afford to increase social security for our seniors to keep up with the rising cost of living.
    Our credibility globally has greatly deteriorated and our nation is no longer seen as a world power to be respected. Our current Democratic President bows down to other sovereign leaders and even apologizes to them—-give me a break, is this strong leadership?
    Our military personnel and equipment has been severely decimated, its members poorly compensated and returning vets needing medical/mental care, housing and employment opportunities are doing without. Our military equipment is in dire need of an overhaul. Because of this are we now at risk, ripe for the picking?
    While we were not wise eight years ago and again four years later when we elected an inexperienced and incompetent one term (not even)senator from Illinois as our president because he was an African American, are we about to make the same mistake just because HRC is a woman?
    I won’t go into all the other factors of why HRC is a bad choice because of the limitations you have put in replying on your blog (sort of like the biased news media) so no transparency as boasted by the current administration and the Democratic candidate. Let us talk about race relations in this country. You would think with an African American president things would have gotten better for this country’s people of color, but the opposite is the case. No real inroads to the plight of our urban minorities in terms of “real” education and employment opportunities. The BLM should have been sternly admonished by the current administration when it turned violent and costly with the looting and burning of their own neighbor hoods. So where does the blame go? Right here with us; we the people! We continue to allow our congress to fill their pockets with special interest monies and vote themselves perks (denied us)above and beyond what our elected PUBLIC SERVANTS deserve and need. Why do you think both Democrat and Republican congressmen/women have been trying to tank Trump? This is another area that I believe Trump will delve into.
    I am not saying Trump is the answer to all our problems but he is a catalyst for change–and a change is what we sorely need for all the above noted reasons. Through all this overbearing and long lasting Presidential Campaign (campaigning should only be permitted starting January 1 of the election year–we lost 2015 to accomplish anything as a result)and under attack as he has been, Trump has shown the perseverance and strength needed for the office of the President of the United States. And just as an aside: Trump is what the people ( political parties, not congress, but the people)want as demonstrated as he amassed the most primary votes in the history of American primaries. We the people have spoken! We the people want a change, need a change.

    • Thank you for responding, Dad–I’ll respond to each point in the order in which you gave them.

      First, of course this is my opinion, it is my blog. That being said, I do not feel like it was unfairly biased. I wrote that he was a selfish, racist, bigoted, misogynistic, hate monger, which is an opinion I developed by simply watching him, and how he behaves.

      When I say he is selfish, it isn’t because he’s rich and doing a good job of staying rich. It is because he rips people off, and doesn’t pay his bills. These are facts. There is no bias in it whatsoever. The article I linked to was from USA Today (where they stand on bias, I do not know), and the reporter, Steve Reilly, spent quite a bit of time researching his article, and interviewing the dishwashers, painters, waiters, constructions workers, and more who have all been stiffed for their work by Donald Trump.

      When I say he is racists, it isn’t because he doesn’t have a politically correct vocabulary, or that he has, on national television, grouped peoples together because of what they look like, or where they are from (which he has done, several times). It is because he has a history of racist behavior, like screening lease applicants of his apartments according to race, making statements implying programs to help African American citizens get jobs give them advantages over white people (which he made up, because it’s not true–way too many studies on this), and then turns around and never promotes a person of color to any high-level position in any of his companies. Not to mention that he never believed a person with the name Barack Obama could be born in the United States. The article I linked to this word, was from Fortune magazine, who also wrote an interesting article on Liberal Media Bias (http://fortune.com/2015/11/02/liberal-media/).

      When I say he is a bigot, it isn’t because he supports equal rights for the LGBT community, that would be contradictory. It’s because he chose a running mate who is so blatantly opposed to equal rights for homosexuals and transgendered citizens. I’m a Christian. I have Christian values. But I am also an American citizen, and with that comes a slightly different set of values. The government, both State and Federal, have agreed to function under the United States Constitution. In it, the separation of Church and State is very clear. A person may feel very strongly on a subject, but if that feeling comes from a belief due to a religious perspective, it has no place in our government. Mike Pence would change that, and by extension, Trump would –who wants to appoint judges who would overrule same-sex marriage, and let the states make laws that contradict the United States Constitution. I linked to ballotpedia.org for this one.

      When I say he misogynistic…well, there is a difference between “locker room talk” and having respect for women. I have been in many locker rooms, and I have had conversations about women with other men, in private, where no one can hear me, and certainly where there are no microphones, and maybe this is just my opinion: But a man who respects women wouldn’t talk about them in such a way (I have never done so). He has, on several occasions, on Television, said women shouldn’t go to work, they should stay home and be wives (now he said this decades before he was running for President, and maybe he changed his mind). Let’s talk about what he’s said recently, on political topics in regards to women:

      PAID FAMILY LEAVE = It’s bad for business.
      EQUAL PAY = IF women can do as good of a job as men, then sure. He plainly doesn’t believe they can.
      ABORTION = (This could be a whole different blog) But what he was saying about late-term abortions in that presidential “debate” was completely false. These cases aren’t decided willy-nilly. They happen when a women or her unborn child’s life are in danger. Again, I am a Christian, and I disagree with abortion as a birth control, but here is an interesting piece, by a mother of a late-term abortion that my wife shared with me: (https://www.romper.com/p/im-a-mom-who-had-a-late-term-abortion-its-nothing-like-donald-trump-says-21212)

      Hate Monger. He criticizes our leaders because we use diplomacy, and show respect to other nations by acknowledging their cultural differences and customs. But, more specifically, it’s his vulgar behavior in how he talks to people. The President of the United States does not suggest people beat up guys he doesn’t like, and offer to pay the legal fees. He doesn’t belittle veterans who were captured during a time of war. He doesn’t respect that, only those who didn’t get caught. You don’t call a former Miss Universe “Miss Piggy,” or “Miss Housekeeping” if you aren’t A) racist, and B) comfortable with hating people for their differences. Not everything he says or does is about spreading hatred, prejudice and enmity about Hispanics, Muslims and well, women, but it happens a lot.

      Here is an interesting video (just under 7 minutes in length) that analyses Trump, and his Authoritarian view point. I think it explains why he is popular, and maybe even why you like him for President:

      Now, what I agree with you in, is that we do need change. But I don’t believe change for changes sake is a great idea either. We allow this man to open up more loopholes for higher-income people, and businesses, it isn’t going to create a booming middle class, it’s going to increase the wealth inequality this country. I don’t know how we can assume that a man who has made a living off of labor from other countries, and ripping people off, is going to change. He isn’t going to bring his jobs to this country or any others. He isn’t going to stop ripping people off. Now, he’s just going to do it a much more global stage.

      As far as the respect and credibility around the world–I’d say it would get worse with Trump, here’s what other countries have to say about him: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/05/06/47-not-very-positive-things-foreign-leaders-have-said-about-donald-trump/

      You earn respect, by giving respect. Trump gives no respect to anyone.

      I can keep going, but I guess, in the end, I agree with many of your points, that we do need a change in this country, and around the world for that matter, but Trump is not the answer. Letting him in for changes sake, is how Hitler came into power. We must be careful with how we proceed next week.

      • I guess we will just have to agree to disagree Tom. In today’s world walking on egg shells with so called diplomacy has not helped our situation globally. “Politically correct” has taken down our values and traditions with our liberty little by little taken over by a government who under the guise of helping people is making our people dependent upon them and killing the American spirit, initiative and innovation. If you do agree that change is what is needed, then you really must be in a quandary as HRC will only continue the status quo and a vote for anyone else, while your right, is basically throwing it away and thumbing your nose at the guys and gals sacrificing their lives to allow you that right.
        Tom I am so proud that you are so involved and introspective concerning this election, God Bless you and our America.

  4. My reasons for being here in the first place,given the vague similarity in our names(no relation) should seem obvious.I totally agree with your assessment of a Trump candidacy & believe that no sane,rational or UN-bigoted person could support Trump.I also agree that the ”well my candidate ain’t as bad as your candidate” argument is not worthy of consideration & that each should be evaluated on their own merits.Removing the hatred of the other guy from the equation & soberly assessing Trump as,now,the President Elect,should send shivers up the spine of any American citizen,as it is doing to our allies across the globe.Not more than a few weeks into his alleged transition,he is engaging in ”pissing contests” with any pundit or journalist that dares to cross him.Not to mention alleging voter fraud because of having lost the popular vote,in spite of numerous non-partisan studies that show voter fraud being virtually non-existent.Given the unrelenting attacks endured by his predecessor at the hands of the opposition party,not to mention Trump with his ”birther” nonsense,one has to quite reasonably wonder if Trump will spend his Presidency waging a twitter war with pundits,journalists,publications,Democrats,Hollywood types & any & all that he perceives as a critic,while an angry Nation waits to be made great again.One can only hope that when the realization sets in that ”bullying” & name calling can’t replace governing,Trump will declare his fledgling Administration ”bankrupt” & retreat to the insulator world of Trump Tower,no doubt declaring that he had achieved all his goals far ahead of schedule but can’t afford to pay his bill to the American people.

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