I’m tired of being told that my vote didn’t matter. That I was an uninformed voter. That I was a third party spoiler. Most of all, I’m tired of being told that it is my fault that Trump is packing to move into his new home for the next four years.
I have no regrets. I voted my conscience.
I voted for the candidate whom I felt would turn this country into the great land I grew up learning about in the history books of my younger days. The candidate who ran a clean and almost flawless campaign. No mudsling, no vulgarities, no isolationism attitudes, no FBI investigations, no racism, no outlandish promises. I voted for a return to peace and shared values. I voted for freedom and liberty. I voted for Gary Johnson.
I mourn for our country. We are left even more divided than we ever were.
Trump supporters feel that balance is finally restored, but it isn’t. The power is in their corner now. They felt slighted when Obama took office eight years ago and imagined that their power was taken away.
I was in no means a supporter of Obama, however his administration was able to herald in marriage equality, which America was severely behind on compared to the rest of the world. Transgendered rights were recognized as well. This enraged the evangelicals of this country, but there has always been, and should remain, a separation of church and state.
Our country was founded on the concepts of freedom and liberty, more specifically: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Our founding fathers were Free Masons. Research them. Learn exactly who founded our country. Maybe then you’d understand where some of the conspiracy theorists get the fuel for their fires, as well.
The evangelical churches who are fueling the Trump train, which plans to run all over the rights of people -- including women’s reproductive rights, in the name of God -- need to pay taxes since they are so adamant about bringing God into politics. I’m sure that by these churches no longer getting tax-exempt status will take a large chunk out of the national debt.
Speaking of the national debt…
I was called a hypocrite for stating that Trump has filed bankruptcy more than once in the building of his financial empire. I filed bankruptcy, yes, however I’m not running for, or about to take the seat of the most powerful world leader, like he is. My point is, that when he faced a ton of debt he didn’t know what to do with, he filed bankruptcy. That cannot be done with our national debt.
Let me clarify one thing now: what I have said thus far does not make me a supporter of Clinton. Far from it.
While I am happy that the USA finally had a woman nominated (in a media recognized legit political party) to run for president, I am not at all excited that this country chose Clinton. Between all the controversy, corruption, lies and add in the FBI investigations for the cherry on top, it just didn’t make sense that she should be the candidate. It was her power and money (and cronies and lobbyists) that heralded that phenomenon.
Jill Stein was the Green Party candidate, and last I noticed, she’s a woman. She also ran a clean campaign, no pun intended. If only the media, who truly run this country, would have let both her and Gary Johnson into the debates, we would have seen real politics in action.
It’s truly sad that most who voted for Trump only did so because they hated Clinton more than him. That and one issue voters -- to abolish abortion, Obamacare, and gay marriage mostly, oh and gun rights. Can’t forget that.
Which let me say right now, I am for gun rights and against Obamacare, but for the love of God, leave women’s reproductive rights alone and let people marry whomever they want! How in the hell does someone else’s decision to have an abortion or marry someone of the same sex affect your own personal soul and salvation with (your) God?
What it all essentially comes down to is that both Trump and Clinton ran their campaigns fueled with fear. Fear is powerful and chaotic. Fear is not the energy this country needs.
I’m tired of red vs. blue. We have become so antiquated in our political system, only giving voice and press to republicans and democrats. Something’s gotta give.
Back in the 1970’s, when people got tired of hearing the same old music, punk came kicking and screaming to shake up the music scene. The media tried to stop it. Politicians tried to ban it. But punk stood strong and fought with its raw energy. Forty plus years later, it’s still going strong.
US politics needs a punk rock revolution.
I believe that this revolution is in the hands of third party voters. The Libertarians. The Greens. The Independents. Funny how those sound like punk band names -- well, The Independents actually are a punk band -- but you get what I’m saying.
Just think -- we can endure the Trump administration and build strong ranks in the next four years. Let’s join together to smash the glass ceiling and get a third party in the federal government. First we start with the mid-term elections and then steamroll into the White House.
Since everything I write about can be equated in one way or another with music, and like the saying goes “where words fail, music speaks”, here is a killer punk rock revolution playlist to inspire those as disappointed as I am with this election season.
Remember, as Wendell Phillips so simply said it, revolutions never go backwards. Let’s take back the power!
- Take Back The Power -- The Interruptors
- Reach for the Sky -- Social Distortion
- Rise -- Public Image Ltd.
- London Calling -- The Clash
- Rise Above -- Black Flag
- American Idiot -- Green Day
- Welcome to the Black Parade -- My Chemical Romance
- Democracy -- The Adolescents
- Winners and Losers -- Social Distortion
- Anarchy in the UK -- Sex Pistols
- My Brain is Hanging Upside Down (Bonzo Goes to Bitburg) -- The Ramones
- Viva La Revolution -- The Adicts
- California Uber Allies -- Dead Kennedys