Yes, if people will forget about their protest votes, we can turn Texas blue!
I have written several articles on The Huffington Post detailing why this election will decide the future of the Millennial generation, why Johnson is not your guy if you "felt the bern", why the Supreme Court is the most important issue of this election, and why Trump appeals to his base. If you have not read them, please check out http://www.huffingtonpost.com/author/tam-warner-minton.
Are you one of Donald's base supporters? You want marriage equality overturned so Gays and Lesbians will once again be secondary citizens? You want Roe v. Wade overturned so women lose control over their own bodies and will have to resort to illegal abortions? You think America needs to be Great Again (as if it isn't already great!), meaning going back to the 1950s when yellows, browns, women and blacks were not threatening to take over the white man's world? This article is not for you.
The election is within single digits in Texas, and this is not the time to indulge in "protest votes". Voting for Johnson or Stein is a vote for Trump, and if you have a socially liberal bone in your body, voting for Trump is anathema. The United States is a two party system, like it or not. Why? Because of the Electoral College. (Want to know more? READ.) If you do not like the two party system, then you need to lobby for getting rid of the Electoral College. In the meantime, only the Democrats and the Republicans matter in the USA.
We all know why Trump should not be President of the United States. (If you do not know, then you must not be able to read a paper, watch the news, or get on the internet.) Perhaps Bernie Sanders supporters don't understand why they need to support Hillary Clinton? Here are a few reasons why:
1. Hillary Clinton is a Democrat, and voted with Bernie Sanders 93 percent of the time she was in the Senate. She was fighting for universal health care before most Millennials were even born. (Check it out) Health care is an issue Hillary Clinton has been advocating for since she was First Lady in Arkansas, back in the 1980s.
2. Hillary Clinton supports marriage equality, equal pay for women, a $15.00 minimum wage, and closing tax loopholes for the super wealthy. She will appoint pro-choice, socially liberal Justices for the Supreme Court, one of the most crucial issues of this election. Unless you are socially conservative and want to go back into the dark ages, the Democratic nominee is where you want your vote to go. It is the only way to move forward.
3. Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders came up with the most progressive Democratic Platform EVER. Read it. Vote the issues!
4. Have you read the Libertarian Party Platform? Or the Green Party Platform? The Libertarians are economically far to the right of the Republican Party, and they want to do away with the EPA and the Education Department. Crazy? In my opinion, yes, pretty unrealistic. And speaking of unrealistic, the Green Party Platform is a poster child for Utopia. There is nothing pragmatic about the Green Party. And don't forget, neither Johnson or Stein has a clue about foreign policy. Not a clue. These people are not realistic choices for the Presidency of the United States.
5. Hillary Clinton supports the 2nd Amendment. Who doesn't? It is in the Bill of Rights, folks. Some of us might question the Supreme Court's interpretation of it, but no one disputes it. No one will ever succeed in doing away with any part of the Bill of Rights. She isn't coming for your guns. NO ONE is coming for your guns. She does want common sense gun laws, like if you are on the terror watch list, you shouldn't be able to buy a gun. Sounds pretty common sense to me.
6. Climate Change is an issue that is front and center in the future of the Millennial generation. Trump is a climate denier. It is a "hoax", he says, perpetrated by the Chinese. Gary Johnson, the Libertarian nominee, says that since the sun will encompass the earth in billions of years it does not make sense to worry about climate change since it is inevitable. Hillary Clinton and Jill Stein want to combat climate change, but only Hillary Clinton can actually win the election.
The next President of the United States will have the ability to nominate not only one, but up to four, new Justices to the Supreme Court. The rights of LGBTs, women, children, seniors, patients, and immigrants are at stake in this election. Texans, think twice before you head to the polls to register your "protest vote".