*I Put up with Obama for 8 Years, You Can Put up with Trump*


 

*I Put up with Obama for 8 Years, You Can Put up with Trump*
 


7 March 2017 at 8:52:50 AM
salon

I was told this at a recent local government meeting. I actually had considered that an original thought, until I heard this again the other day and saw that it's an apparent Republican conscience-salve for their voting for Trump.I was told that, locally, Trump didn't even make it to the second round of who the local R's wanted to be president. So it seems to me that a good part of *putting up* for years will also be for local R's, who must convince themselves that Trump was the right choice, despite not being THEIR choice. That's what happens when you decide to vote straight ticket. 

Of course, I did vote for Barack Obama in both elections. He didn't live up to my own expectations in some regards but in others he outshone any other president in the past. Either way, I always spoke up about what I thought were his successes and his failures. I didn't vote for Hillary Clinton, I thought she was a bad candidate, and instead, voted for Jill Stein because I most agreed with her on issues. I had and have the idea that in a democracy, we can vote for whom we want, that if the US truly only wants 2 parties that can validly be voted for, then they should codify that in law and prevent anyone else from being on the ballot. I also felt, even thought I absolutely do not agree with some major R platforms, that citizens in the US have a right to vote for whom they want, and that includes Trump voters, or else why even pretend we have a voting system? And if our democracy can't withstand a truly awful elected official without correction, then we need to stop the pretense that our form of democracy is the best in the world. 

That leads to the second thing I heard today, which was a variation of "You didn't win, shut up about Trump". I was asked if something I wrote on my blog was an opinion and that I'd have a chance in 4 years to vote in someone else. The implication was that opinions are invalid for an entire period of time in which someone holds office. That theory simply does not hold water in the face of our American Freedom of Speech and Freedom of the Press. I, like all the people who blasted Obama during his term, also have the right to blast Donald Trump, as often as I can stomach it. In fact, if I HAD voted for Trump, I'd STILL consider that I have the right to talk about, discuss, mock, satirize Trump. He isn't a demi-god, and ANY elected official should be held to account by the public, even ones personally voted for. 

 

 


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