I am not particularly worried about Donald Trump being president. We are, after all, supposedly a democracy and the people who voted for him wanted their vote to count. But I've been pondering over just why people, in particular Somervell County, wanted to vote for Trump. Or why so few people voted for Hillary Clinton. For myself, I was for Bernie Sanders in the primary and voted for Jill Stein in the general. Surprisingly, there were 23 of us that voted for her in Glen Rose. 23!
Bernie Sanders was, in my opinion, treated unfairly by the DNC. And the Hillary Clinton campaign treated women such as I as if we were sexist, or "bernie bros" (ie male) or going to hell if we didn't vote for her. I was never going to vote for Clinton, for reasons I've explained here in detail before. And it may be that Bernie Sanders wouldnt' have won against whoever the Republican nominee was, anyway. But it was apparent to me that the DNC had its thumb on the scale for Hillary Clinton. That is what offended me, the idea that supposedly anyone could run and be treated impartially by the DNC. But Sanders wasn't and knowing that after the fact, through Wikileaks, showed that all my attention for a candidate that I not only strongly agreed with but was excited to support, was for nothing in the wake of an *inevitable* Clinton, who I didn't like, didn't agree with and didn't care about voting for.
I also really do care about the fact that she put a private server in her basement. That meant that anytime anyone did a FOIA request to see her emails while she was secretary of state, they got back a reply that there were no documents meeting that criteria. And she didn't even tell anyone until after she had left office that the server was even there. ANYONE that cares about public information, and certainly Somervelll County Salon does, should also give a hoot about someone who purposely decided to thwart efforts to find out about what she was doing while SOS. I believe the process is the same, basically, as the Texas Public Information Act. In a fair world, IF she had believed, or people at SOS believed, that the information was private, classified, confidential, etc, they would have refused to fulfill the request or redacted the info. Instead, it was as if the information didn't exist. I blame Clinton for that and for anyone who doesn't have an issue with government trying to hide what they're doing, I don't agree with you.
I voted for Jill Stein. I wasn't excited about voting for her in the same way i was about Sanders. But her policies more fully fit in with what I believe. I was attacked for not voting for Clinton or told "If you don't vote for Clinton, you'll be voting for Trump". No, I didn't vote for Trump, and I was NEVER going to vote for Clinton. If we truly live in a democracy, then everybody gets to vote for whom they want, without falling victim to bullies. If, rather, you as an American citizen MUST only vote for one of 2 major parties, then CODIFY it in the law and quit the pretense that anyone else even gets to run. It's not bad enough that a corporation is in charge of deciding who gets to be in a debate at all, but corporate media has colluded with them. We're supposed to be a nation of choice and I frankly want to believe that about America. Anyone that doesn't agree and wants to force people into ignoring all choices and only voting how THEY want is, in my book, anti-American.
I want to talk some more tomorrow about why specifically I believe Somervell County went for Trump in a big way, whether Trump voters are the racist deplorables that Clinton wanted to paint them as, and whether there is an apocalypse coming. Stay tuned