I'm going to be the reason Trump gets elected this year

Don't be mistaken: I'm not going to vote for him, but if he gets elected me and people like me will be the reason why. As Republicans quietly write off the 2016 elections as going to Hillary because she's the "inevitable" Democratic candidate and the Republican vote is being split by the traditional Republican Party purists that want Kasich, or maybe Ryan, but would settle for Cruz on a contested convention, and the Republican outsiders that want a candidate like Trump, they are missing the fact that the Democratic primary is also being split. Sanders has been coming up just short of Clinton everywhere that matters and at this point she is the likely Democratic nominee unless California pulls through for Sanders in a big way. She will obviously have the vote of her own supporters, and probably most of the traditional Democrats, but, here's the kicker: I'm not a Democrat. I don't think she will make a good President and I don't feel "obligated" by party affiliation to vote for her, so I won't. I like Sanders and his platform and I would vote for him regardless of the party he was running under. I will probably write in Sanders as a message to the Democratic Party that they've moved too far to the right, and myself and people like me won't get behind their candidate, and there might be enough of us that we might just damage her chances of a win in November, leaving the margin open enough for Trump to step in and take the election.

This would have been a great year for one of the third parties to field a strong candidate and actually have a shot, since both the major parties are split, but they sat around during the early stages of the primaries without declaring a candidate, and so they lost any groundswell they could have picked up. I'm really disappointed by that, but I'm not connected enough or political enough to have done anything to make a difference here. They needed to announce a candidate and they didn't so the media characterized the race as Trump versus Clinton, and what do you know: that's where we are.

I don't want to vote for Trump, but I won't vote for Clinton, not even to stop a Trump presidency, because I think she's more dangerous than Trump. Trump has no idea about constitutionality and doesn't realize that most of things he's proposing to do would be slapped down by the Supreme Court on constitutional grounds, so our risk of him doing long-term damage (in areas other than foreign policy) is minimal. Clinton, on the other hand, is a skilled lawyer and is very aware of when she's doing something wrong, but there are instances of her knowing something is illegal and choosing to do it anyway. She understands the laws enough to know when and how to skirt them and get away with it, mostly, and that's what makes her dangerous as a President. I'm not a Democrat, and I won't support her, and that might just be enough to get Trump elected. Sorry, but not sorry. My message to every party: run better candidates next time and learn how to market the good ones you have.

Edit: Just stumbled on this video which says more or less the same thing I just did, pay particular attention to his words at 2:43:

Published on 28 April 2016 at 18h35 by Dave, tags ,

I forgot the cardinal rule of facebook today...

Facebook is not a place for actual discussion. It has all the appearance of a place for discussion, but don't you dare try to have one! Facebook is a place to post memes trivializing important discussions down to a soundbite and seeing which of your friends agrees with your particular idiosyncracies so they may contribute to your echo chamber. God forbid you learn something or change your position on anything.

Published on 26 April 2016 at 02h01 by Dave, tags ,

Dear Trump Supporters, WTF?

You're fighting for the Christian soul of the nation because you're worried about Muslim infiltration? The Constitution, that you claim to love so much, provides freedom of religion for the citizens of the United States and a separation between church and state in the government, so this is not a Christian nation. While most of the people are Christian, the government is not and there is no mandate that the people of this country are Christian, and can never be under the Constitution by design. Contrary to your xenophobic beliefs Muslims are welcome in this country and there is nothing legal you can do about them coming here.

Oh, you're posting memes about the other candidates but they only contain false information? Okay, let me refute that with a few charts and graphs, and some facts about what the truth is. Oh, you "heard Trump speak and that's enough for you" to decide to vote for him? Maybe you should research a little about economic policy from the government's standpoint instead of a business' standpoint. This country is not a business. Not going to do that? That's okay, I'm sure your chosen candidate hasn't bothered to do it either, just like you. You're posting memes to "lighten things up" during this election? Fighting sound bites with sound bites is how we prove the populace is stupid. Can we please have a serious discussion here? This shit is important.

Published on 10 March 2016 at 15h29 by Dave, tags , , ,

People suck at choosing passcodes

I work in a commercial building that, unbeknownst to me before this morning, doesn't open until 8am. Made it into work a little early today only to find myself locked out of the building. But there was a handy little keypad next to the door. What could the entry code be? Well, let's try the street address. Holy shit, that worked.

Published on 19 February 2016 at 16h00 by Dave, tags

What's the deal with people wanting to go stay in a cabin with no electricity or running water for a month in exchange for $100,000?

Look, if you want to go stay in a cabin like that go rent one. There's plenty. No one is going to give you $100k for it, though, unless this is the advertising for some upcoming reality show of which I'm unaware. Seriously though, no one would care if you went and lived in a cabin off grid for a month. Instead of posting about it go do it. Please. That's one less car on the road for a month.

Published on 03 February 2016 at 16h09 by Dave, tags ,

Inspirational Quotes...

... from Jack Sparrow? Fuck you. There's enough real quotes out there that we don't need this nonsense filling up our lives.

Published on 01 February 2016 at 20h38 by Dave, tags

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