Sunday, November 04, 2018

Yes, I voted. But it's not enough.

I did send in my ballot yesterday.

I think voting is important, and it is even more important to protect the right to vote, but I've become increasingly uncomfortable with the cult around it.

My feelings about President Trump have not improved since the election. He is a terrible leader who drives people apart rather than bringing them together. He brings out the worst in us. Any conventional candidate would be a better president than he, and the day someone else is president will be a good day and cannot come too soon.

On the other hand, I think Trump is a continuation of trends and habits of thought that have been in place for a long time. Trump has accelerated them, and brought them a step further, but if he didn't exist, we'd still be facing the same problems.

So, while I am sympathetic with the notion that Trump's race-baiting must be rejected, I do not agree that simply voting for Democrats is the best means to do so.

The Democratic party, and those who speak for them, do not seem to have learned anything from Trump's victory, content to write it off as racism and ignorance. Nor have they grappled with the effect that declaring that the unborn are outside the protection of the law, and defending that notion more than anything else, has had on the culture.

Sure, voting is a more positive step than trading videos about how terrible conservatives are. But it is the beginning. The culture needs to be healed from the ground up. That work continues.

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