What’s at stake

“My name may not be on the ballot, but our progress is on the ballot.” Back in September, President Obama delivered an impassioned appeal to the Congressional Black Caucus to fortify his legacy and defend his life’s work on November 8th.

It’s November 5th. (remember remember the 5th of November…)

Here’s the rest of Obama’s laundry list, the rest of the items on his ballot:

  • Tolerance
  • Democracy
  • Justice
  • Good schools
  • Ending mass incarceration
  • Hope
  • Fear

Most of these are lofty, vague, and some would argue unchampioned by either candidate. But only one candidate stands in complete opposition to it all:

Not only has Trump mocked and degraded women, veterans, blacks, Latinos, Muslims and the disabled, his team has crafted policy proposals to further discriminate and marginalize these communities physically and in the everyday conscience of America.

Not only does Trump lament a “rigged” system and threaten to disrespect our electoral process, his Administration could further obstruct civil liberties and voting laws that could weaken his power.

Not only does Trump believe an American’s heritage determines his competency as a judge, he could have the power to name up to three Supreme Court Justices who would uphold those same prejudices for decades to come.

Not only may Trump support disastrous vouchers and scrap education funding, his Vice-President wants evolution out of America’s curriculum.

Not only may Trump support private prisons, he wants to incarcerate a further 2-3 million undocumented immigrants in bloated detention facilities nationwide.

There’s nothing hopeful in Trump’s message – “Make America Great Again” is hollow and untethered.

At the same time, his candidacy is built on the palpability of our greatest fears: rising international powers, terrorist threats, neighbors who look or dress or talk differently from our status quo.

Is that enough, though? Is that fear enough to drive wary voters to the polls for Clinton, or make moderate Republicans think twice before sticking by their party? In 72 hours, we’ll find out. Until then, take a close look at your ballots and decide what you’re truly voting for.



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