I am not anti-Trump; in fact, I’ve published several articles (more than a dozen) about Trump – most of which are favorable to him, one of which declared him the Republican nominee three months before (February 28, 2016) he actually clinched the GOP nomination – here in this blog and other venues but in the upcoming general elections this November, I urge you not to vote with your heart. And if you heed my advice, there should be absolutely no rationale to cast a vote for Donald Trump (I explain the reason below). It’s for your sake, for the sake of your children, for the sake of future generations, for the sake of preserving a civil society.
You would not light up a match in your bedroom while the house next door is on fire; you would not jump into the water knowing you cannot swim; you would not call a troublemaker if a fight breaks out, would you? The whole world is already in a state of turmoil, the last thing America needs is someone who would stir more trouble. I beg you not to give in to emotions and empty rhetoric; I beg you not to cast your vote for Trump in November. Your children will thank you.
In a democratic system such as we have here in the United States, everyone is free to choose whomever s/he wants to represent his interests in the system of governance. This process is done through voting. People in undemocratic (or dictatorial) countries crave the opportunity to cast a vote for (or against) an individual, an issue. To vote (for individuals, for issues) is probably the most important aspect of democracy; to have a voice is powerful.
Therefore, the harshest punishment which can be imposed on any individual is to silence him. I would not be the one to try to do it; I would not be the one to even suggest such punishment on any individual but I would be all the more selfish if I were not to warn you of the possible danger of electing Donald Trump as the next president of the United States. You have the power to do it because you have a voice. Choose wisely.
As we are most of the time reminded, with power comes responsibility; it is therefore my responsibility to warn that a Donald Trump’s presidency would indeed be catastrophic for the country, the world perhaps. The only thing we would prove – if we elect him as president – is that our voice matters but it would not matter for long if we squander our values and abandon our principles.
How in the world can I possibly know that a Donald Trump presidency would be catastrophic? It is a fair question, and I am glad you asked. You did ask, right? Well, even if you did not, you would want to know, right? Well, ignorance is not bliss. Most (if not all) ills the world has known were caused by ignorance. Over 300 million (yes, 300 million) people worldwide died of smallpox in the 20th century alone because we were ignorant of a cure; 50-100 million people died of the Spanish Flu in less than two years (1918-1919) and we are still ignorant of a cure for the devastating disease; 25 million people worldwide died of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) since 1981 because we were ignorant of a cure; great many died of malaria, cholera, typhus and other diseases (Ebola, Zika) when we were ignorant of a cure. Ignorance is not bliss.
As devastating as those aforementioned diseases were, our ignorance could not be directly blamed; we were ignorant, well because we had yet to gain the necessary knowledge to create a cure, just like we experienced not too long ago with Ebola and are now experiencing with the Zika virus. However, when our ignorance is manufactured, nurtured and our conscience suppressed, we become fully responsible for the devastation.
I.- Such was the case when US got involved and engaged in the Vietnam war the tally of which is a) 800,000 – 3.1 million Vietnamese soldiers and civilians killed b) 200,000–300,000 Cambodians killed c) 20,000–200,000 Laotians killed d) 58,220 U.S. servicemen killed e) 1,626 U.S. servicemen missing.
II.- Such was also the case when US got engaged in the war in Iraq under false pretense the tally of which is a) 600,000 Iraqis killed b) 20,000 Iraqi combatants died c) 176,000 Iraqis injured, 99,000 of which were civilians d) 4,800 U.S. Servicemen killed e) 32,000 U.S. Servicemen injured f) 1,300,000 Iraqis displaced, missing and unaccounted for.
As it should be obvious at this point, ignorance is not bliss; it’s even much, much worst when we deliberately choose to be ignorant which seems to be the case with anyone who is drumming up the beat for Donald Trump as president. Which brings me back to the question I asked earlier, how do I know Donald Trump is a bad choice as president for the country?
Without having to resort to a crystal ball, let’s consider the most obvious facts (forgive the redundancy here): as of date, Trump’s solutions to problems are a tally of slogans: “I will take care of, I will make changes, I will be tough (with China), I will make the economy great, I will bring jobs back, I will sit down with Putin, I will listen Kim Jong Un, I will repeal Obamacare, I will ban Muslims from US, I will deport all Mexicans, I will Make America great again”; to top it all up, Mr. Trump constantly insults anyone and everyone who doesn’t agree with him, who doesn’t support him. No one needs a crystal ball, Trump does such a good job previewing what he would be like in the Oval Office.
Do you really need someone to warn you of the danger a Trump administration would represent to the nation?