My final thoughts on the election

My final thoughts on the election

Between my wife and myself, we work about 95 hours per week with 4 different (some even non-paying) jobs. Still, we had to make a decision this year to drop our (horrible) healthcare and pay a tax penalty, because we had to choose between that and paying other bills. That should never happen. A stagnant economy has led to me making $20,000 less than I was in 2008, while working more hours. It’s dehumanizing and embarrassing to be in this position at 42 years old, while being told what a tremendous talent I have for writing, art, or music. While I care about more issues than this, providing a way of life for my family has to come first.

Being told I sold out the country by voting third party made me think, “Did I? Did I hurt others by refusing to vote for Clinton?” I had people actually say they hated me, or at least people that are like me, on Twitter, for our choice not to vote for the Secretary and allow Mr. Trump to win.

I’m not looking for an argument, nor will I make an excuse for my vote, because I don’t feel that either are necessary. I listen to the opinions of others and appreciate that we’re all hurting differently in life, seeing the level of suicide, depression and anxiety rising tells me that not all of us are finding solutions available, or advocates in our struggle. I don’t speak for my wife. Her journalistic integrity is her passion and no one, including me, even knows how she voted.

I do, however, want to give an explanation to those who have asked, as to why I did not vote for Secretary Clinton. This is not a repudiation on her entire career, but it is the reasons I simply wouldn’t, couldn’t choose to vote for her. By no means take this as a devaluation of your choice, if you chose differently. I don’t do that.

While Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton used an interventionist policy to violently bring about a regime change in Honduras, ousting a democratically elected president. During the overthrow, rewards of government jobs were offered to guerrillas who murdered, raped and enslaved journalists, members of the LGBT community, women, the elderly and children. The once peaceful nation of Honduras now has a murder rate, according to CONADEH, of nearly 91 per 100,000 citizens and more than 700 aged 23 or younger that have been murdered in the past 5+ years.

The indigenous Honduran leader, Berta Cáceres was assassinated in her home by the interventionist regime shortly after saying, “We’re coming out of a coup that we can’t put behind us. We can’t reverse it, It just kept going. There was the issue of the elections. The same Hillary Clinton, in her book, ‘Hard Choices,’ practically said what was going to happen in Honduras. This demonstrates the meddling of North Americans in our country. The return of the president, Mel Zelaya, became a secondary issue. There were going to be elections in Honduras. And here she [Clinton] recognized that they didn’t permit Mel Zelaya’s return to the presidency.”

As Secretary of State, she actively pursued regime change in the Ukraine, with the expulsion of Russia from the Crimean Peninsula, where Russians have stationed a fleet since 1783. For her part, the approval of more than $5B in spending to topple the citizen-elected leader of the Ukraine and replace him with Yatsenyev, created a civil war that has killed more than 5,000 people.

She has repeatedly warned Russia of getting involved, or in any way influencing our election, yet has actively, on the record, worked to topple the leaders of nations surrounding Russia as a sort of human chess game. Through a methodology involving military coups, hostile strikes and bombings with civilian casualties. Sworn testimony, again and again, has shown that the reasoning behind the strikes are not justifiable, some have been exaggerated to fit the narrative.

As Secretary of State, she was responsible for the regime change, leading to the deaths of more than 1,100 civilians in Libya, as well as the overthrow of the democratically elected government, destruction of a city dating back thousands of years, which again, posed no threat to the US and we were not at war with. As calloused monsters sodomized President Gaddafi with a knife, before murdering him, Secretary Clinton’s words never left me, leaving me disturbed, as she laughed.

We came, we saw, he died.

She “rose in strong support” for the invasion of Iraq, speaking with certainty on behalf of an invasion, leading to the death, slavery, or rape of an estimate of 1,000,000 civilians by the insurgents and eventual ISIS militants who moved in. While she doesn’t hold full responsibility for the war, by any means, I hold everyone in leadership responsible who worked to convince others in congress to vote for it.

Being mostly pacifistic in my views on intervention, I couldn’t overlook a continuous policy of regime change, war and displacement, dating back to the days of her support for her husband’s “bombings for peace” in Bosnia, displacing millions and killing thousands. As first lady, she said, “I urged him (President Clinton) to bomb.” speaking of the attack of Serbians in Yugoslavia in 1993, Bosnia in 1994 and then in 1999. There was no threat to the United States from these forces and the reasoning of “stopping an ethnic cleansing” was found, during a Senate committee testimony of CIA director George Tenet, to instead be a primarily strategic counterinsurgency to back the KLA against the Serbian government, in other words, nation building as an interventist foreign policy, leaving more than 3,200 women, children and elderly citizens massacred by the US-backed Muslim extremist KLA in the mid-nineties, as well as backing the Croations, leading their own holy war, killing 3,500 Orthodox Christians and causing more than a quarter-million refugees without homes, as the forces we supported beheaded, raped and sodomized civilians, including children.

Don’t think of them as groups of people, but as individuals who each wanted to eat, sleep, breath, love, smile, laugh, talk to their moms, read to their children.

That’s roughly 2 million individuals. Even if only a quarter of that responsibility is a result of policies associated with her votes, speeches and decisions, it’s still more than the entire loss of military and civilian casualties of the US, Canada and Mexico during World War II. Even if only a tenth of that number is her responsibility, it’s more than the total of US military deaths during Vietnam.

While claims of the child trafficking ring surrounding people within the Clinton inner circle aren’t completely vetted, nor do I hope they are true, the child rape cases with Jeffrey Epstein, Laura Silsby, Jorge Puello Torres and Anthony Weiner are very much substantiated. Circumstantial evidence may not raise suspicions in a singular instance, but when it keeps coming up, time and again over the course of more than a decade, I consider it a red flag, worthy of a deeper look by someone (not me), particularly in the cases of Haitian children being sold. The evidence pointing to Podesta’s emails are unsettling and I won’t even bring them up. I’m sickened by the notion that it could be even partially true, so I’ll simply hope it’s completely false. Nonetheless, the counsel you choose to surround yourself with is a critical aspect in the decisions you make and how others will view you.

I will vote for a woman for president in my lifetime. I would have voted for Jill Stein without a second thought. Imagine, though, if the strengths of those who supported Secretary Clinton, believing we’re stronger together, and those who believe we can create jobs and a strong economy, from the right, chose to work and focus on what we agree on. Perhaps it’s optimistic on my part, but I believe it’s possible. The passion both sides displayed was beautiful! Why should that passion focus only on struggling against, rather than what we have in common? The possibilities are endless, but the open-minded left must seek out the open-minded right and center and pave the way forward. Otherwise, we’re going to be living in a perpetual 4-year cycle of madness and revolt, never finding commonality enough to resolve even the most minor of issues.

If LGBT rights matter —and they certainly do— then so too must the personal issues of those who voted based on what keeps them up at night, like jobs, medicine, Social Security. None of these are mutually exclusive if we start to consider that we’re all in this together. If I care about your needs and you care about mine, we may have differences, but we won’t be looking at each other like the other is a caged animal in a zoo. We’ll see need. We’ll see friendship. We’ll ask, “What can I do to help?” That’s what America should be and that’s what I think the vast majority of us, whether the nearly 60 million who voted for Clinton, 60 million who voted for Trump or 90 million who struggled, but couldn’t find the strength to vote for either one. We are stronger together. We can make America great-ER than last year, or the year before, or the year before that.

Imagine then, in this election, we effectively told our government, celebrities, talking heads and pundits, corporately owned cable news and EVEN THE FBI that their opinion of us (both sides) no longer mattered. We make our decision based on our needs and desires. We even proved to Donald Trump that an American election can NOT be fixed, or rigged!

What can’t we do? If Secretary Clinton, being someone with an unpopularity rating as high as hers was considered to be, very nearly became the first woman president, what can’t we see? How is that not something to be impressed by? Why not focus on the possibility of what her voters accomplished? Or what the impassioned supporters of Senator Sanders accomplished? Or those who never voted before this election? Or those who were told by the press and celebrities that they are stupid, racist, etc., yet chose to vote for President Trump based on a belief that they have in a future of economic liberty and job creation?

Or someone like me, who simply voted for a third-party candidate, whom I trusted to not kill others in my name, or send my friends off to die for corporations in countries we’ve never heard of.

As someone who has never seen a single presidential candidate that I’ve ever voted for win, I can say this with certainty —hating those who disagree with me politically would mean my life would be so full of hatred that I’m incapable of accomplishing anything positive. I don’t feel like that describes me. I feel like I have friends who are left, right, center, gay, straight, bi, Christian, Jew, Atheist, Hindu, rich, poor, ignorant, intelligent, old, young, all colors and genders and feel a connection to each based on a desire for joy, a love for life and our pursuit on the path to happiness.
What separates us? Really, only the path we choose to get there.