About the author

Matt is the author, co-author, secondary-author, ghost-author, and non-author of articles, speeches, book chapters, and even entire books! Next will be the bestseller "Losing My Religions." Currently, he is President of One Step for Animals; previously, he was shitcanned from more nonprofits than there is room to list here. Before Matt’s unfortunate encounter with activism, he was an aerospace engineer who wanted to work for NASA to impress Carl Sagan. His hobbies include photography, almost dying, and {REDACTED} He lives in Tucson with Anne and no dogs, no cats, and no African tortoises (although he cares for all of these).

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Best Policy Analysis I've Come Across (Seriously)

With all the discussions about style of substance, I found this post to be an actual analysis of policy and what is at stake:

Hey. I am terrified of the possibility of Donald Drumpf becoming president of my country. So. 
Friends in the US who are eligible to vote:
If you’re considering voting third party or not voting, please, actually consider where your values are. Please actually look into Hillary’s platform - honestly, if there are issues important to you, they’re probably there, with specifics, with history.
LGBT equality? check. Here’s an excerpt:
“Hillary will work with Congress to pass the Equality Act, continue President Obama’s LGBT equality executive actions, and support efforts underway in the courts to protect people from discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation in every aspect of public life…. Hillary will end so-called “conversion therapy” for minors, combat youth homelessness by ensuring adequate funding for safe and welcoming shelters, and take on bullying and harassment in schools. She’ll end discriminatory treatment of LGBT families in adoptions, and protect LGBT elders against discrimination.”
Provide comprehensive support to survivors. Every campus should offer survivors the support they need—no matter their gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or race. Those services, from counseling to critical health care, should be confidential, comprehensive, and coordinated.” [This then goes on to address improving legal processes and prevention efforts]
  • Reform our broken criminal justice system by reforming sentencing laws and policies, ending racial profiling by law enforcement, strengthening the bonds of trust between communities and police, and more. Read more here.
  • Protect the right to vote by fighting to repair the Voting Rights Act and implementing universal, automatic voter registration so that every American will be registered to vote when they turn 18, unless they opt out. Read more here.
  • Protect immigrants’ rights and keep families together by fighting for comprehensive immigration reform, including a full and equal pathway to citizenship and an end to family detention and private immigrant detention centers. Read more here.
Secondly, if you’re not satisfied, if you really, truly, believe that Jill “Wi-Fi is dangerous” ‘Lemme just appeal to my anti-vax base for a second’ Stein or Gary “No minimum wage” “Get rid of the department of education because bathrooms for trans kids are ruining education” “abolish the income tax and eliminate environmental regs” Johnson are the best match for your values, or if you’d rather just sit at home because it makes no difference whether the former Secretary of State or a former game show host becomes president - if you really believe that, please consider whether your sense of absolute moral purity is worth the lives that will be put at risk by a Drumpf presidency.
I am entirely serious: This is a man who treats the prospect of nuclear war cavalierly, whose first ‘diplomatic’ enterprise was a disaster, who denies climate change, who has been not only lacking in compassion but needlessly cruel, who has said we should ban Muslims from entering the country, we should ban abortion, and would sign laws to make discrimination against queer people legal if it’s done on a ‘religious basis’, who, for the love of all that is holy, is a GAME SHOW HOST who’s cut reams of corrupt deals and bankrupted his businesses six times and still wants to be president. Nearly a quarter of his own supporters believe that he would start a nuclear war. I am not kidding when I say there are lives at stake. I am not kidding when I say I am absolutely, nauseatingly terrified of this prospect. 
Now go! Register to vote! And make sure you know how to vote early or to vote absentee if you need it, and how to find your polling place if you can vote in person

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