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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).

Thursday, May 28, 2020

A Serious Question

Yes, I don't believe free will exists

That said, every day brings a new low. The latest is that the former host of Celebrity Apprentice retweeted a video saying “the only good Democrat is a dead Democrat.” 

People are, of course, defending this. But even the Republican Party of New Mexico said: “The Republican Party of New Mexico wants to state for the record that any statements, whether in jest or serious about harming another individual are just plain wrong.”

So here is my question: Is it unreasonable to refuse to associate with anyone (in the U.S.) who won't vote against Trump in November? 

Serious question.

PS: In "predict the future" satire: Trump Demands That Republican Convention Move from North Carolina to Moscow

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I read your question as directed not towards Trump voters specifically, but to third party voters. Third party voters may feel they are voting against Trump when choosing a similarly progressive party compared to the Democrats. There's no reason to associate with any Trump voter as they are highly unlikely to be swayed, unless people want to be more frustrated, or love that feeling of banging their head against a wall for hours with nothing to show but a headache. However, third party voters are seen as a painful thorn in the Democratic Party's side, but are just as stubborn as any voter siding with one party or another, which makes things difficult as well. The current climate is life or death for many, primarily black PoC, so it's best to still associate with people that consider themselves third party voters. One can argue that they are doing more harm than good if they vote third party (there's never a good time to vote third party in reality, Trump or not), but these people tend to also be boots on the ground when it comes to advocacy on the streets for many causes, so quite a few people we all associate with daily. With common causes, there's also more potential for changing minds, and instead of the feeling of banging your head on a wall with the other side, it can be more beneficial, like honing your arguments. At least these people are not complete polar opposites. Trump needs to go, hopefully in November, but regardless, his "good" people will remain, and so will his voice in the political and social arena and his influence on his flock will be even stronger. These bigots will not go back in their closets and be those discreet "normal" people we deal with daily.