That is what the esteemed Thomas Sowell said about voters voting for a candidate based on a personality contest, a homecoming king or queen kind of thing. It is to that point he directs his comments in the following video interview with Neil Cavuto about the upcoming election and the choice to vote or not:
I have heard a whole lot from a whole lot of people about how people MUST vote for Trump lest we get another Clinton presidency and a third Obama term. I disagree with that leap on its face, but even more that I should vote for a candidate I find to be despicable, misogynistic, sexist, bullying, arrogant, juvenile, dishonest, and unethical.
Here’s the thing: NO ONE owes my vote but me, not a Party, not a candidate, no one but me. It is mine alone to determine who, if ANYONE, has the qualities I want in a President, and whether or not that candidate has EARNED my vote. As Sowell also noted, people need to DO THEIR HOMEWORK first, a d if not, they should not vote.
Choosing a President (or any other elected official) is NOT a popularity contest, as Sowell mentioned. It is not a vote for which team we want to win over the other. It is for our country and the very direction in which the country will go. It is, as Sowell noted, “playing Russian Roulette with the history of our nation,” and I, for one, am unwilling to do so.
My vote is my own, no one else’s, and it is my privilege to determine to whom my vote will go, or if it will go to anyone at all. To be bullied or forced into voting for someone by members of a Party is just wrong. We are better than that.
But this isn’t the only issue in this country with which this nation is playing Russian Roulette. Another way is this recent push by Democrats and the President to force women and girls to give up our right to privacy and safety for the rights of people who may (or may not) be transgendered to use whichever bathroom they wish to use.
The President’s recent decree to all states that public schools must now allow children to use whatever bathrooms they want or face the Wrath of Khan, um, I mean, lose their FEDERAL monies (which means OUR monies) if they do not capitulate to this most recent demand, is nothing short of blackmail.
Beyond that, it is an infringement upon the right to privacy for girls across this country, as well as setting them up for the potential to be abused. The following video is powerful indeed, and highlights the impact this new policy will have on those who have been abused (h/t the Daily Signal):
As a transgendered woman, Jacqueline Andrews, in the video above said, “We are telling them their boundaries don’t matter.”
Yes. That is exactly what we are telling women and girls: our boundaries don’t matter. The following is a salient point made by one of the sexual abuse survivors in the video, from the Daily Signal:
“The presence of a male of any variety, whether he’s somebody who identifies as a trans or not, whether he has deviant motives or not, that’s irrelevant to the reality that for survivors of sexual trauma to just turn around and to be exposed to that is an instant trigger,” Kaeley Triller, a sexual trauma survivor, said in a video created by Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative, Christian legal organization.
“People are afraid, and with good reason, because they’ve had experiences where they were in places where they were vulnerable and someone hurt them,” a woman named Autumn Bennett said in the video.
This year in Washington state, a man was reported to have undressed in front of girls in a women’s locker room.
“As long as the person says, ‘I identify as a woman,’ and they’re not doing something criminal like actually assaulting somebody, this rule gives them the legal right to be present,” Joseph Backholm, executive director of the Family Policy Institute of Washington, told The Washington Times in February. […](Click here to read the rest.)
Sadly, regardless of whichever candidate is now running gets elected, this policy will not be changed.
The bottom line is this: as long as this policy is being forced upon usGirls and women will continue to get the message that our boundaries don’t matter, our safety doesn’t matter, WE don’t matter. We are playing Russian Roulette with the message we are imparting as well as the safety and security of women. That is a dangerous game we cannot afford to play, much less lose…
This is an Open Thread.
NOTE: Sorry this is a bit late going up this morning. We had the house inspector come at 8:00 and he just left at 10:15. Thankfully, just a few very minor items that require our attention, but overall, everything is GREAT. Thank heavens. One more hurdle done!