By Sara Langston on behalf of the entire staff of the Babbler
The Babbler hasn’t endorsed a General Electoral Presidential candidate since John Anderson in 1980. Normally, we don’t feel the need to comment on the general election. This is not a normal election.
Donald Trump is one of the most unqualified candidates to be nominated by a major party since George W. Bush in 2000. He encourages violence at his rallies, his speeches mainstream racism, and he has employed rebranded white supremacists on his staff, including his campaign CEO. His performance at the first debate showed that he is not qualified to be a high school class president.
We also cannot believe that the Chicago Tribune endorsed former Governor Gary Johnson. We’re sure that he fun to hang out with, but his memory lapses make him a living argument against drug legalization. His two self-proclaimed “Aleppo Moments” show that he doesn’t have the basic understanding of global affairs required of modern Presidents. It is also odd that he believes that it is cheaper to colonize other planets than to address global warming. For once, PZ Myers is right to say that he has a locust mentality when it comes to our planet.
That leaves us with Hillary Clinton. She is not perfect, but she is not the right-wing caricature that has been pushed on us for the last 30 years. She has been one of the most honest candidates during this campaign. She is competent, experienced, and has workable ideas for this country. Her diplomatic successes, especially her role in the Iran Nuclear Deal, show that she is a woman who is capable of running a superpower. Our country will function under Hillary Clinton. It will not under any other candidate in this race.
We’ve heard that some people are supporting Trump because he will shake things up and send a protest message to the powers that be. If humanity survives Trump, we believe that the society that will arise will be worse than the current global state. “Thought Leaders” will use Trump’s failed Presidency as an excuse to end democracy around the world. Instead of relinquishing control, the one percent will tighten their grip on the economy. Instead of the revolution disgruntled Bernie Sanders supporters want, the post-Trump revolution will be closer to global corporate feudalism Sanders fears.
Clinton is the only serious candidate for President not because she is a member of one of the two parties, but because she understand the issues that will be important for humanity’s survival in the 21st Century. Maybe someday the Republicans will get their act together. Maybe someday The Greens will run science-based candidates and the Libertarians will realize that running their convention like bad science fiction convention is not wise. When major media outlets are paying attention to your convention, that is not the time to have a candidate perform a strip dance. Until the other parties get serous, Clinton is the only serious candidate.
Finally, we need to say something about Mayor Roger Claar’s endorsement of Trump. We understand that as a Republican leader he is expected to support the party’s nominee. However, he could have chosen to simply declare his support and focus on state party candidates. He didn’t. He could have chosen to support another candidate after Jeb Bush dropped out. Instead, he chose to support Trump. He also chose to become a delegate to the Republican National Convention. He also told Trump that he would vote for Trump through every round of voting if necessary. We understand that he doesn’t directly manage the Bolingbrook Golf Club, but we don’t understand why he choose to be an organizer of a Trump fundraiser.
Claar has thrown away his reputation as a moderate Republican. He has turned his back to our Muslim community by endorsing a candidate who wants to ban muslims from the US. He has turned his back to our Jewish community by endorsing a candidate who retweeted an anti-semitic graphic. He has turned his back on our African American community by endorsing a candidate who posted fake crime stats on his Twitter account. He has turned his back to the women of Bolingbrook by supporting a candidate who is awake at 3 AM posting lies about sex tapes. He has turned his back to every decent resident who can see that Trump is clearly not a normal candidate and his politics should never be normalized.
It is our opinion that if Claar faces competent opposition next year, it won’t be because of the people behind the now defunct Citizens for a Better Bolingbrook. It will be because he turned his back on everything that makes Bolingbrook a great place to live.
Also in the Babbler:
Babbler’s ‘non-mainstream’ reasons to oppose Donald Trump
Aliens dump coffee beans on Mayor Claar’s home to protest Trump visit
Soviets threaten to unleash hurricane on Bolingbrook
God to smite Bolingbrook on 10/6/16
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