I was lying in bed unable to sleep because I’m anxious, and that’s not a normal state for me, not at all. What does an ethicist do when he’s anxious and it’s 1:20 a.m. on a Monday morning? Why, post a Comment of the Day, of course. What else?
JutGory has been on a roll: this is the second Comment of the Day he posted in a 24 hour period. I held it back a day, just for variety’s sake.
His topic is Presidential voting calculations, the topic of my post, but from the perspective of a loyal fan of the… Prohibition Party. Or so he says.
Here is JutGory’s Comment of the Day on the post, “It’s Time Again For The Ethics Alarms Mailbag! The Question: Wait, What? Your Vote In 2016 Was A Write In?”
Hailing from The State that Mondale Won, I take the influence of my vote with less seriousness than it deserves. With respect to presidential contests, it is practically meaningless.
I often joke that I vote Prohibition Party straight down the ticket.
In 2016, I learned that the Prohibition Party did not make the ballot in the State that Mondale Won.
Trump was out; Hilary was out; and, because of this blog, the Libertarian party looked embarrassing.
I am used to my vote being meaningless. Have I mentioned that Mondale won my state? But, I walked into the voting booth in 2016, completely despondent in the knowledge that either Trump or Clinton would win. I think I voted the Marijuana Free Party, maybe it was the Free Marijuana Party . When I walked out, I felt even worse, confident that Clinton would win.
She didn’t. Even though they kept saying she “won” the popular vote.
That makes my vote for the Pot Party look dumb. If those idiots want to count the popular vote, my vote is not meaningless.
But, when they bring up the “popular vote,” I point out that Trump won the States in a landslide 30-20. They don’t get it. They don’t understand federalism.
So, I plan to vote for Trump. Because he is a Statesman? Because he is eminently qualified? Because he is Presidential?
No. Because he never got a fair shot. And he has not been a disaster. If they want to count the popular vote, I guess I have to vote for a candidate, even if my vote does not matter.
And, frankly, a lot of it is spite. I plan to vote for Trump just to stick it in the eye of all those obnoxious jerks who spent the last 3 years acting like assholes.
It is practically a joke. Today, Trump said that China has gone through Hell with this virus. I am waiting to see if Snopes fact-checks that, concluding that it is a misleading statement because Hell is s metaphysical concept for which Trump can provide no evidence in support of his declaration.
Screw them if they think they can treat someone so unfairly and think there will he no response.
If they are behind this virus hype in any way, they need a clear message that a president CAN win in a faltering economy with viral threats. You can’t rig an election that way.
And, while Biden might have gotten my vote in 2016, you can’t try throw him out there now and think I won’t see that he is likely past his prime.
And, yes, it bears repeating, I will vote for Trump because Fuck you for being such obnoxious sanctimonious jackasses for the last 3 years.
And, who suffers because of this? That right: the Prohibition Party.