Two Big Reasons Not to Vote for Trump

May 29, 2016
Fear his ignorance

W.J. Astore

Nuclear proliferation and global warming are two big issues that Donald Trump is wrong about.  They’re also the two biggest threats to our planet.  Nuclear war followed by nuclear winter could end most life on earth within a matter of weeks or months.  Global warming/climate change, though not as immediate a threat as nuclear war and its fallout, is inexorably leading to a more dangerous and less hospitable planet for our children and their children.

What does “The Donald” believe?  On nuclear proliferation, which only makes nuclear war more likely, Trump is essentially agnostic and even in favor of other nations joining the nuclear club, nations like Japan, South Korea, even Saudi Arabia.  When all countries should be earnestly working to reduce and then eliminate nuclear stockpiles, Trump is advocating their expansion.  (An aside: recall in a previous debate that Trump had no idea what America’s nuclear triad is; add intellectual sloth to his many sins.)

On global warming, Trump is essentially a skeptic on whether it exists (“hoax” and “con job” are expressions of choice), even as he seeks to protect his resorts from its effects. Along with this rank hypocrisy, Trump is advocating an energy plan that is vintage 1980, calling for more burning of fossil fuels, more drilling and digging, more pipelines, as if fossil fuel consumption was totally benign to the environment and to human health.

Along with his tyrannical and fascist tendencies, Trump is wrong on two of the biggest issues facing our planet today.  His ignorance and recklessness render him totally unfit to be president.

6 thoughts on “Two Big Reasons Not to Vote for Trump

  1. Republican party policy towards the middle-and-working-class voters they have exploited and betrayed in the interests of the ruling corporae oligarchy:

    “Let them eat culture war.”

    Response of the middle-and-working-class voters towards the Republican party that has expoited and betrayed them in the interests of the ruling corporate oligarchy:

    “We hate you, and we’ve come to lower your taxes.” (Thomas Frank, What’s the Matter with Kansas?)

    Democratic party policy in response to the anger and resentment of middle-and-working-class citizens exploited and betrayed by the Republican party in the interests of the ruling corporate oligarchy:

    “Fake left. Run right.” (Dr. Jill Stein, Green Party candidate for President of the United States)

    Response of the middle-and-working-class voters towards the Democratic party that has run to the right (called the “center,” by Democrats) to join the Republican party in exploiting them in the interests of the ruling corporate oligarchy:

    “You call this corporate me-tooism a ‘choice’?”

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  2. The objectives of making the world safer from nuclear weapons or accidents, and of rapid renewable energy development are in serious danger with either so-called choice. The tyrannical or fascist tendency easily exists as much in the D as in the R. Recklessness is a hallmark of one, and a strong probability with the other. As to ignorance, well the “debates” will give them each a run for their money….that’s entertainment!

    Let’s just vote for Dr. Stein.

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  3. Reblogged this on Bracing Views and commented:

    Trump’s recent call for more nuclear weapons, so that the U.S. can be clearly “at the top of the pack,” is reckless as well as wasteful. Reckless because it may fuel a new nuclear arms race, and wasteful because the U.S. is already clearly at the top. Meanwhile, Trump continues to enact policies that can only accelerate global warming/climate change. He is wrong on two of the biggest issues facing the safety of humanity today, even as he bloviates about “safety” to be attained by building walls and deporting immigrants for the most minor infractions.

    What’s driving much of this, of course, is money. A trillion dollars for nuclear modernization over the next generation. Trillions of dollars to be made in the fossil fuel industry. And much money to be made by some at least in building walls and forcing out immigrants.

    A Biblical passage comes to mind: When the blind lead the blind, both fall into the pit. Trump is a blind man, leading his blind followers straight into the pit. The question is whether they’ll take the planet (and the rest of us) with them.

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