Why I am voting for Clinton and why Trump is a fascist

peter blume artistAbove: detail from “Eternal City,” oil on composition board by Peter Blume, American, 1934-37.

The arc of presumptive presidential candidate for the Democratic Party Hillary Clinton’s life and career has been marked by extraordinary achievement in public service and for public good.

As civil rights activist, first lady, senator, and secretary of state, she has consistently embraced and advocated for progressive, forward-looking policies that make our country a stronger and more just nation.

Her presumptive nomination is a historic moment for the American people: eight years after the election of Barack Obama, the first black president of the U.S.A., her now inevitable victory in the democratic primary represents a milestone in women’s and human rights that was unimaginable when she began her work as a young person. With her candidacy, again, America has given the world a new model and benchmark for inclusiveness and equal rights.

While there are many immensely skilled politicians in the U.S. who could have a risen to the challenge of becoming our country’s next president, she is the one who stood up for her party, stood by her beliefs and values, and earned the opportunity to run. Her credentials and qualifications are virtually peerless and she is the best prepared and most suited person to lead our nation forward.

With his overtly racist attitudes and his ill-conceived, uninformed, and perilous political platform, Donald Trump has already driven our country backward.

The call to ban Muslims; the proposed wall for our southern border; the recently exposed disregard for judicial authority combined with the racial overtones of his discourse… These and many other egregious transgressions of our nation’s humanity and humanist values are not just reminiscent of the rise of historic Fascism and Nazism in Europe in the 1920s and 1930s. They are current-day fascism.

Speaker Paul Ryan calls Trump’s remarks racist but still backs him. This was a headline carried by countless mainstream media outlets yesterday on the eve of Clinton’s victory.

What paradox is this?

The historic racist policies of the Republican party have come back to bear their fruit with the rise of this demagogic and entirely unqualified and ill-prepared political agitator who tacitly and implicitly condones the violence — both virtual and physical — that trails his campaign for the presidency.

Make no bones about it. A vote for Trump is a vote for evil incarnate: he is a self-serving, aspiring tyrant whose agenda is driven solely by his desire to subjugate the American people in order to achieve some sort of bizarre fulfillment of his cult personality.

Thanks for reading. Please take your conscience to the polls this November and please give to Mi Familia Vota.

6 thoughts on “Why I am voting for Clinton and why Trump is a fascist

  1. I am with you all the way on this one, Jeremy. Perhaps you can talk some sense into our mutual friend, CS.

  2. i truly love your blog when it is about wine and vineyards of italy. please stick to what you understand so well.

  3. Drunken Cyclist, thanks for the comment and support.

    Ed, thanks to you as well.

    And Bill, fair enough. I appreciate you being here and respect and appreciate your (and everyone’s) opinion here.

    Now back to the wine…

  4. I think you understand well the situation of your country from your perspective, which is enriched by your extensive travels, besides being informed by your public and private roles (I won’t list them all). Here and in the past you have express your opinions and I hope you’ll continue to do so, as it is always a pleasure to read what you write.

  5. Simona, thanks for the words of support and kind note and thanks for being here. My blog will always be an expression of my life — enogastronomic, intellectual, political, and familiar. Your words really mean the world to me.

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