Sorry for the length, but I didn't have time to write a short blog.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

A Peaceful Transfer of Power

At the third debate, a presidential candidate announced not once but twice that he would have to wait and see if he would accept the will of the people. It is an unprecedented statement.  After a week of announcing the election is rigged in various places against him by mentioning specific areas of color in cities, he also made the statement unlike any candidate before him, that he would not necessarily accept the outcome of the election. He has accused the press, the democrats, state officials, the majority of whom are Republicans secretaries of state and governors, Republican leaders and even a Mexican billionaire of rigging the election against him. It is a massive and unsupportable conspiracy theory.

While surrogates have said that he clearly means the "liberal" media, in his stump speeches, this candidate has clearly stated that voting stations are being rigged and that the dead are voting. A recent study has found that from 2000 to 2014 there have been 31 cases of identity voter fraud in one billion votes cast. That's .000000031 percent. There have been cases of dead people voting through mail-in ballots, a felony, but that's not at the polls and there have not been enough to actually influence an election.

He has demonstrated horrible morality. He has encouraged a foreign power to hack American citizens. He has demonstrated an unsteady temperament. He has announced that he would unconstitutionally use his office to put his opponent in jail, he announced he respected women and then called his opponent "a nasty woman." He has now threatened one of the very principles of Democracy by refusing to validate a peaceful transfer of power, perhaps the most horrifying thing he has said. This statement is not some scripted Reality show; it is reality. This is not some game.  If he can make this dangerous of statement as a candidate, what will he be like as the most powerful person in the free world?

Please, do not vote for this man.