If the title didn’t warn you, this post is explicitly political in nature. Turn back now, ye who are easily triggered or trapped in your own echo-chamber.
I don’t want to live in Germany.
Let me repeat that: I DON’T want to live in Germany!
It’s not that I have anything against that country or its people. It’s just that as an American I want to live in America. For the past generation our choice, at least in my opinion, has been between a party that wanted a more European-like system and a party that wanted us to remain America. And I consistently voted for the later.
That changed in May 2016. The expediency and ease with which the GOP has accepted and adopted White Nationalism in the wake of the Trump ascendency is not only embarrassing to me. It is also frightening. I can truthfully say that I no longer recognize the party that I, literally, grew up in.
The choice we have before us today is more like this: do you want to live under a Western Social Democracy or White Nationalist Fascism?
Allow me to pose it another way: do you want to live in post-Cold War Germany or Nazi Germany?
To me, the answer is quite frankly: neither. I want to live in America. But that isn’t on the ballot anymore, and choosing not to vote would still be a choice.
Another question before us today, at least for me personally, is: which decision of the three am I less likely to regret or feel the need to justify to future generations.
So with those questions in mind, I cast my vote today. For the first time in my life, I voted Democrat. I’m not happy about it. I’m not even proud of it, for there are still a myriad of issues that the DNC and I have irreconcilable differences on.
But when the choice was Social Democracy, Ethno-Fascism, or abstain- did I really have another option?