BENNETT: There’s No Doubt, Vote Out Trump

We’re All In This Together

There’s No Doubt,

Vote Out Trump

Larry Bennett, retired Brewery Ommegang creative director who is active in local causes, lives in East Merideth.

I am deeply uncertain about our world. Our larger one, as in the entire planet – and our smaller one, the United States of America. Every day I read the papers and online news, and the news is unbearable.
There is no longer any reasonable doubt that human beings are responsible for climate change. Ice caps and glaciers melt, fires ravage the parched West, and record numbers of hurricanes appear. Snow caps melt, rivers flood and farmland washes away.

There is no longer any reasonable doubt that many Black Americans lead lives that are economically deprived, that Black Americans are often subject to police brutality, that Black Americans go to jail and prison much more frequently than white Americans charged with the same offences, and that Black Americans are often charged with offences for which white Americans are given a pass.

There is no longer any reasonable doubt that COVID-19 swirls actively around and among us, that it can be deadly to every age group, and that it will be months before a vaccine is widely available.

There is no longer any reasonable doubt that many of the 200,000 Americans who have died need not have died, and that they died in great part because of the ineptitude of this administration, which has politicized the simple and effective interim defenses against the virus.

There is no longer any reasonable doubt that our economy is going to experience even more pain over the next months. Now that government support is winding down, major companies are laying off tens of thousands of workers, medium size companies are cutting workers and hours, and small companies are closing up for good.

There is no longer any reasonable doubt that this President is incapable of understanding or acknowledging, let alone managing, any of these huge crises.

He denies climate change, even as fires rage. He denies Black lives are at greater risk every day than are white lives, even as police take more Black lives across the country.

Even as he was hospitalized with the virus, he denied that COVID-19 is still dangerous, he denies that medical professionals know better than him about the pandemic, and he denies that it is important to do the basics to keep from contracting or spreading the virus.

There is no longer any reasonable doubt that this President is out of touch with reality, with humanity, and with simple decency.

There is no longer any reasonable doubt that this President lacks even the smallest common respect for others who have different opinions, that he views every opponent as a blood enemy, and that he will say and do anything to try to tarnish others.

There is no longer any reasonable doubt that this President dishonors the very idea of democracy, and that his baseless and unending attacks on voting express his disdain for the fundamental principles of
our Republic.

There is no longer any reasonable doubt that this President can’t tell the truth instead of a lie, or even tell the difference between the two.

There is no longer any reasonable doubt that this President has spent the past four years coarsening every aspect of our political discourse and our cultural life.

There is no longer any reasonable doubt that this President threatens the very essence of America. That this President, elected to represent us all, represents only his own interests, doubts, and fears.
There is no longer any reasonable doubt that this President must be voted out.


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