A Competition Platform for 2020

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The 2020 presidential election is already well underway. Democratic candidates are laboring to differentiate themselves. The renewed interest in antitrust enforcement presents itself as the perfect opportunity for candidates to do so. 2

I certainly applaud Senators Warren’s recently released proposal to break up big tech, 3 but given the breadth of antitrust and the effects of its enforcement, even her proposal requires a broader plan.

While this list of recommendations is not comprehensive, this post aims to provide a clear set of policy positions that candidates can adopt to reinvigorate competition, enhance the rights of workers, and maximize enforcement.

Maximize Antitrust Enforcement and Ensure Competitive Markets for Workers

1) Reverse the Pleading Standard.

Regardless of its perceived limited effect, 4 candidates should encourage the passage of legislation that will revert the pleading standard for federal civil cases back to the original and long-standing interpretation under Conley v. Gibson. Antitrust litigation, particularly private enforcement, already has rigorous evidentiary burdens. It is unnecessary to incorporate additional burdens, especially before the commencement of litigation. 5

2) Amend Section 5 of the FTC Act to Include a Private Right of Action.

Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act prohibits “unfair methods of competition” and “unfair or deceptive acts” in commerce. 6 State consumer protection laws are often inadequate to redress consumer harm. Perhaps the most straightforward policy would be to enable citizens to access the broad enforcement regime of Section 5 through enacting a private right of action. 7 Providing a private right of action would also lessen the effect of flattening or declining budgets of the FTC.

3) Hire Additional Enforcement Personnel

Antitrust enforcement is notoriously expensive 8 and lengthy. 9 Staff shortages limit the ability of the agencies to conduct antitrust litigation and respond adequately to the army of attorneys corporations have at their disposal. Candidates must advocate for dramatically increasing the budget and the number of attorneys at the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission. 10

4) Abolish Arbitration.

While there was a time that certain federal courts dismissed arbitration clauses for antitrust claims, as they believed the antitrust laws were “of a character inappropriate for enforcement by arbitration.” 11 The Supreme Court has subsequently rejected that position. 12 Arbitration weakens (or outright prevents) the ability of private individuals from being able to enforce our antitrust laws. Since public enforcement is in part incentivized by the vigor of private enforcement, a policy that inhibits private enforcement invariably weakens public enforcement. 13 The next administration should seek to fully repeal the Federal Arbitration Act – particularly since the Supreme Court continues its endeavor to allow arbitration in nearly every aspect, which denies millions of people their day in court. 14  

5) Prohibit Non-Competes.

Thirty million works are currently affected by non-competes and are often attached as a condition of a person’s employment. Candidates should encourage the Federal Trade Commission, through its rule-making authority, to prohibit non-competes as a violation of the Sherman Act. 15

6) Rigorously Scrutinize Occupational Licensing Requirements.

Occupational licenses can provide confidence in the market and possibly increase the quality of products and services. 16 However, occupational licenses can also restrict labor mobility and can be imposed in seemingly arbitrary ways, thus increasing barriers to entry for workers. 17

7) Vigorously Pursue Monopolization Enforcement.

The last monopolization case pursued by the government was against Microsoft in 2001. 18 Meanwhile, there is mounting evidence that countless markets have become exceptionally concentrated. 19 The next administration should reinvigorate its antitrust approach and vigorously engage in monopolization enforcement – particularly against the technology goliaths (Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon, and Microsoft). 20

Merger Review

1) Update Vertical Merger Guidelines.

Numerous scholars have indicated that the Vertical Merger Guidelines are woefully out of date and inept at properly preventing anticompetitive vertical mergers – the latest example being the AT&T-Time Warner. The next administration should start from scratch and develop a clear set of guidelines that allow out agencies to properly prevent vertical mergers that are anticompetitive and stays faithful to the explicit text of the Clayton Act that prohibits mergers whose effects “may be substantially to lessen competition, or to tend to create a monopoly.” 21

2) Enact a Conglomerate Merger Statute and Guidelines.

As many of the technology goliaths expand into countless markets, antitrust enforcers should seek to bring conglomerate merger litigation against their actions. Additionally, the next administration should seek to enact explicit conglomerate merger legislation and guidelines that can adequately codify the processes, procedures, and enforcement principles of conglomerate enforcement to ensure competitive markets.

3) Retrospective Merger Review.

The literature is clear that most claimed merger efficiencies do not bear any fruit or are exaggerated. 22 Antitrust agencies should be provided funds and statutory authority to conduct retrospective merger review studies to ensure that claimed merger efficiencies are actually implemented and adjust antitrust enforcement procedures as well as the pursued remedies based on the results. 23

4) Incorporate Labor Market Considerations into Antitrust Analysis.

Antitrust scholars and labor economists have brought significant recognition to the labor effects of low competition. 24 Merger review and antitrust enforcement more generally should incorporate various labor market variables including the impact of employment terms, worker mobility, and worker concentration into the analysis. 25

 

An Open Letter to Elizabeth Warren

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An Open Letter to Elizabeth Warren

Senator Warren,

As a second-year law student, antitrust advocate, and concerned citizen, I have a simple and straightforward request for you – run for president. Just do it. Erase any qualms you may have about the potential failure you think you will experience. Ignore the fatigue a campaign will bring you. Plead with your family for their support once your campaign commences and just do it.

I am aware that you have stated that you are not going to run, but I am going to respectfully dismiss your statement and simply plead for you to reconsider. 2

My reasoning is simple.

First, you are popular. 3 

Second, even removing the first reason, you have the vision to push the Democratic Party to be more progressive. Your stances are well-known and your direct non-ambiguous policy positions leave nothing for interpretation as to who you will fight for once you step into the Oval Office.  4

Third, the issues you advocate and support are on your side nationally, just consider marijuana legalization, 5 gay rights, 6 universal health care, 7 corporate consolidation, 8 financial regulation, 9 and many others. 10

Fourth, you are everything Donald Trump is not. A fierce and determined woman. 11 An intelligent academic. 12 A true advocate for the common person. 13

Fifth, even if you lose, your efforts, analogous to that of Bernie Sanders, will continue to be a loudspeaker for the progressive message. 14

Should you choose to pursue this venture, you need to start as soon as you are reelected to your senate seat in 2018. Additionally, before you embark on this long road ahead, be warned of the inevitable obstacles and events that will take place.

You will be attacked, hated, and despised because you are a woman. 15 Accept this now, call out the bigotry, and stay on message.

You will be called a radical, communist, socialist, and potentially even a godless heathen; again call out the absurdity and focus on the communication of your message and your positions on them. 16

Have a message and stay on message. Weave this message into every aspect of your campaign. This is something that often is forgotten with Democrats in general and is consistently followed by Republicans. 17

Although by some measures you do not need conservatives to win, I believe you need to win them over if you want the change you seek. Winning an election is not enough for change you seek – you need supermajorities. 18 The demographic shift toward urbanized communities, as evidenced by the 2016 Presidential Election, 19 do not carry enough of a nation-wide victory for the majorities you need – and some scholars even point out that Democrats need conservative support to win. 20 Thus, at least appealing to, although not necessarily enticing, conservatives is essential. 21 I am not proposing that you have to change your positions, but you need to communicate in a way that conservatives will understand and accept. You need to have bold ideas and a plan that is understandable and palatable to the common person. 22

Take absolutely nothing for granted. 23 Always think you are losing. Always think there is more that can be done. Never think anything is a sure thing. 24 Always be on the offensive and make all of your positions clear, direct, and unambiguous.

Be yourself. We have seen too many fake politicians trying to be something they are not. Just be yourself. Not being yourself has consequences. 25

Be direct, cite evidence, call out bullshit when you see it. Defer to experts, be organized, build your team now. Show the American people you do not just have a vision for America, but you are organized and ready to hit the ground running. Have candidates in mind for major positions – you want to communicate that from day one things will change. Have a sense of urgency to keep your team motivated, which will show the American people you understand that many problems we face as a nation need to be solved quickly. 

Support conservative policy positions that are popular and make sense. In fact, there are many conservative principles to support from their 2016 platform. 

Get all of your potential skeletons out of the closet early. Everyone has them; it is just a fact. You must work to ensure there are no October surprises. 34 Tie up any loose ends or conflicts you have with people. Remember staying on message is your most important objective and distractions will only cause you to lose. 35

Be secure. Use the highest end security software for communications. Never think that any shortcut is worth it or that any precaution is sufficient. 36

Recognize that your populist and progressive message is not and should not be your only policy point – your message is about securing American Democracy, strengthening our institutions, and creating a government that fights for and assists the common person. You, more than most people, understand it is imperative that these issues are fixed as quickly as possible. 

Use and appear on alternative news streams. For example, The Waking Up Podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience, The Rubin Report, Vox.com, The Young Turks, Now This, AJ+, Bill Maher. These underutilized media outlets have a more dedicated following geared toward the audience you need. Remember Millennials will be the dominant voting group, and they obtain their information mostly from internet sources. 37

Your platform needs to be two-fold: strengthening our republics institutions and fixing our economy. Most importantly, your platform needs to push for big changes, strong enough so that it cannot simply be undone in one year by a new president. 38

When you win, you need to move fast. Get results. Organize your party. Most importantly, have an agenda from day one. Seek to institute a 21st Century New Deal. 39

An Economic Agenda for the Middle Class

Strengthening Our Institutions

While your platform should include policies to fix our broken economy and help revitalize the middle-class, your platform should also include common-sense reforms to rebuild our governmental institutions and further insulate our government from tyranny. Clearly, there is a growing discontent with democracy, which I fear will only get worse.

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You should seek to propose amendments with no expiration date to:

I understand the road ahead will be steep and that the days will be long, but I believe in you. Just do it. Please run for president. You have my full support.

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Election 2016 and the Road Ahead

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Given the results of the Presidential election and one of my previous posts, a follow-up is necessary.

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Donald Trump has been elected as our next President of the United States.

If there is one thing we must learn from 2016 from the efforts of Mr. Trump, Bernie Sanders, and Hillary Clinton, it is that millions of Americans are frustrated. To prevent the most deleterious elements of Trumpism from seeping into public law, we must acknowledge that those concerns are valid in many respects.

Mr. Trump aptly recognized concealed discontent among millions of white working-class Americans who have felt economically and culturally marginalized over the past eight years as it is widely known that many white working-class Americans have been significantly impacted by factory closures and jobs lost to productivity resulting in what is known as the Rust Belt.

Economic and social insecurity have caused this American faction to seek scapegoats for this predicament. Within this class, the perceived perpetrators are the “media,” “elites,” “the establishment,” and “big-money corporations.” (c1 & c2) Combined with continued resentment toward Congress and Washington D.C., and the overall inherent weaknesses presented in Hillary Clinton’s messaging amounts to a perfect storm. (c3-5)

Mr. Trump, by targeting this group with his tactics, among many things, intentional or not, incited the fears and bigotry in millions of people by lying and furthering racial resentment with the intent of a snake oil salesmen against all of the criticism, even from his own party, that was designed to stop his ascension to power. (c6-8)

And for a lot of Americans his tactics worked, regardless of all of the information shows how disastrous his policies are. (c9 & c10) This racial resentment that Trump exacerbated is nothing short of dangerous and divisive, just as it was in the 1860’s and 1960’s. (c11-13) With his victory, it seems this racial resentment will continue and unfortunately it has worsened, especially since the election of President Obama. (c14-16)

The American people will now have to depend on Republicans in Congress to check Mr. Trump’s newfound political power. I hope that even they recognize, regardless of the political consequences they may face, that there are fundamental limits to what Republicans should do. Our founders feared the day a demagogue would rule, that is why we have checks and balances throughout our government; now our institutions will be put to their ultimate the test under this swath of authoritarian conservative rule.

James Madison put it best in Federalist #48

An elective despotism was not the government we fought for; but one which should not only be founded on free principles, but in which the powers of government should be so divided and balanced among several bodies of magistracy, as that no one could transcend their legal limits, without being effectually checked and restrained by the others. (c17)

There are many reasons why we got here: misreading polls, the media giving Mr. Trump more air time than he paid for or deserved, underestimating the powers of social media, but we must accept the defeat. Even Elizabeth Warren agrees with this acceptance. (c18-21)

We tell our children not to lie;  love one another for who they are; that they are individuals deserving of respect and dignity. Yet Mr. Trump, purely with his rhetoric, threw all of that out the window.  

Overtime, there is no question that Mr. Trump and the rest of the Republican Party will continue to consolidate their power, such as attempting to change state libel laws and no doubt use the upcoming census to gerrymander their way to another decade of rule across all levels of government. (c22 & c23)

Mr. Trump has a lot in store for his first 100 days in office. The entire plan can be viewed here with NPR correspondent commentary.

With all the reins of power with a sweep of Congress and the Presidency, Mr. Trump will try to drive this country into an isolated faction in the world, a trend that only seems to be rising. (c24) Mr. Trump and his party packing the Supreme Court leading to another 25+ years of conservative law which will reverberate throughout our legal system like an earthquake. (c25) Obamacare will be dismantled. (c26) The rights of transgendered individuals are in jeopardy. (c27) Global Warming will not be tackled. (c28) The right to privacy of women is in jeopardy. (c29 and c30) The wealthy will obtain more tax cuts. (c31) Social Security will try to be privatized. (c32 and c33) In Mr. Trump’s words “everything is negotiable.” (c34)

What is frustrating is that so many more policies will happen under a Mr. Trump’s Presidency that are utterly catastrophic.

  • The Paris climate agreement will be abandoned. (c35)
  • The Environmental Protection Agency will be filled with climate deniers despite the overwhelming evidence, and climate and environmental protection programs will be slashed. (c36-38)
  • The Department of Education will be a fragment of what it is today, destroying the hopes of millions of students by demolishing high academic standards for their schools, limiting access to college loans. (c39)
  • Other US social and Low-income programs will be gutted when Paul Ryan proposes a budget similar to his previous one. (c40 and C44)
  • Torture will try to be reinstituted. (c41)
  • With Rudy Giuliani as the possible Attorney General, the pervasiveness of police demanding “law and order” will be approved and continue to shred communities apart.
  • Women’s access to birth control can, and most likely will, be swiftly be subverted. (c42)
  • Medicare might become privatized. (c43)
  • With JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon possibly appointed as Secretary of the Treasury the Dodd-Frank Financial Reform Act will most likely be dismantled and repealed. (c45 & c46)
  • Mr. Trump’s rhetoric against Muslims will only further the message of ISIS. (c47 & c48) 
  • Steve Bannon as Chief of Staff will continue to funnel Alt-Right information directly to Mr. Trump, only furthering his campaign of hateful and misleading messaging. (c49) Even Glenn Beck is terrified of him. (c78)

Given the Republican Party platform even more is in store. I am fearful of what will happen to this country and President Obama’s legacy. (c50)

We will soon discover whether Mr. Trump’s agenda could translate into a Trumpian New Deal that is assumed to rectify the economic woes of the Americans whom have anointed him as their champion, despite the fact that they will be detrimentally affected under his Presidency. (c51-54) To eliminate the appeal and support for Mr. Trump, we must recognize the valid social and economic concerns of those voters who have been inveigled by him and his beliefs. (c55) To discount their fears as mere racism does nothing more than to drive them deeper into the clutches of Trumpism. (c56) 

For us Democrats, we have to generate understanding about our issues and each other. To do that, we must get African Americans, Latinos, and the white-working classes across our nation to focus on the how their economic, and thus political, concerns are intertwined. Mr. Trump’s likely pervasive deregulation and regressive tax policies will help solidify that point. Thus, we must use each opportunity to attack the root of that ignorance and racism by providing a clear and sound analysis of how Mr. Trump’s economic policies are in direct contrast to his campaign promises.

To accomplish this it will be essential to create a unified trans-national platform all of us can get behind. When Americans hear Democrats, they should think “united.” I find this task simply inexcusable for us not to do.  When we unite, we can fight back against this onslaught of conservatism, which we know is in trouble as well. (c57 & c58)

Some policies include:

  1. Eliminate the Electoral College and allow citizens to directly elect the President of the United States.
  2. Make Election Day a national holiday.
  3. Provide healthcare for all through a government insurance agency equivalent to Medicare.
  4. Promote competition through the rigorous expansion of antitrust policies. (c59)
  5. Create a more equitable tax policy that taxes corporations and the wealthy.
  6. Endorse, promote, and expand safe sex education programs.
  7. Promote and expand science and art education programs that not only continue to inspire children to pursue their passions but also provide foundational mental faculties to think critically.
  8. Simplify voting by eliminating off-year elections voting (elections in-between midterms and the presidential) and making it easier to register by setting national standards. (c60 & c61)
  9. Create a comprehensive climate change plan everyone can support, which included investments in all forms of energy.
  10. Support healthy nutrition programs.
  11. Enact and support all policies that limit the disastrous effects of dark money into our elections. (c62)
  12. Abolish private prisons.
  13. Develop a comprehensive plan to increase voter turnout and support policies that increase more voters to the polls.
  14. Enact Paid Family Medical Leave.
  15. Work to develop a plan to heal racial and minority resentment in communities across our nation
  16. Create an action plan on how to communicate our issues to the common person, which the Republicans have this across every medium. (63)

Even if none of these positions can be advanced under our conservative government, then we will use this time to ingrain these ideas into the heads of millions of Americans who need to understand our platform’s issues, why they are important, and how they help in the easiest most direct way possible.

Mr. Trump tells us not to worry, but the unleashed authoritarian conservative rule combined with his rhetoric and beliefs have done nothing but terrify me about the future of this country, and I know I am not the only one. (c64 & c65)

I don’t mean to be hyperbolic, but many societies have faced this before, and it always seems to birth from a single individual who claims that they alone are the solution. (c66)

But what can be said and must be said is that when tyranny beckons, unity and vigilance will allow us to prevail against injustice.  

I often try to find solace in America’s history due to our polarized time. (c67 & c68)

Walking out of Independence Hall after the Constitutional Convention, Benjamin Franklin, the oldest and arguably the wisest member, was stopped by a woman and asked, “Mr. Franklin, what have you wrought?” He replied, “A Republic, madam, if you can keep it.” (c69)

Our institutions will be tested, our endurance will be needed, and nothing short of an unwavering belief that we are united is demanded. The spirit and enthusiasm from many groups across our country is a signal to all that we need to work harder than ever, while at the same time hoping that Mr. Trump will do his best to serve all Americans. (c70-72)

I agree with Mr. Trump that he and his party must govern well. (c73) Thus, the least we can do is hold Republican’s and Mr. Trump accountable and help them pursue our mutual goals.

  • Allowing Puerto Rico to be admitted into the Union as the 51st state. (c50)
  • Investing in our infrastructure. (c50)
  • Investing in all forms of energy. (c50)
  • Advancing and continuing investments in health care. (c50)
  • Increased aid for the disabled and veterans. (c50)
  • Renewing our commitment to our alliance with the European continent. (c50)
  • Continued and increased investments in cyber security. (c50)

Our duty is not to encourage riots against Mr. Trump’s victory, this will not only play into his hand for “law and order” but also continue to plunge the country deeper into division, and we will only be sinking to his level (c74 and c75). 

We Democrats have a truly arduous task a head of us. Our ideas take explaining. Our voters are diverse (c76). Our beliefs are vast. (c77) We must remember to fight for a progressive more inclusive America while addressing the concerns and needs of our people. We need to continue to recognize the persisting injustices of minorities and curate the type of electorate needed to forge a diverse and engaged coalition that can defeat Trumpism at the ballot box now and for the decades to come. Our work will take unity and vigilance, the only weapons we have against injustice.


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  78. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLzEDwsKGaY&feature=share

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  • Published 11/16/2016

A Case Against Donald Trump

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Although the main topic of this blog is promoting Antitrust issues, given the recent polling of Hillary Clinton, I feel as though I have a duty to express my opinion about this election and the consequences of not voting for Hillary Clinton.

For those that plan on voting for Hillary Clinton, I encourage you to read so you will have even more arguments in your repository to fight against Trump Supporters. But I also urge you to do whatever you can to push people to vote for her.

However, this post is squarely aimed at those looking to vote for Donald Trump.

I truly want to know why you are voting for him.

Even if you hate Hillary Clinton and everything that she is, because of her personality or all of the “scandals” she has supposedly encountered in her life.

Like many of the Hillary Clinton incidents, her role in the  Benghazi attacks was blown out of proportion.

Or the Whitewater Scandal, where nothing significant was found.

And trust me, I understand that some of the actions of Hillary Clinton are nothing short of deplorable, but they will affect they way she governs. She is at the least a very intelligent woman, who knows the issues, has relationships to get legislation through Congress. Alway remember that no president has ever been effective without an effective Congress at their side (this is simply a matter of how our government works).

The reasons are glaring as to why anyone should not vote for Donald Trump.

Donald Trump is a documented liar, and on many accounts worse than Hillary Clinton, because what he is lying about has far worse consequences.

His tax plan is nothing but tax cuts for the wealthy and would create some of the largest tax deficits in history:

And, of course, the wealthiest Americans will get more tax breaks:

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His revised plan is not any better:

And the recently released Republican-controlled House plan isn’t much better:

I implore you to watch the following videos to get a sense of who Donald Trump really is:

Donald Trump’s supporters do not think he is qualified, but think Hillary Clinton is:

Numerous Republicans are on board to not support him, and that number continues to grow every day:

And the DNC has more information to fight Donald Trump than they know what to do with:

Many of his proposals that are simply unconstitutional:

He has flip-flopped on more issues than John Kerry, and it is not because he has gained new evidence:

He still subtly says President Obama is not American:

We know that Donald Trump uses scare tactics and negative statements to produce a sense of fear:

Even though we are living in the safest time in human history:

His idea for a wall is not only terrible, but is a fiscally stupid and irresponsible way to spend taxpayer money:

Building the wall would hurt our economic relationship with Mexico, ranking second among U.S. export markets and third in total U.S. trade (imports plus exports):

Besides, Immigration from Mexico is declining:

He is a vaccine denier, which can have incalculable negative public health effects:

Consequences of vaccine refusal and denial:

And vaccines DO NOT cause autism:

Donald Trump is also active climate change denier:

Even though all of the scientific evidence we know points in that direction:

Even prominent Republicans agree, or have agreed, that it is happening:

Climate change is not only happening, and it is human caused, it is presenting a risk to our national security:

What is scary is that we are already on pace to hit the worst project target of the IPCC:

We are losing in the renewable energy race, and Donald Trump has no plans to fix this:

We are killing species around the globe.

We have seen the consequences of climate change already, and it is projected to get significantly worse.

We can grow the economy under strict climate policy. California is just one example. And considering it has a population greater than Canada’s and an economy larger than Italy’s it is a big deal.

Worse off the Republican Party is the only political party in the world that denies climate change.

Donald Trump is a terrible business person:

Donald Trump would have been as wealthy as he is today regardless of his decisions.

A person who wants to literally ban the media from documenting what they say about him, and hold him accountable:

We have learned from past conservatives presidents, how awful their tax policies are for the middle class.

The Reagan tax cuts were terrible for the middle class and the Federal Budget:

The Bush tax cuts were terrible:

As those tax cuts went almost all to the top 1%. Again Donald Trump seeks not only to continue these policies, but actively expand them.

We also know that other consequences of past conservative presidents.

Bush lied about the Iraq war:

Bush’s additional foreign policy was a disaster to global confidence in the US, and President Obama has completely turned that around:

What makes this worse is that we already know what we need to do to have a better tax policy, here are just some of the proposed solutions:

We need a better tax policy more than ever given that we live in a time of vast economic inequality in this country, especially with most of the new money going to the top 1%:

We know that the GOP says the same old stuff, even though some of these positions are not true conservatism:

And they don’t even listen to their own recommendations, going as far to admit:

  • “Public perception of the Party is at record lows. Young voters are increasingly rolling their eyes at what the Party represents, and many minorities wrongly think that Republicans do not like them or want them in the country. When someone rolls their eyes at us, they are not likely to open their ears to us.”
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We live in a time where we need government for than ever to promote justice.

Fighting for LGBTQ rights, which the Republicans oppose:

Against private prisons:

Decreasing infant mortality in the United States, one of the highest in the industrialized world:

Utterly horrific loan and monetary penalty practices destroying America’s middle class:

The need for safer drinking water:

More Americans agree that we need more action to help the environment:

Regardless of your views on guns, we know guns are a problem in America and must find a way to work together to come up with a reasonable solution:

The need for Paid Parental Leave:

Rampant Gerrymandering corrupting our elections:

Insane levels of money flowing into our political system:

The need for a better justice system for Public defenders:

The solutions to all of these problems require government action of some kind. Donald Trump doesn’t even come close to the leadership we need to tackle these problems.

Even if you don’t read any of this. I ask you the following question:

How could I knowingly vote for a person, against all of the evidence, who is a pants on fire liar, a failed business person, a narcissist who puts their name on everything where it only deserves to be put on toilet paper, with zero political experience never mind zero foreign policy experience, a person who advocates unconstitutional policies, and fear mongering anti-intellectual, instead of a leader, who although has had a semi-scandalous past, most of which are conspiracy or blown up by the conservative media, is nevertheless a qualified candidate and has a track record of working with legislators to create and facilitate legislation.

If you still plan on voting for Donald Trump, what you apparently are not recognizing is that ideas have consequences and when it comes to electing a president the consequences are infinitely multiplied.

With a Donald Trump Presidency, we know exactly how his scatter brain thinks, and it is truly horrifying.

I conclude with this; I am not sprinting up the mountain for Hillary Clinton, but given the way our elections work in the United States and the consequences for even having the slightest chance of a Donald Trump presidency compel me to vote for her.

You must recognize that our government was built on consensus building, not authoritarian will. We need a person in the White House who at the very least has relationships with members of Congress, build consensus with the parties, ultimately to push legislation through, her endorsements are evidence of this.  Hillary Clinton has done this in the past and will continue to do so. Donald Trump with his “you’re fired” mentality and spur of the moment consciousness does not. It is that simple who you should vote for, Hillary Clinton.

 


A note to the reader

I have changed the way I make citations specifically for this article because I have made a lot of claims. Citing in this way allows readers to quickly and easily go to what I am citing so they for themselves can judge what I am saying and what I am citing.

Additionally, I recognize that Vox.com, Media Matters for America, and Think Progress are all “liberal leaning” organizations, which is why I do not exclusively cite only those sources. However the Tax Policy Center, Tax Foundation, NASA, and NPR among other organizations I have cited are not.

Also, I am sure I made some mistakes in this article, miscited something, or even completely wrong about a claim I have made. I will be glad to correct it and change the article accordingly and note it in a change log at the bottom of this article. But think for a moment, even if I am wrong on 50% of the material I have cited, the conclusion is still the same.

Moreover, understand that I cannot possibly cover every topic against Donald Trump or support all of the ideas I believe in, there are simply not enough hours in the day to cover everything, and my full-time job is not a journalist or a reporter. Limited as these statements in this post may be, they are my own, and I encourage reader input and civilized debate.

It should be said to those on the liberal side of the aisle, not every Trump supporter agrees with him or his policies. If there is one thing we have learned from this election, there are a lot of people who are facing legitimate political, social, and economic issues and they happen to believe that Donald Trump can fix them because of the destruction that he will have on the system, I just hope this post convinces them to change their mind as the consequences are simply too great.

Lastly, watch the following for a clearer picture of how great America already is.


Change log

  • Post published 9/26/2016
  • Typo Corrections 9/26/2016
  • Typo Corrections 9/27/2016
  • Typo Corrections 11/6/2016