This just in:  I always vote.  I do this because it’s my right. I do this because, in my mind, it gives me the right to complain.  If I don’t vote, then I have no business whining if someone else gets elected.

In 2018, I expect to vote against the Republican Party.  Here is why…

  1. I think money in politics has ruined our democracy.  Companies and wealthy individuals are actually buying votes…legally.  I saw where the Koch brothers said they would fund the campaigns of Republicans that voted against Trumpcare.  This is buying votes.
  2. I am against Gerrymandering.  This is a blatant attempt to make one vote NOT count as one vote.  Both parties do it but the Republican Party has taken it to new heights.
  3. I am against voter suppression.  The Republican party is the ONLY party that does this in an attempt to keep people from voting that will not vote Republican.
  4. I am pro-legalized abortion.  This does not mean I like abortion.  I don’t think anyone does.  I do know that making abortion illegal will not slow down abortions. It will just make women find more dangerous ways to get out of a situation they created in conjunction with a man.
  5. I like Planned Parenthood because it reduces abortions and provides healthcare to women that would otherwise have to go without.
  6. I like green energy.  I like it because it saves the planet and is creating tens of thousands of new, high paying jobs.  I like us to stay up with the rest of the world when it comes to technology.  We should lead but at the very least…we need to stay in the race.
  7. I don’t like getting rid of environmental protections.  We are not going to return to coal…that ship has sailed.  The impact of getting rid of these protections is pollution without job creation.  Consumers create jobs.  A company’s ability to dump its waste in a river will not create a single job…well maybe one for the guy that drives the truck down to the river.
  8. I think its traitorous for the Republican Party to work hand-in-hand with Trump to stifle all efforts to find out if he colluded with the Russians in the last election.
  9. I believe religion has NO PLACE in government.
  10. I believe in LGBT rights.
  11. I want Universal Health Care.  To be honest, I would pay less money for insurance under Trumpcare because of my income.  However, most Americans would pay more.  This is especially true for the elderly and the poor.  I am a patriot first.   We are a stronger country when we take care of each other.  I want Universal Health Care because there is overwhelming evidence that it is far better than Obamacare, than Trumpcare and far, far better than the Free Market.
  12. I stand against racism.
  13. I believe that if we want nice things, like education, we need to pay for it by taxing ourselves.  I’m not an advocate of waste but taxation is not “taking”.  If the Federal government does not want to do things to help Americans, fine.  Reduce my Federal taxes and raise my taxes in California.  I would pay more in taxes for better education and healthcare and roads.  I don’t want to pay for a wall because it made for a cute campaign bumper sticker.
  14. I think Science is a real thing
  15. I think education is the path to better jobs and global competition.
  16. I think history has lessons to teach us.  I also believe that the past is fixed and not subject to change. (see Trump on a daily basis).
  17. I think NATO is important.
  18. I think diplomacy and statesmanship are as important as tanks.
  19. I think Russia cannot be trusted.
  20. I believe in free trade and that such trade does not happen by accident.
  21. I think that kicking out illegal immigrants only brings back jobs at the absolutely lowest point in our job/income scale.

Now, notice that I didn’t say I would vote Democrat.  I think Pelosi is a dinosaur that needs to be put out to pasture.  I think they are becoming what I detest, a party that clings to the past.  While I liked Obama, I don’t want us to stay in his world.  We need to move forward lest the rest of the world leave us in the dust.

I rarely vote along party lines so I will feel free to cross over if the right candidate catches my eye.

Right now, I’m hoping that a 40 year old Bernie Sanders comes along.

Up, up and away…

Jim