1. It makes sense to feel abandoned by the whole thing. For myself, I'll never understand how good folks can look at the clear and substantial poverty in places like my home towns of Houston & Cincinnati and ask so little of the local Democratic Party in response. You don't have to look hard in either city--or in cities across the nation--to see the condition of so many neighborhoods. The same can be said for how Republicans treat rural voters. If you are a Cincinnati liberal or progressive asking yourself why Trump is doing so well, consider how progressivism in Cincinnati elections became defined by if you supported that damned street car or not. What are people thinking to be so remote from everyday life? Here in Houston, I don't get how Houston area Democrats can say nothing about often in trouble State Rep. Ron Reynolds. How can we credibly criticize Trump for low standards when we embrace Ron Reynolds?
2. Trump may win this election and he is telling you his deal right out loud. The racist authoritarian tendencies of his voters are real. If Trump wins, our lives will not be the same. His voters will support the erosion of their own freedoms and of the rule of law--such as it--to hurt people they don't like. Most of you reading this are people they don't like. The neo-Nazi right and such groups are now an official part of the Republican coalition. I believe the majority of Trump's electoral coalition simply will not accept a multi-ethnic and otherwise diverse nation where everybody has a fair chance at a good life as a legitimate vision of America.
3. I believe polls suggesting Clinton is viable in some Southern and Western states more so than seemed likely a few months ago, and that Trump is doing better than expected in some Midwestern and Northeastern states. That's not a prediction on how the election will turn out. But it would not surprise me if Clinton sees Texas as viable into October and that Trump campaigns in Rhode Island.
4. I've reluctantly concluded that I will vote for Hillary here in Texas. I voted Green Party in 2012 and had intended to do so again in 2016. The national Greens have lost me by consorting with Julian Assange who is aligned with Putin just as the Trump campaign is aligned with Putin. But more to the point, I have to protect the people I value in life and at 48 years old I don't want to spend years of my life fighting a white nationalist authoritarian concept of America. My in-laws are Jewish and Trump has used anti-semitic symbols from neo-Nazi groups as part of his campaign imagery. Jim Crow ended just 50 years ago. I want to be clear in my view that Trump's coalition is welcoming to people who want to lock up or kill people they don't like. Things like this can happen in America and they can start happening at any point.
5. I'm going to get involved in the local Democratic campaign here in Harris County, Texas. We are all at a point right now about deciding what we are going to do as citizens and individuals. We can have the necessary discussion about the future of the Democratic Party when the election is done. The Clintons and the hyper-connected, insider-rigged, disconnected from daily life Democratic establishment are partly to blame for the rise of Trump. Win or lose in November, they must be held accountable after Election Day.
There is no wave election coming out of revulsion for Trump. If Democrats win the Senate, it will be by one or two seats at most. Democrats will not win the U.S. House in 2016 and will not make substantial gains in state legislative races. People are not going to "wake up" or whatever and punish Republicans for Trump.
You can't give years of false promises to people of color or working people and then just assume they will save you when you are desperate.
What there is right now is the issue of keeping Trump and his extreme followers out of the White House. We each have to decide --and pretty much at this moment--what we are going to do to defeat Trump.
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