Sunday, September 11, 2016

Election Update: 9/11

Many new polls today, on balance they've had a neutral impact and Clinton is holding steady in the low 90s.
  • Good for Trump
    • Clinton +1 in NV
    • Clinton +2 in NH
    • Trump +3 in GA
  • Good for Clinton
    • Clinton +8 nationally
    • Clinton +7 in Ohio
  • Neutral
    • LA Times/USC tracking still at Clinton +1
    • Clinton 2 in FL
    • Trump +1 in AZ
It's 9/11 and just like most other Americans I've done some thinking about where I was and what I was feeling on that horrible day. Shortly after 9/11, President Bush said "they hate our freedoms, our freedom of religion, our freedom of speech, our freedom to vote and assemble and disagree with each other."

I think that's a pretty gross oversimplification of why "they" hate us, but I agree that those freedoms are a fundamental part of America or what it means to be American, and I would add an openness to anyone who want to come here and try to make their own american dream. Donald Trump's candidacy is a betrayal of those freedoms. He's already made this country much worse. Every time he says something racist, he normalizes racism. Every time he says something sexist, he normalizes sexism. Every time he boils down a complex and changing world into a fortune cookie he furthers the idea that complexity is bad, or a vice.

I don't want to write only bad things about Trump. I like Clinton and think she'd be at worst an above average President, and I plan to write more things that constitute a positive defense of her. But Trump's downside far outweighs her upside. In the days after 9/11 President Bush visited a mosque and said Islam is peace. In doing so he set an example for the country. How would Trump have reacted to 9/11 if he were President?

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