Sunday, January 22, 2017

Then and now - Plus an idea going forward

Then (Click to enlarge)
Now

While they did not endorse Trump I still remember Log Cabin Republicans saying that Trump is “the most pro-LGBT nominee in the history of the Republican Party.” That may actually be true which doesn't say much for the Republican Party. Meanwhile the Human Rights Campaign demanded — demanded mind you — that Trump “reinstate the pages immediately.” I am sure that Donald will get right on that. The very notion that Trump gives two shits about what Chad Griffin has to say is part of our problem. Furthermore, from an LGBT perspective, Trump's cabinet looks like the bar scene from Star Wars which was spawned, at least in part, by Mike Pence. Most of them are prospectively incompetent far-right tools with crackpot ideas and anti-LGBT sentiments. What keeps me awake at night is the Supreme Court. But that's for another day.

A simple plan to help prevent future Trumps and a second term for the current Trump.

At this point I have to assume that Trump is going to do nothing for us. We just have to hope that we can limit the damage. Going forward I have a simple idea that could help to prevent this from ever happening again.

The data on voting demographics are murky at best and tend to look at millennials (18 to 35). However, we can reasonably say that Boomers vote; 18 to 24-year-olds vote at about half the rate of Boomers. The idea is to put in place a public school program in my state that will cause every prospective high school graduate, 18 or older, to be registered to vote. I am not overlooking the fact that we need to get these young people to the polls to fill in boxes but one step at a time.

It seems an unrebuttable presumption that getting more young people to vote stacks the deck in favor of progressives.

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