Before I begin this short evaluation of our upcoming election, I want to reinforce the importance of voting. Whether you realize it or not, voting on state and local/county propositions, measures and bills has more impact on your life than the actions of the next executive at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. In California specifically, there are some important propositions on the ballot. My first paragraph will be about the recent debate and what this says about the United States in 2020. I will also dedicate a paragraph to my presidential vote in this 2020 election and the logic behind my choice. Finally, I will lay out my votes on the California propositions while ignoring my votes for the US House, State Assembly and State Senate (Related to the fact that these are determined on where you live inside of the state). Here we go!
The first debate between Trump vs. Biden was a spectacular failure. The media continues to promote the idea that “our country is better than this debate.” Chris Wallace called the debate “a missed opportunity.” But was it really? Since Trump shocked Hillary Clinton in 2016, our media has been the biggest enablers of division and chaos in this country. Our social media companies through their use of ‘selective’ algorithms have created a system of division online that is unparalleled in human history. For a country that is much closer to a Civil War than anyone realizes, the debate was a perfect example of “Who we really are” in 2020. Trump’s rude interruptions tied around a stuttering and bumbling Joe Biden who was constantly on the defensive against Trump and not handling it well is a perfectly legitimate symbol of where this country is presently. Go onto any social media site online and you will quickly encounter left and right-wing individuals throwing virtual ‘feces’ at each other. Black Lives Matter and ANTIFA, openly Marxist organizations, are protesting, looting, and physically attacking anyone they perceive as a ‘fascist’ in our largest cities. Right wingers are patrolling streets in their small, often suburban, towns looking to protect businesses and individuals from violence while often getting wrapped up in it themselves. The country is in absolute chaos. Why shouldn’t our presidential debates devolve into a name calling extravaganza?
Keeping this above evaluation about our debate in mind, I am going to punt on voting for either a Republican or Democrat for president. No matter who wins this upcoming election, the country is only going to be more divided than ever. Plus, I can not honestly vote for either person without being hopped up on some sort of hallucinogenic mushroom or numbed with pain killers, so my personal morality disappears from existence. While voting for Trump is tempting due to my personal affinity for liking rebellious people, I will not be able to look myself in the mirror on Wednesday and feel good about myself. Trump has probably done more in four years to help my family and myself more than the previous two presidents, Obama and Bush Jr, did during their combined 16 years. My family’s wealth has doubled. He has thrown out some corrupt trade agreements, got us out of the Paris Accords, has tried (and failed) to get us out of our Middle Eastern Wars, has instigated prison reform and has acted surprisingly federalist during these BLM riots when people were calling for violence against the looters. The problem is that the list of things that Trump has done wrong overlays his positive actions. His warmongering against Iran is disgusting. He has embraced the corrupt Federal Reserve and our economic practices despite the fact that he spoke out against them during the election, he has decided to prosecute Julian Assange and has not pardoned Edward Snowden. He has created a trade war with China which while legitimate in certain aspects (China has not been an ‘honest’ broker over the past 20 years), will inevitably lead to a new Cold War against the authoritarian communists in that country. So, knowing this ExpertofSome, why are you not voting for Joe Biden? This should be self-evident. The Democrats since 2016 have lost their minds in the exact same way that conservatives did during the Bush Jr./Cheney years. They are openly globalist and seem to not have the United States’ peoples’ best intentions at heart. Biden is reviving a system of government run by 24 years of Clinton, Bush Jr. and Obama that slowly destroyed the wealth of the American people. Our war mongering is likely to increase under a Biden administration. According to the “Great Reset”, Biden will likely be the person to begin the United States transition into a global governance system that no one inside this country actually wants. There is no real positive reason to vote for Biden no matter how anti-Trump you may be.
Since 1992, here are my presidential votes.
1992: Just turned 18 and did not vote. I was more concerned about attending a “Nirvana” concert than voting for Clinton or Bush Sr.
1996: Independent Ross Perot
2000: Independent Ralph Nader
2004: Democrat John Kerry (Even though I can not change this vote, I later ‘rescinded’ it in my mind. Kerry is a bad guy.)
2008: Green Party Cynthia McKinney (Who I have a huge amount of respect for.)
2012: Write in Candidate Ron Paul
2016: Libertarian Gary Johnson
2020: Libertarian Jo Jorgensen
In my seven previous presidential votes, I have voted only once for a mainstream candidate, Democrat John Kerry in 2004. I have never voted for the Republican candidate (Except for Ron Paul who was not the official nominee anyway). After this election, I will have voted for two women to be president. No one I have ever voted for has won a presidential election. So why am I picking Jo Jorgensen? Despite the fact that third parties are repressed and censored by the two major parties throughout this country which eliminates their realistic ability to win, Ms. Jorgensen has a platform that actually gets me excited (Unlike Gary Johnson). She is anti-war and will end all foreign interventions immediately. She is opposed to civil asset forfeiture, one of the most corrupt aspects of our local police and court system. She supports the idea of nuclear power and off grid solar power while the technology improves to eventually implement other forms of clean energy. She wants to return the power of education to parents and finally, she wants to break down the corrupt aspects of government. She fundamentally understands that many aspects of our government are broken and the only way to fix the problem is through elimination of that program. I have donated money towards Jo Jorgensen and wish her the best even though realistically, I already know that she has no chance of winning. But elections are about the person that inspires you. Jo Jorgensen is the only person who does.
Finally, there are some interesting Propositions on the ballot. I am going to list my vote for these propositions. You don’t have to take my word for it. Go online and research these for yourself if you are a resident of California.
PROP 14: 5.5. Billion Dollar Bond for Stem Cell Research – I am voting NO. The state should not be paying for this research. The pharmaceutical companies should be paying it.
PROP 15: This law would amend the California Constitution to overthrow Proposition 13. It states in the bill that it would, “require commercial and industrial properties, except those zoned as commercial agriculture, to be taxed based on their market value, rather than their purchase price.”
A NO vote would “continue to tax commercial and industrial properties based on a property's purchase price, with annual increases equal to the rate of inflation or 2 percent, whichever is lower.” This extra tax money would go to education and local governments. I am voting NO. Because if local governments and education programs need to raise money, they need to find a way to do it locally. It is unfair to burden a good percentage of the population that does not have children into paying for children’s education especially in protecting an education system that is spiraling downhill rapidly.
PROP 16: This would repeal the Proposition 209 Affirmative Action Amendment of 1996. That amendment stated, “that the government and public institutions cannot discriminate against or grant preferential treatment to persons on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in public employment, public education, and public contracting.” The law in 1996 has worked well for our state. This new law would repeal this above language meaning that preferential treatment will likely return to this state. I am voting NO.
PROP 17: This would allow felons on parole to regain their right to vote. Isn’t it stated that when you serve your time for a crime that you are supposed to get your voting rights back? The fact that felons are still banned from voting after release from prison is absurd. I am voting YES.
PROP 18: Allow 17-year old’s that will be 18 at the time of the general election to vote in primary and special elections. This one is also absurd. When I was 18, I had no understanding of the complicated issues surrounding many election propositions and candidates. I would agree to this only if the 17-year-old showed some sufficient knowledge of the political system. So, I am voting NO on this one.
PROP 19: This one is complicated and has to do with tax assessments on homes. It will harm people who inherit property but benefit elderly people who are disabled while adding money to wildfire agencies in the state. Since this is a very subtle tax increase, I am voting NO.
PROP 20: This is an awful initiative. Another subtle law that will increase our prison population by adding crimes to the list of violent felonies, allowing certain types of theft to be prosecuted as a misdemeanor or felony and allowing DNA collection on misdemeanor offenders. Nothing about this initiative is positive. I am voting NO.
PROP 21: This is the rent control initiative. If you want to know why this won’t work, just look at history. I am voting NO.
PROP 22: This is the proposition that would void California Assembly Bill 5 which states that app-based drivers can be classified as employees or independent contractors. This would adjust that law to say that app-based drivers are independent contractors only. Since there is a lot of money behind this one and my hatred of the tech industry is growing, I am going to stick a gigantic middle finger in the air towards Lyft, Uber and other services and vote NO.
PROP 23: This one is difficult because I do not know enough about Dialysis treatment to have an opinion. I will not be voting on this proposition.
PROP 24: Create a state agency, the Privacy Protection Agency, to enforce consumer data protection laws. This sounds good in theory. But I will always believe that outside organizations would do better to monitor this behavior than a government agency would. Besides, it will be easier for big tech to capture a government agency and make it almost completely useless in its enforcement. I am voting NO.
PROP 25: This would eliminate the California bail system and replace it with a system of risk assessments. I am voting YES.
No matter how you personally feel, I hope everyone votes. Until next week!
EXPERT OF SOME