Saturday, October 1, 2016

Trek Against Trump Gets Over 100 Cast and Crew Endorsements

Normally I try to stay away from politics on my blogs but in this case the two have converged. A post on the Facebook group Trek Against Trump has received over 100 endorsements from previous cast and crew of the various iterations of Star Trek. Highlights include JJ Abrams (Kelvinverse), Scott Bakula (ENT), Peter David (books, comics), Bryan Fuller (DIS), Kate Mulgrew (VOY), Chris Pine (Kelvinverse), Brent Spinder (TNG) and a whole lot more. The wave of support should not be a surprise to most Star Trek fans.

I honestly cannot see how it is possible to be a supporter of Donald Trump while also being a fan of Star Trek. As the letter puts it "Star Trek has always offered a positive vision of the future, a vision of hope and optimism, and most importantly, a vision of inclusion, where people of all races are accorded equal respect and dignity, where individual beliefs and lifestyles are respected so long as they pose no threat to others." Trump is the the walking, talking anti-Trek. Give him a planet or two too destroy and he would make for a great future villain. Everything we love Star Trek for attempting to teach (IDIC) is something he is fundamentally and proudly against. Something his white supremacists supporters love him for.

A solution to this is pretty easy - vote. But vote logically. As the post says "We have heard people say they will vote Green or Libertarian or not at all because the two major candidates are equally flawed. That is both illogical and inaccurate. Either Secretary Clinton or Mr. Trump will occupy the White House. One is an amateur with a contemptuous ignorance of national laws and international realities, while the other has devoted her life to public service, and has deep and valuable experience with the proven ability to work with Congress to pass desperately needed legislation. If, as some say, the government is broken, a protest vote will not fix it."

The only thing a "protest vote" does is change the answer for a future jeopardy question. Right now we are a two party system. You don’t have to like it but you can’t pretend other options currently exist either. Or to put it another way, voting 3rd party is like donating a penny to your favorite charity. Technically you did something and can claim “I donated” but deep down you know you didn’t do anything at all. Don't be like that. Take responsibility to make a real, meaningful choice even if one may regret later. And when you vote, vote the Star Trek way - logically.

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