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Steve Ivy

I’ve been mostly quiet about the presidential race because… to be honest I’ve been quiet about everything about #politics for a while.

I do want to write a bit about the process, and the President, and I will be posting more as the race goes on, but here are a few opening thoughts:

I’m embarrassed that our nation elected Trump, and I’ve spent the last 3 years trying to pretend it didn’t happen. That I can simply ignore the state of things is a sign of my immense #privilege as a middle-class white dude who is very gainfully employed in tech in America, and I’m looking for more ways to use that privilege to lift others.

I want to vote for a woman (again), so I’m looking for ways to help out.

I will vote Biden if I absolutely must, and Bloomberg was wrong to ride the “white, non-Bernie, non-woman wave” rather than putting his $$$ behind one of the current Democratic candidates.

Right now I like Klobuchar and support Elizabeth Warren. I’m glad Kamala Harris and Kirsten Gillibrand ran, but they’ve dropped from the race due to lack of financial support.

In general, I really like the themes that we see in Klobuchar’s and Warren’s campaigns: hard work and planning, two things that are the antitheses of Trump’s candidacy and presidency.

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American Me: What's Next?

I made it clear that I was voting for Hillary, and why, in a post earlier this year. I was skeptical of the huge lead most of the polls projected, but I still thought she’d beat the foolish candidate of racism and misogyny.

Boy did we screw that up.

I’ve been grieving for the last 36 hours, and am just now starting to come to terms with the new reality, and what I’m going to do about it. Right now everything in my head is a mess, but I need to process it, and writing is as good a way as any. So, the following is a very-loosely-connected set of links and thoughts.

Liberal White Shock

Courtney Parker West wrote a piece on Medium about the shock and dismay that liberal white voters are expressing at the “racism revealed” by the election. I have to count myself among them (perhaps more independent than liberal, but that just means I had an even more rosy view of the state of racism in our culture) and Courtney’s article kinda broke my brain.

On “Woke” White People Advertising their Shock that Racism just won a Presidency

> But the real trigger has been the shock. The absolute unpreparedness. The need to proclaim this astonishment and all but out yourself as having been blind and truly unbelieving *of what we already done-told you was our reality* — all whilst being down for the cause.

(Emphasis mine) Courtney is spelling out that those of us who are out-and-out clutching our pearls over the racism unleashed in public during this campaign and in the aftermath has always been there, and people of color have been telling us about it since before there was a nation here.

> Don’t tell me you “just can’t imagine” because some of us — my little black and Indigenous ass — have a real big imagination when it comes to the racism and bigotry that has ruled our country for hundreds of years.

There’s more I’m still digesting, in particular the bits on institutionalized racism. Read it.

Scalzi on Racism

So… I did not personally vote for our President-Elect, but I have family and friends who did, and had a few things gone differently in my life, I might have as well.

John Scalzi (science fiction author of the Old Man’s War series and others, and general good thinker) came up with a metaphor to help us understand how we can’t separate our intentions/personal reasons for making a choice from the result of that choice.

The Cinemax Theory of Racism

> Pop quiz: In this scenario, did you just subscribe to Cinemax?

You can guess where it goes from there:

> And you say, no I’m not, I hate racism.

> And others say to you, but apparently you like these other things more than you hate racism, because you agreed to the racism in order to get these other things.

I know the exact reasons that some people did vote, and I would have voted in the past, for Trump. But there are disastrous consequences to not hating the evil enough to give up some hoped-for modicum of good.

Going Independent in Arizona

On a side-note, I’ve been a registered Republican for as long as I’ve been a voter. This year I marked a bunch of Ds on my ballot (but not all) and today, I re-registered as an independent in Arizona (“No Party Preference”). Arizona has open primaries, and you can bet I’ll be taking part in the future. To my shame, I stayed home for the primaries this year, not believing in the slightest that Trump had a chance.


The Political Machinations of Disenfranchisement, 2016

> “I don’t want everybody to vote. Elections are not won by a majority of the people. They never have been from the beginning of our country and they are not now. As a matter of fact, our leverage in the elections quite candidly goes up as the voting populace goes down.”

The New Face of Jim Crow: Voter Suppression in America – People For The American Way

Working to discourage one’s political opponents’ supporters has a long history, but the machinations on display in the last decade, and this election in particular, are offensive.

Election committees are moving polls to difficult-to-reach areas in youth and minority populations, as Jonathan Katz tweets:

Donald Trump is encouraging his supporters to:

> “…go down to certain areas and watch and study, and make sure other people don’t come in and vote five times”

Trump Is Recruiting an Army of Poll Watchers. It’s Even Worse Than It Sounds. [Emphasis mine.]

Pro-Trump trolls are buying fake Clinton ads on Twitter targeting minorities, telling them they can text in their votes (you can’t):

>The recent social media ads target Clinton supporters with the hashtag #ImWithHer and give instructions to “Vote Early” by texting “Hillary” to the number

Some other tactics being deployed, mostly derived from the aforementioned PFAW study:

Burdensome of ID Laws

From my own home state of Arizona:

> In November of 2004, Arizona voters passed Proposition 200, which implemented harsh voter identification requirements (as well as proof-of-citizenship requirements—discussed in the next section of this report). The law requires voters who cast a ballot at a polling place on Election Day to present photo identification deemed “acceptable” by Arizona’s Secretary of State, such as a driver’s license, or two alternate forms of ID that include the name or address of the voter such as a utility bill or a bank statement. Such requirements can disenfranchise voters without photo ID by making it hard for them to cast ballots if they live at a residence where someone else, such as a spouse, parent, or roommate pays the bills, or if they are uninformed about the rules. Students, the poor, and senior citizens are among the groups that are most likely to be adversely affected.

Proof-Of-Eligibility as Voter Intimidation

> In this corner of rural Georgia, African-Americans are arrested at a rate far higher than that of whites.

> But the deputy had not come to arrest Mr. Flournoy. Rather, he had come to challenge Mr. Flournoy’s right to vote.

Critics See Efforts by Counties and Towns to Purge Minority Voters from Rolls

Fear-Mongering and Voter Registration

>Such proof-of-citizenship requirements are often rationalized through fear tactics—namely the claim that non-citizens (especially “illegal immigrants”) are attempting to register to vote. But no evidence exists to indicate that this is a problem.

The New Face of Jim Crow: Voter Suppression in America – People For The American Way

Reduced Polling Resources and Lines

In communities where the number of polling places and hours of operation are reduced, resulting long lines impact voter turnout.

> While long lines can suppress the vote in any precinct, evidence indicates that such lines often form at polling places that are frequented by students, people of color, and low-income voters who often do not have the time or the resources to wait many hours.

The New Face of Jim Crow: Voter Suppression in America – People For The American Way

In North Carolina, as one example, Republicans lobbied to limit the hours during which minorities tended to vote:

>Emails uncovered by Reuters through a public records request revealed that local Republican leaders lobbied at least 17 county election boards to limit the hours that voting sites could stay open — particularly to cut down on weekends and evenings, when Democratic voter turnout tends to be higher

North Carolina Republicans conspired to limit early voting to keep African-Americans from the polls


I Voted - Early!

I stood in line for two hours this morning and cast my vote in the 2016 general election. As promised, I voted for Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine for President and Vice-President.

Hillary Clinton campaign logo


Down-ticket I voted a mix of Democrats and Republicans depending on local issues.

(I voted Republican in one race specifically because the other candidate was Libertarian, and that ship sailed a LONG time ago for me. Peter Thiel’s dystopian interpretation and realization of that philosophy hasn’t helped their cause.)

Embarrassingly, this was the first time I sat down and read all the election prep documents that Arizona and Gilbert sent out, and Googled and researched various candidates for the local “non-partisan” elections. It’s amazing what you learn, and it made me sign up for permanent early voting, even before I realized it would allow me to skip the two-hour wait at the early voting stations.


The polls are going to be nuts on election day, if (as I hope) voter turnout is good. If you are a legal voter in the United States (even if living out of the country) I hope you have made provisions to cast your ballot this year - our franchise is not something to give up lightly.

I’ve had family members and friends half-joke about whether their vote is going to “count” – if their vote is not the same as mine, or if their preferred candidate does not win – as if one’s vote is only worth casting if it’s a “deciding vote”. Your vote absolutely counts, as David Walbert explains:

> …every vote does count; it just counts in a more complicated way. When you vote for president, remember that you’re voting in a state election, not a national election.

(Read that whole article, it’s interesting)

No matter, what, the fact that we can vote and participate in this democracy is crucial. Get out and do it. The only way your vote stops counting is if:

  1. You throw it away by not voting
  2. Candidates start deciding they’re not going to honor the results.

Image of my “I voted early” sticker

I'm With Her

I’m speaking as an Ex-Conservative, Ex-Republican who cannot abide what the party has largely become, and has lost affinity with the selfish, neo-libertarian outlook of that party, even before Trump came along. Trump represents the most horrid of personal, professional, and political behaviors and needs to lose by as large a margin as we can muster.

I’m voting for Hillary Clinton for President of the United States, and likely Democrat on most of the down-line races in AZ.

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