The 2018 midterm elections are (nearly) over

The 2018 midterm elections look to be nearly over. There might be a recount in Florida and Georgia for governor. Everything else thankfully is complete. Republicans not only retained the Senate, but they also added two seats. That makes sense when you consider the U.S. Senate is composed of representatives based on states, not people. Each state, no matter how massive or tiny in population has two Senators. California has over 39 million people living in it while Wyoming has less than 580 thousand living in it. They both have two U.S. Senators.

The big news from the midterms is the Democrats took the House. This is fantastic news. Not only will they be able to stop President Donald Trump’s agenda, but they’ll also be able to launch investigations. My hope is nothing will get done in Congress other than holding Trump accountable for the things he’s done while in office.

I was a Democrat and then I was not

Technically, I’m not even a Democrat and I voted a straight Democratic ticket. If there wasn’t a Democrat running, I wrote in my wife’s name because I know she’s a Democrat. It was important to me not to vote for any Republicans because I didn’t want to vote for anyone who Trump supporters were also voting for. That meant I couldn’t vote for Governor Larry Hogan for a second term as Maryland’s governor. I like Hogan. He’s the best governor we’ve had since I moved to Maryland in 1994. I still couldn’t vote for him, although I’m glad a won.

I changed my party affiliation shortly after the 2016 Democratic National Convention from Democrat to Unaffiliated. I hated what I saw at that convention. They politicized the Muslim Gold Star family the mothers of black men killed by police on stage. I didn’t like that. The latter was especially irritating because black homicide is a massive problem in this country. The number of black people killed by police is really quite minuscule compared to black on black homicide.

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Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America.

The problem is complex and quite nuanced. Politicizing any part of it is wrong, especially when considering the men the mothers on stage were representing were all killed while a Democrat was in the White House and ran the Justice Department.

I really do not like Lena Dunham

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Lena Dunham

The most egregious thing I can say during the 2016 Democratic National Convention was when they had Lena Dunham on stage. That’s when I decided to not be a Democrat anymore. At least for a while. I still voted for Hillary Clinton. I hated doing it. To me, choosing between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton was like choosing between full-blown AIDS or advanced syphilis. I’d prefer not to have either. After the election, I considered moving to Canada, but then I remembered Lena Dunham promised to move to Canada if Trump won. She still hasn’t moved to Canada.

I already have a candidate I will be supporting in 2020. His name is Andrew Yang and he’s a Democrat. I need to register as a Democrat to vote for him in the primary.

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The War on Normal People: The Truth About America’s Disappearing Jobs and Why Universal Basic Income Is Our Future.

I haven’t been this excited about a candidate since Barack Obama gave that speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. Obama wasn’t a presidential candidate then, but I knew from his speech he was exactly what our country needed.

What I’d give to have him and his mom jeans as president now.

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Barack Obama

Chelsea Manning to run for U.S. Senate in Maryland

Look who I get to vote for as a U.S. Senator. Disgraced U.S. Army private Bradley Manning, now known as Chelsea Manning, will be running as a Democrat in the upcoming primary election for U.S. Senate for Maryland.

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U.S. Senator Ben Cardin

The seat is currently held by Democrat Ben Cardin. Even though I’ve voted for Cardin the past two elections, I imagine he’ll need to bow out of contention. Otherwise, he will be labeled a transphobe.

Sorry, Ben Cardin. Thank you for your service, but it’s time for you to move on.

Looks like I’ll need to register as a Democrat again. I registered unaffiliated after the 2016 Democratic Convention. Whatever the reason, perhaps something said by Lena Dunham or something said in Spanish by the illegal immigrant mother on stage, I realized the Democratic party just didn’t represent me anymore. That’s clearly not the case anymore.

If you do not vote for Chelsea Manning, you are transphobic

Who better to serve in the U.S. Senate than a disgraced U.S. Army private who cannot properly handle classified information? Plus, if you don’t cast your vote for Chelsea Manning, you are clearly transphobic.

Who doesn’t love a gal who can’t keep a secret?