On September 12, Business Insider recapped Bernie Marcus’s views on the upcoming presidential election.
Marcus founded Home Depot in 1978, served as its first CEO for many years then as chairman until he retired in 2002.
He gives an entrepreneur’s perspective, of which we could use more.
This is what Marcus told Neil Cavuto on FOX Business (emphases mine):
“Every indication is that America will go down the drain if in fact she is elected.
“When I listen to Hillary Clinton and I listen to the [economists] who never in their life ever hired a human being or trained a human being, I say, I don’t know the world that they belong in. I know that when you have high taxes that you kill off jobs. Killing off jobs means hurting America. It means hurting the economic wealth of America — and that’s not good for anybody.
“All of the Republicans out there, I say the same thing … [If you’re] going to stay neutral, you might as well vote for [Hillary Clinton] because your lack of vote for Donald means she’s going to get elected anyway,” he said. “You may not like him, but you [have to] vote for him because he’s going to save this country.”
Marcus is correct.
By voting for Trump, you add 1 vote to him, and 0 vote to Hillary, and so that’s a real action in the real world of electoral politics: it puts Trump up 1. By voting for Hillary, you add 1 vote to her, and 0 vote to Trump, and so that too is a real action in the real world of electoral politics: it puts Hillary up 1. Either vote is a real vote.
The real world of electoral politics is the foundation of democracy, without which it can’t function at all. Fantasy votes are not votes that can even possibly participate in democracy. For example: by voting instead for Jill Stein, you add 0 vote to each of the two real-world contestants, just the same as you would be doing by staying home on Election Day.
This is not the time to be holier-than-thou about voting. This year, Americans are voting to save or destroy what remains of the Great Republic.
Last Thursday, I saw shocking scenes of East Cleveland and Youngstown, Ohio, in a documentary on ITV1 called Trump’s America – Will It Happen?
East Cleveland is becoming the next Detroit. The mayor told the interviewer that he desperately wants to get the community incorporated into Cleveland so its residents have a chance of survival.
Currently, so many homes in East Cleveland have been razed that the land is becoming wild again, as it is in much of Detroit. The film crew were even able to get footage of a deer ambling down a street.
The programme opened with a profile of Youngstown. When I saw it, I nearly wept. What was filmed looked like a judgement.
When I was growing up, Youngstown was a model American city with hard working people. Of course, they had the steel industry then — long gone — and to hear former steel workers say that no one in Washington DC cares was heartbreaking, even though it is very true.
Generally speaking, this is the fault of the Democrats. Generations of voters have elected them to power time and time again. Each generation has lived in a more precarious environment socially and economically than the one before. Nowadays, even an eye-wateringly expensive college degree can’t guarantee economic security.
Donald Trump — with no establishment ties — is America’s last chance.
As the aforementioned Bernie supporter, a historian, wrote, not voting for Trump means:
throwing away the only such opportunity that the U.S. oligarchy (slipped-up and) allowed us to have.
Much like Brexit.
There is one chance, however accidental it might be, and one only.
Some churchgoers find other Christians blogging on politics distasteful.
I can assure everyone that if Hillary Clinton wins, I will do my best to refrain from writing posts on American politics in future.
Because — at that point — America will soon be finished.