Voters responded to three key ideas. First, that the ballot measure went too far and would, if passed, put all of us in danger. Second, LGBTQ people turned out by the thousands to volunteer, not just for the official campaign, but for key organizations all across Oregon that supported LGBTQ equality. And third, and in some ways most importantly, allies of the LGBTQ community came out by the thousands and declared their support for us.
How to adapt these strategies to defeat Trump:
- Emphasize that he goes "too far." Point out that you could find yourself targeted or someone you personally care about.
- Volunteer to campaign against him if you belong to any group he attacks. This would be Mexicans, Muslims, gays, blacks, women, Chinese, etc.etc. Refuse to be quiet or back down in the face of pro-Trump belligerence.
- If you do not belong to the targeted groups, declare your support for their struggles. This means you, comfortable white guys!
We all need to "come out of the closet." What kind of a country do we want to live in? One that works for inclusion or one that becomes ever more ignorant and belligerent? The choice is ours, truly. As isolated individuals we have no power; we must come together in solidarity.
If there was ever a time for Sanders people to stop being so foolish and mobilize to defeat Trump, it's now.
Instead, the Sanders anger junkies have taken over the Democratic Party in Hawaii. I know who they are and why they have done this. They are really libertarian business people, mostly white, some successful and some not, who want to disable the Asian-American power structure. They don't like being in the minority, unless they are in charge. They are Democrats because it is rare for Republicans to win elections in Hawaii. They had a "great white hope" in Republican Linda Lingle, but she was a disappointment, and the Republicans are in tatters.
This is serious, because our primary does not include presidential candidates. The party people will be putting pressure on the superdelegates who have declared for Clinton to switch their vote to Sanders, claiming that this is "the will of the people." Well, the caucus I went to was almost exclusively white voters. It is deceptive to imagine for a minute that Sanders is a big favorite with Hawaiians, over-all. Obama is still very popular, and his alliance with Hillary Clinton means something, still. If our primary included presidential candidates, this would become clear, as we saw in Nevada and Washington State, where Clinton lost the caucuses but won the primaries.
So, finding a group I can work with against Trump may not be easy, especially as I believe that many of these Sanders people will end up backing Trump. They are aggressive, money-obsessed and expansionist, just like him. They need to be convinced that there would be penalities for everyone in backing him, even for them.
I don't agree with Nakagawa that "compassion" is the way to reach Trump followers. That approach worked in the case of gay rights but it won't work here, because Trump followers have no compassion. I don't know why it is that we refuse to see absolute evil, even when it manifests itself right in front of our eyes. I think these people need to hear that they may be endangering themselves and that most people are against them.
And Colleen Hanabusa although she is not in my district. I will not work for or vote for Tulsi Gabbard. To think that someone so steeped in military life would be a good peace candidate is ridiculous. And yet she is backing Sanders, a political bet that she may lose.
To sum this all up: