In Which I May Be a Conspiracy Theorist

I have decided I won’t really be telling people who to vote for. Instead, I’ve made it my life’s ambition to tell you who not to vote for in 2020. That person is Donald J. Trump.

You may (or may not) know the current reasons most offer. My reason goes beyond this–and I truly hope I’d feel the same way were I not diagnosed with a psychological disability.

See, Trump has proposed putting people with mental illness in institutions. He specifically said he’s for re-opening institutions.

In addition to my known philosophy background, I do indeed have psychology background, too. I have worked as a Mental Health Case Manager for a short time. There’s reasons we have this kind of outpatient care these days. And the reasons can be quite terrifying.

No, no. It’s not simply because people with mental illnesses have been treated horribly in institutions, though that’s true, too.

The most frightening part, to my mind, is that people who had nothing in particular “wrong” with them were institutionalized. Do you know about Cointelpro? Do you want to see something like that happening again?

The situation is ripe for such a thing.

Beyond my own self-caring and selfish reasons for not voting for Donald J. Trump is my real, more powerful motive: I don’t want this happening to you.

If you are the 1 in 5 people with a mental illness, if you know someone with a mental illness, if you are a plain old rabble-rouser, if you tend to question things, join me in not voting for Donald J. Trump in 2020.

Our freedom may depend on it.

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