It is extremely important to vote because democracy only works when we participate. In fact, democracy itself may be at stake while someone who wants to suppress voting and believes he is above the law remains in office. I’ll refer back to how genuinely prophetic Franz Ferdinand singer Alex Kapranos’ statement about Trump was in 2016:
A demagogue is motivated by ego and self-interest
A demagogue amplifies prejudices and fears, whipping up a fury of hatred to distract from their lack of reasoned argument or considered thought.
A demagogue makes hollow promises. To return a nation to a fantasy state of greatness that never existed. To solve everyone’s problems.
A demagogue offers no evidence to support the promises they make.
A demagogue is not interested in the future and prosperity of the nation they wish to command, only in their own power.
A demagogue questions and undermines the validity of the democratic process, claiming it to be rigged against them.
A demagogue is a bully.
A demagogue is a narcissist, prone to comically exaggerated acts of vanity.
A demagogue is often a sexual predator, abusing their power to satisfy their lust.
A demagogue has no interest in facts or truth, lying easily and freely to meet their desires.
A demagogue preys upon divisiveness: that ethnic or social group is our enemy, so lets rise together against them.
A demagogue has no regard for the vulnerable in society. They are to be derided, rather than cared for.
A demagogue is hot tempered and irrational, prone to capricious violent outbursts triggered by the slightest puncture of their gossamer thin skin
A demagogue uses any means to suppress their opponents, threatening to lock them up, then once in power making them physically disappear.
A demagogue suppresses any voice that dare speak out against them. The free press is an early target, undermining their credibility in their rise to power then removing any voice of dissent once power has been seized.
A demagogue is consumed by ambition, insatiable like the thirst of a rabid dog.
A demagogue is ultimately insecure, with serious psychological issues. Emotionally unwell. Unstable.
A demagogue is a threat to their own nation.
The more powerful the nation, the greater the threat to the entire planet.