Republican clown car is no joke

As the clown car filled with Republican presidential candidates moves its sideshow to another state, some may be asking: Could one of these backwards bozos really end up as president? Here are two words that should scare the smile off of all of our faces: George Bush.

Scary as it may be to remember, if that unprepared, conservative ideologue could be somehow elected president — twice — so could Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio or any one of these other buffoons. Can you imagine what the Supreme Court would be like if one of them gets to appoint two or more justices in the next four years?

If that happens, get ready to watch Supreme Court Justices Charles and David Koch be the deciding votes to overrule Roe v. Wade, reverse the same-sex marriage decision and gut every environmental protection law in the land.

That’s why this year’s election is so important, and why I want to urge every San Franciscan who doesn’t want to see a President Trump take the oath of office next January to get active and involved in this election. The stakes are too high for any of us to sit on the sidelines.

To that end, as a passionate Democrat, I want to see the San Francisco Democratic Party harness the idealism and enthusiasm that has energized the fight for the Democratic Presidential Nomination and put it to work to here in the Democratic heart of San Francisco.

It’s time for the S.F. Democratic Party to move away from being myopically focused on agendas that divide us and become a place where Democrats can unite and fight together for what we agree on: closing the income inequality chasm, stopping evictions and creating affordable housing, quality education for all, universal health care, criminal justice reform, strong environmental protections, vigorous defense of workers’ rights and getting big money and corporate lobbyists out of our politics.

We can begin to reinvigorate the San Francisco Democratic Party by making its primary focus the nuts and bolts of politics: voter registration and election turnout.

I was concerned to see a recent news report that revealed voter registration in San Francisco last year fell to 69 percent, the lowest in the Bay Area. That puts San Francisco below the California voter registration average for the first time since the year 2000, and well below other major California cities that have focused on increasing voter registration in recent years such as Los Angeles, which has gone from 65 to 80 percent.

The way we beat whichever bozo the Republican Party puts forth in November is by energizing Democrats to register to vote, turn out to vote and drag everyone we know to the polls with us on Election Day to elect a Democratic president. The San Francisco Democratic Party should be a shining liberal beacon that leads the way.

For my part, I am going to run in the June 7 primary election for a seat on the committee that runs the San Francisco Democratic Party to help make sure that happens. Because if we wake up in November with a President Trump, Cruz or Rubio having won a close election, we will all just want to run away and join the circus.

Tom Ammiano is a former state assemblyman, representing the 17th District, which covers San Francisco.

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