Your Vote Reveals Your Values

There’s a cliche that keeps ringing through my head. “Actions speak louder than words.” Let’s be more specific. Votes speak louder than words. And, have a much longer lasting impact.

I keep thinking about how many times — I’ve lost count — someone has told me emphatically “You know I’m not racist.” or something equivalent in the course of a somewhat political conversation. But do I? How can I?

When people vote for a racist who is going to implement racist policies, how can I not conclude they support those racist policies? Particularly if they continue to vote for avowed racists. And, if they…