The cast of Star Trek has assembled to send a message to Donald Trump, that he’s not fit to be President. The members of the show have never collectively come together to say anything political, but this election season has brought about a lot of firsts. The list of celebrities on the list is extensive, A-List celebrities, extremely popular social media figures, and generally sane people who realize that a Trump Presidency would be disastrous.
Via OccupyDemocrats: Included in the group are producer J.J. Abrams who rebooted the series on the big screen and both Simon Pegg and Chris Pine who portray Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock in the most recent trilogy of movies are committed to the group as well. Members of the original Star Trek cast participating in Trek Against Trump include George Takei whose fame has only escalated since portraying Hikaru Sulu on the original series, and Walter Koenig who played the Pavel Chekov, whose Russian-accented english was provocative to American audiences during the Cold War when the original series debuted. The actors who portrayed Commander William T. Riker and Lt. Commander Data, both William Frakes and Brent Spiner also signed onto the group, whose mission statement reads:
Star Trek has always offered a positive vision of the future, a vision of hope and optimism, and most importantly, a vision of inclusion, where people of all races are accorded equal respect and dignity, where individual beliefs and lifestyles are respected so long as they pose no threat to others. We cannot turn our backs on what is happening in the upcoming election. Never has there been a presidential candidate who stands in such complete opposition to the ideals of the Star Trek universe as Donald Trump. His election would take this country backward, perhaps disastrously. We need to elect a president who will move this country forward into the kind of future we all dream of: where personal differences are understood and accepted, where science overrules superstition, where people work together instead of against each other.
The resolution of conflicts on Star Trek was never easy. Don’t remain aloof –vote! We have heard people say they will vote Green or Libertarian or not at all because the two major candidates are equally flawed. That is both illogical and inaccurate. Either Secretary Clinton or Mr. Trump will occupy the White House. One is an amateur with a contemptuous ignorance of national laws and international realities, while the other has devoted her life to public service, and has deep and valuable experience with the proven ability to work with Congress to pass desperately needed legislation. If, as some say, the government is broken, a protest vote will not fix it.
Have you just turned 18? Have you moved? Have you never voted before? Some states have early registration (early October) and/or absentee ballots. You can’t vote if you are not registered. So make it so. Go to https://www.rockthevote.com, a non-profit, non-partisan organization, and fulfill your civic duty. Because, damn it, you are a citizen of the USA, with an obligation to take part in our democracy! Do this not merely for yourself but for all the generations that follow. Vote for a future of enlightenment and inclusion, a future that will someday lead us to the stars.