Dear Democratic Party,

Long time no speak. Even longer time, no vote! Last time I pulled the lever for a Democrat for President was two weeks after my 18th birthday and four more years of Clinton-through-Gore seemed like a wonderful idea. Then 9/11 happened.

I’ve been critical of you guys over the years. Really critical. I’ve argued with friends, family, colleagues, co-workers and strangers that your party represented all that was wrong with America. Bloated government, soft on terrorism, blah blah blah, I’m sure you’ve heard it all by now.

This election is different though. This election, is not about limited government or tax reform or anything less than saving the country.

It’s not about whether or not Trump is right or wrong on TPP, or NATO or social issues or any of that stuff. It’s not about left or right, Republicans or Democrats, Progressives or Conservatives, donkeys or elephants. It is literally about what we want this country to be.

Were you watching Donald Trump’s speech on the last night of the Republican National Hate Hillary Fest? I was. And if you didn’t and you’re considering NOT voting or flushing your vote down the toilet on Jill Stein, you should watch the replay.

I’m a Republican. Trump’s speech chilled me to the bone. I’ve been #NeverTrump since before the primaries even started, so I was never going to vote for him. Never. But listening to his interminable rant, going on and on and on and on, about how much this country sucks…

What in the world is happening right now? There are a lot of issues in the United States and the world. For the person who wants to lead this country to offer nothing but a dark apocalyptic vision picture of the United States is frightening.

I don’t want my leader telling me how awful my country is. I want him/her to tell me how good it is.

And don’t even get me started on the “yes you will” chants. Where are we? America or North Korea? Is this 2016 or Orwell’s 1984? I have never felt as uncomfortable watching a nomination speech as I did watching this. I hated Obama’s speeches in 2012 and 2008. Kerry’s in 2004. But I was never actually scared.

I’m scared now.

My Party has failed me. For the first time since 2000 I am going to vote for a Democrat this year. I’ve spent a long time waiting to see Hillary defeated – to see your Party defeated. Instead I’m going to be volunteering for her.

Because for the first time since…maybe ever…there is much more that unites us than divides us.

And its name is Donald Trump. If I can put my politics aside to prevent a President Trump, surely you can as well.

I’m watching you guys now. Bernie supporters screaming about TPP and emails. Screaming about the primaries. Booing Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Booing Bernie himself.

Have you lost your damn minds? All that stands between us and the Trump Dark Ages right now is Hillary Clinton.

My Party has failed me. My Party has failed the country.

Your Party is all that’s left.

You have one job. Get your act together.