The ‘Star Trek’ Universe Boldly Goes Against Trump
They've also endorsed a presidential candidate
Since the original series first hit the airwaves in 1966, Star Trek has provided a vision of the future where humanity has overcome its racial divisions, embraced alien cultures, and lived by a philosophy of not interfering in the social development of other worlds. Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987 - 1994) went even further by giving us a glimpse into a utopian future when humans no longer live in conflict with one another.
Star Trek’s humanistic, moral, and scientific view of the universe has given hope to countless people across the world. It has also inspired technological advances and asked us to rethink outdated mythologies in light of modern science. Star Trek’s life-affirming perspective flies boldly in the face of the xenophobic, protectionist, sexist, and dystopian worldview presented by the Donald Trump campaign. That’s why over 100 cast and crew members from the Star Trek TV and film franchises have come together to take a stand against Donald Trump and to encourage Trekkers to register to vote.
The movement has earned the support of George Takei, Walter Koenig, J.J. Abrams, Wil Wheaton, Zachary Quinto, and the families of Leonard Nimoy and Trek creator Gene Roddenberry. “Never has there been a presidential candidate who stands in such complete opposition to the ideals of the Star Trek universe as Donald Trump,” their shared statement says. But Trek Against Trump doesn’t just stand against The Donald, it emphatically endorses Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton saying she “has deep and valuable experience with the proven ability to work with Congress to pass desperately needed legislation.”
Here’s the full statement:
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.
Ira Steven Behr
Mark Robert Brown
Nicole de Boer
Keith R.A. DeCandido
John de Lancie
Jonathan Del Arco
David C. Fein
Juan Carlos Fernandez
Michael Jan Friedman
Robert Duncan McNeill
Ronald B. Moore
Eugene & Heidi Roddenberry
Hallie Todd Withrow
The Star Trek franchise’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton has probably ruffled some feathers over at Libertarian-leaning Reason TV. Earlier this year, Gary Johnson-supporting Website made their claim to the franchise with this lighthearted video.
Boldly go with Trek Against Trump on Twitter @TrekNotTrump