Thoughts On the 2016 Presidential Election

Basically a self-portrait.

The above photo properly explains my feelings toward the 2016 presidential candidates and the 2016 election in general. With internet, radio and television constantly covering every last story and scandal of this election it is almost impossible not to get caught up in it yourself. I like the fact that elections give people a voice in deciding who our next president will be, but this election has gotten so far out of hand and I cannot wait for it to be over. If you are currently living in the United States I am sure more than once you have heard one of the following phrases, “Donald Trump is a racist”, “Hillary for prison 2016” or “Feel the Bern”. These phrases are just a few that are circulating around social media platforms around the U.S. Only time will tell us which one of these nut cases will be running our country.

Growing up my family tried to make it to church every Sunday, with exceptions of course. So conservative ideologies are something that I learned from an early age. As I grew up, I started to form my own political stances and viewpoints. Most of my viewpoints lean towards being conservative but personally I would say I am overall moderate. I can accept certain liberal ideology and also reject some conservative values. What I can not accept however are idiots. I have to be careful with what I say, living in the politically correct era that I live in, but I feel safe saying that both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are idiots. These two presidential candidates will say and do anything to get themselves elected. Now tell me if I am wrong, but it seems like this election is worse in regards to this than past elections have been.

Donald Trump is a relatively successful businessman and a competitive entrepreneur. Despite having these good traits attached to his name, Donald has recently taken loads of flak from voters because he is breaking the political correctness veil that has been draped over U.S. politics. Mr. Trump makes borderline racist comments towards Mexicans and Muslims, saying that he (not quoting) wants to build a wall on our borders to keep illegal Mexicans out and he wants to get rid of Muslims from our country because of the terrorist stereotypes that they have. Trump also makes sexist comments towards women and other rude remarks towards disabled people. To summarize it for you, Donald Trump is a bit of an asshole but I think that he likes the attention.

Do not worry, if Donald Trump is not the fit for your next president, then we have Hillary Clinton! Yay. If elected, Hillary Clinton would be the first woman president of the United States, so she has that going for her. On top of that list of accomplishments she has deemed the name, “Crooked Hillary”. The reason she was given this name is because of all the scandals she has been involved in and because of her pathological lying tendencies. The biggest scandal that Hillary Clinton was involved in, I would have to say, was the Benghazi cover up. Hillary was secretary of state during the time this took place. One of the United States’ annexes stationed in Benghazi, Libya came under attack by suspected terrorist groups (not confirmed) after U.S. officials were warned of an impending attack. Mrs. Clinton knew of these attacks but did not do anything about it. As the investigation crept on it later came to be known that Hillary deleted 30,000 plus personal e-mails, some of which had to do with the attacks on Benghazi. Later on when she was brought in front of a U.S. court hearing regarding these events, she seemed apathetic to the events that transpired. More recently Hillary was involved in a scandal regarding her creation of a private e-mail server that she used during her time as secretary of state which put U.S. national security at risk and broke certain rules. I do not know about you but I do not trust someone as shady as Hillary to be in charge of nation’s security.

Hopefully now you can see why this election is giving me, and a million others a migraine. Voting for third-party candidate Gary Johnson might just be the best idea this election, as long as it takes votes away from Trump and Clinton.

Ethan S.