On Your Way to the Camps, I Just Want You to Know…
Aaron Loeb
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I understand the bias you have against Donald Trump. I have the same bias. He would make a pretty terrible president probably bordering on fascism. But how do you excuse all of Hillary’s lies and scandals and more and lies and more scandals, or even her recent gaffe of thinking “c” stood for something besides confidential? Hillary has wandered in political controversy dating back to the time she entered politics in Arkansas, and it cannot all be explained away by some “vast right-wing conspiracy.” Her past is an odd mix of all that is wrong with big government and all that is wrong with big business.

If we are honest with ourselves we must realize that gone are the days where we could trust Washington to fix our problems for us. If either Trump or Hillary becomes our president, we will look to them as the savior they cannot be. At this point in time, I would be content with Jill Stein, Gary Johnson, Evan McMullin or even a handful of the over 1800 candidates who are on the presidential ballot (obviously not in every state), but only because any one of them would make better presidents than the two leading candidates and not because I am head over heels for any of their policies. Yes we need a leader, but it no longer matters who that leader is. Not a single leader can save us from ourselves — only we as a people can do it.

The true downside to a Trump or Hillary presidency is that it will only further divide the country into those who believe the person in office will cure us of all that ails us and those who believe the world is coming to an end. The sooner we recognize that there are difficult times ahead and there is no one equipped to steer us through the crisis, the better off we are. The sooner we ALL pass through the five stages of grief, the better off we will be.

The solution to our problems (and I mean all the problems we from our different ideologies consider problems) is to unite together on common ground and end the corruption in Washington. We must understand that we have the power; we are not a democracy but a represented republic. WE THE PEOPLE are where it all starts. We must take our power seriously. We must seek out those different from us (in ideology, education, ethnicity, religion, paradigm, etc); we must speak to each other with the goal of understanding and not winning; we must listen to one another with the goal of understanding and not debate; we must allow for ambiguity and open-ended solutions when it comes to bringing ideas and to the table. And when love prevails in our hearts and moves and unites us more than the rhetoric in DC could ever move us, then we will be ready to change this nation for the better.