Thank you, America. Now what?
You’ve dealt your fellow Americans — and the world — one shitty hand. Was it really too difficult to deliver one passionate, inspired, experienced, competent, non-psychopathic candidate in 2016? In a presidential election where both parties never cease to astound and shock the masses, a very important question remains unanswered: for whom should we cast our vote in November?
Each candidate, especially Mr. Trump, has their die-hard supporters. This article is not for them. This article speaks to those in the middle, both Democrats and Republicans. Those of us who find both options of a Trump or Clinton presidency appalling. Those of us tired of a broken political and economic system, yet let down by the fact that all hope and enthusiasm has been drained from this election.
We stand at this critical juncture. Candidates have been determined, conventions decided, and millions of average Americans are left out in the cold wondering, “Who’s the best for our future?” We’re left with the following options:
- Vote Trump
- Vote Clinton
- Vote Third Party
- Don’t Vote
I warn you in advance. I lean more to the left, and thus so will this article. I am a registered Democrat, but I identify with arguments of both sides and thus would vote Republican for the right candidate. I won’t debate specific issues for either candidate, such as gun control, abortion, immigration, etc. Instead, I make a case around their experience, personality, reliability, and overall demeanor.
No Vote or Third Party…
Let’s quickly eliminate the latter two options. Voting is our sacred Democratic right. Not exercising it is a shameful insult to those who have fought for centuries to give us this right. We all have mixed feelings on our “Democratic” system, voter regulations, corruption, etc. However, the next President will be decided by voter turnout, and not voting is not going to change anything. Let me say that again…a boycott of voting in the presidential election is not going to change one damn thing. The system will endure. The only question is: with Trump or Clinton? So, vote!
Furthermore, voting for a third party is not an option. Proponents cite that in order to break away from a two-party system, you must start somewhere. This is true, but not of the presidential election. Especially not one in which so much is at stake, as is the case in 2016. If you want to help a third party gain mainstream traction, start at the lower levels of government and build a base.
The bottom line: No vote or a third party vote is a vote for Donald Trump.
In the Right corner…
Donald J. Trump. A man who represents much of what is wrong with our country. A member of the billionaire elitist, white privilege club. The top 1% of America. A bully who makes racist, sexist, and discriminatory jokes on almost a daily basis, and who’s even been accused of rape. A man who demonizes an entire religion based on the actions of a few. A man who promotes violence against protesters. Who manipulates facts and figures with impunity. A serial liar, careless with his words, and unaware of the consequences to Americans around the world. So much so, Vladimir Putin of Russia and Kim Jong Un of North Korea both endorse him for President. On the other hand, our Allies are appalled at the potential of a Trump Presidency, and its possible implications on international relations. Not to mention his personality and temperament, which are great for the ratings of a reality TV show, but horrible for a world leader.
When it comes to business and the economy, Trump continues to flounder. A shameful businessman with a reputation for poor foresight, lawsuits, and unpaid bills. A man who claims to represent the working class of America, but who’s never had to work a day in is life, nor bear the stress of living paycheck to paycheck.
Every businessman has ups and downs, but Trump weighs heavy on the downs. Trump Airlines, Trump University, Trump Steaks, … the list goes on and on. His casinos have failed continuously, and he has been forced into corporate bankruptcy four times. Demonstrating his true lack of business acumen and foresight was his 2006 statement: “ I think it’s a great time to start a mortgage company. The real-estate market is going to be very strong for a long time to come.” We all know how that turned out. His economic plans, which can be described as vague at best, are likely to hurt American entrepreneurs and businesses, increase consumer prices, cause economic stagnation and potentially incite another recession.
One failure after another, Trump shifted the blame to other executives or circumstances beyond his control. (He should take a look at “Extreme Ownership” by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin). He is indeed a skilled brand manager, but that is not what America needs right now.
America is already struggling. Now is not the time to elect a President who defaults to insults and mockery in difficult conversations, who has no political experience, and a horrible track record of predicting business and economical trends with zero-accountability for his actions.
Will this matter? Probably not…Trump supporters will not read this, and if they do they will likely write it off as more “uneducated libtard garbage that is false because Fox News says so.” America loves a good reality show, and what better entertainment than a real-life version? Millions will put up with Trump and his constant dribble until November, as he makes his way into the White House.
For Republicans who also feel let down by your party and country in their selection of Trump, I know it is tempting to tow the line and support your party. I know it’s even more tempting to just not vote. But please heed the information above, and let the thought of a Trump presidency sink into your mind. It will be bad Republicans, bad for Democrats. It will be horrible for the poor, the middle-class, the business owners, the gays; the entire country.
In the Left corner…
Hillary Clinton. A candidate who is two-faced on almost every issue imaginable. Gay marriage, Iraq war, Trans Pacific Partnership, NAFTA, Wall Street regulations, and more. She can’t even seem to decide whether she is a moderate or a progressive…perhaps it depends to whom she’s speaking? Furthermore, she has exercised extremely poor judgment during her tenure as Secretary of State under President Obama. The Iraq war (again), Libya, Benghazi, Syria, etc. You can read about all of her flip-flops and foreign policy blunders on your own time. Needless to say, her experience with poor performance is extremely troublesome.
Furthermore, the Clinton family’s personal life is surrounded by scandal and suspicion. Sex scandals run amok with her husband, Bill. The Clinton Foundation is surrounded by suspicion and donations from friendly and not-so-friendly foreign governments. She has compromised American security with her massive email scam, then lied about it relentlessly even after a FBI investigation proved she lied. She’s taken massive amounts of money from Wall Street, yet now vows to be tough on the banks and implement stricter regulations.
All in all, she is a two-faced liar corrupted at the highest levels, and to most people a criminal. If she were anyone else, she would be in prison. If her Republican opponent were anyone other than Trump, he or she would have my vote.
Bernie or Bust?
I was a true Bernie supporter. That’s not so to say I agreed with all of his policies, in fact he was a bit too far to the left for me. He was, however, the only candidate who put his soul on the line. The only candidate — on either side — who was a true believer, with a passion for the people and a true desire to do good for our country and the world. Once in a lifetime a true politician like Bernie comes along; someone who can capture the imagination of the population, and inspire us to get out and do something. Sadly, we’ve let him slip through our fingers.
While many of you reading this article will fall into the Bernie or Bust category, don’t fall into that trap. I know you’ve lost your enthusiasm. Hillary is old news, unenthusiastic, and untrustworthy. But don’t let this blind you to the truth that if you don’t vote Hillary, you’re voting for Trump.
Trump is the Bernie of Republicans, except he’s winning. He has all his die-hard fans from the primaries, and he’s only picking up more along the way. The Republican Party and base are falling into line. (Did you see the endless parade of meaningless endorsement speeches from his children and employees at the GOP Convention).
I get it. Hillary is awful — a slithering snake in a human body. The last person I would ever want to vote for. If there was an awfulness scale of 0 to 100, she would rank a 98 unquestionably. But Donald’s unpredictable and off the scale at 100+.
Let’s sum this all up
Trump is a lunatic who will tank our economy, and most likely lead the United States into another half-century of war. Hillary is no one’s first choice, but she’s the only realistic option to get us through the next 4–8 years.
These years will be rough. Hillary will undoubtedly make more mistakes. This pales in comparison, however, to the instability, lunacy, and tyranny a Trump presidency would bring.
Third parties and not voting are votes for Trump, and thus not an option.
To stress the importance of defeating Trump, I quote Tobias Stone’s article “History tells us what may happen next with Brexit & Trump,” in which he discusses the historical pattern of dictatorial emergence:
“Lead people to feel they have lost control of their country and destiny, people look for scapegoats, a charismatic leader captures the popular mood, and singles out that scapegoat. He talks in rhetoric that has no detail, and drums up anger and hatred. Soon the masses start to move as one, without any logic driving their actions, and the whole becomes unstoppable. That was Hitler, but it was also Mussolini, Stalin, Putin, Mugabe, and so many more.”
Make no mistake. That will be Trump. Stop him now, or we will come to regret it.