Selecting who to vote for President of the United States in 2016 is like choosing which tooth to remove … without novocaine.
The second bicuspid or the third molar?
Regardless of whose box I check, or whose chad I’m going to leave hanging, it’s going to hurt.
How did we get here? Hillary Rodham Clinton vs. Donald John Trump.
As of June 2015, there were 321,368,864 people in the United States, and this was the best our country has to offer?
We’re in a sad, sad place, folks, and I don’t think the answer is going to be found on Nov. 8, in the year of our Lord.
As such, we have four years to get our collective heads out of our collective asses, and come together and work together to find two quality candidates (or more) we can be proud of.
In the meantime, we’re stuck with … well … whoever wins.
From where I sit, here on my high throne as head of the Independent albeit left-leaning Nashist Party, I can’t say I’m proud to endorse anybody for President.
But I must.
After all, I need a blog posting for Oct. 8.
As such, since we’re officially one month away from Election Day, I am here to announce that as of this day, I will cast my vote for Mrs. Clinton.
Now this is the Internet and if I follow correct political protocol, I spend the rest of this “endorsement” trashing her opponent rather than supporting my decision.
That’s what people do, you know? They don’t tell you why they’re supporting a candidate anymore. Instead, they find memes or websites that match their own political leanings and post stories that are half-fact, half-false, and all entertainment.
Sure, they’re funny. But they’re also lazy. You want to truly get involved in the political process? Promote your candidate instead of trashing your opponent.
The problem is when you have two weak choices it’s hard to find reasons to support one. So we take the easy way out.
I’m not going to go that way.
I’m going to tell you why I’m voting the way I am. And it’s quite simple really.
She’s a Clinton. It’s a two-for-one deal, just like it was from 1993-2001. We’re not just getting Hillary here, folks. We’re getting Bill. And, quite likely, we’re getting Chelsea’s three cents and she might wind up being the most brilliant Clinton of them all.
Now Trump supporters will scream she’s a bitch, she’s a liar, she deleted e-mails, she killed people at Benghazi, (add your own anti-Clinton statement here).
All of which I simply reply: So what? Maybe she is a bitch. What politician hasn’t lied to our faces, yet we keep putting up with it. You blame her for the deaths of four people who were thousands of miles and dozens of people away from her? Ok, but you better be putting the lives of more than 150,000 people on Baby Bush for sending us into Iraq on the basis of lies.
Politicians are like baseball players. Most pols are greedy, self-centered people who love power so much, they have made mistakes just like most baseball players are self-centered, greedy athletes who have probably used some sort of performance-enhancing drug.
Sadly, it’s part of the territory.
Just look at some of these Presidents of my lifetime:
♦ Nixon (crook)
♦ Ford (not elected at all)
♦ Carter (poor Jimmy)
♦ Reagan (Iran-Contragate)
♦ The First Bush (former CIA chief, it would be scary to know what he was up to)
♦ Mr. Clinton (Monica Lewinski),
♦ Bush the Son (stole an election, Dick Cheney)
♦ And, Barack Obama (didn’t fight hard enough for what was right).
Not a perfect one amongst any of them. Yet they all gave it the ol’ college try.
And, in my lifetime, Bill Clinton was the best President I’ve seen.
Now we have a chance to get Team Clinton again.
How bad can it be compared to the other choice? (Author’s Note: Having looked at Gary Johnson and Jill Stein, neither are ready to lead the land of the free … yet).
In Hillary Clinton, you are voting for a person who has committed her life to public service. Two years before I was born, she volunteered for Barry Goldwater’s presidential campaign.
She never looked back after that. And she’s worked her tail off every stop of the way.
She didn’t sit beside her husband when he was governor of Arkansas, or President of the United States. She took being a first lady to a new level, stepping out of the offices to try and make a difference, and make life better for people.
She went on to become a U.S. Senator and Secretary of State and bottom line she did a lot more good in those roles than she failed.
Yes, she made mistakes. But you know what they say. Yet he who is without sin cast the first vote … er, stone.
More importantly, though, when others refused the call the service, opting instead to sit idly by to whine, cry and arm-chair quarterback, the political process, she was putting herself out there and trying.
There is just one problem I see in a vote for Hillary Clinton.
Republicans won’t work with her, just like they refused to work with President Obama. The Elephants in the room have been gunning for a Clinton since 1992, and you know that will continue with a full affront.
After all, it’s not about us. It’s about Them vs. Them, and sadly they’ve turned us against each other so at times it feels like it us vs. us.
Nothing is likely to change in our fractured country after Nov. 8.
The Republicans have already destroyed their own party and created the bi-partisan issues that led directly to their mess of a nominee.
If they had been true leaders, and put the country first for the past eight years, they would have had a cake walk this election.
Instead, they blew it.
I can’t help but wonder how a Bernie Sanders vs. Marco Rubio race would have turned out? Or Chris Christie vs. Hillary, for that matter.
To be honest, this endorsement might have been vastly different.
Sadly, at this fork in the road, no matter which path we take over the next four years, nobody is likely to Make America Great Again.
Given the choices we have on election day, Clinton’s the one.
She truly is the lesser of two evils.