*Let me start with a disclaimer: I’m not even gonna front: I am probably the least political person out there. But at the same time and in the same breath I have always been a deep thinker; not afraid to speak my mind or give my opinion, which makes my being a writer no mistake. So when I sat front and center to watch the 1st presidential debate on Monday between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republic nominee Donald Trump, I did so against my liking, but knew that eventually I would have to hunker down and come to terms with the fact that, if you’re going to vote (and I am) you’d better sit your ass down and tune in to what these two candidates are actually saying.
Let it be known that I, not unlike many faced with making a choice in THIS election, am not head over heels about either candidate. I know that many people are voting for Hillary Clinton because they liked Bill. And many are voting for Donald Trump because they hate Obama.
It’s downright scary how frivolous and cavalier people given the power to vote have the potential to be…Kind of like many of the people given a badge and a gun.
Dead means gone forever.
Generally, by now, I have a clear-cut favorite . And if hate wasn’t such a strong word, I’d probably use it towards ‘The Donald.’ I knew immediately I would never respect a presidency he led. Actually, I thought his interest in running was a joke at first, and it was only after he was actually nominated that I realized it was not.
Ugh. On every level. Still.
His quick temper, inability to speak in a clear, articulate manner that would even imply he has put some real thought into his conclusion notwithstanding; his poor body language (just look at the picture at the top of the page), and his horrible slander of anything or anyone that doesn’t look like, smell like or think like him, are all blaring signs of a hands-on-the-trigger type person. He simply can’t be trusted in a crucial moment. We can’t depend on him. There will be too many “Oops!” moments.
Look, I have even matched him against the past Republican presidents…and he still doesn’t make the cut.
It’s so easy to imagine him flying off the handle when he feels cornered. He just doesn’t have the poise needed to calm a potential storm; nor the graciousness to invite people to the proverbial table for any kind of open discussion.
Hell, in the little over a month that we have left, I am still hoping against hope that he will step down and take some position on a cabinet somewhere; someplace where his so-called “business” acumen might be appreciated.
But then again…
Based on some information new Hillary Clinton endorsers, The New York Times dug up, he’s been lying to us about that too.
According to The Times…
Though he promotes the image of being a successful businessman, Trump has “a record rife with bankruptcies and sketchy ventures,” like Trump University, which is being investigated for fraud, and he may be in violation of U.S. tax law by taking over $250,000 from the Trump Foundation to pay for his own legal fees.
This is the same man who, when accused of evading the payment of Federal Taxes on Monday night by Hillary Clinton, seemed to encourage the behavior when he called the omission smart.
Though you absolutely MUST read the article in its entirety, in their editorial about the potentially disastrous consequences of a Donald Trump presidency, The NY Times shares the TV celebrity’s blaring inadequacies:
- Mr. Trump’s views [are]…matters of dangerous impulse and cynical pandering rather than thoughtful politics.
- Trump constantly contradicts himself and spreads misinformation
- Mr. Trump, who has no experience in national security, declares that he has a plan to soundly defeat the Islamic State militants in Syria, but won’t reveal it
- Mr. Trump always does make clear where his heart lies — with the anti-immigrant, nativist and racist signals that he scurrilously employed to build his base.
- Since his campaign began, NBC News has tabulated that Mr. Trump has made 117 distinct policy shifts on 20 major issues, including three contradictory views on abortion in one eight-hour stretch. As reporters try to pin down his contradictions, Mr. Trump has mocked them at his rallies. He said he would “loosen” libel laws to make it easier to sue news organizations that displease him.
A change agent for the nation and the world?
There can be little doubt of that. But voters should be asking themselves if Mr. Trump will deliver the kind of change they want. Starting a series of trade wars is a recipe for recession, not for new American jobs. Blowing a hole in the deficit by cutting taxes for the wealthy will not secure Americans’ financial future, and alienating our allies won’t protect our security. Mr. Trump has also said he will get rid of the new national health insurance system that millions now depend on, without saying how he would replace it.
The list goes on…and on.
DO YOU REALLY WANT THIS MAN TO BE YOUR NEXT PRESIDENT? ONCE YOU CHECK THAT BOX, THERE IS NO TURNING BACK!
We can’t afford an emotional vote at the polls this November. And the whole “I’m not going to vote” is a cowards way out. So don’t even try to go there!
And another thing: A Clinton win can’t be by a small margin either — it’s got to be a LANDSLIDE VICTORY. RESOUNDING.
Even your hate of who has filled the seat for the past 8 years can’t color your judgement of who will follow. You would be shooting your own self in the foot to prove a point!
And the point would be…what?
I am DeBorah B. Pryor, and I approve this message.