Tuesday, November 01, 2016
In a Week
Both candidates have had deeper than the run of the mill skeletons to deal with. Whipped into a frenzy by campaign goons, crazed fans of both sides insist the other candidate should at the least, not be elected, with many crying to throw the bum in jail.
None of us are perfect, especially what constitutes the "cream of the crop" of either party. By the time any politician/business man has risen to the level of these two in the political and business arena, many expedient choices, back room deals, and out and out sleaze have been left in their wake. Anyone trying use ethics, morals, or other high ideals to choose which one to vote for is living in Pollyana land. That is they are deluding themselves that either one place ideals over their own interests.
I had made my mind up months ago. Neither emails nor groping was going to affect me. Filtering out the noise, I considered each one and how they had responded to accusations and attacks from the other side. I took into account who actually had the kind of experience I would like to see in a President of our country. And I also tried to evaluate the skill set each had based on the national political and geopolitical arenas they would be operating in.
I decided I did not like Donald Trump back in the 1980s. I decided he was a greasy snake oil salesman who was more impressed with the legend he built in his mind, than any good his actions may or may not result in. While I did not even entertain whether I would like to see him president, my early decision on his character ensured he would never find room in any choice I made in the future.
My initial impression of Donald Trump was spot on. He is indeed a sleazy snake oil salesman. And by his response to softball attacks at the beginning and then heavier hits as the election loomed large, I knew this was not a man I wanted batting for me in the political big leagues. He was and will always be, all hat and no cattle. The thought of him going toe to toe with the other big leaguers from across the oceans, well, they would eat him for breakfast. Blowhards and bullies like Donald Trump are usually cowards from my experience. It would be a mistake to allow him to be one as our representative.
Many years ago, I decided Hillary was a fighter and not above using the tools at hand to improve her position. That she was practicing her selfish climb to the top in the arena she is now hoping to reign supreme, is actually a plus in my mind. She has been under a steady barrage of attacks for 30 years or so. She has weathered every one. She has shown she can play with the big dogs. She has spine.
My first choice, Bernie, has spine also. Unfortunately he had more than a few decks stacked against him. His insistence on not publicly embracing either party and going his own way ensured his run would fail. Though, he did make them nervous. I wish he had done this years ago.
Regardless, I will stand in the voting booth on Tues, Nov 8 and cast my vote for Hillary Clinton. Definitely the best choice considering the alternative.