I am a self proclaimed political news junkie. I grew up in a house where instead of watching Sesame Street in the summer you got things like the Iran Contra Hearings. My mother is a 60's civil rights protesting hippie and a democrat my whole life. My dad a serious man from a small town in Florida was always a conservative. This made for interesting election years always. Two passionate people who loved each other more than anything in the world and their family and agreed on next to nothing politically.
I think this creates certain perspective. Even though both my parents are Democrats now, as my Dad long ago decided the way the party was going didn't represent his values. I came out of it with very little love for party. I have primarily voted for Democrats in my lifetime but I have voted for Republicans often when I felt they were the better candidate. It has been a long time though since any Republican candidate has convinced me to vote for him besides my local sheriff who I always vote for because he is great at his job.
So all that said......the story I really want to tell is where I am at in this election, which is all over the place. There is not a single candidate of the 4 main stream choices that I have any interest in. I like the rest of America have picked my poison on who I am going to vote for but I am really not happy with it and I am even more alarmed about what it says about our country that these are our choices.
So here is my take and opinion on each candidate:
Donald Trump - There is so much I could say here I could fill 100's of articles with the things that inherently bother me about this man. It's all the regular things like that his rhetoric and language are not only divisive to those in America they would also put us in great danger on a worldwide stage. It's more than though. I don't just dislike him as a candidate I dislike him as a human. He is not someone I would associate with, he is not someone I would want representing me and think most of America would feel that way if you actually had to have him over for dinner at your own home. I think when you can't even imagine being able to hold a conversation with a person because they are so reprehensible that automatically eliminates them as leader of the free world. I mean even GW who put our country in a world of hurt is someone I would probably enjoy having a conversation with. I can't even muster that up for Trump.
Hillary Clinton - I have voted for a lot of democrats over the years, Hillary Clinton has never been one of them. I did not support her in either primary and have never wanted her to be president. Hillary as a politician represents everything that is already wrong with our country. Big money in politics, backroom deals of connected people. Hillary Clinton is a war hawk who will definitely keep us embattled in middle east wars for the next 4 years. Hillary Clinton isn't an inherently honest and transparent person. Part of me thinks this is just the shell she has built up after 40 years of being attacked, but it still exists and it makes her very calculated and hidden, which is an issue.
Gary Johnson - I want to like this guy I do. He's a nice guy. He just doesn't know much. In his defense he also doesn't know much about things he doesn't care about. In a Gary Johnson world who cares where Allepo because he doesn't plan to mess with the middle east at all. If only a perfect world worked like that and the next American president could walk in and say we're done, these wars are over, but it doesn't. Reality is next president has war coming. Probably a big proxy war with Russia, Gary Johnson just doesn't know enough about the foreign landscape and issues to be effective as the next president.
Jill Stein - I get nothing from Jill Stein. Her ideas I would compare in some ways to Trumps (on policy) her ideas aren't ideas at all, just anti other ideas. Her position has come across to me as I am not for anything specific I just want to not have what we have. That is not an effective leader. I was also pretty turned off by her spray painting the bulldozer at the pipeline site. I think protesting is great being out there supporting is great but when you spray paint someone's property you are committing a crime. We need to have a better president than someone who can get so fired up they cross the line between what is proper and effective and what is just destructive.
So that's where I am at, they all suck!!!
I have picked my poison however, I am going to vote for Hillary Clinton in the upcoming election. It is going to annoy the heck out of me to bubble in that little bubble next to her name but I will be there on November 8th doing just that.
I have ultimately made this decision because I have decided that four more years of the same scare me less than the other prospects.
The last eight years have been pretty good by the numbers. Even though certain candidates would like you to believe that America is a 3rd world cesspool, it's simply not true. So from an economy standpoint I can get behind 4 more years of the same economic gains.
The war stuff I can't get behind 4 more years of. Hillary Clinton is just going to intensify our already dramatic middle east presence. However I see no other alternative here. Donald Trump is going to manage to get someone to nuke us by week 3. Gary Johnson and Jill Stein offer no viable alternative to this. So it is what it is, no matter what I choose it's 4 years of war. I will take Hillary Clinton's calculated educated decisions in this matter over someone who would start wars on Twitter.
One of two people will win this election, one will take us forward and one hopes to take us back. I choose forward and that's why my vote has to be Hillary. I wish I had better choices, but I don't and a list of crappy candidates is not enough for me to not participate in my right to choose a leader for my country.
So that's where I am at.....this election sucks. Let's do better America. Don't stop caring about politics on November 9th. Get involved with organizations that want to take money out of politics and change our election laws to better represent the people and not the parties. We don't want another election like this at our feet in 4 years.