Trump is an ass. I won’t defend him. If your conscience isn’t comfortable voting Donald, it’s probably a decently well-formed one. I totally understand conscientious objecting here. Again, he’s an ass. Everyone’s agreed on that.
THAT DOESN’T MEAN YOU SHOULD/CAN IN GOOD CONSCIENCE VOTE HILLARY
If you don’t want a lying, corrupt, egomaniacal, bully running your country to the ground, you can’t vote Hillary. Any standard by which you determine Trump is terrible- that same standard deems Hillary much, much worse. She’s political corruption, greed and deceit incarnate. And this isn’t anything new; it’s not Trump propaganda ginned up last week, I’ve known her as a power-hungry villain since I first became dimly aware of politics when I was 12 years old. And it’s only been confirmed repeatedly in the years since.
Remember when Trump was 4th in line to the Presidency and failed miserably at his job (Secretary of State), messed up relations with Russia, got a bunch of people killed in Benghazi then rushed to blame it on backward Muslim peasants watching YouTube? Remember that? Oh wait, that was Hillary.
Remember when Trump said that he would appoint Supreme Court Justices that would overturn the Citizens United decision? You know, that case where the ACLU AND NRA AGREED (and the world imploded) that the Court was right, that the First Amendment had been violated when the FEC didn’t allow commercials for an Anti-Hillary documentary to be aired? Funny that Trump would get so bent out of shape about Anti-Hillary documentaries being allowed… OH WAIT THAT WAS HILLARY. Trump just said he would choose justices that uphold the Constitution. You know, because that’s a justice’s job. Hillary ws distracted by making sure it’s clear she doesn’t want that pesky First Amendment affirming decision to stand.
Remember when Trump said Hillary would be in jail if he were in charge? Do you also remember when she obstructed the crap out of justice and got out of it after an innocent meeting between Bill and the Attorney General? Also, have you seen the list of people who could have caused Trump trouble but are now dead? Oh waiiit, that’s Hillary too. Lot’s of dead people in her 30 year political wake. They’re probs still going to vote for her, though, so most likely just an unlucky coincidence.
Remember that time Trump used the media that he keeps in his pocket to run friendly stories and suppress less helpful ones? Remember when the media played that tape of him 10 years ago basically on a loop for days and days and almost forgot to mention Wikileaks revelations? Remember when debate moderators took on Hillary and argued with her in blatant bias? No wait, I got that all mixed up. The media is not even bothering to sort of pretend to not be doing whatever they can to help Hillary win. SO WHAT WE HAVE HERE PEOPLE is an establishment, life-long politician (i.e. corrupt af) with the media ON HER SIDE (i.e. she can (and already has!) done whatever the hell she wants with no repercussions, no accountability) and a big fat political machine backing her up with all the [dark, illegal] monies, all the connections, all the shady backroom deals. NONE OF WHICH TRUMP HAS. Everyone hates him, which can be good in a democracy– he would have to be on his very best behavior; the second he even appears to have messed up, he has BOTH SIDES and the media and most of the population ready to string him up in town square. Hillary, on the other hand, has the mob, the media, the current government- she could botch everything and still get re- re- re-elected. (Do you think eight years will be enough for her after she’s worked for 30 to get there? I don’t think so…). Her political career has corruption and dictator dreams written alll over it, and people are worried about Trump being a billionaire celebrity clown. We can recover from 4 years of buffoonery, not so clear if we can survive 8 more years (16 total) of the DNC machine running things.
Obviously, I wish we had better options. But we don’t. I don’t think the country is currently capable of choosing better options anyway. Every time we try to get a decent human up there, they get destroyed. Maybe Trump and his immunity to media attack can change that and pave the way for a real, virtuous, good candidate next time. Maybe. But it’s certain that with Hillary, things will only continue as they are, getting worse and worse.
But as always, I could be wrong and welcome the correction to my errors.
*Though I will say, his crappiness as a human being aside, that he has been a celebrity cashing in on controversy and drama, and NOT a polished, pretty public face politician for the last several decades; so it’s not that anyone else is better, they’re simply not tape-confirmed cases of complete assholery. “Better than Trump as far as you know, and that’s not far at all” is not a convincing argument.