The How and Why Did We Get To This Point In American Politics
The New York Times has published some data that offers up some rationale behind the polling and and the actual voting that occurs in United States elections. There is a huge swath of people who just won’t vote for some reason or another, even though they are within their legal right to do so. It amounts to nearly half of the eligible voting US population.
In order to increase voter turnout we should make the process to vote simpler and easier to lessen the impact of intimidation and voter fraud. As technologically advanced as the United States is there is really no excuse as to why the process could not be simpler and consistent across the nation.
For the final round in the upcoming general election we have two front-runners to a narrative that is becoming one of the most peculiar in recent history. It is perceptively obvious that we are much more inundated with Donald and his campaign than by Hillary’s and Bernie’s combined. With the latter clearly out of the running we are now left un-enthused with what is seemingly forced upon us– two widely undesirable candidates. This was based on my own intuition but the following graphic actually confirms it.
To think that a position of utmost trust and importance which warrants a special kind of leadership, and that more and more should represent a unifying mood of inspiration for the country, has now been vetted down to between two individuals. One of which is undeniably un-presidential, and the other, well the other is Hillary Clinton. The general mood is that this race boils down to the lesser of two evils. This seems harsh to posit the former Secretary of State in this light but there apparently are a few missteps coupled with a sense of entitlement that substantiates the general sentiment and mood towards her.
Both Hillary and Donald have on record within their respective careers or by public accounts have made decisions that would most certainly amount to, by most standards, as impeachable offenses under the oath of president of the United States. Donald Trump continues to court the Communist and Chief with platitudes that are unimaginable of any presidential candidate in history. The hyper-political atmosphere today would certainly pierce the veil of presidency of what these two candidates would assume is cover for their shortcomings or indiscretions.
Nevertheless, if you are of sound mind, and are familiar with acts of decency, and decorum then it is quite obvious who the best option is. By this logic Hillary Clinton should be leading in the polls by much wider margins. A vote for Trump is a vote for autocracy. Fareed Zakaria summed up Donald Trump best as a bullshit artist. Mindless supporters stand and cheer for a candidate whose speeches lack any substance because they trust that his crass and braggadocious demeanor is representative of American leadership and power. What they fail to realize is that Trump is incompetent as a politician, extremely unknowledgeable about government and foreign policy, and is inept at economic policy and trade. He knows this. I theorize that if Trump wins the election, very soon after he will narcissistically claim that he is a winner, find something else to do and relinguish the presidency to Mike Pence.
Still an asinine vote to consider
Not only is it an exercise in futility, it is inconsequential to vie for the votes of white nationalists–whether they are college educated or not–who are leaning towards or have embraced Trump as president. The rationale is unconsitituional. Their belief system and manic notions of domestic and foreign policy are not principled, however it is hard to ignore the overwhelming attitude and passive aggressive tone in it that seeks to preserve a fading privilege and false identity of superiority. A last resort is seen in Trump’s apparent affinity for Putin. I don’t see how imperialist actions or the defense of annexations imposed by an autocratic despot could be so admirable in contrast to American ideals, nor can it ever be seen as plausible from a historical sense.