Warning: the following is political in nature and should not be read by anyone.
Let’s get one thing straight: no one in the short history of Facebook’s existence, has ever changed their mind on the topics of religion or politics because of anyone else’s arguments, memes, or constant posting of personal agendas. No one.
If using social media as a tool to push religious beliefs or political bias is your thing – you’re doing it wrong.
Yet to a certain degree, we’re all guilty (even me.) Personally I sometimes LIKE posts that expose the stupidity of Hillary Clinton or the GOP nominee. And yet, as hard as I actually try not to, I often can’t help myself when getting into back-and-forth “debates” (and I use that term lightly) about the candidates for POTUS.
Yet something I’ve found really interesting during this current presidential run-up is the manner in which people are arguing, or defending, their choice of candidate. No one seems to be touting “their” candidate for what they can do to help this country or what great leadership qualities they’d bring to the office. Rather they defend them only by talking about how bad the other candidate would be if elected.
For example. Go ahead and post that the Republican nominee is a twice divorced adulterer. The response, inevitably, will be a long the lines of: “Oh. And Hillary’s marriage is based on love and respect? Please, it’s a business arrangement at best and we all know Bill’s cheated numerous times… he was even indicted – and impeached – for lying about it!”
Tell a friend that you can’t stand the GOP option because of his constant lying and no doubt the defense will be along the lines of: “Hillary lied about Benghazi! She recently lied to the FBI! You can’t defend that.”
Or how the Republican bullied and cheated his way to the nomination. The easy response, of course, will revolve around how Hillary and the DNC conspired against Bernie Sanders and had the nomination virtually rigged from Day 1.
I get it and the list, certainly, goes on. Anything negative or deceitful from the GOP guy is met with a comparable act from Clinton or the Democrats. It’s pathetic.
Just once, ONE TIME, I’d like to hear what good might happen to the United States if the GOP candidate wins in November. Just once, ONE TIME, I’d like to hear a defense of the following that has nothing to do with Hillary Clinton and her numerous shortfalls…
- Kicked out a mother and her crying baby from rally.
- Criticized a Muslim soldier’s family.
- Criticized John McCain for being a war hero “because he was captured”. He says he likes his heroes who don’t get captured.
- Was derogatory when calling a federal judge a “Mexican” (despite the judge being born in Indiana).
- Called Mexicans “criminals and rapists” and “killers too”.
- Said that fellow (now former) Republican candidate for president, Jeb Bush, “has to like the Mexican illegals because of his wife.”
- Incited violence among supporters (multiple times).
- Accused fellow (now former) Republican candidate for president Ted Cruz’s father of being involved in JFK assassination.
- Repeatedly asked why, if the U.S. has nukes, can’t we use them.
- Revoked press credentials of Washington Post (as with Politico, Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, Daily Beast, Des Moines Register, Univision, Fusion and Union Leader) for disagreeing with him.
- Claimed to have witnessed “thousands of Muslims” cheering from Jersey on 9/11 (a proven lie).
- Declared Putin is “not going into Ukraine, you can mark it down” – despite Putin already going into the Ukraine back in 2014.
- Proudly claimed “I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters”.
- Publicly made fun of (actually mocked) a disabled reporter.
He also said that “Belgium is a beautiful city.” (Although seriously, there is no defense for that.)
We’re talking about someone who wants to be the President of the United States; the leader of the so-called Free World.
And as I’ve said before – and eluded to above – I don’t want anyone to get their proverbial panties in a bunch thinking I like Hillary Clinton and will be voting for her in a 100 days. It’s not happening. Although I understand why those voting for her might do so because, well, she’s not the other guy.
Unfortunately, the two major political parties think that we, the people, aren’t smart enough to choose the best candidate; that they, themselves, believe they know what’s best for us. And gee – look where that’s gotten us so far…
And who knows? Maybe they’re right. They seemed to have turned us all against each other and have groomed us all into believing that choosing a party is preferable to electing the right people. The result should be blatantly obvious: we all lose.
I often wonder who is to blame for this mess? A flawed political system or the stupidity of the American people?
When our two main choices seem to be between a candidate who is accused of conspiring to rig a presidential election versus another whose highest held position should be Grand Pubah of the KKK – our democracy is in serious trouble.