It began as kind of strange and funny but it’s not funny anymore.
Two of the least liked people are vying to be President of the United States.
Barring some unforeseen scenario one of them will be our new president — the most likely now is Hillary Clinton, who has supporters who say they will vote for her despite their distaste or uneasiness with her (oh, wait a minute, much the same can be said for her opponent).
But Donald Trump, the only other realistic choice since third parties historically never make it, has proven to be someone with much nonsensical and sexist and racist bluster and surprisingly scant knowledge of his own nation or the world.
Mrs. Clinton does seem to me the safer of the two, being conventional, but boy does she carry a lot of baggage.
And if all of her past problems were not enough, her most trusted advisor, Huma Abedin, has a major distraction in that her notorious husband, one Anthony Weiner, an ex-congressman, has been sexting again, sending at least one (more I imagine) photos displaying his, well the same as his last name, to a woman not his wife, and to make matters worse, his son was in the photo with him. Okay, that is not Mrs. Clinton or her aide, but to be in any way connected with such a pervert is not good for a presidential campaign and like I say, is a distraction.
And then the email controversy keeps dogging Mrs. Clinton. Her and her using her private email with a private server in the course of her job as Secretary of State, with the possibility foreign entities would have access to confidential governmental information — heck even war plans.
And while she says she had no knowledge of the problem way back, emails now show that her aide, Huma, did (and of course with that Mrs. Clinton must have). Abedin advised all staffers not to use the Clinton email and their Blackberries when on a trip to Russia because it would not be secure.
Now I have thought much of the email fuss was much ado about nothing, but it won’t go away and Mrs. Clinton suffers because she tried to stonewall the matter instead of getting out in front of it and being forthright with the American people. Being forthright just is not in her DNA.
(I admit that early on I thought really nothing bad happened and that she should just say everything was fixed and go on, sticking to her story — but one, I did not know all the facts (she did), and two, as the old saying goes: once we practice to deceive…)
And then of course there is the whole Clinton Foundation thing and its connection with Mrs. Clinton’s term as Secretary of State — the implication that is it was pay to play — pay the foundation for favors from the secretary. If someone pays someone else or that someone else’s charitable organization and then gets special attention was that a bribe, just a coincidence, or the old dodge of paying for access not a direct favor (and what’s the difference in that anyway — both wrong or unfair)? And I have not read there is any solid proof of anything illegal, but it sure smells.
However, with all of her flaws, Mrs. Clinton is still much safer than the nonsensical and very dangerous demagogue and buffoon with Nazi tendencies Donald Trump.
Yes, Mrs. Clinton is not always candid, like most or all politicians, but there seems to be some truth and meaning to what she says. There is none of that from Trump. As I have written here before and as is evident to anyone who has even listened to him for a minute or two, he is quite capable in taking multiple stands on anything in one sentence. There is no meaning whatsoever to what he says.
Nothing he does makes any sense. I heard comedian Lewis Black say that with the Trump candidacy satire and reality have met and become one. Black says now anyone can do satire by just quoting Trump.
It would be nice then if we could all just have a laugh, but while I usually enjoy political satire, this is not funny. Trump has denigrated women, people of foreign origin, a disabled person, anyone he judges to be ugly, and he has done such dangerous things as suggest he would have the armed forces violate international law and kill families of terrorists, and he also says he would have our people engage in torture (which has been done to some extent but is both illegal and immoral). He has created ill will within and without the nation. Trump being president would be a disgrace to the nation.
One might just shrug and say that I don’t care for his politics. But I don’t see him as having any brand of politics, right or left or center, maybe just fascist, the latter of which is not really an ideology but a method to gain power for a small minority at the top, like one man or a cabal, by using fear and prejudice and intimidation.
And really in all of this I have said nothing new, I know.
What is there to say?
I’m fairly certain we will see our first woman president in November.
She may well get past her scandals and her problems with candor (or not), and I feel she does have the ability, nonetheless, to be a good president.
And yet I feel uneasy and disappointed that our political process can’t serve us up a better choice. But too late now.
If by some quirk or misfortune Trump were to be elected I’m not sure whether he would continue with his outlandish and dangerous behavior or settle down. I think he might find that Washington does not necessarily jump when the president says something. He might find that presidential power is severely limited when one does not have mainstream or inside-the-beltway support. And one must have support from his own party — Trump is light on that, even though he is the nominee.
(Judging from Trump’s wishywashiness of the past few days, I would not be surprised if he became quite malleable in the face of Washington inside forces and in an effort to maintain face adopted their line as his own all the time — and even that could be dangerous or undesirable, with the peoples’ will still being ignored.)
JFK suffered from lack of support by the Washington establishment while in office, even though in death he is legendary, and Jimmy Carter was elected as an outsider, and there could not be anyone more polar opposite to Trump than Carter, a god-fearing, moral man (even if he did tell an interviewer that he had lusted in his heart — hey he’s only human). But Carter’s presidency seems to be mostly viewed as a failure in most respects. He got the vote of the people but not the insiders. He never made it past his first term.
But my point was that saying things on the stump does not directly translate into action once in office.
We can only hope for the best at this point.