I admit that, once upon a time not so long ago, I was one of those who liked Donald Trump when he first came onto the political stage. I liked the way his unabashed way of setting off public debate – on many issues that had for many years been taboo, or worse, circumvented by the popular media outlets because they were not politically correct to discuss – allowed even the talking heads on the Sunday morning news programs to openly discuss previously taboo issues.
I felt like he got people talking and debating, with less fear about repercussions of opinion or the violation of political correctness expectations.
But now, I fear that he has become maligned by his own stunted followers and the creeping shadow of his own poor business and political choices.
That said, I am not one of those who has gone skulking into the Clinton camp. I think, in many ways, H. Clinton is as bad, if not worse, than Trump. She represents more of the same government ineptitude. She does not represent change. I would rather engage in civic disobedience, and vote my conscience (e.g. no vote at all), than to vote for the lesser of two evils.
In any case, neither one of the candidates is a viable choice.
Neither one of them has the moral conviction nor the insight to take this country to where it needs, and wants to go. Where it deserves to go.
Here is why:
- Both candidates will have to battle a dilapidated and corrupt political system. It is the system that is so corrupt. Until the system is changed, the candidate who is slotted in will be mostly irrelevant.
- Both candidates will continue to contend with their own shady personal and professional backgrounds.
- Neither of the candidates has the best interest of the public in their sights, unless that public interest is juxtaposed to their own personal gain.
- Both candidates are part of the corporate and political bastions of American society; basically, the “pillars” that have amassed money and power and use both to battle on their own fronts under the disguise of “fighting for the common man”.
- It is the Electoral College results that matter, not the popular vote. The decision will be made outside of the public arena.
How many times in history have we seen that happen? Rarely do the masses win anything that they are due by the privileges granted by the Constitution because of the power struggle that goes on in places that none of us are privy to.
So…now…the masses battle among themselves. They claw at each other in order to prove the credentials of their favorite candidate. They scramble to have the last word, to prove that the candidate they favor is the best one. They search tainted media data to present as proof that somehow they are right and the words and actions of the other candidate are maligned.
When they can’t achieve the desired result by doing those things, they disparage the other candidate’s character. They resort to low and filthy tactics; anything to win the argument. They operate from a basis of emotion and hasty analysis. They react to propaganda, data which has already been run through the spin machine at least several times, worth no more than the kitty litter in the litter box, and the stuff that kitty drops in there.
They let go of their common sense in order to hop on the bandwagon of the candidate that the media machine has been geared to lead them to follow.
What they fail to understand is that for them, this fight must not be about candidates. We are way past that.
This fight must be focused on issues, and our pock-marked and crumbling political and social system.
This fight is about clear-minded people butting up against the beliefs of people as sheep, who either can’t be bothered with thinking through the issues with their own brain power or truly believe that our society has an element of truthfulness and purity left to it. They are led along by a shepherd into a pasture where they smell the poppies and eat the spiked grass. That spiked grass is the media propaganda that permeates our reality.
They are led to this place with wool over their eyes, obscuring the reality of the current situation.
As I wrap this up, I am thinking about how we fix this.
What does a clear-thinking non-sheeple American citizen do to make a difference?
Here are my meager attempts to enlighten us all:
- Do your research using unbiased data from unbiased sources. It is very difficult to come by these days.
- Take some time to get the pulse on what you believe is the most important issue.
- Find and join an unbiased organization that supports and propels the solution of that issue to new heights.
- Stick to the issues; avoid the propaganda.
- Stick to the issues; don’t malign character, no matter how quickly it would help you win the argument.
- Stick to facts; don’t use emotion to debate.
- Remember that everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion, no matter how wrong you think it is. Move on; don’t dwell on it.
- Don’t allow disagreements over these topics to divide you from your friends and family. Divided – we are all weaker.
- Remove the rose-colored glasses that you wear and work to remove the tint of those others that you encounter.
Objectivity works best in order to ensure securing a win in the struggles of real life.
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