Often choices in life and politics are presented as being binary; you either select one or the other. This presidential election rests as one of those being presented as a binary choice and it may well come down to either Trump or Hillary. However, in reality our Constitution allows for each American adult to make his/her own choice, so while we are conditioned to believe and thus fall into the belief that only a candidate from one of the two dominant political parties can win, it is not impossible for another candidate to win.
In the age of mass media, it is not inconceivable that a write-in campaign could be orchestrated and succeed, although admittedly such a thing happening is highly unlikely. Before last year, would anyone have predicted a loudmouth, New York liberal celebrity real estate developer would launch an “insurgency campaign” and hijack the Republican Party? With these two unpopular 2016 presidential choices, the odds aren’t in the realm of the impossible.
When politicians and their mouthpieces present you with binary choices, they’re trying to push you into believing you have no choice other than the two presented. It’s a political form of strong-arming people and I automatically rebel against being pushed. So, up front, Americans have other choices and while it hasn’t happened in the past that anyone got elected without being on the ballot and part of one of a major political party apparatus – it isn’t impossible.
After this post, I am going to forego a litany of criticisms of Trump or spewing about the Republican Convention. I’ve written plenty of posts on what I believe is the wholesale political corruption attacking the very lifeblood of American liberty, so I am not going to do a “let me count the ways”, of why I believe both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump rest as unfit to lead our great nation, again. I want to write more about the American character and about things that matter a lot more to me than politics.
With that said, the dangerous events swirling outside our borders leave me feeling a deep, unsettling fear for our future. There are a lot of grave foreign situations brewing that should have all of us worried, in fact, the collapse of American foreign policy, coupled with the domestic political rabid partisanship, under President Obama finds America at a pivotal point. I believe neither Hillary nor Trump possess the character necessary to lead our great nation.
At this point I don’t know who I will vote for in November. I will not ever vote for Hillary or Trump. My #NeverTrump is not because I am a “sore loser”, as smarmy Mike Huckabee stated and his equally smarmy, full-of-it daughter, who has landed a job as an adviser on the Trump campaign, assert. Yes, I found her brand of propping up thuggish Corey Lewandowski really offensive. And for people who claim to be “upright Christians” who pretend Donald Trump is morally upright, when his business record, his personal life, his PUBLIC statements all show him to be otherwise offends me a great deal.
The low-points came early and often with Trump and his pathetic gratuitous insults., so while Mike Huckabee sits poised, hoping to land a cushy position in a Trump administration, as does his smarmy daughter (nepotism much), I remain just an ordinary homemaker, with no connections to people in power and actually probably a great deal at risk from a Hillary administration.
I refuse to pretend one evil is better than another, when both of them lead to the same end.
Although I can’t prove it, I still believe Trump used the Clinton mass media saturation/scorched earth strategy and I remain convinced he didn’t figure out how to run that sophisticated information warfare strategy on his own. So, when I believe someone cheated to win- I refuse to ever support that person. And I believe somewhere in the orchestration of the Trump “GOP Insurgency” are the hands of probably America’s best political strategist, one William Jefferson Clinton. So, while people will claim, “you’ve got to respect the will of the voters”, if wholesale public corruption led to the biggest con job ever pulled on the American people – my response is, “NO I DON’T!”
I will never support someone, whom I believe cheated to win.
That’s just how I am. In my life, I stand up and speak out when I believe something is wrong and I walk away from any group where I believe the leadership is corrupt. I’ve often stood up and taken an unpopular stance on an issue. I quit the rifle squad I was on in my high school band, even though, being a person with no coordination, I had worked extremely hard to make that squad. I had stood outside in the backyard, day after day, until it got dark practicing and feared I could never learn to do the flips and twirls.
That is the only time my father ever suggested I quit, because I think my parents were pained watching me try so hard and make no improvement. My father came and told me that I am good at so many things and maybe I should try out for something else in the band. I am tone deaf and the school band director had told me I was wasting my time trying to learn to play an instrument in grade school. Two of my sisters and my best friend were in the marching band and they talked about all the fun they had, so I wanted be a part of the band too. I certainly had no hopes of twirling a baton or the flag twirling team, so the rifle squad was my only hope.
I told my father, that I was going to practice every spare minute until try-outs and one afternoon, I had a breakthrough moment and got the hang of it and I made the team. The captain, a girl whom I had no animosity toward, was allowed to march at Friday football games, despite not showing up for band practices during the week. The rule was, if you don’t show up for practices,you don’t march. She marched and changed the routine during the half-time performance, so the rest of the team looked like we were lost. I went to the band director and he made excuses for why the rules didn’t apply to her and I quit the squad.
I have been like this throughout my life. I quit a volunteer position at the Red Cross as the casework chair, handling Red Cross messages, when the station manager started lying repeatedly to the military command about the status of Red Cross messages, which he kept misplacing. He also engaged in behavior that gave the appearance of gross impropriety. That man lost just about every piece of paper he touched – he would pick up case files and set them down all over the several Red Cross offices, leaving us hunting high and low, trying to track down case files. It got so bad that I would not let him walk off with any of the case files I was working on. I quit, even though I loved that volunteer job.
Last year, I quit my job at a store, where I had worked for almost 15 years, due to a store manager, whom I believed was severely, ethically challenged. I miss my paycheck, but I have no regrets.
So, no, I won’t ever be getting on board the Trump train, despite the strong-arm tactics by Manafort, Priebus, Giuliani, Gingrich, Huckabee and other Trump mouthpieces. Calling those who have serious, legitimate, deep concerns about Trump’s fitness for office “sore losers”, while making excuses for Trump’s lies, appalling behavior, bizarre antics as “that’s just Donald Trump being Donald Trump”. However, it’s not just Trump being Trump; it’s MORAL RELATIVISM AND POISON TO THE AMERICAN CHARACTER! They have sacrificed their integrity, because every single one of them knows what a morally-bankrupt, fraud Donald Trump is and just because he isn’t quite to the level of immoral and corrupt as the Clintons, is no selling point, in my opinion.
People are free to make their own choices in America and live with their own conscience. I’m comfortable with my choices
I remain yours truly,
#NeverTrump&NeverHillary #NoMoreScorchedEarth #SayNoToPublicCorruption