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Assume the worst about both candidates:
Hillary Clinton is a pathological liar, a threat to our National Security, a pay-to-play politician willing to sell access to anyone in government for the right price, is willing to destroy any woman who threatens her husband or her political future, etc., etc., etc.
Donald Trump is unqualified to be President, is crude and dismissive of women, has fondled half the women he has met, has been bankrupt himself and will do the same to our country, etc., etc., etc.
This presidential campaign has become the biggest schoolyard shouting match in history, and, like kids yelling insults, much of what is said is false and/or misleading. So what can you believe and who should you choose?
Most people are holding their nose and making a choice.
Here is what I believe to be true and how I plan to vote:
- Hillary is an egoist. She will do whatever she believes serves her self interest. Any failure will be hidden from public view or rationalized as having been caused by others or by conspiracies against her. The egoist puts herself and her desires above all else. She believes she can get away with any action legal or illegal. She believes she is above the law and above those she would rule. She is more likely to destroy others than to build herself.
- Trump is an egotist. He will do whatever he believes will enhance a positive view of him. Any failure will drive him to do something to make him look so good that people forget the failure and see only his success. The egotist puts his image above other concerns. He is more likely to pose with a beauty queen than to destroy one to prove his power.
- Egoist vs. Egotist. It is an important distinction.
- Donald Trump got the nomination of the Republican Party because he is not part of the political establishment. Period. For the most part, those who backed hims did not care if Trump was a brilliant businessman or not, whether he had a concrete plan to improve fix any of the ills of our federal government or not, whether he employed more female executives than anyone in his industry or not, whether he saw women as objects to be manipulated or not. All that mattered to a large numbers of citizens was that for the past 40 years (covers the political lifetime of most voters) an elite cabal of political functionaries has taken effective control over the lives of most Americans. A large and growing number of people are sick and tired of being used by their political “betters” and want to see change. At this point, the desire for change is great enough that many feel that any change away from the self-serving, ego-driven, aloof politicians, regardless of party affiliation, will be for the better. Trump may be ego-driven. He may feel he is better than the rest of us (just like most politicians do, especially the Clintons). He is not, however, seen to be part of the current “ruling elite”, not part of the establishment.
- There are a lot of people who resent Hillary Clinton for getting away with crimes that would put the rest of us in jail. They don’t like being told what to do by people who have never really “done” anything except tell others what to do.
- Like a majority of those who voted for Brexit, I think the American public is getting fed up with being governed by condescending, self-interested politicians. As a result, they could well vote for any “non-establishment” option.
- The national media are part of the establishment. They are working hard to preserve the status quo. They live in a world that is oblivious to the feelings and concerns of “average Americans.” As a result, like in the U.K. during the run-up to the Brexit Vote, their sheltered viewpoint blinds the media to the real feelings of the majority of Americans. They are out of touch. People don’t know who to believe, but they are certain that national media have an agenda and are not to be believed.
It has been said often that doing the same thing and expecting a different result is insanity. I think many are willing to risk most anything to see if we can’t break the cycle. People want less government control and they want more efficiency out of their government. They don’t want to be led by people who break the law. They will vote against the “Establishment”. They will vote against “more of the same.” I will.