A choice I do not want to make

Politically, I am an independent.  I like to think that means I am independent of group think brought on by the mainstream media.  The truth is I can’t stand either presidential candidate.  Hillary Clinton is an abomination of a candidate and, I can make the case, as a person.  Donald Trump is not much better.

Neither candidate offers solutions. Just insults.  We deserve better but this is what we have and we must play the hand we’re dealt.  Can you legitimately give me anything Clinton has accomplished that moved America forward?  I do not care about her transgressions in the past because what politician is clean?  Trump has no track record other than taking advantage of a system that allows one to prosper off the back of others.  Neither fills me with confidence.

This is not much of a choice. For me, a president has but one job.  Keep the citizens safe.  A president cannot affect the economy.  It’s cyclical.  Always was and always will be.  A president can set the tone that allows an economy to grow or shrink.  Which candidate is best equipped to drive the former and not the latter?

A president cannot get anything done without the help of the congress.  Neither candidate can mend the chasms they created that exists between and within the parties.  Most politicians will support the person that can do them the most good.  It’s obscene but true and something they don’t teach in the bubble gum Civics classes of today.  Which candidate can do the most good for their accomplices in crime?  Once you have that answer – vote for the other candidate if you want anything to change!

A president cannot keep communities safe – that is up to those in the community.  A president, however, does betray their biases based on who they support when communities go wild. That is a signal to the citizenry and creates an environment that either supports lawlessness or lawfulness.  Which candidate will best set the tone for your community?

Try as they might, politicians cannot teach morals and ethics to your children.  That’s your job as a parent.  That, and most politicians don’t have morals or ethics which is why they are politicians to begin with.  Of the two candidates, which one will serve as a better role model should you abdicate your duty as a parent?

So back to my original belief that a president’s main job is to keep Americans safe.  Which candidate can best do that for you and your family?  This is a no win scenario. Let’s say you are faced with a choice of leaving your loved ones with either Clinton or Trump.  They have to navigate them through a maze wrought with danger.  The only defense each has is their policies for handling danger.

Who do you choose?  Good luck.  It’s a choice I don’t want to make. Oh, wait.  It’s a choice I have to make come November.

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About Armando Diana

A freelance writer for more than 25 years I covered the political scene in New Jersey which can prepare anyone for national politics. I have no fancy political degrees and I'm definitely not a lawyer - I am a common person who is fed up with politics. I want leaders focused on doing what is right for the country, not for them.
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2 Responses to A choice I do not want to make

  1. It really depends where you live how important it is for you to have to make that choice. If you live anywhere but in the 10 or so “swing” states, your state’s Electoral College votes will be reliably granted to whichever major party nominee they have gone to for decades, no matter who you (individually) vote for, even if you don’t vote at all.

    For example, I live in WA. WA will go for Clinton, no matter how I vote. Being an independent here has no effect. The Democrat wins by at least double-digits regardless. We voted overwhelmingly for Sanders in our caucus and primary (we have both). Makes no difference. Clinton will still get our 12 votes. If you still live in New Jersey, your state’s votes will also go to the Democrat.

    If your main concern is voting your conscience, no one will prevent it. It just might not matter. You can still write-in (providing your state allows it), or vote for a third party, or skip the top box and vote only on the local contests and changes to laws.

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