The Race to the Bottom in Our Country

I can see the bumper stickers now:
 Decision 2016: Vote Liar over Lunatic!

Okay, “liar” and “lunatic” are harsh terms but ask yourself, are they accurate in plain language? The answer is yes and there is more than enough evidence to support both labels.

As I have written before, this country is in a race to the bottom. We’re asked to choose between two of the most unpopular presidential candidates in modern history. It’s a sad state of affairs that I am guessing looks ridiculous to the rest of the world.

Hillary Clinton will likely be our next president and she may turn out to be an effective strong leader that can bring the country along to prosperity. But right now, Clinton’s unfavorable rating is more than 50 percent in every poll. That usually spells doom for a candidate. Not this year. She’ll probably win because Donald Trump’s numbers are even worse.

I’m voting for Hillary for a few reasons the main one being that I believe she has less of a chance of bringing about the end of the world. That’s how low the bar is. Secondly, I don’t want to live in a country in which the people choose Trump as their leader. Such a decision by the people of this nation would speak volumes about where we are now in our society. And it’s very scary. It would be evidence that our citizens are so angry, so polarized, so devoid of common sense that I hate to see what would happen.

The lunatic. Donald Trump is a brilliant personality who can move people with his words. Witness his Fairfield appearance in which he lambasted the “crooked” media. The crowd immediately turned on the members of the press who were there to cover what Trump had to say. “F**ck the media!” yelled one Trump supporter according to excellent reporter Neil Vigdor of Hearst Connecticut Media.

Trump lunatic

Donald Trump is also unhinged, dangerously unstable, and full of ideas that alternately disgusting, revolting and frightening. How anybody with a brain can support this guy is beyond me.

Enabling Trump are cowardly Republican leaders who routinely say they don’t support Trump’s rhetoric or policy ideas but still support him. How does that work? Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, Sens. Kelly Ayotte (NH), Ron Johnson (WI), and Rob Portman (OH), Newt Gingrich and many others—you have no spine and it’s shameful. Those of you who are up for reelection this year should be turned out.

I have some friends who support Trump (not many, I tend to hang with people who have brain activity). When I bring up some of Trump ideas these folks say, “Oh, he’s not really going to do that” or “Congress won’t let him do that.” There are many, many people who support Trump because they believe he won’t actually do what he says he will do. Scary.

The liar. I’ve never been a big fan of Hillary Clinton. Her honesty and motivation have always been suspect. How in the world she can’t extricate herself from the email morass is beyond me.

I don’t throw around the label “liar” lightly. But it fits. Just take a look at the video in which her claims about her emails are juxtaposed with FBI Director James Comey testimony before Congress. (These videos are often edited for the desired effect but I saw both separately and it’s fair).

Hillary liar

The fact that she just keeps digging the email hole deeper makes me question her judgement. She said she told the truth to the American people. That’s a lie about a bunch of lies. When called on it (did she think she wouldn’t be?), she said she “short-circuited” the issue. Unbelievable.