Turn on the television or radio these days and, with in the first 3 minutes, you’ll hear one politician or another begging for your vote. The usual lines are “Vote for me because the other guy hates capitalism” or “Vote for me because my opponent believes in crony capitalism.” I also like “Don’t vote for Republicans because they hate all the people. They are racist, fascist, xenophobic, Islamophobic, anti-gay bigots” and “Don’t vote for Democrats. They are baby-killing, job-killing, anti-Constitution, anti-capitalism communist progressives who want nothing more than to control your every thought, action, and decision.”
To be perfectly frank, both parties are guilty of fear-mongering and grievance-mongering. They have devolved into smoldering piles of excrement whose only purpose is occupying space in our nation’s capital at our expense. It has become near impossible challenge and remove a sitting politician. If anyone is successful, that person is shunned by their own party unless it was party leaders who took down the predecessor. The sheer number of lies, scandals, and distractions from the truth should make anyone sick to their stomach. Presidential politics takes the game from level 5 to level 50.
Just in case you haven’t been paying attention, here’s a quick rundown:
- Hillary Clinton’s emails allegedly show collusion with the Obama administration, bribery to get Bernie Sanders’ endorsement, racism toward Blacks and Hispanics, and a plot to murder late Justice Antonin Scalia.
- Donald Trump has been accused of being a racist, sexist, Islamophobic, narcissistic rapist who’s never wrong and accountable for nothing.
- Hillary Clinton funded terrorists
- Donald Trump supported the Klan
There is far more to this cycle but I have neither the patience nor time to list it all. What you believe depends on which party you support. Me? I find the attacks from both sides completely at odds with American values and not at all representative of Americans and our culture. Sure, I’ve heard what candidates said about each other in the early years of this still great nation. But I still find it abhorrent that as a so-called civilized society we sit back and allow our minds, thoughts, and opinions to be controlled by roughly 500 highly paid 5-year-olds.
When I think back to my childhood, the one thing that sticks out is how I was taught to respect everyone no matter what. It seems this simple lesson is lost on those who believe a career in politics is more lucrative than holding an actual job. Too bad for the rest of us, it’s true. Between the $174,000 salary, taxpayer paid healthcare, and endless gifts from lobbyists their compensation rivals that of business executives. But i digress.
The 2016 election season has come down to a choice between a lying enabler and lying serial tanner. One of which will have the power to shape immigration, healthcare, and gun policy. It really doesn’t matter which one gets elected. Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will erode our rights and trample the Constitution. Clinton will attempt to curb gun rights, religious freedom, and free speech. Trump will attempt to curb religious freedom, press freedoms, and civil rights. Both have and will continue to do this by pandering to the weakest, most emotional, and most illogical minds in our communities. Both are literally preying on the fears of our most vulnerable just to “win” the White House. It disgusts me and has nearly been enough to make me swear off politics all together.
Then I remember there are two other names on the ballot and blank line for a write-in.
If you are as fed up as I am with the Wicked Witch of Washington and Sr. Spray Tan, exercise your right to not vote for either one. Don’t allow the media to tell you there are only two choices. I’m tired of people telling me that I have to vote Democrat because I’m black. I’m tired of others telling me which party to vote against because their person is worse than ours. Most of all, I’m tired of the disconnected ass-hats in Washington controlling who gets to be the boss.
On November 8, 2016 I will proudly cast my ballot for Senator Marco Rubio. I can already hear you saying “He’s not running.” or “He’s part of the establishment and part of the problem.” in 2015 the Republican party saw its best and most diverse field of candidates ever. Sen. Rubio was one of two Americans born to Cuban immigrant parents. Yes, he’s been in politics nearly 20 years. But he hasn’t been in Washington that whole time. Until 2008 he concerned himself with Florida state politics. Being part of the infamous Gang of Eight immigration panel did his reputation no favors. But you must look past that and see what he has done recently. The most notable being the way he forced President Obama to sign a bill that retracted the insurance company bailout buried in the Obamacare bill.
I’m not suggesting you vote for Rubio. What I am suggesting is do not be afraid to ignore the major party candidates.Push a write-in campaign among your friends, family, and coworkers. If we can spread this idea, Democrats won’t get stuck Trump and Republicans won’t get stuck Clinton.
This election season is one huge dumpster fire on a crash course with a gasoline tanker. If you must choose between Bad and Worse, you know you have a problem. And when your choices are actual nuclear war with Russia or civil unrest (read riots) across the country, you know you’re screwed no matter who wins.
Take my advice and don’t vote Trump or Clinton. Choose 3rd party or a write-in if you want to affect the outcome. Just don’t leave without voting down ballot in your local elections. There could be state amendments and local spending that depend on your input.