Picking the Prez

It’s easy to see why they call it super. The gains amassed by the frontrunners today in the dozen or so states holding primary elections have been, historically, insurmountable. If, as expected, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton show well on this particular Tuesday, they will be their party nominees. One of them will be the next President of the United States of America.

Insert long pause here.

Donald Trump is a celebrity billionaire whose wild caricature has become his identity. Hillary Clinton is a political insider. Her influence and scandal have been felt through six consecutive administrations. Oh, America, we have a problem.

Honestly, I’m as likely to vote for Trump as I am for Clinton. Even though I certainly have more in common with the Democrats than I do with the Republicans, I don’t see much difference. These two ego-driven chameleons seem to have more in common with each other than they do with their supporters. They are driven by the blowing of the wind. They lack a core. Like Narcissus, they are in love with their own reflection.

But I guess that’s the state of modern American politics these days. Who am I to judge?

I wonder if it really matters. The office of the president seems to be nothing more than that a money puppet. Policies enacted in the government seem to favor big money and multinationals no matter who wins the election. Something like that has to make us wonder if the truth is some sinister conspiracy or just a reflection of capitalism gone wild.

It’s worth a moment to ponder, at the very least.

Whatever your particular ideology, I hope if you’re in Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, or Virginia, you get out and vote. I hope with equal measure, and even greater passion, that you take the time to understand the implications of your vote not only on your own lives and the lives of all Americans, but on the lives and fortunes of every human being, everywhere. Consider the planet, too.

It isn’t important that we all believe the same thing. It is important, however, that we strive for what is best for all of us. We see how they’ve drawn the battle lines. Between right and left. Black and white. “Us” and “Them.” But the battle lines between big money and politics have blurred. Greed and corruption have taken away the power from we, the people. In a world of super-speed information with the knowledge of all mankind electronically at our fingertips this is the era we can take it back. Choose wisely.

Have a super Tuesday, folks.

12 comments on Picking the Prez

  1. Having Satan or Satan’s twin sister as the two choices doesn’t make me happy either.

  2. The thought of Donald Trump becoming the leader of our country is like a bad d movie. I can’t believe our country had dipped its hand into the shitter like this

    1. One of the best memes I’ve seen on social media in the last few days went like this:

      2016: Trump won’t win.

      2017: President Trump can’t do that, can he?

      2018: You watching The Hunger Games tonight? I hope my District wins.

      Hollywood is rife with examples of these kinds of leaders, of demagogues taking office and whipping the underbelly of society into a divisive frenzy or into huddled apathy and fear. History is rife with it, too.

      Even though he won Super Tuesday as expected, Lori, I’m beginning to see cracks in the armor. I’m beginning to see ardent supporters that I’ve known switching sides, or at least asking questions. True answers come when we ask the right questions. One of the best questions we can ask right now is “can’t we do better than this?!”

      We can.

      Thanks for reading and responding, Lori!

    1. Dylan, that was one of the best articles I’ve read on how this happened, why we’ve chosen to exalt a demagogue, and the true dangers of the dumbing down of our leaders. I get it. I get the frustration. I have been frustrated, too. Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, the true outsiders in this election, have reawakened my political fervor, both in very different ways. But being different isn’t enough quality to lead. My favorite line in this article replete with memorable lines is this:

      “Washington is freaking out about Trump in a way they never did about Bush. Why? Because Bush was their moron, while Trump is his own moron. That’s really what it comes down to.”

      A moron by any definition and for any cause is wrong for the leadership of this country.

      Dylan, do you remember in West Wing when Jed Bartlet was considering running for re-election and he was speaking to the Republican nominee Robert Ritchie (played by the great James Brolin)? They got to talking about the state of the country and later in the discussion Bartlet got all full of verve like he does, made up his mind he was going to run and dropped that great line: “In the future, if you’re wondering: “Crime. Boy, I don’t know,” is when I decided to kick your ass.”

      Ritchie’s persona, according to series writer Aaron Sorkin, was designed after George W. Bush. I wonder what character Sorkin would create for Trump.

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