A GOVERNMENT OF STUPID: You can't tell me that in a country of 300,000,000 people, the best people we can find to represent us in the Presidential race are Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
And yet, that is precisely what has happened. What does that say about our current condition as a people and as a nation?
I think, more than anything, it says that we're lazy.
Reminds me of that old saying that you get the government you deserve. And no matter who wins on November 8, that is certainly the truth.
There are certainly failures on the left, and this blog has thousands of examples of them for anyone who cares to look.
But Donald Trump is an example of failures on the right, of which I have also documented many scores if not hundreds of cases (especially since 2011, when the Walker administration began its choke-hold on the state of Wisconsin). I'm thinking especially of a self-employed dump truck driver who was quoted in last Sunday's Wisconsin State Journal, the newspaper of record in Madison. He was talking about how much less money he makes now that people aren't ordering sand and gravel to upgrade their homes. He says that (paraphrasing) "This election for me is all about economics."
His solution? Voting for Trump.
If this man had paid any, and I mean any, attention whatsoever for the past few years, he would know that Tea Party Republicans, spearheaded by so-called "rock stars" Paul Ryan and Scott Walker, are precisely the reason he is hurting in the wallet. One doesn't have to read deeply or intellectually to glean the heart of the entire GOP/Koch/ALEC/Tea Party philosophy: Call us Robbin' Hoods. We robs from the poor and we gives to ourselves!
Whether the Democratic Party has any real arguments to better the lot of this working Joe is another story entirely, and yet another issue that we've talked about on this blog ad infinitum. My personal take is that Bernie Sanders was the way to go (another side of the Trump coin, without the racism and xenophobia. But that ship is sailed).
I thought Trump might be just the guy to put income inequality front and center. But now that he's zeroing in on the Presidency, I can see that he won't do anything about it either. He's too beholden to Wall Street (that finances all his crazy schemes) and even the Koch brothers, via Mike Pence. When I think of all these rust belt Americans, thinking that Trump will bring back the good old days of automakers and steel mills, it breaks my heart.
But it doesn't forgive voting-age Americans for not putting their freaking iPhones down for just a few minutes a day and doing their duty as citizens. And that is why we are presently facing a stark choice between two people who should probably never be President.
I'm afraid that a majority of my fellow citizens have become so deluded and easily led that they've let this contest devolve into a reality show that could be called "Who's The Worst President We Could Possibly Imagine?"
And, as an American who has never minded doing his civic homework, I'm sick of the whole goddamned thing.
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