Election 2016: We’re Doomed

I have never used the phrase “we’re doomed” more than I have during this election cycle. We already knew Hillary would be the Democrat nominee – I’m pretty sure Bernie would have “mysteriously disappeared” had she not – but I really was holding out hope that we would have a real candidate on the Republican side to vote for this November. Unfortunately, I have learned my lesson: never put your faith in the American people.

I really, truly believed that this was just a phase the American people were going through; that once they got Trump out of their system they, like an unruly teenager, would come to their senses and see reason and take the choosing of the President of the United States of America seriously. Alas, they did not. And now I’ve been bitterly disappointed once again. It’s my fault, really. I should have known better than to expect the American people to demonstrate common sense and good decision making.

So here we find ourselves – between a rock and a hard place – needing a solution to our dilemma.

Maybe you’re one of the lucky ones and already know who you’re voting for. Congratulations! Unless of course you’re voting for Hillary and in which case, YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELF.

But in all seriousness, for many of us who tend to lean to the right side of the aisle, we find ourselves in a tough spot.

If you’re like me I know who I’m NOT, under ANY circumstances voting for, but I haven’t quite figured out who I am voting for.

When it was first announced that Trump would be the nominee, I toyed with the idea of joining the “Never Trump” crowd and vowing that even a rock would make a better candidate for president. But that would mean voting for a third party candidate – and in the absence of a viable third party candidate, I was back to the rock and square one.

The reason I find it so difficult to vote for Trump is because, simply put, he’s an idiot. I believe the more PC way to put it would be “he does not have the political savvy befitting a presidential hopeful.”

Time after time we have seen political debates reduced to nothing more than petty mud-slinging, lying, personal attacks and outright bullying. This is who the American people want representing them to the rest of the world?!

Second, his policies are appallingly similar to any candidate on the wrong left side of the aisle. If you were to write the stance of both Hillary and Trump side-by-side on a piece of paper without attribution, the list would be almost indistinguishable! So it’s almost like voting for Hillary either way…and at that realization a part of my soul just died.

Third, I have no idea how he plans to address any of the problems facing America. Trump is known for saying he’s going to build a wall along the Mexican border and make Mexico pay for it. Unfortunately, that’s just not realistic and it’s not going to happen. I’ve heard Trump supporters say that Mexico will be convinced to pay for the wall because Trump is going to block all illegal immigrants from sending their welfare checks back to Mexico. The problem with this logic is that Mexico is bringing in more money from the drug cartels crossing the border than any amount of money being sent from entitlement checks, so removing the welfare checks would hardly be enough to make the Mexican government concede to paying for the wall.

Trump also says he’s going to block all Muslims from coming to America. Again, anything is possible in the land of rainbows and unicorns but in the land of reality, I don’t see Trump being able to make that happen either. Congress would have to approve those measures and barring another major, horrific attack, I don’t see that happening. I don’t believe our country wants nor is in a place where we should start banning any specific group from entering our country.

So again, given the fairytale solutions to our real life problems, we’re back to square one. That rock is looking pretty good, isn’t it?

I’ve considered voting for a third-party candidate. There’s always Gary Johnson running on the Libertarian ticket. But after this stunt he pulled (which would have been hilarious had we not been talking about a presidential nominee) and watching this video (WARNING: some people are morons and do things that are stupid, gross and inappropriate and then put it on the internet) I decided I couldn’t bring myself to vote for anyone from this party. I also couldn’t bring myself to vote for Gary Johnson (even though he’s a New Mexican) after he didn’t know what/where Aleppo was and couldn’t name a world leader he admired. <insert major eye rolling and sighs of despair here>

But I also know that voting for a third-party candidate can be dangerous because we know they’re not going to win so why “waste” the vote. Now, I don’t actually believe that any vote cast after thoughtful consideration is ever a waste, but I do believe it can be strategically useless.

If you vote for a third-party candidate you know is going to lose and you don’t strongly believe in them anyway, you’re practically giving a vote to the candidate you don’t want to elect because you’re not ensuring their opponent wins.

Once I realized I wasn’t going to find a candidate I wanted to vote for, I decided I needed to shift my way of thinking. I’m used to thinking of voting in terms of who I want to see in office (which is how it should be) but under these circumstances, I’ve decided I need to shift my way of thinking. Instead, I need to focus on who I don’t want to see in office.

I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that I do not want to see Hillary Clinton become president. So now I need to do everything in my power to make sure that doesn’t happen. What’s the best way to ensure Hillary is not elected? As much as it physically pains me to say it: vote for Donald Trump.

I was completely ready to do this until the last few weeks.

Watching Trump self-destruct during the debates and listening to him try to construct a coherent stance on issues has been painful beyond belief. I cringe every time I hear him speak. He doesn’t know how to control himself. He doesn’t know how to remain calm and level-headed. He doesn’t know how not to defend himself against every, single accusation. He doesn’t know how to stay off Twitter at 2 a.m.

To be honest, I’m not as disturbed by the accusations of sexual assault or the crude “locker room talk.” Not because I think it’s ok but because the same people who are exploding over the accusations against Trump are the same people who dismiss actual rape and assault charges against Bill Clinton and ignore Hillary’s bullying of the female victims.

For the first time since I’ve been able to vote, I have seriously considered not voting for either of the candidates this election – and that pains me.

It’s a tough decision for people like myself who know we will never vote for Hillary, yet find Donald Trump unpalatable and ridiculous. He’s not conservative. He’s Republican only in name. He was a Democrat until about five minutes ago and his stance on many issues hasn’t had time to catch up yet. I know many conservatives, particularly among evangelical voters, fully support Trump because he says he is pro-life and will appoint pro-life justices to the Supreme Court. But I have serious doubts about his intentions to actually do this.

He’s terrible. She’s a criminal. We’re doomed. How is anyone supposed to make a real decision?!

Ultimately, the main thing he has going for him, in my opinion, is the fact he’s not Hillary Clinton. That has been Trump’s saving grace this entire election. She has bullied her husband’s victims of rape and abuse and she led the charge on covering up her husband’s infidelity, rape and abuse. Through the FBI’s investigation we learned that Hillary was guilty of “gross negligence,” which is a conscious decision to disregard the need to use reasonable care.

Wikileaks revealed in the Podesta emails Hillary has “begun to hate everyday Americans,” there was concern from Chelsea Clinton about “compromised” technology during visits to China and information revealing her campaign had paid protestors to stir up trouble and violence at Trump rallies.

As Secretary of State, she claims she didn’t know what the “C” indicating “Classified” meant. She ignored requests for help that resulted in the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi, including an American ambassador. She set up a private email server on which she did official Secretary of State business. She has been paid obscene amounts of money by foreign countries through the Clinton Foundation to grant favors in her official capacity as Secretary of State.

Even through this past weekend we learned the FBI was reopening the investigation into Hillary’s emails because of a connection found in the Weiner investigation. One can only imagine what raunchy mess they found there.

I’m still on the fence on if I’ll vote for Donald Trump or not. There’s a 99.9% chance I’ll be voting for him but I’m still holding out hope on the .1% chance there will be some political savior who will fall from the sky, riding a white horse that will save me from voting for Donald Trump.

But I know that’s probably not going to be the case.

So how will you be voting this year? Hillary? Trump? Will you be voting your conscience? Will you be voting for the lesser of two evils? Will you not be voting at all this year? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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