(About a month ago I wrote about Donald Trump. Today I’m going to give my two cents on Hillary Clinton. Like I said before, if you don’t want to read about this subject, skip this article.)
DURING the 2008 election cycle, I was a big Hillary Clinton supporter. With the economy in free-fall and with her being an ace policy wonk, for that moment in history she was clearly the right person for the job. However, Barack Obama was charming the pants off of everyone, even though things he said lacked as much substance as things Clinton said.
Back then I wrote for a sketch comedy group, and I took the opportunity to poke fun at Obama in a sketch I wrote, joking that he was so smooth he didn’t even need to use real words to win. That year, (though I knew she’d lose) I changed my registration from Independent to Democrat just so I could vote my conscience, and vote for Clinton. It was the only time I ever voted as a Democrat.
Fast forward through 8 years of Obama’s presidency and things have improved economically. Some other things however, seem to be in a tailspin. People are as agitated about race as I’ve seen since the O.J. Simpson verdict. On top of that, there is a lingering gun issue. On top of that, there are issues on immigration, civil rights, and health care.
Sadly, none of these issues has a forthcoming solution, because the people we send to Washington D.C. are too polarized to even try to work with each other. Our elected officials need someone with a gentle hand to help bring both sides back to the center, and get things moving again. I think it’s plain to see that Clinton is not that person. That being said, she’s lightyears closer to being that person than Donald Trump is, or wants to be.
Clinton is not the right candidate for this moment in history, but she’s the only sane choice now. Look, she actually knows how Washington works, knows how to twist arms, knows who’s arm to twist, and has an actual grasp of the issues.
She’s ready to deal with countries in the Middle East on Day One, and the leaders of those countries are familiar with working with her. She firmly believes in diplomacy, so is also far less likely to send tens of thousands of your children into a war.
She comes as part of a package that includes a former President who (with her help), dragged us out of a recession and left this nation with a budget surplus. While Hillary Clinton may not be the gentle hand that can move people back to the center, her husband Bill is an extremely gifted politician in that regard. The competing ticket can’t offer America anything remotely close.
On the other hand, Trump shows no ability to deal with people who don’t agree with him. Just look at how badly he’s faring with members of his own party. He can do as he pleases on the campaign trail, but in D.C. he’d be on the turf of career politicians who’d delight in publicly eating him alive, while showing him that he wasn’t their boss.
While he can discuss any issue, he shows little depth of understanding of the details that comprise those issues. This suggests that his grasp of these issues isn’t very solid. In a war that lack of command will cost thousands of American soldiers (meaning your children, your spouses, your blood) their lives.
This election has the potential to drastically change your life, and if that happens it won’t be for the better.
Clinton is a product of the system. In fact, in this election she’s the face of the system. She’s a Washington insider. That has it’s drawbacks, but it also means that the improvements we’ve seen in the last 8 years, (some of which she helped produce), she’d rather see built upon, not dismantled. With her you’ll get slow, steady progress; but it will still be progress and it will be steady. History has seen what a Clinton in the White House can mean for American incomes. History has seen what this Clinton in the White House can mean for American incomes. And that is even stepping up and taking into account the NAFTA fiasco.
Trump is an outsider. He is beholden to no one. Sounds good until you repeat it slowly. The guy has never served anyone in his life, and suddenly we’re to buy that he wants to live 24 – 7 – 365 for a country full of strangers? After a lifetime of satisfying his own greed, we’re to buy that he wants to be a civil servant, making 400K a year, and taking shit off of complete strangers? Dear fellow American, tell me that you aren’t that gullible! Even if you’re willing to overlook all of that (and it’s a lot), the four bankruptcies of business he operated (1991, 1992, 2004, 2009), have to make any thinking person question the soundness of his fiscal judgment and management style.
I’m voting for Clinton this November. Not because she’s the right person, at the right time for the Presidency; because she isn’t. But she’s a damned sight better and far more credible than her opponent can ever hope to be, without the benefit of reincarnation.
I’m voting for Clinton because 4 years of steady progress, beats 4 years of playing Craps with the future of our nation. As a Philadelphian, I’m aware of Trump’s impact on Atlantic City. How he cut and ran leaving hundreds of employees high and dry. I have seen how the great “job creator” cut and ran on the development of a waterfront project here in Philly, just a few blocks walk from my own front door.
Donald Trump does nothing for anyone without thinking of Donald Trump FIRST, and that is not the attitude of an effective public servant. And so my fellow American, I leave you with the truth and with this:
I’m voting for Clinton in November, because I’m not an idiot.