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Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump? A layman's debate on who would be the best President.

Updated on August 15, 2016

Democrats or Republicans?

By no means am I an expert on this topic, hence the layman's debate, but overall, I think the average Joe would be hard pressed in general to debate the differences in ideology over what each particular party stands for and what their real differences are. When it comes to big political races, it seems that overall ideology is lost by most of us and focus is put on one or several specific policies. What ends up happening, it seems to me, is that we see the "highlights" of political contests such as these. We get an overall impression, right or wrong, of each candidate and what we think they stand for.

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Pros, Cons & Conclusion

In the current political race it seems to me that the two candidates have very striking characteristics.

On the one hand Hillary Clinton would be the first woman President, she was President Bill Clinton's First Lady, has she gotten the reputation of being a great politician in her own right? Or does she get a lot of mileage from being a woman and riding Bill Clinton's coat tails? Does she represent her party in the same old, same old way all candidates would? Does this mean that electing her would mean more of the same to be expected of any politician? A lot of talk, but does anything actually ever get done? Or does she come out with fresh approaches and new initiatives that will guide the country into more prosperity?

With Donald Trump on the other hand, we have a billionaire who is well known for his strong personality, and unique vision. He has a tendency to alienate the female & Hispanic vote according to the media. He has strong immigration policies, and willing to make tough choices. Right or wrong the man has a no-nonsense approach, not afraid to make a decision and take the heat for it. If he is elected I am fairly sure that his legacy will be one of broad change and striking decision making. A billionaire CEO who owes no-one, he is self-financed apparently. Will this make for a better President? Will a man with strong will and decision making power to make change be good for the country? Or is he too impetuous? Too quick to make decisions? Is running a country the same as running a company? Would he bring change to the United States that positively effects the average Joe or would he be an unmitigated disaster?

These are just some of the potential pros and cons people think about.

So here's my take on these two election candidates, without in depth analysis, just the general impression that seems to be given in the general media.

Hillary Clinton: Will be conservative in her approach, rely on traditional politics and depending on your point of view, will guide the country safely and soundly according to her supporters OR will give the same old lip service, but not actually do much according to her detractors. Just another politician promising the world and not actually doing much in the end.

Donald Trump: Will be sweeping in new reforms, has strong opinions and positions, things will change. For his supporters, he is not playing politics so much as trying to get things done, has a very sharp agenda and supporters would feel he is the best chance for actual change in the country. His detractors would say, he is impetuous, insensitive, too quick to judgement, his quick decisions and broad changes would be bad for the country and he would be an unmitigated disaster. Most people seem to either love him or hate him.

My own personal opinion, like it or not...I think it would be interesting to see either one as President. They both have things that are good and bad, it's a matter of opinion.

I am not a big fan of politics to begin with, I think that my College history professor had it right back in the 80s when he jokingly said, that "Hypocrisy is the Vaseline of Political intercourse." And I will leave it at that.

Feel free to comment, and give your take on either or both candidates.

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      CJ Kelly 17 months ago from Auburn, WA

      I think you're correct on HRC, although I still think she would make a play to go left. Deep down she is still the same.

      However, with regards to Trump, I don't think he would be a change agent. None of his proposals are very different than proposals in the past.

      Maybe I'm a bitter GOPer, but his clueless ramblings leave me angry. We had so many other great candidates (Kasich).

      I think you can figure out how I feel about open primaries. Trump is what happens.

      Nice hub. Sharing everywhere.

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      Harvey Sourati 17 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      Please keep it polite and G-rated. We all have strong opinions on Political topics.