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Rolling the Dice in this U.S. Presidential Election

Updated on May 23, 2016

In each camp of the presidential candidates, there is a voter base that will support their candidate to no end, come hell or high water. But, what about the largest segment of American voters, those who are not die hard for any candidate? Let’s face it, as many have said, this election cycle is about choosing the best of the worse. Sure, there are elements of all candidates that are good and positive, but as many of said, these good traits are not all in a single candidate.

Trump and Clinton have negatives with most voters in all the polls. Trump’s negative appeal is higher than Clinton’s, but that is not saying much if half of America does not like either for a variety of reasons. Sanders is beloved by the idealistic and easily fooled youth. We all have been there. The politician appeals to everything important to youth 18 yrs. or more (more precisely, 20-30 yrs.) and Sanders has played the card very well. His mantra of free college education and eliminating college loans and so on, would appeal to any much older voter if they were that age again. But, how odd is it that Bernie is old enough to be a grandfather to all of them at 74! He is a true socialist and baby boomer refusing to go off into the sunset. I suppose that is inspirational to anyone over 60, knowing that, life goes on, even running for president! Ronald Reagan did the same thing in the 80’s. As long as you have your health in older age, why not?

Having an independent party candidate at this late stage is simply taking advantage of the discord among voters. Most voters are not happy with their choices. It’s like, ”which candidate do I hate the least”. The independent candidate, whoever they are, could draw votes away from any of the main party candidates. Then, there is also the protest vote that many voters will use. When it comes time to vote, they will vote for the candidate least likely to win, in this cycle, it will be Sanders or someone from the Independent party. The protest is that neither Trump or Clinton is whom they like enough to vote for.

Take my case. I was for Trump until about four months ago. But, more and more, I feel I am being conned by a slickster who has billions. He is promising so much, yet, absolutely zero details. He is playing it as a reality show and winning. His positions change depending on the crowd and how much resistance there is on a topic. I don’t trust him. Of course, Clinton is just as bad. She plays the “woman” card and uses your experience to be more presidential. But, she only has a little more experience in government as a leader. Her time as Secretary of State is just so-so policy wise and like Trump, plays the crowd artfully dodging tough questions. She evens plan to use former president Bill Clinton in some manner if elected. In some ways, we are getting a 3rd term with Bill. Her email scandal will end up being a cover up and suspect there is wrongdoing by Hillary. So, I don’t trust Trump nor Clinton. Leaves me with Sanders.

It just sucks being a voter this time. Is this the best America can do? Maybe the rumors about the fall of this empire are really true?


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    • perrya profile image

      perrya 20 months ago

      Okay, so in the primary, I voted for Bernie, because I want him to give Clinton a headache, He certainly is a pain in her ass, which is fine. However, for the general election, I still do not know. I suspect most Americans are with me.

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      CJ Kelly 20 months ago from Auburn, WA

      Great work, Perry. Sums up my feelings exactly. I cannot vote for a Clinton, but how do I vote for someone like Trump, who is not what his supporters think he is? It's Catch 22 time. I would vote for Alan Arkin though. Shared everywhere.

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      perrya 20 months ago

      Maybe so, does not mean a thing in this election. They are both disliked by 50% of the voters. Many are sick of Clintons, just like they are sick of Bushs. Dislike weighs more importantly than experience.

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      Kathleen Cochran 20 months ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      One of these candidates was in the inner circle of a twice elected governor, a twice elected president, was elected senator twice from a major state, was selected to serve as secretary of state, and ran a close race (actually gathering more popular votes than the eventual nominee) for her party's presidential nominee 7 years ago. Which begs the question; Just how much experience does a person need to be qualified to run for the highest office in America? I'd say, at least some, which should eliminate the other candidate.