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Trump V. Clinton; The Fight Of The Century
HillBillary and The Hair
So. The fight is set. Barring tragedy or a dose of smelling salts for our two illustrious political parties, we are looking at Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton as our two choices for President in the 2016 election. Wow. And the polls are calling it even right now. Wow Wow Wow... where to begin...
First, let me say, that the Democrats, who ALWAYS bring their knives to the gunfight, have this time brought a turkey to a turkey shoot. Any Democrat with a pulse would beat Donald Trump by 20 points, but instead they choose, arguably, the most despised woman in America. Hillary Clinton has more baggage than a Vanderbilt on the Titanic. Yes, some of that baggage is indeed the product of a vast, right wing conspiracy that has managed over three decades to successfully vilify and denigrate the Clinton name. Much of it is politically motivated and complete bullcrap, but there is some real sleaze there, mainly in the fact that Bill Clinton, as President, put himself in a position where he could be blackmailed for his behavior. That lack of self control and a compromising of the integrity of the office put the Presidency in true jeopardy, and should have forced him to resign, but it didn't. That set the bar for the situation we find ourselves in today.
I voted for Bill Clinton in 1992, but did not vote at all in 1996, because I came to believe that Clinton was a liar and a complete weasel. While I still believe this to be true, history has proven that his Presidency was a huge success. Despite the ensuing scandals of his second term, Clinton was actually running the country at a PROFIT, as his modest tax changes had turned the deficit around and we were paying off (or, at least, not increasing) the national debt. This fact will forever be ignored, forgotten and denied by the Republicans. Their hatred of Clinton will always cloud the realities of the prosperous '90s.
Of course, The Bush administration tanked that progress in short order, but that is for another day. The issue here is that there has been a genuine campaign to discredit Hillary since day one, and much of that has stuck with the Republican base. The constant pounding for years and years from Rush Limbaugh, Fox News, and many others on the conservative right have convinced the voting Republicans that Hillary is evil incarnate, and, in some cases, the end of our Republic and all of humanity as well.
This is, of course, insane. But not nearly as insane as the behavior of the Republican Party and the conservatives themselves. All they had to do, (like the Democrats) was put up some milquetoast, non-threatening candidate this year, and they would probably rally and beat Hillary.
Can Trump beat Hillary with the unlikely combination of dumb-ass white guys and rabid Hillary haters? I think he can. America is so disillusioned, so obfuscated by horrible and irresponsible national journalism that anything is possible. We did, after all, re-elect Bush.
Trumps' campaign began as a national punchline, but he blew through the smokescreen of weak and pointless Republican candidates because he actually called them out for what the party has come to represent; a cold and mean-spirited form of conservatism that doesn't give a crap about anything or anyone who doesn't belong to the white and privileged country club that they have built. It is the ultimate "I got mine" mentality, where conservatives in government eschew the teachings of their Christian god and Jesus and then turn around and solidly vote against EVERYTHING that might possibly help the downtrodden or the needy huddled masses. It is sad and pathetic and just morally wrong. The conservative movement in America in the 21st century has no shame, and now they have a candidate for president that represents that mentality like a knight on a shining hill.
Trump killed them with their own brand, and he can dispatch Hillary just as easily. She is a very ripe target. She is not an engaging or even likable person, she brings a laundry list of scandals and non-scandals and made up scandals to the table, and she is, after all, a woman. Donald Trump came of age in an environment that disrespected women as principle. That environment, though fading, still remains very pervasive in the older, mostly Republican leaning voters.
Obviously, I don't care for either of these candidates, but I do care about the immediate future of this country, while I still am alive and in it. So, If the Democrats had any sense, they would dump Hillary at the convention and draft Joe Biden, and if the Republicans had any sense, they would dump Trump, give up this year, and take a good hard look at themselves and the indefensible road they have chosen.