Apologies in advance for actually taking the future of democracy seriously, but I find the whole "six of one, half dozen of the other" attitude that a lot of people (here and elsewhere) seem to be taking towards things candidates to be--frankly--utterly flabbergasting.
You may not like Hillary Clinton. Hell, I don't like Hillary Clinton. I'm a proud Bernie Sanders supporter. But you sure as hell better believe I will be voting for her, because the alternative is unthinkable.
We have a choice this election. A choice between a moderate, establishment politician and a sociopathic narcissistic pathological liar who's rhetoric would make Joseph Goebbels proud and who waxes fondly over dictators and tyrants while failing to show our own democratically elected president even a modicum of basic respect.
I watched the entire debate last night and Trump's relationship with the truth is so tenuous that even putting aside the many easily disprovable claims he made
during the debate itself, in post-debate interviews when asked about certain statements from not even an hour ago
he turned around and claimed he never made them. I mean what the hell? Either he thinks Americans are the dumbest sacks of shit in the universe who will fall for literally anything he says or he is mentally ill. Or maybe both.
But that's not even the worst of it. I know Hitler comparisons are so over-used they've lost all meaning, but that's kind of the whole problem. People called Obama Hitler because...uh, he wanted people to have health care I guess. Now we have a serious presidential candidate who is blaming all of the nation's problems on specific ethnicities and religious groups (whether they have anything to do with it or not) and wants to round up people by the millions. He advocates war crimes
and even uses an actual 1930s nazi sympathizer slogan
in his campaign.
It's not even a fucking metaphor anymore. But hell, don't ask me. Ask an actual holocaust survivor
But hey, Hillary is "just as bad" because she committed the heinous crime of using a private email server for government business, right?
Part of this nonsensical false equivalence is thanks to the media being so terrified of being accused of bias by the right-wing spin machine that they have resorted to swallowing any BS political talking heads feed them without complaint. On all this political talk shows, no matter how ludicrous or easily disprovable your talking points are the hosts will just smile and nod. Nobody has the guts to call out BS anymore, because doing so will inevitably result in them being called biased and unfair. (Just today I read an article on a right-wing website that claimed the moderator of the debate was clearly biased because he interrupted Trump more than Clinton. Because obviously the only reason that a moderator of a debate would interrupt one of the debaters is out of a personal vendetta and has nothing to do with the fact that one of the debaters would not stop talking or stay on topic
. BTW, the moderator is a Republican.)
But what about all those other Clinton scandals? Have you heard of all the horrible things the Clinton Foundation did? They...uh...wait, what did
they do? This is a charitable foundation that has received the highest possible ratings
from independent charity watch groups for its transparency and accountability. The only concern seems to be that since there are a lot of foreign donors to the Clinton Foundation (it does a lot of work globally so that's not really strange), it's possible
that some people used donating to the foundation as an excuse to get access to Hillary Clinton when she was secretary of state. There's no evidence that this actually happened, but it's possible
Yes, they've actually gone and made a scandal over the theoretical possibility that something might have happened despite a complete lack of any evidence that it did. Meanwhile Trump also has a charitable foundation and the Washington Post has dug up some interesting details
about it. Trump has been collecting money from people in the name of charity (while his name is on the foundation he has put amazingly little of his own money into it) and using it to pay his personal legal bills. Which has got to be one of the sleaziest things a human being can do but it hasn't gotten a lot of attention because it's been lost in the noise among all the other horrible things he's said and done.
In conclusion, stop acting like they're equivalent. They're not. And I understand the appeal of wanting to say "fuck the system" and voting third party. Hell, I've done that in past elections. But not this year. Now is not the time for that. We are dealing with the single worst presidential candidate in the history of this country and while he is
behind in the polls the margin is shockingly narrow. We absolutely have to stop that monster from getting in the White House.