Here’s this past week’s “Pat Political Point” from WSGW’s First Day. My cynicsm shines mightily in this week’s rant as I’m less than enthralled by this year’s presidential finalists. Don’t think I’m alone.
With Donald Trump clinching the GOP nomination, and Hillary Clinton inching closer to wrapping-up the Democratic Party’s nomination, Americans must brace themselves for a Clinton v. Trump showdown.
Depressing, isn’t it?
This presidential election will by far be the most cynical, dirtiest, slimiest, and downright ugliest campaign in quite sometime. It will turn-out to be an election where many Americans will vote AGAINST someone rather than vote FOR someone.
What an inspirational race!
The Week’s Michael Brendan Dougherty painted a poignant image on why this election is exactly what we deserve:
The case against either candidate becoming president is so strong that it is nearly impossible to blame anyone for voting any which way in this election. More than 100 million Americans will cast a ballot for Clinton or Trump in November.
But these days American self-government is indistinguishable from self-incrimination. Our domestic policy is a nest of rent-seeking corruption, our social insurance system is an act of theft against posterity. And our foreign policy, described fairly, resembles the last weeks of a bloodthirsty crime family, led to its bitter end by demented octogenarians. Clinton or Trump 2016: a just punishment.
A just punishment.
Yeah, that’s putting it about right, I believe.
Both Clinton and Trump carry huge negative ratings from the voters. And by the time November rolls around, it’s safe to assume the Zika Virus and Boba Fette will have
higher approval ratings than the two leading presidential candidates. (Donald Trump is less popular than head lice and Nickelback.)
President Obama is enjoying some of his highest approval ratings in the last seven-and-a-half years. While 74 straight months of job growth might have something to do with it, let’s just say the obvious that Americans view him as far more likable than the next possible White House occupants.
I’ve told my conservative friends and listeners that you’re wasting your time sending me anti-Hillary Clinton emails. I’m no Hillary fan. At all. I’m a Bernie supporter, and am happy he’s staying in the primary race where he’ll embarrass her and the Democratic Party by winning more states leading up to the convention in Philadelphia. Sure, she has the party infrastructure behind her to put her over the top in delegates, but Sanders will enter the convention with lots of delegates and demands.
Sanders has done more than any other candidate to move the political needle in this race. He’s a champion for a $15 minimum wage, and since that message enjoys high popularity across the country, Trump even said this week that a rise in the minimum wage is needed (albeit just on a state level).
That Sanders is still winning primary races while the Democratic Party, Clinton herself, and the national media, keep saying the race is over, must worry those in the party infrastructure. That’s why Clinton will have to appease his supporters by choosing running mate they’ll support, and adopt a policy position he covets.
Free college, everyone?
As for Trump, he’s successfully tapped into the anger of many on the right.
Immigration. Walls. ISIS. Trade. Terror. Torture.
Trump has told us what to fear. Trump has told us who to blame. Trump has told us why we’re losing, so-called.
He hasn’t explained what he’d do to change things, other to say that he’d make America a winner again.
Like Clinton, he’s good at telling people who to blame, but is brief on the solutions. Like Clinton, Trump’s an insider, but unlike Clinton, he’s done a fantastic job at pretending to be an outsider. Like Clinton, Trump will keep the steady course of the years and years of crony capitalism we’ve seen over the years by advocating massive socialism for the rich by having the rest of us pay the bill.
The guy bought-off politicians left-and-right, including Clinton. He’s part of the rich class, and his primary job is to protect that class. Just check-out his much derided tax plan, which would be disastrous for all of us not in the top .001%! It would bilk the middle and poor classes of even more cash.
On the foreign policy front, I’m struggling to find a difference between Clinton and Trump.
Clinton backed the war in Iraq, and now says it was a mistake. Trump originally backed the war, and now calls it a disaster. Clinton backs intervention strategies around the world, and particularly around the Middle East. She pressured President Obama to get involved in Libya. She pressured Obama to get more ingratiated in Syria. Thankfully, he didn’t fully adhere to her advice on that front. And she refuses to ever take Israel, or even better, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to task.
Finally, she calls former Nixon Secretary of State Henry Kissinger a friend.
That’s great judgement!
On the flip side, Trump also advocates putting more American troops in Middle Eastern countries. He wants to fight them over there so we don’t have to fight them here. Where have I heard that before?
Trump has also proposed deporting Muslims, which will only help stir-up further animosity across the world. He’s also pushing to pursue the failed Bush-Cheney torture program, which produced zero solid intelligence and gave America a black eye throughout the world.
Speaking of Cheney, he endorsed Trump the other day, proving he believes Trump will pursue more Middle Easter battles, which can only benefit he and his defense contractor buddies’ bottom lines.
Forgive me if I’m not riding the Trump Train or the Clinton Conquest. Forgive me for my cynicism.
But it’s all I’ve got to keep my sanity for the next six months!