October 8, 2016 by gregrabidoux2013
Maybe we should just call the whole thing off.
Honestly, between the Trumpster and his latest lewd video, his overt bullying, sexism, racism, xenophobia and Hillary’s seeming paranoia, overt lying and overall uneasiness with the truth as well as her own past shaming and bullying of Billy Clinton’s mistresses I am the one becoming more and more ashamed.
And frankly, embarrassed.
This is really the best we can do folks?
Out of a nation of over 320 million, a nation of so many bright, brilliant, hard-working men and women, a nation of so many accomplished leaders who make us all proud every single day we are looking to these two?
One of these two, to lead us in what is arguably, one of the more dangerous and tenuous times in our nation’s and our world’s history?
Can we check the birth certificate of that Justin Trudeau guy in Canada s’il vous plait, maybe he’d be available.
To all of my friends who are Trump supporters, may I simply say…seriously?
I get that he is not a professional politician, that he is “raw” as one of his advisors said recently and that he “says what is on his mind” as another said just yesterday in the aftermath of his vulgar and patently disrespectful remarks about women.
It’s just that what is on his mind seems more befitting a 15 year-old boy entering puberty who has yet to enjoy a fully developed frontal lobe but who clearly has the benefit of being a multi-billionaire who apparently has not paid a dime of taxes in 18 years. That sort of privileged life clearly makes one’s brain with or without a fully functioning frontal lobe cloudy and highly corrosive.
You doubt this? Then simply read his 3:00 am tweets where he seems less preoccupied with weighty issues of the world and more intently focused on things like making sure we know how much he hates Rosie O’Donnell.
In case you missed it-a lot.
How any of his kids, aside from Donald Jr.’s dangerously close White Supremacy views, turned out rather nicely, is a mystery. In short, if I ever need a good nanny I’ll ask for his.
And how a grown man (in age at least) can hold such sexist, chauvinistic and utterly depraved views on women and have produced such a seemingly modern, accomplished and poised woman as his daughter Ivanka is again, well, the work no doubt of the nanny or Mr. Trump suffers from acute, multiple personality disorder.
And while most of this campaign has been for Hillary supporters an exercise mostly in just letting “Donald be Donald” and memorizing a lot of policy detail while forgetting a lot of email detail, there is indeed a reason that she is not 50 points ahead.
We simply don’t trust her. The majority of Americans are convinced that she lies, early and often, that she has and will continue to deceive the American public, distort reality and do everything and anything in her power (which is quite formidable) to become president. Finally.
This includes denying (at least in public) what the rest of us always knew, that her husband, the President, was a serial adulterer and liar. And worse, staying with him as she never took an eye off the prize (the White House) all the while shaming, intimidating and bullying each and every mistress that stepped forward with the same lewd and lascivious tale about Bill.
An odd yet eerie commonality, wouldn’t you say?
Seems both Donald and Hillary are just fine with living by one set of values and ethics publicly while employing a completely opposite and twisted set of antithetical values and ethics privately.
And that my friends, scares the trump tower out of me.
Because if our presidential history has taught us anything it is that when we have elected leaders who have such a dual, contradictory belief system the result has been a disaster.
Jimmy Carter was one of the most consistent individuals you could ever meet. The values, beliefs and convictions he publicly espoused were no different than those he lived his private life by. What you saw and heard was what you got. If you didn’t respect or admire the fact he was devoutly religious and believed in the sanctity of life, all life, then you probably had trouble respecting him. Is it any wonder he and his wife Roslyn have devoted their life after the White House to conflict resolution, charitable causes and building homes for the homeless?
You may disagree with the man’s politics but ashamed? Embarrassed?
Nope. These don’t tend to come up when Mr. Carter’s name is discussed.
But. And it is a big one, his presidency is largely seen as a bust. For reasons other than his own consistency and basic goodness.
George W. Bush, known as a simple, straight-talker and shooter. No complexity there. Even wife Laura has described him as “a simply but sturdy leader.” Again, the public and the private “Dubya” was one and the same. And by a wide consensus his 8 years are now seen as a disaster save for his one moment after 9/11 where he did what he did when he was at Yale-be a cheerleader and a voice of hope. Folks, there is a reason the RNC has had GWB play no role in national politics since he left office. Actually, a lot of reasons and it’s not just his rather embarrassing and lewd, um, paintings (especially the nude self-portrait, oh, if I could “un-see” that).
Of course, Ronald Reagan, the hugely popular and iconic Ronald Reagan, the man who touted family values, religion, and the sanctity of marriage publicly was in his own life, a divorced man, who was not very religious and by all accounts a rather cold and distant father to his children. On the other hand, he was faithful by all accounts to wife Nancy, no White House hanky-panky Clintonism there.
Jack Kennedy? His story is all-too familiar. Publicly, virtuous, energetic, a family-man with a fairy-tale marriage who called for racial equality across the land. Privately, mistresses galore, including sharing a woman with a known-mobster, cheating on wife Jackie while she was in the hospital giving birth, and privately calling for slowing down civil rights progress, not fully convinced the nation was ready for equality.
Yet, the majority of Americans who lived under the Kennedy years still see his presidency as bold, vibrant and the best of what we could do. We did get to the moon folks. No, really, we did.
Nixon? Well, anyone close to him knew what eventually we all found out-Brilliant, conniving, paranoid, vindictive, petty, shrewd, overly-secretive. Consistency in thought and action? Of course. Dangerous and disastrously destructive? You bet.
So, where does all of this bring us with Mr. Trump and Mrs. Clinton?
In short. We will indeed get what we see. And hear.
Nothing more and probably a bit less.
Mr. Trump as President Trump will be a man of little deep thought and much overt action. He will be egotistical, petty, vindictive, lewd, sexist, racist, bullying, dismissive, a true anti-intellectual wrapped up in a burrito of absolute, undoubting belief in his own self-worth and ability.
He will also be calculating and say and do pretty much anything if he thinks it will help himself gain greater glory.
Dangerous? Yes. Without presidential precedent? No.
Mrs. Clinton as President Trump will be a woman of deep thought and even deeper political calculation. She will be vindictive, paranoid, overly secretive, calculating, restrained, pre-programmed, a true politico wrapped up in a seaweed of self-righteousness, insecurity, all doused with a heap of destiny and a deep, deep sense of “you all owe me this for what I have endured” regardless of her casual, public denials (What me as President? I never thought much of it!).
Dangerous? Yes. Without presidential precedent? No.
So, I ask again. Is this really the best we can do in a nation of 320 million?
(Sigh). Yes, I suppose in this nasty, angry and petty election year of 2016 it is.
But look on the bright side. It’s not like we haven’t had worse. Right?
Oh yeah, and the guy below will be moderating the next presidential debate between these two enigmas. Now that may just be must see TV.