Hillary, Donald And Me

In a momentary lapse of sanity, I am actually writing a post with a bit of politics. I sometimes will rail against privacy issues, but really never delve into left-right politics. 

I don't like or enjoy arguing with people, and politics is certainly one of those 3rd rail subjects that engenders a hostile environment - although it's never been entirely clear to me why that should be.

Yet social media has become quite the cesspool of name-calling and outrage (real and phony), and I suspect I will avoid Facebook Twitter during the final months running up to the 2016 Presidential election. I don't need the aggravation.

Senator Hillary Clinton just announce her Vice Presidential running mate, Virginia Senator Tim Kane. The only things I know about Senator Kane thus far is that he co-sponsored the Iran Nuclear deal, and that he plays the harmonica (reportedly quite well).

We have two apparently pretty stark choices for US President this year, depending on which "side" you are on:

A) A cackling, self-serving elitist harridan vs a plain-spoken, successful executive with no political baggage and a "can-do" attitude.

B) A caring, driven and experienced female candidate vs a megalomaniac, racist schoolyard bully with a dead animal on his head.

If Hillary Clinton is elected - and I suspect the way things work, she may well be - I venture that we can pretty much expect the status quo of the last 8-12 years to continue. How you feel about that will depend on who you voted for last time, I suppose.

If Donald Trump is elected - not impossible, despite unrestrained attempts from all sides to derail his candidacy - we don't really know what will happen.

The worst part is, giving Donald Trump the benefit of the doubt and assuming he will actually try to do what he said he will (bring back jobs, make better deals, etc.), I can't see how he would be able to do that.

Again, even assuming he is a good person and will genuinely try to manage the country back into shape - how? Despite his populist message and a record number of people voting for him thus far, the deck is so stacked against him politically, culturally and in terms of international media that I don't see anything but a slow decent into inaction for a Trump Presidency.

Odd how a successful business man and entrepreneur can go from a popular TV personality to a reviled goat in a couple of years, but that's where we are at.

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