A Political Plague

political plagueThere are certain subject matters most Americans stay clear of and those are religion, politics, and finance. We feel they’re emotionally charged personal matters. The difference though is that someone’s religion or finance doesn’t necessarily affect others as much as their political choices. I’ve hidden many Facebook posts because I’m afraid to know whom so-and-so supports. I don’t want it to taint my thinking of them. Whom someone votes for says a lot about an individual.

Up until now, the one person I’ve discussed politics with is my husband, especially regarding this upcoming election. According to USA Today, “Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are the two most unpopular presidential candidates in more than 30 years of ABC News/Washington Post polling.” Since the election is approaching, I decided to broach the subject, no matter how controversial, to take a stand regarding our government’s approach to the Presidency and the way candidates campaign.

U.S. GOVERNMENT AND PARTIES

First, I’d like to state that I’m not affiliated with any party, nor do I declare one. I don’t believe in or understand why people vote per party instead of per individual. We are supposed to grow in life. There are particular things that are more important to us at certain stages in our lives. How can a party always support what’s important to you at every stage?

Second, I believe the U.S. government needs an overhaul since a two-party government isn’t a democracy. There are no checks and balances. One side usually dominates the other. There should be at least four parties with the same amount of visibility, and all should take part in debates, not just Republicans and Democrats. And there shouldn’t be two types of primaries—open or closed (21 open states). All U.S. citizens should have the right to vote in the primaries without declaring a party or membership. If you live in a state that only has closed primaries and you’re not a party voter, then you can’t vote for the nominees.

Also, do away with electors since they are what stand in the way of the American people. It impedes the popular vote. I feel that we should be voting for the President and Vice President, not the electors. “You help choose your state’s electors when you vote for President because when you vote for your candidate you are actually voting for your candidate’s electors.” Many Presidents have won based on electoral votes, not the popular vote.

HOW CAMPAIGNS ARE RUN

When it comes to funding, Super Pacs obstruct a candidate’s decisions. For each company, union, or individual that provides support, the elected presidential candidate will spend their time in office returning those favors. So if they’re busy taking care of corporations, they won’t have time to take care of the American people.

During debates, if a candidate’s answer is about criticizing another, their mic should be turned off while the question continues with the next candidate. There is too much grandstanding, accusations, and not enough information in regards to what they’re going to do for us—the ones who matter. Most Americans don’t follow politics year round, so campaigns are the only time we can learn about the nominees.

VOTING

I’ve already submitted my overseas election ballot and voted for Gary Johnson. My main reason for this is, “Achieving just 5% of the popular vote nationwide will achieve “major party” status for a third party for the first time ever… The future for all generations can only be made better with the inclusion of more ideas and more candidates… This will completely change the political landscape for the 2020 election. Now is our time to change history.” This is what I want—more ideas and candidates for the future of America. Times have changed, and the stagnant Republican and Democratic parties should not be our only choices. We need more voices for “life, liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Only WE can make it happen.

WRITE-INS

Some believe that voting for a lesser party or a write-in means throwing your vote away. I disagree. Why would I invest in broken people? Why would I vote for anyone who I don’t want representing me as a U.S. citizen?

For those voters who don’t approve of either candidate, we do have options. Here’s a list of registered write-in candidates for President: http://presidentials.mytimetovote.com/Write-In-Candidates-running-for-president.html or you could vote Jill Stein (Green Party) or Gary Johnson (Libertarian Party). Since I was late learning the ins and outs of write-ins, and I had to return my ballot, I didn’t have time to read up on the Independents. Don’t turn to the Republican candidate just because you can’t stand the Democrat. Take the time to learn about other possibilities that could change the political arena.

States that Do Not Allow Write-Ins: Arkansas, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Dakota, South Carolina, or New Mexico

Thirty-three states allow write-ins as long as the candidate has registered with the state, which is why I can’t write-in Bernie Sanders. He hasn’t paid fees or filed the paperwork for states. In these states, if you write-in someone not registered (check the link above) then your vote will not count. Here is the list of States: Washington, California, Alaska, Idaho, Utah, Arizona, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Texas, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, Minnesota, Missouri, Tennesse, Kentucky, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Maryland, Delaware, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Maine.

States with Unrestricted Write-Ins: Vermont, Oregon, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Iowa, Alabama, Pennsylvania, or Rhode Island. These voters can write-in anyone they want, including Bernie Sanders.

CANDIDATES

My vote would have gone to Bernie Sanders if he was nominated. I don’t agree with everything Sanders wanted to change, but I believe in him as a person. He is the kind of man I would want representing me as a person and as an American. In my lifetime, he is the first nominee to look outside the box. To see what is broken in the U.S., and refer to other countries regarding how they handle matters.

He came from a struggling working class family, was involved in the Civil Rights movement, opposed the Iraq war, and had more than an 8-hour filibuster against tax cuts for the wealthy. Before leaving the Senate floor, he pleaded “a better proposal which better reflects the needs of the middle class and working families of our country and to me, most importantly, the children of our country.” He didn’t take money from Super Pacs. He has been honest throughout his political career, and he didn’t attack his opponents as the others did. His heart is for America. His issues are “… inequality in the United States. Economically, he favors tax reform that increases rates for the wealthy, greater governmental oversight of Wall Street and balancing the disparity between wages for men and women. He also believes in a state-administered health care system, more-affordable higher education — which includes tuition-free public college and universities — and an expansion of the Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid systems. A social liberal, he also supports same-sex marriage and is pro-choice.” Bernie Sanders truly cares about the American people.

It boggles my mind. I’ve heard people complain about being sick of typical politicians. How they wish there was a candidate for the people. Aside from the wealthy, I just can’t understand why an honest, upstanding man who just wants justice for all wasn’t nominated. A man who can relate to the working class. Clinton and Trump aren’t in it for the people because they’re so out of touch with the dwindling working middle class let alone the poor.

HILLARY CLINTON

HillaryAlthough she isn’t as offensive as Donald Trump, Hillary isn’t someone I want representing me as a woman let alone an American. Prior to Obama, the White House has been dominated by the Clinton and Bush families for 24-years, 28-years if you include Hillary as Secretary of State under Obama. I’ve always thought she was smug, will do anything for power, and changes her mind when it suits her purpose. She is in bed with Super Pacs, so you can bet she isn’t committed to the citizens—she’s committed to those who supported her campaign. Democrats and feminists will vote for her, disregarding her faults and lies. Supporters say she has the experience, yet experience is what we have been voting into office and it hasn’t gotten us anywhere.

Here’s a quick glance over her past. Hillary came from an upper-class family. She knew of Bill’s affair with Lewinsky, but “Some on the staff have said that Hillary knew about Lewinsky long before it came out, and that what really upset her was not the affair itself but its discovery and the media feeding frenzy that followed.” That speaks volumes to her character. When running for the U.S. Senate seat in New York, she opposed same-sex marriages and was for the Iraq War.

Ellen DeGeneres, a democrat, had John McCain (Republican) and Hillary Clinton (Democrat) on her show discussing same-sex marriage. There is a difference in how she interacts with McCain vs. Clinton.

  • John McCain
  • Hillary Clinton
  • Changed
John McCain – a man who fought for her freedom –
Hillary Clinton – Ellen specifically asked, “Do you think it would be possible for someone to run and to openly say “I support gay marriage” and win.” Hillary, “I don’t know. I have had the same position for years, and so I don’t know what someone could or couldn’t do but I always believed that marriage should be left to the States.”
Hillary changes her mind –

She flip-flops like a fish out of water with lies. To me, she’s untrustworthy. I like what Susan Sarandon said about her. Many party voters are able to dismiss inaccuracies and bullshit for the sake of the party, but I won’t.

DONALD TRUMP

trumpIt’s a sad day in U.S. history that someone like Trump was even nominated. The Republican party showed their ignorance on this one. I don’t need to say much about him. Trump does a fine job representing himself. Those who are voting for him either absorb his poisonous rhetoric or hate Hillary enough to go with him instead of looking for other possibilities. People willing to vote for Donald Trump embrace bullying, racism, hatred, and chauvinism. These people find it funny or don’t care that he insults the disabled, veterans who fought for this country, women, people’s intelligence and the list goes on. He’s made a mockery of the American people and this election. These voters love that he speaks his mind, and believe what he says. Well, this is what they can believe about Trump. With him at the helm, the U.S. will not move forward. He will isolate America, and isolation is not the way to go in this world.

Do you want to weigh in? Please do so without insults.

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10 thoughts on “A Political Plague

  1. A super-bravo Denise! Like you, I don’t usually get involved in discussions about certain topics on social media. Also, it has to be said, I am not 100% clear about all the ins and outs of the US electoral system. But what I hear in your blog is someone who is speaking from the heart, as an individual rather than a member of a group, and what’s more, stating your case clearly, intelligently and ‘humanly’. We are indeed supposed to grow in life, to listen, to question our beliefs and make sure we know why we choose to uphold them or are prepared to change them. Democracy does indeed require checks and balances (and I’m not just thinking about the US here) and finally any political candidate worth his/her salt should refuse to bow to the now ‘normal’ convention of posturing like a third-rate film star and substituting taunts and insults for argument. What a turn off for the younger generation who haven’t had the experience of seeing brighter and more inspiring examples.
    Excellent blog!

    1. Hello Laurette, Thank you very much. I am speaking from the heart because this election has really affected everyone. Everyone is passionate about who they want as president, and then there are people like me, deflated because my guy, Sanders wasn’t nominated. It left me uncomfortable and sad. I guess that’s why I felt a need to talk about it on my blog. To show those who are lost like me to understand there are other choices. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

  2. I too would have voted for Sanders if he made the nomination. People generally aren’t informed, and so it goes… But your post shows how much thought went into your vote. It would be great if more people could say that.

    1. Jeri, This election made me look into the voting system, electoral votes and write-ins. I couldn’t bring myself to vote either party, so I read up on my choices. I hope some people who are lost in their search for an answer do look at other options. Thank you so much.

  3. Hear hear and 100% agreed. I don’t even want to go over to Facebook anymore. No matter how many times I click ‘hide post’ and ‘see less from this person’, the same garbage still pops up on BOTH sides. I don’t want to see either side’s idiotic, often misinformed rants!

    As for the two party thing, I’ll just copy and paste what we replied to you over at our blog, since it very much still stands here…

    To us, the funny thing about the two party system is that by having two complete and extreme opposites, nothing ever gets resolved. No one wants to reach common ground – it’s all or nothing. You’re either with us or against us, helping this country or destroying it (in their eyes). We talk about wanting to work together, but then we latch onto one tiny issue (let’s say guns) and by your stance on that alone people will say, “Ah, so you’re one of THEM, aren’t you?”

    Uh, no, I’m not ‘them’. I’m ‘me’. Nice to meet you, jackass.

    1. Yes yes and yes. This polarisation is so destructive. We saw what happened (us Brits) with the Brexit referendum, friends and families falling out with each other, what on earth happened to consensus? There is no easy answer but people have got to keep talking and going forward, allowing dissent and disagreement but respecting the opinions of others and working to a solution, not just going for the easy option and sticking derogatory labels on people whose ideas don’t match ours. Sad to see a great nation like America getting bogged down in this kind of rhetoric. I think the tone of Denise’s article was exemplary.

      1. Laurette, Polarisation! Great word to describe it. It is sad about the deep-seeded anger that spills out with friends and family. I’m sure Brexit caused a lot of heartache between loved ones. People need to keep talking, and government needs to start listening. We need honest politicians (I know, an oxymoron) who see life through the eyes of the working class. Thank you so much for you comments and partaking in the discussion.

    2. ABFTS, You are so right! They are opposites. Why should they expect citizens to choose extreme opposites? That’s why I feel we need more parties, more voices, to pull us together instead of tearing us apart. What you say about being ‘either with us or against us’ is so very true. And so very sad. Thanks for stopping by.

  4. Thank you for this. I have had to bite my tongue so much. I’ve also been sickened to the point of having to stay off facebook. This election is so….AHHHHHHH

    I have said often to hubby, I wish the 2 party thing would go away. Why can’t it be what’s right for ALL PEOPLE and not what suits your PARTY.

    As far as Trump, it’s all be said. I just don’t get people that are supporting him. :/

    <3
    Bug

    1. June, My tongue is swollen from biting it so much. 🙂 I can’t wait for the election to be over… and it’ll probably push me to drink through the entire four years.

      The nominees are no longer presidents for the citizens. 🙁

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