I watch people bash one presidential candidate or the other and shake my head.
Electing either Republican nominee Donald Trump or Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton would show just how bad things have gotten in our country.
Clinton supporters, your candidate is a sociopathic liar who doesn’t care about anything other than her legacy.
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Trump supporters, your candidate is an egomaniac who doesn’t care about anything other than his social media presence.
Focus on the real message from the voters in the primaries. People are fed up with the political system that doesn’t truly represent the average American.
And for those of you offended by my saying that, your political views aren’t average.
Maybe two terrible candidates represent an opportunity for us to venture to a third-party candidate. All I know is that I would much rather see a revolution at the polls.
When I see the anger in every city that has been in the news, I can’t say I care for the alternative.
Wake up people. Neither of the main candidates is worth defending.
The madness of covering everything said by the unqualified Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump, has become epidemic. President Barack Obama put it perfectly when he said the new media normalize Trump’s craziness.
By airing everything out of his mouth with no restraint and as breaking news, the media present Trump’s views as fact or truth. This is the mendacity that is our new reality.
Can cable news channels not understand the difference between news and exposure? When I hear clips of Trump’s daily brain-emptying remarks, I know that the context is missing.
The man has nothing in his resume that qualifies him. Maybe he knows something, but it’s not government and history — both are mandatory for the job of president of the United States.
Trump’s supporters don’t even have anything in common with him.
He’s not left behind. He’s not disenfranchised.
He’s a rich man who’s barely smart enough to know what to say to those looking for someone to say what they want to hear. Trump is a carpetbagger, and his result could mirror Brexit, which was a disastrous disappointment, especially to the ignorant majority who voted for it.
Trump is capitalizing on racism and sexism disguised as information. He needs to be truly exposed, not repeatedly covered as news.
Not so secure
The recent PBS documentary on Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump made the point that when Clinton became a lawyer, she worked in D.C. on the Watergate hearing. She was especially into security and secrecy.
Later, she became first lady and had to live with security and secrecy.
Then she becomes secretary of state and can’t remember anything about security or secrecy with her emails (apparently because President Barack Obama was on some of them). All she can do is lie to us about them.
The FBI destroyed some of her computers, apparently so no one can go back through them to get incriminating evidence.
And now, in the second debate, Clinton said her Supreme Court nominations would be influenced by the world.
I don’t believe we, the United States of America, want our legal system influenced by another country’s laws. We want our Supreme Court influenced only by the Constitution of the United States.
Can Clinton be trusted with the security of our country? I think not.
Failure is almost assured when we try correct the faults of our time without looking at the efforts of the past.
On April 19, 1881, Tombstone, Ariz., passed Ordinance No. 9 — “To Provide against Carrying Deadly Weapons.”
I wish we had such an ordinance today. Maybe we wouldn’t have three shootings a night.
Hugh J. Taylor
Focus on Congress
Are you deeply concerned about the coming election? Having trouble deciding whom to vote against in November?
Forget about the presidency and focus on Congress. Until such time as we all send adults to represent us in the House and Senate, the occupant of the White House will be inconsequential, and we will continue to be plagued by a dysfunctional national government when a working Congress is needed more than ever.
And, we have only ourselves to blame.
The Libertarian and Green Party candidates for president have not been tested for their abilities “under fire” internationally. They are not skilled compared to the major party candidates.
The Democratic and Republican standard-bearers have been flayed from all directions, but they show grit. We must keep in mind they are subject to human frailties.
Both candidates have failed to register the fact that each alone will not pass legislation but must show leadership to exhort members of Congress to do their duty and represent their constituents.
Errors of judgment are a major concern with this year’s candidates, who are being monitored all over the world. The leader who takes “the high road” and discusses the many issues and the welfare of our citizens will get our vote.
Howard and Zelia Bell