Monday, October 24, 2016

The Clown Fiesta that is our Presidential Election

So let me get this out of the way: It is important to vote. You should register and you should vote if you're eligible. Even if you're disenchanted with democracy or our current candidates it's important that your demographic is represented in polls. If you want politicians to appeal to your desires then they must feel like you vote. Think about it, if you're a politician and you see that demographic X isn't voting... why would I appeal to their needs? I'm going to appeal to the people that are voting. Go vote.

The nominations are done and the debates are done. Plenty of gifs and quotes to nitpick but I want to talk about the election holistically. I guess my general sentiment throughout this entire process is, "How is it possible Trump has gotten this far?" I didn't take him seriously when he began running and then he won a couple states. Then he won the nomination. I hope I'm not sitting here a couple months later and wondering how he won the Presidency.

I have tried hard to stay objective about Trump as much as possible. I watched a documentary on his businessman history. From what I can tell he appeals to the masses for a variety of reasons:
  1. He is not a politician. People are tired of politicians and he symbolizes the american dream for some people.
  2. He is racist/sexist/brash. People who are also racist or sexist or brash want to see people like themselves winning the election.
  3. He is not Hillary. This is probably the strongest reason. Basically every Trump supporter starts their argument with "Well he's not..."

For the record I love Bernie Sanders and would have voted for him. After a hard fought campaign I've been saddled with the task of trying to come around on Hillary. I don't love her. Here are the top 3 reasons I think people support Hillary:
  1. Her last name is Clinton. The masses remember the good old days of Bill and want to chase that high.
  2. She's qualified. Career politician. Knows how to pander, debate, and do her job.
  3. She's not Trump. Also the strongest reason people gravitate to her. If you haven't been offended by Trump then you haven't been paying attention.
People always talk about the "lesser of two evils" and I feel like this election exemplifies this the most. Both candidates have historically low approval ratings. Both candidates are shrouded in corruption and shade. Both candidates leave a bad taste in my mouth.

I usually try and stay informed and do my research but this year I have turned my attention to local props. This year more than ever I have become disenchanted with democracy, the electoral college, and the election process. Either way I still have to go vote because it's the right thing to do.