I've done my share of commenting about Hillary Clinton's run for President. Unless you've been hiding under a bush the last few months (and good for you, if you have), you know she's now the official Democratic candidate for the post.
Our girlies are heartbroken about this. They were really hoping for Bernie Sanders. Unfortunately, they didn't take The Machine into account -- which the recent e-mail scandal pointed out. Gee, that 'heartfelt' apology to Sanders sure made things better. And I love how Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the former DNC chair, who was hip-deep in the middle of all this, resigned -- and promptly went to work for the Clinton campaign.
Yep, no bias there. None whatsoever.
The recent DNC convention had more than its share of pandering to the audience, including inviting Michael Brown's mom to speak, and featuring a photo of a Middle Eastern lady weeping 'for joy' after Clinton's nomination was clinched. (Turns out she was mourning; she'd been there to represent Sanders.)
Then again, I'd expect that. And similar incidents happened at the GOP convention. (Of course they did.) That's politics. So common it's sickening.
What I still have the most problem with:
Can I trust that a person who is experienced in the political venue, who spent years as Secretary of State and First Lady ...will use her obvious intelligence to act on behalf of the American people -- instead of herself, her family and the Clinton Foundation?
Do I believe that she had 'no idea it was going on,' and "I didn't lie," regarding her recent e-mail scandal? If I did believe this 'Reagan defense' (and I don't), then it would suggest that she's incredibly dumb.
Which she's not.
Has she admitted to past misjudgments that obviously went wrong? Cue Benghazi here. The government should be ashamed of its actions during that debacle -- paid for with the lives of Ambassador Stevens and U.S. soldiers. As Secretary of State, Clinton was one of the major players calling the shots. (Maybe she can't remember that, either.)
Has she been truthful? Even Mrs. Clinton acknowledges that many people do not believe she can be trusted. Or is worth trusting. (She says lots of people do trust her...and she'll work on it. She seems largely clueless on why - hmmm, see below.)
Has the Clinton Foundation -- and Hillary Clinton's campaign -- accepted millions of dollars from companies and governments who obviously have ulterior motives in their 'generosity?' Then tried to hide it? (The answer, sadly: 'Yes.') Has Mrs. Clinton benefitted from this personally? How about her husband (who I don't trust, either)...and her daughter?
What do you think...
So, I'll be voting for Donald Trump...right?
He hasn't exactly followed what he's advocating, either. Like American-made products in America -- in his own business practices. Speaking of business, anybody who goes bankrupt repeatedly, then crows about how he's such a success, has my skepticism, to begin with. (My dad would have been outraged: 'We pay our bills.') Warren Buffett (who is, of course, biased) had this to say about Trump and his company:
"That was the only time Donald Trump went to the American people and said, 'I'm a winner, invest in my company.' ...Over the next 10 years, the company loses money every year, every single year. He takes $44 million in compensation. If a monkey had thrown a dart at the stock page it would have made 150%. People who believe in [Trump] came away losing well over 90 cents on the dollar. They got back less than a dime."
Sure, Donald Trump is rich. Privileged. (So would he understand what it's like to be poor and struggling? Probably not -- but neither would Hillary.) How about educated? (Well, sort of.) Smart enough to choose wise advisors who can steer him in the right direction? (Maybe...but does he take their advice?)
Has he ever put the most critical needs of the country, business included, before his own? Probably not. Donald Trump is, after all, for Donald Trump. We saw that in Colorado, where he was such a class act in the primary. (Oh, that's right...he never showed up. Then he had the gall to accuse Ted Cruz -- who did -- of 'stealing' votes. Classy, with a capital K.)
He is known for being a braggart and a bully: making rude, off-the-cuff remarks that suggest he hasn't done his homework...doesn't care about the implications of said remarks ('I was just joking,' he's known to say)...or is just plain mean. (Seriously, Mr. Trump, calling Hillary Clinton "the devil?") Even ruder actions. Calling people out for doing something -- then doing the exact same thing, because somehow the rules don't apply to him.
Isn't our president supposed to be a model of tact, dignity and thoughtful action?
Even when Tump hits close to the truth, for example:
|All illustrations via Wikipedia: Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton entries|
Can he do it tactfully, so people actually listen?
It gets even weirder when you have a huge batch of GOP officials who are willing to sign a letter recommending Trump shouldn't be given any campaign funds. AFTER the convention's over, and he's now the official Republican candidate. Really.
Is Donald Trump any more truthful than Hillary Clinton?
I doubt it -- unless you can call producing unguarded comments and pithy insults, however accurate, being 'truthful.' Is he willing to stop blatting off his mouth like a jerk, set aside his personal and corporate agendas, and focus on the needs of the American people and the country, instead?
Even if you set aside the questions of honesty and agendas, Hillary Clinton has had her share of pithy insults, as well. (If you haven't seen the commercials that imply the world will burst into flame if Trump is elected, you just haven't lived.)
Is she willing to do the same?
Unless something radically changes, I can't stomach voting for either the Democrat OR the Republican presidential candidates. (And no other party candidates will do any better -- except to ruin one of the two main players' chances.)
I wish there were an acid test:
Anyone who becomes President would be required to give up their personal fortune -- permanently -- the first day they take office. During their administration, they would not be allowed to grant -- or influence-- any kind of position or favorable decision for any individual or group who gave them money. Period.
It may not matter, but I'll still vote. The only thing that's for sure in this messed-up situation --
God is still in control here. Not Donald Trump. Not Hillary Clinton.