Fear and Loathing in the United States 2016

I really do not know what to make of last night’s election results, especially the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States. In a way it was a historic election. Donald Trump is the first president to have never held political office or been in the military. In some ways that’s a good thing, but in other ways, given the impression that we seem to have that Trump is a loose cannon, this could be a real problem stop the question is: Is Donald Trump mentally up to the challenge of being president?

The medias, at least those who do not really think Trump is up to being president, keep talking about whether he is mentally stable enough to be commander-in-chief. What is this focus on the ability to be a competent military leader? Seriously, do we really expect our president to efficiently lead troops into battle? Can you see Donald Trump shooting the head of ISIS? Or Barack Obama personally shooting Osama bin Laden? Seriously, get over this commander-in-chief crap. The last thing we need as president is some crazed military “leader.”

The idea of president Trump fills me with fear to some extent. The idea of a president Hillary Clinton, and it’s not because I’m a sexist pig, fills me with loathing. The woman and her husband both are moral cesspools. They have no qualms about lying through their teeth to cover their own behinds. I’m sorry, but that is not the kind of person that I or you really want as president.What happened to presidents with moral integrity like Abraham Lincoln, Woodrow Wilson, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt. We really have been scraping the bottom of the moral barrel for the last 50 years or so, beginning with Richard Nixon -“Tricky Dick.” He had the nerve after Watergate to claim that he is not a crook. If he’s not a crook, then I have no idea what a crook is. Nixon and his partner in crime, Oliver North, should have been sent to prison. The fact that North was a Marine colonel does not excuse him from charges of treason, and that is exactly what he was guilty of.

It is unfortunate that the American political system is so morally corrupt. The people that get elected and reelected are no better than, and I’m sorry for the insult to all working girls, whores. These politicians are no better than Faust, who sold his soul to the devil for money and power, same as so many politicians. It is no wonder there is such a strong sentiment against what we euphemistically refer to as “career politicians.” The problem is that the people who are offering themselves as an alternative to these career politicians are really, as far as I can tell, not much better themselves. Maybe I am wrong about that. Time will tell.

The only way to really improve the quality of the people running for office in this country is to, first and foremost, eliminate lobbyists and political action committees. These are the source of the funding for political campaigns. Lobbyists especially are the pimps of the political world. Until we get rid of them. American elections in American politics will continue to be a moral cesspool.

In conjunction with the elimination of lobbyists, we need to learn from our friends in Britain. We need to shorten the campaign process considerably. I mean most of these career politicians spent two years campaigning for office. For a member of the capital house that’s an entire term. Representatives are so busy campaigning they do not have the time to actually do what they’re getting paid to do. For senators it’s two out of six years. A little better but still unacceptable. For a president, two years is half of a term. The final two years of his first term he is running for reelection. The final two years of his second term, he is helping his parties candidate run for election, like Obama did for Hillary. Three months is plenty. And we need to limit the kind of advertisements and the amount of that advertising that these candidates are allowed to do. As I said in my last post, it gets ridiculous when every commercial in a five-minute commercial block in a political ad block. The funny thing is that it is not just the long time career politicians that are running all the stupid ads. It is also all those candidates who have never held political office, or so they claim, and oppose career politicians. Some of them even claim that they do not have any ties to lobbyists. I have one question for these people: Where did you get the money for all those ads?

I am going to close today’s rant with one final thought. Someone once said, “The price of liberty is eternal vigilance.” Too many people misunderstand that quote. The quote is a warning against people with skin our political system trying to limit our constitutional liberties, often in the name of national security. We Americans are much too willing to trade liberty for a sense, perhaps a false sense, of security from outside threats. Trading those liberties is what leads to totalitarianism. That’s what happened in Germany in the 1930s. I heard the stories first-hand from my mother who grew up in that time.. My grandfather understood that quote. He spent several six month sentences in a Nazi labor camp because he refused to join the Nazi party. He remained a Christian Democrat his entire life. I’d write rants like this in his memory.

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