With all the hyperbole, hype, exaggerations and other foolishness that typically surrounds our political process, it’s no wonder a lot of what people think or believe is often based on misinformation rather than facts. I’m amazed how context and perspective seem to be meaningless to so many whenever the subject of politics is discussed.
So I thought I’d address this complete misnomer that’s often perpetuated in the media, and by many voters, that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are both equally flawed candidates. I’m sorry — and please excuse my language — but that’s complete and utter bullshit.
I’ve met entirely too many individuals who mistake an overall “lack of excitement” for Clinton, or the fact that she’s not the best public speaker (sometimes too robotic/can come off disingenuous) with how terrible and dangerous Donald Trump is by citing the only reason they’re supporting her is because they’re choosing the “lesser of two evils.”
Is she the most electrifying presidential candidate ever? No, she’s not. Then again, the president shouldn’t need to be Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
For the record, Bill Gates isn’t particularly electrifying or exciting, either — he’s just incredibly smart and extremely successful. In fact, there are quite a lot of people who are wonderful at their jobs who, if they ran for office, probably wouldn’t be “exciting” enough to “energize” voters.
But the truth is, Trump isn’t simply a “bad candidate” or some SNL skit gone wrong — he’s flat-out dangerous. He’s incompetent, inept and so ridiculously unqualified to be president that I’m legitimately afraid he could start WWIII on accident.
Is Hillary Clinton perfect? No. Does she have flaws? Of course. I’m not here to tell anyone that she’s some flawless candidate who can do no wrong. But I will say, without hesitation, that she’s one of the most qualified human beings to ever run for president.
Saying she’s the “lesser of two evils” when comparing her to Trump is like saying a college kid arrested for selling marijuana out of his dorm room to help pay tuition is the “lesser of two evils” when compared to Charles Manson.
It’s amazing how many people seem to have forgotten that as First Lady, a senator from New York and as Secretary of State, she left each of those positions extremely popular and admired. Unfortunately in this country our political memories are usually pretty awful, which makes the four years since she’s been a public servant seem like an entire lifetime ago. However, simply because many voters tend to have very short political memories (at least when facts are concerned) doesn’t erase her past accomplishments.
Even before the Clintons moved into the White House she built a career fighting for women’s rights, increasing access to health care (especially for children) and education. Hell, even when she was a board member of Wal-Mart (which was mostly a PR move by the company to have a female on the board) she pushed them to promote and hire more women in management roles and helped make the company more environmentally friendly.
Yes — she got Wal-Mart (a horrible company that cares about nobody — trust me on this) to at least attempt to care about equality in the workplace for women and being more “green” when disposing of waste.
So this nonsense that she’s the “lesser of two evils” has to stop. Just because they’re part of the same debate, running for the same office, doesn’t mean that these two are equals. Believing that is sort of like suggesting Donald Trump is just as much of an expert on climate change as Bill Nye simply because they’re both well-known figures who have weighed in on the topic.
The real truth is that Hillary Clinton’s “worst flaw” is the perception of her that’s largely impacted by the hundreds of millions of dollars that have been spent slandering her for nearly a quarter century.
Meanwhile, the unedited truth about Trump is worse than any sort of propaganda anyone could fabricate to use as an attack against him. You literally just need to quote him verbatim — then sit back and watch him deny that he said exactly what he said.
Think about that for a moment: Donald Trump actually proves how awful he is by often denying that he’s said or done exactly what he said or did.
Will Clinton be an effective president? Who knows. I think she will, but I’m not here to say I can definitively predict the future.
But I do know this, she won’t:
- End the Affordable Care Act which has given millions of Americans health care and ended discrimination towards those with pre-existing conditions.
- Try to get same-sex marriage overturned.
- Eliminate and reverse all the steps we’ve taken to combat climate change.
- Oppose raising the minimum wage.
- Vilify and demean immigrants.
- Mock people with disabilities.
- Cut taxes for the rich so the middle class can pick up the tab.
- Appoint Supreme Court justices who might overturn Roe v. Wade, ending the rights women have over their own bodies.
- Go on a stage and advocate that we commit war crimes by seizing the natural resources of another country or targeting the families of terrorists.
Those are all things Trump will most definitely attempt to do.
What she’ll ultimately be able to accomplish if elected president is entirely unknown. With the way our government is set up, unless Democrats get out in large numbers to give her a Congress that will work with her to pass progressive legislation, there’s no way of knowing what she will or won’t be able to do. But one thing I do know is that she’ll stop Republicans from rolling back the progress tens of millions of progressive and liberal Americans have spent decades fighting for.
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