Election day perceptions

This long and drawn out clown show, aka the 2016 Election, is almost over. I have no idea what tomorrow will bring, but I’m sure it will be just as fubar as the run up this past year. If you’ve been reading these past few weeks here, you’ll know that I’m a third-party supporter. If you’ve really been reading, you’ll know which third party candidate I supported. The who doesn’t matter anymore and at this point, not worth talking about any longer. I’ve refocused my energy on the things that I think I can do over the next three years to make the 2020 election season more of a democratic process than a two-sided vote for unsavory and unpopular candidates.

I was first in line this morning at my polling location. I was #4 to be checked in. I walked past someone in their car parked up front just outside the door and I was thinking to myself “they’re not first because they didn’t get out”. I honestly didn’t see who was inside the car and hadn’t taken notice. I was in line at 6:30am and was patiently waiting with people lining up behind me for 20 minutes. I caught a glimpse of the person in the car starting to get out and realized she was in her car for a reason; she had two canes and had trouble walking. I motioned for her to come up front to sit down on the bench outside the door and got a few brief looks of disgust from people in line until they turned around and saw the older woman walking up. No one contested her being the first in the door and I was happy that there was some decency left in us as a society.

She thanked me for letting her come up front and sit down on the bench and I just smiled and nodded. That must have been enough for her to think I wanted to have a conversation and asked how many elections I’ve voted in. After telling her I’ve never missed a single vote except for primaries (which are stupid when closed) she proceeded to tell me she’s never missed one either. The first election she voted for President was in 1952 and she proudly voted for Dwight D. Eisenhower. The way she spoke about Adlai Stevenson was similar to the way some people talk about Donald Trump, it was actually quite amusing. I helped her into the building and walked her over to her check-in person.

I honestly had no idea at the beginning of this year how rough the last few months leading up to this election would actually become. The roughness being my own personal awakening to the corruption, lies, deceit, and manipulation that has taken place for as long as four decades. I’m glad it was rough though because I’m in a much better position to not only make better choices, but also speak with others with conviction and facts to back up my statements. I rarely force my opinion on anyone anymore as it has only caused me problems in the past. My approach now is to demonstrate facts and sources to others so that they may, if they choose to, do their own research and form their own opinion. Some will engage with me at a later point in time, others will write me off and I don’t bring it up again. One of the reasons I deleted Facebook was because I no longer tolerated attacks on my right to have an opinion without a valid reason to do so. I’ve accepted that the next four years are going to be extremely difficult for us as a country and I hope that it will be enough to finally make people question their loyalties to an oligarchy that has used them to make themselves more wealthy.

During the last few months, I’ve found others online that have, like me, discovered the cloak of deceit and manipulation.  I’ve learned so much from them.  I’m sure that I’ve lost a few people as well, and that’s OK, they weren’t ready to accept that what they believed to be true could potentially all be based on a huge lie. I respect your choice to vote for the candidate that you think will do the best job; you voted and that’s what is important. For those of you who did not vote, you know who you are, you’re right to complain about the outcomes of this year’s elections has been revoked.

I reject your reality and substitute my own

Tomorrow is election day. The road this year to our next President has been like a road in Pennsylvania strewn with potholes, cracks, and crevasses. Those that live here, you know what I’m talking about and the picture is no surprise to you.

pothole
Person added to the lower left for scale.  This is called a “Car Killer” pot hole.

I’m left with a nearly impossible choice this year where no matter what I do, the outcome has almost certainly been decided already. Speaking this morning with two people native to India about the American democracy, I was laughing at the shear ridiculousness of what our system has been turned into. They were confused about the Electoral College and how it was created out of a fundamental distrust the Founding Fathers had of the American people over 200 years ago. Yeah, they didn’t trust the population. At the time, the EC worked, and it functioned as a buffer between the elections and the government. Those distinctions have been eroded and the lines blurred, the EC is no longer an impartial group of people in each state. I think the EC as a whole needs to be investigated for fraud honestly.

Choice 1 – Vote for Hillary Clinton

LOL! ROFL! LMAO! Added for the humor value 🙂

Choice 2 – Vote for Donald Trump

In a world where Hillary Clinton didn’t exist, this might actually be an “ok” choice. He’s self-centered, bigoted, part of the elite, etc. I can’t deny the fact that he’s saying what the American people want to hear and it remains to be seen if he actually could do what he’s saying he wants to do. It’s a risky choice, but Americans have a history of taking the risky choice. I know one thing, a Trump Presidency would certainly be a historic Presidency, that I think no one can dispute.

Choice 3 – Vote for Gary Johnson or Jill Stein

I know neither candidate can win. I know that a vote for either of them is a vote for the future in the hopes that one or both of them get to at least 5% of the popular vote. What is really frustrating is that we have to endure 4 years of Clinton or Trump to make the potential of a third-party possible in 2020. I’m angry that I didn’t see the effect of a two-party duopoly sooner than this year and that more people aren’t seeing what I’m seeing. One of my friends actually called me a conspiracy theorist for my support of third parties. I’m no longer friends with them, I can’t be around that kind of blind faith in a corrupt system; a closed mind.

My choice?

I probably won’t decide until the curtain closes behind me and the red blinking lights are flashing in front of me tomorrow morning. I wonder how history will judge this year’s elections?

“An Inconvenient Truth”

I watched this documentary again last night after having seen it a few years ago. For those that aren’t familiar, this is the documentary that Al Gore released on the problem of global warming. Knowing most of the facts, as I’m convinced it’s been happening for decades, I’m still so confused why some still don’t see it. This isn’t a standard topic anymore in mainstream media and I believe the lack of coverage has lulled people into a sense of comfort that things are changing and getting fixed. That is so far from the actual truth. This post isn’t about global warming though despite using the title from the documentary. I felt it needed clarification.

Al Gore made some really good points about how truth is often inconvenient to things like economy, power, politics, personal wealth, a requirement to change. One such example he gave, that is used as an argument, is an old-school balance showing gold bars on one side and the entire planet Earth on the other. His point was that the economy could never be compared to the whole planet becuase if the planet stopped supporting life, no amount of gold could compensate for that. Unforutnately, media and politicians have said that changing things to slow or reverse global warming effects would impact global economies. I see this as an unwillingness to change (they won’t get richer) now because its a problem other generations will have to endure (they’ll die rich). Typing that just now, I see how ridiculous that argument actually is. The cost of not doing anything will result in a world that we will not recognize in 50-100 years. How can I tell my daughter that its her responsibility to fix?

The term “inconvenient truth” can be applied to a lot of the issues that we’re currently facing in this year’s Presidential election. It’s inconvenient for the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) to allow parties other than Democrats and Republicans to participate in the debates. Doing so would allow the American people a real choice in candidates and break the duopoloy that the current political system has created and fought to preserve. The 15% polling rule to allow a third party candidate to debate is unfair for multiple reasons, especially when the polls selected are chosen by the CPD. I wrote about that here.

The term “inconvenient truth” can be applied to the massive amount of debt the U.S. is carrying right now to the tune of around $20 trillion. Taking into account that $9 trillion of that was the result of the bailout in 2008-09 by the Federal Reserve, it’s inconvenient to think that the recovery we’ve had in the resulting years since is propped up on money that was printed. Any normal business operating with a 97% debt ratio would certainly fail if drastic changes to the company are not made. The government is unwilling or unable to make the changes necessary to start to address the amount of debt we have in place. A core concept of Liberalism is debt cancellation, a concept that I think we’re going to have to embrace in the near future in order to prevent the collapse of the American financial system.

The term “inconvenient truth” can be applied to Donald Trump. For all the negativity he represents, the American people elected him through a national primary that he won squarely; the jury is still out on whether he won it fairly. He used a rhetoric that resonated with a lot of Americans in that they had a way to show their anger and frustration by pushing a button in a voting booth. We’re now living with all the discovered inconvenient truths of his paste and realize now that this person is a few weeks away of becoming our next President; for 4 years. My concern about the political system aside, this man is NOT the person we want representing America to the world. We’re already being laughed at as a result of this year’s Presidential race. The last thing we need is to have this type of individual in the seat of the President.

The term “inconvenient truth” can be applied to everyone questioning the system and seeking information to become more informed. It isn’t hard for someone to find sources of news and information that aren’t biased or owned by the elite in this country. One such source for news is CounterPunch.org, a site that I’ve visited multiple times a day since learning about it from a blog post on Learning to Speak Politics. Reading raw and uncensored news was amazingly eye-opening and scary at the same time. Comparing stories on mainstream media with the same content on CounterPunch brings to light the glaring censorship that mainstream media actually has. It would appear to the uninformed or mis-informed that this is not the case. Yes, CounterPunch might be considered radical, but not in the sense that they’re conspiracy theorists, rather in the sense that they have committed to reporting uncensored and unfiltered news. If that’s radical, then consider me a radical.

There is so much around us that we just don’t know about or understand and I’ll be honest, it’s been a difficult journey finding out the truth about our political and financial systems. It wasn’t until I started reading about the founding fathers and economists of their day that I truly understood the scope of the sleeping bomb we’re all sitting on right now. It is not a stretch of the imagination to see that the political and financial systems are integrated so tightly that a minor bump for either of them throws the delicate system completely out of balance. As an example, the political system, fearful of a completely collapse of the financial system, urged the Federal Reserve to bail-out the financial system, in turn, protecting the wealth of the politicians. A sickening cyclical system that self-reinforces with every change in legislation that makes it easier to make more money. It’s the rest of us, the non-wealthy, that end up paying for it with taxes, higher prices, and the burden of increasing debt.

Our entire country is in a pandora’s box of inconvenient truths. I choose to be informed and fight the status quo. How about you?

Trump is cracking

Here he goes again, blaming everyone other than himself for problems in his own campaign. Some parts of this post are taken directly from the article linked below.

Trump Sees Wide-Ranging “Clinton Machine” Conspiracy to Steal Election

Highlights

In this article, here are the conspiracies he claims are being orchestrated against him:

  • intra-party turmoil over Trump’s feud with Gold Star parents
  • deteriorating standing in national and swing-state polls
  • a positive U.S. job report in July
  • his wife’s plagiarism

Trump took it a step further by suggesting without proof that Hillary Clinton and her allies may steal the election.

He also claims that he was running against a “rigged press” and a “dishonest machine” that wouldn’t hold Clinton accountable for her transgressions.

This quote directly from the article is the cherry on the cake.

Trump believing and convincing his supporters that the election was rigged matters a lot,” former Obama senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer said on his podcast, Keepin’ It 1600. “Because when you add with the ‘lock her up,’ ‘Hillary Clinton’s a crook,’ [FBI Director] ‘Jim Comey’s in the pocket of the Clinton campaign’—it’s all about de-legitimizing Hillary Clinton’s first term. To create a set of excuses for why Republicans should oppose the most basic governing responsibilities.

Commentary

I found, while reading this article, that I was feeling apprehensive. My concern isn’t due to Trump being a buffoon, or Clinton taking the high road, rather it’s the shear ridiculousness of his accusations in the first place. It took me all of 15 minutes doing some searching online to discover that his accusations only stand if you don’t look for some evidence or proof to substantiate them. Take the claims of conspiracies above for instance.

Intra-party turmoil
Regardless of the reasons why the DNC decided to put the Khan’s onstage to tell their story, Trumps reaction and subsequent comments on Twitter are just wrong. Trump paraded several people on stage at the RNC that made accusations of Clinton and her allies, however there wasn’t a single negative reaction in the press from them. The backlash Trump received for his feud with Gold Star parents is of his own making because 1 – he made the comments in the first place, and 2 – didn’t apologize immediately or directly for the comments.

Deteriorating standing in national and swing-state polls
Random polls asking people who they’d be voting for and providing some demographic information. How exactly does this get rigged when multiple sources are providing similar information? I get that the media doesn’t always do the right thing, but in this case, the data they collect is difficult to rig.

A positive U.S. jobs report in July
Yeah, sure, Clinton made sure that the positive jobs report was, well, positive. Do I really need to comment on this one?

His wife’s plagiarism
The side by side video is pretty clear to me that most of the content in that section of the speech was, in fact, plagiarized. The issue here isn’t that previous speeches from others may or may not have been plagarized, rather, it’s the fact that they initially denied having plagarized the speech. I’m not a stickler for plagiarizing, enough of the words were changed in my opinion and it was delivered quite well, but not admitting it was “borrowed” as soon as the news broke, *that* is why it’s a big deal.

The Machine

I could be wrong in this statement, but I believe this election year is one for the history books (rather, e-readers). Historical not because there is potential for the first female President. Historical not because the Republican Nominee was a former reality-TV star and business man without a political resume. Historical not because both candidates have poor approval ratings. No, it’s historical because at no point in our history have their been two candidates that caused a collective world to be left shaking their heads at the American democratic system. The machine is broken and it’s every single person in politics that thought it was someone else’s job to grease the gears. Our political machine is starting to show that it’s over 200 years old and decades of poor maintenance have left us with a compromised system that I fear is beyond repair. At this point I don’t even believe that Gary Johnson (Libertarian) or Jill Stein (Green) could make much of a difference if somehow elected to the Presidency.

When considering the two third-party candidates though, Jill Stein has started to pull ahead of Gary Johnson in my own personal poll. You know, the one that includes only me. She has some really good ideas and positions on a lot of hot button issues that match up to my own opinions. What I’m trying to understand right now if is a vote on a third party candidate is a wasted vote or not. I’ve read several blog entries on just that subject and am still on the fence. If I were forced to vote tomorrow, I’m 90% certain that I’d select a third party candidate as I’m done with Democrats and Republicans. The time has come for the death of the two-party system that supports and perpetuates the “us vs. them” mentality.

Bernie Sanders, Independent for President!

Heartburn over next President

Inspired by In which I reluctantly “choose” Hillary by The Monster in Your Closet

There are some topics of discussion that will always get people fired up, one of them being politics. Reading the personal view from one such writer that I’ve been following for a while now, I felt it was about time for me to get out a subjective and honest post about my internal points of view and why I am or am not voting for specific people. As is the case with every political conversation I’ve ever had since forever, my points of view are largely based on observation, reading, listening, and forming an opinion from all those sources (both individual and mainstream). We won’t agree on all of this, but one of the things I find amazing in this country is being able to share opinions with others, not for acceptance, but because we can. Thousands of people do this every day without the need for violence or anger, so lets keep this civil, ok.

DonaldTrumpHairDonald Trump

I’m smiling and chuckling right now. Where do I start with this guy? Obviously I’m not a supporter of Trump at this point despite having a brief glimmer of hope very early on that he’d be the one to shake things up. Well, he’s shaken things up, but not for the better. I see Donald Trump as the poster child of the anti-government establishment and a member of the, often not thought of like this, the 1% (Bernie Sanders plug). I’m often left thinking how people who support him don’t see that he’s part of the group of people that have caused so many problems for all of us. I feel like the 1% see’s the rest of us as minions that help make them more money while we all get poorer. Mr. Trump is portrayed as a buffoon with little or no experience with politics, I offer an alternative theory. Mr. Trump is a lot smarter than most give him credit for and a White House with him a the helm gives me a very nervous view of the future. I see the potential for him to push through legislation that further separates the poor, low, and middle classes from the upper classes, further compounding the problems we’re currently experiencing. The 2008 housing crisis should have been a wake up call that the wealthy are gaming the system to make as much money as they can. They need to be knocked down a few pegs. Lets bring back some of the top tax bracket taxes that existed in the Regan years for starters.

Donald does not have my support or my vote in November.

HillaryClintonSurprisedHillary Clinton

Being the polar opposite of Donald Trump, my gut is telling me she can’t be trusted. I hear her say words, make promises, endorse the right groups and initiatives. I see her doing things that contradict what she says all over the place though that goes back years or in some cases, decades. Call her what you will; flip flopper, waffler, etc. Her track record is spotted with controversy through her whole career, which her husband didn’t help at all to improve. I’ve been in technology for my entire career and still can’t believe that a person in her position would even think that using a personal server was a good idea. This one action of hers forever made me distrust everything she has said since. She does do the right thing when required, she says the right then when people need to hear it, but her actions blatantly say otherwise and anyone who reads just a little (from reputable sources) will see the pattern emerge.

Hillary does not have my support, but could potentially get my vote in November.

Libertarian Party

I’ll be the first to admit it, I’m behind on their agendas and candidates. Having seen a few of them in the news lately, I decided that a third party vote from me might be worth it. After reading a lot on Ross Perot and Ron Paul, I see the potential as well as the damage that a third party candidate can do. In the previous elections, especially Perot, they pulled votes from the mainstream party candidates and made what could have been a wide margin a very slim margin. I’m hoping that the strength of the third party here this election cycle could actually make a difference. Anyway, never in a million years would I see myself leaning to a party that also included John McAfee. My personal views on him are technical related and I think he’s just a complete moron.

GaryJohnsonI am supporting Gary Johnson at this point as my potential third party candidate. He has impressed me with the few speeches I’ve seen online and his agenda is actually quite logical and straightforward. The three front runners to his agenda are eliminating personal/corporate taxes, scale back government spending and U.S. entanglements overseas, and create a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. I hate paying taxes and will endorse a plan that eliminates them provided that spending is cut more steeply than the lack of revenue from lost taxes. (See Time.com – Can Libertarian Gary Johnson Be a Factor in 2016?) I also support citizenship for undocumented immigrants because, at one point in our history, we were ALL from other countries revolting for independence from all of them. His main support is coming from the fact that he is neither Trump or Clinton, but that isn’t enough for me. I need to do more research.

Johnson has potential support from me and quite possibly my vote as well.

WeirdWeirdo 2016

This year has been one for the record books. Reality TV star as the Republican nominee for President, race violence at an unprecedented coverage level, rich people getting richer, not so rich people getting poorer, and multiple conflicts and wars sucking everyone’s money around the world.

Perhaps migrating to Canada isn’t such a bad idea after all….