Is there anything on anyone's mind today more glaring and obvious and more stressful than the first presidential debate tonight?
I am sorry, reader, but it weighs on me as well.
On the right side of the aisle we have a man who has done everything he can to legitimize conspiracy theorists, (1) a man who has run many shady operations with tyrants such as Gadhafi, (2) not to mention the Trump University prosecution, (3) has obvious and damning ties to Russian oligarchs, (4) thinks Putin, a man who controls all the media in his country, (5) assassinates political opponents, (6) and imprisons journalists, has a great track record as leader with a 80% approval. . . Which Putin does--because who wouldn't have an 80% approve rating if you could kill anyone who says bad things about you. (7)
And then we have a politician on the left. The word politician is often used in a damning context. "She's a politician." But look. Hillary isn't JUST a politician. She's a woman, a mother, a wife, a former Secretary of State. She's a person who has done everything to change the system from the inside. She has believed for so long that systems such as our government cannot be skirted, but worked with, and worked for, and only then is change possible. Bureaucratic systems are often this way, no matter how much people dislike that fact. Then there is the email thing--which she's been cleared of. And then if you think about her aides breaking her phone(s) it actually makes sense. I mean, if you had a bunch of top secret documents on a device and weren't going to use it anymore would YOU just keep it around? No, you'd destroy it to protect the information within. And then the Clinton Foundation, which gets an A grade from Charity Watch, an independent charity watchdog program, (8) and then there are all those people she met with when she was Secretary of State who donated money to the Clinton Foundtion--again, this may seem damning, but what you need to know is right in front of you. All those people Hillary met with were close, and long lasting friends, if not predictable people any Secretary of State would meet with. (9)
All of this would have any rightest yell that I'm a liberal, that I'm an elitist who wants only the elites to rule. That I'm bias, that. . . need I go on?
I am biased in the sense that I think Hillary Clinton would be a better president than Donald Trump. If that opinion can't be respected, in a country that has always stood and prided itself on the multitude of opinions within it, then perhaps it is not I who should leave the country, but those who wish to slander others for their beliefs in a candidate that, by all stretches (if one knows where to look) is a more honest and thorough candidate than the other, with more specific and concrete goals. . . In my opinion.
Links below for all my facts. Please do further reading. I don't care who you vote for, as long as you do your homework and make an informed opinion that is, you think, the right one.