These are my choices:
- Vote for the guy with an “R” by his name.
- Vote for the lady.
- Vote for the guy that wants to give everyone free stuff.
- Not vote at all.
So, I’ll discuss these in reverse order.
4) I have a lot of friends, acquaintances and family that have told me they’re not voting. At all. For any candidate. Because the choices are horrible, neither/none of them are what our country needs, neither/none of them are (insert religious belief here). Those are the top 3 reasons, but there are many more. Let me state right now that I completely understand their reasoning.
I still think that not voting is like voting for the other person, just like staying silent is a form of approval.
3) I cannot vote for Bernie Sanders because (if he makes it through the Primary) the “free” stuff that he’s giving to everyone is paid for on the backs of the taxpayers. That’s me. So I’m not really getting free stuff; I’m working like a freedom-disabled person (*) to pay for my stuff so I can pay taxes to the government so they can give free stuff for other people who think they deserve the stuff that others don’t get unless they work for it. Besides, it’s not possible for me to say “President Sanders” for the next 4 years without thinking of chicken.
2) I cannot vote for Hillary because she represents everything that is wrong with our society. She is untrustworthy, unethical and incompetent. Sure, she’s a former attorney, former first lady and former secretary of state. The Whitewater scandal, Lewinsky, Benghazi and email; are just the short list of reasons the American public should never trust her (or anyone associated with, married to or birthed by her).
She’s not intelligent enough to know about using a ‘private’ email server to discuss sensitive, top-secret issues and not honorable enough to defend our military and contractors in a foreign country. Currently she’s unemployed while campaigning for the highest ranking job in our country. As the Secretary of State her job was to manage foreign policy through the State Department. The State Department is responsible for international relations, including
“The Department advances U.S. objectives and interests in the world through its primary role in developing and implementing the President’s foreign policy. The Department also supports the foreign affairs activities of other U.S. Government entities including the Department of Defense, the Department of Commerce, the Department of Homeland Security, the Central Intelligence Agency, and the U.S. Agency for International Development. It also provides an array of important services to U.S. citizens and to foreigners seeking to visit or immigrate to the U.S.
- Protecting and assisting U.S. citizens living or traveling abroad;
- Assisting U.S. businesses in the international marketplace;
- Coordinating and providing support for international activities of other U.S. agencies (local, state, or federal government), official visits overseas and at home, and other diplomatic efforts.
- Keeping the public informed about U.S. foreign policy and relations with other countries and providing feedback from the public to administration officials.
Because she did such a terrific job protecting and assisting US Citizens, including a US Ambassador, we should of course trust her to take care of our country in a like fashion.
1) Trump. The Hair, the marriages, the money, the bravado. He may be a fantastic businessman, but that hardly qualifies him to be President of the United States. He’s in many ways just as corrupt as Hillary and just as delusional as Bernie. He’s been involved in racial discrimination, bankruptcy, sexual harassment and a slew of other financially biased deals and disputes; this of course makes him perfect as a politician, but lousy as the president. And, I don’t believe he’s the best guy for the job because he in no way represents what I believe a president should be.
So now, let’s discuss voting in Washington State…I have to declare my party affiliation to vote in the primary. So, I’m forced to vote for a party and not a candidate. Then my state further betrays my freedom to vote by casting all electoral votes for the “D” party, regardless of how many votes any other nominee received (since 1988). Tell me again how my vote counts? Explain to me how voting for the best candidate is possible? Educate me on how the Electoral College is still a better method than popular vote after 229 years?
So, what’s a God-fearing, red-blooded, conservative, capitalist, life-long voting woman to do?
(*) formerly known as the word ‘slave’