As we close in on November 8th, that line from September song comes to mind, “the days dwindle down to a precious few…,” and I am of the opinion that Barrack Obama’s pre election statement will soon be fulfilled. We are about to see America fundamentally changed forever.
We are in the closing days of the strangest, most contentious election campaign in the history of our republic and, no matter which candidate prevails, we are in for a rocky road ahead.
On the one hand we have a “broke-ass billionaire,” a tycoon by his own admission so heavily leveraged that he has little in liquid assets. Not that I wouldn’t swap portfolios with him in a New York minute, but it’s a fact that buildings are hard to spend at the local 7-11.
This is a man with a large ego and little control over his emotions yet he has managed to defeat the best and brightest that the Republican party could marshal against him and continues to hold his own against opposition from a coalition of the mainstream press, the Democrat party and an imposing number of detractors from his own party. That he has managed to survive the process this long is in and of itself an amazing feat.
His opponent for the world’s most powerful office is, by all lights, the most corrupt person to ever run for president. Any other person with a tenth of the crimes and alleged misdeeds on their rap sheet would be doing life and a half in some supermax prison. John Gotti has been bested and the title of “Teflon Don” duly passed.
But on November 9th one or the other will be the president-elect of These United States.
When we go to the polls on November 8th we have a choice although it is one that has been obscured by so much smoke and mirrors that making a rational decision is all but impossible.
At the most basic level it comes down to the Globalists versus the Nationalists and so what we are really voting for is the difference between free trade in the style of the European Union, but on a global scale, or making an attempt to force American manufacturers to make their products in the USA or face harsh penalties designed to wipe out any financial advantage in manufacturing overseas.
There are a great many other issues at stake but solving this economic conundrum is key to finding a solution for many of the others.
I confess to having mixed emotions on the subject of Globalism. I see the many pluses but also understand that the path we are on will continue the process of leveling the playing field for the entire planet, albeit a centuries long exercise.
At the risk of sounding xenophobic, there is no advantage in Globalism and having a planet without borders for top tier nations. Simply put, if you are below the mean you will rise to average, if you are above you will sink. America is above but we are demonstrably sinking in most demographics.
A vote for a one world open market will insure that we will continue to slide toward the world average. A vote against might slow the tide, but there are no guarantees. After all the only one who seems to be espousing that outcome is a loud mouthed, trash talking, bombastic billionaire.
Whatever your choice. Vote your conscience. But vote.
I said it on a different blog, its like voting if you want terminal brain cancer or terminal lung cancer. How do you choose between two equally unappealing alternatives?!
I totally agree. This analogy is not an endorsement, just an observation: You are about to embark on a twisty mountain road. On the one hand you have a car that you know has no brakes and on the other hand one that you don’t really know anything about. You have to choose between them and then trust yourself to it. With Hillary we know that she’s for expanded government and open borders. With Trump we only know what he says because there is no track record to rely on. With her, she is the car with no brakes. With him it would be a roll of the dice. To quote Clint Eastwood (Dirty Harry), “do you feel lucky?”
I’ve never had a nightmare seem so real as this one does.
So true. And I fear that we might be dreaming we have impacted wisdom teeth only to wake up November 9th and find that we are in ICU, on life support.
It’s just a sorry situation of being between a rock and a hard place. A case of choose your poison any which way, it’s still poison
Where are those pesky extra-terrestrials, as in “The Day The Earth Stood Still”, when you need them?
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I hope everyone will vote. Important one…
I respectfully disagree. The low information voter, he that will fall for any political promise whether it is within the realm of possibility or not, is a major cause for the situation we are now “enjoying.” The American electorate is, by and large, woefully uneducated in even the most basic civics. The construction, purpose and powers of government has to be taught, it cannot be acquired through osmosis.
Well, there is a good point! I actually meant to say that I hope everyone who is informed votes. There are too many people who feel like their vote will not matter. I have a friend who lives in the States in a region where usually the Republicans win. He basically told me that his vote will not matter because of everyone voting Republican. I told him it’s BS. If everyone thinks like this (on both sides) it really doesn’t help…
I retract the disagreement.