Can anyone tell me how we got here? Either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump: our choices for president.
I haven’t been too political – just a snide or sidelong remark here and there. I feel it now behooves me to make some additional remarks – probably longer and more likely to express more of what I think. So here goes:
We the people have done a crazy, bad, stupid job of finding or permitting certain people to rise to positions of ultimate power in this country. The two current candidates for our highest office are flawed to a degree that makes each of them highly unsuitable for the job . If this were a standard job application, their paperwork would be in the nearest circular file. But, alas, when it comes to electing our head of state, we barely even have standards. Well – that’s not entirely true: we do have standards…they’re just low.
Hillary is dishonest. That’s a really big thing. Dealing with a leader who doesn’t tell the truth, doesn’t respect the truth…imagine that! Donald is not mentally sound. He has a personality disorder and he is impulse driven: both make him someone who has no solid core self. He also lies, but not as flagrantly as Hillary. Donald’s emotional constellation, however, produces a man who can’t be trusted. He, too, doesn’t have any respect for the truth. He says what he feels like saying even if he knows it’s fiction (as with Hillary). Any person giving it a minute of thought would know how out of control Trump is. It just doesn’t matter to him that he is making things up, misrepresenting, maintaining a level of abysmal ignorance, and working to create a roused rabble. It is worth noting that violence, emanating from both camps, seems to be a rabidly growing force in our country and our world,
Trump seems to have no moral center. Even though he gets het up about things, there is no staying power. Everything changes with the wind of other people’s opinions and reactions. We wouldn’t want someone who has no larger sense of anything outside his own self-serving world as our president. Would we?
How has it come to this choice? Two absolutely wrong options. I would welcome any insight, because I really don’t have a sense of what is going on – at the level of full psychological inquiry.
I don’t think our country has really gotten any stupider; we’re just unprepared. We stopped paying attention in class and now we have a test that we can only fail. The story that we are smoothly sailing is just a wish. A comforting wish instead of the anxiety producing truth. Smooth…That’s not quite how it is for most of us.
I’d like to hear someone speak to the demise of American common sense. When we weren’t looking (or were busily plugged in to our “devices”) common sense became uncommon.
Back to Hillary and Donald: Neither is emotionally and morally prepared for the job of President. We are going to wind up with someone who is either wildly ineffective or is inclined toward becoming an authoritarian despot. Or both.
As I have been thinking and saying for a while now: it’s quite a shit-show. In my professional estimation. (It’s a technical term.)
Sometimes you just have to call it what it is.
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