It is crazy to think that President Obama’s tenure as Leader of the Free World is nearing it’s end. Say what you will about him, I do recall a time before he was President when a good percentage of friends my age were living off of food stamps and searching desperately for any job that would be willing to take them. The night President Obama was elected, I remember seeing people my age of every ethnicity, religion and background beaming with hope that a major hurdle had been cleared.
Again, whether you support or don’t support President Obama after what you’ve seen, that’s your choice. I am an Independent who voted for him both times, but that doesn’t mean that I liked everything about his time in the Oval Office. He made mistakes and many of his “accomplishments” still need a ton of refining, but consider where we were at in 2008 and where we are now? Whether it’s to President Obama’s credit or not, there have been many improvements. Especially when it comes to unemployment and quality of life.
Who would have thought that eight years after such a historic election…we would end up where we are today. For this edition of Antiviral, nobody is safe from me as I rip apart every ridiculous, arrogant and misguided opinion that we have seen from our friends, peers, celebrities and politicians on social media throughout this election. Starting with…
This one is pretty easy right? When people start to question if you actually want to be President because at times it seems like you are trying to throw the election, that pretty much says it all. However, the fact that so many people who support Donald Trump say they support him because “he’s just saying what we all are thinking” is quite possibly one of the more ludicrous things I have heard during an election. Look people, you can say whatever the hell you want in regards to race, religion, gender and sexual orientation. Nobody is going to come and arrest you at your house for dropping the f**got bomb or N-word. Does it make you a good person? No, but nobody is making you be “Politically Correct”. Take just one look at social media…your freedom to be prejudiced, judgmental, miserable human beings is alive and well and very much on display. It’s as bad as the people who say “we aren’t allowed to say Merry Christmas anymore!” during the Holiday Season. Nobody said you couldn’t!
However, when it comes to a business or in this case a job like the Presidency, professionalism must come first. Just as I can’t work at an office with flip-flops, ripped jeans and a wife-beater and I can’t say things like “How’s your fucking day been?”, it is important that the potential leader of our country understands the importance of professionalism which includes a level of Political Correctness.
For those of you who believe he’s just like us? Just remember that this is a man who has recently gloated about not paying Federal Taxes for 20 years while calling a $14 million dollar loan during the 90’s “small”. He has absolutely no grasp on what it is like to be “one of us”, so don’t kid yourselves into thinking he does. The only thing that can be said for him in this case is that at least he’s up front about it.
Finally, for those of you who think he’s the “Christian Candidate”. It was only just recently that he jumped on the Conservative Christian bandwagon and in the past was all for a woman’s right to choose, as well as LGBTQ equality. Even when he brings up the Bible, he doesn’t get the passages right and at the same time has to remind everyone of the “second best book ever written” (according to him), The Art of the Deal. If you honestly believe he’s a true Christian Candidate, I urge you to have a little deeper talk with your God tonight.
In summary, how the hell did this guy get here? Which leads me to…
What’s terrible about Hillary Clinton supporters is the fact they are as smug as she is besides the fact that she is barely (and in some cases not even) beating someone who has no business running for local office, let alone the Presidency. I mean really people, the public dislikes Hillary so much, they are willing to potentially give a former reality TV “star” a chance.
You all hate bringing up the email scandal, but Clinton outright lied about it. To put this into context…her husband was IMPEACHED for lying! Is it all that important? Sure it is. If you honestly believe any non-politician who made a mistake such as Clinton did would get the “benefit of the doubt” sort of reaction that the FBI gave her, you are as out of touch with reality as Trump’s hair is with his head. I am not going to sit here and judge how dangerous her actions actually were, but the fact that any ordinary person would at the very least be blacklisted for doing such a thing and she’s on her way to the White House? Is it that hard for you to understand why a good portion of the public doesn’t like her?
As for those crying sexism. I am well aware and as outraged as anyone when it comes to the inequality that women still experience in 2016. It is nothing short of embarrassing, but when it comes to Hillary Clinton, it is a terribly lazy excuse at best. If you swap Hillary Clinton with Elizabeth Warren, I would be willing to bet the majority of those who can’t stomach Clinton would easily accept Warren. It’s also worth mentioning that out of the group of people I know on Facebook, there are far more anti-Hillary Clinton women than men and the female Bernie Sanders supporters I know were much more rabid than the men during that part of the election. Face it Clinton fans, a ton of people don’t like her whether you like it or not! Your #ImWithHer smugness and downplaying of her irresponsible sloppiness (at best) won’t change how unlikable of a candidate she is.
This isn’t me being a sour grapes Bernie Sanders supporter. Although I did support Sanders, I recognized that he didn’t walk on water either and as far as the caucus and primary rules go, I refuse to listen to those who blame voter fraud as the reason he inevitably lost to Clinton. The problem was that Democrats (or those siding with the Democrats in this election) never were supposed to have a choice. O’Malley, Chafee and Webb were put up “against” Hillary to make the process look legit, but in all reality, Clinton was shoved down voters’ throats from the start. The fact that Sanders mounted any sort of opposition was never supposed to happen. It was never meant to be close.
Clinton and Trump both have the same problem, just in different ways. They are disgustingly arrogant, even by political standards. It really makes a person wish they had another option right? Make way for…
For those of you passionate Gary Johnson fans, I feel for you, your hearts are kind of in the right place. Trust me, I would love to have another option as well. With that said, just because you all want a third party candidate, it doesn’t mean that when that candidate shows up that he is any less crazy than the others. Remember…this is still politics.
At first glance, Johnson isn’t so bad. He is socially liberal, fiscally conservative (a wildly used term that is hardly ever used properly as of late) and the guy loves rock climbing, mountain biking and smoking a doobie from time to time. Dig a little deeper though and you will find he is just as crazy and out of touch as anyone else in the running.
Let’s start with the Environment, a cause that is especially important to me. Gary Johnson has admitted that fracking is both inefficient and harmful to the environment, so that would lead you to believe that he wants to put an end to it right? Oh hell no! Johnson instead thinks we should just do more of it! Johnson also admits that he doesn’t know much about the Trans-Pacific Partnership, so at the least you’d think he would want to learn a bit more about it before having an opinion? Nope, not Gary, he supports it regardless. Just like Donald Trump, he has also stated that he would remove regulatory hurdles on the Keystone XL Pipeline. To top it off, Johnson’s reasons for being so “meh” about climate change and the environment in general? We’re all going to get sucked up by the sun one day anyways.
It’s pretty hard to have any sort of foreign policy when you don’t really know much about foreign anything. Johnson had no idea “what” Aleppo was and couldn’t even name one world leader in a recent town hall meeting. Before all of you start asking “but how many people really know either of those!?”, actually quite a few people do and furthermore, anyone who could be potentially dealing with these countries and their leaders should know. The least he could have done was have a cram session the night before.
Since he’s Libertarian, he must be anti-taxes right? Kind of, but not really. Johnson would indeed do away with income tax and corporate tax. He would also do away with the IRS, but he would replace those with a Federal Consumption Tax, a proposal that would enact a 23% tax on “new goods” and “services for personal consumption.” This “small government” politician wants to make sure the government decides what is a necessity to all of us. Also, this sort of flat tax proposal would more than likely benefit the 1% more than the lower and even the middle class who could possibly end up even worse than they are now due to higher relative tax burdens, as well as a lack of government spending programs that they are currently being aided by.
Like I said, I know you’re all frustrated by the two party system, but just because a candidate doesn’t have an (R) or a (D) after their name, it doesn’t mean they are automatically awesome. Kind of like…..
I wanted Jill Stein to be a candidate I could get behind. Sure, I am realistic enough to realize that neither her nor Gary Johnson stand a chance at actually winning the race, but if I am going to make a protest vote, I would at least like it to have some sort of substance.
What I like about Stein is that she’s the only candidate that I feel is genuine about actually caring about the environment. It seems like other candidates are worried about tackling the subject too much, because God knows taking care of the place we’re living or having a general right as a consumer to know what we’re eating is such a laughable subject to some. Unlike Johnson, Stein is very much against fracking, as well as the TPP and Keystone XL Pipeline. After that? It all starts to fall apart.
Whether I agree with Hillary Clinton or not, I am not a fan of Russia hacking any of our email servers here in the states. I was horrified when Trump suggested they continue and so I won’t make excuses for Stein who shrugged the situation off insisting there wasn’t enough evidence pointing toward Russia being to blame. After meeting with Vladimir Putin at the end of the summer, the so-called “human rights activist” had no criticism whatsoever toward the Russian President. It’s almost as if some people forget that it was only just a little while ago that Putin was hellbent on purifying Ukraine. Her soft spot for Russia is a problem that even Sanders suffered from at times.
Her views on vaccinations have been brought into question, as well as her radical defense spending policies. She may be on the right track, but seems to have forgotten the whole “baby steps” way of going about it. Stein seems like an intelligent woman, but unfortunately also seems to live in an alternate reality.
I realize that there is no such thing as a perfect candidate and in past years I have always tried to be the glass half full guy while everyone else went straight to the generic “they’re all liars!” and “just picking the lesser of two evils” arguments. This year though I am struggling. I am flabbergasted by the excuses that both Clinton and Trump supporters make for their respective candidates and I cringe at the love shown for either of them, but those people only tell part of the story. The fact that two of the most disliked candidates in the history of the U.S.A. won their party’s nominations speaks volumes.
While Trump is the product of a frustrated, but very arguably misguided and hate-fueled voter base. Clinton can thank her party for being steps ahead of their rivals by making sure that would never happen in their establishment. Trump has no business being in this election, but the party that did more wrong by their voter base by a long shot are the Democrats. Whether you are left, middle or right, we haven’t had much of a voice for a long time, it’s just this year it seems as though nobody cared to hide it.
There is no winning with the Presidency this year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still try to make a difference. Always keep in mind the importance of voting for Senators and Congresspeople, not only this year, but in two years as well. This year hurts, but there is more to it than the ugly reality show that the Presidency has become. Stay strong, make them listen. This too shall pass.
Editor in Chief of Lemonade Magazine
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