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Understanding this election.

November 4, 2016

One voter was heard saying this:

“I just don’t know who to vote for.  I want a woman to be President, but it seems like Mrs. Clinton will not be truthful when elected. Mr. Trump is right about immigration. I don’t think we should let all these people into the country without knowing who they are, but he is so crude. I like that nice Mr. McMullin, and Gary Johnson seems like a man that wouldn’t get us into a war, and I also just found out there are a lot of other candidates on the ballot that I never even heard of.”

It’s not that hard, folks.

You will either be voting to elect Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, assuming you vote for president at all.

As distasteful as this whole campaign season has been, the truth is it comes down to those two people.

Yes, it’s tempting to cast a protest vote for some outlier third-party or write-in candidate. The trouble is, no one but you can get much out of it. None of those myriad other people can win, and if they can’t win, they can’t change much of anything.

And yes, there is an outside chance that the electoral college could wind up in a tie, in which case it’s likely Trump would win the vote in the Republican-controlled House, a result that would surely be challenged by the left.

So essentially here’s what’s at hand.

As President Obama declared during a campaign stop. You can “…vote to finish what we (the Democrats) started…” or you can vote to change the system, or as Trump says  “…drain the swamp.”

If you like the idea of the Federal government doing all your thinking for you and dictating every move you make, you vote Clinton.

If you like the idea of government being answerable to the people and not the other way around, you vote Trump.

Is your life better now than eight years ago?  Do you have a better job? Has your insurance premium gone down?  Do you feel safer?  Will $100 still buy you the same amount and quality of groceries that it did eight years ago?

Who is the most likely to make things better for you?

If you can’t answer those questions and truly don’t see any upside to either vision, you can always just leave that part of the ballot blank.

What you shouldn’t do is stay home. There are local and state candidates that have spent a lot of time and money to vie for the chance to represent you,. There are probably issues that will affect you directly.

Take a little bit of time this weekend and download a sample ballot.  Most counties have them posted by now. That way you’ll at least know what it looks like before you go to the polls. (Note: you probably can’t take them into the voting booth however.)

Vote.  It’s not just your duty, it’s your constitutionally-protected privilege. There are people out there dying to gain that right. Literally dying. It’s yours just for the price of a little bit of your time.

That’s the mega-sale of several centuries.

From → op-ed

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