Because I feel like these are history making times, I tried to watch the debate last night. Clinton vs the Mayor of Crazytown. I even followed along with CNN’s fact checker to try and keep some perspective, but it was no use. No matter how hard I try to understand what strange logic brought a man like this so close to holding immense power my brain just can’t deal with it. I gave up after an hour and read the transcripts this morning.
I try to look at politics with my usual whatever-works-for-you mindset. Sort of like religion, as long as your path doesn’t knowingly offend mine, we’re good. I feel like my relationships with people are more important than their religious or political choices, but this time, for this election, I might have to break my own rules.
I sat there last night watching an adult man continuously interrupt, disrespect, and openly lie to his opponent. Who, by the way, handled herself admirably. According to various reports, during last night’s debate Trump interrupted Clinton 51 times and lied 16 times. LIED 16 TiMES. And he doesn’t even care if he lies. It’s like his brain drops random things into his mouth and he just says them and expects everyone to take it as truth. He clearly has nothing remotely resembling integrity, his ethics are non-existent, he’s racist, sexist, has a god complex, and yet, there he is with one foot in the door of the Whitehouse. What the hell, people? What.the.hell.
I’ve spent the last hour researching why people love Trump. There are lots of “he’s a plain speaker” obviously not caring that 80% of that plain speech is blatant lies, and “he understands business”. Well, he understands the love of power, but considering how many times he’s been bankrupt and his unwillingness to disclose his tax returns, I’m not so sure about the business part. For me, I think it boils down to two big things; racism and fear. Trump has almost systematically offended every ethnic group that isn’t white and worked the white folks into such a lather of fear that they feel like Trump and his “if we don’t like them we will deport or kill them” theory of world management is the only safe choice.
Well, there’s no help for it now. His followers are fully entrenched and the rest of us can only watch and wait. I have not always been Secretary Clinton's biggest fan, but she impressed me last night. Just the fact that she didn’t walk across the stage and hit Trump in the face with her shoe shows she suffers fools a lot better than I do, and suffering fools is a pretty big part of being the President. They appear to be everywhere.
I will be voting for Clinton, but just in case, it might be time to start stocking up on survival rations and sewing the money into the mattress. You can never be too careful.
I really miss Bernie.