I don't often watch the news. It's not because I don't want to be informed or that I don't value current events. I just get tired of hearing the same one sided notes, seeing the same mixed messages. Today the news happened to come on after I was watching something. On it was Donald Trump accepting his nomination as Presidential Candidate. I don't often take a stand on politics either way. In my life I have seen politics bring out the ugliest of people. It inspires a wicked sort of competition between us and becomes about everything but the issues at hand. I've had my opinions about this election but none that I have really shared but after watching his acceptance speech, I decided that it was time that I speak my mind on this matter because it matters. I have only voted once for Obama. And, I know, I am getting shamed by so many of you out there. Sure, you can shake your head at me and tell me that all votes matter and I believe you. I get it. I would have voted in this race if Bernie had made it because he is the first person I've ever seen stand by his convictions and truly believe what he was saying... but he didn't make it. And why he didn't make it is a huge disappointment in the people of this country. Instead, we are left with Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton.
I don't believe that either one should be in that seat. I will just go ahead and say that before someone gets upset. Now, both sides of people can get upset at me. I do believe that Hilary Clinton offers more, that she has more experience, that I would feel a bit more confident with her at that desk but not by much. Because like Trump, I do believe that she brings her own concerns. I do believe that her agenda isn't all that stellar either. Here's the difference though. Hilary Clinton has been involved in politics for most of her life. She knows the red tape, understands the protocols. She sat in that Oval office with her husband, seeing the expectations and the hardships of what being of the President of the United States entails. Her politics? Not great. Her ethics? Not commendable but I would rather have someone who has half a brain than someone who doesn't seem to have one at all. Donald Trump should have never made it this far. He should have never been considered a serious candidate. I know. I just ticked off a lot of people by saying that but I am just as entitled to my opinion as you are to yours. What I think of when I think of Donald Trump is a person who was fired from his own Reality TV show. I think of a person who has said horrible things about a group of people that have done nothing to him. Build a wall? What is that? How about we fix the problem and offer these people a better way to a better life? How about we don't just make a new obstacle for them and make their lives that much harder? You don't fix a problem with ignorance or hatred. You don't fix a problem with another problem. Sure, China built a wall but we are in 2016 now where we should know better how to be kinder to each other, more compassionate towards the other. I hear the man talk and he literally says nothing. He offers nothing but smoke and it boggles my mind that he has as many followers as he does. I wish my father was still here because I would love to hear his thoughts on the man. My father was a Republican through and through. He voted Republican no matter what because he was loyal to his party but I think even he would have issue with a man like Donald Trump in that seat.
I think we've all forgotten what this country is about. I think we've forgotten what this world is about. At the end of the day, cities and countries are just man made lines. We have to have them to create order, to prevent chaos. And at the end of the day, this title of President and Senator and Judge are just titles created by man to create order, prevent chaos. Someone has to be in charge otherwise no one is in charge. There isn't always going to be that perfect Charles to fill that seat so we have to settle. I watch the news right now and they are talking about yet another terrorist attack in Munich, talking about another altercation between the Police and a 2nd grade black teacher being pulled over for a traffic violation only to be violently taken down. This is why I don't like the news because this world just gets uglier and uglier when now more than ever we have the ability to change it. So when Donald Trump talks about building a wall to keep people out that's not moving this world in the proper direction. We are only teaching our children that hate and bigotry are what is going to move you forward in this world. No, we stop for a second and we listen to each other. We take a moment and give each other a hug regardless of what sex, color, preference, religion we are. Anyone that proclaims that differences make us wrong has no business telling anyone what is right.
So who will I vote for in the coming election? Neither one. Not because of party but because of their political positions. When this country was built it wasn't about a party. It was about the issues, freedom, making a better life for everyone. When this country was built it was built for everyone who was looking to better themselves. Now? Now we talk about building walls. Now we talk about how we're going to keep people out. Now we are more concerned about whether you like a donkey or an elephant better rather what is really important. I am not officially registered as either one, Republican or Democrat, because to me it is not about where I rest my hat. It's about what these people believe in, what kind of people they are. Hilary Clinton is sketchy to me. Donald Trump is nothing but a slimy businessman. I can't support either one. Sure, I know where they stand on issues but it's about people. The choice becomes who is the lesser of two evils. In my opinion, Hilary Clinton but that doesn't mean I'm a fan. I wish we could get back to what was important, what mattered. Strip away these political parties and let people stand on the issues instead of some rich man's pocket. We are far more capable to make this world what we want it to be than we think. People like Trump aren't going to get us there. It's not about this country being great again. It's about people being great again.