My One and Only Political Post about the Election
November 8, 2016 § Leave a comment
It’s Election Day here in the US. There’s a chill in the air, as if the world itself is shivering in anxious anticipation of the outcome. I’m starting to believe autumn is finally here to stay.
I went to my first political rally last night. I made a Facebook post about it and was going to leave it at that, because there’s been enough blather about this election and the stakes and who is the best candidate and who is a racist, sexist, allegedly criminal and possibly dead broke reality show star with no government experience.
Most people made set their minds on a candidate months ago, and the way I look at it, nothing I or anyone else can say is going to change someone’s choice.
But I went to that political rally. I didn’t go for the politics; I went because it was held by Misha Collins, and my wife adores him, and she wanted me to go, and I like to make her happy. We both had already voted; we cast our ballots a week ago, thanks to early voting.
Here’s a video of the rally, if you’re interested. You won’t see me; the crowd was a little too big for my phobias, so I stayed across the road behind it. You won’t see Tracy, either; even I lost her in the throng.
Misha Collins isn’t a well-known actor outside of the Supernatural fandom—but that’s a large fandom, and he drew huge crowds at the four stops he made in Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, and Cincinnati.
He wasn’t getting paid to do it, as far as I know. He spent the entire day driving the length of Ohio because he cares that much about this election, and he sees a real danger in having an inexperienced hot-head with his finger on the nuke button.
Driving the length of Ohio isn’t a fun way to spend a day; trust me, I’ve done it. It’s long stretches of boredom broken up by the inevitable traffic jam near the big cities. I’d rather have a colonoscopy, truth be told.
You have to respect a guy who did it simply because he feels so strongly about this election and the future it will bring. It made me question why I’ve been sitting silently by, watching friends post or share political rants and slanted news articles and outright fucking lies.
For the record, I wanted Bernie to be the candidate. I was let down when he didn’t win the nomination. I liked his ideas, I liked his enthusiasm, and I liked his desire to repair the damage done to our system of government by years of cronyism, greed, and corruption. But he didn’t win, and I got over it.
I didn’t like Hillary at first. The more I learned about her, though, the more I began to respect and admire her. She’s fought an uphill battle her entire career. She’s endured an Everest of shit thrown at her. And yes, she’s made mistakes; she’s human.
Is she the ideal candidate? No. Is she more qualified, more level-headed, and vastly more experienced than her opponent? Oh hell to the fuck yeah.
Hillary Clinton has been active in politics in one form or another since 1977. Her opponent has no experience in politics whatsoever, and that’s not a good thing. Even worse, he possesses the temper of a sugar-hyped, nap-deprived toddler. His supporters claim “the media” is smearing him, but all you have to do is scroll back through his Twitter feed to see that he rolls in the vilest sewage and then tells his followers it doesn’t stink.
He says he’ll “make America great again,” but America is doing fine, thanks. In fact, America is in far, far better shape today than it was the last time a dim-witted Republican sat in the Oval Office. There is absolutely nothing that makes him qualified to be the most powerful person in the world.
There’s only one candidate on the ballot who can keep America moving in the right direction, and it isn’t the inexperienced reality show star. It isn’t some third-party candidate, either. It’s the only candidate that has actual, real experience at the highest levels of our government.
I want America to keep improving. Selfishly, I want the economy to keep growing so I can keep my job and watch my retirement savings grow. I want our government and our society to stay on the path of progress. From where I sit, only one candidate has the knowledge and the experience to do all that, and it’s Hillary Clinton.
So here’s my very late (possibly too late) contribution to the dialog surrounding this election: Vote, and vote well. Vote for Hillary Clinton.