Clinton V. Trump: Are You Fucking Serious?

Today, 421A steps into the realm of politics with our new (maybe) recurring segment, “Clinton Vs. Trump: Are You Fucking Serious?”.

Clinton Vs. Trump: Are You Fucking Serious?Please forgive the terrible Photoshop. It’s been a while since I’ve done any of these.

Barring any shenanigans at the Republican National Convention and a meteor strike annihilating Sec. Clinton’s motorcade, these are the two major party candidates that will be our choice for President come November. (If you’re not quite sure when the election is, just turn on CNN. I have to imagine they’ll have a countdown clock up for it.)

There are major turning points in a nation’s history. For instance, the Civil War, The Great Depression, the bombing of Pearl Harbor, 9/11 – all of which changed the direction of our country. This will be one of them. Not necessarily because of who these candidates are, but of what they represent. Neither Trump nor Clinton have a 40% favoribility rating. Both of them are less favorable than Pres. Obama, whom I think we can all agree is a Muslim anti-Christ who’s come back from the future to destroy us all via solar panels and mandated health insurance.

2016 is the year in which we, the American people, will be forced to vote for people whom the majority of us don’t like and probably don’t even want to be President.

How we got to this point is annoying.

Full disclosure, I honestly don’t believe that Trump’s presidential run is serious. Yes, I do believe that he seriously wants to be President, but I don’t believe – and this may just be denial talking – that he honestly believes anything he’s saying and will do any of the things he says he plans on doing. Call it performance art if you will, but I honestly think he’s doing this more so to prove a point than he is wanting to deport every Mexican and Muslim in the country.

That said there are two issues that I think have given Trump the opportunity he needed to succeed (in whatever the fuck he’s doing).

#1 – Fearmongering

People will say Americans have become stronger, more resolute, more vigilant, since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. This is inaccurate. We’ve become a nation of pussy-ass scaredy-cats who are scared to death of a threat that is less likely to happen than the aforementioned meteor strike. This isn’t our fault. I was scared shitless when 9/11 happened. Unfortunately or leaders, assisted by the 24-hour cable news cycle, did nothing to calm these fears. They fed off of them, convincing us that domestic spying was necessary, that abandoning our ideals and torturing people was necessary, that invading Iraq was necessary – all things that have done absolutely nothing to protect us from another 9/11.

That scaremongering spread. They tell us that we should be afraid of Sharia Law taking hold in the United States (it isn’t, and further more, it can’t). That we should be afraid of the gays destroying our marriages. We should be afraid of Christians being persecuted because of the removal of religious statues from government property. That we should be afraid of immigrants taking our jobs! Don’t worry, it’s not just on the right either. The left insists we should be scared of everyone who owns a gun (we shouldn’t).

The fear machine has been running non-stop since 2001. It’s finally convinced enough people to be afraid of everything and nominate one person whose whole platform is based on fear, and another because enough people are scared of both the unknown and the orange guy.

#2 Lies & Slander

Go find any conservative you know and ask them their opinion on Obama. I’ll wait.

Yup, they hate him. He’s the worst President ever. Now go ask them why. I’ll wait.

Yup. They don’t know (or they rambled off a bunch of shit that they saw in a Facebook meme). Obama’s presidency hasn’t been perfect. Gitmo is still open. Obama’s droned tons of people. The ACA is a piece of crap (though it’s better than what we had before). There have been a few scandals, though none as bad as lying about a blowjob which got Pres. Clinton impeached. However even if you don’t like Obama, a reasonable person at the very least would label him as a mediocre president. He’s far from the worst (even in my lifetime) and if you were to look at his presidency objectively, you’d see that while he’s not going to get on to any currency any time soon, he’s leaving a fine legacy.

You wouldn’t know that if you listened to or read any of the conservative media. As well, people are constantly making up nonsense about him (which is a clear indication that there’s not any real gripes). I wonder why that is.

As a result of 8 years of this smear campaign against him, many people are trying to find the most anti-Obama candidate they can. On the Republican side, that’s apparently Trump. On the Democratic side, we have Clinton. I am not sure how that works out since Clinton is a pretty center-right candidate and Obama is pretty center-left. The logical choice for the Democrats would be Sanders, since he’s a self-admitted socialist which is well farther left than Obama is.

Unless, of course, you believe Facebook.

So what is the solution? Is there a solution? Maybe. Tune in next time for my take on how to fix the problem with our electoral system and maybe, just maybe, in our lifetime, have a system that is actually representative of the population and doesn’t force us to choose between a kick in the balls and voting for Hillary Clinton.

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