GOD GIVE SAVE US FROM OUR CANDIDATES
(And if it’s not asking too much—from the likes of Shawn Hannity and Wolf Blitzer)
When did politics go from being all local to all personal? The 2016 presidential election will surely rank as among the meanest of the modern era. I use the word “meanest” not simply in the sense of being “nasty,” but to describe the pettiness, low class and personally pejorative nature of the campaigns.
As long as I’m thinking in terms of well-worn phrases let me suggest expanding the old bromide about the 2 things you should never see being made—laws and sausage—to now include the 45th President of these here United States. I can’t imagine a more feckless lesson in democracy.
Yes, this is a free country. In the shade of this electoral embarrassment, however, we should consider passing a constitutional amendment making it illegal to engage in such clap trap as the American public has been subjected to by this year’s candidates and their surrogates.
What the fuck---do I really want to hear someone enlighten me about what planes in the 1990s had seats in the first class section with movable armrests? No more meaningless, I suppose, than telling me a politician says one thing in public and another in private.
I can’t think of any reason that all of this year’s crop of presidential candidates—I am including Stein and Johnson in this diatribe—shouldn’t be asked to go to their rooms and not come out until they are ready to apologize to the American voter and sign a sworn statement promising not to keep making fools of themselves and the country. Better yet, they should cross their hearts and hope to never run again for any public office above the rank of (feel free to fill in as you see fit……..)
Where have all the adults gone?
Is the system still rigged and the election fraudulent, if Trump wins? Just asking.
Look for the next installment of the Let’s Party series about the rise of Third Parties Post the 2016 Elections. It’ll be up in a day or so.
Joel B. Stronberg
Joel Stronberg, MA, JD., of The JBS Group is a veteran clean energy policy analyst with over 30 years’ experience, based in Washington, DC.