My ballot is here. As I’ve mentioned before, Americans have died for my right to vote however I please – i.e. the price for me to vote was the highest possible. And in my opinion, this presidential election is the worst of my five decades of life and neither candidate is deserving, for different reasons but ultimately both are self-absorbed and corrupt. To vote for Trump is like voting for a lesser Hitler, but Clinton is as corrupt as they come and one thing I know is that the US needs to change and a vote for Clinton will ensure all the existing issues — racism, labor abuses, wage inequality and using our military to impose our Corporate America agendas — will continue. So, with all that in mind, I am voting for Bernie. This way, I am keeping my soul intact; absolutey worse case, Trump will be elected, there will be outrage across our country and the world, and it might be the real first step in our country getting its soul back from the devil (Corporate America and Fortune 500 sociopaths). I’ve never seen a more divisive election, which is saying something, but the beauty of my journal/blog and of America is I can express my opinion and vote how I want, so here goes… 🙂
According to the News yesterday, this election is unprecendented for how many registered voters don’t like or want either candidate. Most people I know talk about moving out of the country if Trump is elected, but what I find encouraging (and discouraging) is that people realize how corrupt Hilary Clinton is. I used to love the Clintons, but a few years ago when my wife started studying at depth for her Global Health initiatives, we were both surprised to learn how corrupt Bill and Hilary Clinton are. Over time, it grew where I didn’t want her to be president at all, as it would make us not much different than those third world countries with corrupt leaders. But still Clinton is better than Trump, who is equallty as corrupt and a Hitler Mini-Me to boot. But change — long-term change — can’t happen without recognition, so although I am horribly worried about the next four years (at least), and least Americans are savvy enough to see Clintons as corrupt. So maybe this is another step closer to change.
This election as much as any reminds me of how important it is for kids to read 1984 and Animal Farm, as well as All The President’s Men. We can’t take domestic Liberty for granted, even in America.