Tuesday, September 27, 2016

We Must Thump Trump

I watched the first televised presidential debate in 1960. It pitted Richard M. Nixon against John F. Kennedy. Nixon appeared sinister with his dark "five o'clock shadow" beard and evasive answers to questions. In contrast, Kennedy's image was one of a handsome, confident young man making clear, crisp comments.

As a confirmed Republican, I voted for Nixon anyway. That turned out to be one of the major mistakes of my lifetime.
 
She got it right, he got it wrong.
Last night, we watched a bully talk over his opponent and interrupt both her and the moderator increasingly as the debate wore on. Donald Trump's comments more often than not were exaggerations, inaccuracies, far off the point, or downright lies. Hillary Clinton stayed calm throughout the onslaught, made only two questionable statements I could detect, and was clear and crisp in presenting her positions.

Electing a deceitful racist whose interest appears to be limited to himself would be a tragedy for America and the world.

I'm not going to repeat my 1960 mistake. Hillary Clinton clearly is the candidate who as President will continue working hard to make America stronger and the world a better place.

11 comments:

Madeline Kasian said...

Very happy to hear someone make the sane choice,for humanity and experience. I used to be an "Independent" but over the years the Republican party has disrespected women and children's rights and services so often, that I switched to becoming a confirmed Democrat.I can safely say I will NEVER vote for a REPUBLICAN. I pray Hillary wins.

David Tippets said...


Hillary made the most professional use of sound bytes and talking points, but they were the same ones we've been hearing for years. If you like the Clinton/ Bush/ Obama trajectory and where it's pointed you can vote to stay the course by voting for the professional career politician.. We are all losers in 2016. The 2020 election can't come fast enough, and more of us need to take the primary elections seriously next time. We can't let this this kind of political tragedy happen again. Next time we need the choice of voting for good or better, rather than the lesser of the evils.

Ken Kjer said...

It was a circus. I wanted reality so I switched to wrestling.

Duane McGuire said...

The career politician is qualified for the position. The reality TV star is not. This we already knew. I was pleased to see that HRC could carry herself in a way that highlighted that distinction. I'm pretty tired of the argument of "lesser of two evils". We have the option of slash and burn it all vs a thoughtful approach to governing.

joared said...

I like the slogan "Thump Trump!" I share your view of this recent so-called debate. Nothing could be further from reality than the belief our presidential choice is between the lessor of two evils this election. I thought the moderator did a good job considering Trumps proclivity for ignoring common courtesy rules of debate and his supporters in the audience initiating doing the same. Probably good indicators of how bullying such an authoritarian ruler would be.

Kay said...

I am agreeing with you 100%, Dick! I just hope the majority of Americans will see the light because right now, it's incredible to actually see some people saying he won the debate. What the heck?

PiedType said...

Count me in. I've thought since the day he announced his candidacy that it was a sick joke, but the media gave him hours of free, superficial, unquestioning covereage, and he got the nomination. He's still an egotistical narcissistic joke. A Trump presidency would be a national tragedy the likes of which the western world has never seen.

Rummuser said...

I am just a spectator but I agree with your overall assessment of the two candidates.

schmidleysscribblins.com said...

Wasn't she wonderfull.. Sadly, without Democrats in Congress she won't get far. Presidents have limited power mostly because the framers made it like that. God help us if Politcus interruptus wins the day. If so he will find he is also a bit constrained, by many in his own party.

My Dad too voted for Nixon, but switched to Mcgovern when Nixon tried again. The ads calling her crooked are lies. Private yes, ignorant at times, perhaps, but malicious? Not so.

If the Donald attacks her because she's married to Bill, and he will with those womanizers Newt and Giuliani egging him on, he's desperate. Talk about pots and kettles. What about issues? Doubt he knows anything about them. Outside stirring up old hatreds, he's useless.

Dick Klade said...

Dianne: We've had several family discussions about how checks and balances limit presidential power, and how many Americans seemingly fail to understand that. We wonder if grade and high schools stopped teaching civics and American history several decades ago.

If Hillary wins, she almost certainly will not have support from a Democratic House, and thus will be constrained just as President Obama has been for most of his time in office. Should Trump prevail, I think the checks and balances seen as necessary by the founding fathers will be subjected to severe tests.

Alan Parcells said...

I regard Hilary as a "clothespin candidate"; I'm holding my nose to vote for her.