As the 2016 Presidential Election Draws Nigh
I do not agree with Donald Trump about most things, perhaps only about his desire for world peace and for the end of the bleeding of America, both physically and fiscally, to support foreign ambitions in the Middle East and higher profits for the defense and oil industries, among others, but one thing I am certain of is that the Trump campaign is not his but that of tens of millions, perhaps hundreds of millions, of Americans disaffected with the rape of America by the most selfish among us. Just as was true of Bernie Sanders’ campaign.
There are bad apples among them, perhaps many. Misogynists, xenophobes and racists but many of those have been manipulated towards those deviancies deliberately by very real black hearted villains, those WikiLeaks exposed. But the disaffected masses require champions and heroes as do we all, and our failure to provide them has led them to Donald Trump. The sad truth is that heroes do exist but the now totally perverted mainstream media, much more perverted than Donald Trump, or for that matter, Bill Clinton ever could be, keeps them hidden from us. In this electoral cycle I of course refer to Jill Stein and Gary Johnson.
“These are the times that try men’s souls” Thomas Paine declaimed to us two and a half centuries ago, “The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.” That is as relevant today as it was then, perhaps more so. Too many of us lack the courage of our convictions and can be too easily bullied or frightened into abandoning them on the altar of lesser evils.
If in all honesty you believe that Hillary Clinton is a decent and honest person, wise in her judgments, then by all means vote for her. The same is true with respect to the much maligned Donald Trump. But if you feel they are dishonest or inept and have been clamoring for other choices, then lift the veil of ignorance imposed on you by the mainstream media, find the courage that is always needed in times of crisis and consider the alternatives. For conservatives, Gary Johnson and for liberals, Jill Stein. Both decent people, bright people, with your best interest at heart, albeit from very different perspectives. Let posterity know that you are worthy of the sacrifices made by so many before us, trusting in your own courage, decency and judgment.
Do the right thing, the honorable thing. Vote your own conscience.
© Guillermo Calvo Mahé; Manizales, 2016; all rights reserved