By Chuck Marshall
After a terribly contentious election year, which is now drawing to a close, I've decided to write a positive blog elaborating on the good in both candidates-- to help anyone who is feeling so flustered or concerned about their selection. Don't fret too much about the whole thing. We still live in a free society where the fact of the matter is, whoever is elected will have their power checked by the other branches of government and the press. In fact, that's one of the keys to my complaints about the election process is the candidates are never engaged with questions as to what they would do to work with Congress. President Obama was, in my humble opinion, a failure in this endeavor.
Why you might vote for Hillary Clinton:
1) Hillary has a great degree of experience having served 30 years in various forms of the government. Most importantly, as Secretary of State for 4 years. An essential aspect of the American President is diplomacy and foreign affairs. There is no learning curve here.
2) Hillary served as a US Senator. This experience should prove invaluable in her quickly getting to work, in cooperation with Congress, to accomplishing things done at the top level. Can you imagine a government that actually gets things done ? Again, there is no learning curve here.
3) Having been married to the President of the United States for 8 years, surely she learned quite a lot, and with all due acknowledgement to Bill Clinton's problems, the 90's were a very prosperous decade. As she learns the process, her husband should be an enormous asset for her and for the country.
4) I think Hillary is (underneath all the rhetoric) a moderate Democrat not a left wing Democrat like Obama., therefor she's more likely to work with Congress. Again, one of the most important aspects of being President is working with Congress. She has the knowledge and ability and political wisdom to get things done no matter which party is running Congress.
5) She's obviously very intelligent. I think we all want our President to be as highly intelligent as is possible. The stakes are so very high.
6) People say "she's not likable". Not being "likable" is not a reason to dismiss a candidate. As Oprah Winfrey put it; "She's not gong to be coming over to your house". In addition, she seems to be a good mother to Chelsea., and Chelsea seems to be a fine and successful young woman. You can't fake good kids.
Why you might vote for Donald Trump;
1) Donald has been an important part of raising his children, despite being divorced from their mother (except for the youngest, of course). All of his kids seem to be very bright and successful and happy. That takes a lot of doing, commitment and love. Again, you can't fake good kids.
2) A successful businessman, Donald understands how to negotiate and deal with situations in the best interest of his business and his family. As the President he will be negotiating and dealing in the best interest of the American people. I'm not sure we've ever had a good negotiator as President, so this could yield even more than anyone thinks.
3) Donald is unpredictable, which I know Wall Street hates, but our enemies also hate it. I feel like ISIS is far less likely to attack our country when President Trump has openly questioned why we don't use nuclear weapons "since we have them". That will jolt them awake from their sleep during any of their barbaric plans to harm our country.
4) Tireless. I am very, very impressed with his work ethic. The man does not stop, and he is more determined than I've ever seen anyone to succeed. That sort of determination is what we need in a President, and on the side of the American people.
5) Although Republican, I think everybody knows the Republican hierarchy see Trump as a highly unfortunate nominee. A political nightmare. They have demonstrated this by not lifting a finger to help the man out. Because of this, I think Trump will be in a prime position to be one of the least partisan Presidents we've had in a long time. The government must get back to "doing things"., and stop arguing about everything. Perhaps Trump, of all people, could be the one to do that. Can you imagine the irony ?
6) Trump owes nothing to anyone, he self financed his election and is already financially successful. It's nice to consider there aren't little "deals" going on after he's elected to help wealthy interests get what they want ahead of the American citizen. We come first, and that has been one of the more convincing mantras coming from the Trump camp; "I am going to be working for you".
Finally, I say a prayer for our country; "God please direct our nation to the best outcome for all considered" Amen.