Hillary Clinton is set to be the Democratic nominee for the 2016 Presidential election. I have to admit that I don’t know much about her, except that she was First Lady, then a NY Senator, and then Secretary of State, so she has a lot of experience. Way more than Donald Trump, that’s for sure, but then the part that gives me pause, and maybe others is that I’m not satisfied with the status quo.
I do not see an end to the War on Terror with Hillary Clinton. I do not see an end to the War on Drugs with her either. These are two of the most disastrous campaigns ever embarked upon by America, they’re both expensive, cause untold amounts of suffering and death, and are racist. Let’s say you are into the Wars on Drugs and Terror, maybe you have a financial stake in the matter or maybe you agree with it philosophically, great! Well there’s your candidate! To be fair, I don’t particularly see Donald Trump ending either war either. In fact, I’m not sure anybody who says that they will end both wars would have a chance of getting elected. There are many people who are invested in these wars, and these people are scary as fuck. We’re talking about the military-industrial complex, the prison industrial complex, the police, the DEA, Homeland Security, all groups that are well-funded and well-armed, good luck prying either from their cold dead hands.
I’m torn and I wonder if others feel the same way too? I don’t want Donald Trump in office, not for the usual reasons of being afraid that he’s the second coming of Hitler, which gives Trump way too much credit, but for the reason that he’s pandering to the lowest common denominator of this country. He knows he can manipulate the media and the public. The guy is playing his way to the White House and I don’t want to reward that kind of behavior. However, stopping Trump seems like a poor reason to vote for Hillary- It would be more of the same, more money in government, more revolving door politics influencing policy, more collusion with the big banks and insurance interests, more war, more police state, ad nauseum. Also not convincing is the argument that she should be President because she would be the first woman. Why should that matter? That’s like saying that voting for Obama just because he’s black is a valid reason to do so, that isn’t to say that people didn’t vote for him for that very reason. It’s probable that tribalism drives a lot of voting behavior, and tapping into to that is a good strategy for the numbers, but it’s cynical and uninspiring.
So what about her character? I just heard on the Joe Rogan and Dave Smith talk about her past as a defense lawyer. There’s a well-known meme from back in 2008 that tries to paint her as a sociopath-
According to Snopes, it’s only half-true. Yes, she defended the guy, and he got off, and yes she’s on tape laughing about it, but not about the young girl who got raped. She’s laughing about the unreliability of the polygraph, because the guy she was defending beat it and she got him off on a technicality. Did she know that he did it? Seems like, but can you fault a defense lawyer for doing her job? Sticky isn’t it? On a moral level, man that sucks, but on a legal level, everyone, even alleged child rapists have the right to a fair trial. This may be why our whole country is now run by lawyers, because they can rationalize and thus, legalize anything. Except weed. Why oh why won’t you assholes legalize weed?!?!?!?
Is Hilary a sociopath?
Are they both going to perpetuate the constant state of war that we’re in, killing, torturing, and detaining more and more broken bodies so that the system that grinds them up to lubricate its gears can chug along unabated? Does going in to the voting booth and voting for Jill Stein or writing in NONE OF THE ABOVE make any more difference than abstaining and opting out of a system that one thinks is a corrupt failure? These are interesting times we live in and added to my list of destinations if time travel every becomes commercialized is 500 years into the future, where I’d love to see what people (if we’re still around) have to say about the early 21st century.