Torn Between Two Loyalties

A lot of political observers, commentators and pundits ate crow Tuesday night. I was among them. The 2016 Republican National Convention made it official Tuesday night in Cleveland. Donald Trump is their nominee for the office of President of the United States.

I remember studying role conflict back in college. This is a classic case of it. As a Democrat I am overjoyed; as an American I’m terrified. Let me explain.

The Republican field, while large, was extremely weak this cycle. The only two of the seventeen who I felt could possibly be formidable candidates were Jeb Bush and John Kasich. Kasich has one hell of a temper and I wondered if he could keep it in check over that long haul. (He did an outstanding job of staying cool headed during the primary. However, I expect the Trump campaign will pay for Monday’s insult of Kasich by Paul Manafort before this election is over.)

The weakest candidate appeared to be Trump. He said outrageous things, had never run for office before and had extremely high negatives. In a nutshell he looked like he would be easy to beat. The problem (from the Democratic perspective) was that he had to secure the nomination first and that didn’t seem feasible. Guess what; we got what we wished for. Now let’s hope we don’t live to regret it!

While a plethora of candidates will be on your November ballot the reality of American politics is that only the Democratic and Republican candidates have a legitimate chance of winning the presidency. You have to view the election much like the championship game of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. Hillary Clinton will be the favorite, but Trump is the only other person “on the floor”. It is that simple and upsets happen.

My brain tells me to expect Clinton to win in an Electoral College landslide. The problem is that is the same brain that told me Trump couldn’t win the nomination. This is where the American in me trumps (no pun intended) the Democrat in me and I’m scared. The repercussions of a Trump victory are dangerous to the point of possibly being life and death for the entire world. I don’t think Mr. Trump is very bright and I’m not alone in that opinion. I also held George W. Bush’s intelligence in low regard. The difference is that Bush wasn’t as thin skinned and spontaneous as Trump is. Trump doesn’t investigate; he simply reacts in the belief that he knows everything in the first place. If a foreign country does something that he perceives as an insult he is liable to launch a nuclear attack. In that event other countries aren’t going to idly sit by, they will react in kind. We live in a world where mankind has the ability to basically destroy itself.

The American people can save their country and the world by defeating Trump in November; my theory that Americans vote against candidates much more often than for candidates will be put to the test this fall. Trump and Clinton are the two most disliked candidates ever to run for the presidency. The only “saving grace” is that Trump is even more unpopular than Hillary. I am calling on my fellow Americans to show that they love America more than they dislike Hillary.

The Trump campaign is running on the cheap and, when measured by conventional political “yardsticks”, is terrible. The convention has provided several examples. One I have yet to write about is the controversy over Melania Trump’s Monday night speech allegedly plagiarizing a 2008 Michelle Obama speech. If you juxtapose several passages of the two speeches the plagiarism is obvious. The Trump campaign has again taken a one cycle negative story and made it last for days. The question I have to ask is: Is this incompetence or are they purposely using the distraction so they don’t have to discuss policy issues?

As I predicted months ago, this election will boil down to turnout. Be a patriot. Hold your nose if necessary. Vote for Hillary Clinton in November. The thought of the alternative is terrifying!

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