Who Would You Vote For?


Here are the first 23 words for each that I just now associated as fast as I could with our two leading candidates. Only Clinton inspired any positives, but I won’t be voting for her. So who will I vote for? Jill Stein, the Green candidate, who, if she’s lucky, will get 3% of the vote. 

Oregon’s numerous Democrats assure me that a vote for anyone but Clinton is a vote for Trump, but a person can only hold his nose so long, and I’m going to let go. Why is it that we have no candidate who both has a chance of winning and is wise, strong, rational, and seems like a real flesh-and-blood person instead of these masked nightmares who think that violence is the answer? When I look into the hearts of Trump and Clinton, all I see looking back at me are demons with blood on their hands. We, the American people, limit our presidential choices to candidates who are going to drive us over a cliff because a cliff is where our values are taking us.

Words that I associate with Trump:

Pander, Cheat, Arrogant, Violent, Cruel, Tax Evader, Bully, Vengeful, Bankruptcy, Sexual Assault, Torture, Liar, Fool, Scornful, Ignorant, Greed, Intolerant, Thin Skin, Vicious, Narcissist, Mocker, Unintelligent, Embarrassing.

Now for Clinton:

Smug, Two-Faced, Shouter, Liar, Greed, Cover-Up, Unkind, Unimaginative, Lacks Unifying Vision, Reckless, War Monger, Experienced, Strong, Persistent, Arrogant, Manipulative, Contemptuous, Bill’s Bulldog, Spiritually Hideous, Hidden, Empty, Frightening, Murderer.

18 comments:

PhilipH said...

Thank goodness I don't have to choose either of them. A sorry state of affairs for America.

Politicians are freaking bastards all over this world. We have, as you know, voted to leave the EU. 17.4 million of us said we choose to get out. But, today we are told that scheming politicians are trying to wriggle out of that referendum by using the Judiciary to FORCE the question of activating the 'Get out, clause 50' - which is the only mechanism for leaving this monstrous club called The EU.

It's like "Hotel California" where you can check out any time you like but you can never leave.

A referendum is, in my view, a pure form of democracy but the scum part of the administration now seek to throw a spanner in the works!

Bastardios one and all.

Emma Springfield said...

I support your decision to vote for the candidate of your choice. The reason we vote is to try to elect the person we want to lead our country. If you have done your research and feel that you are choosing the best candidate to accomplish the goals you wish for then you have done a good job. As to your lists I have a small criticism. I say small only because I realize you limited yourself to 23 words. As a female I noticed that you referred to Hillary Clinton as a shouter. It is a true statement. Political candidates often shout to make themselves heard to a large crowd and she is no exception. I have seen Donald Trump make speeches and he also shouts. This is in no way a statement of support for any candidate because I do not do that as a matter of principal but I have found that men who make loud statements are forceful and women who make loud statements are shrill.

Snowbrush said...

“A referendum is, in my view, a pure form of democracy but the scum part of the administration now seek to throw a spanner in the works!”

Many states here—including Oregon—have ballot measures by which the people can pass laws directly if a proposal’s supporters can get enough signatures on a petition to put the measure on the ballot. You might know that a recent study found that the US is no longer a democracy but an oligarchy (http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-echochambers-27074746). Because of a fairly recent Supreme Court ruling, it’s possible here for rich people and corporations to surreptitiously throw an unlimited amount of money behind a politician or a ballot measure, and it’s a rare day indeed that all of that money doesn’t sway the voters to do their bidding. This is surely going to be the case here in Oregon in regard to a ballot measure that would force out of state corporations that presently pay little if any taxes in Oregon to pay substantial taxes. Oregon is the 50th state in the Union in regard to corporate taxes, yet because corporations are saturating the airways with ads predicting dire consequences if the measure passes, it is not predicted to pass. I hate to sound so cynical, but I believe that most voters are simply too stupid to see beyond slick advertisements. In this campaign, it’s as if all of my former cynicism about my species isn’t only being confirmed, but is being made to appear inadequate. In other words, I have failed to hold us in low enough regard.

“I have found that men who make loud statements are forceful and women who make loud statements are shrill.”

Oh, but I think this is true. Both presidential candidates use high volume in the hope of conveying conviction and enthusiasm, but the difference between Trump and Clinton is that when Clinton does it, she sounds like she’s straining, and this is where the “shrill” interpretation comes in (Sarah Palin was even worse about this because she spoke with a higher pitch). The only heart I find in the Clinton campaign comes in the form of Michelle Obama who isn’t known for her high volume. Other than Michelle, I don’t find sincerity in Clinton but rather a caricature of sincerity. I rather think that women do themselves a disservice when they try to compete with men by talking as loudly as do some men. I know that I couldn’t do it, and I am a man. Volume doesn’t equal strength.

All Consuming said...

"So who will I vote for? Jill Stein, the Green candidate, who, if she’s lucky, will get 3% of the vote. Oregon’s numerous Democrats assure me that a vote for anyone but Clinton is a vote for Trump, but a person can only hold his nose so long, and I’m going to let go."- Yes, that would be my choice too, and for the same reasons. You never get any votes at all if you vote tactically for someone you hate in order to keep out someone you hate even more. *nods*

Elephant's Child said...

Scary times.
We are watching, and shuddering.

Elephant's Child said...

PS: Our own back yard isn't clean either.

Stephen Hayes said...

I try not to comment on politics because it's the best way to lose blogger friends, but I'll just say that I don't know of any politician who could have withstood the forty years of attacks leveled at Hillary Clinton. I'm voting for her because Trump would be worse. If she's elected and impeached we'd have Kain, who I respect.

Strayer said...

I'm voting no on 97 because I live without a margin and if prices go up as a result, even slightly, it does me in. with so many studies to show they will go up and some say they won't, I can't take a chance, so I voted "no", but not to protect corporations, so I can survive, should those be correct who say prices on some things, like internet, electric, food, will rise. As for president, I voted for Miss Daisy, my old deaf cat who is delightful and full of spunk even at 17. I didn't like any of the humans running.

kylie said...

"We, the American people, limit our presidential choices to candidates who are going to drive us over a cliff because a cliff is where our values are taking us."

I have been saying this about the US for some time but I never managed to put it so succinctly. It's a great line.

Snowbrush said...

“I try not to comment on politics because it's the best way to lose blogger friends…”

But then you have a non-adversarial blog, whereas I don’t care. It’s not like either of us are getting paid for this.

“I'm voting no on 97 because I live without a margin and if prices go up as a result, even slightly, it does me in.”

I watch where the money goes, and whatever Big Business is for, I am against, and whatever Big Business is against, I am for.

“I have been saying this about the US for some time…”

I have always known that you were very wise.

E. Rosewater said...

of course i can't vote but i'm still a victim of all the trump news coverage. i've voted green for as long as i can remember but in this case, trump is the most irritating and obnoxious person i've seen in years so i'd probably vote clinton.

deadwood has elections in season 3 and farnum gives a rousing speech.

Marion said...

I'm proudly voting for Donald Trump. 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

G. B. Miller said...

The GOP did a ton 'o whining against Trump but really did nothing to persuade voters not to vote for him in the primary. I can't vote Hillary, especially after 8 years of Bill and 8 years of him.

And no, I can't see myself voting for Trump either. And it's not because the fawning media (yes, you heard me correctly) feels that the crasser aspects of his personality triumph national security concerns, appeasement and human collateral damage (see Benghazi).

I will probably vote for an indie candidate, but I don't think Jill Stein will get my vote.

To be honest with you, the national scene doesn't worry me as much as my local/state political scene. My life is directly affected by the local scene to the point where I really have to worry about having a job in a couple of years.

Snowbrush said...

“But then you have a non-adversarial blog, whereas I don’t care.”

I expressed the above inaccurately. I should have said that I don’t ordinarily go out of my way to avoid disagreement, and that it is my good fortune to have a courteous and respectful readership.

“I'm proudly voting for Donald Trump.”

I think “Christianity Today” ran a good piece about Trump: http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2016/october-web-only/speak-truth-to-trump.html?visit_source=twitter&start=1 . I mention it because, if I recall correctly, you are an evangelical Christian, and Trump enjoys great popularity among evangelicals, yet because I see nothing of Jesus’ message in him, I don’t understand why evangelicals would want him to represent them. I know that many people simply consider Clinton an even worse option, but to say that you’re proudly voting for Trump suggests that you strongly approve of him for what he is rather than thinking of him as the less evil of two evils. Whatever if anything about this you would like to share, I would most enthusiastically welcome.

“And it's not because the fawning media (yes, you heard me correctly) feels that the crasser aspects of his personality triumph national security concerns, appeasement and human collateral damage (see Benghazi).”

I figure that we get the politicians and the media that we deserve, but it’s also true that aside from saying “believe me,” Trump is more than a little evasive on specifics, so there’s really not much that one say in the direction of describing exactly what it is that he would do.

“To be honest with you, the national scene doesn't worry me as much as my local/state political scene.”

This being Oregon, it’s likely to be Democrats for everything, but if it were otherwise, I might actually have to vote for Clinton (Oregon is 100% vote by mail, by the way, so I'll probably vote this weekend). I was shocked to learn of late that Medicare will go bust in four years, so that’s my main concern—well, that and nuclear war with Russia. On the one hand, I can’t believe that our politicians will really let Medicare go bust, but on the other, nothing that Republicans do anymore surprises me because there’s such a war going on within their own party. I even heard Cruz say that if Hillary wins, he favors tabling the Supreme Court decision for four more years, yet he's horrified by charges that his is the party of obstructionism.

billy pilgrim said...

swearengen put me out of my misery last night.

Snowbrush said...

I heard Susan Sarandon say in an interview yesterday that the reason our country has gotten into such a bad shape is that so many of us consistently vote for the lesser of two evils instead of for the candidate we believe in.

That got me to thinking that the trouble with this two evil thing is that it will never get us away from a two-party system that is controlled by money instead of integrity. I'm absolutely fed up with feeling forced into making choices that cause me to have less respect for myself for having made them.

Sue in Italia/In the Land Of Cancer said...

Today is November 9 so the election is over. I am deeply disappointed and shockd. Yep I voted for Hillary. Yes she has flaws but they aren't any where near as bad as Trump. She at least is a grown-up and has some experience practicing diplomacy. Trump does not. Indications are that he will be a bully to the world.

LindaRe said...

Hi Snowbrush, I am still here.