Today is October 31st, 2016 which is supposed to be the scariest day of the year. But Halloween has a run for its money this year. Election day is only 8 days away *que the screams*. In a little more than a week, the leader of the free world will be decided and the outlook doesn’t seem promising. Let’s take a moment to reminisce, shall we?
8 years ago, this country was filled with a swell of optimism, hope, and anticipation for history to be made and when Barack Obama was named the 44th president of these United States, the feeling turned to joy (for most people). I can remember staring at the TV smiling in almost disbelief, but also in awe that I was witnessing a monumental moment.
To me, Obama didn’t represent only the first African-American president for a country that was once championed that Black people were 3/5 a person, but he was also the first bi-racial president in a country that once outlawed interracial marriage and still has a love/hate relationship with the swirl. He represents kids who grow up on welfare in single parent homes. He is a go-to example for hard work coming to fruition when the odds seem stacked against you. When he and Michelle hit the scene, they are the epitome of #BlackLove.
Ok, fast forward to present day. To put it plainly, this election has been a shit show. I am willing to bet that everyone in this country of voting age hates the Democratic and Republican candidates. Many voters are motivated to hit the polls out of spite, fearing a world where their preferred choice loses. I know I will vote for Hillary, but I don’t feel like it’s a good choice. Seriously, who goes into the Oval Office under FBI investigation with the deaths of soldiers looming over her head? The first woman president, that’s who!
Now, there’s no way in Holy hell I would vote for Trump. I can appreciate the “outsider” persona he likes to peddle, but I don’t want my president to be completely ignorant to the issues that average citizens face, nor do I want a president who can teach an AP class on how to disrespect women, Black people, Mexicans, immigrants, victims of terrorism, poor people, uneducated people, veterans, the families of fallen soldiers, and even his fellow Republicans. How could one possibly have an issue with virtually EVERY ONE? Because he has the temperament of a 13-year-old, that’s why! One day, he would be in a Twitter war with a TV pundit cause they said something to hurt his feelings and the next day he may go off in a press conference, saying something that could spark World War III.
You may be wondering why not vote for one of the 3rd party candidates. Some may believe that voting for either Libertarian Gary Johnson or the Green Party’s Jill Stein is “throwing your vote away”. I don’t agree with that notion. I admire those who are voting for these candidates because it shows some true conviction. These votes are cast with the same hope that Obama stirred up in 2008.
I did do some research on these candidates and what their parties stand for. I was impressed with Stein the most. She is the only one with a real plan for the environment, the poor, and the disenfranchised. But I know that petty ass Congress wouldn’t work with her. If the members of the House of Representatives or the Senate actually took their jobs seriously, to present the interests of the citizens and not those of corporations, lobbyists, or their political parties, Stein would be able to make bipartisan deals and move America in a positive direction for all.
Sadly, I don’t believe a 3rd party candidate can win this election and the numbers support my notion. But mark my words, by 2024 a 3rd party will have a solid chance at the Oval Office. We are tired of choosing between the lesser of 2 evils. We are tired of being pandered to and having our votes come down to who has the worse reputation rather than who can do the best job. We are damn sure tired of voting for either a Bush or a Clinton. Personally, I am tired of having to vote based on the same issues abortion, taxes, and war every 4 years. A 3rd party candidate would be a nice change of pace but right now, the choice is between the trailblazing maverick who may be a corrupt liar and the rust colored tycoon who lacks people skills. Happy Voting Good People!